Yellowstone & Teton In-depth
A journey through two of Wyoming’s most beautiful national parks
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
The west is still very much wild in the national parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Both are the ultimate destinations for wildlife enthusiasts and budding photographers and the addition of a wildlife and wolf tracker and geology guides helps bring the parks to life. During the day, explore geysers, bubbling pools of mud, spectacular Old Faithful and magnificent views from the Teton Mountain range. At night, retire to the comfort of your ranch and wilderness glamping tepee. This in-depth tour is Wyoming at its very best!
* 2 nights ranch, 2 nights glamping and 1 night hotel
* 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout. Group normally 1 to 13, plus local leader. Min age 16 years
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Optional activities (pay locally)
- Wildlife and ecology tour in Grand Teton National Park
- Driving tour of Yellowstone
- Ferry across Jenny Lake
Welcome to Wyoming and the Western town of Jackson. This is absolutely cowboy country; once a home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some spectacular trails as well as being renowned for its Western style saloons. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs tonight to meet your fellow travellers and tour leader over a welcome dinner.*Optional Activities:*• Aerial tram – Jackson US$42• Chuck wagon dinner – Jackson US$25-35• Horseback riding – Jackson US$65• Western rodeo – Jackson US$20-$25• Whitewater rafting on the Snake River – Jackson US$77-124*Accommodation:* Lexington at Jackson Hole
Yellowstone National Park
Arrive in Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, wolves, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of the park sits in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s destroyed much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now considered a living monument to nature’s power of regeneration.Today is about exploring Yellowstone by vehicle and on foot. Hit the boardwalks at Mammoth Hot Springs to explore the various geothermal pools and features and gaze upon the ‘Grand Canyon of Yellowstone’. You’ll also visit Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the most spectacular and is known for its colourful features caused by bacteria. Grand Prismatic Spring should be one of the seven natural wonders of the world, especially with a view from higher up the mountain.*Accommodation:* Yellowstone Under Canvas
Yellowstone National Park – Lamar Valley
Often referred to as ‘America’s Serengeti’, this is one of the best places to spot wildlife in Yellowstone, so you can rest assured that Lamar Valley will do nothing but amaze. Home to an incredible array of wildlife such as wolves, elk, bison and Bighorn Sheep, you won’t even have time to put your camera down. To reach Lamar Valley you must travel down Lamar Road and even on this stretch you’re likely to encounter all kinds of wildlife – ‘Bison jams’ are a regular occurrence. For the first time in more than 70 years, wolves have recently been reintroduced to the park and their return to Yellowstone has had a surprising and positive effect. Now the wolves are back the park has seen a decrease in elk, which in turn has stopped the over grazing of the parks grasslands. Today, you’ll be accompanied by a professional wildlife tracker who has dedicated their lives to working with the parks wildlife (including wolves), so you’ll be safe in the knowledge that these guides really know what they are doing. As with most wildlife we can never guarantee sightings, but you can rest assured that you are in good hands when it comes to trying to spot wolves. You will travel around Yellowstone tracking wildlife, but commonly they can be found around the Lamar Valley.*Accommodation:* Yellowstone Under Canvas
Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole
This morning you depart Jackson and make your way to Grand Teton National Park. A geology guide will bring the park to life and uncover the secrets which lie hidden beneath the surface. Hear about the science of the physical structure and substance of the earth and how it is pertinent to the Teton’s rising from the earth’s surface.In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a half day scenic and relaxed pace mountain bike tour, which travels along the sagebrush flats on the eastern slopes of Grand Teton National Park. The sagebrush flats are home to the roaming antelope and indeed this tour is relatively flat, making this an easy-paced and enjoyable tour. This tour offers prize-winning views of the entire Teton range at a relaxing pace – a great experience. Finish the day back at Spring Creek Ranch where you can unwind with a cool drink.*Accommodation:* Spring Creek Ranch
Grand Teton National Park
This morning you’ll enjoy a guided tour with a wildlife and ecology guide in Grand Teton National Park to learn about the interactions among organisms and their environment. Of particular interest is the diversity, distribution, amount and number of organisms, as well as cooperation and competition between organisms, both within and among ecosystems. Most likely, you will cross Jenny Lake by ferry and hike towards Inspiration Point and beyond. This hike is not only a wonderful way to search for wildlife and enjoy some of the finest views of the area, but to learn more about what you are seeing.*Accommodation:* Spring Creek Ranch
Today is the last tour day and we have left this morning free to explore the town of Jackson. The tour ends at hotel check out time, when you are free to depart. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows.
Ranch, glamping and hotel
Accommodation will be in clean, comfortable national park glamping teepees, wildlife sanctuary ranch and 4 star hotel to really bring out the flavor of the areas. They will all be in close proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple. Each hotel used is listed within the itinerary so you are comfortable with the standard at the time of booking. They are subject to change for a similar style/standard, although we endeavor to stick to the advertised itinerary as closely as possible.
LEXINGTON AT JACKSON HOLE
Conveniently located in the heart of Jackson, WY, The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites is a family-owned hotel with deep roots in Jackson’s historic Western community. Courtyard rooms, completely renovated in Spring of 2012, offer a traditional space with added amenities like heated tile flooring and swimming pool area.
YELLOWSTONE UNDER CANVAS
This luxury Yellowstone ‘glamping’ experience is a unique way to enjoy the outdoor living experience, but in the comfort you prefer. Come and stay in a stunning Safari Tent or Tipi while enjoying amazing views, comfortable luxury bathrooms and gourmet meals in our onsite restaurant all just minutes from the Park.
SPRING CREEK RANCH
Spring Creek Ranch is located on a wildlife sanctuary almost 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson and has spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range. It received a Conde Nast Traveler Gold List designation and we are confident you will enjoy the list of activities, restaurant and wilderness adventure spa.
On hotel based tours when meals aren’t included, you will usually eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotelm breakfasts cost from $6-$12, lunches from $8-$15 and dinners from $13- $30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately $5 per glass and beer $4 per bottle. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Please note there is an included welcome dinner at the ranch.
Your tour leader may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty, this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Leaders will explain this option while on your tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run.
Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of North America certain food types can be limited.
There are opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.
This active tour is suitable for people of most levels of experience and fitness. Active tours are about exploring the places you visit so whether it’s sightseeing, walking, hiking or biking you’ll be experiencing the best from each place.
Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.