Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
September 11, 2023 thru September 16, 2023
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, and all of their newborns. September is a perfect time to visit, as the summer crowds have passed, but the full spectrum of fall colors have arrived in abundance.
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Salt Lake City/Bozeman*
Snake River Float Trip
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 3
7 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
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
- Geyser & Wildlife Viewing
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to BZN/JAC*
- Transfers & motorcoach transportation
- Roundtrip door to door livery service
- 5 nights lodging
- 7 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Baggage handling where available
- Services of a Tour Director
- Motorcoach refreshments
- Taxes & gratuities for included items
Day 1 - Tucson to Yellowstone
We depart Tucson and arrive in Bozeman, Montana. We then make the easy drive to West Yellowstone, where we will check into our hotel.
Day 2 – Yellowstone National Park
Today is our first day to explore Yellowstone. Yellowstone was America’s first and is still its most famous national park. Curious thermal features, unspoiled nature, and wild animals roaming free make Yellowstone a thrilling experience. Buffalo, elk, deer, and moose can often be seen. We will take the Upper Loop and see Gibbons Falls, discovered in 1872, Steamboat Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, which looks like a cave turned inside out due to its limestone formations 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. A stop at the Albright Visitor Center gives us plenty of time to observe the elk. We return to our hotel for a welcome dinner together. (B,D)
Day 3 – Yellowstone National Park
Today our exploration of the park takes us to Sulphur Caldron and the Lower and Upper Falls. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a large canyon on the Yellowstone River The canyon is approximately 24 miles long and hosts two powerful waterfalls. We lodge in Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone National Park for one night. (B)
Day 4 – Grand Teton National Park
In the Lower Geyser Basin we take the boardwalk trail to see Fountain Paint Pots. 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. While we wait for Old Faithful to erupt, we enjoy a walk along the trail to Morning Glory Pool or watch audio-visual programs of park information. The geothermal hot springs and geysers are fascinating and the wildlife keeps our cameras busy. A short drive takes us into the eastern loop of 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 get peeks of Mt. Moran and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park and stop at overlooks providing panoramic views of the mountains, the Snake River and Jackson Hole Valley. The Lodge in Jackson Hole is our home tonight. (B)
Day 5 – Grand Teton National Park
Today we further explore Grand Teton with scenic stops at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, Jenny Lake and Menors Ferry. After lunch, we enjoy a leisurely float trip down the Snake River where we have the opportunity to spot some more of the Tetons stunning wildlife up close. (B)
Day 6 – Grand Teton National Park & Fly Home
On our last day in Grand Teton, we have a very special treat. We begin the morning at the picturesque Mormon Row Historic District with writer Laura Bush, Phd. Her family is one that settled in this rugged landscape and she will share the human history and anecdotes of life in the shelter of Blacktail Butte.
Our last visit will be the impressive, National Museum of Wildlife Art. The nation’s only museum dedicated to wildlife art from around the world. The building with it’s Idaho quartzite facade was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. We will enjoy a farewell lunch at the museum before flying home to Tucson with photographs, friendships and memories from these glorious national parks and historic places. (B, L)
Itinerary subject to change.
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
Jackson Hole, WY
Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, WY
West Yellowstone, MT
$3,655 per person
$4,775 per person
Final Payment Date:
June 8, 2023
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to BZN/JAC*
Transfers & motorcoach transportation
Roundtrip door to door livery service
5 nights lodging
7 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
Admissions & tours as described
Baggage handling where available
Services of a Tour Director
Taxes & gratuities for included items
- None through June 8, 2023
- $200 – June 9 – June 28, 2023
- $2,000 – June 29 – August 8, 2023
- 100% after August 8, 2023
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ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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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 $35 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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