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Old 10-06-2015, 12:06 PM   #1
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Adventure Caravans

Anyone out there have experience with any of their events? Some of them look interesting.

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Old 10-06-2015, 01:06 PM   #2
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Are you asking about Adventure Treks out of Grapvine, TX?

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Old 10-06-2015, 01:53 PM   #3
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No, the organization is called Adventure Caravans. They set up RV Tours and Rallies.
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Old 10-06-2015, 02:28 PM   #4
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We just got off of their Grand Circle tour. This was our first organized tour of any kind and were not sure we would like it. Turns out we did.
They do travel at a faster pace than were are used to but we also got to see a lot and do a lot in 30 days.. They organize everything; the route, the camp ground reservations, side trips, and tours. They also identify things you might want to see in rout to the next destination. All you have to do is show up.
We went on some great excursions that if we were on our own we probably would not have either known about or past up. Plus some, like the jet boat ride up the Colorado or the train ride from Paig AZ to the Grand Canyon are more fu with a group of people you know.
I'm sure the Wagon Master has something to do with it and ours was great.
Will we take another one? Most likely, just don't know which one.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:52 PM   #5
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We ran into one their caravans many times on our Alaska trip last year. We were quite often in the same areas at the same time. We became friends with a couple that were with the group, and they were mostly positive. Said what you would expect to hear as far as negatives, which was mostly having to head out too soon from an area that if by themselves, they would have stayed a bit longer.

They were very positive and pleased with the professionalism of the Wagon Master. And, I'll share that while we were in Tok, the owners of Sourdough Campground (With the world famous Sourdough Pancake Tosser himself, Sourdough Dave!). The park owner said they were expecting a tour group in the next day, and that they were of course pleased for the business, but more so to see the Wagon Master on his first tour of the year. Sorry I can't recall his name, but they said they felt that he was one of the top three Wagon Masters in the industry - at least from an Alaska perspective.

The couple said they would elect to not do such a large trip to Alaska again in a caravan, but would probably going some other tour members that they had befriended in a few shorter trips/rally's that were coming up this year.

That is what I have heard about this group!

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Old 10-07-2015, 11:34 PM   #6
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I have traveled with Adventure Caravans to Alaska and Mexico and am attending their Branson 9 day rally in November. They make a trip nearly effortless for the guest, they do all the campground reservations, provide trip books with routes and locations of gas , attractions, food. The wagonmaster and tailgunner couples are great and assist with coach problems and special needs all along the way. You get the fellowship of traveling with others. They do the same trips year after year so they eliminate the "dud" campgrounds and attractions that you might visit and use if you were traveling on your own. They have some special arrangements with some attractions that come from visting the same places trip after trip in particular on the Alaska trips.

The cons: 1. you are traveling on a schedule and while you can deviate, if you do you are "on your own" and lose the paid campground nights and paid attractions and meals they provide for those days. 2. You pay for the convenience and security of having 2 couples (wagonmaster and tail gunner) facilitating your entire trip. 3. They have many very long travel days on some trips like Alaska, be sure to check their web site for itinerary to see if you think it's for you.

All that said - I have had positive experiences on every Adventure Caravan and will use them in the future. However, I will also consider others like FMCA travel and WIT travel as well.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:42 AM   #7
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Sounds like it might be fun, making new friends and sharing adventures. BUT - why pay the usually very high fees to do the same things you can do if you are traveling on your own? Not being a tightwad here but unless you get a break on CG prices, meals etc. it does not economic sense. Not only that, but if one of you get sick or tired and need to take a couple of days rest, you are 'on your own??'.
Seems like it would make more sense for a group who decide they want to go to Alaska (or where ever) could get together and discuss destinations, routes etc and save the $$ the tour group makes. Set a destination for the end of each day and let each travel at his own pace.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:24 PM   #8
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It's not hard to plan your own trip...really! It's even a simple process for spending all summer in Alaska. The caravans go to the major attractions, as we did. However, we saw a LOT more by going off the main drag, too. Plus, we did it leisurely at our own pace. We also met up with many travelers time after time because we were all heading the same direction.
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We haven't traveled with Adventure, but we've done some with Fantasy RV. Very similar setup. They are nice if you're headed into unknown areas, like going to Alaska. We had heard all the horror stories so we booked a 59 day trip with Fantasy. Had lots of fun and made some new friends and now wouldn't be afraid to go back on our own.
And as mentioned, the Wagon Master can make or break a trip.

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