SOLAR ECLIPSE - USA NORTHWEST

15 days departing SEATTLE from

Style: Eclipse
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PWZ

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Trip Overview

On August 21, 2017, millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder. The power of the earth's forces are on full display as you hike through some of the world's best preserved wilderness regions. See glaciers and volcanoes, geysers and hot-springs in Yellowstone, North America's oldest national park. Keep an eye out for Bighorn Sheep, Grey Wolves, and even Grizzly Bear. The snow-capped peaks of Mount Rainier and the razor edged Teton Range compete for your attention and Lake Tahoe lets you relax before a full day exploring Yosemite's captivating trails. Explore Yellowstone with a wildlife and wolf tracking guide, take a scenic ferry across Jenny Lake to reach the Teton Range and set sail on a catamaran cruise whilst sipping champagne on Lake Tahoe. These unique activities are all included to make sure you have the best experience possible in this wonderful part of the world!

Included Highlights
  • Enjoy nature's grandest show - a total eclipse of the sun
  • Explore with a dedicated wildlife and wolf tracking guide in Yellowstone
  • Sunset catamaran cruise on Lake Tahoe
  • Scenic ferry across Jenny Lake to explore the Grand Teton's
  • Full day hiking in Mt Rainier National Park
  • Explore Yellowstone National Park and watch Old Faithful erupt
  • Explore lava caves and rock formations at Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Stunning views in Humboldt National Forest
  • Wildlife viewing and Granite cliffs of Yosemite
  • Explore the Cascade, Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Opportunity to view abundant bird and wildlife
  • Walk Golden Gate Bridge and tour Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco
Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 11 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) + 3 hotel nights in twin share accommodation. For your own tent and room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle and ferry
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 10 dinners
Guided: Professional tour leader and wildlife and wolf tracking guide in Yellowstone
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Western saloons - Jackson US$varies
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • Chuck wagon dinner - Jackson US$25-$35
  • White water rafting on the Snake River - Jackson US$77-$124
  • Horseback riding - Jackson US$65


Day 1: Arrival day in Seattle

Welcome to the city of Seattle in Washington State, a city that oozes cool from the start, from its top notch coffee shops to its endless markets. From the top of the iconic Space Needle you can gaze across the beautiful Puget Sound, and on a clear day witness Mount Rainier in all its glory. Visit Pike Place Market to try local specialities and enjoy a spot of people watching ahead of your welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 2-3: Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park

Your journey starts with a trip to the heart of the Cascade Mountains, home of the stunning Mount Rainier National Park. At 14,411 feet Mount Rainier looms large in the Pacific Northwest and has the greatest single peak glacial system in the United States, covering over 36 square miles of the mountain with sheer ice! With over 260 miles of well-maintained trails winding through varied terrain, you hike past glistening waterfalls, old growth forest and subalpine meadows to the many spectacular vistas this picture perfect national park has to offer.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 4: Missoula, Montana

Retrace Lewis and Clark's path across the historic Columbia River en route to the 'Big Sky' cowboy country of Montana. Missoula is known as the Garden City due to its mild weather, so tonight kick back and relax under a brilliant blanket of stars.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 5-6: Yellowstone National Park

Your next destination is Yellowstone which is the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, wolf, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is 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 ravaged much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living testament to nature's power of regeneration. You have a full day with a Yellowstone wildlife and wolf tracking guide in the park to search for the animals who call it home, as well as learning about the flora and park ecosystems. Once you've finished learning all about this unique environment, head to Yellowstone Lake to relax with an ice cream or a glass of wine.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 7-8: Jackson/Grand Teton National Park

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands proud with its peaks rising sharply from the ground. Take a scenic ferry across Jenny Lake - once you're on the other side you and your fellow travellers will hike up to Inspiration Point past a series of waterfalls and rushing rivers. At the top you'll be truly amazed by the stunning views of the lake and surrounding area. For the next two nights you overnight near the authentic Western town of Jackson.

Rising early, you depart early in the morning to ensure you have the best vantage point to witness this incredible natural phenomenon. It is August 21st 2017 and millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder. The total eclipse will be visible from our location around Jackson. Our private vehicle will be on hand to deliver you to the centre line of the eclipse track if possible. Climate projections for the area are very positive, but if there is a possibility of local cloud, the coach can be diverted to another location. The eclipse is a certainty but weather is a factor and despite advertising a suggested itinerary for the day prior to the eclipse, it is important this be used as a guideline only in order to pick a site with a greater chance of visibility. There is free time in the afternoon to explore the western town of Jackson.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x1)

Day 9: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Cross into Idaho for an opportunity to walk amongst the moonlike formations of Craters of the Moon National Monument. When American President Calvin Coolidge signed the legislation protecting Crater of the Moon National Monument in Idaho in 1924, he called it, "a weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself." This volcanic area is one of the best preserved basalt lava fields in the USA. NASA's Apollo astronauts used to do some of their training in this area because of a perceived resemblance to the surface of the moon. You'll start off at the visitors centre for an insight into the regions volcanic history, then take the seven mile loop road to the Big Craters area and a hike into the lava caves at Boy Scout Cave. Please bring a torch and shoes with a strong grip.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: Humboldt National Forest and Elko

The sheer rock ledges, glacial lake water and stunning views make Humboldt National Forest are a must see when travelling through Nevada. The largest forest in the lower 48 states, Humboldt is a pretty special place with some great hiking opportunities. One of the best hikes takes you up to Angel Lake. Keep eyes peeled for Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, birds of prey and wildflowers. You overnight at the nearby city of Elko which is rich in Western history and has a beautiful back drop of rugged mountains.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 11-12: Lake Tahoe

Next you have two days to explore the vibrant forests and deep blue hues of the beautiful Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. It's so big that it contains enough water to provide every man, woman and child in the country with 200 litres of water a day, every day, for five years. It's also a major tourist recreational area in both summer and winter with one of its ski areas, Squaw Valley, playing host to the 1960 Winter Olympics. During the summer the lake is popular for water sports and beach activities including kayaking. There are hundreds of hiking trails all around the lake ranging in length and difficulty. Enjoy an included sunset catamaran cruise on the crystal clear waters of the lake. Relax as you sip champagne and watch the sun set over the lake.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)

Day 13-14: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of Northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls, several thousand ft. high. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. After a visit to see the amazing Giant Sequoia Trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you may bicycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. You'll get to hike on trails that enable you to really explore this wilderness paradise. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your mind.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)

Day 15: Yosemite to San Francisco

Journey through California's historic gold country to 'The City by the Bay'. End your adventure with a tour of Haight-Ashbury and a walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most photographed in the world. If you have time we recommend adding on a couple of extra nights to explore more of this fantastic city. For those staying on a few days, a visit to Alcatraz Prison is a must where you can learn all about the prisoners who spent their lives trying to escape with a superb audio tour (you'll need to book in advance directly on Alcatraz Cruises website).
Meals: Breakfast included

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person (2017). This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.


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Private Departures

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Clarion Hotel

SEATTLE - CLARION HOTEL

This hotel is conveniently located next to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, with a 24 courtesy shuttle and is adjacent to the Light Link Rail to downtown Seattle.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


Hotel Tomo

SAN FRANCISCO - THE BUCHANAN HOTEL (formely Hotel Tomo)

Centrally located in Japantown with shops, boutiques and restaurants all nearby and close to Union Square and Lower Pacific Heights.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


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We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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