Yellowstone’s Winter Wonders
8 night small group tour from £3,526pp
DISCOVER YELLOWSTONE YOUR WAY.
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9 DAYS/ 8 NIGHTS
Salt Lake City
Check-in to hotel. This evening, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to our 9-day exploration of the Mountain West. From downtown Salt Lake City to the breathtaking beauty of Yellowstone National Park in the winter, we’ll experience the best of the region and one of the country’s most famous national parks.
Salt Lake City – Lava Hot Springs—Jackson Hole
Spend the morning exploring Salt Lake City on your own, seeing sites such as Temple Square, headquarters of the Mormon Church, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum and the Pony Express Historic Trail. We will then depart for Jackson Hole, stopping in Lava Hot Springs along the way for lunch and to see the bubbling springs. Upon arrival in Jackson, we’ll take an orientation tour of the town, home to three major ski resorts, the National Elk Refuge and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Explore this famous Old Western town on your own this evening.
This morning, we’ll take a horse-drawn sleigh ride onto the National Elk Refuge, where you will have the opportunity to see thousands of elk that have made the refuge their home for the winter season. In 1912, diminishing elk herds across the western U.S. prompted the establishment of the National Elk Refuge in the home of one of the few remaining large elk herds – Jackson Hole. Today, the Refuge’s 24,700 acres of lowland-meadows and marshes and sagebrush and rock-covered foothills supports approximately 5,000-8,000 wintering elk each year. You may also encounter other wildlife such as eagles, coyotes, foxes, badgers, bison, deer, wolves as well as trumpeter swans, ducks, geese and a variety of other birds. The afternoon is at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of the town.
Jackson Hole — Bozeman—Gardiner
Today’s journey takes us into the state of Montana by way Idaho. We’ll drive through the Caribou-Targhee National Forest which occupies over three million acres across Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. We’ll continue north, stopping in Bozeman, the capital of Montana. Our journey ends in the town of Gardiner, located in the heart of Yellowstone’s Northern Range. At the junction of the Gardner and Yellowstone rivers, Gardiner serves as one of the only entrances into Yellowstone that is open during the winter.
Gardiner – West Yellowstone
Spend the day in the Lamar Valley, located in the northeastern corner of Yellowstone. Often called America’s Serengeti due to its large and easy-to-see populations of large animals. Here you will discover the diverse and abundant wildlife of Yellowstone’s Northern Range. Learn how to search for wildlife, in particular the wolves that were controversially reintroduced into the park in 1995 and interpret their behaviour. You’ll also explore the fascinating role each species plays in the Yellowstone ecosystem. You’ll be accompanied by an Institute naturalist guide who knows where and when to look for wolves. At the end of the day, you will rejoin your tour driver for the journey to West Yellowstone where you will spend the next three nights.
Yellowstone in winter is a true wonderland—a place of natural beauty and inspiration, with steaming thermal features and incredible snowy landscapes. With an average elevation of 8,000 feet there is just too much snow for a regular coach, so snowcoaches are specifically designed vehicles built specially to transport guests into Yellowstone National Park during the winter season. Climb on board your snowcoach where we focus on Yellowstone’s upper loop. The day’s touring includes Gibbon Falls, Beryl Springs, Norris Geyser Basin and the highlight – the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. There will also be stops for wildlife along the Madison River. Boxed lunches are included today during our touring of the park.
We’ll spend another day in Yellowstone National Park on board you snowcoach. Today’s sightseeing focuses on Yellowstone’s Lower Loop where sights include Madison Junction, Fountain Paint Pot, Fountain Flat Road, Biscuit Basin and the highlight – Old Faithful Geyser. The famous geyser currently erupts around 20 times a day with an average height of 130-140 feet. Once again, there will be stops made for any wildlife spotting opportunities and a chance to eat our boxed lunch.
Yellowstone- Idaho Falls – Salt Lake City
This morning, depart by coach for Salt Lake City. We’ll stop in Idaho Falls or lunch before arriving back in Salt Lake City. There will be time at leisure before an included farewell dinner.
Salt Lake City
This morning, transfer to Salt Lake City International Airport for your flight home.
Salt Lake City – Kimpton Hotel Monaco
Jackson Hole – Snow King Hotel
Gardiner – Best Western Mammoth Hot Springs
West Yellowstone – Gray Wolf Inn
Salt Lake City – Kimpton Hotel Monaco
*Similar hotels may be substituted on specific dates
Your holiday includes
- Scheduled Flights
- UK & US Airport taxes
- Accommodation – 8 nights
- Welcome Reception
- 1 Dinner
- 2 Boxed Lunches
- Transportation via air-conditioned small Coach, Sprinter or Van (Alternate vehicles used inside parks)
- Professional Driver/Guide
- Sightseeing to include:
- Salt Lake City
- Jackson Hole
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest
- National Elk Refuge
- Mammoth Springs
- Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley
- Yellowstone National Park (Upper and Lower Loops)
- Experiences to include:
- Horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge
- Teton National Park
- Winter Wolf and Wildlife Safari
- Snowcoach Tours of Yellowstone
This is essential and not included. Should you need to purchase cover, we offer comprehensive cover at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.
Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.
These might include:
- City tours
- Helicopter flights
- Sporting event tickets
- Horseback riding
- Restaurant reservations
There are many more, often quite unique to your chosen destination so please do ask.
We prepare every travel pack individually. We want this to be the perfect travelling companion for your adventure and to offer you all the information you need. Your personally prepared ring-bound travel itinerary booklet is detailed and is designed to serve as a wonderful reminder of your experiences for years to come when you return.
National Parks & Yellowstone
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Yosemite to Yellowstone
On this fantastic 14 night trip, you’ll experience a wealth of contrast. Start with three nights in the beautiful ‘City by the Bay’ – San Francisco, then head west to the truly magnificent Yosemite National Park!
“We had an amazing holiday – it far exceeded our expectations. I would like to say thank you for organising our trip everything went like clockwork, from flights to hotel to motor home hire.
The national parks we visited in southern Utah and Arizona were amazing, so well done for making our holiday a trip of a lifetime, hope to use you again.”The Rawson Party (Utah) -
“I just wanted to say thank you following our recent holiday. We had a superb time and have lots of happy memories of a wonderful 2 weeks. Thank you also for your flexibility and ensuring it went ahead smoothly.
Yellowstone and Jackson Hole are definitely a places we would like to spend more time in so we may be in touch again soon!”The Halpin Party (Yellowstone) -
By way of observation, we thought the itinerary was excellent, covering a lot of ground and different aspects of the area’s geology but in a relatively unhurried way, leaving plenty of time to relax over a meal or by the pool. We also found the printed (and PDF) Travel Information booklet very useful.The Hill Party (Ultimate Utah) -