Grand Circle Travel - GRAND CIRCLE TRAVEL PLANNING GUIDE The Great National Parks: Yellowstone, Grand

 
Grand Circle Travel - GRAND CIRCLE TRAVEL PLANNING GUIDE The Great National Parks: Yellowstone, Grand
GRAND CIRCLE TRAVEL PLANNING GUIDE

The Great National Parks: Yellowstone, Grand
         Teton & Mount Rushmore
                   2021
     Learn how to personalize your experience on this vacation

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             Grand Circle Travel
                Worldwide Discovery at an Extraordinary Value
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Grand Circle Travel                                  ®

347 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Dear Traveler,

While we may not be physically able to travel at the moment, the act of planning—or even just
dreaming—always gives my spirits a boost.

At Grand Circle, we’re already planning for the day when we can resume our travels. We’re working
closely with our Program Directors and regional offices around the world to implement a number
of measures to give you greater peace of mind—because your health and safety is our top priority.
Inside, you’ll learn more about the NEW specific precautions we are taking.

I hope this Grand Circle Travel Planning Guide inspires you to join us on our The Great National
Parks: Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Mount Rushmore vacation, to go beyond the iconic sites and
into the true heart of the American West thanks to our groups of no more than 42 travelers
(with an average of 30). Plus, our American Program Director will reveal their country’s hidden
wonders and help us discover its essence like only an insider can. And our local regional office in
Boston is staffed with an experienced team of associates ready to help in case any unexpected
circumstances arise.

Throughout our explorations, we’ll meet local people to get an intimate glimpse into the real the
American West, not just a surface view. Reflect upon a controversial chapter of American history
during a visit to Heart Mountain Relocation Center, the site of a former Japanese-American
internment camp in Cody. In Rapid City, you’ll also learn more about the local indigenous way of
life during a traditional Native American dance ceremony. Plus, a portion of our proceeds goes
toward the charitable efforts of Grand Circle Foundation—see inside for more details on how your
travel dollar helps make the world a better place.

We understand that no two people are the same. That’s why more than 80% of our travelers take
advantage of the freedom to personalize their experience. Join the 21% of travelers who extend
their time abroad. Add the pre-trip extension to Colorado: Denver, post-trip extension to New
Mexico: Santa Fe, or both of these extensions to your national parks vacation.

I hope you find this Grand Circle Travel Planning Guide helpful. If you have any further questions,
don’t hesitate to contact one of our Travel Counselors at 1-800-221-2610.

Warm regards,

Harriet R. Lewis
Vice Chairman
Overseas Adventure Travel

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WHAT’S INSIDE

        TRIP SUMMARY

             Health & Safety Measures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

             It’s Included . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

             Departure Dates and Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

             Freedom to Personalize Your Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

        DETAILED DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

        ESSENTIAL TRAVEL INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

             Travel Documents & Entry Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

             Rigors, Vaccines & General Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

             Money Matters: Local Currency & Tipping Guidelines . . . . . . . 29

             Air, Optional Tours & Staying in Touch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

             Packing: What to Bring & Luggage Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

             Climate & Average Temperatures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

             About Your Destinations: Culture, Etiquette & More . . . . . . . . 41

             Demographics & History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

             Resources: Suggested Reading & Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

        MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

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What to Expect When
We Travel Again
Health and safety measures on our vacations
The health and safety of our travelers is always our #1 priority and we understand travelers are concerned about
traveling abroad in light of the unprecedented crisis we are currently facing. For that reason, we wanted to share
with you the specific measures we are taking on our Grand Circle vacations to support social distancing and give
our travelers greater peace of mind when we begin to travel again. We are working with our 36 regional offices
and more than 2,500 regional associates and Program Directors around the world, as well as listening to
feedback from our travelers to create and update these new health and safety protocols. We will be addressing
each of our trips and making specific updates to each itinerary to ensure the safety of our travelers.

TRAVELER SCREENING PROCESS & SAFETY                                FACE COVERINGS & HAND SANITIZER
MEASURES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN FIRST                                 • N95 face masks (or the equivalent in the country), gloves,
DESTINATION ON ADVENTURE                                            and hand sanitizer will be provided to all travelers
• Your Program Director will contact you approximately 3            throughout the trip, however travelers can bring
 weeks prior to departure to introduce himself or herself           their own preferred face covering and hand sanitizer
 and provide you with specific information regarding                from home.
 updated safety and health measures and protocols you
 can expect on your trip.
                                                                   WHISPERS HEADSETS
                                                                   • Whispers will be provided for all included features and
• The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has              activities to support social distancing—and remain with
 updated its security screening procedures, including               each traveler for the entire trip.
 increasing the distance between travelers as they enter
 security check points, requiring travelers to return to the       • Whispers will be thoroughly sanitized before the trip
 area outside of security if prohibited items are found, and        begins and alcohol wipes will be provided for personal
 having travelers scan their own boarding passes.                   daily sanitizing.

• Many airlines and airports have specific safety                  INCLUDED FEATURES & ACTIVITIES
 procedures they are following, so travelers are                   • All included features and activities to popular locations
 encouraged to check with their airline prior to their              or sites will be rearranged to avoid large crowds—this
 adventure and arrive at the airport early as these                 may mean that we will arrive early or visit the location
 updated protocols will add more time to check in and               later in the day.
 security check points.
                                                                   • Travelers will be broken into smaller groups as needed
TRAVELER SCREENING UPON ARRIVAL AT                                  for Home-Hosted meals to support social distancing.
FIRST DESTINATION ON ADVENTURE
                                                                   • Our local regional offices have carefully selected
• All travelers will have their temperature checked at the
                                                                    included features and activities with a focus on the
 airport by a Grand Circle representative or Program
                                                                    safety of our travelers, however all included features and
 Director using a non-contact infrared temperature
                                                                    activities are optional, so travelers can choose whether
 scanner before transferring to the first accommodation
                                                                    to participate in an activity or explore on their own.
 or lodging on their adventure.

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• Our Program Directors will offer alternate options if a          • All trips will feature smaller restaurants to support
 traveler chooses not to participate in an included feature.        social distancing and whenever possible, our small group
                                                                    will be the only diners present during the meal.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION & COACHES
• All local transportation and coaches will operate at             • To promote social distancing when dining in local
 approximately half the vehicle’s capacity.                         restaurants, our group may be separated into smaller
                                                                    groups and each dine in a different restaurant.
• All coaches will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized
 with disinfectant before each use.                                • Items usually shared, like bread and butter or salt and
                                                                    pepper, will be served to each person individually
• The driver will have his or her temperature                       upon request.
 checked daily.
                                                                   SCREENING PROCESS & SAFETY MEASURES
ACCOMMODATIONS & LODGING                                           FOR PROGRAM DIRECTORS
• Our local regional offices have carefully selected your          • Health screenings of Program Directors, including a
 accommodations by city or town on our trips because of             COVID-19 test, will be completed before joining the trip.
 their high standards for quality.
                                                                   • All Program Directors will be trained on health and
• In some instances, we have changed accommodations                 safety protocols to follow during the trip.
 or lodgings to better ensure the health and safety of
 our travelers. We will continue to make updates to our            • All Program Directors will check his or her
 accommodations and lodgings as needed to ensure the                temperature daily.
 highest quality of service and safety for our travelers.
                                                                   • Your Program Director will be available to you 24/7, with
• Our local regional offices will contact each                      the support of our local regional office.
 accommodation or lodging prior to our small group’s
 arrival to ensure enhanced safety and health protocols            • Your Program Director will be prepared to make
 for cleaning and sanitization of rooms, public areas, and          adjustments to the itinerary as needed during the
 elevators have been properly followed.                             adventure.

• Your Program Director will contact you shortly after             We will do all we can to ensure our travelers’ safety and
 check in to ensure you are comfortable with the                   health while on our vacations, but we need your help.
 cleanliness and sanitization of your room.                        We expect travelers to follow best health and hygiene
                                                                   practices to prevent the spread of illness as well—from
• The staff at all of our accommodations and lodgings              washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when
 will have 24/7 access to a doctor or medical staff, should        coughing or sneezing, and following social distancing
 medical assistance be needed.                                     guidelines. By working together, we can create a safer
                                                                   travel experience for everyone.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS
• Whenever possible, meals in restaurants will be
 individually plated and served.

• Buffet breakfasts will still be available and the dining
 staff will follow best health and hygiene practices to
 ensure food safety and prevent the spread of illness.

 Learn about all of the safety measures we are implementing on our vacations at
                     www.gct.com/health-safety-guidelines

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The Great National Parks: Yellowstone,
Grand Teton & Mount Rushmore
Utah: Salt Lake City | Wyoming: Jackson Hole, Cody, Sheridan | Montana: West Yellowstone
| South Dakota: Rapid City
Countries: 1 | Cities: 6 National Parks: 6

                                                                                   Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

                                                                    IT’S INCLUDED
  13 days from    $3495
  Including airfare from Denver        • Choose to purchase Grand Circle’s airfare, and your airport transfers,
                                         government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges are included. Or, make
  Travel from only $269 per day          your own air arrangements
                                       • Accommodations for 12 nights in comfortable rooms with private baths
  13 days from $2995                   • 21 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners
  Tour only
                                       • 13 included features: 11 guided tours and 2 exclusive Discovery Series
  Travel from only $231 per day
                                         events: Japanese-American Confinement Site • Native American cultural
                                         experience
  Single Supplement: FREE
                                       • Exclusive services of a local Grand Circle Program Director (assigned to no
                                         more than 42 travelers)
  MAXIMIZE YOUR                        • Gratuities on your main trip for local guides and motorcoach drivers
  DISCOVERIES & VALUE
                                       • Personal headset on all included and optional tours
  OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS                  • Private motorcoach land travel
  Denver & the Rocky Mountains         • Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips
  3 nights pre-trip from $1395
                                       • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next trip—an average of $201
  New Mexico: Santa Fe & Taos
  3 nights post-trip from $1195
                                                To get a richer view of the Included Features on this trip,
                                                watch our Trip Itinerary video at www.gct.com/npt2021

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THE GREAT NATIONAL PARKS:                                                            RISK-FREE BOOKING POLICY: RESERVE WITH
                                                                                     CONFIDENCE—NOW THROUGH 12/31/21
YELLOWSTONE, GRAND TETON                                                             We will waive any change fees if you transfer to another departure date for
                                                                                     any reason—up until 24 hours prior to departure.
& MOUNT RUSHMORE                                                                     See details at www.gct.com/riskfree-booking.

2021 DATES & PRICES

 DEPART FROM:                                                            MAY                       JUNE                 JULY-AUGUST                 SEPTEMBER
 Denver                                                                 $3495                      $3695                     $3595                        $3795

 Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit,
 Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis,
 Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix,                                $3595                      $3795                     $3695                        $3895
 Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle,
 Tampa, Washington, DC

 Atlanta, New York                                                      $3695                      $3895                     $3795                        $3995
Additional departure cities are available. Upgrade to Business Class may be available for the international portion of your flight. Call for details.

                                                 MAY                              JUNE                        JULY-AUGUST                       SEPTEMBER

 Land tour only                                 $2995                             $3195                            $3095                                $3295
                                                                                                                                                                  NPT2021

Prices are per person. Airfare prices include government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges. All prices and availability are effective as of the date of
this publication, and are subject to change without notice. Standard Terms & Conditions apply, please visit our website: www.gct.com/tc. Every effort
has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors.

     For specific departure dates, current availability, and detailed pricing, visit www.gct.com/npt2021pricing

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Publication Date: 1/6/21
                                                                                                  1-800-221-2610 • www.gct.com/npt2021

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Freedom to Personalize Your Experience
                                    Your Choice, Your Trip, Your Way

Extending the length of your stay in a destination can improve your overall travel experience—and allow you to seek out
even more eye-opening cultural interactions. Your local Program Director will help to ensure you’re getting the personalized
experiences you’re looking for. In fact, 85% of our travelers are personalizing their experience in more than 85 countries.

Call us at 1-800-221-2610 to discuss personalizing your vacation today or visit us online at www.gct.com/
personalize-npt2021.

Maximize Your Time & Value: 55% of our travelers                       Back-to-Back Trips: 90% of our travelers who
choose to take a pre- or post-trip extension                           combined two vacations rated it excellent
See more of the region and maximize your value by                      One of the most common vacations travelers combine with
taking advantage of your already-included airfare. On                  this one is Southwest National Parks: Arches, Zion, Bryce &
this vacation, you can choose between Denver & the Rocky               the Grand Canyon. If you’re already on the road, why not
Mountains and New Mexico: Santa Fe & Taos.                             see more of the region and avoid another flight? Plus, you'll
                                                                       save $250 per person when you reserve two trips right after
“Break Away” Options: 30% of our travelers choose                      one another.
to arrive early or stay late in their destination
Before or after your main tour or trip extension, "break               Air Options: More than 50% of our travelers
away" anywhere you'd like to go to do more exploring                   customize their flights
entirely on your own.                                                  We make every effort to provide you with non-stop
                                                                       flights and acceptable connection times to and from
Please note: Our Travel Counselors can help you plan your
                                                                       your destination. You also have several other ways you can
airfare if you'd like to "break away," however since this option
                                                                       personalize your air itinerary, including choosing your
is completely on your own, you will need to plan your own
                                                                       departure city and airline, upgrading your seat, and more.
accommodations, meals, tours, and transfers.

                                                                                             Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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The Great National Parks:
Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Mount Rushmore
2021
13-Day Land Tour

             EXTEND YOUR TRIP
             PRE-TRIP
             Denver & the Rocky Mountains
             POST-TRIP
             New Mexico: Santa Fe & Taos

             Your Day-to-Day Itinerary

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GRAND CIRCLE TRAVEL
Grand Circle Travel, founded in 1958 to serve the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), is
the leader in international travel and discovery for Americans over age 50. Grand Circle vacations have
been recommended by The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, The Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure,
The Wall Street Journal, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and others. But our most impressive reviews
come from our travelers. More than two million people have traveled with us, and the overwhelming
majority say they’d gladly do so again.

LAND TOUR
During your Grand Circle vacation, you’ll have reliable assistance available at all times from an on-site
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give you an inside perspective on your destinations. You will also be supported along the way by local
tour guides, who lead you expertly through particular sites and cities.

Many Program Directors are graduates of professional education programs for travel guides. In
addition, they receive specialized training directly from Grand Circle, based on what we’ve learned
from past travelers about how to make the trip most enjoyable. Your Program Director offers both
a deep knowledge of the region and a commitment to make this a very pleasant, informative, and
rewarding travel experience for you.

He or she will provide sightseeing trips, handle all travel details, reserve optional tours you choose to
take, oversee your Discovery Series events, and provide any other assistance you may need.

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
»   Choose to purchase Grand Circle’s airfare,                      »    ([FOXVLYHVHUYLFHVRIDORFDOGrand
    and your airport transfers, government                               Circle Program Director (assigned to no
    taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges                             more than 42 travelers)
    are included. Or, make your own air                             »    Gratuities on your main trip for local guides
    arrangements                                                         and motorcoach drivers
»   Accommodations for 12 nights in                                 »    Personal headset on all included and
    comfortable rooms with private baths                                 optional tours
»   21 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches,                             »    Private motorcoach land travel
    and 5 dinners
                                                                    »    Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per
»   13 included features: 11 guided tours                                person, including tips
    and 2 exclusive Discovery Series events:
                                                                    »    5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your
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                                                                         next trip—an average of $201
    Native American cultural experience

                       Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-221-2610

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WHAT THIS TRIP IS LIKE
GROUP SIZE
»   A maximum of 42 travelers, led by a local
    Grand Circle Program Director

PACING
»   6 locations in 13 days, including 1
    single-night stay
»   6 days feature 6-8 hours of travel by
    motorcoach

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
»   Walk 1 mile unassisted and participate
    in 3-4 hours of physical activities daily,
    including uneven walking surfaces such
    as unpaved paths, steep hills, stairs,
    and stones
»   We reserve the right for Program Directors
    to restrict participation, or in some
    circumstances send travelers home, if their
    limitations impact the group’s experience

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION
»   5 full days at altitudes between
    5,000–9,000 feet
»   Uneven surfaces, including unpaved trails,
    steep inclines, steps, and rocky terrain
»   Travel by 55-seat motorcoach

CLIMATE
»   Daytime temperatures range from 50-92°F
    during touring season
»   June-August are the warmest months
»   Nighttime temperatures can fall to 30-50°F

                       Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-221-2610

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The Great National Parks: Yellowstone, Grand
Teton & Mount Rushmore
2021
Epic, rugged, and wild, few things embody the bold American spirit as fully as our great national parks—a
uniquely American concept. Experience America’s natural bounty on this 13-day journey, focused on our
Northwest national parks. Explore the expansive wilderness and geothermal wonderland of Yellowstone—the
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lawless frontier days, admire the mountain majesty of Grand Teton, and marvel at the natural and
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Mount Rushmore to the ever-changing landscape of the Dakota Badlands.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Denver & the Rocky Mountains
3 NIGHTS PRE-TRIP
Add another national park to your journey and experience the grand majesty of the Rockies as you explore the
pristine wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park, an alpine playground of crystal lakes, pine forests, lush
meadows and snowcapped peaks. Then explore Colorado’s cosmopolitan capital, a trendy modern city which
still retains some of its small mountain town ambiance.

New Mexico: Santa Fe & Taos
3 NIGHTS POST-TRIP
From the earthen villages of Native Americans to the plazas built by Spanish conquistadores, New Mexico’s
dramatic history unfolds on this post-trip extension as you take in the laid-back pace of Taos and the Spanish
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by the dramatic beauty of the rugged Southwest.

                       Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-221-2610

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DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Salt Lake City, Utah                                   Lunch: On your own. The city boasts many
                                                                    excellent restaurants, and your Program
̦ Destination: Salt Lake City
                                                                    Director will be happy to suggest a few if you’re
̦ Accommodations: Little America Hotel
                                                                    looking for recommendations.
   or similar

Morning/Afternoon/Evening: Travel to                                Afternoon: Free for your own discoveries—ask
Salt Lake City today, with your arrival time                        your Program Director for recommendations.
depending on your departure city. Transfer to
                                                                    Dinner: Get to know your fellow travelers
your hotel, check out your surroundings with
                                                                    during an included Welcome Dinner at a local
your Program Director on an orientation walk,
                                                                    restaurant.
and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Lunch and dinner are on your own today.                             Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
                                                                    rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Day 2 Explore Salt Lake City                                        Program Director for recommendations.

̦ Destination: Salt Lake City
                                                                    Day 3 Salt Lake City • Jackson
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
                                                                    Hole, Wyoming
̦ Accommodations: Little America Hotel
   or similar                                                        ̦ Destination: Jackson Hole
                                                                     ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast
Breakfast: At the hotel.
                                                                     ̦ Accommodations: Snow King Resort Hotel
Morning: Gather with your fellow travelers                              or similar
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                                                                    Activity Note: Today’s overland transfer to
about what you’ll experience together over the
                                                                    Jackson Hole, Wyoming will take approximately
coming days, and then set out on an included
                                                                    7 hours, including stops along the way.
tour of Salt Lake City, site of the 2002 Winter
Olympics.                                                           Breakfast: At the hotel.

On your tour, you’ll visit Temple Square, world                     Morning: Begin your transfer by motorcoach to
headquarters of the Mormon Church. The                              Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
massive temple, with its six spires, dominates
                                                                    Lunch: Stop along the way at scenic Bear Lake
the square, which also features a monument
                                                                    on the border of Utah and Idaho, where you’ll
to Brigham Young and the “Three Witnesses
                                                                    have time to seek out lunch on your own.
Monument.” The latter memorial honors the
WKUHHPHQZKRWHVWLͫHGWKDWDQDQJHOVKRZHG                        Afternoon: Continue on your way to Jackson
them the golden plates from which the Book of                       Hole, arriving at your hotel late this afternoon.
Mormon was translated. Marvel at the awesome                        Long before the pioneers came west, the rock
Tabernacle, dedicated in 1893, and famous for                       formations of the Grand Tetons presided over
its amazing acoustics and Mormon Tabernacle                         a traditional summer home for the Native
Choir. You’ll also stop to admire the eponymous                     Americans. When the early “mountain men”
Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the                  ventured out this way, the area became a
western hemisphere.                                                 destination for hunters and fur trappers.

                       Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-221-2610

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7KHͫUVWSHUPDQHQWVHWWOHUVDUULYHGLQ                      Afternoon: Free for your own discoveries—ask
establishing Jackson Hole as a cattle-ranching                     your Program Director for recommendations.
center. The skiing industry took off here in                       A shuttle service is available to transport you
the 1930s and Jackson Hole remains a winter                        between your hotel and downtown Jackson.
sports mecca to this day. In the summer, this
                                                                   Dinner: Included at a local restaurant.
year-round resort offers hiking, river rafting,
camping, and other outdoor activities.                             Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
                                                                   rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Dinner: On your own—ask your Program
                                                                   Program Director for recommendations.
Director for local restaurant recommendations.

Evening: You have the freedom to spend the                         Day 5 Jackson Hole •
rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
                                                                   Yellowstone National Park • West
Program Director for recommendations.
                                                                   Yellowstone, Montana
                                                                    ̦ Destination: Yellowstone
Day 4 Jackson Hole • Snake River float
                                                                    ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast
̦ Destination: Jackson Hole                                        ̦ Accommodations: Best Western Desert Inn
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                            or similar
̦ Accommodations: Snow King Resort Hotel
                                                                   Breakfast: At the hotel.
   or similar

Activity Note: Today’s activities include a                        Morning: Depart for Yellowstone—keep your
rafting excursion on Snake River.                                  cameras handy, as your driving route will take
                                                                   you through some of the gorgeous mountain
Breakfast: At the hotel.                                           scenery of Grand Teton National Park.

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way through the gentle waters of the Snake                         Yellowstone National Park. You’ll pass through
River corridor, granting you a unique look                         toward the town of West Yellowstone, tracing a
at the unspoiled wilderness of Grand Teton                         route that takes you by the tranquil, tree-lined
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Evening: You have the freedom to spend the                          Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
rest of your evening as you wish—ask your                           rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Program Director for recommendations.                               Program Director for recommendations.

Day 6 West Yellowstone • Explore                                    Day 7 West Yellowstone • Explore
Yellowstone National Park                                           Yellowstone National Park •
̦ Destination: Yellowstone                                         Cody, Wyoming
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                 ̦ Destination: Cody
̦ Accommodations: Best Western Desert Inn                           ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
   or similar                                                        ̦ Accommodations: Holiday Inn at Buffalo Bill
Breakfast: At the hotel.                                                Village or similar

                                                                    Activity Note: Today’s overland transfer to
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                                                                    Cody, Wyoming will take approximately 9
national park, established to preserve its
                                                                    hours, including explorations in Yellowstone
remarkable geothermal formations—there
                                                                    National Park along the way.
are more geysers and hot springs here than
in the rest of the world combined. Take in the                      Breakfast: At the hotel.
natural phenomena of shooting geysers, and
                                                                    Morning:6HWRXWXSRQ\RXUWKLUGDQGͫQDOWRXU
keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep, elk,
                                                                    of Yellowstone National Park as you make your
coyote, grizzly, black bear, and other wildlife,
                                                                    way east toward Cody, Wyoming.
as you explore the park, which remains 99%
undeveloped—true wilderness.                                        As you journey along the road, you’ll take in a
                                                                    few more of the park’s notable sights, including
You’ll stop at Mammoth Hot Springs, Fountain
                                                                    the Mud Volcano Area to see its impressive
Paint Pot, and Old Faithful, the famed
                                                                    cluster of hot springs and mud pots, and the
geyser that has been spouting an average
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Day 8 Cody • Visit Buffalo Bill Center                              Day 9 Cody • Visit former
of the West                                                         Japanese-American internment camp
̦ Destination: Cody                                                • Sheridan
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                 ̦ Destination: Sheridan
̦ Accommodations: Holiday Inn at Buffalo Bill                       ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
   Village or similar                                                ̦ Accommodations: Holiday Inn Sheridan
Breakfast: At the hotel.                                                Convention Center or similar

                                                                    Activity Note: Today’s overland transfer to
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                                                                    Sheridan, Wyoming will take approximately 8
Bill Center of the West. Widely regarded as
                                                                    hours, including stops along the way.
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the center advances knowledge about the                             Breakfast: At the hotel.
American West through acquiring, exhibiting,
                                                                    Morning: Begin your discoveries today by
and interpreting collections of artifacts and
preserving their physical and contextual                            UHͬHFWLQJXSRQDFRQWURYHUVLDOFKDSWHURI
integrity.                                                          American history during an exclusive Discovery
                                                                    Series visit to Heart Mountain Relocation
,WIHDWXUHVͫYHLQWHUQDWLRQDOO\DFFODLPHG                          Center, the site of a former Japanese-American
museums under one roof—the Whitney                                  internment camp.
Gallery of Western Art, the Buffalo Bill
                                                                    Shortly following the surprise attack at Pearl
Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody
                                                                    Harbor and America’s entry into World War
Firearms Museum, and the Draper Museum of
                                                                    II, President Roosevelt authorized the forcible
Natural History.
                                                                    relocation of approximately 120,000 people of
Lunch: Return to Cody, where lunch is on your                       Japanese descent into ten relocation centers
own—ask your Program Director for local                             across the country. Heart Mountain is one of
restaurant recommendations.                                         few such facilities with structures still standing
                                                                    today, and is now a museum dedicated to
Afternoon: Free for your own discoveries—ask
                                                                    recording the experience of the inmates who
your Program Director for recommendations.
                                                                    lived out the war here—including those who
Dinner: Join your fellow travelers for                              resisted the draft after it was extended to
an included dinner at a local restaurant,                           interned Japanese Americans in 1944.
accompanied by a live western musical
                                                                    Then, begin your transfer toward Sheridan
performance.
                                                                    today via the picturesque Bighorn Scenic
Evening: You have the freedom to spend the                          Highway. As you ride, you’ll bask in the
rest of your evening as you wish—ask your                           majestic views, ranging from high plains trails
Program Director for recommendations.                               WREDGODQGVDQGFDQ\RQVZLWKPDJQLͫFHQW
                                                                    gorges. Learn about local fossils, and marvel at
                                                                    cliffs of rock that loom 2,000 feet overhead.

                                                                    Lunch: Stop at a local restaurant along the way
                                                                    for an included lunch.

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Afternoon: Continue your journey through the                       massive rock as the landing site of the alien
Bighorn Mountains, stopping for a moment                           VSDFHFUDIWLQWKHSRSXODUͫOPClose Encounters
RITXLHWUHͬHFWLRQDWWKH/LWWOH%LJKRUQ                          of the Third Kind.
Monument, memorializing the infamous battle
                                                                   Lunch: Stop for an included lunch as you
between Custer’s 7th Calvary and the Sioux
                                                                   continue on your way to Rapid City.
and Cheyenne tribes. Arrive at your hotel in
Sheridan late this afternoon, and spend the rest                   Afternoon: Arrive at your hotel late this
of the day at leisure.                                             afternoon, and enjoy the day free for your own
                                                                   discoveries—ask your Program Director for
Dinner: On your own—ask your Program
                                                                   recommendations.
Director for local restaurant recommendations.
                                                                   Dinner: On your own—ask your Program
Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
                                                                   Director for local restaurant recommendations.
rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Program Director for recommendations.                              Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
                                                                   rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Day 10 Sheridan • Visit Devils Tower •                             Program Director for recommendations.
Rapid City, South Dakota
̦ Destination: Rapid City                                         Day 11 Rapid City • Badlands
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch                                National Park
̦ Accommodations: Holiday Inn Rushmore                             ̦ Destination: Badlands National Park
   Plaza or similar                                                 ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast
Activity Note: Today’s overland transfer                            ̦ Accommodations: Holiday Inn Rushmore
to Rapid City, South Dakota will take                                  Plaza or similar
approximately 9 hours, including stops                             Breakfast: At the hotel.
along the way.
                                                                   Morning:(QMR\DQLQFOXGHGWRXURI%DGODQGV
Breakfast: At the hotel.                                           National Park. The hunting grounds of Native
                                                                   Americans from as long as 11,000 years ago, the
Morning: Travel through the Black Hills of
                                                                   244,000-acre park has a history that stretches
Wyoming and South Dakota today, stopping
                                                                   even further back, to an epoch at least 30
along the way for an included tour of Devils
                                                                   million years ago. Fossilized bones uncovered
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                                                                   by later Lakota Indians suggested that these
Monument.
                                                                   now dry lands had once been covered with a
(VWDEOLVKHGDVDPRQXPHQWLQE\                              body of water, a fact later proved by the many
President Theodore Roosevelt, the tower stands                     geologists and fossil researchers who have
1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River—an                        studied the area.
almost vertical natural monolith, it’s the
                                                                   Beyond their canyon-like grandeur,
remnant of an ancient volcano. Known by some
                                                                   what makes the badlands so unique is the
northern plains tribes as Mato Tipi (Bear’s
                                                                   combination of dry ground and loose rock
Lodge), it is still a sacred site of worship for
                                                                   linked by sediment. Both the earth and the
many Native Americans. You’ll recognize the
                                                                   rocks themselves are highly resistant to
                                                                   erosion, so that when the infrequent rains hit,

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the sediment becomes runoff and the rocks                           Now being constructed just 17 miles southwest
can be easily displaced. The scene you see in                       of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial
one visit might be dramatically rearranged at                       will be the world’s largest sculpture once
your next.                                                          completed. Begun in 1948 by noted sculptor
                                                                    Korczak Ziolkowski at the request of Native
Lunch: See another slice of history during
                                                                    Americans, the memorial includes the Indian
an independent lunch: Wall Drug, which was
                                                                    Museum of North America, the Native American
founded in a poor town of 326 people during
                                                                    Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio, and a
the Depression. Wall Drug made its name by
                                                                    40,000-square-foot Orientation Center.
offering free ice water to thirsty travelers and,
as word spread, more came from even greater                         The dramatic sculpture of the legendary chief
distances. 82 years later, travelers still come                     DVWULGHKLVKRUVHIXOͫOOVWKHZLVKRI/DNRWD
DQGͫQGDYDVWDUUD\RIVKRSVDQGGLVSOD\V                         Chief Standing Bear spoken at the dedication
featuring regional curios, historic photos, toys                    of the statue in 1948: “My fellow chiefs and I
and crafts from South Dakota, and items from                        would like the white man to know that the red
Native American and cowboy culture. Wall                            man has great heroes, too.” Here, you’ll have
Drug also features a number of dining options,                      an opportunity to marvel at the massive statue,
and you’ll be free to choose one during your                        and also visit the studio where Ziolkowski
lunch here.                                                         worked without pay until his death in 1982.

Afternoon: Return to Rapid City, where the rest                     Lunch: You’ll have time for lunch on your own
of the day is yours to spend as you like.                           near the monument.

Dinner: On your own—ask your Program                                Afternoon: Continue on to Mount Rushmore.
Director for local restaurant recommendations.                      &HUWDLQO\\RX̞YHVHHQSKRWRJUDSKVDQGͫOPV
                                                                    (remember Hitchcock’s North by Northwest?)
Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
                                                                    of this famous monument—with the heads of
rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
                                                                    George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas
Program Director for recommendations.
                                                                    Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt—sculpted
                                                                    out of the solid granite mountain face to
Day 12 Rapid City • Visit Crazy Horse                               commemorate 150 years of American history.
Monument & Mount Rushmore • Native                                  But nothing can compare with viewing it
American cultural experience                                        ͫUVWKDQG
̦ Destination: Rapid City                                          Then, enjoy some free time to contemplate the
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                monument on your own, before returning to
̦ Accommodations: Holiday Inn Rushmore                             Rapid City. Here, you’ll learn more about the
   Plaza or similar                                                 local indigenous way of life during an exclusive
Breakfast: At the hotel.                                            Discovery Series event, in which you’ll witness
                                                                    a traditional Native American dance ceremony.
Morning: Set off on a sightseeing tour of Rapid
City as you make your way to the Crazy Horse                        Dinner: Reminisce over your journey with your
Memorial.                                                           fellow travelers during an included Farewell
                                                                    Dinner at your hotel.

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Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Program Director for recommendations.

Day 13 Depart Rapid City
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: At the hotel.

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home. Departure times vary depending on your
home city.

Or begin your post-trip extension to New
Mexico: Santa Fe & Taos.

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PRE-TRIP
                            Denver & the Rocky Mountains

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
»   Accommodations for 3 nights                                     »    ([FOXVLYHVHUYLFHVRID*UDQG&LUFOH
»   5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner                             Program Director

»   2 included tours: Rocky Mountain National                       »    Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach
    Park, Denver                                                         drivers on your extension and all
                                                                         optional tours
                                                                    »    All transfers

PRE-TRIP EXTENSION ITINERARY
Add another national park to your journey and experience the grand majesty of the Rockies as you explore the
pristine wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park, an alpine playground of crystal lakes, pine forests, lush
meadows and snowcapped peaks. Then explore Colorado’s cosmopolitan capital, a trendy modern city which
still retains some of its small mountain town ambiance.

Day 1 Arrive Denver, Colorado                                       Day 2 Denver • Visit Rocky Mountain
̦ Destination: Denver                                              National Park
̦ Accommodations: Hyatt Place Denver                                ̦ Destination: Rocky Mountain National Park
   Downtown or similar                                               ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Morning/Afternoon: Travel to Denver today,                           ̦ Accommodations: Hyatt Place Denver
with your arrival time depending on your                                Downtown or similar
departure city. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy                    Breakfast: At the hotel.
some time to settle in.
                                                                    Morning: Depart for a tour of Rocky Mountain
Dinner: On your own—ask your Program                                National Park. The Rocky Mountains are one
Director for local restaurant recommendations.                      of the world’s premier mountain ranges, and
                                                                    there are few better vantage points to take it all
Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
                                                                    in than here.
rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Program Director for recommendations.                               (VFDSHWKHKXVWOHDQGEXVWOHRIFLYLOL]DWLRQ
                                                                    and explore the unspoiled wilderness of the
                                                                    top of the world; marvel at mountain streams,
                                                                    VRFU\VWDOFOHDUWKDW\RXFDQVHHWKHͫVK
                                                                    swimming below the surface.

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Witness grazing elk and browsing deer in fertile                   Lunch: On your own in the city—ask your
PHDGRZVZDWFKEOXHELUGVDQGEXWWHUͬLHVͬLW                       Program Director for local restaurant
about the branches of thick pine forests, with                     recommendations.
golden eagles and peregrine falcons circling the
                                                                   Afternoon: The day is yours to explore the
skies above watching for unwary prey. Discover
                                                                   cosmopolitan Colorado capital on your own.
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                                                                   Your Program Director will be happy to offer
and enjoy the constant company of the craggy
                                                                   suggestions on how to spend your free time to
mountain peaks beckoning in the distance.
                                                                   satisfy your interests.
Lunch:(QMR\DQLQFOXGHGSLFQLFOXQFKDPLGVW
                                                                   Dinner: Included at a local restaurant.
the scenery of the park.
                                                                   Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
Afternoon: You’ll have a few hours to explore
                                                                   rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
independently before returning to Denver. You
                                                                   Program Director for recommendations.
might choose to spend your time seeing more of
the Rockies, or perhaps you’ll stroll the streets
RI(VWHV3DUNDOLWWOHWRZQDWWKHEDVHRIWKH                   Day 4 Denver • Salt Lake City, Utah
mountain replete with charming shops, cafés,                        ̦ Destination: Salt Lake City
restaurants and beer gardens.                                       ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast

Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Ask                                 Breakfast: At the hotel.
your Program Director for restaurant
                                                                   Morning: Fly to Salt Lake City, where
recommendations.
                                                                   you’ll begin your main The Great National
Evening: Continue making independent                               Parks: Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Mount
discoveries this evening, or perhaps you’ll relax                  Rushmore vacation.
at the hotel.

Day 3 Explore Denver
̦ Destination: Denver
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
̦ Accommodations: Hyatt Place Denver
   Downtown or similar

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover the Mile High City on an
included tour today. Take in the sights of the
town, such as the gold-domed capitol building,
a Neoclassical structure that dominates the
skyline from its perch on capitol hill. You’ll
also explore the city’s chic Lower Downtown
(“LoDo”) area, Denver’s oldest neighborhood,
which in recent years has been transformed
into a trendy warren of upscale restaurants and
cocktail bars.

                      Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-221-2610

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POST-TRIP
                              New Mexico: Santa Fe & Taos

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
»   Accommodations for 3 nights                                     »    Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach
»   4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner                                      drivers on your extension and all
                                                                         optional tours
»   2 included tours: Santa Fe, Taos
                                                                    »    All transfers
»   ([FOXVLYHVHUYLFHVRID*UDQG&LUFOH
    Program Director

POST-TRIP EXTENSION ITINERARY
From the earthen villages of Native Americans to the plazas built by Spanish conquistadores, New Mexico’s
dramatic history unfolds on this post-trip extension as you take in the laid-back pace of Taos and the Spanish
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by the dramatic beauty of the rugged Southwest.

Day 1 Rapid City, South Dakota • Santa                              Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
Fe, New Mexico                                                      rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
                                                                    Program Director for recommendations.
̦ Destination: Santa Fe
̦ Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
   or similar                                                       Day 2 Santa Fe • Explore Taos
                                                                     ̦ Destination: Santa Fe
Breakfast: At the hotel.
                                                                     ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Morning:7UDQVIHUWRWKHDLUSRUWDQGͬ\WR                          ̦ Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Albuquerque, New Mexico.                                                or similar

Lunch: You’ll have a layover in Denver, where                       Breakfast: At the hotel.
you’ll have time for lunch on your own.
                                                                    Morning: Depart for Taos and enjoy a guided
Afternoon: Depart from the Albuquerque                              walk downtown, where adobe buildings
airport for Santa Fe, arriving at your hotel in                     surround the central plaza. Continue on to
the afternoon, where you’ll have time to rest or                    WKH7DRV3XHEORD81(6&2:RUOG+HULWDJH
explore independently.                                              Site which boasts homes built as long as a
                                                                    millennium ago, where one of the local college
Dinner: On your own—ask your Program
                                                                    students, many of whom grew up in the pueblo,
Director for local restaurant recommendations.
                                                                    will take you on a tour.

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Next, you’ll visit the Rio Grande Gorge, a                         Lunch: On your own in Santa Fe—ask
50-mile gorge plunging 800 feet at its deepest,                    your Program Director for local restaurant
and soak in the dramatic vistas. View the chasm                    recommendations.
from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, a steel-deck
                                                                   Afternoon: Free for your own discoveries—ask
bridge set 565 feet above the river (making it
                                                                   your Program Director for recommendations.
the seventh highest in the country).
                                                                   Dinner: On your own—ask your Program
Lunch: On your own in Taos—ask your
                                                                   Director for restaurant recommendations.
Program Director for local restaurant
recommendations.                                                   Evening: You have the freedom to spend the
                                                                   rest of your evening as you wish—ask your
Afternoon: Return to Santa Fe, arriving at your
                                                                   Program Director for recommendations.
hotel in the mid-afternoon. Spend the rest of
the day as you please.
                                                                   Day 4 Santa Fe • Albuquerque •
Dinner: Included at a local restaurant.
                                                                   Return home
Evening: Free for your own discoveries—ask                          ̦ Included Meals: Breakfast
your Program Director for recommendations.
                                                                   Breakfast: At the hotel.

Day 3 Explore Santa Fe                                             Morning: Transfer to the airport in
                                                                   $OEXTXHUTXHIRU\RXUͬLJKWKRPH
̦ Destination: Santa Fe
̦ Included Meals: Breakfast
̦ Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
   or similar

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Set off on a city tour of Santa Fe.
Discover the city’s downtown area, which has
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Pueblo Revival style for more than a century.
You’ll also explore the shops and galleries of
Canyon Road, the modern-day spin on the old
mountain trade routes.

Then see the Romanesque St. Francis of Assisi
Cathedral, which has featured in the creative
works of writers such as Willa Cather and
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La Conquistadora, America’s oldest statue of
the Blessed Virgin Mary. Your tour concludes
at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, where you’ll
peruse 83 years’ worth of the artist’s work,
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creative muses.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TRIP:

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        prepared for this vacation, on subjects ranging from passports to weather,
        and currency to recommended reading.

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        you reserve your departure of this trip, which outlines everything you’ll
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        Counselors will be ready and eager to address any additional questions
        you may have.

        With all of our resources available to you, enjoy peace of mind …
        and look forward to the incredible discoveries that await.

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CONTENTS

       TRAVEL DOCUMENTS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . .N/A

       RIGORS, VACCINES & GENERAL HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

       MONEY MATTERS: LOCAL CURRENCY & TIPPING GUIDELINES . . .29

            Top 3 Suggestions

            Local Currency

            Tipping Guidelines

       AIR, OPTIONAL TOURS & STAYING IN TOUCH . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

       PACKING: WHAT TO BRING & LUGGAGE LIMITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

       CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

       ABOUT YOUR DESTINATIONS: CULTURE, ETIQUETTE & MORE . . .41

            Culture & Points to Know

            Shopping

       DEMOGRAPHICS & HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

       RESOURCES: SUGGESTED READING & MOVIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

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RIGORS, VACCINES & GENERAL HEALTH

Keep Your Abilities In Mind
Please review the information below prior to departing on this trip. We reserve the right for our
Program Directors to modify participation, or in some circumstances send travelers home if their
limitations are impacting the group’s experience.

GROUP SIZE
  • A maximum of 42 travelers, led by a local Grand Circle Program Director

PACING
  • 6 locations in 13 days, including 1 single-night stay

  • 6 days feature 6-8 hours of travel by motorcoach

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Walk 1 mile unassisted and participate in 3-4 hours of physical activities daily, including
    uneven walking surfaces such as unpaved paths, steep hills, stairs, and stones

  • We reserve the right for Program Directors to restrict participation, or in some
     circumstances send travelers home, if their limitations impact the group’s experience

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION
  • 5 full days at altitudes between 5,000–9,000 feet

  • Uneven surfaces, including unpaved trails, steep inclines, steps, and rocky terrain

  • Travel by 55-seat motorcoach

CLIMATE
  • Daytime temperatures range from 50-92°F during touring season

  • June-August are the warmest months

  • Nighttime temperatures can fall to 30-50°F

Long Drives & Other Rigors
This trip requires long motorcoach transfers. On the main trip alone we’ll cover over 1,000 miles.
Please feel free to bring whatever you need to be comfortable on the bus (pillow, blanket, etc.)
and come prepared for long drives.

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This trip also features an active itinerary with long days of sightseeing, occasional walks that
follow steep and uneven pathways, and higher altitudes than you may be used to. In addition,
both included and optional tours can require extended walking to guarantee a truly rewarding
experience.

Health Check
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have ongoing medical conditions or concerns about your health, we highly recommend that
you schedule a checkup with your personal physician at least six weeks in advance of your
departure date.

  • Discuss with your doctor any aspects of your itinerary that may affect your health and be
     guided by his or her advice. (You can use the “Keep Your Abilities in Mind” on the previous
     page as a guideline to discuss with him or her.)

  •
Staying Healthy on Your Trip
Jet Lag Tips
  • Start your trip well-rested.

  • Begin a gradual transition to your new time zone before you leave or switch to your
     destination time zone when you get on the plane.

  • Attempt to sleep and eat according to the new schedule.

  • Avoid heavy eating and drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages right before–and during–
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  • Stretch your legs, neck, and back periodically while seated on the plane.

  • After arrival, avoid the temptation to nap.

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Allergies
If you have any serious allergies or dietary restrictions, we advise you to notify us at least 30 days
prior to your departure. Please call our Traveler Support team at 1-800-321-2835, and we will
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High Altitude
MONEY MATTERS: LOCAL CURRENCY & TIPPING GUIDELINES

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  • Carry a mix of different types of payments: some cash, an ATM card, and a credit card

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     commission fee for cashing them is quite high. It’s more practical to view them as a last
     resort in the event of a special situation.

  • Keep a few smaller bills on hand. It makes both tipping and small purchases easier.

ATMs
When using the ATM, keep in mind that it may only accept cards from local banks, and may not
allow cash advances on credit cards; you might need to try more than one ATM or more than
one card.

Many banks charge a fee of $1-$5 each time you use an out-of-network ATM. Others may charge
you a percentage of the amount you withdraw. We recommend that you check with your bank
before you depart.

Lastly, don’t forget to memorize the actual digits of your card’s PIN number (many keypads do
not include letters on their keys—they only display numbers.)

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in large cities and small towns. Our suggestion is to hit up the ATM in town before you head out
for the day. Don’t forget to let your bank know that you’ll be traveling before you leave home—if
they see a lot of out-of-town withdrawals they might put a freeze on your account because of
suspected fraud.

Credit & Debit Cards
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possible, because not every shop will take every card. For example, although the Discover card is
accepted in some countries outside the U.S., it is not widely adopted, so other brands will work at
a much larger range of stores, restaurants, etc.

Notify Card Providers of Upcoming Travel
Many credit card companies and banks have fraud alert departments that will freeze your card if
they see suspicious charges—such as charges or withdrawals from another country. To avoid an
accidental security block, it is a good idea to notify your credit card company and/or bank you will
be using your cards abroad. You can do this by calling their customer service number a week or
two before your departure. Some banks or credit card companies will also let you do this online.

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You should also double-check what phone number you could call if you have a problem with a
card while you are abroad. Don’t assume you can use the 1-800 number printed on the back of
your card—most 1 800 numbers don’t work outside of the U.S.!

Tipping Guidelines
Of course, whether you tip, and how much, is always at your own discretion. But for those of
you who have asked for tipping suggestions, we offer these guidelines. To make it easy for you
to budget, we have quoted the amounts in U.S. dollars; tips can be converted and paid in local
currency or in U.S. dollars.

  • GCT Program Director: It is customary to express a personal “thank you” to your GCT
     Program Director at the end of your trip. As a guideline, many travelers give $6-$8 per
     traveler for each day their Program Director is with them. Please note that tips for your
     Program Director can only be in the form of cash. If you are taking any of the optional extensions,
     your Program Director during the extension(s) may not be the same as the one on your main trip.

  • Hotel Housekeeping: Many travelers will leave $1-$2 per day, per room for the hotel
     housekeeping staff.

  • Included in Your Trip Price: Gratuities are included for local guides and motorcoach drivers
     on your main trip, extensions, and all optional tours.

Time at Leisure: During the times that you explore independently, you may dine in a local
restaurant, take a taxi, or avail yourself of some other service where tipping is customary. Tip
throughout your tour as you normally would at home. Some restaurants will add a service charge
to your tab, and, in this case, it is still a nice gesture to add a little more if you have received
good service. Your Program Director will tip waiters for the included meals when the group
dines together.

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