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Scenic Parks Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

15 Days from $4,350 per person
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
  1. Day 1 Arrive Las Vegas

    The desert playground of Las Vegas launches our encounter with the soul-stirring natural landscapes of America's most beloved national parks. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Tropicana Las Vegas
  2. Day 2 Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

    Zion National Park’s towering cream, pink and red cliffs are our first stop today as we journey towards the enchanting landscapes of Bryce Canyon. Admire the rusty red limestone spires that rise up surreally from the desert floor to meet Utah’s skies.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel BW Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
  3. Day 3 Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

    Travel north to Utah's capital to see its Mormon centre - Temple Square - and discover the basic beliefs and history of the Mormon pioneers. This evening, choose to enjoy an optional dinner at the Roof Restaurant, Utah's premier gourmet dining location.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Salt Lake City Center
  4. Day 4 Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson

    Imagine a time when brave pioneers travelled West in search of a better life as you cross the Oregon Trail, stopping in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Center. Enjoy lunch at a covered wagon-themed restaurant before departing to scenic Jackson, which stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Teton Range. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel The Lodge at Jackson Hole
  5. Day 5 Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (2 Nights)

    Cross the alpine landscapes of Grand Teton National Park en route to Yellowstone's geothermal wonderland. We overnight at one of the lodges within the national park.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel National Park Lodges
  6. Day 6 Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

    Enjoy a full day to explore the natural splendour of one of the world's oldest national parks. See the rusting walls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, then join your Travel Director to explore the park's bubbling hot springs, mud paint pots and Old Faithful as its waters shoot impressively up into the air.

    meals Full Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Yellowstone – Cody – Billings

    Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum complex to gain a deeper understanding of the “Spirit of the American West”. Connect with Locals in an effortless delivered authentic encounter at a Be My Guest dinner with true Western hospitality.mayor.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings
  8. Day 8 Billings – Little Bighorn – Rapid City (2 Nights)

    Our day begins with a visit to Little Bighorn, the infamous battlefield where the ill-fated Custer led his men against a battalion of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Continue east through the Black Hills to Rapid City.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel The Rushmore
  9. Day 9 Black Hills Excursion

    Venture into the Black Hills of South Dakota as you make your way to the base of Crazy Horse Memorial. As you gaze at the colossal carved face of this famous war leader, learn how your visit Makes a Difference by preserving Native American Culture. We continue to Mount Rushmore to view the faces of former American presidents etched into the granite rock-face, then Dive into Culture with Stephen Yellowhawk, who will regale you with stories of his tribe's history during a festive dinner.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  10. Day 10 Rapid City – Denver

    Travel south through the expansive prairies of Wyoming to Denver, the Mile High City, where you'll enjoy an evening at leisure.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Denver Cherry Creek
  11. Day 11 Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights)

    Ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide en route to the alpine village of Vail, renowned for its epic powder-filled alpine basins that have attracted skiers since the 1960s. We continue to Moab for an evening on your terms.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel BW Plus Canyonlands Inn
  12. Day 12 Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion

    Our national park journey takes us to Canyon Country, where we see first-hand the power of the Colorado River carving its way through the rocky red landscape at Canyonlands National Park. Next up, the Arches National Park provides an insightful encounter with thousands of natural sandstone arches formed by rain and wind where you may choose to take a short hike to iconic Delicate Arch view point.

    meals Full Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

    Admire the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people, carved out of the sandstone of the canyon walls at the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park. Our connection with the first nations of this land continues as we enjoy a cookout Regional Meal in Monument Valley.

    meals Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel Goulding's Lodge
  14. Day 14 Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

    Explore the red valley floor of Monument Valley in a special open-air vehicle, accompanied by a Local Specialist. Visit the land of the Navajo people, stopping at the historic Cameron Trading Post, before arriving at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon where you'll meet a Local Specialist. Gain a deeper understanding of into how this immense canyon came to be and why, as Theodore Roosevelt once proclaimed, "it is beyond comparison-beyond description". Toast to the Trafalgar Highlights of America's national parks and enjoy a Farewell Dinner with new friends inside the park.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel National Park Lodges
  15. Day 15 Grand Canyon – Depart Las Vegas

    Consider an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip over the canyon before hitting the road again. End your journey in Las Vegas where a transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Las Vegas for guests extending their stay.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 14 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 7 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Scenic Drive along Desert View Drive
  • Orientation of Salt Lake City
  • See iconic Delicate Arch
  • View Crazy Horse Memorial, iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
  • Visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon National Parks, Jackson, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Little Bighorn Battlefield, the Mile High City of Denver, Monument Valley, Las Vegas

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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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.

Salt Lake City

The Roof Restaurant

Enjoy dinner at The Roof Restaurant- Utah’s premier gourmet buffet located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where you can take in breathtaking views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City.
Adult Price: $56

Garden Tour and The Roof Restaurant

Visit the world-renowned gardens surrounding Temple Square, the 35-acre headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These gardens include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. After, enjoy dinner at The Roof Restaurant- Utah’s premier gourmet buffet located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where you can take in breathtaking views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City. Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $55

Grand Teton

Snake River Float Trip Through Grand Teton National Park

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. Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: $89

Black Hills

Badlands National Park Excursion

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. Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: $40

Rapid City

Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

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. Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $25

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.
Adult Price: $219

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight, Bell Aircraft (April 1 - October 31)

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 min
Adult Price: $220

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.
Adult Price: $310

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Tour

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.
Adult Price: $160

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Sigrid Polanek
Travel date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Service
The agents I spoke to very helpful in answering any questions I had.
Vacation
Our travel director was the most informed guide we have ever had. Besides that,he was efficient,very friendly and had a great personality.He handled any problem that he came across i.e. Not being able to get into our hotel because the Vice President was staying there and we all had to be screened by the secret service. He was totally unflappable. And our bus driver was the best, especially considering the mountain roads that we were. They were a perfect duo!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Service
I would certainly go with GET again and recommend them to others.
Vacation
The Tour director and driver could not have been more professional and knowledgeable throughout the whole trip around the National Parks.
Winifred Farrell
Travel date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Service
GET booking service was excellent! Explanations & follow ups were timely & helpful.
Vacation
The tour director & driver was the best! They both did everything possible towards our comfort & enjoyment. The weather did not cooperate, however, & we missed seeing Mt. Rushmore due to whiteout conditions.
Barbara Rowland
Travel date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Service
I had a friendly, available contact when I had a question. Her name is Tess Diaz. After first call to book tour, she gave me a direct number to call, never had trouble reaching her.
Vacation
Our tour director, Dave, was outstanding in knowledge, time management, people relating and overall ability in this position. We enjoyed the tour very much.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Service
Easy and kept us well informed
Vacation
Never been to a National Park and was fascinated with what they had to offer. Each park was so unique. Plus I had a bonus experience; it snowed at Yellowstone and South Dakota. I never saw snow falling. Our group was wonderful and made lots of new friends. Our tour director Donard O’Neill was excellent and very knowledgeable. Will travel with GET/ Trafalgar again.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Service
It was easy
Vacation
Parks were great. Tour Guide was excellent.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Service
We had a wonderful time...Had a very knowledgeable tour director and excellent bus driver...the people on our tour were very nice and we had a very relaxed and fun time...However, it was quite expensive eating out and I think you should consider including more meals in the price of the trip...dinners were very pricey and toward the end we had to share some meals...but other than that we truly enjoyed our adventure
Vacation
very interesting and enjoyable
Mary Ann Ling
Travel date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Service
I would highly recommend GET and have travelled with them before. The booking agent, the tour director, the bus driver.......all excellent
Vacation
I chose GET for this scenic parks tour because it included more national parks than other tour company that I investigated. It was a once in a lifetime journey and Having Donald O’Neill as tour director was amazing. He presented such knowledge with enthusiasm concerning each and every area, every single day, most gracious, some welcome surprises and roses for the ladies on Mother’s Day, just an absolute joy as our guide. Our exceptional bus driver, Jose Lemus, was also courteous, upbeat every day, and a joy. You have 2 of the best working for GET!
Judy Williams
Travel date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Service
When I contacted their agents with questions, they were very helpful. Our trips are usually for a week. This was for 15 days.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So excited to hear you had a great time on your Scenic Parks Explorer tour. So many national parks to see all on one trip! We look forward to helping you plan and book your next guided vacation.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
This trip was for more than I expected. Everything was perfect except for the last day and that was due to the weather which no one has control over. (We missed our Grand Canyon flight.) Also, we had a great Tour Director and a great driver.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Service
Travel Director, Donard, was excellent — so well-informed, that he was relaxed & entertaining while keeping us on track. He mixed in appropriate video & film, to vary the experience. Jose, our driver, drove so well that it was always a surprise to look down & realize how steep & curvy our road had been. He was excellent at “straightening out” those mountain roads. Both were friendly, considerate & helpful.
Vacation
Magnificent scenery with enough time to get wonderful views. I wasn’t looking for a hiking adventure, so this really filled the bill. It was rushed, with so many early departures, but very efficiently operated.
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