YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE TRAILS

12 days departing SEATTLE from

Style: Wildlife
Destination: Northwest USA
Tour Code: PYX

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Trip Overview

In the middle of the Rocky Mountain Range there are three celebrated national parks offering the most varied scenery and wildlife: the spires and azure lakes of Grand Teton, the unique geology and wildlife of Yellowstone, and the towering sentinel peaks and broad valleys of Glacier. Specialist local guides accompany you to spot and track wildlife including bison, bear, wolves, coyotes and eagles. From colourful meadows with wildflowers to mighty canyons, and geothermal volcanic pools to glaciated rocky spires, this is a full-on adventure with some seriously dramatic views.

Included Highlights
  • Three of the USA's most beautiful national parks - Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton
  • Specialist wildlife, geology and wilderness guides
  • Specialist hiking guide in Glacier National Park
  • Dedicated wildlife and wolf tracking guide in Yellowstone
  • Visit the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful
  • Endless wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 9 nights camping (sleeping bag required) and 2 hotel nights. For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 7 dinners
Guided: Professional tour leader, plus specialist guides in Yellowstone and Glacier National Park
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time.

Grand American Adventures vehicles

You'll travel in air-conditioned private vehicles, which offer great flexibility and guarantee to get you further off the beaten path. For our upgraded fleet of vehicles in the USA ensure an enjoyable travelling experience and are fully equipped with:

Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with additional leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Full-height electric bi-fold entry door for easy entry / exit
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and a TV screen
Wi-Fi in the USA (excluding Alaska)

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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
  • Mountain biking - Jackson US$30-$70
  • Aerial tram - Jackson US$23


Itinerary Update

For all 2018 departures, the tour will have an additional night (3 in total) for Glacier National Park instead of the night in Bozeman.

This tour also departs from Salt Lake City

Day 1: Seattle

Welcome to the city of Seattle in Washington State. You're in a city that oozes cool, from sophisticated coffee shops to endless markets, not forgetting the iconic Space Needle. From here you can gaze across the beautiful Puget Sound, and on a clear day view Mount Rainier. Spend your afternoon sampling local specialties and people watching at Pike Place Market before heading to the departure hotel for the welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally

Day 2: Coeur D'Alene

Have one last Seattle coffee moment before heading out of Washington State to the lakeside city of Coeur d'Alene. Swimming, walking and enjoying the sunset with a glass of fizz are all perfect ways to complete your first day in Idaho. Don't forget to pack your swimwear as the lake makes for a great place to cool off. Take a refreshing dip in secluded spots around the lake, but remember, it can be quite cold!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Glacier National Park

Continue through the mountains of Montana to the famed Glacier National Park where you'll spend the next two nights exploring this immense landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and bear which frequent this area, as well as stunning scenery and glacial lakes. Your leader will take you to West Glacier where you'll board the Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle bus (seasonal).
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

NB: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes in Glacier. Tomorrow you'll be led by a national park guide but on other days your tour leader is not permitted to walk with you on trails. They will however provide detailed briefings, directions, maps and transportation.

Day 4: Glacier National Park

Spend the day exploring the ins and outs of this superb park with a Glacier National Park wilderness guide. Your guide will help you try to spot some of the huge variety of animal species for which this park is renowned, including Grizzly Bear, wolverine and lynx. Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, coyote and bears are also common, so make sure you keep your camera to hand! If conditions are right your guide will take you on the Iceberg Lake or Hidden Lake Trail for dramatic mountain scenes, wildflowers and a glaciated lake that will take your breath away. This will definitely be a day to remember.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Bozeman

Today's drive reveals the wide open 'Big Sky' scenery that Montana is so famous for. Journey through the ever changing landscape of forest and mountain backdrops to Bozeman, where you'll enjoy a comfortable bed and some luxury for the night before heading into the Yellowstone wilderness.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park

An early start sees you on the road, heading to the fabled grounds of America's number one national park, Yellowstone. As soon as you arrive you'll be immersed in a mixture of striking scenery, where jagged peaks morph into flower-strewn meadows and rolling hillsides quickly become absorbed by solidified lava flows. This afternoon's walk will introduce you to the wildlife and the landscapes of Yellowstone, which will be your home for the next four nights.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park

Today you'll encounter Yellowstone's amazing array of geothermal features including mud pools, hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The park is famous for its volcanic history and there are estimated to be around 10,000 thermal features - nowhere else on earth can boast Yellowstone's concentration of geysers which are scattered amongst several distinct geyser basins. Benefit from the enthusiasm and knowledge of a local geologist who will no doubt enable you to learn more as you walk from one seismic hotspot to the next.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: Yellowstone National Park

Last night you may have heard the distant sounds of a howl far away in the mountains and today you'll get to learn all about the wolf packs that may have sung out such a nocturnal greeting. You'll spend a full day with a specialist wolf tracking guide, venturing into the park's wilderness by foot and by vehicle to learn about these extraordinary animals. Your guide will explain how wolves live and hunt together in Yellowstone and how the pack hierarchy works. It's important to note that you may not always be lucky enough to see wolves, but this is our aim and at the same time you're likely to see numerous other wildlife species.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 9: Yellowstone National Park

Even though this is your last day in Yellowstone there's still plenty of time to enjoy the wildlife, landscapes and geothermal activity away from the usual tourist sites. As you leave the crowds behind you'll be treated to a hike to the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, the latter of which has the highest volume of water in the American Rockies and is almost twice as high as Niagara. You'll also visit the Mammoth Hot Springs which literally feels like being on another planet.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson

Today you'll be leaving the borders of Yellowstone but there'll be no let-up with the incredible landscapes surrounding you. As you enter the realms of the mighty Tetons you'll no doubt be aware that you're in the presence of some quite formidable giants. The drama unfolds almost instantly after crossing the border into the Grand Teton National Park. An optional ferry journey across Jenny Lake takes you to the start of a climb to Inspiration Point where you'll be able to catch your breath and take in some absolutely scintillating views. You have the option of following the river and continuing further on your hike in the hopes of spotting moose which are commonly noted on this trail.

Next stop is Jackson Hole which is regarded as one of Wyoming's premier ski resorts as well as being a haven for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. Take a short walk to Rock Springs Overlook and opt for an incredibly scenic aerial tram ride. This completes your first day in the Grand Tetons and as you settle down for the night you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty more adventures left in store for tomorrow.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 11: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson

Using all of the knowledge and hiking expertise that you've garnered throughout your time away you'll be able to undertake a self-guided hike to numerous scenic spots which your tour leader will explain to you. The park is perfect for seeing those all-important, breathtaking vistas and with excellent views of the Tetons as well as the chance to spot bison, moose, elk and deer, this is one of the best areas to make the most of the great outdoors. As the sun goes down you'll no doubt be able to look back over the previous 11 days as some of the most worthwhile and fulfilling times that you've ever had.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 12: Jackson - Salt Lake City

Enjoy some free time exploring Jackson this morning before transferring to the base of the Wasatch Mountains and the urban delights of the Mormon capital of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

The tour will end this afternoon 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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  • A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
  • ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
  • 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. 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 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.


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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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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.


Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY - LITTLE AMERICA HOTEL

Centrally located, enjoy the numerous dining options, fitness center, in-hotel shops and boutiques, plus various services and free wifi.

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


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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

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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