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California and the golden west, titan tours....

Cornwall, UK.
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California and the golden west, titan tours....

Me and my partner have booked for the Titan Tour California and the Golden West leaving on the 11th May 2012, I'm 21 and my partners 25, was just wondering what the age-range usually is for this tour? It got recommended to us by a family friend, and after looking at the excursions etc with LA, universal studios, disney, vegas, grand canyon etc it seemed like the perfect tour for us and was cheap. Age doesn't bother us but it would be nice if we had some younger people with us also, or if any young couples have gone on this tour before than feedback would be much appreciated :)

Also any feedback from anyone who's been on this trip would be appreciated, what the coach is like, and the tour in general.

Thanks :)

Goldfield, Nevada
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1. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

Can you post a list of exactly what the stops are on this tour?

Cuenca, Ecuador
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2. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

The itinerary information on this particular tour is here: titantravel.co.uk/escorted-tours/usa/califor…

Day 1: London and San Diego

Day 2: San Diego

Day 3: San Diego, Phoenix

Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff

Day 5: Flagstaff, Williams, Las Vegas

Day 6: Las Vegas

Day 7: Las Vegas, Visalia

Day 8: Yosemite National Park, Sonora

Day 9: Sonora, San Francisco

Day 10: San Francisco

Day 11: San Francisco, Cambria

Day 12: Cambria, Anaheim

Day 13: Universal Studios

Day 14: Anaheim

Day 15: Los Angeles, London

Day 16: London

It would be excellent to read the link above first to get the full scope of what

the tour will be like, and the pacing (it will be moving at a quick pace overall).

Alright, let's hear your considered thoughts, my fellow tripadvisors! (grin)

Edited: 20 October 2011, 15:54
Goldfield, Nevada
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3. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

You go to London, fly to Los Angeles and then ride a bus to San Diego all in one day. Good lord, you'll need a whole day to recover from that. They want you to tour Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Old Town all in one morning, then let you free in the afternoon to do something else and suggest either Sea World or the Zoo. For one thing, Gaslamp is just a collection of restaurants and bars, nothing in the morning. If you go to the zoo you should go in the morning, not the afternoon. The afternoon would be best spent visiting La Jolla or at least Cabrillo National Monument, as you won't see any of the southern California coast on this tour. But how would you get to La Jolla? You'd have to take a taxi, and that's not included.

They have you going to Yuma and Phoenix. Both are horribly hot in May. Who would ever pay to go to Yuma, especially in the hot months? Having lived in Phoenix 3 years I can say there is no compelling reason for a tourist to go there. The fact that they included Yuma and Phoenix on this trip tells me they have never been to those places and created this tour entirely in a high-rise office in London. They should have taken you from San Diego to the Grand Canyon by way of Palm Springs or at least Lake Havasu City.

Sedona is very pretty, and the Grand Canyon is something everyone should see once in their life. I would pass on the optional helicopter tour. You will have awesome views from the various points and overlooks on the rim itself. You can hike or take a mule ride into the canyon if you want.

From Flagstaff to Las Vegas, they don't even mention Hoover Dam, so either you're not going over it or in front of it, or else they don't know their geography. It's along the way to Las Vegas, if you are using Arizona Highway 93 to get to Las Vegas - and their map is vague enough that you can't tell. Then, as part of your day in Las Vegas, they have a short morning excursion to Hoover Dam! That's just plain crazy.

They think of Calico Ghost Town as a featured stop on this trip. Yes it's a tourist attraction, but one that you would cross an ocean to see? Not.

They go all the way to Visalia, which is close to Sequoia National Park, yet they don't go up into Sequoia National Park! You will be within an hour's drive of the world's largest trees, yet you won't go to see them. At least, they should drive through the park and exit at Kings Canyon National Park before going to Fresno and then up to Yosemite National park.

Speaking of Yosemite, they are planning to drive from Visalia to Fresno, then to Yosemite, and through Yosemite and then exit the park and go to Sonora or Modesto all in one day. Yosemite is a park that deserves a 3-day visit. Yet it seems like they are just going to zoom right through Yosemite, barely even making a stop. Look quick! On the right side, that's Yosemite Valley! Oh, you blinked... you missed it. Sorry. Well maybe next year.

The fact that they suggest you go to Fisherman's Wharf leads me to believe they don't know San Francisco. Same for the 17-mile Drive in Monterey/Carmel. No mention of Point Lobos is a clear sign they haven't done their homework on that area. They are driving all the way from San Francisco to Cambria in one day, again zooming right through a spectacular region that derserves several days.

Then they drive you from Cambria to Anaheim, bypassing Los Angeles, but then want to take you from Anaheim back up to LA for Universal Studios. That's nuts too. Why didn't they stop in LA near Universal for the night before? They give you one day for Disneyland/DCA which deserves 2 days. Then they rush you around Hollywood for a drive-by tour on the same day as your flight back to London.

I think the people who design tours like this should be forced to go on them, just to see what they are doing to the hapless people who sign up for them. Sorry to make you feel bad since you've already booked it. Are you still within the cancellation period where you can get out of this without a big penalty? I would just book your flight and hotels on your own, and do your own tour.

LA
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4. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

This is why packaged tours have a bad reputation.

For your age range, I'd check TrekAmerica or Green Tortoise.

There is a site where you can check on average tour ages. I think you might have to search google for it. I'm guessing average age on this one is about 70.

Cornwall, UK.
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5. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

I was looking at trek america but wasnt keen on the camping. and they werent very vague on their website about whether or not the price included flights and what hotels they used on the couple of nights that they did use hotels instead of camping. i always had a feeling we'd be with older people but nevermind, we'll still have a good time and the trip includes some great places for us to see and do! not interested in cancelling it i just wanted peoples views, i get that were going to be moving from one place to the next quickly, but im not the sort of person to spend 3 days looking at trees, 1 day is enough for me for that sort of thing. thanks for you comments though, keep them coming :)

San Diego
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6. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

I would also expect older folks to be on a tour like this.

When my children(1boy,1girl) were your age they just went off on trips with friends or alone and would not have wanted to be cooped up in a bus where they had to follow someone else's schedule!

Everyone travels differently!!

IF this tour sounds like fun to you then go and enjoy!

Please take some time to tell us about your experience after it is all over.

It will help us answer questions for others in the future.

Santa Cruz...
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7. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

If you cancel this tour will there be a penalty?

bw has given you the skinny. and a critique of the trip. If you are okay with that, have a good trip.

But since it is not until next May, I might choose to cancel it and look elsewhere....

Or.you could even do this as a fly-drive by yourselves, at a slower pace, of course, and cutting out some of the nonsense routes and places, but having more flexibility.

Goldfield, Nevada
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8. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

If they cancel more than 64 days before the trip starts, they get a refund of everything except the "deposit." The full price of the trip is £1,395 per person, so they would pay £2,790 for this trip for 2 people. I looked around on the web site but I can't see how much the "deposit" is that they would lose if they cancelled now. Maybe somewhere on the web site it states exactly what they would lose if they cancelled at this point, but I couldn't find it. However, based on post #5, it sounds like Danni doesn't want to cancel and is committed to taking this tour.

Santa Cruz...
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9. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

OK. Thanks bw. I just hope it is not a disaster for Danni.

wales
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10. Re: California and the golden west, titan tours....

can you tell me if you have actually done this tour yourself?