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Unread 10 May 19, 06:05 PM  
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We moved over to USA coach tours once my husband felt he was missing out when driving and felt he was getting a bit old for long days on the road. To our surprise we love them, very social if you want and we have made friends from all over the world.

We have used a number of companies, Colettes, Trafalgar, Cosmos but would love to go with Insight or Scenic. My sons in-laws use Riviera.

You get what you pay for, in general we go for 4-5 star hotels with 2 nights in key places with all breakfasts and most evening meals included. I like the fact we visit places we wouldnt have know about and have lots of visits included. Last year we did a few behind the scene visits eg in Canada we went to the Parliament building for a tour.

In Denver ex President Bill Clinton was staying at the same time to give you some idea of the standard of hotel you can get.

The last two have been with Cosmos. Mostly 3-4 star hotels on the outskirts of the cities. Some were fabulous, others were not so good but we had looked them up and were willing to put up with them to go to the places we wanted. They were the worst for seeing scenery as they were very rigid about rotation and we ended up on the wrong side of the bus (bottom of cliff) 2 days on the trot, and didnt stop as often for views. Trafalgar stopped the bus in Yellowstone and asked people to swop seats for a few minutes so everyone got to see a family of bears.

We like to start or finish in a place we would like to stay and tack on anything from a few days to a week. Often the company offers extra days at a reasonable price or we book independently - we have had add ons in San Diego, San Francisco, Vegas, New York in USA and Cook Islands, Hong Kong and Singapore when doing tours in Australia and New Zealand.

Last year Cosmos offered free upgrades to Premium on our New York flight.
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We moved over to USA coach tours once my husband felt he was missing out when driving and felt he was getting a bit old for long days on the road. To our surprise we love them, very social if you want and we have made friends from all over the world.

We have used a number of companies, Colettes, Trafalgar, Cosmos but would love to go with Insight or Scenic. My sons in-laws use Riviera.

You get what you pay for, in general we go for 4-5 star hotels with 2 nights in key places with all breakfasts and most evening meals included. I like the fact we visit places we wouldnt have know about and have lots of visits included. Last year we did a few behind the scene visits eg in Canada we went to the Parliament building for a tour.

In Denver ex President Bill Clinton was staying at the same time to give you some idea of the standard of hotel you can get.

The last two have been with Cosmos. Mostly 3-4 star hotels on the outskirts of the cities. Some were fabulous, others were not so good but we had looked them up and were willing to put up with them to go to the places we wanted. They were the worst for seeing scenery as they were very rigid about rotation and we ended up on the wrong side of the bus (bottom of cliff) 2 days on the trot, and didnt stop as often for views. Trafalgar stopped the bus in Yellowstone and asked people to swop seats for a few minutes so everyone got to see a family of bears.

We like to start or finish in a place we would like to stay and tack on anything from a few days to a week. Often the company offers extra days at a reasonable price or we book independently - we have had add ons in San Diego, San Francisco, Vegas, New York in USA and Cook Islands, Hong Kong and Singapore when doing tours in Australia and New Zealand.

Last year Cosmos offered free upgrades to Premium on our New York flight.
That is very interesting thank you for taking the time to give such a detailed reply.
I think we might do something we havent done for years and visit a travel agent to get some brochures .
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We did one of these type of trips and loved it!

We were in our 30's at the time and were by far the youngest on the coach.

Main advantage for us was no driving. Yes the pace is fact, but that suited us, we got to see alot. We just did research and if we didn't want to go with the group at stops we did our own thing.

I can see why it won't work for everyone , but we enjoyed it.

We went with Cosmos and Jetsave.

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We did one of these type of trips and loved it!

We were in our 30's at the time and were by far the youngest on the coach.

Main advantage for us was no driving. Yes the pace is fact, but that suited us, we got to see alot. We just did research and if we didn't want to go with the group at stops we did our own thing.

I can see why it won't work for everyone , but we enjoyed it.

We went with Cosmos and Jetsave.

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Thank you that is good to know. Will take a look.
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Ive done a couple of coach tours including one that took Arizona, Utah, California etc and found it a great way to see a lot of the area in a short period of time. We used Cosmos flying from Edinburgh via Heathrow to LA. Hotel was out in Pasadena but had a day trip to both Disneyland and Universal Studios. Took in Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Palm Springs and San Diego (though not necessarily in that order). We then added an extension to SAN Francisco for a couple of nights. It was about 20 yrs ago now mind you but hotels we good and the tour director informative. Yes there was a few early mornings but nothing crazy - earliest was 6am as wed booked a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon and had to get to the helipad for the safety brief for 8am. That was utterly amazing as I managed to bag the seat next to the pilot so had the best view (the glass window extended below my feet so flying over the rim was awesome).

Id definitely recommend a coach tour if you dont want to drive the distances, everyone on the tour was really friendly - we were the youngest on the tour at the time but it was a mixed group.

There was 2 couples from Birmingham UK that had us in stitches, they complained about everything - too hot, too windy, hotel bed too big. Well, arrived in Palm Springs and they put the luggage out on the law to be taken to each of the rooms. Unfortunately someone then turned on the sprinklers so the cases got soaked. Youd have thought it was the end of the world the way they went on about it. Tour director said hey, its warm so will dry in next to no time. They wanted to put in an official complaint about his comment!

We get to Sam Diego..tour guide explains theres an extra tour down to Tijuana. Costs 40pp for the day and includes lunch. They ask if you can go yourself so the guy says he, but make sure you have your passport for coming back

Two days later sitting in the cafe in the hotel, tour guide comes up laughing. Said did you hear about our Brummie friends?. Seemingly they got the bus down to Tijuana, hated it so much they wanted to come straight back. Arrived at the border and the official was like passport - they hadnt packed them. Official well, you cant come into the US then. They then started shouting were from Birmingham dont you know. Official not impressed and still wont let them in. Tour guide gets a frantic call at 3pm saying they wont let us back into the US! . He then had to get the hotel to let him go into their rooms to find their passports then travel to the border so they could get back into the US. Needless to say, they were as quiet as mice for the rest of the tour and didnt put their complaint in (as far as I know).

The tour guide did say he waited 3 hours before heading to the border though as he was finishing his lunch 😂 revenge is a dish best served Tijuana style lol!
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Ali doll - thats hilarious! The minute you said Tijuana I thought uh-oh I knew theyd hate it and something would go wrong 😆
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Alidoll thank you so much for the information and also for making me laugh.
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