Best of the Rockies 17 Day CaMPING Tour - Adventure Holidays ...

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Best of the Rockies 17 Day CaMPING Tour - Adventure Holidays ...

What to PackLuggage AllowanceEach passenger will be allowed one bag, backpack or suitcase (20kgmaximum), plus a sleeping bag. A small daypack and camera mayalso be carried in our vehicle.High / Low Temperatures in Celsius (ºC)Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecSeattle HIGH 7 9 11 14 18 21 24 24 20 15 10 7LOW 2 3 3 5 8 10 12 13 10 7 4 2Mt. Rainier HIGH 2 4 7 12 17 19 28 23 20 14 7 4NP LOW -4 -3 -2 0 3 6 8 8 6 3 -1 -2Olympic HIGH 8 9 11 13 16 18 20 20 19 15 10 8NP LOW 1 2 2 3 6 8 10 10 8 5 3 2Yellowstone HIGH -4 -2 2 6 11 17 22 22 17 9 1 -4NP LOW -17 -17 -13 -8 -2 2 6 4 1 -4 -10 -15Banff HIGH 6 0 3 9 14 18 21 21 16 10 0 -6NP LOW -15 -12 -8 -3 1 5 7 7 2 -1 -8 -14Jasper HIGH 6 0 3 10 15 19 22 21 16 10 0 -6NP LOW -15 -12 -8 -3 2 6 8 7 3 -1 -8 -14Vancouver HIGH 6 8 11 12 16 19 21 21 18 13 9 6LOW 0 1 3 4 8 10 12 13 10 6 3 1C / F Conversions: -10ºC = 14ºF 0ºC = 32ºF 10ºC = 50ºF 20ºC = 68ºF30ºC = 86ºF 40ºC = 104ºFPacking TipsClothing Keep in mind that our dress tends to be informal. Take apractical selection of clothes for both warm and cool climates to suitthe season. Clothes that can be worn in layers are ideal. You mayencounter a wide variety of temperatures en route due to altitudeand unforeseen weather conditions - so be prepared! Make sure topack a warm fleece and a waterproof jacket as well as comfortablewalking shoes.Besides your essential clothing, here’s a checklist of other itemsyou should take:• Waterproof jacket• Warm sweater / fleece• Casual ‘evening out’ clothes• Hiking shoes / boots• Comfortable day shoes• Sandals or flip-flops• Warm hat / gloves• Swim wear• Towel & face cloth• Sun hat / sunglasses• Camera / binoculars• Small flashlight / torch• Alarm clock/Watch• Sunscreen / insect repellent (20% DEET)• Travel power adaptor (optional)• Car charger for devices (optional)• Toiletries / personal medicinePlease note the airlines have various rules on what can be taken inyour luggage - if in doubt check with your airline before travelling.FootwearComfortable shoes with good ankle support will make all walkingmore enjoyable. We strongly recommend walking shoes/boots. Ifyou do not own a pair, sneakers/trainers will suffice.Clothes WashingYou will have the opportunity to wash your clothes while on tour. Thiscan often be done at the campsite, hotel or in a nearby town. Askyour tour leader for local information.SLEEPING BAGSOur camping tours require you to take a warm sleeping bag. OnGrand American Adventures camping tours we also provide eachpassenger with a self-inflating mattress. Be Prepared! If you aretravelling on an early or late season trek, a winter trek or throughoutthe season in Canada, Alaska and the Northwest, we suggest youbring a mountain climate sleeping bag. The weather can be muchcooler with possible rain or snow, so thermal underwear, hat andgloves are also useful. Better to be too warm than too cold!Purchase a Sleeping Bag. If your Grand American Adventurescamping tour starts in New York or Seattle and you do not own asleeping bag, you can purchase a good quality bag on the first day ofyour trek. We cannot provide sleeping bags from any other departurecity. Summer sleeping bags cost US $45 and winter sleeping bagscost US $80. If you wish to purchase a sleeping bag from us, pleasenotify Grand American Adventures before joining your trek.Whilst you’re awayEmergency ContactIn the event of an emergency or if you wish to report a problem ontour please do not hesitate to call our toll free* 24-hour emergencycontact number. Remember, if we don’t know about it we won’t beable to do anything about it.Contact number for family to contact you?Toll-Free (*in the US): 1 (800) 600-5343International: 001 (206) 878-0948SecurityNo matter where you find yourself in the world, you need to look afteryour valuables. Use your best common sense! While in cities, do notleave valuables in the vehicle. While camping, do not leave valuablesin tents when away from camp. In general, the safest place for itemssuch as passports, flight tickets and cash is on your person or in ahotel safe where available. When in doubt consult your tour leader.Joining PointClarion HotelSeattle International Airport3000 South 176th StreetSeattle, WA 98198Tel: 1-206 242 0200Fax: 1-206 242 1998Transfer: There are courtesy phones In the baggage claim areafor hotel shuttle service. You can pick up any of these phones anddial # 38 to request a pick up. Once you have requested this youwill need to follow the signs to courtesy shuttle pick up, Islands 1or 3. (head up the escalators, over the sky bridge and back downground 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 aresome exceptions, so please check your vouchers. Make sure youhave your bags packed, have eaten breakfast and have checked outGRAND AMERICAN ADVENTURES 16-17 Grange Mills, Weir Road, London SW12 ONEUK & Worldwide Sales and Reservations TEL: +44 (0)20 8682 8920 FAX +44 (0)20 8675 0551USA Sales TEL: 1 (800) 873 5872 Email: info@trekamerica.co.uk www.grandamericanadventures.comABTA No.Y0696Accredited Agent91-2-743306576


of your room before meeting your tour leader in the hotel lobby. Youwill spend a few minutes filling out paperwork and meeting yourfellow travellers before departing the hotel.Arrival ComplicationsThe unexpected can happen. Your plane may be delayed or you mayeven miss it! If you have missed your tour departure, first check withthe hotel to see if your tour leader left you a message. If not, callthe relevant emergency number and speak to our staff who will behappy to help you catch up with the group. You are responsible forany extra travelling expenses incurred because of a missed tour, soplease be on time.Finishing PointHampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel8811 Bridgeport RoadRichmond, British Columbia,Canada V6X 1R9Tel: 1-604 232 5505All tours end on arrival at the gateway hotel in the terminatingcity. Most tours end at our hotel between 5pm to 6pm on the finalday. Some tour activities scheduled for the last day may precludean earlier arrival at the gateway hotel, so you should not book adeparture flight that leaves prior to 9pm. You will be responsiblefor any transportation costs if you have to arrive for an earlier flightand you must make us aware of this well in advance of your tourdeparting. If you require accommodation on this last night, it isessential that you book this before your tour departs.Spending MoneyWe recommend you take at least US$40/CAN$40 dollars per personper day to cover local expenses, but it’s better to bring more thanyou need rather than run short on tour. Your spending money needsto cover optional activities, personal expenses such as laundry,souvenirs and snacks along the way. ATM/Cash points are widelyavailable in all major cities and small towns, but may be limitedin some off the beaten track destinations, so we suggest you haveUS$150 with you in cash. Please ensure that your credit or debit cardshave international access and a PIN number to access your funds atthe start of the tour. Travellers Cheques are accepted and can be asafe way to take your funds but aren’t always the most practical.TippingAlthough it may not be customary in your country, it is normal andexpected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff and taxi driversor any type of guide. Service workers are paid a low wage anddepend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 15-18%is standard in restaurants. Your tour leader also works long andhard for you, so if the leader’s performance meets or exceeds yourexpectations, we recommend you consider a tip of US$5 per person,per day, in appreciation of the service you receive.Pre-paid currency cardsIt is personal preference as to how you take your money and it’srecommended to take some cash with you to be prepared when youarrive, but Grand American Adventures is pleased to endorse FairFXprepaid currency cards. Please ask one of our sales consultants onhow to receive a FREE currency card, worth a retail value of £9.95!Keeping in TouchAs internet access is limited in North America’s National Parks andwilderness areas it’s even more important to call home once in awhile on tour. The cheapest way to call home is to open an onlineprepaid account that can be used on any payphone, or for addedconvenience you might consider an international mobile handsetso friends and family can keep in touch while you’re on the road.Please log on to www.grandamericanadventures.com/SIM-card orask one of our sales consultants about ekit and on how to receive aFREE sim card and US$5 credit!Luggage StorageWe offer secure storage facilities at our operations offices if yourtour starts and finishes in either New York or Seattle. The cost is US$10 per item, per week and should be paid in cash to the local GrandAmerican Adventures representative. Please let us know before thedate you wish storage to commence. Your luggage will be returnedto the gateway hotel at the end of your tour for you to collect. Allstored luggage must be locked and clearly marked with your name,contact telephone number, name of your tour and the dates yourtour starts and finishes. This storage service is generally very safe;however, we are unable to insure the contents on your luggage. Thecompany accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged goods.Battery ChargingMany of our travellers bring mobile phones, music devices andcameras that require frequent battery charging during a tour. Oncamping tours it is often difficult to find a safe and secure wall outletto recharge these devices, and therefore we recommend bringinga car charger. Every vehicle has two outlets for your use. Pleasekeep in mind however that thirteen people travelling with multipledevices can mean very little charge time per person per day. Werecommend bringing extra batteries. For lodging tours car chargersmay be used within the vehicle and your hotel room will have anelectrical outlet (don’t forget your international adaptor!).our toursTransportationAll of our private vehicles are designed to ensure your safety,comfort and enjoyment of the tour. In North America, our 15-seaterFords feature raised ceilings for more headroom, individual captainseats for added comfort and an open centre aisle floor plan, makingit easier when getting in and out for those many photo opportunities.The size of our vehicles allow us to reach more remote destinationsnot accessible to larger vehicles. All our vehicles are equipped withCD stereo systems (often iPod-compatible) and air-conditioning tomake travelling a pleasure.AccommodationGrand American Adventures camping tours use National and StatePark campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds.Most will have flush toilets and hot showers. Many campgroundscharge an additional fee of $1-$3 for showers. You will sleep inhigh quality, heavy duty, four person tents which single travellersshare with one other passenger of the same sex. Our high qualitycamping equipment also includes top of the line field kitchens,thick inflatable sleeping pads, food storage and camp lanterns andchairs. Most campsites have a quiet time from 10pm to 7am. Pleaserespect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace andtranquillity of camping.GRAND AMERICAN ADVENTURES 16-17 Grange Mills, Weir Road, London SW12 ONEUK & Worldwide Sales and Reservations TEL: +44 (0)20 8682 8920 FAX +44 (0)20 8675 0551USA Sales TEL: 1 (800) 873 5872 Email: info@trekamerica.co.uk www.grandamericanadventures.comABTA No.Y0696Accredited Agent91-2-743306576


En route hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable threestar hotels or lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen fortheir friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of theregion. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sexon a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travellingas a couple. In the event that you cannot be matched with anotherpassenger, there is never a forced single supplement charge withGrand American Adventures!MealsOn all camping tours, all of the meals are included whilst camping.Your leader will coordinate local shopping and assist the group inpreparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and deliciousdinners.Occasionally, meals are scheduled to be taken in local restaurantswhere passengers pay individually for each of their meals. Averagehotel breakfasts cost from $6-$12, lunches from $8-$15 and dinnersfrom $13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costsapproximately $5 per glass and beer $4 per bottle. Please be awarethat a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals inNorth American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added toall listed menu prices.Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirementsbefore travelling.The GroupThe maximum group size is 13 passengers. Passengers comefrom a range of countries worldwide (average of 4 nationalities pergroup) and many will be solo travellers. You will find you have manythings in common with your fellow travellers, including a passionfor discovery and a strong interest in exploring the National Parks.Grand American Adventures tours are designed for adults over 18years old. While most passengers are aged 25-55, every year weget many people both above and below this age range. All travellersover the age of 55 will be requested to complete a self-declarationof fitness form prior to travel.Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of yourenjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the funyou’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannotstress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positiveattitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each andevery moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!which we can minimise our impact on the natural environment andwildlife, for example by keeping to existing trails and campsites, anddisposing of waste responsibly.Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activityproviders, to bring economic benefit to local communities.We would like to remind you that you are ultimately responsible foryour safety and well-being. Whether you are taking public transport,going for a hike or taking part in an optional activity, we request thatyou carry yourself in a mature and responsible manner - not onlyfor your own personal safety, but for that of the group and othertravellers.After your tourFeedback & ReviewsWe want to hear about your experience and stories from the road,so please feel free to e-mail us (comments@trekamerica.co.uk)any comments, feedback or reviews while on tour or when youreturn home. You can also share your experience with all of ourfriends and fans on facebook by logging on to www.facebook.com/GrandAmericanAdventures. We value your feedback and tourreviews, which help us in developing and improving our programme.Its input and suggestions from travellers like you, that has helpedmake Grand American Adventure what it is today.We Want Your PhotosWe can always use your holiday snaps and short videos to betterdepict and promote all the fascinating places we visit. Whether it’sjust sitting around the campfire or strolling down The Strip, there’sno better way to share your Grand American Adventure. So if youjust want to send over a couple of your best shots (max 10MB) pleasee-mail them to comments@trekamerica.co.uk; alternatively, youcan upload your entire photo albums on www.trekamerica.leapfile.com. You know what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words!Further questionsPlease contact our UK Sales team on:Tel: +44 (0)208 682 8920Fax: +44 (0)208 675 0551Enquiries: info@trekamerica.co.ukCamp DutiesTour leaders will organise food shopping, meal preparation andclean up on camping based tours. With instruction from the tourleader, passengers will set up, pack their tents/kitchen and assistleaders as requested. Typically it takes only 15 minutes to set up thetents and camp kitchen.Responsible TravelWe are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit bothour travellers and the communities and places we travel through.It is important for all our travellers to be aware of the delicatebalance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit.National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and othersensitive areas should and MUST be treated with respect. Our tourleaders will introduce you to our ‘Leave No Trace’ philosophy byGRAND AMERICAN ADVENTURES 16-17 Grange Mills, Weir Road, London SW12 ONEUK & Worldwide Sales and Reservations TEL: +44 (0)20 8682 8920 FAX +44 (0)20 8675 0551USA Sales TEL: 1 (800) 873 5872 Email: info@trekamerica.co.uk www.grandamericanadventures.comABTA No.Y0696Accredited Agent91-2-743306576

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