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June 2-9, 2021

Wild West Wyoming

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Booking Deadline: March 19, 2021

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $4,249
Single $5,509
Triple $3,849

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.

 

Included Features

  • Roundtrip airfare from Harrisburg International Airport to/from Denver/Salt Lake City 
  • Roundtrip transfers airport/hotel
  • Hotel accommodations for seven nights
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of a Professional Western Leisure Tour Manager
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

 

Highlights

  • National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
  • Covered wagon ride at Historic Trails West with Dutch-oven cookout
  • Ranch at UCross
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • Cody Stampede Rodeo
  • Yellowstone National Park
    (A UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Old Faithful
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Jackson, WY
  • Scenic breakfast float trip on the Snake River
  • Snake River Canyon
  • Salt Lake City, UT

Itinerary

Wednesday, June 2: Depart for Denver

Depart from Central PA and fly to Denver. This afternoon arrive at the Denver International Airport and meet your Western Leisure Tour Manager. You are then off to Wild West Wyoming! Upon arrival, the first stop will be at The Wrangler, a store that has everything you need in western wear, located in Cheyenne’s Historic District. Join the group this evening for a get acquainted banquet. Hotel: Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY (Dinner)

Thursday, June 3: Casper

Depart this morning for a short ride to the Terry Bison Ranch. All aboard for a Bison Train Tour! You’ll get a chance not only to see the bison herd but also ostriches, camels and other farm animals. After a fun ride through the wilderness, its back on the motorcoach for the drive to Casper. Lunch is at Casper’s historic downtown at a classic car themed restaurant. This afternoon we’ll head up to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. The Center explores legendary Western history and we’ll learn about the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails. The museum has hands-on exhibits where it captures the real-life drama that over 400,000 pioneers experienced as they followed these trails. You’re then in for a real treat at Historic Trails West where the group will transfer to handmade covered wagons to experience the Wild Wild West and end the experience with a traditional Dutch-oven cookout. Return to Casper for an overnight stay at a traditional log cabin-type hotel. Hotel: C’mon Inn Hotel, Casper, WY (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, June 4: Ranch at UCross

After breakfast this morning we’ll depart Casper and make our way to the Ranch at UCross. We’ll make a short stop at one of the bloodiest battles in history of any fort in the West, Fort Phil Kearney. Thousands of Indians clashed repeatedly with the 250 U.S. Cavalrymen who were there to protect the Bozeman Trail. Then make the short drive to one of the most breathtaking guest ranches in America, the Ranch at UCross. This ranch is nestled in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountain Range, just a half-day’s drive from the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park, creating the perfect, relaxing getaway for experiencing Wyoming’s wildlife, recreation and environmental heritage. The Ranch’s breathtaking landscapes can be enjoyed through a range of outdoor activities that include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, river tubing, bird and big game hunting or simply by relaxing by the heated, outdoor pool. After a full day of activities and relaxation, freshen up for an amazing western group dinner. End the night under the stars with an outdoor firepit.
Hotel: Ranch at UCross, Clearmont, WY (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, June 5: Cody

This morning, depart the tranquility of the ranch through the majestic Big Horn Mountains and into the historic town of Cody, Wyoming. Named after Buffalo Bill Cody, this town has so much to offer that a whole day is needed for exploring. It starts with a visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where there will be time to browse through its amazing displays of old west memorabilia. Included in the collection is the Whitney Art Gallery, the Plains Indian Museum, Winchester Gun exhibit and The William Fredric Cody Wing. See many of the personal belongings of the famous buffalo hunter. Tonight, dinner is at the Cody Cattle Company, a privately owned western styled event venue with entertainment. After dinner it will be time to head on out to the longest-running outdoor and only nightly rodeo in the world, Cody Stampede Rodeo. After watching the buckin’ broncs, we’ll stay overnight in Cody. Hotel: Holiday Inn, Cody, WY (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sunday, June 6: Yellowstone National Park

Depart this morning to explore Yellowstone National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world’s first national park is a wonderland of natural beauty and geologic oddities that has delighted visitors over 100 years. It is a mysterious land of steaming geysers, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots. Begin your Yellowstone experience by skirting the crystalclear Yellowstone Lake. The tour then follows the Yellowstone River through Hayden Valley, home of large herds of North American Bison. Next, it’s off to the impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone to see the magnificent 309-foot Lower Falls. After viewing the wonders of Yellowstone, travel to West Yellowstone, Montana for overnight accommodations.
Hotel: Kelly Inn, West Yellowstone, MT (Breakfast)

Monday, June 7: Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

The day begins by exploring more of Yellowstone National Park! Make your way to colorful Fountain Paint Pots, with one of the most complete collections of thermal features in the park, before arriving at Yellowstone’s famous landmark, Old Faithful. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the geyser’s regular display, explore the area, and have lunch on your own. Depart Yellowstone through the south gate and enter Grand Teton National Park for an afternoon of unsurpassed scenic beauty. Travel through the Tetons and see America’s youngest and most rugged mountains piercing the clouds in majestic splendor. Stop for pictures at magnificent Jackson Lake Lodge and other scenic viewpoints along the way. Arrive in the Old West town of Jackson this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy dinner and the gorgeous town of Jackson at your leisure.
Hotel: The Lexington Hotel, Jackson, WY (Breakfast)

Tuesday, June 8: Scenic Float Trip & Salt Lake City

Few places on this earth can honestly be described as “inspiring” or “breathtaking”. The Grand Tetons in northwestern Wyoming is worthy of that kind of description. Start the day with breakfast at your hotel and then on to the Scenic Breakfast Float Trip on the Snake River with spectacular views of the Teton Range. Your river guide will point out wildlife, explain the geology of the area and tell stories about local history and folklore. It will be a morning to remember. Then depart Jackson and travel through western Wyoming surrounded by silver streams, soaring peaks, and lush meadows. Drive through the rugged Snake River Canyon, stopping in pastoral Starr Valley. Arrive in Salt Lake City for the night. Tonight, join the group for a farewell dinner.
Hotel: Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wednesday, June 9: Depart for Home

After breakfast, you will transfer by motorcoach to the Salt Lake City International Airport for your return flight back to Central PA. (Breakfast)

Itinerary and hotels 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.

General Information

Travel Documents

U.S. State department and destination specific travel regulations at time of brochure printing required the following documents for your travel. A valid government issued REAL ID or passport is required. Travel regulations and state compliance requirements are subject to, and have been known to change. For the most current requirements, which due to potential changes may be other than this listed here, please consult with your travel agent.

Payment

A deposit of $250 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by March 19, 2021.

Solo Travelers Reward Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From May 4 – 18, 2021 - 25% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From May 19 – 25, 2021 - 50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
After May 25, 2021- Non-Refundable

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for this region in early June average in the 70s 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. A flashlight for use in the National Parks is recommended. Lightning is often limited on the walking paths at night.

Baggage

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.

Travel Assistance

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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