Best of the Rockies 17 DaY CaMPING TOuR - Adventure holidays

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TRIP DOSSIER

Best of the Rockies 17 Day CAMPING Tour

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CAMPING HOTELS

5 US States & 2 Canadian Provinces: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta & British Columbia

At a glance:

Trip Code: PBR

Length: 17 days

Departs: Seattle

Location: Western USA/Canada

Style: Active

Accommodation: 12 nights camping,

3 hotel nights in 3 star accommodation

& 1 night mountain lodge.

Meals: All meals whilst camping

& at mountain lodge

is this tour for me

Cross the stunning mountain ranges of North America and travel along the

Continental Divide to the best National Parks of the Rockies. Enjoy camping under

stars in the most rugged terrain and pristine ecosystem the region has to offer on

this active trip. This trip is suitable for those interested in outdoor activities and

lifestyle, rugged mountainous settings, and wildlife viewing.

Trip overview

Known for its incredible diversity, we’ll explore Olympic National Park’s distinct

coastline, rainforest and alpine regions. See Mt Rainier National Park’s impressive

namesake, a volcanic peak standing over 14,000 feet tall and home to 26 glaciers,

including the largest in the contiguous United States.

Cross the Cascade Mountains to Craters of the Moon National Park, an otherworldly

landscape of lava fields and the world’s deepest rift.

Stop at the western town of Jackson to take in the rodeo and marvel at the Grand

Tetons. View some of North America’s biggest wildlife and witness geothermal

wonders at the world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park.

After a relaxing stop at our exclusive Montana lodge, take in the sites in ‘hiker’s

paradise’, Glacier National Park. Enjoy the stunning views and excellent nightlife in

Banff National Park. Follow the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park where

you can opt for one of the many optional activities.

Visit the old Gastown district or pay homage to Vancouver’s original inhabitants with

a stroll amongst the totems of Stanley Park.

Highlights:

Scenic ferry with views of Olympic Range and Mount Rainier

Yellowstone National Park’s thriving wildlife & geothermal wonders

Authentic Western Montana Ranch stay with cowboy fire & home-cooked meals

The abundant wildlife & sparkling glaciers of Glacier National Park

The magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains at Banff & Jasper National Parks

Vancouver’s world-renowned Stanley Park & vibrant nightlife at Gastown

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Itinerary & Details

Day 1 - Seattle > Olympic National Park – We begin the journey with a

short drive west to rugged Olympic National Park. From the crashing

waves of the Pacific coast through coastal rainforests to glacier capped

peaks, this is a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures

alike; over 95% of this park is a designated wilderness area.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous and wildlife viewing

Accommodation: Camping with dinner included

Day 2 - Olympic National Park – With two nights camping here,

we’ll have the chance to enjoy a stroll through the Hoh Rainforest,

relax in Sol Duc Hot Springs, or enjoy a magnificent sunset over the

spectacular Lake Crescent. There are many optional walks on offer

and the choice is yours - you can do as much or as little as you please.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous and Sol Duc Hot Springs

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 3 - Mount Rainier National Park – On to the stunning snow covered

peak of Mount Rainier in Washington State. At over 14,000 feet this

active volcano looms large over the horizon of the Pacific Northwest.

Draped in snow, Mount Rainier has the greatest single peak glacial

system in the United States, covering 36 square miles of the mountain

with sheer ice! With over 260 miles of well maintained trails winding

through varied terrain; from old growth forest to subalpine meadows,

there are plenty of different hiking options available.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 4 - Baker City, Oregon – Travelling over the Cascade Mountains,

we make our way to Baker City nestled deep in Oregon’s ancient

national forest land. The town was founded out of the gold rush boom

and is littered with examples of ornate architecture from its gold rush

heyday. Why not visit the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive

Centre to learn more about the history of those who travelled on the

Oregon Trail. Tonight we’ll stay in the historic, charming and elegant

Geiser Grand Hotel.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous

Accommodation: Hotel with meals paid locally

Day 5 - Craters of the Moon National Monument – This “weird and

scenic” landscape contains three major lava fields covering half a

million acres! This harsh and arid environment, used by NASA for

Apollo mission training, has clearly visible black lava flows and tubes,

volcanic craters and spatter cones, all laying in the cradle of Idaho’s

Snake River Plain. We’ll take the 7 mile loop road to explore some of

the more interesting phenomena of the park.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 6 - Grand Teton National Park & Jackson – Continuing our journey

in Wyoming, we pay a visit to Grand Teton National Park where a walk

to Inspiration Point with views over Jenny Lake and the stunning Teton

Range will be high on your ‘to do’ list. We stay in Jackson to enjoy a

truly friendly and authentic western town experience. Once home

to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now

renowned for its cafes and western style saloons! Why not whet your

whistle at the world-famous Million Dollar Cowboy Saloon tonight

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous, western saloon evening

and rodeo (in season)

Accommodation: Hotel with meals paid locally

Day 7/8 - Yellowstone National Park – Nature at its best! This National

Park is so large its boundaries cross into three states. Yellowstone has

one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet.

Buffalo roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from hot

spring-fed rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged

much of Yellowstone, which is now a living testament to nature’s power

of regeneration. Keep an eye out for elk, grizzly bears and wolves as

we witness the many geothermal wonders and pristine wilderness of

this park.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous, geothermal geysers

and mud pools, and wildlife viewing

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 9 - Montana Lodge – Our next stop is a hidden secret, nestled deep

in the wilderness of the Tobacco Root Mountains. This is an authentic

working guest ranch, complete with on-site taxidermy! Enjoy the wide

expanses where we get a chance to absorb the tranquillity of the great

outdoors on an optional horseback ride. Later, we fill our bellies with

an old-fashioned home-cooked cowboy meal and enjoy a camp fire

under Montana’s ‘big sky country’!

Options: Horseback riding, enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and

ranch hospitality

Accommodation: Lodging | Dinner & breakfast at ranch included

Day 10/11 - Glacier National Park – We continue north into Montana

and Glacier National Park - the ‘Crown of the Continent.’ A rugged

landscape of glacier-carved valleys underneath towering peaks, this

park crosses two mountain ranges and an international border. It

encompasses over one million acres, contains 25 glaciers and is prime

habitat for hundreds of animal species including mountain goats, bald

eagles and grizzly bears. With exposed peaks rising abruptly from

alpine lakes, this park is sure to leave most visitors speechless! In our

time here we get to jump on board the free shuttle bus and enjoy the

spectacular glacial scenery or partake in some wildlife viewing.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous, wildlife viewing and

stunning glacial scenery

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 12/13 - Calgary & Banff National Park – From Montana we

cross the border into the province of Alberta, in Canada and stop by

Calgary en route to Banff National Park along the Trans-Canada

Highway. Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff

National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada’s oldest

national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous

forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers.

Banff is a veritable outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with opportunities

to raft the white waters of the Kicking Horse River or ride up the

gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Another exciting optional

activity is to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter ( ).

Outstanding hikes are available and, with an abundance of wildlife

around, there is always a chance of seeing something. There is

nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur

Mountain Hot Springs. Banff’s nightlife offers great live music and

a fine selection of restaurants.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous, whitewater rafting,

cycling and scenic helicopter flight

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 14 - Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park – We travel on the

Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), one of the world’s most spectacular

scenic drives along the continental divide to Jasper National Park.

We’ll stop to gaze at Peyto Lake’s brilliant turquoise hues and then

have the option to traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca

Glacier on a guided glacier walk. We carry on to Jasper and finish up

this active day by setting up camp for a two-night stay.

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Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous and stunning scenery

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 15 - Jasper National Park – Jasper National Park is the largest

national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres

(4200 square miles). Far less developed than the other parks of western

Canada, it offers a truly remote wilderness feel. While here, we can

take advantage of Jasper’s many optional activities. We can take the

cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird’s eye view of this splendid

park, mountain bike or hike amidst glorious lakeside scenery, or visit

Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous, mountain biking and

visit to Mount Edith Cavell

Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 16 - Hope, British Columbia – Travel west through the arid Central

Valley before entering the awesome Fraser River Canyon, gateway to

the lush coastal region. The town of Hope is ideally located within a

network of parks, rivers and pathways and the Othello Tunnels in

Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park make for a great stop. Walk through

the hand carved tunnels and enjoy views of the surrounding gorge and

admire the perseverance of British Columbia’s early settlers to build

this stretch of railway.

Options: Enjoy spectacular views of this lush region

Accommodation: Hotel with meals paid locally

Day 17 - Vancouver – On the edge of the western Canadian wilderness

lies the vibrant city of Vancouver. With a metropolitan population of

over 2.3 million, this is one of the most attractive cities in the world,

surrounded by water and home to one of the best urban parks in

the world. We enjoy a short orientation tour of the city that takes us

through the thriving downtown neighbourhoods of Chinatown and

Gastown while stopping at the pristine Stanley Park.

Why not book additional nights accommodation in Vancouver to

explore this vivacious city.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can

book your post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If

you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs

before 21:00 hrs.

Inclusions

• Services of professional tour leader

• Transportation in customised vehicle

• 12 nights camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag), 3 hotel

nights & 1 night mountain lodge

• All meals whilst camping

• Exclusive mountain lodge stay

• Sulphur Mountain hot springs

• Scenic ferry with views of Olympic Range and Mount Rainier

• Stay in the historic Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City

• Sightseeing in Vancouver

• Set foot on the Athabasca Glacier

• Entrance to Olympic, Mount Rainier, Glacier, Craters of the Moon,

Yellowstone, Banff & Jasper National Parks

Optional Activities

There are many opportunities for optional activities during your

tour. Your tour guide will organise these on your behalf and you will

pay locally in cash. Featured activities and approximate prices are

listed below:

• Horseback riding US$/CAD$45-$115

• Mountain biking US$/CAD$45-$95

• Western saloon evening US$/CAD$10

• Seattle Space Needle US$/CAD$18

• Guided glacier walk US$35-$175

• Western Rodeo (in season) US$/CAD$10-$25

• Whitewater rafting (in season) US$/CAD$100-$200

• Scenic helicopter flight over the Rockies ( ) CAD$195

• Scenic glacier flight US$/CAD$195

• Scenic walks and hikes US$/CAD$FREE

High / Low Temperatures in Celsius (ºC)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Seattle HIGH 7 9 11 14 18 21 24 24 20 15 10 7

LOW 2 3 3 5 8 10 12 13 10 7 4 2

Mt. Rainier HIGH 2 4 7 12 17 19 28 23 20 14 7 4

NP LOW -4 -3 -2 0 3 6 8 8 6 3 -1 -2

Olympic HIGH 8 9 11 13 16 18 20 20 19 15 10 8

NP LOW 1 2 2 3 6 8 10 10 8 5 3 2

Yellowstone HIGH -4 -2 2 6 11 17 22 22 17 9 1 -4

NP LOW -17 -17 -13 -8 -2 2 6 4 1 -4 -10 -15

Banff HIGH 6 0 3 9 14 18 21 21 16 10 0 -6

NP LOW -15 -12 -8 -3 1 5 7 7 2 -1 -8 -14

Jasper HIGH 6 0 3 10 15 19 22 21 16 10 0 -6

NP LOW -15 -12 -8 -3 2 6 8 7 3 -1 -8 -14

Vancouver HIGH 6 8 11 12 16 19 21 21 18 13 9 6

LOW 0 1 3 4 8 10 12 13 10 6 3 1

C / F Conversions: -10ºC = 14ºF 0ºC = 32ºF 10ºC = 50ºF 20ºC = 68ºF

30ºC = 86ºF 40ºC = 104ºF

Physical Rating/Preparation

Our active tours are suitable for people of all levels of experience and

fitness. Active tours embrace the nature of the explorer and usually

include a range of adventurous activities, such as walking and hiking

as well as city sightseeing. Walks, hikes and activities cater to everyone

from beginner to expert, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous.

There will often be a wide variety of options available depending on

your interest, budget and ability.

Tour Itineraries

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount

of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest

changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a

special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is

key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and

optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on

ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

All details are provided in good faith. Due to the nature of travel, this

information can change and should therefore be taken as an indication

only and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Grand American

Adventures. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Please also ensure that you download an up-to-date copy of this

dossier before you depart to join your tour to ensure you have the most

up to date information as occasionally our itineraries may be amended

either in response to feedback from customers or for operational

reasons. This dossier was last updated on 22/10/2013.

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Customer Feedback

When asked, “what was the best part of the tour”, passengers said:

“Meeting great people, mountain biking and going on some fantastic

hikes in Banff and Jasper were the highlight for me.”

– Julian Tozer from the UK

Before You Depart

PRE AND POST TOUR HOTELS

Grand American Adventures tours begin and end at our gateway

hotels, which are conveniently located in our departure and arrival

cities. Generally our tours depart from our gateway hotels at

07.30am and finish at around 17.00, so it is advisable to book a room

in these hotels at the beginning or end of your tour.

If you are travelling on your own, we can usually book you into a twin

room sharing with another passenger for up to 2 nights before and

after your tour. Additional nights may be available on request. If you

would prefer to have your own room, we can also book private rooms.

For more information on our gateway hotels or to book, please

contact our reservations team or visit:

www.grandamericanadventures.com/hotels

FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS

We recommend you book your flight to arrive into the departure

city at least one day prior to your tour’s departure; this will allow

you some adjustment time and opportunities for sightseeing. We

also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour

finishes. If you do have to return home on the day your tour finishes,

please make sure that your flight does not depart before 9pm.

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your

flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive

prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

Please note that all international and domestic flights are your

own responsibility. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour

early due to your flight times. In the event you must leave the tour

early for your return flight, you need to inform us at least two weeks

before your tour’s departure, in addition it will be your responsibility

to organize your own transportation to the airport.

do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. There

may be cheaper policies available, but this does not mean it may

be better value - we strongly advise you check fully what will and

won’t be covered. Any claims concerning matters for which you are

insured must be directed to your insurers.

PASSPORT AND VISAS

You will need a valid passport with six months validity following the

end of your trip, together with the necessary visa(s) for the country/

countries you are visiting. It is important that you apply for each

of the necessary visas while in your home country. Please keep in

mind that some tours may spend time in more than one country. For

specific visa information, please consult the relevant embassies.

Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have valid passport

and the correct visas for your tour.

VISA AND RULES FOR ENTRY TO THE USA

Travellers from the EU and certain countries are eligible to travel

to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program. All eligible travellers

who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply

for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) before

travelling to the USA. At the time of compilation there is a US$/

CAD$14 fee for the electronic visa (ESTA]. The ESTA will be valid

for a period of two years, or until a person’s passport expires. You

should apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before you travel, and

we recommend you carry your ESTA approval with you. You can

apply for an ESTA at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

Passengers that have not applied for and received travel authorisation

via ESTA prior to travel may be denied boarding, experience delayed

processing or be denied admission at the US port of entry. However,

neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for

travelling visa-free on the VWP, guarantees admission to the United

States. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility

is made by immigration officials at the port of entry.

Important reminder: If you are refused boarding or denied admission

at the US port of entry you will still be subject to our cancellation

charges in accordance with the terms of our contract with you.

CITY SIGHTSEEING

If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan

in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition

to your trip. Find out more at: www.grandamericanadventures.

com/citytours

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of joining any of our tours that you must be insured

against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation

costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue service). You will be

asked to provide details of your insurance policy, including insurer,

policy number and phone number before embarking on the trip.

We offer an insurance policy that is designed specifically to cover

the potential risks on our tours - particularly the many optional

activities offered. If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that

the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and

covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies

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TIPPING

Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and

expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff and taxi drivers or

any type of guide. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend

upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 15-18% is standard

in restaurants. Your tour leader also works long and hard for you,

so if the leader’s performance meets or exceeds your expectations,

we recommend you consider a tip of US$/CAD$5-7 per person, per

day, in appreciation of the service you receive.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Each passenger will be allowed one bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg

maximum) plus a sleeping bag. A small daypack and camera may

also be carried in our vehicle.

SLEEPING BAGS

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

If you have any medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy or

asthma, take prescribed medicines, or have a condition that will

affect your participation in the tour, you must tell us or your travel

agent at the time of booking. Please be aware we may require a

doctor’s note prior to travel for some conditions. This information

is essential in case of emergency. All of our vehicles carry a basic

first-aid kit, but for everyday use you should bring your own medical

supplies, such as pain relievers, antibiotic cream and upset stomach

relievers, in addition to sunscreen and insect repellent.

VACCINATIONS

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for North America.

However Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, TB, Tetanus and Typhoid

are recommended. Please consult your doctor or vaccination centre

for up-to-date information.

What you need for your tour

SPENDING MONEY

We recommend you take at least US$40/CAD$40 dollars per person

per day to cover local expenses, but it’s better to bring more than

you need rather than run short on tour. Your spending money

needs to cover any meals and drinks not included in the tour price,

optional activities, personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs

and snacks along the way. ATM/Cash points are widely available in

all major cities and small towns, but may be limited in some off the

beaten track destinations, so we suggest you have US$/CAD$150

with you in cash. Please ensure that your credit or debit cards have

international access and a PIN number to access your funds at the

start of the tour. Travellers Cheques are accepted and can be a safe

way to take your funds but aren’t always the most practical.

PRE-PAID CURRENCY CARDS

It is personal preference as to how you take your money and it’s

recommended to take some cash with you to be prepared when you

arrive, but Grand American Adventures is pleased to endorse FairFX

prepaid currency cards. Please ask one of our sales consultants or

click on the link www.fairfx.com/trekamerica to find out how to

receive a FREE currency card, worth a retail value of £9.95.

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this tour, we will

provide you with a self-inflating mattress to sleep on. If you are

travelling on an early or late season tour or a winter tour, you might

want to consider bringing a mountain climate sleeping bag as the

weather can be much cooler.

PACKING TIPS

CLOTHING

Please keep in mind that our dress tends to be informal. It is advised

that you take a practical selection of clothes for both warm and

cool climates to suit the season. Please see the temperature guide

showing the highs and lows that can be expected in key locations

that your tour visits. However please remember that this is just a

guide and you may encounter a wide variety of temperatures en

route due to altitude and unforeseen weather conditions - so it’s

best to be prepared!

Besides your essential clothing, here’s a checklist of other items

you should take:

• Waterproof jacket

• Warm sweater / fleece

• Casual ‘evening out’ clothes

• Pillowcase / Sleeping bag liner

• Hiking shoes / boots

• Comfortable day shoes

• Sandals or flip-flops

• Warm hat / gloves

• Swim wear

• Sun hat / sunglasses

• Camera / binoculars

• Small flashlight / torch

• Sunscreen / insect repellent (20% DEET)

• Travel power adaptor

• Toiletries / personal medicine

Please note the airlines have various rules on what can be carried in

your luggage - if in doubt check with your airline before travelling.

FOOTWEAR

We recommend walking shoes/boots, as comfortable shoes with

good ankle support will make all walking more enjoyable. If you do

not own a pair, then trainers/sneakers will suffice.

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CLOTHES WASHING

You will have the opportunity to wash your clothes whilst you are on

tour, and this can often be done at the hotel or in a local town. Ask

your tour leader for local information.

BATTERY CHARGING

Many of our travellers bring mobile phones, music devices and

cameras that require frequent battery charging during a tour. When

camping it is often difficult to find a safe and secure wall outlet to

recharge these devices, therefore we recommend that you bring a car

charger. Every vehicle has two outlets for your use, but please bear in

mind that thirteen people travelling with multiple devices can mean

very little charge time per person per days so it may be useful bringing

extra batteries. When you are staying in hotels, your room will have an

electrical outlet (just remember your international adaptor!).

Keeping in touch

Whilst in the USA our vehicles are equipped with WiFi, so

you can keep in touch with friends and family from the road.

Please note: Access is limited to 5 passengers at any one time.

No WiFi access whilst in Canada.

Please check with your network provider as to whether your mobile

phone will work in the Americas. Grand American Adventures has

partnered with e-kit to provide some of the cheapest ways to keep

in touch with family and friends while on tour. E-kit can provide

international calling cards, pre-paid SIMs or international mobile

handsets. All Grand American Adventures customers are eligible

for a free SIM card plus US$5 calling credit, please see http://www.

grandamericanadventures.com/SIM for more details.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

In the event of an emergency or if you wish to report a problem on

tour please do not hesitate to call our toll free* 24-hour emergency

contact number. Remember, if we don’t know about it we won’t be

able to do anything about it.

Phone number for family to contact you:

Toll-Free (*in the US): 1 (800) 786 - 8735

International: 001 (707) 523 - 1800

JOINING YOUR TOUR

TOUR AND ACCOMMODATION VOUCHERS

A Tour Voucher will be emailed to you once your balance has been

paid in full. Vouchers for any hotel nights you have booked before

or after your tour as well as any additional day tours will also be

available for you to print. For those without email access your

vouchers will be posted. Please make sure that these vouchers are

correct and please take these with you when you travel.

JOINING POINT

You will need to make your own way to the gateway hotel or joining

point for your tour. Please find the details for this tour below:

Clarion Hotel

Seattle International Airport

3000 South 176th Street

Seattle, WA 98198

Tel: 1-206 242 0200

Fax: 1-206 242 1998

Transfer: There are courtesy phones In the baggage claim area

for hotel shuttle service. You can pick up any of these phones and

dial # 38 to request a pick up. Once you have requested this you

will need to follow the signs to courtesy shuttle pick up, Islands 1

or 3. (head up the escalators, over the sky bridge and back down

ground level where they will need to be at either island 1 or 3).

Alternatively the cab fare should be under US $10.

Most of our tours start at our gateway hotels at 7.30am. There are

some exceptions, so please check your vouchers. Make sure you

have your bags packed, have eaten breakfast and have checked out

of your room before meeting your tour leader in the hotel lobby. You

will spend a few minutes filling out paperwork and meeting your

fellow travellers before departing the hotel.

ARRIVAL COMPLICATIONS

Sometimes the unexpected can happen; your plane may be delayed

or you may even miss it! If you have missed your tour departure, first

check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message.

If not, call the relevant emergency number and speak to our staff

who will be happy to help you catch up with the group. Please note

that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred

due to you missing your tour’s departure, so please be on time.

LUGGAGE STORAGE

Although we cannot provide luggage storage facilities on this tour,

some of our gateway hotels may offer this service. Please contact

the hotel directly for further information.

FINISHING POINT

Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

8811 Bridgeport Road

Richmond, British Columbia,

Canada V6X 1R9

Tel: 1-604 232 5505

All tours end on arrival at the gateway hotel in the terminating

city. Most tours end at our hotel between 5pm to 6pm on the final

day. Some tour activities scheduled for the last day may preclude

an earlier arrival at the gateway hotel, so you should not book a

departure flight that leaves prior to 9pm. You will be responsible

for any transportation costs if you have to arrive for an earlier flight

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and you must make us aware of this well in advance of your tour

departing. If you require accommodation on this last night, it is

essential that you book this before your tour departs.

ABOUT our tours

Transportation

All of our private vehicles are designed to ensure your safety,

comfort and enjoyment of the tour. In North America, our 15-seater

Fords feature raised ceilings for more headroom, individual captain

seats for added comfort and an open centre aisle floor plan, making

it easier when getting in and out for those many photo opportunities.

The size of our vehicles allows us to reach more remote destinations

not accessible to larger vehicles.

All our vehicles are equipped with CD stereo systems (often iPodcompatible)

and air-conditioning. Whilst in the USA our vehicles are

also equipped with WiFi, so you can keep in touch from the road.

ACCOMMODATION

Grand American Adventures camping tours use National and State

Park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds.

Most will have flush toilets and hot showers. Many campgrounds

charge an additional fee of US$/CAD$1-$3 for showers. You will

sleep in high quality, heavy duty tents which single travellers

share with one other passenger of the same sex. Our high quality

camping equipment also includes top of the line field kitchens,

thick inflatable sleeping pads, food storage and camp lanterns and

chairs. Most campsites have a quiet time from 10pm to 7am. Please

respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and

tranquillity of camping.

Hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable hotels or

lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly

atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will

be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share

basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple.

There are no compulsory single supplements on our tours, however

if you’d like your own space, you can request a single room for an

additional fee.

SECURITY

Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you

budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from

US$/CAD$6-$12, lunches from US$/CAD$8-$15 and dinners from

US$/CAD$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine

costs approximately US$/CAD$5 per glass and beer US$/CAD$4

per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-18% is

added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable

taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements

before travelling.

Your Tour Leader

Your tour leader will take care of all the planning and organisation

throughout your tour, they will drive the van taking you from A to B

and make sure everything runs smoothly. Your tour leader is there

to make sure you get the most out of your tour; organising activities,

providing information and answering any questions you may have

as well as sorting out any queries or problems you may encounter.

If you have any particular interests or things you would like to do on

your tour, then please let your tour leader know at the beginning of

the tour and they will do their best to help you.

CAMP DUTIES

An essential part of a camping tour is helping out with the day to day

camp duties and everyone will assist with the setting up and packing

up of the campsite. Your tour leader will provide guidance on what to

do, and typically it will only take 15 minutes to set up or break down

the tents and camp kitchen. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying

‘home sweet home’ in the great outdoors.

Your tour leader will also co-ordinate and assist the group with

food shopping, preparing meals and cleaning up. Sharing the camp

duties is a great way to bond with your fellow travellers and the

group camaraderie is all part of the experience.

THE GROUP

The maximum group size is 13 passengers. Passengers come

from a range of countries worldwide (average of 4 nationalities per

group) and many will be solo travellers. You will find you have many

things in common with your fellow travellers, including a passion

for discovery and a strong interest in exploring the National Parks.

No matter where you find yourself in the world, you need to look after

your valuables. Use your best common sense! While in cities, do not

leave valuables in the vehicle. While camping, do not leave valuables

in tents when away from camp. In general, the safest place for items

such as passports, flight tickets and cash is on your person or in a

hotel safe where available. When in doubt consult your tour leader.

We would like to remind you that you are ultimately responsible for

your safety and well-being. Whether you are taking public transport,

going for a hike or taking part in an optional activity, we request that

you carry yourself in a mature and responsible manner - not only

for your own personal safety, but for that of the group and other

travellers.

MEALS

On all camping tours, all of the meals are included whilst camping.

Your tour leader will coordinate local shopping and assist the

group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and

delicious dinners.

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Grand American Adventures tours are designed for adults over 18

years old. While most passengers are aged 25-55, every year we

get many people both above and below this age range. All travellers

over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration

of fitness form prior to travel.

Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of your

enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun

you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot

stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive

attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and

every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!

RESPONSIBLE and sustainable TRAVEL

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both

the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is

important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists

in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and

monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should

and must be treated with respect.

We have created a ‘Travellers’ Code of Conduct’ to help prepare and

inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they

could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything

from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve

precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code

of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage

you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an

international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the

impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we

visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing

trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste

responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of the American Hiking Society, which

champions conservation issues in the United States and represents

millions of hikers committed to preserving America’s vast network

of hiking trails and their surrounding ecosystems.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity

providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run

restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings

economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

After your tour

Feedback & Reviews

We want to hear about your experience and stories from the road,

so please feel free to e-mail us any comments, feedback or reviews

whilst you are on tour or when you return home to comments@

grandamericanadventures.co.uk. You can also share your experience

with all of our friends and fans on Facebook by logging on to www.

facebook.com/GrandAmericanAdventures. We value your feedback

and tour reviews, which help us in developing and improving our

programme. It’s input and suggestions from travellers like you that

has helped make Grand American Adventures what it is today.

We Want Your Photos!

We can always use your holiday snaps and short videos to

better depict and promote all the fascinating places we visit.

Whether it’s just sitting around the campfire or strolling

down The Strip, there’s no better way to share your Grand

American Adventure. So if you just want to send over a

couple of your best shots (max 10MB) please e-mail them to

comments@grandamericanadventures.co.uk. You know what

they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words!

Responsible Tourism on the Best of the Rockies...

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks

on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the

status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable

basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve

this role as an employment opportunity for local people and

future generations

Our tour leaders will educate travellers on how best to interact

with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not

to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on handouts

from humans. They will also advise all groups to keep to the

path to avoid upsetting the balance of nature.

HOW TO BOOK

Contact us by telephone, email or via our website to check

availability for the tour you are interested in. We can normally hold

a seat on ‘option’ for up to 3 days to allow you time to finalise your

travel arrangements. In order to secure your place we require a

deposit (full payment within 8 weeks of travel) and an agreement

from you to our terms and conditions. Check availability early to

avoid disappointment: www.grandamericanadventures.com

FURTHER QUESTIONS

Please contact our UK Sales team on:

Tel: +44 (0)208 682 8921

Fax: +44 (0)208 675 0551

Enquiries: info@grandamericanadventures.co.uk

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