Go Guided This Fall Four Reasons to Choose an Escorted Tour for Fall Travel

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There are at least four strong reasons why you can still enjoy an exciting, memorable and affordable vacation this fall.

The trend is toward slow travel, taking the time to explore and see what makes an area tick. It's all about local customs and unique experiences. Our tours are ideally-suited to that kind of geotourism.

Chicago, IL--September 12, 2008--If the idea of an escorted tour makes you think of a harried guide dragging a team of gasping tourists in Bermuda shorts through the vacation equivalent of boot camp think again. "Travel shouldn't be an endurance test," says Brendan Duffy, Marketing Director for Caravan.com, America's leading tour company. "The trend is toward slow travel, taking the time to explore and see what makes an area tick. It's all about local customs and unique experiences. Our tours are ideally-suited to that kind of geotourism."

Caravan's New England Fall Colors tours are a perfect example of the new relaxed attitude in travel. The tours take 8 days to explore the six New England states, ample time to savor regional experiences like a Maine lobster boil and the Martha's Vineyard island ferry. Of course, a slower pace with a focus on local flavor is just one of the reasons to choose an escorted tour for your fall getaway. Here are four reasons to go guided this fall.

1. Convenience - If you don't have much time to plan your fall getaway, a package tour can be a perfect solution. Caravan has already taken care of accommodations, many meals, all site-to-site travel, and one-of-a-kind local tours that will let you get into the spirit of America without a lot of hassle. All you have to do is make one reservation.

2. Value - It's true, buying in bulk translates to big savings. As America's leading tour company, Caravan has access to premium vacation experiences at prices you'll love. "Escorted tours aren't a new idea in travel," says Duffy, "but our affordable all-inclusive packages are a great opportunity for budget-conscious travelers to enjoy an all-American vacation without breaking the bank."
In fact, in a bold departure from the travel industry trend, Caravan announced last spring that it is holding prices at the 2007 level. That's right - no fuel surcharges and no hidden fees for extra bags or special tours. If it's on your itinerary, it's included in your package. All tours start at $995 and help you save six different ways:

  •     No cost to rent or fuel a private vehicle
  •     Limited meal costs with up to two meals included every day
  •     Professional tour directors and local guides
  •     No additional activity costs
  •     Affordable souvenir stops
  •     Distinctive accommodations

3. The Green Factor - Flying is expensive these days, but driving more also means creating more pollution. Buddy up and you'll save gas and cut down on emissions. Caravan tours, with 35 to 45 travelers on each motor coach, are like carpooling for your vacation. You'll save, and so will the environment.

4. A Slower Pace - Call it "slow travel" or "geo-tourism," the fact is many travelers are looking to get to know America firsthand. A New England Fall Color tour is a great way to do that. The relaxed pace lets you enjoy scenic drives traversing the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire and the seashore from Connecticut to Maine. You'll never be bored with highlights like the famous Vanderbilt "summer cottage," The Breakers; a daytrip to the artist communities and historic neighborhoods of Martha's Vineyard; and a visit to the Berkshire Mountain community where Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life.

Your leisurely vacation is flexible enough to include plenty of personal time too. A two-night stay in Hyannis lets you discover the local sites including President John F. Kennedy's summer White House. You'll also have plenty of time to explore the resort communities of Martha's Vineyard and Kennebunk, Maine.

Caravan Tours offers six different packages to destinations in the United States and Canada - all starting at just $995, the same price as the 2007/2008 season. Offerings include scenic and historic landmarks like New England, Nova Scotia, the Grand Canyon, and the Canadian Rockies, as well as major American parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier National Park. Bookings fill up early, but choice tours are still available for fall travel.

Caravan's North American travel destinations include:

  •     New England and Fall Colors of the Northeast
  •     Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
  •     The Grand Canyon
  •     Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park
  •     The California Coast and Yosemite National Park
  •     The Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park

Caravan Tours was founded in 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. The Company's signature all-inclusive, escorted tours were immortalized in 1965 in a Roger Mudd TV special that became the basis for the romantic comedy, If it's Tuesday this Must be Belgium. Over its fifty-plus year history, the tour company has been recognized with numerous awards for service and innovation, most recently receiving the Sierra Madre Explora award for positively impacting Mexico's Copper Canyon region. In addition to destinations throughout the United States and Canada, Caravan offers tours to destinations in Mexico and Guatemala, and is the largest tour operator in Costa Rica. For more information or to request a free information guide, visit caravan.com.


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