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Exploring America's National Parks 2021

Exploring America's National Parks 2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife, and incomparable photo opportunities await you on this national parks tour through the West’s best-known national and state parks. Tour highlights include your overnight stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, where you can witness the stunning scenery at sunset and sunrise. In Yellowstone National Park, stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Witness Old Faithful as it erupts and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the park. Mount Rushmore offers the astounding monument of four U.S. presidents as well as spectacular scenery and wildlife, including mule deer and mountain goats. Also visit Crazy Horse Memorial, carved out of the mountain in honor of the Sioux Indian chief, and enjoy a scenic drive in Custer State Park, with its spectacular landscape and abundant wildlife. Have your camera ready for the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos" in Bryce Canyon National Park, and marvel at the sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs in Zion National Park. But that’s not all…visit Monument Valley, one of the world’s most photographed places with its red-rock canyons, mesas, iconic buttes, and windblown sand. See the massive formations during your 4-wheel-drive tour with a knowledgeable Navajo guide. All of this—and much more—are included on this national parks tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers.

Day 1: LAS VEGAS
Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as “Sin City!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2: LAS VEGAS–WILLIAMS–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Depart the glittering lights of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park. Journey across the old Mojave gold-strike country, passing through Williams on historic Route 66, and Kaibab National Forest. Arrive at the Grand Canyon by mid-afternoon and marvel at the breathtaking views. Accommodations this evening are inside the National Park.

Day 3: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–MONUMENT VALLEY–KAYENTA.
If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! You may want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,093 feet into the Colorado River. Continue across Arizona and into the Navajo Nation. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, Monument Valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-wheel-drive tour. Your knowledgeable Navajo guide will show you some of the valley’s most incredible scenery and share with you local legends and lore. This evening, join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner surrounded by the red-rock canyons of Monument Valley.

Day 4: KAYENTA–MOAB–ARCHES NATIONAL PARK–GRAND JUNCTION.
We head north for Moab. Visit the magnificent Arches National Park, where you’ll discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike anything else in the world. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you. A late arrival into Grand Junction, surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red-rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument.

Day 5: GRAND JUNCTION–COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT–DENVER AREA.
This morning, visit Colorado National Monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red-rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the “Mile High City” of Denver.

Day 6: DENVER AREA–CUSTER.
Today, travel across the windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spend the next two nights in Custer, in the heart of the Black Hills National Forest, and gateway to Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.

Day 7: CUSTER. EXCURSION TO CUSTER STATE PARK, MOUNT RUSHMORE & CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL.
At Custer State Park, enjoy a scenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road with spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife, like the herd of 1,300 bison that roam freely throughout the park. Afterward, visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which stands as a shrine to democracy. See the stunning granite faces of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Then, visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument carved out of a mountain to honor the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. (CB)

Day 8: CUSTER–DEVILS TOWER–CODY.
This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Next, make a photo stop at Devils Tower National Monument, established as America’s first national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s Western town of Cody. (CB)

Day 9: CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
This morning, enjoy free time. Join the optional outing and visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which celebrates the spirit of the American West. This afternoon make your way into America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park. Spend the next two nights inside the park.

NOTES:
Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through mid-September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone.

Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions; therefore, routings may be adjusted.

Day 10: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
Spend the day exploring all the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the world’s first national park. See world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain Paint Pots. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolf, bear, fox, coyote, and beaver.

Day 11: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON–ALPINE.
Head south into magnificent Grand Teton National Park, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before arriving in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swinging-door saloons. Overnight in Alpine located on the banks of the Snake River.

Day 12: ALPINE–SALT LAKE CITY.
Travel to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An orientation tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the downtown area. (B)

Day 13: SALT LAKE CITY–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Today’s highlight is a visit to unique Bryce Canyon National Park with its 20 miles of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.” (B)

Day 14: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK–ZION NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS.
First stop today is Zion National Park with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. See fantastic rock structures and some unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and your downtown hotel. (B)

Day 15: LAS VEGAS.
Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Las Vegas further.

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Inclusions

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

This vacation visits national parks and other remote locations where facilities may not be up to the standard you expect from Cosmos. Some lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, televisions, and other amenities you would expect from most Cosmos hotels.

Maximum elevation on tour: 9,033 ft.

Sightseeing & Activities:

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Stay inside Grand Canyon National Park; sightseeing

MONUMENT VALLEY
4-wheel-drive excursion with Navajo guide

MOAB
Arches National Park sightseeing

GRAND JUNCTION
Visit Colorado National Monument

BLACK HILLS
Scenic drive; visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial

CUSTER
Scenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park

DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT
Photo opportunity

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay two nights inside Yellowstone National Park or in West Yellowstone; sightseeing

JACKSON
Visit the Wild West town

SALT LAKE CITY
Orientation tour

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

ZION NATIONAL PARK
SightseeingPrivate, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

Meals:
3 breakfasts, 2 continental breakfasts


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It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

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Accommodations

Las Vegas: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Grand Canyon National Park: Yavapai Lodge West - Grand Canyon National Park Lodge
Kayenta: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
Grand Junction: Grand Vista Hotel
Denver: Hilton Garden Inn Denver - Cherry Creek
Custer: Econolodge of Custer
Cody: Buffalo Bill Village
Alpine: Flying Saddle Resort
Salt Lake City: Crystal Inn & Suites
Bryce Canyon National Park: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn

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Question: Will travel insurance be offered? Cost?

Yes we do have travel insurance available and highly recommend it to all travelers. The price is based on the total cost of your trip. Ask your travel consultant for a quote while booking your trip. 1-800-935-2620

Question: How many people are typically on these tours?

The amount of people on tours vary. Passenger numbers on a Cosmos tour are limited to 51. Often, group sizes are well below 50 people.

Question: How do you rate the walking level on this tour?

This tour is listed as moderately paced which means there will be some light walking but nothing too strenuous.

Question: How strenuous is the trip? Is it appropriate for seniors?

This trip is moderately paced, there will be walking outdoors but nothing too extreme. It is appropriate for seniors.

Question: What meals are included?

2 breakfasts and 4 Continental breakfasts are included on this vacation.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 11 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

The experience of the tour director is critical to managing 44 people. Our tour director was extremely diligent in obtaining the best experience for us at all locations.

The tour guide & driver were great! The itinerary was comprehensive and exceeded our expectations. Some of the accomodations were not comfortable for us. some considered them "quaint", for us they were not satisfactory. Good balance of leisure but the schedule was very full.

Really enjoyed the trip. Would highly recommend it to anyone. The tour guide and driver were a wonderful team and made sure we all had a great time.

Super tour...Loved both the driver (Randy) and tour director (Dan). Only issue was that Dan gave waaay too much information. Information that was not necessary so we missed out on the important facts he mixed in. I did not receive my tour package until I got home...It was sent to my old address and was even delivered there after I left on June 1st. I had given my new info right after I moved in January. On the whole, loved all the folks that were on the tour, weather could not have been better, and loved the extras we could purchase, especially the raft ride.

Wonderful sights. Stops for lunch were not always acceptable. The driver was exceptional. The tour guide was very helpful but his shuddering made it sometimes hard to understand and concentrate on. He made us miss the Museum excursion $40.00. We specifically asked him the day before if we booked this tour, but he said he did not have the list. He also said to check our email, but I told him we did not receive an email yet. The next morning, after we missed this excursion, he said sorry but no refunds! Unacceptable!!! Danial took our excursion sheets at the beginning of the tour and never returned them. We received an email dated after this excursion was missed.

We couldn't be happier with our experience from start to finish. Everything was as expected, minimum, but usually exceeded expectations.


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