Travel agent like research services needed -- bus and plane trip planning
I am in need of someone to research the following items and present me with options. The options may be a list of companies, routes, hotels, or travel agents to work with.
Tour Bus (public but nice) or Sprinter style Cargo Van (private):
3 to 7 people will travel from Indianapolis, Indiana to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. While this is not a large group, we want to make sure they are comfortable.
I am looking for options on both public bus as well as private tours in a 7-10 passenger van like a Sprinter style cargo van:
An organization with a fleet of buses with amenities like satellite tracking, emergency locator, and on-board bathroom. Someplace like this maybe:
Please present a list of all companies which service Mexico as their speciality and leave the USA in the midwest with the safest routes in Mexico. We want a tour company that understands Mexico well first and foremost. A Spanish and English speaking driver is an absolute requirement.
It would be acceptable to plan a train route, for example, from Indianapolis to one of the bus terminals specializing in chartered trips in Mexico, such as Arizona (apparently there is a Phoenix terminal - I'm sure other states as well).
Please find out about the hotels available along the journey so that they are not stuck in the bus the entire time. My expectation is that the bus driver needs breaks, too. Various blogs discuss the length of the drive and the safety -- please find more references as safety is a concern:
Bus travel should be planned such that arrival in Puerto Vallarta is on or before Dec 29, 2015. Departure will be on or after Jan 4, 2016. My expectation is that in the case of the private driver, the driver will simply be paid to wait in Puerto Vallarta until the return journey.
All of these should probably arrive in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Dec 30, 2015 and depart on Jan 4, 2016.
10 to 20 people will travel from Chicago, Illinois, USA
10 to 20 people will travel from Los Angeles, California, USA
10 to 20 people will travel from Cali, Colombia
I am hoping that with some group travel and enough advance notice, we can get the rates down on the plane fares.