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Review: California and the Golden West

Escorted Tour - Coach

Fantastic trip, would recommend

  • By SilverTraveller Cornwall-Traveler

    2 reviews

  • 2013
  • Wife

17 people found this review helpful

We are in our late fifties and we have had lots of package holidays over the years, but we have always done our own thing. We have thought about America on numerous occasions but could not make up our minds which way to do it or which part to explore.

Anyway, we decided to go with Titan Tours and on the California and the golden west tour in particular. After we booked the holiday we thought more about it and started to think we may have made a mistake as both of us like our independence and me in particular, I am not the mixing type, anyway its too late now, its booked and we will be ok.

The Titan driver arrived spot on time to collect us, he was friendly, the mini bus was clean and comfortably and we made our way to the hotel near the airport as we travelling the following day. The journey of about 250 miles to London was pleasant, we had a comfort break about half way, but were told we could stop any time we felt the need, we had a very steady driver and felt safe at all times.

The following morning we were collected from the hotel and taken to the airport and met by our Tour Manager Alex who was with us until we arrived back in London 2 weeks later.

The whole holiday was fantastic, Alex counted us onto the coach to check we were all there "every time" we stopped, we rotated our seating positions each day so everyone had a seat near the front and there was no rushing, pushing and shoving to grab a particular seat. Our coach driver Earnest is a very friendly, good, steady driver with tons of knowledge that he shared with us. He gave us loads of information with points of interest along the almost daily journeys. Each time we arrived at a hotel, he would spend five minutes and go into the hotel find all the information we needed then come out and explain it to us, things like our room number, how long before our luggage would arrive in our room, dinning times, alternative places to eat, the time and place our luggage would be collected when we leave this hotel, fantastic.

The tour took in all the sights mentioned in the itinerary and loads in between.

As with anything there are Pro’s & Con’s. We feel that the Pro’s were that we could almost leave our brains at home, we didn’t have to think about anything it was so well organised, but, we think that is down to having the right tour manager, we met another Titan tour group doing the same tour but a day in front of us, and they said they were having an awful time "because" of their tour manager, no help, no information, no guidance at all. We were very very lucky.

The only negative thing I can say about the whole tour is, although we knew we were cramming a hell of a lot into the trip, we knew it was going to be tiring but we did not realise how tiring it was going to be, but with hind sight we should have realised for the distances we were travelling we were bound to have long days, sometimes leaving our hotel at 0800 and arriving at our next at 1930 or 2000 that evening.

All in all a fantastic holiday, very much helped by good drivers in UK and USA, great tour manager and a good friendly crowd on the coach, not one person was ever late for departure on any day. Very well organised by Titan, even when the USA had a closedown Titan made alternative arrangements for us. We have now booked a Titan tour of Turkey. Watch this space!

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