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Old 11-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Alaskan Caravan Tours

We just got our first motorhome and are planning to join one of the caravan tours to Alaska this summer. We are looking at three operators. Discovery RV 34 day tour which supposedly has staff along who can walk your dogs if you are gone on a lengthy activity as well as a technician. Secondly, we are considering Fantasy which as availability on a 48 day cruise and finally Adventure Trek. Does anyone have any direct experience which they can share? We have two dogs both of whom love to travel, 16 1/2 years old and 5 years old.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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We went without a caravan, just used the Mile Post book as a guide. We stopped more often, stayed longer at places then the caravans saw many caravans along the way. The caravans are on a schedule and if your like us, get up when you want, drive what you want in a day, see a nice spot to pull over for lunch when you feel like it or even stay a extra day at one place then a caravan is not for you. Also they say if you have a problem they will try to help, believe me if you happen to have a breakdown they can not fix wave good bye. They will leave you behind. For us not worth the extra cost or running on someones else schedule.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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We have been to Alaska twice now to spend the entire summer, 2010 & 2012. No caravans for us.

I have one son living in Anchorage with grandchildren and another son living in Fairbanks.

I want to travel on my schedule and see everything that I determine to be important to me.

We will return to Alaska in the spring of 2105 to spend the summer once again.

The caravans never show up until sometime in late June or early July and they are gone by the end of August.

We get there early to mid May and leave mid to late September. The best time to come and go!

If you NEED to travel with people for that "security blanket" then the caravans are the way to go otherwise, it is far more adventuresome to travel by yourself.

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I think you'll find the majority of rv'ers who travel to Alaska, do so on their own. Be aware that there are only a couple of ways you can go and you'll find just about the same rv'ers you met at the previous stop at the next one. By the time you actually reach the state line, you will be in sort of a caravan...just not organized.

As others mentioned, traveling alone provides you with the ability to go where you want, stay where you want, see what you want, stay as long as you want...Not so in a structured and scheduled caravan and you will shovel out huge amounts of $$ for the privilege.

In addition to the Milepost, I highly recommend Mike and Terri Church's book Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping by Mike and Terri Church. No paid advertizements to sway the author's recommendations.

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Old 12-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #5
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All good points. My BIL paid several thousand dollars for a western US caravan. I asked why they could not do the same itinerary and saved the money They were traveling with another MH with their daughter and SIL. He said it was his wife's deal and he was just along to see the country and do whatever she wanted to do. Later they both admitted this was a foolish expenditure.
If you feel more secure with a large group, then by all means use it - especially if you are brand new to RVing
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Exactly what others have already said. We went on our own in 2010, several stops where longer than planned just because there was much to do and see. Just take a Milepost and have a leisurely trip.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:59 PM   #7
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Lived in Alaska for a few decades - just get a copy of the Milepost and have fun!

The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner

The road is paved, facilities are set forth in the Milepost, and the drive is unforgettable...
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I considered a caravan, but decided we wanted more flexibility. We had a great time in AK last summer on our own. We only made reservations outside Denali, haines, and in Homer and didn't really need to do so. The reservations were necessary for a 50A site. With a 45-foot MH we were always able to find an acceptable CG by calling ahead at lunch time.

As others said, don't leave without a current copy of the Milepost.
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I don't know where you leaving from or your planned point of entry to Canada, but you are welcome to join us on our trip next year. There are two motorhomes (BIL and us) and we are planning on leaving St. Louis mid-March. We will tour the southwest states before heading over to California for the drive north. We have no set dates, but thing we will hit Canada around the end of May. We are going to take our time on the trip, stopping when we see something we want to view closer. We would vw happy to have you join us if it will make you feel safer. Our total trip will be about six months long, we think.
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Take a tour if you want to travel on some one schedule. The roads are OK, not near as bad as often portrayed. we spent 4 weeks with a caravan and would NOT do any tour again. Get Mile Post book and GO! When you get some where you like you can spend extra time. The money you save from NOT purchasing a spot on a tour can go for extra days & nights enjoying things you like. We had 2 dogs and didn't have any problems walking or stopping for the dogs. Our dogs use the puppy pads and don't even go outdoors at home as we have wild coyotes, raccoons, wild boar in areas. so they would be food for the critters. safe travels... ed
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We're going to Alaska next summer. There will be four rigs in our group; two from Saskatchewan, Canada and two from Georgia, USA. A couple of us have traveled together before so we know we'll have fun.

A suggestion to Americans coming to Canada. Plan your trip to take you on the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise, Alberta and Jasper, Alberta. It's a spectacular road and the mountain vistas will take your breath away.
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We're going to Alaska next summer. There will be four rigs in our group; two from Saskatchewan, Canada and two from Georgia, USA. A couple of us have traveled together before so we know we'll have fun.

A suggestion to Americans coming to Canada. Plan your trip to take you on the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise, Alberta and Jasper, Alberta. It's a spectacular road and the mountain vistas will take your breath away.
I will "second" your suggestion about the Ice-Fields Parkway. On our way to Alaska back in the spring of 2012 we traveled through both Banff and Jasper NP's and by FAR the trip through Jasper NP was AWESOME.

We are going back to Alaska for the summer of 2015 and then it's off to the East Coast. My plan is to travel through both NP's once again coming back from Alaska but this time it will be fall season whereas in 2012, it was still winter the end of April when were there.

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A suggestion to Americans coming to Canada. Plan your trip to take you on the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise, Alberta and Jasper, Alberta. It's a spectacular road and the mountain vistas will take your breath away.

Our plan is to return via Alberta and hit the sight as we return to USA. If we have time we will continue on to Yellowstone on our way home.
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The Canadian Rockies are one of the more picture perfect in our travels to Alaska. While Alaska in large and expansive. The Canadian Rockies are close and very dramatic. Good luck on your trip.

See your travels to Alaska through the Canadian Rockies in June of 2012 on our blog: RVGR8escape

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