LA LA LAND Los Angeles, California Friday, October 27 - Wednesday, November 1, 2017
No matter what you call it - Tinsel Town, land of dreams, Hollywood, or entertainment capital of America - Los Angeles is synonymous with glitz and glamour, opulent estates, A-list movie stars and luxury with a capital “L”. But today, this lively city is known for oh so much more. It has grown into one of our country’s great centers for world class museums such as the Getty and The Broad, jaw dropping architectural gems such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and mouth-watering dining destinations be it taco stands or celebrity-chef fine eateries. From the beauty of the Malibu beaches to the exciting renaissance of downtown, from the people-watching on Rodeo Drive to the nonstop nightlife of the Sunset Strip, from the star quality of the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Reagan Library resting on a majestic hill overlooking the breath-taking topography of Southern California, the City of Angels has something for everyone. So bust out your sunglasses and get ready for your close-up. Grab your places, everyone - lights, camera, ACTION!!
Highlights of our exciting itinerary include the following: The Broad LA‘s newest art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Their extensive collection of contemporary art has been amassed over five decades and still growing. Home to over 2,000 works of art, you’ll be in good company with the likes of Jean-Michael Basquit, Barbara Kruger, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman and Robert Rauschenberg.
The Reagan Library The 100–acre campus of the Reagan Library, with its serene setting, replicas of the White House, Rose Garden and South Lawn, affords picturesque vistas reaching out to the Pacific Ocean. Not only will we be able to step aboard the same Air Force One that flew President Reagan over 660,000 miles, we’ll enjoy a private lunch sitting right under this imposing structure. The Home of James Goldstein This strikingly unorthodox, gravity-defying residence designed by renowned architect John Lautner (Frank Lloyd Wright disciple) is one of the most dramatic homes in Los Angeles. On our private visit, marvel at this glass and concrete house that clings to the side of a canyon. This jaw-dropping wonder has played starring roles in “Charlies Angels”, “The Big Lebowski”, and “Full Throttle”.
Warner Brothers Studio Get ready to experience one of the busiest movie studios in LA. From Casablanca to The Hangover, you'll see history unfold right before your eyes during your journey through arguably the largest prop department in the world, the many soundstages where today’s hottest TV shows and movies are made and the incredible Batmobiles used in the celebrated film series. Lunch in the studio commissary-how exciting is that? You never know who might be sitting at the very next table. Talk about the magic of Hollywood.
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique at the Walt Disney Concert Hall The Walt Disney Concert Hall has received worldwide critical acclaim and praise from concertgoers for its stunning architecture by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry and extraordinary acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota - this is music’s crown jewel! We have fabulous seats for the LA Philharmonic’s performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, under the direction of world-renowned conductor, Susanna Mӓlkki. Appearing for the first time as LAPhil’s Principal Guest Conductor, Mӓlkki’s versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and opera houses around the world. A few months ago, she was named Musical America’s 2017 Conductor of the Year!
Hollywood Walk of Fame The world's most famous sidewalk comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups and even some fictional characters. These renowned sidewalk “stars” salute the celebrities who made Hollywood great - from the silent film stars of yesteryear to the modern action heroes of today's blockbusters.
The Getty Center You don’t know what to marvel at first here - the spectacular, modern design of architect Richard Meier, the breathtaking gardens and outdoor sculptures or the huge art collection amassed by J. Paul Getty. Sitting on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, this museum is a must-see.
The Frederick Weisman Residence Viewing famous art in art museums is a wonderful venture - viewing famous art in a private home is an intimate experience. Located in the posh Holmby Hills neighborhood where you’ll find the Playboy Mansion and home of TV magnate Aaron Spelling, this sprawling estate was purchased by billionaire Frederick Weisman to showcase his extensive art collection.
Pacific Coast Highway There may be nothing that epitomizes Los Angeles more than a drive down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Cruising along stunning bluffs and white sand beaches, we head to the famous town of Malibu to experience the glorious sunset and enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the popular local restaurants overlooking the pounding Pacific Ocean. Day on Your Own After a few days in LA, you’ll feel right at home. So, on Tuesday, October 31st, you’ll have an entire day to spend as you wish. Whether it’s shopping on Rodeo Drive, taking in the exhibits at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, visiting the Paley Center for Media (celebrates the world of TV), touring the Los Angeles Museum of Art, lounging by the hotel pool or indulging in one of the many spa services, this is your day. (Unless, of course, you receive a call back).
Our home away from home for five nights will be the Beverly Hills Wilshire, a Four Seasons property located just a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive. Famous guests have included Barack Obama, the Dali Lama, Elton John, Michael Douglas Bette Midler and Al Pacino. But the most famous is none other than Miss Vivian as in “Pretty Woman”. They say Hollywood is the land of dreams. We say, this blockbuster is a dream of a trip and likely to rack up multiple awards.
Inclusions: · Five nights at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel -breakfast included · All gratuities including porterage, room attendant, guide and drivers · Admission to all venues as listed in the itinerary · Transportation to and from LAX Airport · Transportation to all activities as listed in the itinerary · Expert guide throughout our stay · Five Breakfasts, Two lunches, Four Dinners
Exclusions: · Airfare to and from Los Angeles · Personal expenses including room service, telephone, laundry optional events · Travel insurance [strongly recommended]
Group Airfare Information: Between Alaska, United and Southwest offering direct flights from BWI to LAX, we are very much in favor of Southwest’s schedule [Depart BWI 8:05am on 10/27, and depart on LAX flight at 12:10pm on 11/1.] On March 16, 2017 Southwest will open their schedule for sale through November 3, 2017. Diversions will obtain pricing and offer group tickets if possible. Cost: $3,999.00 per person (double-occupancy) Single Supplement - $1,245.00 A deposit of $1,300.00 per person is required immediately due to very limited space.