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20 Day America's Civil War
Start Date Mar 28, 2024
End Date Apr 16, 2024
2 Other Dates

Starts: Charleston, SC Ends: Gettysburg, PA

Trace the journey of the Confederate Army, from Fort Sumter to Gettysburg, on our America's Civil War RV Caravan. Explore historic battle sites, memorials, and museums. Join us to honor the transformative events that shaped our nation.
  • 19 Camping Nights
  • 31 Events & Meals
  • Highlights & Map
  • Daily Itinerary
  • Price & What's Included
  • Activity Level
  • Trip Extensions
  • Customer Reviews
  • Travel Insurance
  • FAQs

Highlights & Map

  • 19 Camping Nights
  • 31 Events & Meals

Highlights


Visit Fort Sumter – Starting Place of the Civil War

Explore Historic Battlefields

Living History Interpretations and Civil War Reenactments

Battle of Gettysburg Private Guided Tour

Battles for Chattanooga atop Lookout Mountain

Southern Museum of Civil War

Virginia Military Institute Museum

Carriage Tour of Old Town Charleston

H.L. Hunley Submarine Tour

Explore Appomattox – Lee’s Surrender




Tour Map

  • 1158 Driving Miles
  • 129 Avg Miles Per Travel Day

Daily Itinerary

  • 1158 Driving Miles
  • 129 Avg Miles Per Travel Day
 

  • Orientation and Get Acquainted Social
  • Welcome Dinner
  • H.L. Hunley Submarine Tour--one of the most unique tourist experiences available in Charleston
  • Local Lunch
  • McLeod Plantation Historic Site
  • Carriage Tour Of Old Town Charleston--Experience 25-30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown district
  • Cruise thru Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter Site - Experience where the Civil War began…the ONLY tour that stops at Fort Sumter and disembarks visitors to spend time on the National Historical Park.

  • OPTIONAL-Relic Room and Military Museum--a unique opportunity to discover and explore the state’s military history
  • OPTIONAL--South Carolina State House--The South Carolina State House and grounds of the Capitol Complex are home to many beautiful portraits, monuments, plaques and other works of art.

  • Private Motorcoach
  • Step on Guide
  • Southern Museum of Civil War
  • Marietta Civil War Walking Tour
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  • OPTIONAL- Gone With the Wind Museum
  • OPTIONAL-Explore Lake Lanier

  • Campground Cookout – food, fun and friends!
  • Incline Railway to the top of Lookout Mountain--The thrill of riding "America's Most Amazing Mile" has delighted guests for over a century.
  • Battles for Chattanooga atop Lookout Mountain--lets you experience the battles as they were fought over 150 years ago – the battles that sealed the fate of the confederacy.
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Self Drive Tour--Join a park ranger for a 90 minute to 2 hour car caravan tour of the battlefield.


  • OPTIONAL ENROUTE- Stand in Two States at Once--Two great states, two fantastic cities, one incredibly welcoming community – that’s Bristol!
  • Private Motorcoach Transportation
  • Lexington City Tour--includes stops at the Burial of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and the Virginia Military Institute and Museum
  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery--General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, and Margaret Junkin Preston - the Civil War Poet Laureate of the South - are buried here.
  • University Chapel and Museum--named a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
  • Virginia Military Institute Museum Guided Tour--collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits the heritage of VMI as recorded in the 15,000 artifact collection.
  • Local Lunch
  • Jackson House Tour

  • McLean House - Site of Robert E. Lee's Surrender
  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park--experience the history of the village that was the site of the surrender in 1865
  • American Civil War Museum-Appomattox--Appomattox is deeply embedded in the consciousness of people from the many states and nations who study the Civil War and American history.

  • Battle of New Market Tour--Self-guided tour of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War; shopping at the General's Store; Field of Lost Shoes, our Emmy award-winning film on the Battle of New Market
  • OPTIONAL - Endless Caverns Guided Tour--Discovered in 1879, Endless Caverns has been thrilling visitors with their underground treasure for generations.

  • Guided Tour of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park -- A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past.
  • Guided Tour of Antietam National Battlefield--The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Battle of Gettysburg Private Guided Tour-- recounting the events of those fateful three days and the strategies used by both armies to better understand the decisions made!
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Goodbye Continental Breakfast – grab some food and coffee before we part ways



Price & What's Included

Price Includes

 
  • Professionally Planned Route & Itinerary
  • Guaranteed Campground Reservations
  • Expert Guides – WagonMasters & TailGunners*
  • Trip Log with Turn-by-Turn Directions
  • Transportation to/from Included Activities
  • Gratuities for Included Meals & Excursions

Pricing & Payment Options

Pay by check and receive a deep discount, or choose our 0% interest, affordable monthly payment plan!

$4,995

2 Guests in Rig

$4,095

1 Guest in Rig

Making Tours Affordable

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Payment Options
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We’re proud to be the official travel partner of some of the largest RV clubs and manufacturers in the world, which allow us to offer discounts to their members and customers. Read More>>
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Activity Level - LOW

Group Size

  • This trip has a group size up to 23 rigs plus WagonMasters & TailGunners* exclusive to 20 Day America's Civil War

Pacing

  • 1158 Driving Miles
  • 129 Average Daily Miles
  • 20 days, with 19 camping nights including 31 events & meals

Physical Requirements

  • Short to moderate walking distances (15 to 30 minutes); likely to include ramps and/or short runs of stairs. May include extended periods of standing or sitting.



    Tours require that you are responsible for yourself and your ability to get on and off all Transportation Services.



    Activity Ratings are intended to provide information for those who do not use mobility devices.



    If you require a mobility device, please be aware that guests must travel with a companion that is responsible for loading, unloading and securing their device on all excursions.



    Guests with mobility challenges and walking limitations may not be able to participate in all activities.

*TailGunners only on Caravans with 14 or more guest rigs

Trip Extensions

More than ever, our guests are spending more time on the road and are excited to make the most out of their vacation. By choosing from the 140 pre- and post-trip extensions that we offer, or adding on optional activities to the itinerary, there are many ways you can personalize your experience to make it the vacation of your dreams.

Many Guests Choose Pre- or Post-Trip Extensions

Chances are, you’re traveling quite far to join us on one of our tours. Why not make the most of it with pre- and post-trip extensions? By adding on another tour, it will give you the opportunity to extend your vacation and maximize your time in the geographical region. On this 20 Day America's Civil War trip, you will have 2 extensions to choose from: Norfolk NATO Festival & Tattoo Rally, Made In America Music.

Maximize Your Time in the Area

Consider building in extra time for yourself in Charleston, SC (Rally Point) or Gettysburg, PA (End Place) to relax and get adjusted or give yourself time to explore on your own before or after your 20 Day America's Civil War trip. Extending the length of your stay can truly make your trip everything you’ve ever dreamed about and give you the opportunity to enjoy more of what each destination has to offer.

Post-trip: Norfolk NATO Festival & Tattoo Rally Apr 17, 2024 to Apr 22, 2024Rally Point: Virginia Beach, VA

Immerse yourself in a patriotic celebration honoring the NATO Alliance and its member nations at the Norfolk NATO Festival & Tattoo Rally. The Tattoo features hundreds of performers and combines tradition and entertainment, featuring bagpipers, military bands, fife and drum corps, and drill teams. Explore and expand your knowledge at the renowned Virginia Air & Space Museum, and then unwind on the sandy shores of Virginia Beach. Book your spot today and be a part of this extraordinary celebration.

Post-trip: Made In America Music May 09, 2024 to May 21, 2024Starts: Nashville, TN Ends: Branson, MO

Get your toes to tappin’ on our Made in America Music guided RV tour that visits the music meccas of Nashville, Memphis and Branson. Live shows and landmark tours of these melodious cities open up the world of country, jazz, blues and even contemporary music. Visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the historic Sun Studio and the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Even though there’s an itinerary and planned route, we want you to enjoy your vacation to the greatest extent. With their unmatched understanding of the area and commitment to enriching your travel experiences, your WagonMasters will be there to help you choose and schedule the best optional activities that aren’t included in the itinerary. Here’s a sampling of the optional activities offered on the 20 Day America's Civil War trip:


    • On Day 4--South Carolina State House--The South Carolina State House and grounds of the Capitol Complex are home to many beautiful portraits, monuments, plaques and other works of art.

    • On Day 4-Relic Room and Military Museum--a unique opportunity to discover and explore the state’s military history

    • On Day 7- Gone With the Wind Museum

    • On Day 7-Explore Lake Lanier

    • On Day 11 ENROUTE- Stand in Two States at Once--Two great states, two fantastic cities, one incredibly welcoming community – that’s Bristol!

    • On Day 15 - Endless Caverns Guided Tour--Discovered in 1879, Endless Caverns has been thrilling visitors with their underground treasure for generations.




Customer Reviews

There’s no better way to learn what a trip is like than from the firsthand experiences of your fellow travelers. Our Traveler Reviews are the real deal—unbiased and unedited—giving you an honest appraisal of the experiences that await you on this trip.

 
 

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RV travel is fun and exciting, but the unexpected can happen. Losing the cost of a trip due to cancellation or an unexpected medical emergency during your trip can add the expense of physicians, hospitalization, or a medical evacuation, all of which can be overwhelming.

Travelers want to move about with confidence and peace of mind that comes from protecting both their health and finances. There are NO infectious disease exclusions - meaning that COVID-19 is covered as any other illness.

TME Travel Insurance provides a suite of insurance options for all styles of travel. Additional benefits are available when you purchase COMPREHENSIVE TRIP CANCELLATION, such as optional Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage on the TME Elite Plan when purchased within 14 days of booking your tour. Plans cover both domestic and international travel.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

Fantasy RV Tours offers two different types of RV vacations: Caravans and Rallies. An RV Caravan is a professionally-guided tour that travels from destination to destination on a pre-planned route. A Rally is also pre-planned and led by professional Travel Ambassadors, but explores one area or event, e.g. Rose Parade or Washington DC. To learn more, click here.

On each of our RV Tours, you’ll be led by professional leaders – WagonMasters and TailGunners – who are collectively known as Travel Ambassadors. To learn more and to meet our ambassadors, click here.

We often suggest scattered travel during a caravan with groups of 2 to 4 RVs traveling at a safe distance apart who may enjoy similar points of interest. Of course, you may travel independently at your own pace – enjoying sites and side trips. Your Travel Ambassadors are there to ensure safety for the entire group. It’s your vacation, so we offer options – we want you to enjoy safety, comfort and freedom. Typically, in Mexico, guests prefer to travel convoy style.

Yes. You’ll want to make reservations early to reserve your space. Reservations are prioritized in the order received. Most of our caravans are limited to 22 RVs, while rallies are determined individually.

Yes! Budget your vacation with our interest-free monthly payment program and reserve your spot with the first month’s payment. You can also secure your spot with just a 15% deposit and, no matter which payment option you choose, if you pay by check, you’ll receive a discount. For more details, click here or contact our Customer Support Team at 800-952-8496.

Yes. With every tour you take, it pays in savings! For each Rally, you’ll earn $50 in future travel credits. For each Caravan, you’ll earn $100 in future travel credits. You can also build your way up to different status levels that earn you additional benefits. For full program details, click here.

Yes. When a new customer is referred by you and completes their tour, you’ll receive $50 in future travel credits for a Rally and $100 in future travel credits for a Caravan. For full program details, click here.

Yes and no. Caravans require an RV; whether owned or rented. Some of our rallies have an option to stay in a cabin or hotel, which is indicated in the tour information. If traveling in an Overseas caravan, an RV rental will be provided.

 

Tour Reservations

Our tour prices include all RV site accommodations, meals, events and activities as listed on the itineraries. To see a full list of what’s included in all tours, click here.

No. The price listed (2 Person Price/Rig) is the total price for 2 people in 1 rig. The 1 person price/rig is the total price for 1 person in 1 rig. The Add’l Person Price/Rig is the price of each additional person beyond the 2 Person Price/Rig.

We have various payment options, some of which offer deep discounts. For more details, click here or contact our Customer Support Team at 800-952-8496.

Once you make your deposit, we guarantee the price! If our suppliers increase their prices, you will not be stuck with an additional cost for your trip. Beware of other tour companies that add a surcharge for tours purchased with a credit card or who reserve the right to raise their price after you make your initial reservation.

We reserve the right to substitute accommodations, transportation and/or itineraries when we deem it necessary or advisable.

If you need to switch your tour up to 150 days prior to departure, your tour monies will be transferred less a switch fee. To view the full details, click here.

If you need to cancel your reservation, please call us at 800-952-8496. To view the full details of our cancellation policy, click here.

We facilitate trip cancellation insurance on our website via TME Travel Insurance. To learn more, click here.

Our partnerships with Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), Good Sam Club, AIM Club & Winnebago allow us to offer exclusive discounts not available to the general public or any other tour company. Occasionally we offer additional discounts. Call 800-952-8496 for the latest offers.

 

Getting Ready for Your Tour

You will receive a pre-rally information packet approximately 90 days before the tour begins, which includes the detailed itinerary, a vehicle preparation checklist, travel tips, medical forms and the contact information for your WagonMasters.

Make sure your vehicle(s) is in top condition before you leave home. Have in your possession the warranty packet and information that came with your motorhome, fifth-wheel, or travel trailer. Know the name of the dealer and location of the original purchase, factory telephone numbers, warranty numbers, as well as year, make, and model in order to get parts delivered quickly, if necessary.

Use the Vehicle Preparation Checklist (provided in the pre-rally information packet) to assure your equipment is ready for the tour. Most people travel without ever having a breakdown. In fact, you will probably complete your tour and never have any kind of mechanical problem. Your Travel Ambassadors will do a basic vehicle inspection before the tour begins and advise you of any potential problems or recommended things to do to help preclude any damage to your vehicle.

On traveling caravans, we recommend a tow vehicle to maximize your freedom. Most caravans have free days to explore but ultimately, it is an individual preference to tow.

Passports are required for Canada, Mexico and Overseas tours. Please note: Some USA tours require passports if they travel into Canada.

You are required to have a Travelers Visa, but we’ll take care of obtaining and paying for the visa once we receive a copy of your passport. We’ll send this information to you a few months before the tour begins.

Yes. You must have a Mexico Liability policy for each motorized vehicle and we’ll provide you with information regarding purchasing the liability policy.

YES! We are a pet friendly company. However, it is your responsibility to care for your pet. During Polar Bear tours – you will be away from your pet 3 nights. Canadian Atlantic Province tours with an overnight ferry crossing – you will be away from your pet 1 night. There are pet accommodations available for those tours. Pet care fees are your responsibility. Canada and Mexico require proof of rabies vaccination.

On caravans with less than 25 rigs, your WagonMaster will make an introductory call to each guest on the tour after you receive your customer packet. On all other caravans and rallies, you will be contacted by email which will include direct contact information for your WagonMaster. 

No. Many of our guests enjoy arriving early or extending their trip once the Caravan is over, so we want to give you the freedom to do so. We’ve also found that guests prefer traveling on specific airlines, flying at certain times of the day or booking their flights with frequent traveler miles. We want to give you the ultimate freedom to fully maximize your vacation.

Any in-country flights that are listed on the itinerary are included in the price of the tour.

 

While on Tour

Before the tour begins, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive, up-to-date, field-researched Trip Log with turn-by-turn directions and popular landmarks.

Tips for meals, bus drivers and special guides are included in the tour price. Customers should feel free to tip any service providers they feel go ‘the extra mile’. Gratuities are certainly welcome, but not required for your WagonMaster and TailGunner – they strive to provide exemplary service, above and beyond the call of duty during your entire tour.

Typically, ferry fees are included unless stated otherwise on the itinerary.

If you have special dietary needs, notify your WagonMaster before the tour begins. Some of the vendors we use will be able to accommodate and some do not have the ability to do so. Be prepared with your own food substitution for situations in which your special food need cannot be accommodated.

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable vacation, each tour has an Activity Rating, which is indicated in the tour information. Most tours include walking tours and guided excursions aboard buses, boats, trains, subways and planes. This scale will help you decide if you can participate in all activities included with each tour. Guests with mobility challenges and walking limitations may not be able to participate in all activities.

Activity Ratings are intended to provide information for those who do not use mobility devices. If you require a mobility device, please be aware that guests are responsible for loading, unloading and securing their device on all excursions. Some of our tours prohibit the use of Scooters, which is indicated in the tour information.

Certain tours are not scooter or wheelchair accessible, which is indicated in the tour information. On tours where all mobility devices are allowed, guests relying on the aid of walkers, crutches or other mobility devices must travel with a companion capable of assisting. Guests with mobility challenges may not be able to actively participate in all activities included in the tour itinerary.

We always strive to reserve as many 50 amp spaces as possible. However, some campgrounds will not have enough 50 amp spaces for everyone. At most campgrounds, 30/50 amp power is standard. Please note that some campgrounds in Alaska, Canada and Mexico may be more primitive than in the Lower 48. Be prepared to use limited power or dry camp on a few occasions.

On most days, WagonMasters hold nightly travel meetings to brief you on the next day’s activity schedule. In addition, the WagonMasters will have a whiteboard in the front window of their RV that has the daily schedule and any changes that may have occurred.

We use family radios and cell phones. Your WagonMaster will explain the best means of communication for the next day’s travel at the nightly travel meeting.

There may be opportunities in which you may want to enjoy side trips and optional tours that are not included in the price of the Caravan. Our WagonMasters & Tailgunners are available to assist you with suggestions of popular activities in the area to make the most of your vacation.

Our Travel Ambassadors are ready to help when a mechanical problem or medical emergency arises. However, if this prevents you from continuing the tour, you may receive a credit toward a future tour less any non-refundable expenses incurred by Fantasy RV Tours on your behalf.