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Please find me a great value National Parks of America Tour

Please find me a great value National Parks of America Tour

America is famous for an array of the worlds most stunning National Parks, including some designated as Nesco world heritage sites of outstanding natural beauty and an extended tour taking in the best of these will be one of the most memorable life time experiences.

Here is some information from The National Park Foundation

There are 84 million acres of iconic, treasured and sacred places protected in America’s over 400 national parks – and it all belongs to you.

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s national parks and their programs. As the non-profit partner of the National Park Service, we invite you to explore all our national parks have to offer.

Discover each one of America’s national parks from fellow park supporters and the visitors that have been there. From park tips to videos, photos and stories – learn about your national parks and share your own experience. Together we can celebrate and support our parks.

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Here is an outstanding and great value tour 15 Day Luxury Americas Magnificent National Parks

Insight Vacations 15 Day Americas Magnificent National Parks

First Day Arrive Phoenix and Scottsdale

On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home. Welcome to Arizona! Your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy the superb facilities and grounds of this desert oasis. At 6 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Second Day its Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon

Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the stores and galleries. Enjoy one of Arizona’s finest drives through Oak Creek Canyon, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park, where you can take an optional flight-seeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. Take time to experience the breathtaking vistas and sunset on the canyon walls. During your stay, join a local expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

Third Day Excursion to Monument Valley and Lake Powell

Today, move on to the Historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring South west American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the Painted Desert, a colourful fantasy land of mesas, buttes and badlands, and through the Navajo Indian Reservation. Later, join an excursion to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a guided tour. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lake front resort. Check into your room which has guaranteed lake views.

Fourth Day Leisurely Lake Powell

Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities or join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River. Take a leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.

Fifth Day Travel to Bryce Canyon’s Stony Symphony

Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah today and enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos. In the evening, join your Tour Director and new-found friends for a Highlight Dinner including drinks.

Sixth Day go from Zion to Las Vegas – from Nature to Neon

Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore at your own pace. A complete change of scenery awaits you in the afternoon when you arrive in Las Vegas; a collection of bright lights and shopping malls, huge themed hotels of unbelievable design and the omnipresent slot machine. Your hotel is a breath of fresh air – modern and luxurious.

Seventh Day Head to Salt Lake City

Travel to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in the State of Utah, and headquarters of the Mormon faith.

Eighth Day its onto Jackson and Grand Teton National Park

This morning, join an orientation tour of Salt Lake City seeing the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.

Ninth Day Nature on the Boil at Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 ft (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world’s first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife. You are joined by a local expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin.

Tenth Day see the Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at Yellowstone

After breakfast, walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mud pots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 ft (37 metres) in the air. View free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.

Eleventh Day visit Buffalo Bill, Billings and Bills of Fare

Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America’s great Western legends. Head onward to the old cattle town of Billings, Montana. For your dining pleasure this evening, there are a selection of restaurants to choose from.

Twelfth Day its Deadwood, Custer State Park and Black Hills of South Dakota

Relive Custer’s Last Stand, learn all about Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and the history of the Indian Wars at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a local expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Also meet Chief Bald Eagle who will share a living narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. Look out for buffalo, deer and elk, or stroll through the pristine pine forest. After dinner, relax on the porch and take in the serenity.

Thirteenth Day enjoy South Dakota and the Presidents

Today, view the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all American Indians. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Perhaps get up close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari, followed by an authentic chuck-wagon cook-out at a secluded canyon.

Fourteenth Day Live like a King at Estes Park

Leave South Dakota to travel across the grasslands and high plains of Wyoming. This area witnessed the sweeping saga of America’s western expansion during the 19th century. Once over the Colorado border, head for your hotel in the shadow of Rocky Mountain National Park. Boasting spectacular views in every direction, your neoclassical heritage hotel is most famous for being the inspiration for the fictional ‘Overlook Hotel’ in Stephen King’s novel ‘The Shining’. In the evening, tantalize your taste buds and toast the culmination of a fantastic adventure at a Celebration Dinner.

Fifteenth Day Travel to The Rocky Mountains National Park – Denver

Travel south and climb high into the breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park, across the Continental Divide and over Trail Ridge Road to follow the beginnings of the great Colorado River (weather permitting). Your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport. Please do not schedule any flights before 3 pm. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home.

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Please find me a great value Canadian Rockies Tour

Please find me a great value Canadian Rockies Tour

The Canadian Rockies are one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world and for those looking to get a little off the beaten track, this is an opportunity for an amazing holiday.

Here is some information from The Official Canadian Tourism Site

300 kilometres of wilderness highway
200 square kilometres of glaciers and ice fields
04 national parks, 3 provincial parks, 1 border
Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway: a wilderness corridor lined by the sky-piercing peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter a world of plunging waterfalls, turquoise-blue lakes, yellow-leaved aspens, and historic hotels. Slip into low gear and glimpse a bighorn sheep as you reach the Bow summit.

In Banff, enter a mineral-crusted, natural hot-spring cave. In Lake Louise, follow an old-growth trail past the famous emerald lake and up to a tiny, secret teahouse. Crunch onto Columbia Icefield’s blue-tinted snow. Pull into the tiny village of Jasper and settle in by the roaring fire of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, where Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe stayed. Sip an excellent burgundy and make plans for tomorrow: a tram ride to a peak, a float down the Athabasca River, or a journey onwards, towards rare fossils and Cree legends.

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Here is an outstanding and great value tour 7 Day Canada Rockies

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First Day Arrive in Calgary

Welcome to beautiful Canada! Get settled in at your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Calgary, and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Visit the arts district or make use of easy access to public transportation to see all that Calgary has to offer. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Second Day from Calgary to Icefields Parkway, Columbia Icefield and Jasper

Head north along the stunning Icefields Parkway driving alongside snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls and glistening glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including grizzly and black bears, moose, elk and mountain goats. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a unique journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Stay tonight in the heart of Jasper National Park.

Third Day enjoy Jasper National Park Free Time and Sightseeing

Start the day with a morning at leisure, enjoying the superb vistas, strolling Jasper’s quaint streets, or, if you like, take an optional float trip down the Athabasca River before an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon’s trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. Later this afternoon, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a rustic dinner along the lake. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.

Fourth Day go from Jasper to Yoho and Emerald Lake Banff

Head south and cross the Continental Divide as you set out for Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, spectacular scenery and natural bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. See Emerald Lake, sparkling with the blue-green hue of a precious jewel. Ice-blue glaciers, pounding waterfalls and surging rivers abound on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. Your day ends with a Highlight Dinner in the quintessential alpine village of Banff.

Fifth Day visit Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Free Time in Banff

Visit postcard-perfect Lake Louise and take a narrated stroll along the lakeshore to learn about the geology and history of the area. Continue on to stunning Moraine Lake, nestled in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Spend the rest of the day as you like—perhaps ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges or a river float trip down the Bow River. The evening is yours to enjoy.

Sixth Day enjoy Free Time in Banff

Today is yours to explore as you please. Browse the shops along Banff Avenue, take a hike and enjoy your spectacular setting or be wowed by aerial views of the Rockies with an optional scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day. This evening, join your new-found friends at a festive Farewell Dinner and learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a “Meet a Mountie” Local Expert presentation.

Seventh Day Depart Calgary

This morning, descend from the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival in Calgary, a complimentary transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 2 p.m.

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