National Parks Wonders 2014

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USACrazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, USAGrand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USAYellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA
Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, USA
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Discover legendary landscapes and impressive scenes on this exciting guided holiday. Look out for bison, elk and bears at Yellowstone National Park. In the Black Hills, take in the majestic site of Mt. Rushmore or learn about days gone by with a Wild West experience at the Oregon Trail Center. The soaring peaks and abundant wildlife of the Grand Teton National Park will have you enjoying every moment as you discover these fascinating wonders on this memorable national parks program.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY

    Welcome to Salt Lake City! Check into your hotel and relax or take a walk around the hotel grounds to get acquainted. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sheraton Salt Lake City (F)

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  • Day 2

    SALT LAKE CITY – JACKSON (2 NIGHTS)

    Travelling north into Idaho, trace the footsteps of the pioneers at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier. Through interactive exhibits, you'll travel vicariously with a covered wagon train in America's great western migration and experience the thrills and challenges of the old Oregon Trail. Enjoy a lunch before crossing into Wyoming on your way to scenic Jackson, which stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. Get spectacular 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park on an exciting aerial tram ride to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hotel (F)

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  • Day 3

    GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    If you like, hit the water this morning on an optional guided float trip down the Snake River (seasonal) where you'll float with amazing views of the magnificent Grand Tetons. Keep your eyes open for some of the area's abundant wildlife, including moose and elk drinking from the rivers, bison munching on grass, and beavers putting the finishing touches on their elaborate dams. Overhead, watch for majestic bald eagles, graceful blue herons and the dozens of species of songbird that call the park home. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Highlight Dinner at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 4

    JACKSON – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Spend the day discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton National Park with its snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and evergreen forests. From Jenny Lake to the jagged peaks of the Teton Range, you'll find exhilarating vistas everywhere you look. Then it's onward to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park. You could spend a year in Yellowstone and still only scratch the surface of its wonders. Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc nearly 100 feet (30 metres) into the air—as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Take a guided walk with a Local Expert among the spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland. Tonight, dine in the park. Before retiring for the night, be sure to step out and take in the great panorama of stars.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

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  • Day 5

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING

    Begin today by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Early explorers marvelled at the yellow rock of the canyon, and from this rock, Yellowstone got its name. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley; some of the less travelled, but ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Hot Springs, take a stroll and admire the mineral terraces that resemble frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – CODY – SHERIDAN

    Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where you can delve into the culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days of the West, and the culture and art of the Plains Indians.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheridan Holiday Inn (F)

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  • Day 7

    SHERIDAN – DEADWOOD – RAPID CITY (2 NIGHTS)

    Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, the majestic Devil's Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 metres) above the Belle Fourche River in eastern Wyoming. You might recognise the iconic monolith from the climactic scenes of the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." After exploring the area around the eroded core of this ancient volcano, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s. Explore the town and learn a bit about its founding, expansion and decline from your entertaining guide. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical illumination ceremony.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Adoba Eco Hotel & Suites (SF)

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  • Day 8

    BLACK HILLS EXCURSION & FREE TIME

    This morning discover more of the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery on your way to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Oglala people. Next is a visit to Mount Rushmore, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to celebrate the "founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States" through enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. This afternoon is yours to do as you please. If you like, embark on an optional excursion into the wild, eroded badlands of South Dakota. This evening, raise a glass of wine and toast your Travel Director and fellow travel companions at a festive Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 9

    DEPART RAPID CITY

    Bid farewell to your travelling companions and take a complimentary transfer to Rapid City Airport or extend your stay in Rapid City at the Adoba Eco Hotel & Suites.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Take a guided stroll among the geysers, hot springs and mud pots in Yellowstone National Park.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • MontpelierLearn about the journey of the West's early pioneers at the Oregon Trail Center.
  • JacksonDuck under the elk-horn arches and stroll the boardwalks in this authentic Old-West town; take an aerial tram to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain for spectacular views of Grand Teton National Park.
  • Grand Teton National ParkView soaring peaks and abundant wildlife.
  • Yellowstone National ParkLook out for Old Faithful as well as bison, elk and bears while exploring America's first National Park.
  • CodyLearn about the Old West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
  • Devil's Tower National MonumentExplore the stunning landscape around this iconic natural formation.
  • DeadwoodTour this National Historic Landmark by private trolley.
  • Black HillsVisit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Dining

  • 8 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Salt Lake City
    • 1 three-course dinner
    • Highlight Dinner with wine in Jackson
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Rapid City

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 8 nights First Class accommodation

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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