Yellowstone & Glacier Adventure Tour
Experience Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park over the course of 11 days on this tour, which combines travel aboard iconic trains with escorted sightseeing along the path followed by America's pioneers.
All aboard for a cross-country journey along the storied lines of the California Zephyr. Your tour begins in Chicago, and after a night on the rails spent gazing at the changing vistas, the train arrives at the first stop on the course, Salt Lake City. After a tour of Utah's capital city and plenty of free time to explore, the tour continues onto Jackson, Wyoming, a town straight out of the Wild West. Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are the true highlights of this 11-day tour. With at least a full day in each park, there is ample time to soak in all of the natural splendour America's West has to offer before returning to Chicago aboard the Empire Builder.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Roundtrip rail transportation aboard Amtrak. (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights including 3 nights in Yellowstone National Park and 2 nights at Glacier Park Lodge
- 10 meals including lunch at the Mural Room
- Meals onboard the train when upgrading to a roomette or bedroom
- Salt Lake City Tour
- National Oregon/California Trail Center
- Grand Teton National Park
- Yellowstone National Park tour, including Old Faithful
- Going-to-the-Sun Road onboard vintage Red Jammer buses
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motor coach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the California Zephyr
All aboard for adventure! Your tour begins at Chicago's historic Union Station, where you will meet your tour director. There will be ample time to settle into your accommodations for an afternoon departure. Take time to explore the double-decker Superliner or just relax, read, or listen to music. Be sure to visit the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car with its swivel seats and expansive views. Get acquainted with your travel companions and admire the changing scenery. Tonight, your dreams will be filled with your journey to come. Overnight train.
Day 2 - California Zephyr to Salt Lake City
Your day begins with sweeping vistas of the glorious Colorado Rockies. Keep your camera handy as the Zephyr climbs the front range of the Rockies and heads toward the Continental Divide, winding around sharp mountain curves and passing through numerous tunnels. Visit the Lounge Car for a Trails and Rails presentation as you travel from Denver to Grand Junction. Meet volunteer rangers from the area sharing stories and artefacts from the region. Your train is scheduled to arrive in Salt Lake City where you'll be transferred to your hotel. Overnight Salt Lake City.
Day 3 - Salt Lake City Sightseeing
Your morning begins with a guided tour of beautiful Salt Lake City. Utah's capital, founded by Mormon pioneers and once considered the 'Crossroads of the West,' boasts a 150+-year history. The most famous site is Temple Square, where the Gothic spires of the Salt Lake Temple rise up. You'll also see Utah's State Capitol, the Great Salt Lake, and sites from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Enjoy local fare at lunch, which is included. Tonight, explore Salt Lake City on your own or visit Temple Square. Overnight Salt Lake City. (B, L)
Day 4 - Jackson Wyoming
After breakfast at your hotel, your motorcoach heads to Montpelier, Idaho for a visit to the National Oregon/California Trail Centre, where you'll learn firsthand about this historic pioneer route and experience a simulated wagon train ride. Afterwards, continue on to Jackson, Wyoming, where you'll spend the night. The evening is at your leisure to enjoy this charming Wild West town. Overnight Jackson. (B)
Day 5 - Grand Teton National Park
The dramatic peaks of the Grand Teton mountain range rise 13,000 feet in the air, without foothills. This is the cornerstone of today's excursion to Grand Teton National Park, featuring blue mountain lakes and a diverse array of wildlife. Highlights of the day include the Chapel of Transfiguration, a rustic log church in an idyllic setting with breathtaking views of the Tetons, lunch in the Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge, and visits to the Colter Bay Visitor Centre to learn about the history of the Park.
As you conclude your visit to Grand Teton National Park, get ready for the granddaddy of all, Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872 as America's first National Park, Yellowstone is famous for many things. Among them is the world's most extensive region of geothermal activity with thousands of hot springs that dot the landscape. Your accommodations for the next three nights are located inside the park. In the evening, you'll discover a variety of things to do on your own or just relax in this natural setting. Overnight Yellowstone National Park. (B, L)
Day 6 - Yellowstone National Park
Today's guided adventure of Yellowstone National Park takes you to Madison Junction with its scenic forests and meadows all the way to Norris Geyser Basin. Stand in awe of Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction and Tower Falls. Lunch is on your own before continuing on this afternoon to discover Artist Point, Inspiration Point and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Keep your cameras handy as the vast Park is teeming with roaming wildlife, including wolves, grizzly bears, bison and elk. Overnight Yellowstone National Park. (B)
Day 7 - Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing
Today's excursion takes you on a spectacular drive through the Hayden Valley, a region of lush forests and meadows. But the highlight of your day will be experiencing the Old Faithful Geyser. About every 91 minutes, Old Faithful erupts, shooting water some 100 feet in the air. You'll also view the fascinating paint-pots and bubbling hot springs mixed with clay. Return to the hotel and get ready for an included dinner. Overnight Yellowstone National Park. (D)
Day 8 - En Route to Glacier National Park
Today board your motorcoach as you continue north to East Glacier Park, Montana, which so aptly describes the slow-moving glaciers that carved out this magnificent area. Stops along the way will allow you to capture the beauty of Montana's Big Sky Country. Arrive in East Glacier Park and check into your Swiss-style chalet.Overnight East Glacier Park, MT. (B)
Day 9 - Welcome to Glacier National Park
Experience Glacier National Park's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Travel over the famous, spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most gorgeous scenic roadways in the world, aboard a historic Jammer Red Bus with a stop for a leisurely lunch on your own at Lake McDonald Lodge. You won't know where to look first on this 50-mile-long drive with magnificent views of mountain scenery and abundant wildlife. Return to your hotel tonight and dine in Glacier Park Lodge at your leisure. Overnight East Glacier Park, MT. (D)
Day 10 - Empire Builder to Chicago
Your train departs this morning from the East Glacier Park Amtrak Station aboard the iconic Empire Builder bound for Chicago. Settle into your seat and reflect on all the wonderful experiences you had out West as you cross through the badlands of eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Overnight train. (B)
Day 11 -Tour Conclusion
As you enjoy breakfast this morning, the train departs Minneapolis-St. Paul and heads towards the mighty Mississippi River. As the Empire Builder takes you across the plains and winds between the river bank and high bluffs, drink in the amazing scenery one last time. The train is scheduled to arrive in Chicago's Union Station just before 4:00 pm this afternoon. Post-night stays in Chicago are strongly recommended to prevent missed connections.
Extend Your Holiday
Extend your holiday with additional hotel nights, comprehensive sightseeing or new city stay packages, all of which can be added to the start or end of your rail holiday. Look for the Extend Your Holiday icon to identify those rail holidays with exciting pre- and post-holidays extensions.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the DoubleTree by Hilton (Salt Lake City), The Lodge at Jackson Hole (Jackson), Canyon Lodge or Grant Village Lodge in Yellowstone National Park, and Glacier Park Lodge (East Glacier Park).
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All train accommodations include access to the Sightseer Lounge car. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Dates & Prices
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|14th June 2019||£2,171||Book Now|
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Amtrak Coach: Departs 14th June 2019 (£2,171), 8th July 2019 (£2,171), 7th August 2019 (£2,171), 13th August 2019 (£2,171), 27th August 2019 (£2,171)
Amtrak Roomette: Departs 14th June 2019 (£2,655), 8th July 2019 (£2,655), 7th August 2019 (£2,655), 13th August 2019 (£2,655), 27th August 2019 (£2,655)
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs 14th June 2019 (£3,218), 8th July 2019 (£3,218), 7th August 2019 (£3,218), 13th August 2019 (£3,218), 27th August 2019 (£3,218)
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