Geysers & Glaciers

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Yellowstone National Park
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $3,236 per person

Delve into the raw beauty of the snowcapped peaks, raging rivers and rugged canyons of the Rockies—an epic encounter with Canada and the United States' spectacularly scenic western wilderness, where you'll meet the smokejumpers who risk their lives to protect the remote forests.

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  1. Welcome to historic Jackson, Wyoming, gateway to the vast grasslands and towering mountain ranges of the Tetons and Jackson Hole area. Check in to your hotel and start exploring on your own. At 6 p.m. gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:The Lodge at Jackson Hole
  2. Start the day with a relaxing 10 mile (16 kilometre) float trip* down the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park to view some of the west's most spectacular mountain scenery. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife that lives in the area. If you look closely, you may spot a moose or a grizzly bear. Continue with a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, perched on a knoll overlooking the National Elk Refuge. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore “Town Square,” notable for its elk-antler arches. This evening, enjoy a taste of cowboy life with a Regional Meal on a local ranch with tall tales and music around the campfire.
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  3. Today, stop at Mormon Row Historic District, a line of homestead complexes on the National Register of Historic Places and the setting for one of the most iconic pictures of Grand Teton National Park. Travel along the scenic Teton Park Road and stop at the Colter Bay Visitor's Center to view a collection of American Indian artifacts. Enter Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park. Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc nearly 100 feet (30 meters) into the air. Take a walk among the spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland.
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    hotel:Holiday Inn West Yellowstone
  4. Begin the day by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley on the way to the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfall. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, some of the most 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.
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  5. Travel through Montana and stop at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site commemorating the Western cattle industry that now functions as a working ranch by the National Park Service. Arrive in the township of Missoula where you visit the Smokejumper Visitor Center and training base. Meet with a Local Specialist to learn how these highly trained smokejumpers parachute into remote areas of national forests to help fight the spread of wildfires.
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    hotel:Hilton Garden Inn
  6. Enter Glacier National Park which was joined in 1932 with Waterton Lakes National Park to form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park—a world first and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Cross the park along the scenic Southern Road, and keep an eye out for grizzly and black bears. Stop at Goat Lick Overlook for a chance to see mountain goats across the river. Arrive at your lodge, situated on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake inside Glacier National Park.
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    hotel:Many Glacier
  7. This morning enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Twenty-five glaciers remain in spectacular Glacier National Park from the last Ice Age. The most exciting way to see these natural wonders is on board one of the park's original renovated red “jammers” (buses). Make your way along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a National Historic Landmark considered to be one of the world's most scenic drives.
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  8. This morning, cross the International Border and head north to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO-listed prehistoric site that serves as a telling remnant from the time of the First Nations people. Meet with a Blackfoot Native, a Local Specialist, who describes the way of life at the very place where hunters drove buffalo over the cliff. Continue north to the township of Lake Louise, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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    hotel:Lake Louise Inn
  9. Soaring mountains and stunning lakes await you this morning as you explore the most treasured spots of Banff National Park. Enjoy the “Jewel of the Rockies”— stunning Lake Louise where there is time to wander along Lakeshore Trail. Stop at Moraine Lake, one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada. Discover why as you are taken on a guided stroll along the shoreline and enjoy the best views. Visit Banff where there is time to explore the quaint shops, art galleries and cafés. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.
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  10. After breakfast, bid farewell to your newfound friends and transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Westin Calgary for guests extending their stay.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Room Supplement: from $1725 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $118 per person.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 full breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Local Specialist

  • Learn how the expert-trained smokejumpers parachute into national forests to help fight the spread of wildfires. Meet a member of the Blackfoot tribe who describes the way of life at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Mormon Row Historic District, Yellowstone National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise
  • View the epic mountains of Grand Teton National Park
  • Scenic drive along the Going-the-Sun Road, South Road, Bow Valley Parkway

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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