Caravan Tours vs AA Safaris and Tours - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
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Meals — 0.0
Very organized trip that allowed us to see all the sites AND stay in all the parks.5.0 August 2019
A really great trip
The trip was very organized from booking through getting everyone back to the airport at the end of the trip. All of the lodges were inside the parks, really wonderful for experiencing the parks every moment of the day. Some of the lodges are a bit older (why I gave 4 stars), but what they lack in modern shine, they more than made up for in location; I would not have exchanged the lodging. The tour guide, Greg, was knowledgeable in where to stop for rest breaks, photo and shopping ops as well as how to get around in and how best to see the parks. We travel a lot and this was one of our best trips. We are going to travel more with Caravan and recommend friends and family.Read more
Excellent trip4.0 July 2019
Recently returned from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island tour and must say it was an enjoyable trip. Our guide Loren, was great, having grown up in Nova Scotia he knew so much history and had stories to tell. We saw many beautiful sites and stopped at many places we never would have found on our own. Most of the hotels were great. One hotel in Cape Breton was pretty outdated. The included meals were good. We met many great people who became our friends after a few days. This tour group was smaller than the Caravan trip we took to the Canadian Rockies last year, so that was a plus- 28 people vs 40 . There was room on the bus to spread out.Read more
Costa Rica with Caravan tour.5.0 May 2019
In 8 days we covered around 900 mi through various parts of the country and learned about its life, traditions and culture, about their special relation with and respect for the Mother Nature. It was a very enriching experience for us!Read more
Please watch my videos about this trip here:
Part 1 is here: https://youtu.be/ZuGi8AsRxIU
Part 2 is here: https://youtu.be/c-Gh44tAxgI
Part 3 is here: https://youtu.be/h72t27i-eC8
|Tours||10 Trips||0 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 155||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Regional Expert||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois||Kampala, Uganda|
Caravan Tours, founded in 1952 and based in Chicago USA, provides escorted group tours to countries in the Americas.
They are one of the oldest group tour operators and focus on value vacations with a no-frills approach to group travel.
What Makes Caravan Tours Stand Out?
Caravan fills a specific niche for travelers looking to see the major sights in North and Latin America on a budget. Most of their tours focus on natural wonders, such as Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks in the US or the rainforests of Costa Rica.
A trip with Caravan offers accessibility for travelers to experience the Western Hemisphere’s most amazing natural attractions without needing to book an active, adventure experience.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling on Caravan Tours?
Caravan is not the most flashy or inventive tour company. Tours visit standard sites, groups are generally large - transportation in comfortable yet basic motorcoaches. If you are looking for an immersive cultural experience, you will probably won’t find what you’re looking for with Caravan.
However if you are looking for an affordable trip to some of the most incredible natural attractions and national parks in the USA, Canada, and Latin America - this could be a great fit.
Caravan’s tours tend to attract a slightly older crowd, primarily Americans. They are a well known budget brand for 50+ and senior travelers. Families looking for an easy, relatively comprehensive, and inclusive tour will also enjoy the Caravan experience.
Caravan Tours operates exclusively in North and Central America, including trips to the American west, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Canada. They offer 10 tours total.
Caravan Tours Travel Style
Flights are not included in the price of most trips, but Caravan does provide resources to popular airlines with affordable airfare to the destinations they travel to. Accommodations are in basic lodges and hotels, often with large national chains such as Hilton.
Meals are included on most trips although some excursions offer flexibility for dining out at restaurants of your choosing. In Latin America, Caravan includes airport transfers in the tour price.
Why Choose a Tour with Caravan?
Caravan has many years of perfecting their itineraries to specific destinations, such as Yosemite National Park, the California coast, and Costa Rica.
Their escorted vacation packages truly offer great value for the money and you are assured to see the highlights in any destination you visit. You might choose Caravan if you want an all-inclusive tour experience and don’t mind traveling with a larger group.