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National Parks Wonders

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Tour Pace: Active
Grand Teton National Park
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $2,228 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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  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 you're on your way to scenic Jackson. 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. 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. 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 high into the air—as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Tonight, dine and stay inside the 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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  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 Gold Rush of the 1870s. Join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour where you'll meet 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 wonders of the Black Hills as you travel to the base of Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Lakota people. Visit 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. 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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  • Black Hills Pow Wow
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  • Black Hills Pow Wow : This departure features the traditional Black Hills Pow Wow.

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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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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  • 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

Reviews

Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Service rating : Link with Trafalgar, that operated the tour, was efficient, organized, and very reassuring with regards to having all details attended to, and itinerary adapted as needed associated with unavoidable travel delays (e.g., road construction & animals in the road) and restaurant closures (e.g., staff shortages/summer hires gone after Labor Day); alternative and accommodating plans made by the Travel Director.
Vacation : Fabulous Trafalgar tour (very good to excellent) with unique stops along the way as well as the usual spots within Jackson/Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, Cody, Rapid City, with the best travel director I've ever experienced & an excellent, thoughtful driver, both of whom attended to the needs of the travelers from timely rest stops, pointing out animal sites, stopping to allow better visualization & photography, and providing snacks when construction or animals created unavoidable travel delays. I would highly recommend taking the optional outings of Snake River raft float (very relaxing, excellent navigator, attention to safety & pointing out sights, including nesting Bald Eagles); evening lighting of Mt. Rushmore (emotionally moving, historically informative & patriotic); and Badlands (awesome scenery, observation @ visitor center of researchers cleaning excavated fossils from Badlands, stop @ historic Wall Drugs) - all worth the extra cost. Overall the purchase price for the National Parks Wonders was reasonable for the extensive travel sites, excursions & overall excellent to very good hotels & eating venues; however, I struggled with the decision to "accept" the additional cost of a single supplement, that in most tour ranges from 35% to 60% more per person than everyone else. Thus my score of "Good" for the purchase of this tour. As a person traveling alone I felt a certain discrimination with the requirement of a very high additional cost of $1,125 for a single supplement. I stayed in the same hotels & received the same transportation and amenities as everyone else, using only single-use everything, from towels, water, soap & a bed in hotels, to meals/consumption of food in restaurants & a single seat on any excursion, but I paid >1/3 more than everyone else paid per person for this trip. Some accommodation needs to be devised or investigated that will not disadvantage and discourage future single travelers from enjoying travel rather than having to resort to fares that are unfairly applied because a person does not have a travel buddy or spouse. For example, consider hotels with optional single, smaller rooms for singles. I will certainly take into consideration single supplement costs in choosing any future travel with Grand European Travel & Trafalgar Tours despite my fabulous experience, in order to balance costs with all else..
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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Service rating : This was the best trip! Excellent guide Ty. New motor coach with the best driver. He kept the bus immaculate. Ty was always one step ahead to make everything run perfectly. Not one issue about anything. Great group of interesting people. Wonderful memories of a super trip!
Vacation : Not one complaint! Wish all group tours were run this way.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your National Parks Wonders tour and discovering some of America's greatest national parks! 
Friday, September 1, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
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Service rating : Saw many of the many of the iconic and spectacular sights associated with our historic frontier. Our ****** was most attentive and knowledgeable and our driver was a magician. Itinerary was full with little time for individual exploration and made hitting the pillow essential each night before the next early start.
Vacation : Saw a bunch for the money and accommodations were good and sometimes superior.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for the good review.  National Parks Wonders is certainly a "busy" tour, and we're glad to hear it lived up to your expectations.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
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Service rating : It was an awesome trip with incredible tour guide Stephen McNally and so skilled bus driver.. I will do it again! Great ppl skills of a guide, approachable, knowledgeable and always available to assist.
Vacation : Such a memorable experience!
Monday, July 10, 2017
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Service rating : good accomidations ,good choice of sites , well origanizied
Vacation : rafting on the snake river was spectaculiar
Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Service rating : Tour director, Korie and coach driver Dwayne were very friendly, knowledgeable about the trip and made it a fun trip.
Vacation : A lot of activity in the 7 days of traveling. In fact we were too tired some days.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Service rating : Our Tour Director(Korie) was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, energetic, and very organized. Our bus driver did a very good job in driving the mountain roads and was always helpful. The hotel room at Yellowstone was very, very tired. The restaurant staff was friendly and energetic but poorly trained. The hotel in Rapid City was noisy but ideally located and the breakfast buffet was marginal. The tour of Deadwood should be optional or removed from the tour's itinerary. The time spent at Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone was great and informative.
Vacation : See comment in the above question.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your detailed review.  We hope that you enjoyed your trip overall and will be sure to share your feedback with our Quality Control team for further review regarding the quality of meals and hotels.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
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Service rating : We enjoyed every place we went and felt we had adequate time in each place. Tom Williams is a very knowledgeable, personable, flexible, kind and efficient Tour Director and Ricardo is a wonderful safe driver, and also very personable. He actually saved me from falling backwards down the steps of the Coach from the seating area because I was taking a picture and not paying attention!!
Vacation : Every place we visited was enjoyable and the side excursions were worth taking and enhanced the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write us.  We're very glad to hear you enjoyed the services of our Travel Director and Driver.  We look forward to having you on a trip with us again soon!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
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Service rating : Excellent customer service in booking and a top quality trip.
Vacation : Very enjoyable trip with an outstanding trip director.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for traveling with us to our beautiful National Parks!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Service rating : The trip to the National Parks was awesome and included way more than I even thought it would. Once again Trafalgar had an excellent tour director and coach driver. Our tour could have been derailed a day due to snow in Yellowstone park that closed all the roads except for one. But we made it out, thanks to the incredible driving skills of our coach driver Ricardo. We also had to miss going to Cody Wyoming because of a snowy pass, but thanks to our tour director JP Smith, he immediately searched for an alternative stop and we went to the site of The Battle of Little Bighorn. This was truly a very moving "substitute" that I was happy to see (maybe even more than Cody!).
Vacation : I really cannot believe how much we see and do on the cost of this tour! It is jam-packed with beautiful sights, and tons of information while we ride on the coach. Our coach driver told us we traveled nearly 1400 miles on our journey from Salt Lake City to Rapid City South Dakota! The extra excursions were very reasonable for what they included! I loved the raft trip by the Tetons, Bear Country, and the Badlands.
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. Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 13, 2016
  • 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.

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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