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Glacier, Yellowstone & Grand Tetons with Rail - 2017

Departs: 9/13/2017 Returns: 9/22/2017

10 Days | All Airfare Included

Glorious scenery, abundant wildlife and breathtaking natural wonders of the most famous national parks highlight our journey east by train.

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Fly to Seattle
We fly to Seattle and check in to our hotel, then enjoy the evening at leisure to discover the city.

Day 2 : All Aboard the Empire Builder
A knowledgeable local guide joins us this morning for a wonderful tour of Seattle. We make our way to famous Pike Place Market to savor local delicacies and browse handcrafted items. This afternoon we board the Amtrak Empire Builder Superliner train. Our private accommodations are comfortable sitting rooms by day that convert to cozy sleepers at night. Enjoy an included dinner in the dining car. B,D

Day 3 : Scenic Gondola Ride
We travel through Washington and Idaho into Montana's "Big Sky Country" and view some of the most spectacular scenery our nation has to offer. This morning the Empire Builder arrives in Whitefish, MT. We will drive to the Whitefish Mountain Resort for a spectacular gondola ride up to the summit. From the top we have stunning views of lush forests and spectacular mountains that reach 6,000 feet in elevation. Before descending back to the base of the mountain, we enjoy a delicious included lunch at the Summit Restaurant. B,L,D

Day 4 : Going-to-the-Sun Road
After an included breakfast, we board vintage red touring cars for a journey on one of the world's most scenic routes, the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Glacier National Park features 25 glaciers and 200 lakes as standing reminders of the last ice age. Wildlife in Glacier National Park includes bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk and moose. Enjoy lunch today at the St. Mary's Lodge, then we continue our journey with a scenic trek to Great Falls, where we enjoy our overnight accommodations at the Crystal Inn. B,L

Day 5 : Gates of the Mountains
We begin our day with a tour of the Lewis & Clark Historic Trail Interpretive Center and relive the explorers' brave journey. Majestic scenery envelopes us this afternoon during a boat tour through the Gates of the Mountains. These spectacular limestone cliffs and sheer rock walls were described by Lewis as "a most sublime and extraordinary spectacle." This evening we stay in Helena, Montana's capital city, at the Comfort Suites Hotel. L

Day 6 : Yellowstone
This afternoon we arrive in West Yellowstone, gateway to America's first national park. The IMAX® Theatre presentation in West Yellowstone provides a fascinating introduction to Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was established in 1872 to protect a large variety of wildlife and preserve the world's most extraordinary collection of geysers and hot springs. We stay in the Yellowstone area this evening. B

Day 7 : Old Faithful
A park guide joins us today to explore Yellowstone National Park. We stop at Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in the world, before viewing the paintpots, bubbling hot springs mixed with clay. Have your camera ready to capture stunning views of the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls and the multicolored Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Our scenic drive takes us through Hayden Valley, a region of lush forest meadows. Watch for bison and other wildlife! We settle in for a comfortable two-night stay in Jackson.

Day 8 : The Grand Tetons
This morning we visit Grand Teton National Park. At the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, there is time to view a video and explore the fantastic exhibit on the history of Grand Teton National Park. We make several photo stops and visit the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a rustic log church with glorious views of the majestic Tetons. Our included dinner tonight features a covered wagon ride in Cache Creek Canyon. Enjoy a tasty barbecue cookout along with the music and songs of the old West! B,D

Day 9 : Salt Lake City
Another scenic drive takes us from Jackson into Utah and Salt Lake City. Tonight we celebrate with our new friends at a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the Roof Restaurant. Our accommodations this evening are in downtown Salt Lake City. D

Day 10 : Fly Home
We return home from Salt Lake City with photos and memories of scenic western America.

B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes 
All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced local guides
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• Rail transportation
• Baggage handling at hotels
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

12 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Dinner aboard Amtrak
• Cache Creek Canyon cookout
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the Roof Restaurant

All Accommodations Featuring
• 1 night aboard Amtrak Empire Builder Superliner
1 night in Great Falls at the Crystal Inn
2 nights in Jackson
1 night in downtown Salt Lake City

Attractions & Highlights
• Seattle city tour
• Pike Place Market
• Amtrak Empire Builder Superliner
• Scenic gondola ride
• Glacier National Park
• Going-to-the-Sun Road
• Lewis & Clark Historic Trail Interpretive Center
• Gates of the Mountains boat tour
• Yellowstone IMAX Theatre
• Yellowstone National Park
• Yellowstone Falls
• Hayden Valley
• Old Faithful
• Grand Teton National Park
• Craig Thomas Visitor Center
• Chapel of the Transfiguration
• Covered Wagon Ride
• Salt Lake City

Highest Elevation: 8,000 ft. in Yellowstone National Park.

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Roomette - Airport-Double $4399
Roomette - Airport-Single $5499

Final Payment Date: 7/1/2017

Itinerary ID:35678528 | Tour Code: RRGY0913171
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