Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
May 11, 2021 thru May 17, 2021
From towering mountain ranges, rainbow-colored geysers, and cool verdant forests to vast multi-hued canyons and alpine lakes, this tour to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is a wonder for the senses. Be on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, and elusive gray wolves. May is a perfect time to visit, as the summer crowds haven’t arrived, but the full spectrum of spring wildflowers colors has, in abundance.
Option: Combine with the Black Hills & Badlands Tour and enjoy a terrific journey, with special pricing. Contact us for more details.
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Salt Lake City/Bozeman*
Snake River Float Trip
7 days, 6 nights
Activity Level 3
12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included
Livery service to/from your home included
Tour director, driver & local guide tips included
- Grand Teton NP
- Yellowstone NP
- National Elk Refuge
- Snake River Float Trip
- National Museum of Wildlife Art
- Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Salt Lake City/Bozeman*
- Transfers & motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 6 nights lodging
- Admissions & tours as described
- Baggage handling where available
- 12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Services of a tour director
- Motorcoach refreshments
- Taxes & tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
- Tour director, driver & local guide tips
Day 1 - Tucson to Salt Lake City & Jackson
This morning we fly from Tucson to Salt Lake City, Utah, then travel by motorcoach to Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is a real mountain town, like no other, offering nostalgic adventures into the heart of the American West. It also has a shopping and eating district with a large number of art galleries, custom jewelers and designer clothing retailers all centered on the town square. We check in for a 3-night stay at The Lodge at Jackson Hole and have a welcome dinner to get acquainted at the Snake River Grill. (D)
Day 2 – Grand Teton National Park
This morning we journey into Grand Teton National Park, keeping an eye out for bison, moose, elk, coyotes, bald eagles, and more, which will be easy to spot from our raft tour within the park. During our two-hour float, we travel down the smooth Snake River through a pristine, natural landscape that features both forested and open environments. Our local guide will point out the abundant wildlife as well as the most impressive peaks of the Teton Range. After this scenic float, we view Jenny Lake, which covers roughly 1191 acres, was carved by glaciers and is the second largest lake in the park. A walk on the lakeshore trail at Colter Bay provides great views of Jackson Lake along with a collection of Native American arts and an auditorium showing park-related films in the visitor center. (B,L)
Day 3 – Grand Teton National Park
Today we continue exploring Grand Teton National Park, whose 310,000 acres include lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes, and the rising peaks of the Teton Range. We’ll stop at overlooks providing panoramic views of the mountains, the Snake River and Jackson Hole Valley. We visit the Craig Thomas Discovery Center, where the grand expanse of the Teton Range rises above, and the Chapel of the Transfiguration, which first held services in 1925. At the end of the day, we will have a special overlook stop where we have an uninterrupted view of the best sunset in the Tetons. (B,L)
Day 4 – Jackson to Yellowstone
Today we tour the National Museum of Wildlife Art, whose Idaho quartzite façade was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and echoes the serene hillside behind the facility. We venture to Teton Village and ride the exciting Jackson Hole Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak. From the top, take in 360-degree views of Grand Teton and the surrounding mountains. Then we continue to West Yellowstone, Montana, the western gateway to Yellowstone, America’s first national park. We visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, a wildlife park and educational facility offering visitors to Yellowstone a chance to uniquely experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. All the animals at the Center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. We also see a film on the history of Yellowstone at the Giant Screen IMAX Theatre. Lodging for our three-night stay is at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, and we also have a group dinner tonight at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5 – Yellowstone National Park
Today we start by exploring Yellowstone’s Visitor Center, where you can see, hear, and learn how the Yellowstone volcano, its geysers and hot springs and geologic history shape the distribution and abundance of all life found in the park. At the Canyon of the Yellowstone River, see the colors of the canyon that resulted from hydrothermal alterations to the iron compounds in the rock. Of course, no visit would be complete without seeing Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful. The billows of steam that rise from boiling pools and the spouting geysers are truly fascinating. (B,L)
Day 6 – Yellowstone National Park
Today we further explore Yellowstone, visiting, among other sites, Mammoth Hot Springs, which looks like a cave turned inside out due to its limestone formations; Gibbons Falls, discovered in 1872; and Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest, oldest and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas where you’ll have a sensory experience in sound, color and smell in the barren Porcelain Basin. Tonight, we enjoy a special farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 7 – Bozeman to Home
Today we fly from home to Tucson from Bozeman, Montana with photographs, friendships and memories from these glorious national parks and historic places. (B)
Pleasurebent Tours reserves the right to make changes to this itinerary when necessary for the proper handling of the tour.
Yellowstone is home to more than 500 active geysers.
This is more than 1/2 of the world's geysers!
Eight peaks towering above 12,000 feet exist within the park.
The highest peak, the Grand Teton, rises 13,770 feet above sea level.
The Lodge at Jackson Hole
West Yellowstone, MT
$2,745 per person
$3,393 per person
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Salt Lake City/Bozeman*
Transfers & motorcoach transportation
6 nights lodging
Admissions & tours as described
Baggage handling where available
12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
Services of a tour director
Taxes & tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Tour director, driver & local guide tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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$187 to $248 per person covers tours priced $2,001 to $4,000 and will vary depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
With passenger health in mind, we are not currently offering daily seat rotation. You will have an assigned seat and boarding order to allow for social distancing among passengers. At booking let us know if you prefer Front, Middle or Back of motorcoach. Each section comprises 4 to 5 rows. We will try to accommodate all requests. If we are unable to honor all requests, preference will be given based on date of your tour deposit.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Yellowstone is typically in the low 60'’s and the average night-time temperature is usually low 40’s. When we are in the mountains those temperatures may drop 5-10 degrees or more. Typically, we can expect some Spring storms. Please be sure to bring a sweater and / or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you to on this tour.
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