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National Parks Wonders

Buffalo, Grand Teton National Park
9 Days from $2,351 per person

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

You'll enjoy 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 colorful past as the capital of the Bighorn region.

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  1. 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 travelers for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Sheraton Salt Lake City
  2. Traveling north into Idaho, trace the footsteps of the pioneers at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier. Through interactive exhibits, 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 lunch in a covered wagon themed restaurant 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 (seasonal) to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.
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    hotel:The Lodge at Jackson Hole
  3. 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 Chuckwagon Regional Meal.
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  4. Spend the morning discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton National Park with its snowcapped 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. Watch in awe as Old Faithful's waters arc nearly 100 feet (30 meters) 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 Specialist 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. Enjoy a two night stay inside Yellowstone National Park, where each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.
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    hotel:National Park Lodges
  5. Begin today by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, some of the less traveled, 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.
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  6. 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 Specialist and delve into the history of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days, and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. Join your fellow travelers for a Be My Guest dinner in true Western style at a historic café complete with an old-time tobacco shop.
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    hotel:Vacation Inn Sheridan
  7. Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, the majestic Devils Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 meters) above the Belle Fourche River. After exploring the area, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. Join a Local Specialist to hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical illumination ceremony.
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    hotel:The Rushmore
  8. This morning discover more of the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery as you go to the base of 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. This afternoon, return to Rapid City before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a festive Farewell Dinner featuring Stephen Yellowhawk who shares his tribe's history through dance and song.
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  9. Bid farewell to your traveling companions and take a transfer to Rapid City Airport or extend your stay in Rapid City at The Rushmore Hotel.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

8 nights' accommodations, 8 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Be My Guest

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

Local Specialist

  • Get an in-depth look at Yellowstone National Park, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and in Deadwood.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Jackson
  • 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, Devils Tower National Monument, and the Black Hills of South Dakota
  • View Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore
  • Scenic drive through Deadwood

Optional Add-Ons

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, Wy

Snake River Float Trip through Grand Teton National Park

Adult Price: $81.00 | Child Price: $81.00

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.

Rapid City

Bear Country USA

Adult Price: $29.00 | Child 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.

Rapid City

Badlands National Park

Adult Price: $40.00 | Child 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.

Rapid City

Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

Adult Price: $25.00 | Child Price: $10.00

Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and sculpture 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.

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13 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $2,495pp
20 May 17 28 May 17 checkmark $2,495pp
27 May 17 4 Jun 17 checkmark $2,495pp
3 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 checkmark $2,650pp
10 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 checkmark $2,650pp
17 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 checkmark $2,650pp
24 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 checkmark $2,650pp
8 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 checkmark $2,650pp
15 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 checkmark $2,650pp
22 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 checkmark $2,650pp
5 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $2,650$2,518pp Early PaymentPay by Apr 27
10 Aug 17 18 Aug 17 checkmark $2,650pp
12 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 checkmark $2,650pp
24 Aug 17 1 Sep 17 checkmark $2,650pp
26 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 checkmark $2,650pp
2 Sep 17 10 Sep 17 checkmark $2,650pp
7 Sep 17 15 Sep 17 checkmark $2,650pp
9 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $2,495pp
14 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 checkmark $2,495pp
16 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 checkmark $2,495pp
21 Sep 17 29 Sep 17 checkmark $2,495pp
23 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $2,475pp
28 Sep 17 6 Oct 17 checkmark $2,475pp
asterisk 1 Oct 17 9 Oct 17 checkmark $2,675$2,541pp Early PaymentPay by Apr 27
$2,675 $2,541 pp
7 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 checkmark $2,475$2,351pp Early PaymentPay by Apr 27
$2,475 $2,351 pp

Black Hills Pow Wow Special Departure: This departure features the traditional Black Hills Pow Wow on the evening of Day 7.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,125.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $91 per person.

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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 48 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.

Reviews

Friday, October 14, 2016
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Service rating : does middleman increase the cost?
Vacation : lot covered in short time, some time spent at lesser spots could have been shorter
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Service rating : Tour guide was outstanding. Enjoyed the variety of locations and sites. Bus was very comfortable and driver was excellent in navigating mountain terrain.
Vacation : Excellent
Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Service rating : Everything was planned perfectly. The tour director was great. The bus driver couldn't have been better.
Vacation : I got to see a lot of places and parks in a well planned time frame.
Friday, October 7, 2016
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Service rating : This was our first guided vacation and it will not be our last. We had a wonderful time. Randy Ley was an excellent tour director, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. The tour was well organized and we felt like we saw a great deal in nine days. Our coach driver Peggy was also very good. We felt safe with her abilities.
Vacation : This is a great tour of some of our countries beautiful parks. The pace was comfortable and the lodgings very nice. We particularly enjoyed the Snake River float along the Teton mountains and Mt. Rushmore. We look forward to traveling with Trafalgar again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's wonderful to hear! We appreciate you taking the time to write and look forward to helping you plan your next trip.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
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Service rating : The service was excellent, everything was taken care of and we were able to see so many wonderful sites.
Vacation : We were able to see so much in a short time, it was wonderful. All the hotels were great and the side trips were so much fun. Good food, the tour director "Ann" was wonderful. the coach driver " Ricardo" was great!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
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Service rating : Just okay - felt like I was putting the agent out when asking questions.
Vacation : Felt very rushed. Too many gift shops. The included meals were poor.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry to hear that this trip did not meet your standards. We strive to provide the best possible experience for all guests and it looks like we missed the mark where you were concerned. We appreciate your honest feedback and will share it with the operating company.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
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Service rating : The preparation documents and itinerary were excellent. We took out travel insurance and prepaid gratuities that made it much easier. Tour arrangements were excellent and well planned.
Vacation : The accommodations on the tour were excellent. Our travel director was very knowledgeable, courteous and attentive to whatever we needed. Our driver was excellent, also. He went out of his way to make sure the coach was clean and comfortable. The food at most stops was fine and nourishing. Some of the dinners could be improved, e.g. the Old Faithful Inn. On occasions where we were on our own we did much better.
Friday, June 24, 2016
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Service rating : We have never had any problems at all traveling with Grand European or Trafalgar. Always have had excellent tour guides, bus drivers, customer service when booking, paying, questions,etc. The tours are well-organized/planned and we learn and see so much.
Vacation : It was another wonderful trip. I think the tour guide can make all the difference. Our tour guide was informative, knowledgeable and personable. He set the tone for a fun trip with an excellent sense of humor.
Friday, June 10, 2016
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Service rating : It's the little extras that make the trips so enjoyable.
Vacation : The trips are well planned and not rushed.
Friday, June 10, 2016
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Service rating : Helpful, efficient, courteous and customer focused.
Vacation : Great company,fantastic guide, super experiences. I am hooked on your tours. Thanks!!!

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