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Full Day by Day Itinerary
Upon arrival into Bozeman, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. From here, collect your rental car for the next twelve days before beginning your drive to Pray. Approximately a one hour drive from Bozeman to Sage Lodge, where you will stay for one night.
Newly built in 2018, the Sage Lodge is an inspiring destination for angers and outdoor enthusiasts alike looking to relax away from their quick moving, daily routine. Located along the banks of the Yellowstone River in the breathtaking Paradise Valley, the lodge reflects the rugged Montana landscape while welcoming guests with the distinctive Montana hospitality. Within a 35 minute drive, you will find yourself at the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park and the unique terrain and wildlife that call the area home. On site guests will find a full-service luxury spa, wood-fired grill and bar with indoor and outdoor seating areas and endless fishing opportunities right from your room.
At a time to be advised: Begin your drive to Silver Gate. Nestled in the Bear-tooth and Absaroka Mountains Silver Gate is a beautiful, small town rich in wildlife. Just steps away from the northeast entrance to Yellowstone this is the perfect area to base while exploring the Lamar Valley and the incredible wildlife that thrives in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Approximately a two hour drive from Sage Lodge to Lamar Valley Cabins, where you will stay for three nights.
Later, enjoy a Privately Guided Day of Exploring and Hiking in Yellowstone National Park. There is no better way to explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park than with a private OBP naturalist guide. This morning, meet up with your guide and set out exploring. He or she will ride in your car with you and tailor your exploration entirely around your interests and abilities. You can choose to focus on wildlife, or Yellowstone’s must see sites – Old Faithful, Lake Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge, geysers, mud pots – or the nooks and crannies of the park that most tourists will never see!
Day 3 – 4
Enjoy two days of Privately Guided Wildlife Excursions in Yellowstone National Park.
The best place to watch wildlife is in Yellowstone National Park, a habitat for bears, wolves, elk, bison, pronghorn, eagles, bighorn sheep, and much more. Most of these animals are crepuscular – most active at dawn and dusk – though hard to imagine rising early while on vacation, we would encourage you to meet your guide early to make the most of the animals that call this place home. Your interpretive guides deep knowledge of the area and recent activity inside the park will add to this unique experience.
At a time to be advised: Begin your approximately two hour drive from Silver Gate to Lake Yellowstone Hotel, where you will stay for three nights.
Lake Yellowstone Hotel and cabins is located along the beautiful shores of Yellowstone Lake right within the national park. The hotel first opened in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Upon your arrival to the hotel, you will be greeted by the beautiful sound of a string quartet and a classic and casual elegance throughout your entire stay.
Today, enjoy your Privately Guided Day Paddle on Yellowstone Lake.
Explore the remote Potts Geyser Basin and view wildlife from the water as you kayak along the shores of Yellowstone Lake on this full day, privately guided kayak excursion. Meet your guide at the Grant Village Marina on the western edge of Yellowstone Lake. After a brief orientation to the area and the kayak equipment your guide will let you around the shoreline to the West Thumb Geyser Basin where you will explore the many thermal features on land and under water. Stop at a secluded beach for a picnic lunch before returning from where you have come. This day trip will have you paddle 2.5 miles each way and can be enjoyed in either a single or tandem kayak. This trip is great for people of every level of expertise.
Today, enjoy a Thermal Features Focused Guide Day.
Yellowstone National Park is home to some 10,000 thermal features, over 500 hundred of which are geysers. Meet up with a local naturalist guide for a full day of exploring the many geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mudpots – the four basic thermal features present in the Park. Your knowledgeable guide will offer expert interpretation on the geology of the major geyser basins: Upper, Midway, Lower, Norris, West Thumb, Shoshone, and Heart Lake.
At a time to be advised: Begin your approximately two hour drive from Lake Yellowstone to Jenny Lake Lodge, where you will stay for three nights.
Located in Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake Lodge is ideal for those who seek the finest service and lodging, while still enjoying a National Park vacation. Each of the rustically elegant cabin rooms are well appointed with hand-made quilts, down comforters, and unique Western charm—a rarity in today’s one-size-fits-all lodging approach.
Today, enjoy your Private Early Morning Wildlife Tour with an Evolution of the Tetons Exploration.
Dawn is one of the best times to observe wildlife and the magical light is perfect for photographs. Early morning finds the park to be still and quiet, most visitors still asleep, and the wildlife active in the cool. This morning, a private local naturalist guide will take you to some wildlife hot spots in the park, offering interpretation and insight to the Greater Yellowstone eco-system. After enjoying some wildlife viewing you will spend the rest of your time with your guide in the Tetons around your guides favorite sites. Depending upon the weather, hikes into special places are a great way to spend midday hours. Picnicking near a mountain lake or enjoying lunch at one of the fine restaurants located in the park makes for a meal with a world-class view. And one never knows what sort of character might appear, perhaps Uncle Billy Bierer, the old-timer who predicted the Gros Ventre landslide.
Today, enjoy a 10-mile Scenic Snake River Float Trip.
This beautiful 2.5 to 3-hour, 10-mile float trip runs from historic Dead Man’s Bar, located just below the Snake River Overlook, to Moose Village. Floating entirely within Grand Teton National Park, this trip covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River within the entire Jackson Hole Valley. Wildlife encounters are very common and could include interactions with bald eagles, osprey, moose, bear, elk, and more!
In the evening, enjoy Private Stargazing.
Jackson Hole is an ideal spot for some of the best stargazing due to the high elevations, predictable weather in the summers and relatively little light pollution. This evening you will be transferred to a premiere location in Grand Teton National Park. Your science educator stargazing leader not only has a huge amount of knowledge of the night sky, but also is very good at explaining what you are viewing. While your leader sets up the telescopes, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate and some snacks. In addition to the large telescopes they also provide guests iPads with the Star Walk application on them so you can explore the night skies while your friends and family are viewing through the telescopes. Your evening will last approximately three to four hours including the transfer time to and from the viewing location.
At a time to be advised: Begin your drive to Jackson, Wyoming. The drive is approximately 40 minutes from Jenny Lake Lodge to Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole, where you will stay for one night.
The Rustic Inn sits on seven acres just a short walk from the heart of downtown Jackson, with views to the Elk Refuge, where thousands of elk congregate each winter. Each morning you can indulge in a complimentary continental breakfast. On the property is an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a gym, and landscaped trails that follow Flat Creek.
At a time to be advised: Begin your drive to the airport to return your rental car before your departure flight.
Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible trip!
Included / Not Included
- Local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
- Services of local guides and staff;
- All accommodation as specified;
- Excursions/activities as specified;
- Final documentation.
- Vehicle rental;
- Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions not specified;
- Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance – which is essential;
- Staff gratuities;
- Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
- Air arrangements.
- Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.