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Begins and Ends: Boston
Caravan New England Vacations include visits to several historical USA destinations. These include Boston’s Old North Church where Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride, Battle Green where the American Revolution started, and of course a stop at Plymouth Rock Monument near Boston.
Plymouth Rock Massachusetts is where it is believed that pilgrims from the Mayflower arrived in the United States in 1620.
These all-inclusive New England Fall Foliage Tours run from May to October and are most popular in September and October when you can experience the exceptional fall colors of the US East Coast. These fall colors tours are also a great way to see the historical sites critical to the founding of the United States, including Plymouth Rock Monument.
Caravan’s all-inclusive New England vacation packages include all itinerary accommodations, meals, ground transportation, airport transfers, and all itinerary excursions.
To Book a New England Fall Foliage tour
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The famous Plymouth Rock Monument is the historical landing place of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims. While not officially confirmed, the 10-ton glacial erratic boulder is commonly believed to be the steppingstone for the pilgrims into the New World. This famous landmark attracts nearly one million people annually who come to see the iconic location and boulder that represents freedom and new opportunities for new Americans.
The Plymouth Rock Monument is located in the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts approximately 40 miles southwest of Boston and just 52 miles before Martha’s Vineyard, your next stop on the tour. Guests of Caravan Tours visit Plymouth Rock Monument on their way from Boston to the southern shore of Cape Cod.
It wasn’t until nearly 100 years after the Mayflower arrived that the first official mention of Plymouth Rock occurred. Historical records show that in 1715 Plymouth Rock was referred to as a “great rock.” Then, in 1741, Elder Thomas Faunce made the first official claim that Plymouth Rock was the landing place of the pilgrims at a time when the town of Plymouth was making plans to build a wharf and bury the rock.
Faunce’s sentimental attachment to the rock (including making a tearful goodbye) made such an impression on the residents that they decided to adjust their wharf plans and signify the importance of this area by creating the Plymouth Rock Monument.
In 1774, Plymouth Rock was split into two pieces – the bottom half remained in place at the wharf and the top half was moved to the town’s meeting place. Later, in 1834, the top half of the rock was again moved to Pilgrim Hall.
Over the years the rock has been relocated several times throughout the town of Plymouth. Today, it is estimated that only one-third to one-half of the top part of the rock still remains.
At present, Plymouth Rock Monument is located inside the Pilgrim Memorial State Park and is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. While many visitors comment that Plymouth Rock is not nearly as large as they anticipated, it is important to note that up to half the rock has been moved or chiseled away over the past 300 years.
The excitement of visiting Plymouth Rock Monument lies in what this New England area represents – new beginnings, hope, and freedom. Many visitors also have ancestors who first arrived in the United States at this New England location, which adds even more special meaning.
On September 15, 1620 the Mayflower, with 101 people on board, left the town of Plymouth in England, and sailed towards America. When the Mayflower finally reached land on December 26, 1620, the pilgirims came ashore and built the Plymouth Colony. Many attribute the naming of Plymouth Rock to William Bradford, the first governor of the new colony.
Plymouth Rock is estimated to be a total of 10 tons. Only the top third of the rock (about 4 tons) is visible. The rest of the rock (about 6 tons) is buried under the sand. As mentioned above, only one-third to one-half of the original rock remains. The rest has been lost due to relocation over the years, as well as people chipping off pieces of the rock for souvenirs in the 18th and 19th centuries.
No, you can’t touch the Plymouth Rock Monument as an iron gate and columns now protect it.
Caravan Tours began as a family run, fully guided tour company back in 1952. Since then, we’ve grown a lot and now offer affordable all inclusive tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America. We are still a family owned and operated tour company!
For more information about Plymouth Rock Monument or about our New England Fall Foliage tours please contact us:
|May||15**, 22**, 29**|
|Jun||5**, 12**, 19*, 26*|
|Jul||3*, 10*, 17*, 24*|
|Aug||14, 21, 28|
|Sep||4, 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||$ 1,195||$ 1,295||$ 1,395|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $165; Triple $149; Single $209
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.
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.
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.