August 5 - 14, 2020
Iconic National Parks of The American & Canadian Rockies
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Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 full-fare passengers.
- Free parking with roundtrip transfer from Central Pennsylvania to Philadelphia International Airport
- Airfare from Central Pennsylvania to Jackson, WY – Calgary Canada to Central Pennsylvania
- 9 night hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
- Services of a Trafalgar Travel Director and Driver
- Welcome Reception
- Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
- All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- Grand Teton National Park
- Snake River Float Tour
- Yellowstone National Park
- Old Faithful
- Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
- Smoke Jumper Visitor Center
- Glacier National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Visit to Iconic Sites of Rising Sun & Logan Pass in a red jammer
- Banff National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Lake Louise – the “Jewel of the Rockies”
Wednesday, August 5: Depart for Jackson, WY
The Old West gateway to Yellowstone and the Tetons launches our epic journey through towering mountain ranges and inspiring landscapes. Check in to your Jackson hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception this evening. Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY
Thursday, August 6: Jackson, WY
Admire the dazzling natural wonders of the Grand Teton National Park by raft as you float down the Snake River, keeping a keen eye out for moose and grizzly bears. You’ll visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, featuring pieces that date back as far as 2500 b.c. Then, walk through the town’s signature elk-antler arches in Town Square as you enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, indulge in a true taste of cowboy life, joining your companions for a Regional Meal at a local camp, paired with stories and music. (Breakfast, Regional Meal)
Friday, August 7: Jackson – Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks
Learn about the Mormon settlers who battled the harsh conditions of Jackson Hole to sustain their community in Mormon Row, a Historic District we’ll have an opportunity to visit as we chart our course through Grand Teton National Park. Travel along the scenic Teton Park Road and stop at the Colter Bay Visitor’s Center to view a collection of American Indian artefacts. Arriving in Yellowstone National Park, you’ll pay a visit to Old Faithful, watching as its waters arc high into the air as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it. Encounter first-hand Yellowstone’s spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about this geothermal wonderland. Hotel: Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, MT (Breakfast, Dinner)
Saturday, August 8: Yellow Stone National Park
Our day begins the expansive landscapes of Hayden Valley, home to herds of bison, scattered elk and the occasional grizzly bear. Explore the rusting walls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, then continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, the most ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Springs, admire the gentle cascade of water running down the multi-colored mineral terraces, resembling frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley. (Breakfast)
Sunday, August 9: West Yellowstone – Missoula
Big Sky Country beckons next as we travel through Montana and stop at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Gain insights into the heritage of cowboys and cattlemen at this working ranch which celebrates the Western cattle industry. Our final stop in Glacier Country today is the Western Montana township of Missoula where we’ll visit the Smokejumper Visitor Center and training base. Join a Local Specialist who will reveal how the highly trained smokejumpers parachute into remote areas of national forests to help fight the spread of wildfires. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, MT (Breakfast, Dinner)
Monday, August 10: Missoula - Whitefish
Enter UNESCO-listed Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent and the world’s first International Peace Park. Cross the park along its scenic Southern Road, keeping an eye out for its resident bears. Stop at Goat Lick Overlook to see if you can spot the mountain goats that flock to the river to lick the surrounding mineral-laden cliffs. Hotel: Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge, Whitefish, MT (Breakfast)
Tuesday, August 11: Glacier National Park
Journey deep into the Rockies this morning, weaving through spectacular glacial landscapes and mountain scenery on board the park’s original renovated red “jammers” (buses). Cross the Continental Divide in vintage style, winding along the Going-to-the-Sun Road past such iconic sites as Rising Sun and Logan Pass. (Breakfast)
Wednesday, August 12: Whitefish – Banff
We venture across the Canadian border this morning and head to the UNESCO-listed Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Meet a Blackfoot Native and Local Specialist who’ll take you back to a time when brave hunters would dress up as coyotes and drive herds of buffalo over the cliff. We’ll continue north to another UNESCO-listed site, Banff National Park, where tonight we’ll stay in the township of Lake Louise. Hotel: Canalta Lodge, Banff, Alberta, Canada (Breakfast, Dinner)
Thursday, August 13: Banff National Park
Embark on a spiritual encounter with the iconic and unexpected highlights of Banff National Park. Admire the ethereal beauty of Lake Louise, the “Jewel of the Rockies”, as you gaze into its vivid reflection of Victoria Glacier should you choose to take a Lakeshore Trail walk. Connect with the natural beauty of Moraine Lake, one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada. Then, visit Banff where you’ll have some free time to explore its art galleries and cafés before joining your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)
Friday, August 14: Banff - Calgary
After breakfast, bid farewell to your newfound friends and transfer to Calgary International Airport for your return to Central Pennsylvania.
Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Tour Activity Level: 2
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s) is required for this tour.
Deposit of $200 per person will confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by May 21, 2020. Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100
Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus…
From deposit date –May 31, 2020 $200 per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From June 1 – July 14, 2020 20% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From July 15 – July 28, 2020 30% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From July 29 – Aug 4, 2020 50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
After Aug 4, 2020 NON-REFUNDABLE
*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.
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Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights schedules may contain code share agreements.
Average temperature for the region of travel in August is in the 70s. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered are suggested. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.
One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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