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Begins and Ends: Boston
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
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. BD
Day 3 – Martha’s Vineyard
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. B
Day 4 – Rhode Island, Connecticut
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. B
Day 5 – Norman Rockwell, Vermont
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. B
Day 6 – Vermont, New Hampshire
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. BD
Day 7 – Portland, Maine
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. BD
Day 8 – Kennebunkport, Boston
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. B
Fall Foliage in New England
New England is beautiful year-round, but the best departure dates for viewing fall foliage are usually mid to late September through mid-October. Peak fall colors vary yearly and are affected by wind, temperature, and moisture. Caravan’s broad circular tour route, covering all six New England states –Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine – maximizes your foliage viewing opportunities.
Heritage of Mystic Seaport –
Maine Coast: Portland and Kennebunkport –
|May||14**, 21**, 28**|
|Jun||4**, 11**, 25*|
|Jul||2*, 9*, 16*, 23*|
|Aug||13*, 20*, 27*|
|Sep||3*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30|
|Oct||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20|
**indicates Super Value date
*indicates Great Value date
|Room Type||Super Value||Great Value||Special Value|
|Double||$ 1295||$ 1395||$ 1495|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $175; Triple $159; Single $229
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.
$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
Meals included are shown by:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Embassy Suites Logan Airport
Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Doubletree Hilton Hyannis, Cape Codder Resort
Mystic Area, Connecticut
Marriott, Two Trees Inn
Long Trail House
North Conway, New Hampshire
Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, Grand Hotel
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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.
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.
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.
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
The Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa is located in Groton, Connecticut, part of 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.
Two Trees Inn
The Two Trees Inn is a country-style inn located in Foxwoods, Connecticut, part of the greater Mystic area. This full-service hotel features a restaurant, lounge, fitness center and a heated indoor pool. Free WiFi is included in the public areas and all guest rooms. A 24-hour courtesy shuttle departs every 15 to 20 minutes from the front door of the hotel to Foxwoods Casino, just 400 yards away. Here you will find over 30 restaurants from casual to gourmet, six gaming floors, nightly entertainment, shops, a bowling alley, an arcade/game center and elaborate spa facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
|Air Jamaica, Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran Airways, Airtransat, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, America West, American Airlines, American Eagle, American Transair, ATA, British Airways, Cape Air, Continental, Delta, Finnair, Icelandair, Jetblue, KLM, Lufthansa, Midwest Express, SATA, Southwest, Swissair, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic|
This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
Virtually everything! 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.
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.
From cosmopolitan French Canada to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.
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.
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.
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
Out of courtesy to your fellow tour members, please restrict the use of cell phones to emergency use only when you are on the motorcoach. Please also remember to turn off ringers; cell phone conversations and ringers are intrusive and can spoil other passengers' enjoyment of the tour. Please contact your service provider for information regarding cell phone reception areas: many rural areas do not have cell phone network coverage
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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.
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Caravan 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).
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.
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.
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.