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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
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8 days

from $7,343 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($4,995 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • From vast canyons to alpine lakes, explore Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons with a National Geographic expert, on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, and elusive gray wolves.
  • Meet a renowned wildlife photographer at his home studio.
  • Discover Yellowstone’s geothermal landscape of bubbling mud pots, brilliantly colored hot springs, and erupting geysers—including legendary Old Faithful.
  • Float on the Snake River beneath the peaks of the Teton Range.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Explore two of America’s greatest natural treasures: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. On daily excursions, discover Yellowstone’s wilderness and geothermal wonders, and venture into magnificent valleys to spot bison, bears, elk, eagles, and coyotes. Peer into the yawning abyss of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and witness Old Faithful’s thrilling eruptions. Then head south to the awesomely jagged peaks of the Teton Range. Go on a ranger-led hike in a glacial valley, raft down the wildlife-rich Snake River, and cruise the emerald waters of Jenny Lake.

Days 1-2: Bozeman, Montana/Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming

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Welcome to Bozeman, Montana—the launching point for our adventure through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Take a shuttle to your hotel where the remainder of the day is free. The next morning, travel to Yellowstone National Park—the world’s first national park. On the way to Yellowstone, we'll stop for a picnic lunch as we travel through Paradise Valley in the shadows of the Absaroka mountains. Once we arrive in Yellowstone, the rest of the day is spent exploring the steaming travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. Later, gather for a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3: Lamar Valley

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Rise early and head to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, where gray wolves were first restored to Yellowstone in 1995. Be on the lookout for bison, bears, elk, eagles, and elusive gray wolves in this sweeping glacial valley. After lunch, we meet with a renowned wildlife photographer in his home studio and learn about his experiences photographing for National Geographic. Enjoy hikes and wildlife sightings on the way back to Mammoth Hot Springs later this afternoon.

Day 4: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone/Hayden Valley

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This morning we head south to the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where two staggered falls spill water twice the height of Niagara. Walk along the rim to view the cascading waterfalls set against a dazzling red and gold palette. In Hayden Valley, look for bison, coyotes, elk, and perhaps even a grizzly. Then trace the shores of Yellowstone Lake, stopping for hikes along the way, and continue up and over the Continental Divide to the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Yellowstone’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful.

Day 5: Old Faithful/Geyser Basins

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Today we discover and learn about the otherworldly geothermal landscape of the Upper Geyser Basin. Numbering more than 300, Yellowstone’s geysers make up two-thirds of all those found in the world. Explore the area with our expert, and marvel at steaming fumaroles, belching mud pots, and gem-colored mineral pools. Tonight, listen to a fascinating presentation from our expert, who will introduce the next destination on our trip. Then enjoy a private dinner at the lodge.

Day 6: Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park

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Enjoy a final stroll in the Upper Geyser Basin before we continue south to Grand Teton National Park, where saw-toothed, snowy peaks rise from the valley floor. After enjoying the spectacular scenery on our drive and a picnic lunch, visit the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center to learn more about Grand Teton, then continue to the historic Murie Ranch, a peaceful cluster of buildings where the Wilderness Act was born. We're treated to a private presentation about the history of the ranch and its importance in ushering in the modern conservation movement. This afternoon, check in to Jackson Lake Lodge inside the park.

Day 7: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson, Wyoming

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This morning, enjoy a scenic float trip on the Snake River—a great place for spotting a variety of wildlife, including moose. Later, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art or explore downtown Jackson. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 8: Snake River/Jackson

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Ride the tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak this morning before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods and navigating uneven or slippery terrain. Excursions include a variety of hikes and a float trip.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in comfortable hotels and historic park lodges.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Sep 26-Oct 3, 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,776 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date May 16-23, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,784 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,283 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date May 30-Jun 6, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,784 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,283 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Aug 15-22, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,784 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,283 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Sep 5-12, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,784 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,283 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Sep 19-26, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,784 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,283 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include airfare to/from your destination. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Kitty Coley
Birder Geologist Naturalist
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Kitty Coley is a geologist, naturalist, and avid birder who serves as a consultant to National Geographic magazine. As a professional geologist, she has worked in remote rain forests and rugged landscapes around the world. Her love of nature has inspired her to explore through scuba diving, backpacking, white-water and sea kayaking, and biking. A gifted and enthusiastic teacher and a popular National Geographic Expert, Kitty generously shares her knowledge of geology, flora, and fauna on every expedition.

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  • Sep 26-Oct 3, 2019
  • May 16-23, 2020
Steve Kluge
Geologist Educator
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Award-winning Earth science educator, avid outdoorsman, and national parks aficionado Steve Kluge has taught New York Regents and college-level geology courses for more than 35 years. He’s planned and led day, week, and month-long field trips and expeditions that include geology and natural history, cave exploration, and backpacking. He has led a pre-college expeditionary science program on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska and taught geology on the flanks of Hawaiian volcanoes in a semester-long Cornell University field program. Steve has designed fun and rewarding standards-based instructional activities for kids and teens in partnership with National Geographic, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and New York public television. He has also built his own kayaks, one of which he's paddled along most of the coast of Maine. Kirk Johnson of the NY Times described him as a man of "rumbling enthusiasm,” and Steve brings that enthusiasm with him wherever he goes. He loves sharing his knowledge of and passion for America's national parks with National Geographic travelers.

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  • Sep 19-26, 2020
Jeremy Schmidt
Author Biologist
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Few people know North America's national parks better than wildlife biologist Jeremy Schmidt. He has worked and lived in and around Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons for more than 30 years, including stints as a park ranger, a naturalist, a photographer, and an author, writing several articles for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Jeremy is a frequent visitor to Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. He has also written several books about national parks for National Geographic and others, including titles on Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Northern Rockies.

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  • May 30-Jun 6, 2020
  • Sep 5-12, 2020