SOLAR ECLIPSE YELLOWSTONE & RANCH

9 days departing JACKSON from

Style: Eclipse
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PYR

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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 West is still very much wild in the national parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Both are the ultimate destinations for the budding photographers amongst you. Awaiting your arrival are the mesmerising geysers, bubbling pools of mud, towering peaks rising overhead and the ever spectacular Old Faithful, reminding you of the beauty and rawness of Mother Nature. Get up close to a huge range of wildlife on this active tour including the mighty Black Bear. Enjoy two nights at a guest ranch to discover that true Wyoming American experience.

Included Highlights
  • Enjoy nature's grandest show - a total eclipse of the sun
  • Enjoy a true Western experience on a guest ranch including horseback riding
  • Incredible photographic opportunities
  • Breathtaking trails in Grand Teton National Park
  • Witness Old Faithful erupt and endless bubbling geysers
  • Spot elk, deer, moose, beaver and the mighty bear
Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 6 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation + 2 twin share guest ranch nights. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally (One welcome dinner included at ranch)
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time

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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
  • Chuck wagon dinner - Jackson US$25-$35
  • Ferry across Jenny Lake - Grand Teton US$15
  • White water rafting on the Snake River - Jackson US$77-$124
  • Horseback riding - Jackson US$65


Day 1: Arrival day in Jackson

Begin your tour in the Western town of Jackson, Wyoming. An area of wide open plains and towering mountain ranges which will take your breath away from the very start. The aerial tram ride offers the perfect introduction to the city, taking you to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for sensational views. Spend your day wandering in and out of the galleries or visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar ahead of your welcome meeting this evening at 18:00 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson

Make your way to Grand Teton National Park where you'll see some of the best mountain scenery in the States. Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and alpine clad meadows, the Teton Range stands proud. Over 60 species of mammals and 300 species of bird call the Jackson Hole area home. You can hike deep into the Teton Mountain Range from the shores of Jenny Lake (ferry not included) up to the 200ft tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point for sensational views over the national park. Commonly sighted wildlife on this trail include moose, deer, Pine Marten, weasel, marmots, River Otters, Steller Jays, tanagers, butterflies and more; giving wonderful photographic opportunities. You can stop at this point or continue further into Cascade Canyon where you may spot moose before returning. Hike or take an optional boat ride back across the lake (additional charge). Tonight you'll return to Jackson.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park - Total Solar Eclipse 2017

This morning you rise early and drive to the best vantage point around the Jackson area to observe 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 in 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.
With the rest of the day free for hiking, there may be time to head out on the Hermitage Point Trail near Colter Bay. The trail follows a loop and is a relatively easy ten mile hike. Take the trail past Heron Pond, Swan Lake and discover unbeatable views of Jackson Lake, with the stunning Teton Range as the back drop. This is a fantastic day hike offering yet more fabulous views. Black Bear are a common sight but it's also Grizzly country, so be alert! See glorious views of the Snake River winding its way through Jackson Hole as you climb ever higher. Please note, it's not possible for the leader to accompany your walks in Grand Teton due to national park regulations however, you'll be given all the information and maps needed to enjoy your walk.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4-5: Guest Ranch

Make your way to the traditional guest ranch, self-contained accommodation with a friendly atmosphere. Make like a cowboy with an included horseback ride through more striking mountain scenery and hit the trails to explore the surrounding area. The peacefulness and rare chance to experience `Old America' reveals a very different side to the trip and your overall impression of the country. It's also perfect for relaxing whilst being surrounded by views of the magnificent Teton Range with fresh air plus peace and quiet aplenty.
Accommodation: Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch included | Meals: Welcome dinner included (other meals paid locally)

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park

This morning you make your way to perhaps the most revered and wild national park in the United States, Yellowstone. With the world's largest collection of geysers, this designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is a nature, photography and wildlife lover's paradise. Drive to the Mammoth Hot Springs area for a guided walk on the Beaver Ponds Trail where you can see elk, Mule Deer, beaver dams and the occasional Black Bear. Stop at the thermally active Norris Geyser Basin, where it feels like you're walking on the moon.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park

With so many hiking options available make sure you spend today out on the trails. The South Rim Trail from Uncle Tom's Point to Artist Point is a spectacular trail, passing mesmerising waterfalls with the chance to see the wonderful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone in all its colourful glory. The trail starts with 328 steps, but don't let them put you off, the scenery is out of this world and there are plenty of places where you can rest and appreciate the striking views.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 8: Yellowstone National Park

See Old Faithful bubbling and erupting for an authentic Yellowstone experience. This bubbling spectacle is one of the main reasons the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park - an idea which has since spread nationwide. The rest of the day is free for further exploration and by following the boardwalk around the hot pools and scorched earth you'll gain a true understanding of what makes Yellowstone such an incredible place. Being primarily a driving national park, your tour leader will be on hand to drive you to some of the more out of the way places including the stunning Lamar Valley. It's here that most of the parks iconic wildlife is spotted, so keep those eyes peeled. Another great spot for wildlife viewing is Hayden Valley, where bison and wolf are often spotted roaming the wild expanse.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 9: Yellowstone > Jackson

With a free morning you'll head back to Jackson where your tour ends. If time is on your side we recommend spending an extra night here. Wyoming not only offers nature's best backyard, it's also awash with galleries and buzzing cafes.
Meals: Paid locally

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

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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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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 room for every night of the tour excluding the 2 night ranch stay. The number of single rooms 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 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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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.

Jackson Hole Lodge

JACKSON - JACKSON HOLE LODGE

This rustic hotel is located 3.5 blocks from Town Square and offers free Wi-Fi and TV in all rooms, as well as seasonal heated pool and year round fire-pit.

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      Based on single, twin or double room.


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