Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
May 11 - 17, 2021 (7 Days)
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Roundtrip airfare - ABQ to Salt Lake City/Bozeman, MT to ABQ (not including airline baggage & in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
All taxes & tips (except hotel housekeeping)
Your professional Tour Director
PER PERSON PRICE:
$2,835 Double occupancy, per person
$3,485 Single occupancy*
DEPOSIT: $200 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT: February 4, 2021
None through February 4, 2021
$200 - February 5 -March 17, 2021
$1,700 - March 18 - May 6, 2021
100% after May 6, 2021
The smell of sage and the pure dry air, the sound of the wind in the pines, the sight of antelope and buffalo grazing on the prairie. Our senses discover the unspoiled West, as we explore the most spectacular scenery of the American Rocky Mountains and enjoy the region’s finest attractions.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 D
We depart the Albuquerque Sunport and fly to Salt Lake City, then travel by deluxe motorcoach to Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is a real mountain town, like no other, offering nostalgic adventures into the heart of the American West. It also has a shopping and eating district with a large number of art galleries, custom jewelers and designer clothing retailers all centered on the town square. We check in for a 3-night stay at The Lodge at Jackson Hole and have a welcome dinner to get acquainted at the Snake River Grill..
DAY 2 B,L
This morning we visit the National Elk Refuge, created in 1912 to protect the habitat and provide sanctuary for one of the largest elk herds on Earth. As we continue on our journey into Grand Teton National Park, keep an eye out for bison, moose, elk, coyotes, bald eagles, and more, which will be easy to spot from our raft tour within the park. During our two-hour float, we travel down the smooth Snake River through a pristine, natural landscape that features both forested and open environments. Our local guide will point out the abundant wildlife as well as the most impressive peaks of the Teton Range. After this scenic float, we view Jenny Lake, which covers roughly 1191 acres, was carved by glaciers and is the second largest lake in the park. A walk on the lakeshore trail at Colter Bay provides great views of Jackson Lake along with a collection of Native American arts and an auditorium showing park-related films in the visitor center.
DAY 3 B,L
Today we explore the eastern loop of Grand Teton National Park, whose 310,000 acres include lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes, and the rising peaks of the Teton Range. We’ll get peeks of Mt. Moran and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park and stop at overlooks providing panoramic views of the mountains, the Snake River and Jackson Hole Valley. We visit the Craig Thomas Discovery Center, where the grand expanse of the Teton Range rises above. Inside the center there are interwoven themes of place, people, preservation, mountaineering, and Native American Indians, which encourages visitors to contemplate the past, present and future of this place. At the end of the day, catch the view from the Snake River Overlook, where we have an uninterrupted view of the best sunset in the Tetons. .
DAY 4 B, D
Today we tour the National Museum of Wildlife Art, whose Idaho quartzite façade was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and echoes the serene hillside behind the facility. We venture to Teton Village and ride the exciting Jackson Hole Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak. From the top, take in 360-degree views of Grand Teton and the surrounding mountains. Then we continue to West Yellowstone, Montana, the western gateway to Yellowstone, America’s first national park. We visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, a wildlife park and educational facility offering visitors to Yellowstone a chance to uniquely experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. All the animals at the Center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. We also see a film on the history of Yellowstone at the Giant Screen IMAX Theatre. Lodging for our three-night stay is at the Gray Wolf Inn & Suites, and we also have a group dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
DAY 5 B,L
Today we start by exploring Yellowstone’s Visitor Center, where you can see, hear, and learn how the Yellowstone volcano, its geysers and hot springs and geologic history shape the distribution and abundance of all life found in the park. At the Canyon of the Yellowstone River, see the colors of the canyon that resulted from hydrothermal alterations to the iron compounds in the rock. Of course, no visit would be complete without seeing Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful. The billows of steam that rise from boiling pools and the spouting geysers are truly fascinating.
DAY 6 B,D
Today we further explore Yellowstone, visiting, among other sites, Mammoth Hot Springs, which looks like a cave turned inside out due to its limestone formations; Gibbons Falls, discovered in 1872; and Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest, oldest and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas where you’ll have a sensory experience in sound, color and smell in the barren Porcelain Basin. Tonight, we enjoy a special farewell dinner.
DAY 7 B
Today we fly from home to Albuquerque from Bozeman, Montana with photographs, friendships and memories from these glorious national parks and historic places.
Itinerary subject to change
This tour is presented in partnership with Pleasurebent Tours, Tucson, AZ.