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Wonders of the West

 


Four departures only!
June 18- 27, July 16 - 25
August 13 - 22, &
September 3 - 12, 2011


DAY
Day 1
Saturday Depart Chicago  
  Guests depart Chicago bound for Utah aboard the famous California Zephyr today. Guests living on the West Coast may depart the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento today as well. From both California and the Midwest, it is an overnight journey to Provo, Utah.
Day 2 Sunday Overnight Provo, UT  
  Arrive in Provo aboard the California Zephyr with an overnight stay at the superb Provo Marriott. Transfer to the hotel is included.
Day 3 Monday Jackson Hole
(B, D)
  After a welcome breakfast, we depart Provo bound for Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Wonder at this spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year. Check into the Antlerís Inn for an over night stay. There is time tonight to enjoy quaint Jackson including the fabled Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Tonight is also our casual welcome dinner, a nice chance to meet your fellow travelers.
Day 4 Tuesday Yellowstone
(B)
  After breakfast, we enjoy a morning float trip on the Snake River with the backdrop of some of the most stunning Mountain Scenery in North America, the Grand Teton Range and you will want to have your camera handy. We then drive north to Yellowstone National Park. America's first national park, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This afternoon we check into the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, located inside Yellowstone National Park. Most tours offer one night outside the park, for a nice change . We do two in the park.
Day 5 Wednesday Yellowstone
B
  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. A final night to enjoy the magical setting of Yellowstone.
Day 6 Thursday Fairmont Hot Springs
B L
  Another pretty day as we drive north to picturesque Fairmont Hot Springs, the perfect midtrip indulgence. Admission to the soothing hot springs is included and there is a fine spa as well as a range of outdoor activities.
Day 7 Friday Glacier Park
B
  A beautiful day as we travel into Glacier National Park. You will want to have your camera ready. Overnight is spent at the famed Glacier Park Lodge, the largest log building in the world, built by the Great Northern Railroad. We enjoy two nights in this amazing structure.
Day 8 Saturday Glacier Park
B D
  The Big Day! We depart this morning aboard one of the famed red open-air 'jammer buses for a spellbinding day that finds us traversing the breathtaking 'Going to the Sun' Road over the Continental Divide. Later today, shimmering Lake McDonald where an early evening boat cruise is included. Many of our passengers rate this the prettiest day of the entire tour which is saying quite a lot. Overnight at the Glacier Park Lodge.
Day 9 Sunday All Aboard!
B
  After breakfast, guests bound for the Midwest depart right from Glacier Park Lodge aboard the Empire Builder which makes a special stop at the hotel. Guests bound for Portland have all day to relax and enjoy the hotel before an evening departure for the West Coast.
Day 10 Monday Journey Home
  The Empire Builder arrives in St. Paul, Milwaukee and Chicago today and guests traveling to the West Coast arrive in Portland at 9am. Note: For guests that started their tour in California, return train travel from Portland back to any California point is included from Portland.

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