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 Sun. Dec. 29, 2019 - Tues. Jan. 7, 2020,        10 days, $2,578 per person, double occupancy, includes flight.

Sun. Dec. 29, 2019, Arrive in Los Angeles. Welcome to LA! Guests who have booked their air with YMT will be greeted by a representative and transferred from the airport to your nearby hotel. After the informative briefing on the days ahead, you are free to enjoy the evening on your own. Take advantage of the free shuttle that will be available for guests who wish to travel to the nearby Manhattan Beach area for dinner on your own.   Hotel, Hyatt LAX or similar.Mon., 

Mon., Dec. 30, 2019, Los Angeles, Leisure Day. Enjoy this morning at leisure or join one of our fantastic optional tours to the California Science Center or the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, at an additional cost. This evening, you're in for a real treat—YMT's float viewing event with dinner. In this amazing tour held in Pasadena, you'll go behind the scenes to see the floats and flowers up close, with plenty of time to talk to and ask questions of the White Suiters, the Rose Parade volunteers who famously wear white uniforms. Then, enjoy a casual dinner in the official Rose Parade event tent with a presentation about the history and traditions of the Rose Parade presented by the Tournament of Roses Committee. (Dinner included)  Hotel, Hyatt LAX or similar.

Tues., Dec. 31, 2019, Los Angeles City Tour. Today we take a guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, seeing many of the can’t miss highlights of the City of Angels. View the iconic metal curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre—annual home of the Academy Awards—Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The evening includes a festive New Year’s Eve reception with elegant appetizers and a sparkling cider toast. Ring in the New Year along with all the folks in Times Square at 9 PM local time (midnight in New York City).      Hotel, Hyatt LAX or similar.

Wed., Jan. 1, 2020, 131st Tournament of Roses Parade. Witness the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade! Watch in wonder from your comfortable reserved grandstand seats as the resplendent floats covered in millions of leaves and fragrant petals pass by. Watch equestrian units stride along, and listen to marching bands as they make their way down Colorado Boulevard. “America’s New Year’s Celebration” is an institution that you’ll love even more after experiencing it in person.  Hotel, Hyatt LAX or similar.

Thurs., Jan. 2, 2020, Santa Barbara, Solvang, and San Luis Obispo Area. Visit Santa Barbara—the American Riviera—and enjoy its Spanish mission style architecture, mild Mediterranean climate, and stunning ocean views. Situated on El Camino Real, the historic route connecting California’s chain of 21 missions, this once humble Catholic outpost has transformed into an upscale seaside resort that remains a popular escape for wealthy Angelenos. We'll have a brief stop at the lovely Santa Barbara Mission, where you can enjoy an included self-guided tour. Continue your tour up the scenic road to Solvang, a charming Danish replica village situated in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Be sure to taste the exquisite baked goods prepared by Solvang’s renowned bakeries before traveling north to end the day in the San Luis Obispo area.  Hotel, Shore Cliffs Hotel or similar.

Fri., Jan. 3, 2020, Pismo Beach, Hearst Castle, and MontereyIn the morning, tour famous Hearst Castle. The sprawling, beautiful former estate of media mogul William Randolph Hearst offers splendid views of the coast. Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the grand rooms inside the famous castle, with time to stroll the garden and pool areas while enjoying panoramic views, before heading to Elephant Seal beach and Ragged Point. Keep your eyes out for California Gray Whales migrating south along the coastline— catching a spouting whale in the distance is an experience you’ll never forget! Overnight in Monterey, home to the waterfront street immortalized by John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Cannery Row. Enjoy the evening at leisure in this former fisherman’s community. Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Hotel or similar.

Sat., Jan. 4, 2020, Monterey Leisure Day. Enjoy a leisurely day in this charming seaside town. Monterey is known throughout California for its excellent clam chowder (best in a bread bowl—and do ask for extra oyster crackers) and bustling Old Town Historic District. Monterey’s beaches are perfect for strolling, especially for guests hoping to run into a colony of chatty seals or sea lions. Join an optional tour to participate in a unique local activity, or simply explore Monterey at your own pace.  Hotel,  Hilton Garden Inn Hotel or similar.

Sun., Jan. 5, 2020, Monterey to San Francisco. This morning, head down the breathtaking 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy views of Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, taking the opportunity to snap a picture of the famed Lone Cypress on a quick stop before arriving in San Francisco. Enjoy the city on your own, or join your fellow travelers on an optional night tour followed by dinner in famed Chinatown.  Hotel, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar.

Mon., Jan. 6, 2020, San Francisco - Alcatraz Visit. This morning, take the ferry to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz for an included visit. Situated on a small island just off the coast, the federal penitentiary that operated from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to “the rock.” The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is known as one of the world's toughest prisons. Then, we discover the bustling “City by the Bay” during a comprehensive city tour of San Francisco. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, see Nob Hill, catch a glimpse of famed Lombard Street, and see many more exciting sights!  Hotel, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar.

Tues., Jan. 7, 2020, Depart for Home. Today your vacation comes to an end, but you'll depart home with new friends and memories to reflect on for years to come! If you purchased air with YMT, your transfers to the airport will be included. 

 

Please note,  that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.