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9 Days from $1,095 Mexico’s Ancient & Colonial Cities

8 Days from $995 Mexico’s Ancient & Colonial Cities

Dear Vacation Traveler, Welcome to a great vacation at an affordable price. Your Mexico tour is all inclusive with all meals, all activities, all hotels, a great itinerary, all airport transfers, all transportation and excursions. A professional Tour Director accompanies you for the entire Mexico vacation. Our travel packages also offer purified water at meals and on the motor coach. Join the smart shoppers and experienced travelers who have chosen Caravan Tours since 1952.
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Begins: Mexico City, Ends: Cancún

Palenque, Mexico

Itinerary

Day 1 – Mexico City
Welcome to the glory of Old Mexico. See the ancient cultures of the Nahua, Aztec, Olmec, Toltec, and Mayan civilizations. Visit the grand colonial cities of Veracruz, Campeche and Merida. Arrive in Mexico City, the capital of this fascinating country with exotic indigenous and international cultures, close yet breathtakingly foreign. Caravan provides a taxi transfer from the Mexico City airport for a two night stay at your centrally located hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Dinner is at your hotel, then join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. D

Day 2 – Mexico City, Teotihuacán
This morning, visit Mexico’s grandest archaeological site, Teotihuacán, built by the Nahua. The sixth largest city in the world in 400 A.D., Teotihuacán was mysteriously abandoned 300 years later, centuries before the Aztec occupation. Visit the Jaguar Palace and the Temple of the Plumed Conch Shells. See the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Walk the Avenue of the Dead, flanked by temples and palaces. Enjoy lunch. Then, a brief visit to the National Palace. See the murals of Mexico’s great artist, Diego Rivera. These colorful murals cover Mexico’s pre-Columbian Indian history, the colonial period and the Revolution. Next, drive by Mexico City’s main square and Cathedral. Visit Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park. See archaeological treasures of pre-Hispanic civilizations, including the Toltec, Mexica, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Olmec and Mayan. See the immense Aztec Calendar Stone. Enjoy dinner. BLD

3rd day–Mexico City, Veracruz
Morning drive to the port city of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. En route see the towering snow-capped Popocatepetl Volcano, weather permitting. Lunch in Veracruz. For centuries Veracruz has been the crossroads to the Americas, with Caribbean, European, African and Mexican cultures. Explore the romantic plaza, the oldest in Mexico, with strolling mariachis, serenading guitarists and marimba bands. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Villa Hermosa, Olmec, Palenque
Mango orchards and pineapple fields give way to lush vegetation and tropical flowers on your drive east today (a box lunch en route). Photo stop at Villa Hermosa’s La Venta Park. See giant Olmec heads up to twelve feet tall. The Olmecs were the first civilization in Mexico, and believed to be descendants of Africans. Continue to Palenque for a relaxing two night stay. Enjoy dinner tonight. BLD

Day 5 – Palenque
Palenque is magical. Here, mysterious Mayan ruins are set against a natural backdrop of jungle foliage. See the Main Plaza, the Temple of the Inscriptions and the Group of the Cross. See the four story observation tower rising from the huge rectangular palace. Unique in the Mayan world, this observation tower is believed to have been constructed to view the winter solstice. After lunch, your day is at leisure to enjoy the tropical gardens of your resort. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Yucatán, Campeche
Head north this morning into the Yucatán Peninsula. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Next to the fortified Spanish colonial city of Campeche. Free time to explore the historic center. Your hotel is conveniently located near the main plaza. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Uxmal, Mérida
Morning drive through the Puuc Hills to visit ancient Uxmal, dating back to 600 A.D. At Uxmal, see the Pyramid of the Magicians, the Nunnery Quadrangle, the Governor’s Palace with its 20,000 intricately carved lace-like stones and the Turtle House. Enjoy lunch. Next, drive to Mérida, Yucatán’s capital and cultural center, for a two night stay. Your hotel is ideally located near the Plaza Principal, lined with shops, cafes, strolling mariachis, and serenading guitarists. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Mérida, Chichén Itzá
Morning drive to visit the Mayan-Toltec ruins of Chichén Itzá. See the Castle Pyramid. Visit the Ballcourt, the Sacred Cenote and the Group of a Thousand Columns. Learn about achievements made by the Maya more than 1500 years ago, including the 365 day, 19 month Mayan Haab calendar. Enjoy lunch. Return to Mérida. Drive by Mérida’s colonial mansions. Mérida offers great shopping for paintings, handicrafts, hammocks and huipiles. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 9 – Mérida, Cancún
After breakfast, Caravan transfers you from Mérida to Cancún. Arrive at Cancún airport at 11:30 a.m. Schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Muchas Gracias! B

Day 1 – Mexico City
Welcome to the glory of Old Mexico. See the ancient cultures of the Nahua, Aztec, Olmec, Toltec, and Mayan civilizations. Visit the grand colonial cities of Veracruz and Merida. Arrive in Mexico City, the capital of this fascinating country with exotic indigenous and international cultures, close yet breathtakingly foreign. Caravan provides a taxi transfer from the Mexico City airport for a two night stay at your centrally located hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Dinner is at your hotel, then join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. D

Day 2 – Mexico City, Teotihuacán
This morning, visit Mexico’s grandest archaeological site, Teotihuacán, built by the Nahua. The sixth largest city in the world in 400 A.D., Teotihuacán was mysteriously abandoned 300 years later, centuries before the Aztec occupation. Visit the Jaguar Palace and the Temple of the Plumed Conch Shells. See the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Walk the Avenue of the Dead, flanked by temples and palaces. Enjoy lunch. Then, a brief visit to the National Palace. See the murals of Mexico’s great artist, Diego Rivera. These colorful murals cover Mexico’s pre-Columbian Indian history, the colonial period and the Revolution. Next, drive by Mexico City’s main square and Cathedral. Visit Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park. See archaeological treasures of pre-Hispanic civilizations, including the Toltec, Mexica, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Olmec and Mayan. See the immense Aztec Calendar Stone. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 3 – Mexico City, Veracruz
Morning drive to the port city of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. En route see the towering snow-capped Popocatepetl Volcano, weather permitting. Lunch in Veracruz. For centuries Veracruz has been the crossroads to the Americas, with Caribbean, European, African and Mexican cultures. Explore the romantic plaza, the oldest in Mexico, with strolling mariachis, serenading guitarists and marimba bands. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Villa Hermosa, Olmec, Palenque
Mango orchards and pineapple fields give way to lush vegetation and tropical flowers on your drive east today (a box lunch en route). Photo stop at Villa Hermosa’s La Venta Park. See giant Olmec heads up to twelve feet tall. The Olmecs were the first civilization in Mexico, and believed to be descendants of Africans. Continue to Palenque for a relaxing two night stay. Enjoy dinner tonight. BLD

Day 5 – Palenque
Palenque is magical. Here, mysterious Mayan ruins are set against a natural backdrop of jungle foliage. See the Main Plaza, the Temple of the Inscriptions and the Group of the Cross. See the four story observation tower rising from the huge rectangular palace. Unique in the Mayan world, this observation tower is believed to have been constructed to view the winter solstice. After lunch, your day is at leisure to enjoy the tropical gardens of your resort. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Yucatán, Mérida
Head north this morning into the Yucatán Peninsula. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Next, drive to Mérida, Yucatán’s capital and cultural center, for a two night stay. Your hotel is ideally located near the Plaza Principal, lined with shops, cafes, strolling mariachis, and serenading guitarists. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Mérida, Chichén Itzá
Morning drive to visit the Mayan-Toltec ruins of Chichén Itzá. See the Castle Pyramid. Visit the Ballcourt, the Sacred Cenote and the Group of a Thousand Columns. Learn about achievements made by the Maya more than 1500 years ago, including the 365 day, 19 month Mayan Haab calendar. Enjoy lunch. Return to Mérida. Drive by Mérida’s colonial mansions. Mérida offers great shopping for paintings, handicrafts, hammocks and huipiles. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Mérida, Cancún
After breakfast, Caravan transfers you from Mérida to Cancún. Arrive at Cancún airport at 11:30 a.m. Schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Muchas Gracias! B


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2011 Departure Dates

Jan 7*, 14*, 21*, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
Apr 8, 22
May 13
Jun 17
Jul 8, 15
Nov 4, 11, 18
Dec 2, 23, 30

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2011 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value Great Value
Double $ 1,095 $ 1,195
Triple 1,075 1,175
Single 1,395 1,495

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $199; Triple $188; Single $247

2012 Departure Dates

Jan 6*, 13*, 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
Apr 6, 20
May 18
Jun 22
Jul 6, 13
Nov 2, 9, 16
Dec 7, 21, 28

*indicates Super Value date

Call For Latest Availability

Caravan's tours sell out fast! Please call 1 800 CARAVAN or 312 321-9800 before confirming other travel arrangements to verify availability and place a complimentary hold on your preferred departure date. Other dates may be available.

2012 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value Great Value
Double $ 995 $ 1,095
Triple 975 1,075
Single 1,295 1,395

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $179; Triple $169; Single $219

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How to Reserve Space

Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.

In Latin America, Caravan transfers you between the airport and hotel on the starting and ending dates of your tour.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.

All Meals Included
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Hotels - listed by day

1, 2

Mexico City
Hilton Reforma

3

Veracruz
Gran Hotel Diligencias

4, 5

Palenque
Misión Palenque

6

Campeche
Hotel Del Mar

7, 8

Mérida
Casa del Balam

1, 2

Mexico City
Hilton Reforma

3

Veracruz
Gran Hotel Diligencias

4, 5

Palenque
Misión Palenque

6, 7

Mérida
Casa del Balam

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Back to Top Hotels

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.

Days 1, 2 – Mexico City

Hilton Reforma
The Hilton Reforma (formerly the Sheraton Centro Historico), the epitome of style and comfort, is a five star luxury hotel, centrally located on Juárez Avenue, within walking distance of museums, shops and entertainment. The Hilton Reforma is considered one of the top 10 leading-edge buildings in Mexico and was presented the “Intelligent Building of the Year Award” in 2003 for its unique design, technology, and the most advanced security systems. The beautifully decorated air-conditioned rooms have all the modern conveniences, including data ports, hair dryers and coffeemakers. The rooms feature views of Alameda Park, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, or Mexico City. “The first good lodging to open in the historic district in decades, “ Condé Nast Traveler, 2005.

Days 1, 2 – Mexico City

Hilton Reforma
The Hilton Reforma (formerly the Sheraton Centro Historico), the epitome of style and comfort, is a five star luxury hotel, centrally located on Juárez Avenue, within walking distance of museums, shops and entertainment. The Hilton Reforma is considered one of the top 10 leading-edge buildings in Mexico and was presented the “Intelligent Building of the Year Award” in 2003 for its unique design, technology, and the most advanced security systems. The beautifully decorated air-conditioned rooms have all the modern conveniences, including data ports, hair dryers and coffeemakers. The rooms feature views of Alameda Park, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, or Mexico City. “The first good lodging to open in the historic district in decades, “ Condé Nast Traveler, 2005.

Hotel Photo
 

Day 3 – Veracruz

Gran Hotel Diligencias
The Gran Hotel Diligencias is located in the heart of the city on the historic Plaza de Armas, the main plaza of Veracruz. The local color of the action packed plaza lies just outside its doors. This landmark hotel reflects the elegant taste and grand tradition of the city. The Gran Hotel Diligencias has a business center, health club, fitness equipment, sauna, outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. The modern air-conditioned rooms include cable TV.

Day 3 – Veracruz

Gran Hotel Diligencias
The Gran Hotel Diligencias is located in the heart of the city on the historic Plaza de Armas, the main plaza of Veracruz. The local color of the action packed plaza lies just outside its doors. This landmark hotel reflects the elegant taste and grand tradition of the city. The Gran Hotel Diligencias has a business center, health club, fitness equipment, sauna, outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. The modern air-conditioned rooms include cable TV.

Hotel Photo
 

Days 4, 5 – Palenque

Misión Palenque
Perfectly blended with the landscape, and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Misión Palenque hotel melts with the green exuberance of the tropical rainforest. The rooms have air conditioning, television and a hair dryer. Enjoy tennis, the heated outdoor swimming pool and the outdoor jacuzzi. The hotel's spa offers a prehispanic *temazcal* steam bath and natural clay beauty treatments.

Days 4, 5 – Palenque

Misión Palenque
Perfectly blended with the landscape, and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Misión Palenque hotel melts with the green exuberance of the tropical rainforest. The rooms have air conditioning, television and a hair dryer. Enjoy tennis, the heated outdoor swimming pool and the outdoor jacuzzi. The hotel's spa offers a prehispanic *temazcal* steam bath and natural clay beauty treatments.

Hotel Photo
 

Days 6 – Campeche

Hotel Del Mar
The Hotel Del Mar is located in the historic city of Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico, in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Campeche was founded by the Spaniards in 1540 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of history and colonial architecture. The hotel is located along Campeche's sea side walk with views to the sea and the city. The hotel has shops, a restaurant, sauna and swimming pool.

Hotel Photo
 

Days 7, 8 – Mérida

Casa del Balam
The Casa del Balam is a five star hotel in the heart of Mérida’s cultural and historic center. It was formerly the beautiful family home of Fernando Barbachano Peon, pioneer of Mexican tourism. The hotel has an intimate colonial atmosphere which is enhanced by friendly service. It is a quiet blend of Mexican tiles, terra cotta and wrought iron, with a pretty swimming pool. The Casa del Balam faces the Opera House and and is within walking distance to the main plaza, museums, cathedral, shops and colonial parks.

Hotel Photo
 

Days 6, 7 – Mérida

Casa del Balam

The Casa del Balam is a five star hotel in the heart of Mérida’s cultural and historic center. It was formerly the beautiful family home of Fernando Barbachano Peon, pioneer of Mexican tourism. The hotel has an intimate colonial atmosphere which is enhanced by friendly service. It is a quiet blend of Mexican tiles, terra cotta and wrought iron, with a pretty swimming pool. The Casa del Balam faces the Opera House and and is within walking distance to the main plaza, museums, cathedral, shops and colonial parks.and swimming pool.

Hotel Photo
 

Back to Top Airport Transfer Information

Arrival Transfers

Upon arrival at the Benito Juarez Airport (MEX) in Mexico City, please proceed toward the Taxi 300 taxi stand.  The "TAXI 300" booth is located in the International Terminal E-3, immediately outside of baggage claim on your left hand side about 30 feet. There is a bright yellow sign with the words "TAXI 300". The transfer takes about 35 minutes from the airport to your hotel. If you arrive the day before the tour begins, expect to pay around $20.00 USD for the taxi ride. Please use only TAXI 300 for your independent transfer, the authorized airport taxi service.  Advise that you are proceeding to Hilton Reforma (formerly the Sheraton Centro Historico) across from Alameda Park.

Upon arrival at the Benito Juarez Airport (MEX) in Mexico City, please proceed toward the Taxi 300 taxi stand.  The "TAXI 300" booth is located in the International Terminal E-3, immediately outside of baggage claim on your left hand side about 30 feet. There is a bright yellow sign with the words "TAXI 300". The transfer takes about 35 minutes from the airport to your hotel. If you arrive the day before the tour begins, expect to pay around $20.00 USD for the taxi ride. Please use only TAXI 300 for your independent transfer, the authorized airport taxi service.  Advise that you are proceeding to Hilton Reforma (formerly the Sheraton Centro Historico) across from Alameda Park.

Departure Transfers

Caravan's vacation packages include departure transfers from Mérida to the Cancún Airport (CUN) in Cancún, Mexico on the last day of the tour, arriving by 11:00 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:00 p.m. If you are staying on in Cancún, Caravan will transfer you to your Cancún hotel.

Caravan's vacation packages include departure transfers from Mérida to the Cancún Airport (CUN) in Cancún, Mexico on the last day of the tour, arriving by 11:00 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:00 p.m. If you are staying on in Cancún, Caravan will transfer you to your Cancún hotel.

Airline Info

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:

Mexico City Tour Begins AeroMexico, Air Canada, America West, American Airlines, ATA, AVIACSA, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Mexicana, Midwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways
Cancún Tour Ends Aero Cozumel, AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, ATA, AVIACSA, Continental, Delta, LTU, Mexicana, Sun Country, United Airlines, US Airways

Back to Top Local Weather

Temperature (hi/lo) and Rainfall (inches)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mexico City
temp 70/43 73/45 73/49 79/52 79/54 76/54 73/53 74/54 73/53 72/50 72/47 70/45
rainfall 1.4 0.4 0.5 1.1 2.3 6.2 7.2 6.8 5.7 2.4 0.2 0.3
Merida
temp 83/62 85/63 89/66 92/69 94/72 92/73 92/73 91/73 90/73 87/71 85/67 82/64
rainfall 1.0 0.7 1.1 1.1 3.1 6.8 4.8 5.3 6.1 4.0 1.3 1.2
Cancún
temp 83/67 84/67 86/72 89/73 90/75 90/51 90/75 91/75 89/75 87/74 85/71 83/69
rainfall 3.5 2.2 1.6 1.6 4.6 7.0 4.3 5.9 9.0 8.6 3.8 4.3

Clothing Tips

This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.   See Travel Planner: General Clothing Tips

Back to Top Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tour price?

Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers, 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.

What is not included in the tour price?

Prices do not include 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.

How long will each day be?

A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.

How large will my group be?

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, trains, and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.

What vaccinations are required to enter Mexico?

No vaccinations are required to enter Mexico. Caravan does not have any doctors on staff and does not give medical advice, so please consult your doctor before deciding whether or not to receive any vaccination. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that many Mexican pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" pills. Many travelers believe that Vitamin B-1 and garlic repel mosquitoes, and take garlic and Vitamin B-1 pills for about two weeks prior to and during their trips to the tropics. If you believe this may be of value, please consult your doctor for further information on vitamins. Many travelers also avoid eating bananas, because they believe this smell attracts mosquitoes.

Preparing for the Tropics

For travel to the Yucatan, it is recommended to bring at least one pair of lightweight quick-dry pants (preferably the kind that zip at the knee), and one quick-dry shirt. Also, it is advisable to try to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long pants, long shirts and bringing insect repellent. Many travelers feel that Avon Expedition is an effective anti-mosquito repellent. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that many Mexican pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" vitamins. Many travelers believe that Vitamin B-1 and garlic repel mosquitoes, and take garlic and Vitamin B-1 pills for about two weeks prior to and during their trips to the tropics. If you believe this m ay be of value, please consult your doctor for further information on vitamins and repellents. Many travelers also avoid eating bananas, because they believe mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of bananas. For your visit to the tropics, it is advisable to bring one sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots, a flashlight, a pair of binoculars and a lightweight raincoat. Also don't forget sun block, insect repellant, a good supply of wet wipes and anti-diarrheal medicine.

What is the currency exchange rate for Mexican pesos?

The exchange rate as of October 1, 2006 is 10.82 Mexican pesos to one U.S. dollar.

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Back to Top Customer Reviews of our Mexico’s Ancient & Colonial Cities tour

“We had a wonderful time! This was our first experience with “group travel” and it was fantastic. The hotels, the food, the staff at the hotels, entertainment at lunch were all very good. We would travel with Caravan again and probably soon!”

Mr. & Mrs. D.S., Oshkosh, Wisconsin

“The meals were delicious and well presented, and we enjoyed every bite. Often there were entertainers giving us an opportunity to sample the delightful Mexican music. Breakfasts, with lots of fruit, lunches and dinners with tasty desserts were all great!”

Mr. & Mrs. T.B., Belgrade, Montana

“The price of hotels was a good value! They were in great locations, near city centers. The ruins, markets and music were all beyond expectation. We will be back for other tours. Palenque was incredible!”

Mr. M.D., Cape Elizabeth, Maine

“This is our second tour with Caravan. We went to Costa Rica last summer. We plan to go to Guatemala with Caravan next summer. You have an excellent company. I highly recommend your tours.”

Mr. & Mrs. M.S., Chula Vista, California

“I will recommend Caravan Tours to anyone. They do a great job and offer the most to their customers. I was never dissatisfied on my vacation in Mexico. Thank you for a wonderful vacation. It was an excellent trip. For the value of the trip, we never expected such a great service. You got us hooked and we will travel with Caravan Tours again. We just loved it. Thank you for a great trip.”

Mr. & Mrs. D.T., Winter Springs, Florida

“I enjoyed the whole trip. I will be back for others, Costa Rica perhaps or Copper Canyon maybe. Thanks for a great trip.”

Mr. J.W., Vacaville, California

“Bravo Caravan! I don’t know how you manage to offer such great tours at a great price. The sightseeing and activities were excellent. The guides were also wonderful. The tour director was excellent, far beyond our expectations. It was like having a walking encyclopedia with us.”

Mr. & Mrs. N.P., Clear Lake Shores, Texas

“This is my second Caravan Tours trip and I would do another. You do a great job. Thank you.”

Ms. H.T., Northfield, Illinois

“This was our first trip with Caravan and we were extremely pleased. We are considering other trips with Caravan Tours.”

Mr. & Mrs. R.B., Rushing, New York

“The hotels differed in quality. I definitely felt the Sheraton Five Star hotel in Mexico City was the finest! All hotels were the top of the line considering what was available in each town. The meals were very good to excellent. I cannot say enough about the sightseeing and activities. You can read about these places, but until you see them in person, you are not able to fully appreciate them. Overall, I would give this trip a nine and a half out of ten. I felt that for the money it was an excellent and well worth it trip; although, slightly monotonous, ‘one wonderful adventure after another!’ It was my second Caravan Tours trip and would recommend both, including Copper Canyon, very highly.”

Mr. & Mrs. B.G., Thousand Oaks, California

“It was a great trip, which far exceeded my expectations in every way. I made some wonderful friends most of which I have been in contact with this week. We are all talking about doing a repeat Caravan trip together. I give kudos to you for running an excellent trip.”

Dr. B.H., Indianapolis, Indiana

“I don’t think Caravan will ever find another tour director or driver such as mine. I have been home three days and I am still reaping with joy. The group was superb.”

Ms. A. G., Mount Laurel, New Jersey

“This is our second tour with Caravan and it was the most interesting one. There will be more.”

Mr. & Mrs. F.G., Oak Forest, Illinois

“It was a great trip and a great deal. I am planning another Caravan Tour next year.”

Mr. & Mrs.. G.J., Bartlett, Illinois

“Seeing the pyramids and archeological sites were the focus of the trip, and we found the information provided by local guides very enlightening! We enjoyed our first tour with Caravan to Costa Rica so much we signed up for this Mexico tour, and we were not disappointed! Keep up the good work!”

Mr. & Mrs. C.O., Santa Rosa, California

“I would do this tour again and tell my family and friends about it.”

Ms. M.S., Las Vegas, Nevada

“This was our second tour with Caravan and again it was excellent. We will continue to book tours with Caravan based on the quality of the tour directors, hotels, meals, and pricing and easy access to information.”

Mr. & Mrs. R.D., Oceanside, California

“It was a really good trip.”

Ms. G.G., Warminster, Pennsylvania

“It’s a wonderful trip for historians and archaeologists.”

Ms. U.F., San Diego, California

“I really appreciated that we were allowed more than ample time at most sights. It was so wondrous to think of the ancient peoples of the area living on the very ground I was occupying. It was simply awesome! Overall, the ruins in Palenque were my favorite. The structures were amazing and the jungle backdrop made everything all the more striking. I felt like Indiana Jones. The tour was a great value. The amazing amount of sights and great accommodations made it a very memorable experience. I recommend Caravan to anyone and hope to travel with.”

Mr. T.W., Lemon Gove, California

“Before I share my additional comments with you, I will share a little bit about my personality. I am the type of person who usually stays at five star hotels and is pampered at home. We took this tour because my eleven-year-old son wanted to see and learn about his heritage. We are Mexican-Americans and we live in San Antonio, Texas. All that being said, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the tour.”

Mr. & Mrs. H.T., San Antonio, Texas

“I know I will choose Caravan Tours for my next adventure. I left Mexico feeling that I had learned and seen so much. This was the best vacation I have ever taken.”

Ms. K.P., Baltimore, Maryland

“I am amazed at the good value of Caravan Tours. Before they passed away, my parents always took tours, thinking it was a good choice. My first guided tour several years ago was when the travel agent suggested a Caravan tour. I looked at the price and asked if their hotels had indoor plumbing. I was assured that Caravan Tours did. I much prefer Caravan in terms of quality and good entertainment. While not the major issue, I do prefer the price of Caravan as well.”

Mr. & Mrs. A.W., Salem, Illinois

“With Caravan Tours, you don’t have to worry. The tour, guides, hotels, etc… are the best. I have traveled with a lot of companies and have found Caravan to be A1.”

Ms. K.M., Sacramento, California
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Back to Top About Caravan Tours

Caravan’s Proud History

Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

Trade Association Memberships

ASTA, NTA, CLIA, ACTACaravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

How satisfied are Caravan clients?

The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.

Pitch-Free Travel

Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.