National Parks Wonders - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

9 days

from $2725 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Saw everything we wanted and more!"
Joseph , Jul 2014

This trip blends old west towns like Jackson, Cody, Sheridan and Montpelier, national parks like Yellowstone, and historic monuments like Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore.

It's Insider moments like… joining the owner of Sheridan's PO News and Flagstaff Café, an old world eatery in this historic western town. With its store established in 1910, the café's mix of home-style American fare, downtown setting and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to your host's stories of the town's colourful past as the capital of the Bighorn region. In Yellowstone, we meet another local character who takes you on a walk among the geysers, hot springs and mud pots of the world's oldest national park.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
DNPW

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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

  • 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 Hole

  • 3.

    GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING AND 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 Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 4.

    JACKSON – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Spend the morning 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

  • 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

  • 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'll meet a Local Expert and delve into the culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days, and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. Join your fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner in true Western style at a historic cafe complete with an old-time tobacco shop.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Holiday Inn Sheridan

  • 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 Hotel Rapid City

  • 8.

    BLACK HILLS EXCURSION AND FREE TIME

    This morning discover more of the natural and manmade 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 Lakota 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. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. If you like, embark on an optional experience into the wild, eroded badlands of South Dakota. This evening, raise a glass of wine and toast your Travel Director and new friends at a festive Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 9.

    DEPART RAPID CITY

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

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Learn about the rich Western history of Sheridan with dinner at PO News and Flagstaff Cafe.
  • Local Expert

    Take a guided stroll among the geysers, hot springs and mud pots in Yellowstone National Park.
    Learn about the history of Buffalo Bill Cody, one of the West's most iconic figures at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour of Jackson.
  • Scenic drive through Deadwood.
  • View the awe-inspiring Crazy Horse Memorial and presidential stone renderings at Mount Rushmore.
  • Visit the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Yellowstone National Park, the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Devil's Tower National Monument, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Dining

  • 4 dinners

     (including Be My Guest, Regional Meal, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

  • 8 full breakfasts

  • 1 lunch

  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 8 nights First Class accommodation
  • 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Jackson

  • Snake River Float Trip through Grand Teton National Park

    Adult Price: $80.00 This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep. Subject to weather conditions. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 12 guests).

Rapid City

  • Bear Country USA

    Adult Price: $29.00 Nestled between towering pines and along rolling meadows over 250 acres just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of most North American mammals. Take a leisurely three-mile journey aboard your coach through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, Dall sheep and buffalo. You’ll watch these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road. At this “home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world,” you’re guaranteed to see more wildlife than you expected. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 25 guests).
  • Badlands Excursion

    Adult Price: $40.00 Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in America. Without a doubt, a hidden gem in the national park system, the unique beauty of the Badlands landscape is like no other. Sightseers as well as scholarly scientists are attracted to the area for its astounding beauty and the opportunity to peek into an ancient world. And no trip to the Badlands would be complete without a stop at famous Wall Drug. An establishment which became known for offering free ice water to thirsty travelers in the 1930s is today one of the top roadside attractions in the country. Tour length: 5 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests)
  • Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

    Adult Price: $25.00 Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and lighting ceremony. The program begins with a short inspirational talk, focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, and is followed by a 20 minute film, “Freedom: America’s Lasting Legacy.” Watch in wonder as the evening culminates in the slow exposure of light to the monument until it is fully illuminated. Be sure to bundle up as the evenings can be cool. Operates seasonally, starting at 9 p.m. (May – Aug; 8 p.m) Duration: 2 hours. (Minimum: 15 guests)
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