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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.
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||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, Hilton 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
Southern Coast, Maine
Anchorage by the Sea, Nonantum Resort
Master Card, Visa, or check.
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
“This was my dream vacation and along with my husband, best friend and her husband, I couldn’t have asked for a better time. Breakfasts were amazing, the hotels very nice clean and the scenery was just beautiful. The sights were awesome, more than I ever expected. The colors were perfect and the history was out of this world. Saw everything we hoped for plus more than was planned. The fall foliage was at the perfect time and was beautiful. I would definitely take another tour with Caravan. It was a lifetime experience. Everything I wanted to see. Thank you.”Mr. & Mrs. S.B., Minot, North Dakota
“Beautiful, magnificent hotels. The views from the hotels in the mountains were breathtaking. The photo stops were great and offered all the marvelous views of each state. Sightseeing was awesome, so many things to see and do.”Ms. N.K., Apopka, Florida
“Thoroughly enjoyed my first trip with Caravan Tours - will return for other trips! Enjoyed all the sightseeing opportunities and added ideas from our director, who was excellent. Appropriate to pictures, pointed out sites to see. Gave historical info, added stories, answered questions. Provided materials and maps and was always very polite, friendly and cheerful. We had sufficient time to enjoy the surroundings and take pictures. Enjoyed the variety of activities, films, displays. All the hotels were four to five star with clean comfortable beds and self controlled environments. Just a lovely time all around. Will share with friends.”Mr. & Mrs. J.A., Tucson, Arizona
“Over the top! First time to New England and I really felt we covered so much, enough to suit everyone. I’m an artist and took so many pics, I’ll be painting from them for years to come. This was the first guided tour we had ever taken so we did not know what to expect. Tour was GREAT. We thought going in that would be lots of down (boring) time. Wrong. All the activities were well-planned and fun. Tour was set up to provide much to see. The time went by fast and colorfully. We were told by a couple that wasn’t on the tour who saw our Caravan luggage tags that we would have a great time and that Caravan does the best tours. SO TRUE! Thank for a wonderful trip.”Mr. & Mrs. E.L., Aurora, Colorado
“The Caravan value is unsurpassed. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has never traveled to New England states, loves history and beautiful scenery. We were fortunate to enjoy a late fall foliage. Photo stops abound on the multistate tour. We really enjoyed the history and beauty of the region. Our tour guide left no question unanswered. We loved the smaller boutique hotels and the condo with the fireplace.”Mrs. C.D., Reisterstown, Maryland
“This was my first guided tour, and I feel like I hit the jackpot. Our director shared insights into history and was attentive to our needs. Our team worked together to offer us the best views and colors, even making some adjustments along the way. All our short stops were for rest and conveniences and beautiful photo opportunities. All our main activities were well-planned, with plenty of time to enjoy each stop, and the colors were breathtaking. I truly enjoyed this trip. I enjoyed meeting new people and our weather was spectacular. I will definitely recommend Caravan to others.”Ms. F.L., Rusk, Texas
“Excellent. We learned so much more of our country’s history, and our TD was the best. Couldn’t have asked for better. We all laughed and had a great time. We were so pleased with everything we did. All the staff at each hotel were wonderful, and the seafood was terrific. So nice to not worry about our bags and rooms. Love your company and will tell everyone what a great time we had. You are the best!”Mr. & Mrs. S.M., Bayfield, Colorado
“Beautiful locations. Overall an outstanding mix of all New England has to offer with the backdrop of beautiful color. As our director told us, the regional fall colors would leave us wanting more! It was a wonderful experience to be part of this party! Entertaining, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, I would go anywhere with our director. The last hotel in Kennebunkport was our favorite. Loved the Norman Rockwell museum.”Mrs. K.S., Davis, California
“This New England tour is an exceptional value. I did not know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of guide, driver, hotels and food! All sights were appropriate to the day’s themes. Our coach driver was a true gentleman and wonderfully safe. Looking forward to another trip with Caravan.”Ms. S.B., Redwood City, California
“Caravan Tours are always well planned and well paced with respect to interesting, informative, and historically relevant stops, out-the-window sights, and fun-on-the-go interactive activities, games, and discussions with fellow passengers. Always well put together, with rest stops, breaks, well-timed and at nice places with snacks and souvenir items - photo stops are also well-timed and planned, and usually easily accessed for those memorable shots. Our director was as good as it gets, I would go to the moon with her. The local guides were well-spoken, enthusiastic, and adept at demonstrating their craft and explaining their venue and procedures, a good extra dimension for the tour. Mostly comfortable accommodations and nicely appointed, with good local views and the fireplaces were a very nice touch. Caravan coach drivers make the journey smooth as silk; jovial, professional and always helpful.”Mr. & Mrs. J.S., Las Vegas, Nevada
“Our third tour Caravan, this time a reunion with friends from Colorado. Caravan did a good job keeping us near another in the wonderful accommodations, all clean and comfortable and some with great views. We appreciated that.”Mrs. C.H., Decatur, Georgia
“We are very glad we took this tour for our 50th anniversary. We felt the hotel rooms were very good and the baggage handling was well done. We were satisfied with everything we saw and did. Would recommend Caravan to everyone and anyone.”Mr. & Mrs. S.B., New London, Wisconsin
“It’s obvious that Caravan Tours is well organized, knows how to conduct tours and is attentive to giving travelers value for the $$$. Our rooms were always ready upon our arrival and our luggage arrived at our room within a reasonable time. We were very happy with the accommodations. The minutes, hours, and days were filled with educational information and sights of our country, founding fathers and how the other half lives. Thank you Caravan for creating an educational and entertaining experience for us, we look forward to booking in the future. 5 Stars. ”Mr. & Mrs. J.T., Kaneohe, Hawaii
“First class all the way. Roomy, quiet and comfortable hotels. Good balance of scenes and history. Lots and lots of great photo stops. The Calvin Coolidge and Norman Rockwell stops were very interesting. Outstanding director! Great impression from first meeting to departure at the airport. This was our 5th Caravan tour and this one was as great as the previous four. This was hectic at times, but it had to be to squeeze everything in!”Mr. & Mrs. D.J., Clinton, Mississippi
“This trip was the first we’ve ever absolutely enjoyed. We wish we had done this for our honeymoon. It is unusual these days to get much more than you pay for. Totally enjoyed everything we saw and did. Wow, we saw so much, more than we ever imagined and our guides made it even better. Excellent hotels, no complaints, loved them all! The trip was amazing and perfect, don’t change a thing. Best vacation we’ve ever taken. Will definitely do this tour again, along with other Caravan tours. We have made a lot of referrals to my friends. When they saw my pictures they were amazed! Thank you for a great trip!”Mr. & Mrs. R.D., Brusly, Louisiana
“Once again, a great trip, our 3rd with Caravan. We’ve been amazed at the beautiful hotels Caravan uses and this trip was no exception. Loved the farm and boat rides, also just enough shopping. Excellent driver, not to say amazing. He could squeeze that coach through whatever was necessary. Always felt very safe. And our director always kept us laughing, I really enjoyed her!!!”Mr. & Mrs. A.S., Gainesville, Georgia
“This was my fifth Caravan trip and second Fall Foliage tour. I am always looking for areas of improvement and thought I might not like it as much as the first one, but I was wrong. Not only did I enjoy visiting many of the same sites, our director did a great job of adding a few surprises to make it feel unique. Great rest stops and spaced out perfectly. I enjoyed the Sugar Shack and all the walking guides Caravan provided. We were blessed with great weather. Keep up the good work and thank you for another wonderful vacation memory!!!”Mr. R.Y., Worthington, Ohio
“A wonderful tour with a good mix of history, culture, and local flavor. No complaints whatsoever. Especially enjoyed Lexington/Concord and the Rockwell museum. The Bennington rest stop was a welcome addition for this history buff. Our stop at the covered bridge was wonderful. Our driver was safe and courteous, probably the best I’ve had. This was the sixth Caravan tour we have taken. We have enjoyed every one of them and may take a few a second time. We appreciate all the drivers and directors do for us on these tours and the work that your company puts into planning for us.”Mr. & Mrs. S.S., Houston, Texas
“Beautiful part of the country and the history came alive. Caravan planned well. Our guide was excellent in keeping us on track. We loved the history and stories he shared about the places we visited. He made the trip a lot of fun and was patient with those who needed help. Getting to see so many New England small towns and homes was a real treat. We saw a beautiful sunrise. All hotels were excellent with regards to rooms, service and food. In all, a nice trip we would recommend to others.”Mr. & Mrs., Brookville, Ohio
“This was our third trip with Caravan. I believe this tour had the best director of all. Our director was a 10+! Truly a top-notch joy. And all guides were knowledgeable, professional and courteous, sharing history with enthusiasm and humor. All hotels, although very different in character, had wonderful comfortable amenities. Each was representative of the New England area we were visiting. The staff at each made us feel welcome. We found every sightseeing activity stimulating and educational. We were given ample time to enjoy each location. Never felt rushed.”Mr. & Mrs. J.T., Wimberley, Texas
“Wonderful. Don’t change anything. Fantastic, outstanding trip. This is my fifth Caravan tour and your hotels on this trip surpassed all others on a whole. Wide variety of sightseeing and loved our guide. You definitely need to keep him and give him a raise. Will highly recommend it.”Mrs. E.W., Lynchburg, Virginia
“Overall a great tour, more than we expected. We won the leaf lottery and have the pictures to prove it! The covered bridges took my breath away. Loved the shipyards and Rockwell museum. We especially enjoyed the Cape Codder and Anchorage by the sea, spectacular decorations. Our TD was very helpful, she personalized the trip and made it fun!”Ms. V.V., Destin, Florida
“It was a very pleasant, informative trip and full of history. Being a retired event/meeting planner for a major pharmaceutical company, I always enjoy trips that I don’t have to plan. It’s nice to have someone tell you where to be and what time to be there. We were pleasantly pleased with most of the places we visited. Norman Rockwell museum was spectacular. Wonderful. Portland, Maine is also a neat town - very artsy and diverse. It was a great trip and I would do another Caravan tour. I enjoyed making new friends and memories. Thank you to Caravan for the opportunity.”Mr. W.R., Cumming, Georgia
“This was my first tour with Caravan and it was a positive experience. I really enjoyed the opportunity to see all that New England had to offer. Our tour through the states provided plenty of fall foliage and historical sites. From covered bridges to Portland, Maine, many lighthouses. The tour of Breakers reminded me of another era. We had more than enough stops and our director was sensitive to the needs of our group, which was an older crowd. Many on the tour had traveled with Caravan before and had many positive things to say about the tour company which, when compared to others, Caravan is reasonably priced.”Mr. D.A., Poway, California
“This was an awesome trip that I would recommend to all my family and friends. We did have awesome weather and it was much warmer than expected and that was nice. I loved everything, the history, the fall colors and the shopping time. I would not change anything. The hotels were wonderful.”Mrs. J.L., Pleasant Hill, California These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 136 Reviews »
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.