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Old 07-11-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Is anybody familiar with RV Tour Groups such as Fantasy Tours? Visited with a couple at a CG and the concept sounded interesting. Know very little about RV Tour Groups and interested to hear pros and cons. Thanks
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We have taken two Fantasy tours: One for the Rose Parade in Pasadena and the other was the Calgary Stampede. Both were over $2,000 but lots of side tours provided as part of the package price. You could probably do similar arrangements for yourself but it would be an effort to get the real good area in the grandstands and set up the other events provided by the tour group. If memory serves me correctly these were about 4 or 5 nights, breakfast rolls & coffee every morning and a couple of dinners. I think it would be best if you do these to go with a another RV friend. Seems like some of the people can be standoffish. The staff were very friendly & helpful.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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Thanks 1ciderdog - I have ordered a catalog - more from curiosity. The couple I visited with at CG had visited the Eastern part of US and talked of some of the side trips they enjoyed. Sounded like an easy way to see things you might otherwise miss on your own. Thanks
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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Just got the Fantasy catalog and the trips seemed a little pricy for us so guess I answered my own question. Thanks
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We have participated in the Kentucky Derby rally with Adventure Caravan Tours and really enjoyed it. I agree they are a bit pricy, but we figured we would only do something like that once.

We are signed up for the Adventure's fall colors tour in New England this fall. We will see how that goes.

We will probably not ever do this kind of thing again though.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #6
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Thanks Chaunclm - sounds like a good way to get acquainted with an unfamiliar area.
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barbaram, You don't have any info on your coach, but most manufacturers have a club of some sort associated with them. See if there is an owners group. They sometimes have their own trips and they are generaly less pricy.
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Thanks 99-Am. Star, Will have to look into that.
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Fantasy tours has somehow aligned themselves with the FMCA and offer small discounts to members.

We've never taken a formal tour before, but have signed up with Fantasy for the Albuquerque balloon fest next year. This gets us right on the festival grounds and it includes a few local area tours and a few meals. I'll let you know after the fact if we felt it was worth it.
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Fantasy tours has somehow aligned themselves with the FMCA and offer small discounts to members.

We've never taken a formal tour before, but have signed up with Fantasy for the Albuquerque balloon fest next year. This gets us right on the festival grounds and it includes a few local area tours and a few meals. I'll let you know after the fact if we felt it was worth it.
I received a catalog from them recently and the Balloon Festival looks amazing. Plan to trying to talk DH into that trip.
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Friends of our told us of this when they travel. They stop in towns and go to the Chamber of commerce Office. Many have guided tours of interesting places by way of a recorded devices you rent and then return. Or printed maps of historical places to drive and see.
We tried a tour once and found it did not fit our travel criteria.
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Fantasy tours has somehow aligned themselves with the FMCA and offer small discounts to members.

We've never taken a formal tour before, but have signed up with Fantasy for the Albuquerque balloon fest next year. This gets us right on the festival grounds and it includes a few local area tours and a few meals. I'll let you know after the fact if we felt it was worth it.
FYI.....Lake Havasu in Arizona also has a balloon festival every year in January....great event if you like balloons and you can stay at the Islander RV Resort, which is walking distance to the event. Just another option for those who like balloons.
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We caravaned with another motor home/car, for 6 weeks out west. Did the Illinois Samboree, the New Mexico, and Arkansas Sanborees, the Albuquerque ballon fest. And everything in between. And we still did not see all that there is out there. Our COST ??? $89.00 a day. Can't do that on those affore mentioned "cruises.
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We have made three caravan tours with Adventure Caravans (Google them) and have enjoyed each of them. Normally, for U.S. travel, we go it alone or with another RV'er but for Mexico (two tours) the arrangements and group security was well worth the price. Our most recent tour, summer 2011, was to Newfoundland-Labrador and the ferry scheduling would have been a problem for us but the tour people handled everything smoothly, a great experience.

Tours are available through various groups/organizations and through commercial companies. Many groups sponsoring tours don't have staff for the job, so they subcontract with commercial companies, so the tour activities and prices are similar. The usual caravan arrangement is for two staff RVs; a wagon master and a tail gunner, usually couples. Small caravans probably have one staff RV.

In my experience, the tours give you the advantage of experienced leaders with prearranged reservations and more activities than are usually done by the lone RV'er. The main disadvantage is cost, much of which is explained by campground fees, entertainment expense and tour staff expense. Our tours were not lockstep, with plenty of latitude to deviate from the schedule, depending on the situation and the preferences of the individual participants.

As always, different stokes for different folks.

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