I'm planning to visit in 2014 with my wife. The options are going to be either a coach trip with Archers (Archers Golden West Adventure) or Virgin (Western Adventure) or alternatively a self drive. We do fancy the service of a tour guide and the hotels seem to be OK. Virgin use ATI as the tour operator in America and they seem to be well thought of. I have just spoken with Archers and they will not disclose the coach operator for some reason so does anyone know who they use please?
The other option is self drive and have arrived at a provisional itinerary of
Arriving San Francisco - 3 Nights
Pick up hire car on last day
Monteray 1 night
Los Angeles/Santa Barbara 2 Night
Palm Springs or San Diego 1Night
Scottsdale 1 Night
Flagstaffe 1 Noght
Las Vegas 2
Mammoth (For visiting Yosemite) 2
San Francisco for flight back
The itinerary is not set in stone and a couple of extra nights are available as we seem fit (Total nights will be 17 Max)
Any assistance will be welcomed.
Budgets are around £4,500 for Flights and accommodation including car hire. Coach tours are coming in at around £4,000 which seems to be good value.