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The Great Western Holiday


June 28 - July 8
July 26 - August 5
August 23 - September 2
September 20 - 30
October 4 - 14, 2011


Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 Depart Chicago
Guests depart Chicago bound for Utah. There is a welcome reception and dinner as we roll west over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in great comfort and style. (D)
Day 2 Salt Lake City
All day is spent traversing the spectacular Colorado Rockies today with the passage through Glenwood Canyon being the highlight. We arrive in late evening in Salt Lake City and transfer to the Four-Diamond rated Little America Hotel for a two-night stay. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Salt Lake City
All morning to sleep in with a late morning sightseeing tour of Salt Lake including the beautiful Temple Square with the afternoon at leisure. Tonight is a special dinner for our group in the acclaimed Steakhouse Restaurant at the Little America Hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 Yellowstone
After breakfast, we begin our scenic drive north to Yellowstone National Park for an afternoon arrival at the Clubhouse Inn at West Yellowstone, our home for the next two evenings. All evening is at leisure. (B, L)
Day 5 Yellowstone
Today we see all of Yellowstone's majesty with Upper & Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You will want your camera handy since today is a visual feast of unequaled splendor. Yellowstone is America's first National Park and is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk along with a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs. (B)
Day 6 Grand Teton
We drive south today to spectacular Grand Teton National Park, a lovely landscape rich with jagged mountains, glaciers, pristine lakes and amazing wildlife including bison, moose and antelope. Our guests enjoy all afternoon and evening at leisure in the heart of historic downtown Jackson, Wyoming and a drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a must! A very special treat awaits tonight, an outdoor cowboy cookout dinner against the backdrop of the towering Teton Range. Overnight at the 49er Inn. (B, D)
Day 7 Grand Teton/Provo
After breakfast this morning, we enjoy a morning float trip on the Snake River, highlighted by one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world, the Grand Tetons and our guests rate this sightseeing excursion one of the best consistently year after year. We then travel south to Provo, Utah, passing the sight of the original Oregon Trail en route, for an evening arrival at the superb Provo Marriott where deluxe rooms await. (B, L)
Day 8 Moab
This morning we depart for Moab and the Red Cliffs Lodge, possibly the best of all of our hotels and certainly the most stunning setting possible, overlooking the Colorado River. Our guests uniformly praise this as the highlight of a trip filled with many highlights and we enjoy a two-night stay in this extraordinary setting. All afternoon is free to enjoy the facilities, spa or nearby winery of this remarkable resort. (B)
Day 9 Arches & Canyonlands
Saving the best for last, today is another visual masterpiece as we tour both Arches & Canyonlands National Parks with their glorious rock formations, natural arches, mesas and buttes. Tonight, a special farewell reception is included, a special end to a glorious day.
Day 10 All Aboard!
All Aboard. We board the 'Great Western Limited' today at Grand Junction, Colorado for the epic daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies over the storied Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad traveling through Glenwood Canyon for a journey described by the BBC as one of the top ten train rides in the World. Later tonight, we enjoy a special Farewell Dinner on the train and pass through Denver en route to Chicago. Overnight on- board. (B, D)
Day 11 Welcome Home
We cross the Mississippi River after breakfast and are soon speeding through the rich farmland of Illinois bound for Chicago with an afternoon arrival in the Windy City. (B, L)

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