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New England Summer and Fall Foliage

Caravan Tours
4.7 . Excellent
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 1,295 $ 162 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the historic whaling town of Edgartown
  • Enjoy the sailing to Rhode Island
  • Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum.
  • Visit Portland’s waterfront.

Short Description

Welcome to a great fall foliage vacation and an affordable tour. Your New England tour features complete sightseeing, professional Tour Directors and great itineraries, operated by one of the country’s oldest and most respected guided tour companies. Discover for yourself why smart shoppers and experienced travelers have chosen their travel packages from Caravan Tours since 1952.

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Nothing could beat spending a week in idyllic small town Eastern United States during the beautiful Autumn season. This Caravan Fall Foliage tour is ideal for families and older travelers looking for a fun and relaxing getaway. History fans will enjoy visiting sites like Plymouth Rock and Mystic Seaport and foodies won't be able to get enough of Maine's famous lobster. 

Good for

- Fans of early American history

- Foodies (particular seafood lovers!)

- Photographers eager to capture small town America and vibrant East Coast fall colors

Consider this trip if:

- You are traveling on a budget

- You're ok if most evening meals are not included, however most of your time during the day will be with your tour group

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Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Boston
End City Boston

Trip Includes

  • Hotels
  • Most meals
  • All of the activities described in the itinerary pages
  • Airport transfers in select cities
  • Gratuities to hotel porters
  • Restaurant staff and local guides.
  • Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Boston, Massachusetts

Visit all six New England states! Your vacation begins in Boston, the “Cradle of Liberty.” Transfer from Boston’s Logan Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

Day 2: Plymouth Rock, Hyannis

Accommodation: Breakfast and Dinner

Stop this morning at Boston’s Old North Church, where Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride. Brief visit to Fanueil Hall Marketplace. Drive by the State Capitol and the Boston Commons. Continue to Lexington, where the Minutemen had their first Revolutionary skirmish. See the Battle Green, where “the shot heard around the world” signaled the start of the American Revolution. Follow the route of Paul Revere from Lexington to Concord. Stop at the Old North Bridge. Then, head south and stop at Plymouth Rock, where pilgrims from the Mayflower landed in 1620. Next, to Cape Cod’s southern shore for a two night stay in the popular vacation community of Hyannis. Hyannis was the site of President John F. Kennedy’s summer White House. Enjoy dinner.

Day 3: Martha’s Vineyard

Accommodation: Breakfast

Morning ferry from Woods Hole across the bay to Martha’s Vineyard, named for a European sailor’s daughter, Martha, who found wild grapes growing on the island. The island is a haven for artists, poets, singers and celebrities who are attracted to its laid-back, charming lifestyle. Here, enjoy an island tour of sweeping vistas. See Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Visit the historic whaling town of Edgartown with its narrow streets and elegant homes. Enjoy leisure time to wander, shop and visit the art galleries. Return by ferry to Cape Cod.

Day 4: Rhode Island, Connecticut

Accommodation: Breakfast

Journey this morning to the sailing capital of the world, Newport, Rhode Island. Visit the historic Vanderbilt “summer cottage,” The Breakers. This Italian Renaissance style palace has 70 rooms and is the grandest of all Newport estates. Then, on a sightseeing drive of Newport, see the mansions of the “400 Club” and St. Mary’s Church, where Jacqueline Bouvier married John F. Kennedy. Continue to the seaport of Mystic, Connecticut. Visit Mystic Seaport, the nation’s leading maritime museum, dedicated to the golden age of seafaring. View impressive tall ships.

Day 5: Norman Rockwell, Vermont

Accommodation: Breakfast

This morning, into the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, where Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life. Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum. Admire the collection of Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers which extol the virtues of everyday Americans. Visit Rockwell’s studio, preserved exactly as it was when Rockwell painted here. Then, overnight in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Day 6: Vermont, New Hampshire

Accommodation: Breakfast and Dinner

A scenic mountain drive this morning along country roads takes you by Plymouth Notch, birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. Our 30th President took the oath of office from his father, by the light of a kerosene lamp. Continue to Woodstock, described as “the prettiest small town in America.” Photo stop at a covered bridge. This afternoon, journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to your resort in North Conway. Enjoy dinner.

Day 7: Portland, Maine

Accommodation: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning, travel past Maine’s lakes to Portland, on the rocky Atlantic coast. Visit Portland’s waterfront. Continue to the resort of Kennebunkport. Free time to explore this quaint small town. Tonight enjoy a farewell Maine lobster dinner. Maine’s rocky coast, strong wave action, and cold, nutrient-rich waters help create the world’s sweetest and best-tasting lobsters.

Day 8: Kennebunkport, Boston

Accommodation: Breakfast

After breakfast, Caravan transfers you to the Boston airport, arriving at 10:00 a.m. Please schedule flights after 12:00 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.

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Very organized trip that allowed us to see all the sites AND stay in all the parks.

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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.
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Excellent trip

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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.
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Costa Rica with Caravan tour.

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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!
Please watch my videos about this trip here:
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Part 3 is here: https://youtu.be/h72t27i-eC8

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Caravan goes above and beyond

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After traveling around the world with a number of tour companies, my wife Fyllis and I assumed we had seen, and experienced, just about everything they have to offer. That assumption changed after we traveled with Caravan Tours to Panama.

We were attracted to that company because of the very reasonable prices of its trips. Then we quickly learned that Caravan doesn’t hold down costs by scrimping on what it provides. In fact, in some ways the company goes above and beyond what participants might expect.

We experienced that even before our trip began, when we were told that the tour which we had booked had been canceled. Our dismay turned to delight when the Caravan representative informed us that a trip following the identical itinerary would be departing the previous day and that, if our schedule allowed us to take it, there was room.

We explained that we had purchased non-refundable tickets and would lose what they had cost. No problem, came the reply. Caravan would take care of our new flight arrangements so we wouldn’t lose any money.

Then came the proverbial icing on the cake. Caravan’s customer service manager said the company would pay for an extra night at a hotel in Panama which the schedule change required, and added that we would receive a “courtesy discount” for the inconvenience we had been put through.

That very positive pre-trip introduction to Caravan Tours was followed by a number of other welcome features.

Along with the usual information about our itinerary, what to pack and the like, the material we received included an honest word-picture of what to expect (possibly mosquitoes in some areas), what not to always expect (shower water not always hot, and air conditioning not as cold, as at home), along with an honest discussion of some delicate issues related to our destination.

The choice of accommodations, which ranged from a four-star beachfront hotel to a rainforest resort, served as an introduction to the diversity of Panama.

That also applied to the itinerary, which packed into our busy days activities that immersed us in much of what the country has to offer visitors: Seeing the sights of Panama City, including its collection of high-rise buildings that create a stunning and dramatic skyline. Learning all there is to know about the incredible Panama Canal, including a cruise through part of its length and into the intricate system of locks. Getting close up and personal with members of two of the seven distinct indigenous people who live much as they have for centuries.

As with virtually all trips we have taken with group tour companies, our guide Raquel was a real treasure. Not only did she provide a wealth of interesting information during bus rides, she invited and answered questions about her country completely and honestly; interspersed periods of commentary with quiet times, and handled requests for information or assistance by individual members of the group cheerfully and efficiently.

In addition to presenting the big picture of destinations to which it travels, Caravan pays attention to little details that can help make trips as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Examples: All meals throughout the tour were included in the cost, which not all tour companies offer. Each time we reboarded the bus after a stop, our driver offered each passenger a bottle of cold water.

Speaking of the bus, Caravan follows a policy of seat rotation, which has passengers moving once or twice a day. Not only does this result in “fair and equitable seating” for members of the group, Fyllis and I – and, we observed, the other passengers as well – liked the opportunity to chat with every person on the tour.

That practice was among the many reasons why every one of our fellow trip participants whom we asked said they plan to travel with Caravan Tours again. So do Fyllis and I
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Great trip

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My family and I went to Panama with Caravan Tours and Pedro Palma was our host. Panama is a beautiful country and there is so much to enjoy and explore it can get overwhelming. Pedro made enjoying every part of the trip easy of us. He was so detailed about when and where to give information. He thought ahead of any challenges we would face in order to prevent any mishaps and to keep everyone organized. I could tell how hard he worked on making all of us happy.
After getting home from my trip I realized I had forgotten an item at the hotel. I contact Pedro and he took all my stress away by arranging to get my stuff back to me. Pedro is great. He stayed up around the clock for us to attend to any need and answered any question about the country we had. He definitely added to how much I enjoyed the trip and the next time I take a toured trip with Caravan I hope the next host is just as awesome as Pedro Palma.
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Excellent, with a few minor exceptions.

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We just returned from a Caravan tour of Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and Grand Tetons. Although there were just a couple of things we did not like, overall it was a very enjoyable seven days. The tour director was superb, very helpful, always available, friendly, and a pleasant person. The driver was very good at his job, extremely experienced and knowledgable. The trip was well planned, most of the hotels were above average in quality, the bus was comfortable, the included meals were good.

Financially, it was a good buy overall. However, it did cost somewhat more than expected based on the advertisements. Although Caravan advertises that "most or all" meals are included, in this particular tour only nine of the twenty meals were included, and of these, only one of the seven dinners. In addition, there was heavy emphasis on gratuities, with too-frequent reminders. Suggested amounts were given, and even the minimum suggested amounts seemed rather high to me. We were given to feel obligated, rather than left to decide on our own based on the quality of the service. Caravan stated that the only gratuities not included in the price were those to the tour director and driver. However, gratuities to hotel maids and local guides, and shuttle drivers were also not included, and suggested amounts for these were given by the tour director. Overall we spent about $150 on gratuities, even though staying in the lower range of the suggested amounts.

But we are glad we went, and will consider Caravan again when planning another trip.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Arrival Transfers
Caravan’s Boston, Massachusetts hotel the Embassy Suites Logan Airport, provides 24 hour courtesy shuttles from Logan Airport (BOS). Upon arrival at the airport, request a pickup using the hotel courtesy phone at the baggage claim area. Because the hotel is located on airport property, taxi service is of limited availability and costs an $8.00 flat fee.

Departure Transfers
Caravan's vacation packages provide a departure transfer to Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston, Massachusetts, arriving at 10:00 a.m. on the day the tour ends. Please schedule flights after 12:00 p.m.

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Maximum Number of People in Group: 44

Maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.

Accomodations

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Day 1 – Boston
Embassy Suites Logan Airport
The Embassy Suites is conveniently located next to Boston Logan Airport. This all-suite hotel features spacious two room suites with free WiFi. The indoor pool and whirlpool are open until midnight and the fitness center is available 24-hours daily. The Embassy Suites hosts a reception open to all guests, every evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. Porter's Bar and Grill serves food until 11 p.m. and drinks until 11:45 p.m. nightly. The hotel is less than 2 miles from the Boston city center. Free 24-hour shuttle service is available from Boston Logan Airport and to the nearby MBTA Blue Line Subway and water taxis to downtown Boston.

Days 2, 3 – Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Doubletree Hilton Hyannis
The Doubletree Hilton is located in Hyannis on Cape Cod. This hotel has a fitness center along with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. On site dining options include the Ivy Room for breakfast, the Vyne Bistro for dinner, and a lobby lounge. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor fire pit in the courtyard adjacent to the lounge. Free WiFi is included in all guest rooms.

Cape Codder Resort
The Cape Codder Resort & Spa is located in Hyannis on Cape Cod. This full service hotel features an indoor wave pool, a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center. The hotel also has a full service spa offering manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and organic full body treatments. The Cape Codder offers two on-site dining options — the Hearth 'n Kettle Restaurant and the Grand Cru Wine Bar & Grill. Outdoor deck dining is available in July and August. Free WiFi is included in all guest rooms.

Day 4 – Mystic, Connecticut
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
The Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa is located in Groton, Connecticut in the greater Mystic area. The hotel has a heated indoor pool, whirlpool and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The on-site Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa offers nail care, face and body treatments, makeup and hair design. Guest rooms feature luxurious bedding, coffee maker/tea service, iron and ironing board, and a hair dryer. A Starbucks Coffee House and the Octagon Steakhouse are located on the hotel premises.
 
Day 5 – Stratton, Vermont
Long Trail House
This mountain resort hotel is nestled onto the hillside of Stratton Mountain's Village Common and is an easy stroll to shops and restaurants. Amenities include a heated pool, sauna and hot tubs. Rooms feature in room gas fireplaces and free WiFi.

Day 6 – North Conway, New Hampshire
Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
The Red Jacket Resort is located in North Conway, overlooking the Moat Mountain Range and Saco River Valley. Hotel features include a lounge, heated outdoor pool (seasonal), fitness room, arcade game room and a full service spa. Free WiFi is included in all guest rooms.

Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel is located in North Conway, in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. The hotel's Mountainside Tavern offers drinks in a northern lodge setting. The Grand features both an indoor pool and a year-round outdoor pool and jacuzzi with a heated patio area. The hotel also has a game room and a fitness center with men and women's saunas. Free WiFi is included in all guest rooms.

Day 7 – Kennebunkport, Maine
Nonantum Resort
The Nonantum Resort is located in the picturesque, historic town of Kennebunkport on the spectacular rocky coast of Maine. The resort is situated on spacious grounds overlooking the Kennebunk River. It is a short walk to the center of Kennebunkport, with its fine shops, art galleries and historic landmarks. The beautiful Nonantum is a traditional 4 story boutique hotel of traditional New England style operating since 1884. The resort has an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Free WiFi is located in all guest rooms.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Fees

If you do not purchase Caravan’s Travel Protection Plan at time of deposit, cancellations will be charged the per person fees listed below. In fairness to others and because of expenses incurred, we cannot make exceptions:

61 or more days prior to start of tour: Fee is $300

60-8 days prior to start of tour: Fee is 50% of tour price.

7 days or less prior to start of tour or during tour: Fee is 100% of tour price.

Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in Caravan’s office. Cancellation fees apply even if a person transfers to another tour or start date

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Air travel
  • Country entry or departure fees
  • Airport porter fees
  • Visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature
  • Food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners

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