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Geysers and Glaciers of North America - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Discover the staggering beauty of four of the world's most epic national parks on this two-nation vacation through Alberta, Canada and the American Rocky Mountain States of Montana and Wyoming.
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Price per person includes:
Flights from the UK to Jackson, Wyoming and return from Calgary
Private chauffeur driven UK airport transfers and transfers in the USA
10 nights accommodation in superior hotels in sought-after locations
Meals:10 full breakfasts, 5 dinners
Included sights: National Museum of Wildlife Art, Mormon Row Historic District, Yellowstone National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Glacier and Banff National Parks and Lake Louise
Luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and on-board restroom
Services of professional Tour Directors throughout your holiday
All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
Please phone Bon Voyage for the most up-to-date departures for this itinerary.
Day 1 : Arrive Jackson (2 Nights)
Welcome to historic Jackson, Wyoming, gateway to mighty Yellowstone National Park and the beautiful Grand Teton Mountains and wilderness region.
At 6 p.m. gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Day 2 : Jackson Sightseeing
Start the day with a relaxing 10 mile float trip down the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park and view some of the west's most spectacular mountain scenery including the magnificent jagged peaks of the Tetons. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife that lives in the area. The animals frequent the riverbanks and if you look closely, you could see Elk, Moose, Grizzly Bear, Bald Eagles, Ospreys and much more. The day continues with a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, perched on a knoll overlooking the National Elk Refuge just outside downtown Jackson.
Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon around Jackson's Town Square, notable for its elk-antler arches at each corner of the park. Browse through the boutiques and art galleries of this pretty western town. Be sure to pop into the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with its awesome collection of true Wild West memorabilia.
This evening enjoy a taste of cowboy life with a Regional Meal on a local ranch with tall tales and music around a roaring campfire.
Day 3 : Jackson – Grand Teton National Park – Yellowstone National Park (2 Nights)
Today, you'll enjoy more majestic vistas of Grand Teton National Park. 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 photographed areas of the park. Travel along the scenic Teton Park Road, past Jenny Lake and stop at the Colter Bay Visitor's Center and view the collection of American Indian artefacts. Skirt the shores of Jackson Lake and 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 into the air - as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Take a walk among the spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland.
Day 4 : Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing
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.
Day 5 : Yellowstone National Park – Missoula
Travel through 'Big Sky Country', Montana and stop at the Gran-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Commemorating the Western cattle industry, the ranch actually operates as a proper 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.
Day 6 : Missoula – Glacier National Park (2 Nights)
Your journey through the heart of Montana and in the shadow of the Mission Mountains today is truly spectacular. Home for the next two nights is considered 'The Crown of the Continent', Glacier National Park. In 1932 this park was joined 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.
Day 7 : Glacier National Park Sightseeing
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 glaciers, amazing lakes, waterfalls and forests is on board one of the park's original renovated red jammer 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. Marvel at cedar forests, rocky cliffs and alpine lakes, wildflower meadows as you wind your way through the park which is often referred to as the "Switzerland of North America."
Day 8 : Glacier National Park – Lake Louise (2 Nights)
This morning, cross the USA/Canada border into Alberta 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.
Day 9 : Banff National Park Sightseeing
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" - legendary Lake Louise where there is time to wander along Lakeshore Trail, or enjoy tea and cake in the iconic Chateau Lake Louise Hotel.
Stop at emerald green 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 to enjoy the best views.
Visit the pretty mountain village of Banff where there is time to explore the quaint shops, art galleries and cafés. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 : Lake Louise – Depart Calgary
After breakfast, bid farewell to your newfound friends and transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Westin Calgary for guests extending their stay.
As with all Bon Voyage holidays, it doesn't have to stop here. You can add on a beach break, city stay or even another escorted tour! Call the team to discuss your options.
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