Los Angeles Friendship Tour

Available year round

Los Angeles is a trend-setting global metropolis with an extraordinary history and a rich cultural heritage. It’s known as the Entertainment Capital of the World and is home to renowned museums, along with 75 miles of sunny coastline.  The list of things to do in Los Angeles is as long as the city is vast.  We’ve shown some of the things that you can do when you are not playing football so you get the most from your LA getaway.

Whats included:  All our friendship tours to LA offer our usual high standard of service and typically include:  Hotel accommodation throughout • Breakfast Daily *The hire of self drive mini-vans •Two friendship matches •Local assistance •All services of GoBYSA •A generous free place allocation, one free for every 20 paying.

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Accommodation

During your stay your group will be based at The Best Western Plus LA Mid-town Hotel which is conveniently located in the Mid-Wilshire district, the only way to fully experience Los Angeles.

Our Los Angeles hotel puts you right in the middle of the action. Browse the trendy boutiques at Melrose Avenue, shop at Beverly Centre or drive down to Santa Monica and take in the California beach life.

The metro station is two ‘blocks’ away from the hotel making it easy to access all of Los Angeles’ famous attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios®, Walt Disney Studio, City Center financial districts, dining and entertainment.

Come experience the great amenities and services – this hotel is your perfect home base for visiting Los Angeles and exploring the trendy Korea town neighbourhood.

The hotel offers various size rooms, all come with free WiFi.

The picture shows a quadruple room which features a microwave and air conditioning. Other facilities are:  *Shower *Bath  *TV *Refrigerator *Desk *Free toiletries *Private bathroom * Cable Channels *Coffee machine and Towels.

Suggested Tour Intinerary

All of our tours are customised to each teams specific requirements, however the tour plan below shows you the sort of  8 day/7 night tour we can arrange. If you want to stay longer we’ll be happy to help!

Thursday: Depart on your transatlantic flight for LAX arriving late afternoon.  After you clear customs you will be met by our local representative who will take you to the van rental office where you will pick up your rental vehicles.

You have a choice of 15, 12 or 8 seater vehicles, or a combination of all three; whatever suits your groups needs.  All vehicles are automatic and come with air conditioning, AM/FM radio, CD Player,  unlimited mileage, additional drivers, full insurance and GPS navigation system.

After you pick up your vehicles you will travel to the hotel.  You will have the remainder of the day free to relax, unwind and settle in to that California lifestyle!

Friday: After breakfast the team will travel to nearby soccer fields for a light training session and then in the early evening we will arrange your first Friendship Match against a local team. This will give your squad an early opportunity to find out what it’s like to play against an American team.

Saturday: A free day to explore the local area. As you are ‘self drive’ you are free to go where you want to.

Our local representative is on hand to make some suggestions.

Sunday: Your second Friendship Match will be played today. All matches are arranged against teams of your own ability level.

Monday: Today you can enjoy all that the Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks has to offer. Magical kingdoms and fairy tales come to life before your eyes.  Discover for yourself why Disney’s enchanting Disneyland® Park is one of the happiest places on earth!  

Disneyland® Park:  Enter an enchanting kingdom to sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars – all in the same day.

Disney California Adventure® Park: Explore seven exciting lands that bring to life Disney and Pixar characters, while providing amazing attractions, entertainment and dining.  Prepare to be floored at Cars Land, where Disney Pixar’s hit film Cars comes to life. Then hop aboard a vintage red tram – inspired by the historic 1920 Pacific Electric Railway street cars – at Buena Vista Street.

Take the day – as well as the night – to discover unforgettable themed lands like Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf, a bug’s land and Hollywood Land.

Tuesday: A more relaxed day today as you head towards the water for a tour of LA’s vibrant coastal communities. Check out the muscle builders pumping iron at Venice Beach, and stroll between the colourful stalls and child-friendly rides of Santa Monica’s iconic pier. Finish the day with a relaxing visit to the sugary sands of Malibu, where million-dollar homes crowd the winding coastline, to get breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean

Venice Beach: With its world famous boardwalk and beautiful beach Venice has became the “Coney Island of the Pacific,” complete with an amusement pier and a miniature steam railroad. It is one of the most popular destinations in Los Angeles for visitors and locals alike. From its days as home to Beat Generation poets and artists, Venice continues to be an important Los Angeles cultural centre.

The world famous Venice Ocean Front Walk (aka “the boardwalk”) is one of the best places in L.A. for people watching—everyone from colourful locals to visitors from around the globe. There’s something for everyone on the concrete boardwalk: on one side there are specialty shops, restaurants and uniquely designed residences, and on the other a myriad of street performers, artists, fortune tellers and much more.

Venice certainly marches to the beat of its own drum. On Saturdays and Sundays, that beat is heard loud and clear at the Venice Beach Drum Circle, an improvisational jam session that takes place on the sand where Brooks Avenue meets Ocean Front Walk. Hundreds of people from around the world gather to play their drums, shakers, congas and more, while others dance and chant. The drum circle begins around noon and lasts until sunset.

Santa Monica Pier: When you think of Santa Monica, the attraction of the Pier inevitably comes to mind. Its red and yellow Ferris wheel is a city icon. The Pier offers Pacific Park, a full service amusement park, combined with plenty of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops, as well as an entertaining arcade. Pacific Park’s solar-powered Ferris wheel is the only one of its kind in the region. By day, marvel at the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel or check out the street performers.

The views of Malibu and the South Bay are outstanding and make for the perfect evening when watched with a beer in hand. Stick around past sunset and you might just catch live local music to the sound of the nearby waves.

Broad Beach, Malibu

Malibu: Explore a fabled beachfront town with real star power. Stretching for more than 32 miles along the Pacific, Malibu is a beach town like no other. Hollywood stars and top athletes escape to oceanfront homes here. Considered to have some of the most perfect waves anywhere, Malibu’s Surfrider Beach was named the first World Surfing Reserve; nearby Zuma Beach is a sun magnet for locals and families. You can shop for beach fashions, and maybe even spot one of local celebs, at the Malibu Country Mart and Malibu Lumber Yard, two adjacent and upscale retail centres. There’s dining and fishing on Malibu Pier, which is a great place to watch the action at Surfrider.

Wednesday:  Your final day today see’s you visit Knotts Berry Farm. Looking for California’s best theme and amusement park? Look no further than Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s Fun. Grown local and offers rides and experiences that will thrill and entertain the entire family!  The rides available here are split into three sections;

Ghost Rider

There are 12 “Thrill Rides” which include the The 52 foot high Coast Rider which will have everyone clinging to the handrails for the ultimate family coaster experience. The adventure aboard this ride gives guests the feeling of riding the California coast, but once they reach the crest, it is a harrowing journey down the 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins.

Or maybe The new GhostRider, the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster on the west coast, with new coaster trains that gallop over 4,500 feet of smooth new track! Looming 118 feet over historic Ghost Town, GhostRider is the largest attraction in park history and one of the longest and tallest wooden roller coasters in the world.

Brave riders enter a mysterious mine, only to be strapped into gold, silver and copper mining cars and sent along 4,533 feet of twisting timber.

There are 14 “Family Rides”, for example Bigfoot Rapids,  a thrilling, outdoor whitewater river raft ride that will bounce, toss, spin and splash you as you brave fast moving currents and dodge soaring geysers as they experience the unforgettable fun of shooting the rapids.Towering cliffs, huge boulders, cascading water falls, soaring geysers and trees, shrubs and wild flowers — all indigenous to California — combine to create an authentic setting for Bigfoot Rapids. Also why not try piloting  your own Surfside Gliders. From a height of 28 feet, these two-man aircrafts zip through the air providing a bird’s eye view of the Boardwalk area as they glide over the newly expanded Boardwalk.

There are also 12 “Kids Rides” for the younger members of your group including  Grand Sirra Scenic Railroad, a four-minute ride is a miniature replica of an actual steam locomotive similar to the one operating in Ghost Town. The beautifully decorated train takes guests on a scenic trip where they can take in the sights of Camp Snoopy® and Fiesta Village. In addition There is also Knotts Soak City, Orange County’s largest waterpark featuring the all-new seven story plunge of Shore Break to the soak and splash of Gremmie Lagoon, the slides and attractions of Knott’s Soak City are sure to please every water lover!

Thursday: Its time to drop off your rental vehicles and say goodbye to Los Angeles today as you head for the airport and your return flight back home.

The Football

We will arrange for you to play as many games as you wish during your stay. We will take care of the pitch hire and referee expenses, all you need to do is turn up and play!

Los Angeles soccer teams range from purely recreational to national championship winners, but whatever your level of play we will match you with teams of your own ability level.

Getting There and Getting Around!
LAX Airport Sign

Los Angeles International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the state of California,  as well as one of the largest international airports in the USA. It is most often referred to simply as LAX, with the letters pronounced individually. LAX is in the southwestern Los Angeles area along the Pacific Ocean between the neighborhood of Westchester to its immediate north and the city of El Segundo to its immediate south, it is 14 miles from your hotel.

There are several airlines that fly to LAX from the UK and Ireland. Aer Lingus from Dublin. Air New Zealand from London-Heathrow. American Airlines from London-Heathrow. BA from London-Heathrow. Norwegian Air Shuttle from London-Gatwick. Thomas Cook Airlines from Manchester.  Virgin Atlantic from London-Heathrow.

When you arrive at LAX our local representative will meet you and help you with the pick up of your hire vehicles. We’ve found that this is the best way for groups to travel around, however if you prefer not to ‘self-drive’ we can offer private coach travel but this tends to be expensive.

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