August 4 – 11, 2021
A Summertime Idaho Experience
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All non-members must add $60 to above rate.
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 20 passengers.
- Free parking with roundtrip transfers to local airport (unless group air is from Harrisburg, PA)
- Roundtrip airfare from local airport to Spokane/Boise
- Roundtrip transfers airport/hotel
- Hotel accommodations for seven nights
- Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
- Services of a Professional Tour Manager/Driver
- Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 5 Dinners
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Sierra Silver Mine Tour
- Cataldo Mission
- Eagle Aviary
- Pendleton moccasin making experience
- Hell’s Canyon Jet Boat Tour
- McCall Smokejumper Base
- Sun Valley, ID
- Boise, ID
- Ste. Chapelle Winery
- Old Idaho Penitentiary
Wednesday, August 4: Depart for Spokane
Depart from Central PA and fly to Spokane, Washington. Upon arrival, transfer to your beautiful hotel. After checking in and having time to freshen up join the group for a fun welcome dinner that includes a cultural celebration with Tribal Members who will share their stories, music, and dance. Hotel: Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel, Worley, ID (Dinner)
Thursday, August 5: Wallace and Silver Mountain
This morning we will take off to Wallace which is famously known as the “Silver Capital of the World,” and every building in town is listed in the U.S. National Historic Register. Enjoy the Sierra Silver Mine tour, the only tour of its kind in the Northwest. It offers a rare and exciting opportunity to personally experience the underground world of mining in the richest silver district on earth. On the short trip to and from the mine portal, a narrated tour is provided of Historic Wallace. Hard hats are issued at the portal and an experienced miner is your guide as you walk through the main drift of the mine. Displays and exhibits are explained so people of all ages may safely observe equipment in operation and see modern and historical techniques used to mine silver, lead, and zinc. There will also be some free time to explore this historic town and eat lunch on your own. Next, arrive at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg to take a Scenic Gondola Ride to the top of Silver Mountain on North America's longest gondola- a 3.1-mile journey from Kellogg to the Mountain House. Enjoy fresh mountain air and the scenic beauty of Idaho. Your next stop will be the Cataldo Mission. Father Ravalli, a Jesuit born in Italy, designed the building in the tradition of the grand cathedrals of his birthplace. Ravalli was a Renaissance man. He built the mission from sophisticated plans, using simple tools and untrained labor. The only tools Ravalli had were a broad axe, auger, ropes, pulleys, a pen knife and an improvised whip saw.
Friday, August 6: Eagle Aviary and Pendleton Moccasin Making
This morning we will participate in a unique opportunity to visit the first tribal Eagle Aviary in the Northwest, owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. This is the first aviary in the Pacific Northwest with a federal permit that allows the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to keep captive bald and golden eagles and collect their feathers for ceremonial and religious purposes. Your tour is guided by Coeur d’Alene Tribal members and Coeur d’Alene Tribal Fish and Wildlife professionals. The second part of our tour takes us to Birds of Prey Northwest. The whole mission is to educate, treat and hopefully return raptors back to the wild. The ones that cannot be released are Ambassadors who teach us their story. Afterwards it is time for a once in a lifetime experience, Pendleton moccasin making! This hands-on project is Coeur d’Alene Tribal member guided as you make your own 2-piece moccasin pattern. At the end of this course you will go away with a completed pair of moccasins for yourself! Enjoy a delicious included dinner to follow. (Lunch, Dinner)
Saturday, August 7: Hell’s Canyon Jet Boat Tour
This morning meet your Western Leisure Tour Guide and board your motorcoach with the anticipation of a thrilling half-day jet boat excursion through "Hell's Canyon of the Snake River”. This is one of the most famous sections of any river in America. Your jet boat tames the rapids as it passes through North America's deepest gorge and a place of unsurpassed beauty which is Hells Canyon. From the Snake River you will view a cathedral of God's own creation, with lofty walls and spires reaching heights of 9,393 feet, surpassing even the Grand Canyon! Enjoy lunch on the banks of this river, deep in the Snake River Canyon. After a thrilling day, return to your hotel in Lewiston with the evening free for dinner on your own. Hotel: Red Lion (or similar), Lewiston, ID (Lunch)
Sunday, August 8: Lewiston and Sun Valley
Today, travel through Idaho's Nez Perce Indian Reservation. Soon you will be travelling along the legendary Salmon River listening to stories of how the river got its nickname, "The River of No Return". Continue to McCall with a stop for lunch and touring the Smokejumpers Base. The McCall Smokejumper Base is one of only four Forest Service smokejumper training bases in the United States. The complex includes a smokejumper training unit, paraloft, Payette National Forest dispatch office and the McCall air tanker base. After this amazing tour continue past beautiful Cascade Lake and then travel east into the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. Enjoy a fun and educational stop at the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery were you will learn about the amazing story of the world’s longest salmon run as Sockeye from the Pacific make their way up the Columbia River into the Snake River and then up the Salmon River finally arriving at Red Fish Lake after a 900 mile journey with a gain in elevation of 6,500 feet. Then arrive at Redfish Lake Lodge with some time to enjoy the scenery and walk along the lake before an included dinner at the lodge. After dinner, continue your scenic day of driving as you travel to Sun Valley for a two night stay right in the heart of Ketchum. Hotel: Ketchum (or similar), Ketchum, ID (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Monday, August 9: Sun Valley
Today is a day to explore the many activities Sun Valley has to offer: exceptional horseback riding, hiking, fishing, tennis, and golf. You can also learn about the amazing history that surrounds Sun Valley at the Sun Valley Museum of History, or visit the actual cemetery where Ernest Hemingway is buried. You can even spend time at the Sun Valley Resort with its own unique history and many activities to choose from. Your Western Leisure Tour Guide will be able to provide you with many suggestions. Browse through the unique shops or relax while you bask in the mountain sun. Hop on and hop off the motorcoach to discover Sun Valley at your own pace. Tonight, you are invited to an immersive Idaho dinner that will be a definite highlight of your trip! (Breakfast, Dinner)
Tuesday, August 10: Sun Valley and Boise
After a leisurely morning, depart Sun Valley and travel west to Idaho’s Capital city, Boise. Boise has long been dubbed the "City of Trees", a nickname that always catches newcomers by surprise given the city's high desert climate and summers with little or no rain. Enjoy a little free time in the downtown area with its wonderful shops and restaurants to explore and have lunch on your own. Next, visit the Ste. Chapelle Winery. You will take a tour and taste the finished product during a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. Great wine begins with great soil, and the fact is, only a handful of regions in the U.S. boast the quality soil required to produce the finest wines and Idaho is one of them. Few people realize that rich, volcanic soils have attracted grape growers for nearly 100 years. This afternoon stop at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. This historic site opened its doors in 1872 to some of the West’s most desperate criminals. Today, visitors can experience over 100 years of Idaho’s unique prison history with a visit to solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. The site features thirty historic buildings and special exhibits including the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit, a collection of historic weaponry. Did you know that Idaho is home to one of the largest populations of Basques outside of Spain? Numbers around 30,000 in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon are thrown around as estimates. They have been here about as long as western settlers have inhabited the region since the mid to late 1800s, first coming for mining, then as shepherds. Enjoy touring the Basque Museum, then join the group for a Basque farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Basque cuisine refers to the typical dishes and ingredients of the cuisine of the Basque people of Spain and France. What an unforgettable last day here in Idaho. Hotel: Hampton Inn, Boise, ID (Breakfast, Dinner)
Wednesday, August 11: Depart for Home
After breakfast, transfer to the Boise Airport for your flight and transportation back to Central, PA. Relax as you travel, taking this chance to think back on the marvelous scenery and wonderful friendships you have discovered in the past few days. What an unforgettable vacation you've had in Idaho! (Breakfast)
Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
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A deposit of $250 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by May 20, 2021.
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From July 6-20, 2021- 25% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From July 21-27, 2021- 50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
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*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment
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Temperatures for this region in August average in the 80’s with cooler mornings and evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered, 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 are not included in the price of the trip. 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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