When decision fatigue has set in, and you’re through seeing the same old same old, it’s time to try an RV caravan tour. There are many trip options, and locations vary. There are trips in Mexico, Canada, and all over the United States. Sound intriguing? Let’s find out what RV caravan tours can offer you.
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What Are RV Caravan Tours?
RV caravan tours are organized tours where you bring your RV and follow others in the group as you visit scenic locations and historic sites. The organizers plan everything for you, including dinners at popular restaurants, happy hours, guided bus tours, and more. Plus, you’ll stop to see many new things!
How Much Do They Cost?
There could be a moment of sticker shock when you see the price of a 45-day tour, but it usually covers your admission, all guided tours, and your overnight campsite each night. Sometimes, it covers meals, gratuities for tour guides, and a few other items.
Tours can run from $4,000 for two people and their RV for a 10-day tour and up to $13,595 for two people for 63 days (Alaska and the Calgary Stampede). Additional guests will increase the price, and family tours can start at $940 per person for the adults.
Benefits of Taking an RV Caravan Tour
The benefits of an RV caravan tour start with having someone else plan your trip. You don’t have to lift a finger to decide where you’ll be staying, eating, or visiting. The tour guides, also called wagonmasters and tail gunners, are ambassadors for the area and the company, making sure you’re informed and safe.
We liken it to the popular bus tours in the 1990s in which the wagonmaster would tell you about everything you were passing while leading the RV caravan. The tail gunners bring up the rear, keeping everyone together.
Another benefit is that you’ll see things that you might not have realized were there. Caravaners often find new and exciting destinations that they might have otherwise skipped over.
Taking an RV caravan tour with others creates instant bonds. During group events, tours, and downtime, you get to meet interesting people. You could meet your new best friends!
Another benefit is having other knowledgeable RVers on the trip with you. The ambassadors can help if your RV has a problem. If it’s something they can fix, they will, but if it’s something that needs more attention, they’ll know nearby mechanic shops to send you.
These tours might be ideal for beginning RVers or weekenders. You’ll select packages that experts have previously put together, giving you a taste of RV life in a shorter period.
Disadvantages of Caravan Tours
Despite all you get in a caravan tour, they’re still very pricey. You’re paying for amenities and features you wouldn’t usually have when traveling to the same destinations, and some might decide the fee isn’t worth it.
Other disadvantages are subjective to your likes and dislikes. If you don’t enjoy being around people and hate small talk, these caravans might not be for you.
Additionally, you might not like the subject matter of the tour, the group size might increase wait times, and some wagonmasters may set a pace that’s too slow or too fast. You might also dislike the schedule. Any of these factors can be sources of frustration.
Caravan Tour Options
There are many RV Caravan tour options. Want to spend 45 days searching out the battlefields of the Civil War and other historic parts of the U.S.? There’s a caravan for that. There are tours for New Mexico, Niagara Falls, Route 66, Baja Mexico, New England, Canada, and many more destinations.
All you have to do is ask around or do a Google search to find one that matches your goals and interests.
There’s a tour company out there for everyone and every style. Research the following list until you find something that you’re interested in. Then read tour reviews to get insider information on its quality.
- Adventure Caravans
- Fantasy RV Tours
- Passport America RV Caravan
- Yankee RV Tours
- FMCA RV Tours – Caravans
- Baja RV Caravan Tours
- RV Adventure Treks to Alaska, the Yukon, and British Columbia
- RV Alaska Tours
- Family RV Caravans
Baja, Mexico, is one of the most popular trips. People feel more comfortable with a wagonmaster who knows the area, language and has relationships already formed with the locals. You’ll have a great time!
Going in the other direction is also popular. Trips to Alaska are exciting and worth the investment to see the wildlife and explore part of our country most people never get to see.
RV caravanners often book tours for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta each year. There are several options for this tour among many companies, but it usually lasts between six to ten days, depending on your choice.
Are RV Caravan Tours Worth It?
If you’ve hit the decision-fatigue spot in your full-time RV life, or if you just don’t want to plan a trip, RV caravan tours might be just what you’ve been looking for.
From short, week-long excursions to two-months+ worth of fun, RV caravan tours can give you the safety, community, and fun that will make your time on the road exciting and fulfilling.
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