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BEST OF THE ROCKIES

17 days departing DENVER Jun-Aug from £1680

USA / Canada | Camping/Hotels

 

For those who seek a true wilderness experience, the Best of the Rockies provides a close-up encounter with two of North America's most prominent mountain ranges, crossing an international border and the continental Divide. You begin your journey with `One of the Best Drives in the World', taking you into the incredible Rocky Mountain National Park, followed by the unique geologic formations at Sinks Canyon State Park. Bubbling geysers, hiking trails and wildlife await your arrival at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park before a unique guest ranch stay reveals the true Montana experience. This tour is guaranteed to give you a hefty of dose of Canada's most stunning National Parks, endless animal sightings and stunning walking trails before finishing in the vibrant city of Vancouver.

 

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Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1-2: Denver, Boulder & Rocky Mountain National Park

As you leave Denver the first three days of this tour will take you along what has been named `one of the Best Drives in the World' for its spectacular and dramatic scenery. Stop at the funky city of Boulder with its artisan feel and laid back vibe, before arriving at incredible Rocky Mountain National Park. This amazing national park contains miles and miles of incredible trails, 150 lakes, a wide variety of wildlife, so a free day of hiking here is the perfect start to your trip. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 3: Walden to Saratoga

Ancient trees, sagebrush, and vast ranches provide the scenery until Walden, the self-proclaimed moose-viewing capital of Colorado. At the River Rock Café, patrons still wearing their spurs tuck into hearty chicken-fried steaks and plates of fried Rocky Mountain oysters, which is definitely a taste to be acquired. You will then spend the night in small town Saratoga, Wyoming a place that has seen many outdoor enthusiasts pass through for many years. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 4: Sinks Canyon State Park

Sinks Canyon is a rugged canyon at the base of the southern Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. It is named for its unique geologic formations, `The Sinks' where the Popo Agie River disappears underground near the mouth of the canyon. An amazing diversity of birds and wildlife can be seen in this area, as well as world class geology and a dazzling variety of wildflowers and other plants. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 5: Grand Teton National Park & Jackson

Famed for its iconic soaring fang-like peaks, the 64km Grand Teton Range explodes out of the ground with its jagged mountains. Rocky spires, lakes and forests fill the park, with more than 10 pinnacles reaching over 12,000ft. There are many self-guided hikes to choose from today, walking amidst dramatic scenery and appreciating the geology and nature of the area. Perhaps choose Amphitheatre Lake, a scenic hike with excellent views of the Teton Mountains or take a hike to Inspiration Point with views of Jenny Lake. Why not whet your whistle at the world-famous Million Dollar Cowboy Saloon tonight? Accommodation: Lodge included I Meals paid locally

Day 6-7: Yellowstone National Park

It's a beautiful drive today to the very first and most revered National Park in America, Yellowstone National Park. Entering Yellowstone, the scenery starts to change from striking jagged peaks to colourful open meadows and rolling terrain. With the world's largest collection of Geysers, this designated UNESCO world heritage site is a nature, photographer and wildlife lover's paradise. Famous for its geothermal activity, this protected land has become North America's most prolific big game wildlife sanctuary. The park offers an extreme variety of scenery including petrified forests, lush valleys, canyons, waterfalls, bubbling geysers and steam rising from deep within the earth's crust. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 8: Montana Ranch

Sample the real Montana life as you relax and unwind in this characterful mountain lodge. Complete with hearty home cooked meals, gracious hospitality and even taxidermy, this is a real slice of life in `Big Sky Country'. Accommodation: Ranch included I Dinner & breakfast included

 

Day 9-10: Glacier National Park

Situated on the border of America and Canada the drive up to this stunning national park is simply breath-taking and you'll soon be dying to get out and stretch those legs. One of the largest national parks in North America, Glacier is home to around 26 glaciers and around one million acres of turquoise alpine lakes, nature really does impress in Glacier. Travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road for unsurpassed views or hike the `crown jewel' of trails to Iceberg Lake and keep a look out for wildlife such as mountain goats, grizzly bears that all live in the shadows of the magnificent craggy peaks. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 11-12: Banff National Park & Lake Louise

Stop by Calgary en route to Banff, located in Alberta's Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway. Vast unspoilt wilderness, mountains lakes await you in the stunning mountain town of Banff. The oldest National Park in Canada and set in the very heart of the Canadian Rockies, this place will truly take your breath away. With an array of spectacular wildlife and around 1600 kilometres of walking trails and some of the most beautiful alpine lakes you will have ever laid eyes on. Visit the famous Banff Springs Hotel or take the steep hike up to Sulphur Mountain and a gondola ride down. Then it's on to the most amazing of all the lakes in the area, Lake Louise. Often referred to as the `gem of the Rockies' this lake does nothing but impress with its stunning emerald colour. Hike out to the Plain-of Six-Glaciers for some truly inspiring scenery or take to the water for a kayaking experience like no other. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 13-14: Jasper National Park

If it's adventure, discovery and relaxation you want in equal measure then you're in the right place. With over 1000km of exciting hiking trails and back-country walking, taking you through more of Canada's spectacular wilderness, it won't just be the towering peaks that impress, but the astonishing amount of wildlife that roams freely around the park too. Jasper National Park is also home to the world famous Columbia Icefield, one of the only icefields accessible by road and the largest in the Canadian Rockies. Accommodation: Lodge included I Meals paid locally

 

Day 15: Wells Gray Provincial Park

Don't let the fact that Wells Gray is not a national park fool you, this place is stunning! The stillness, silence and isolation go up another notch. Drive through secluded Wells Gray and experience the remarkable scenes of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging white-water waterfalls, including the famous Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth highest waterfall as well as many smaller but equally as beautiful waterfalls. This provincial park will do nothing but impress! Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 16: Whistler

Travel the old Gold Rush trail though Cache Creek and on to the adventure capital of Western Canada. Perhaps better known as a winter resort, Whistler has plenty of activities and walking trails as well as being an area of impressive beauty all year round. Whistler Village with its alpine village charm and all the amenities of an urban centre is a great place to enjoy a vibrant nightlife and some delicious restaurants. Accommodation: Hotel included (triple share suite with 1 twin room and 1 single room - both with private bathrooms and communal lounge area). Meals paid locally

 

Day 17: Whistler to Vancouver

With most of the day free, why not hit the trails and soak up the last of the Canadian air before heading back to Vancouver. Visit Stanley Park, a 4,000-hectare green wonderland to see the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920's before it's time to say goodbye.

Included Highlights

Travel 'One of the Best Drives in the World' through the Rockies

Montana guest ranch with meals

Miette Hot Springs

Cowboy town of Jackson

Two nights at Yellowstone National Park

Two nights at Glacier National Park

Two nights at Banff National Park

Two nights at Jasper National Park

Spectacular scenery and great photo opportunities

See Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park

Drive the famous Icefields Parkway

Endless wildlife viewing opportunities

Picture postcard views at Lake Louise

City tour of Vancouver

National, State & Provincial Parks: Rocky Mountain, Sinks Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Jasper & Wells Gray

4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Parks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  11 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 4 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation + 1 night mountain ranch. For your own tent & room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle

Meals:  All meals whilst camping included

Guided:  Services of a professional tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 13

Age range:  18+

Wifi:  Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only)

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$8-$75

Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$40

Extreme zipline course in Whistler CAD$110-$130

Western Rodeo in Jackson US$20-$25

Scenic glacier flight, Banff CAD$125-$290

Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$8

Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$55

Horseback riding in Wells Gray CAD$55

Jasper Tramway cable car CAD$32

Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner in Jackson US$24-$34

Wells Gray Canoeing CAD$105

Saratoga hot springs US$25

Jenny Lake ferry (Jackson) US$15

Jackson Million Dollar Saloon US$your limit

Montana horseriding US$50

Whistler mountain biking from CAD$89

Whistler gondola ride CAD$50

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from £385 per person. This will guarantee you your own tent & room for every night of the tour (excludes ranch stay on day 8). The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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