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Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone
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6 days

from $7,174 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($4,895 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 city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, and easy hikes.

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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
  • Learn about the reintroduction of wolves to the park, and seek out these elusive creatures on a safari in the sweeping Lamar Valley.
  • Meet an Emmy® Award-winning wildlife cinematographer and hear about his career shooting wildlife films for National Geographic.
  • Explore the remote reaches of Yellowstone in heated snow coaches, and see famous sites like Old Faithful without the crowds.
  • Walk along the rim of the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and wander amid an otherworldly landscape of mudpots and fumaroles in the Upper Geyser Basin.
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.

Itinerary

Experience the magic of Yellowstone in the quiet of winter. Watch shaggy herds of bison shake snow off their backs as elk browse nearby. Learn about the return of Yellowstone’s wolves and a study, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, on their impact on the park. Take in Yellowstone's brilliant views as you discover steaming geysers and dramatic canyons.

Day 1: Bozeman, Montana/Mammoth Hot Springs

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Travel from Bozeman, Montana to our hotel just outside Yellowstone National Park. Gather this evening for a private welcome reception and dinner.

Day 2: Mammoth Hot Springs/Lamar Valley

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At Mammoth Hot Springs, stroll the steaming, colorful mineral-spring terraces outlined in snow. Later, head to the open, rolling meadows and wide vistas of the Lamar Valley where wolves were first reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995. Using a spotting scope, search among herds of elk and bison for coyotes, eagles, and the elusive wolf. An Emmy® award-winning wildlife cinematographer joins us this evening (schedule permitting) to discuss his career shooting films about wolves and other wildlife for National Geographic.

Days 3-4: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone/Old Faithful

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Travel by private snow coach to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Walk to the rim of the spectacular gorge to see its thundering waterfall and the ice arch that forms from the spray. Continue to Old Faithful to explore a dramatic landscape of erupting geysers, frozen waterfalls, and gem-colored mineral pools. Keep an eye out for wildlife—bison, encrusted in ice, often stand among the pools for warmth. Wander amid the bubbling mud pots and fumaroles of the Upper Geyser Basin. After dark, step outside to admire the incredible canopy of stars in one of the world's best constellation-viewing spots.

Day 5: Yellowstone/Big Sky, Montana

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This morning, travel by snow coach to visit the whimsical Fountain Paint Pots, leave the park via the West Yellowstone gate. Travel to Big Sky, Montana and settle into a comfortable log cabin lodge. This evening, celebrate your winter adventure in Yellowstone at a farewell dinner.

Day 6: Bozeman

Return to Bozeman for your flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light. Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking and sitting for extended periods. We travel through the park in heated snow coaches. Excursions include walking on boardwalks and on ice and snow at elevations between 8,000 and 11,000 feet. Minor changes to the daily itinerary may occur depending on location of wildlife.

Accommodations
We stay in comfortable hotels, classic lodges within the park, and a traditional ranch. On select departures, we stay in Lone Mountain Ranch, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

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 Dec 24-29, 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,174 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,640 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Feb 2-7, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,174 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,640 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Feb 16-21, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,174 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,640 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

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
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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  • Dec 24-29, 2019
  • Feb 2-7, 2020
  • Feb 16-21, 2020