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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. Day 9
    CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
    This morning, 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
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  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. (CB)
  13. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. 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,L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  15. 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.
Meals:
2 breakfasts, 3 continental breakfasts 1 lunch

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

The world is waiting to be rediscovered! And Cosmos helps you reunite with your favorite destinations through our ongoing commitment to travel with the ease and confidence travelers have come to expect on tour with us. No matter where you travel, our global network of travel experts has you ready to reconnect.

And along the way, we’re step-for step with you to remove the worries and hassles that might make aspiring globetrotters hesitate when taking that first step in discovering dream destinations once again. With exceptional health and safety protocols and on-trip contingency plans for unexpected surprises, Cosmos travelers see more of the world with more peace of mind.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

We will conduct tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start and peace of mind throughout the journey. This includes proof of vaccination for all guests. See our complete Health & Safety Pre-Trip Screening Instructions on our website for full details.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

There may be times on tour or on the motorcoach when social distancing is required. We will take care in assuring any local guidelines are followed in a safe and comfortable way for our guests. For any cases where masks are required due to local guidelines, we ask that guests bring their own approved N95 (FFP2) masks for their own comfort and safety. Our wireless listening technology enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers during excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for each of our guests and our team, our Tour Directors, Local Hosts, and motorcoach drivers are fully vaccinated, and we are also requiring that all travelers are fully vaccinated before joining our trips. Additionally, we will conduct regular guest checks, and, when required by local guidelines, masks will be worn by our guests and by our team when accompanying guests. In all other cases, masks are optional for guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures. And our motorcoaches are equipped with air filters that clean the air as well as provide constant ventilation.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Las Vegas: Luxor 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: Super 8 Custer
Custer: Econolodge of Custer
Cody: Buffalo Bill Village
Yellowstone National Park: Brandin Iron Inn
Yellowstone National Park: Grant Village - Yellowstone National Park
Alpine: Flying Saddle Resort
Salt Lake City: Crystal Inn & Suites
Bryce Canyon National Park: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn

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Questions & Answers

Question: Are hotel rooms included with the tour package?

Yes, accommodations are included with the tour package.

Question: Is the first night in Las Vegas Hotel included in price?

Yes. On Day 1 your hotel night is included at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar.

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
4.3
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 21 reviews - currently showing 11 reviews with comments only

Our guide was great. The best! Our driver was fantastic. Great trip!

My grandson and I enjoyed the entire trip and stayed two extra days in Las Vegas. We had great driver and tour director. We both learned a lot of information in addition to enjoying seeing all the National Parks. Thank Heaven we didn't get trapped in Yellowstone and the re-toute to Jackson, WY was nothing short of a miracle for you to pull off.

This was a fast paced trip which gave us a great perspective on which Parks we want to go back to independently. Our tour director was amazing. Very knowledgeable and approachable. She took some extra steps to assure we were having a great experience.

I was so please and happy with my National park tours. The parks were so awesome. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable on the parks and areas around the parks. She kept us busy with DVDs and talking about the legends of people and Indian tribes while on the bus. She made sure we hard our food and snacks on us Foy the more isolated places we stayed at. All the room were extremely clean. I felt safe the the bus driver driving. I can't say enough about this trip, will recommend it to my family and friends. My trip was on cosmos.

The tour director gave us great information and direction the entire trip taking great care for us, A+ and the bus driver was great too,A+

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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