Roadies, a new Los Angeles-based travel company, launched Monday as a road trip-style tour concept whereby passengers overnight in a luxury motorcoach outfitted with sleeping quarters.

The Roadies motorcoaches are equipped with 11 sleep pods, a bathroom and shower, flat screens TVs, WiFi access, books, games, and a variety of food and snacks. Coaches will park at hotels where passengers will have access to amenities like pools, gyms, restaurants, bars and spas at no extra charge.

The company has two inaugural routes. The seven-day "Sunshine & Lights Tour" includes stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. The seven-day "Hot N' Spicy Tour" visits the same locations in reverse order. The first tours begin on June 3.

The coaches will park at hotels like the Sunset Marquis in LA, the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and the Catamaran in San Diego, and will travel during the night, typically between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Tour managers will accompany a group of 11 people who can choose between free activities on their own like taking a hike at the Grand Canyon, finding a secluded beach in San Diego or heading to a bar in Los Angeles. Or there is also the option to book excursions like a surf lesson in San Diego, climbing and caving in Joshua Tree, or a helicopter tour through the Grand Canyon.

Once customers have booked their tour date, they can add a breakfast package for $90 that includes breakfast delivered to the coach daily, and they can also book all their excursions.

Roadies pays 8% commission to travel agents, with potential for a greater percentage for a large volume of bookings. Agents should contact the company for more information.  

Roadies is looking for opportunities to expand. For example, if there is an interest in a ski/snowboarding tour, the bus could visit multiple mountain resorts during the trip. The company also said it's not ruling out international expansion.

Prices for the California tours start at $1,299 per person.

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