National Parks of America | May 18 – 29, 2020

National Parks of America | May 18 – 29, 2020
$4,899 per person
$6.099 Single Occupancy
$4,849 Triple Occupancy
$500 due on registration
Monday, May 18, 2020 through
Friday, May 29, 2020
Western North America

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This incredible price includes:

  • 12 Days
  • 11 Nights
  • Motorcoach transportation
  • Round Trip Air from Detroit Metro Airport
  • Air Taces and Fees/Surcharges
  • Hotel Transfers

Highlights:

  • Scottsdale
  • Lake Powell
  • Grand Canyon
  • Zion
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Salt Lake City
  • Jackson Hole
  • Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks
  • Old Faithful
  • Sheridan
  • Bighorn Mountains
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Mount Rushmore

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Day 1:

Monday, May 18, 2020 Scottsdale, Arizona – Tour Begns

Join us on a joumey through five of America’s most incredible national parks. Your tour opens in Arizona where you will enjoy a stay in the world-famous resort town of Scottsdale. This evening, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2:

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Scottsdale – Sedona – Lake Powell

Begin the day with a visit to the artists’ colony of Sedona and see the amazing rock formations that change hue with each turn in the road. Later today, arrive at Lake Powell for dinner and sunset views of the lake. (B, D)

Day 3:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Lake Powell – Grand Canyon

Embark on a delightful breakfast cruise on scenic Lake Powell. Next, travel to Carl Hayden Visitors Center and look out over Glen Canyon Dam and see to the end of Lake Powell. Afterward, travel through the beautiful scenery before arriving at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the spectacular Grand Canyon. * Upon arrival, relax at one of the many public seating areas overlooking the immense and colorful canyon. Take a moment to reflect as you stand in awe of this iconic natural treasure. Before dinner you may wish to take a short hike to explore the area.

Day 4:

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Grand Canyon – Zion National Park, Utah

Today’s destination is the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. ** Zion is very likely one of the most awe-inspiring national parks in the world, just in sheer magnitude and color. You’ll have time for a leisurely hike on the Lower Emerald Pool Trail to see the lower pool and waterfalls. Then, enjoy the view from the floor of the canyon as you ride along on the Zion tram. (B, D)

Day 5:

Friday, May 22, 2020 Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

En route to Salt Lake City, we will stop at Bryce Canyon National Park, ** truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders of the world. The formations within the park, called Hoodoos, are the creation of wind and water erosion over eons of time. Iron oxidizing within the rock causes the natural orange and red hues that color these formations. A drive north takes you to Salt Lake City, the “City of the Saints,” for a 2-night stay. (B, D)

Day 6:

Saturday, May 23, 2020 Salt Lake City

Enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City featuring the Great Salt Lake, the State Capitol and the residential district. Then, take the rest of the day to relax or independently explore. Perhaps you will choose to explore Temple Square: this beautifully landscaped 10-acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City is one of Utah’s most visited attractions. The square’s centerpiece is the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple, and adjacent to this imposing edifice is the domed Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the great Tabernacle organ. (B)

Day 7:

Sunday, May 24, 2020 Salt Lake City -Jackson Hole, Wyoming

En route to Wyoming you will see the majestic Bear Lake Summit. Later, arrive in the cowboy town of Jackson and experience a fun-filled evening of cowboy entertainment and a traditional chuck wagon* dinner. (B, D)

Day 8:

Monday, May 25, 2020 Jackson Hole

The day is yours to enjoy Jackson Hole. From hiking and river-rafting to shopping and sampling the local cuisine, there are endless activities to make the most of your day. (B)

Day 9:

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Jackson Hole – Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

From Jackson Hole, pass through Grand Teton National Park. Towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rockies and displays some of North America’s oldest rocks. Later, arrive at the amazing Yellowstone National Park* *** and explore the incredible sights of this magnificent park. One of the many highlights is the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, a fountain of steam that rises more than 130 feet in the air. (B)

Day 10:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Yellowstone – Cody – Sheridan

A delightful day of sightseeing begins with a trip along Yellowstone Lake and over Sylvan Pass. From the mountains to the prairies, the scenery is simply amazing. As you pass through Cody, a stop will be made at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a tribute to one of the most colorful figures of the Old West, Buffalo Bill Cody. Before turning in for the night in Sheridan, drive through the incredible Bighorn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Great Sioux Nation. (B)

Day 11:

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Sheridan – Rapid City, South Dakota

Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument dedicated to the Native Americans of this great land. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Native American Cultural Center to learn about their culture and customs. Here, Native Americans discuss the movements of their dances and the significance of wearing different feathers and clothes. Later, see one of the country’s most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, whose four figures carved in stone represent the first 150 years of American history. At tonight’s farewell dinner you will meet a local Lakota Native American and learn all about their fascinating way of life, past and present. (B, D)

Day 12:

Friday, May 29, 2020 Rapid City – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many wonderful memories.


Experience It! See History Cast in Stone

In 1925, Gutzon Borglum set out to create a gigantic work of art. Armed with four hundred men and one million dollars, he began carving a 5,725 foot mountain into a national masterpiece. The mountain’s name is Mount Rushmore and the men whose images are carved into its fagade symbolize the first 150 years of United States history. Immortalized in stone are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Creating the memorial was a difficult task. The rock on Mount Rushmore was so strong, dynamite was the most practical way to mold the monument. Once the stone was blasted to within inches of Borglumls measurements, the faces were fine-tuned with hammers and chisels. Fourteen years after construction began, Borglum died, leaving the final phases of construction to his son, Lincoln.

All work on Mount Rushmore concluded for good in October of 1941, on the eve of World War Il. Interestingly enough, what you see immortalized in the Black Hills of South Dakota is actually an unfinished masterpiece. Borglumts original plans called for the four men to be carved all the way down to their waists.


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Please Note:

IDENTIFICATION: Travel within USA

For travel completed by September 30, 2020, all airlines will ask for identification when you check in. It is recommended that you carry a passport if you have one. A driver’s license (with a photo I.D.) is also acceptable for domestic flights,

Effective for travel October 1, 2020 forward, the REAL ID Act standards for identification while travelling will be in effect. This means a standard issued driver’s license used as a form of identification will no longer be accepted for domestic air travel within the United States, Instead, a Real ID compliant form of identification must be presented both at the time of booking air travel with Collette and upon checking in at the airport to board any flight. Any fees associated with changing a reservation resulting from a noncompliant identification will be the responsibility of the guest. For more information on Real ID please visit the Department of Homeland Security website: https:/lwww dhs.govlreal-id

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

*Grand Canyon hotel accommodations will be confirmed 60 days prior to departure at the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim or at several other hotels at the South Rim. If your accommodations are confirmed at the South Rim, your itinerary will vary slightly.

**Visits to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park may operate on alternate days and times depending on the time year.

***The chuck wagon experience is available from late May through the last Saturday in September. During all other times, dinner will be substituted at a local restaurant.
***Certain departure dates may be confirmed outside of Yellowstone National Park.

This tour includes traveling to high altitudes (approx, 10,000 feet/3048 meters) and may not be suitable for some guests. We suggest you consult your physician if you have any concerns.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

Our air passengers will arrive into Phoenix, Arizona airport. All transfers will depart from Phoenix for Scottsdale. Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions. Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of November 11, 2019 are based upon availability. Final payment due by March 19, 2020. Deposits are refundable up until November 18, 2019.

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Registration is due by November 18, 2019 (or until sold out!) Payment in full is due at registration.

Reservations need to be in by November 18, 2019 or until sold out.

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