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10-Day Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton, Mt. Rushmore, Yosemite and Hearst Castle Tour from San Francisco

Tour Code: 573-5413   
Available:
Fri (5/12/2018-09/30/2018 )
Depart from:
San Francisco, CA
Duration:
10 Days 9 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Crazy Horse, SD, Devils Tower, WY, Jackson Hole, WY, Lake Tahoe, NV, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD, Sacramento, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, San Simeon, CA, Virginia City, United States of America, Yellowstone, WY, Yosemite National Park, CA. Inclusions: 9 nights hotel accommodations, All domestic ground transportation

  • Complimentary $200 Gift Package from Reno hotel.

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    • Buy 2 get 3rd Discounted (3 or 4 pax sharing one room): (1) Cancellation of discounted-fare passenger must be made at least 7 days before departure. (2) No-show (or cancellation made within 7 days before departure) of discounted passenger incurs $150 penalty fee for the reserved bus seat.
    • Child Rate: Child rates apply to those 2-9 years and using existing bedding with 2 full-paying passengers (regardless of ages). Please note each hotel room can only accommodate 4 guests (adults or children).
    Day 1

    San Francisco

    Today we will gather in San Francisco at San Francisco International Airport. If you take a domestic flight will meet us in the Baggage Claim Area. If you take an international flight will meet us at the exit outside.
    Standard Hotel: Oakland Airport Executive Hotel or Similar
    Day 2

    San Francisco - Yosemite National Park - Visalia (264 miles)

    Today, we will head to Yosemite National Park, a fairytale landscape complete with towering granite rocks, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil valleys. We will visit El Capitan, the world's largest granite monolith, and Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America. We will also see Half Dome and Bridal Veil Falls before taking a hike through the woods to enjoy the fresh forest air. Later, we will spend the night in Visalia.
    • Yosemite National Park, CA

      Yosemite National Park in central California is best known for the amazing granite cliffs of the Yosemite Valley as well as the towering Yosemite Falls and Sequoias. Millions of people every year journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Due to the weather or the road colsure, we'll visit Solvang as the replacement at the same mandatory fee $5/person

      El Capitan

      The largest granite monolith in the world, El Capitan is located across from Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park. It juts up about 3,000 feet from the ground, and is a favorite of experienced rock climbers.

      Yosemite Falls

      The Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California are the highest known waterfall in all of North America. The Falls are on one of the park's most famous attractions, especially in the spring when they have the most water.
    Standard Hotel: Wyndham Visalia or similar
    Day 3

    Visalia - San Simeon - San Francisco (356 miles)

    In the morning, we will drive along California Highway 1 on our way to Hearst Castle Built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the castle is a dream-come-true. The castle sits atop the coastal hills that overlook San Simeon Bay. Afterwards, we will return to San Francisco in the afternoon.
    • San Simeon, CA

      San Simeon is a town on the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. Its position along State Route 1 is approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, each of those cities being roughly 230 miles (370 km) away. A key feature of the area is Hearst Castle.

      Hearst Castle

      Hearst Castle is a mansion located on the central coast of California that is a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1919 for William Randolph Hearst, the mansion is more than 90,000 square feet in area.

      Opening Hours: May - Sep 8:00am - 6:00pm, Oct - Feb 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Standard Hotel: Crowne Plaza Union City or Similar
    Day 4

    San Francisco - Sacramento - Elko (497 miles)

    In the morning, we will depart from San Francisco and head east towards Nevada. On the way, we will stop in Sacramento to see the California State Capitol. Then, we will drive through the Donner Pass, treated to beautiful desert views along the way, as we drive to Elko, NV for the evening.
    • Sacramento, CA

      Founded in 1849, Sacramento was at the heart of the gold rush, Pony Express, and first trans-continental railroad. Today it serves as the capital of the state of California and one of its most important cities.

      California State Capitol

      At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state's working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California's rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.
    Standard Hotel: Red Lion Elko or similar
    Day 5

    Elko - Jackson Hole - Grand Teton National Park (431 miles)

    Today, we will drive through the states of Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming as we travel to Jackson Hole and take a Scenic Chairlift Ride. In downtown Jackson, we will see the Elk Antlers Arches. Then, we will continue to Grand Teton National Park, following the road the runs along the Snake River. We will spend the night at the Hatchet Resort Cabins.
    • Jackson Hole, WY

      Famous frontier town, located at the crossing of Grand Teton and Rocky Mountains, it became a heaven for outdoors sports enthusiast. The widely praised Elk Antler Arches Park, with its four arches made with thousands of elk antlers is a must see.

      Scenic Chairlift Ride

      The scenic chairlift is a leisurely ride that brings you up 1,571 feet to the summit of Snow King Mountain for the best views of the Tetons, the Elk Refuge, and the town of Jackson.

      Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    • Grand Teton National Park, WY

      Grand Teton National Park is is located in the Rocky Mountains, Northwest Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park is noted for its stunning mountain vistas, its shimmering alpine lakes and its abundant wildlife.
    Standard Hotel: Hatchet Resort Grand Teton or similar
    Day 6

    Yellowstone - Sheridan (180 miles)

    Today, we will travel to Yellowstone National Park, home to the world's largest super volcano and over 10,000 fascinating geothermal features like Norris Geyser, Upper Falls, Artist Point, Hayden Valley, Fishing Bridge, Mud Volcano and more! We will spend the night in Sheridan, WY.
    • Yellowstone, WY

      The largest, oldest, and most famous national park displays a fascinating scenery of hot springs, geysers, canyons & waterfalls, and nature everywhere you look!

      Norris Geyser Basin

      Yellowstone National Park is full of areas like this - geyser basins - large, open areas where geothermic pressure from below the ground's surface force up various geysers and springs. The Norris Basin is one of the more accessible.

      Duration: Approx. 40 Minutes

      Upper Yellowstone Falls

      Located a quarter-mile upstream of the larger Lower Falls, the Upper Yellowstone River Falls plunge 109 feet down an eroded lava cliff into the basin below. The area below the falls has been subject to heavier erosion than above.

      Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

      Artist Point

      Named after the famous sketches of the waterfalls by Thomas Moran (but not actually the location where the sketched were done) this beautiful location showcases one of the most famous views in Yellowstone National Park.

      Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

      Mud Volcano Area

      The Mud Volcano blew itself apart in the early 20th century, but visitors can still see the impressive crater and other geothermal features in the surrounding area, such as the Mud Cauldron, Black Dragon's Caldron, and Dragon's Mouth Spring.

      Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

      Fishing Bridge

      Located near the mouth of the Yellowstone River, the Fishing Bridge is a great location to spot the native Cutthroat trout. There is an RV park of the same name nearby.

      Duration: Approx. 25 Minutes

    Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Sheridan or similar
    Day 7

    Sheridan - Devils Tower - Mt. Rushmore - Crazy Horse - Casper (526 miles)

    In the morning, we will drive to Devil's Tower, the country's first national monument. Next, we will head to iconic Mount Rushmore, followed by the Crazy Horse National Monument. Later on, we will spend the night in Casper.
    • Devils Tower, WY

      The first declared United States National Monument. It'is an igneous intrusion or laccolith located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County. A monolithic rock formation that rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding land and was once the neck of an active volcano.

      Devils Tower National Monument

      This massive monolith in the Black Hills of Wyoming was the nation's first national monument, anointed by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. In recent years, climbing the rock has become popular. The stone column is considered sacred by many Native Americans.

      Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    • Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD

      This famous United States monument in the Black Hills of western South Dakota depicts the busts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The 60-foot tall statues are carved right into the side of the mountains.

      Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    • Crazy Horse, SD

      Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest sculpture-in-progress, and frequent drilling and mountain blasts make each visit unique. When completed, Crazy Horse Memorial will stand 563 feet tall by 641 feet long.

      Crazy Horse Memorial

      This monument, controversial in the Native American community, has been under construction for over 60 years. If it is completed as planned, it would be the largest sculpture in the entire world, at a monstrous 563 high and 641 wide.

      Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes

    Standard Hotel: Ramada Casper or similar
    Day 8

    Casper - Salt Lake City (321 miles)

    Drive to Independent Rock State Historic Site this morning, then we will head to Salt Lake City, where we will visit the Utah State Capitol, the most expensive, luxurious state house in the U.S. We will also Temple Square. After that, overnight in Miavale.
    • Casper, WY

      Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is also called "The Oil City" and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture. In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine's list of "the best small cities to raise a family".

      Independence Rock

      This granite monolith sits in the Independence Rock State Historic Site in central Wyoming. The rock served as an important landmark for those travelling west via the Oregon Trail in the middle of the 19th century.

      Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

      Devil's Gate

      The Devil's Gate is a natural rock formation that served as an important landmark on the Oregon Trail and helped guide pioneers westward across the barren United States of the 19th century.

      Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes

    • Salt Lake City, UT

      Utah's gorgeous capital city sits amidst the mountains of the American Southwest on the shores of the breathtaking Great Salt Lake. The city is steeped in history and architecture in addition to wondrous vistas and scenery.

      Utah State Capitol

      The home of all of the governmental processes for the state of Utah, the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The building is done in the ornate neoclassical revival style, purposefully reminiscent of the nation capitol in DC.

      Duration: Approx. 35 Minutes

      Temple Square

      Approximately ten acres in size, Temple Square is the center of religious activity for the Church of Latter Day Saints, housing the Temple and Tabernacle that are central to the religion.

      Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes

      Mormon Temple

      This 250,000-square-foot temple is the largest of the temples belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known colloquially as the Mormons. The public cannot tour the interior, but the facade is a sight to behold.

      Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

    Standard Hotel: La Quinta Salt Lake Midvale or similar
    Day 9

    Salt Lake City - Reno (426 miles)

    Today, we will depart from Salt Lake City and head to Bonneville Salt Flats, an area of perfectly flat land that looks like it is covered by snow. Later, we will drive to Reno, NV, where we will spend the night.
    • Salt Lake City, UT

      Utah's gorgeous capital city sits amidst the mountains of the American Southwest on the shores of the breathtaking Great Salt Lake. The city is steeped in history and architecture in addition to wondrous vistas and scenery.
    Standard Hotel: Harrah's Reno or similar
    Day 10

    Reno - Virginia City - Lake Tahoe - San Francisco (209 miles)

    In the morning, we will leave Reno and head to Virginia City, the home of the famous Comstock Lodge, founded in 1859. Then, we will head to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, a wonderful place to swim, fish and boat. It also hosts winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. In the evening, we will arrive in San Francisco, where the tour will come to an end.
    • Virginia City, United States of America

      Silver and gold made the old mining town Virginia City, one that is recognized as the character of Nevada. Guests will experience its boomtime as they visit historic buildings, and some of its open mines.
    • Lake Tahoe, NV

      The scenic Lake Tahoe nestled in the crook of California is the largest alpine lake in North America. In addition to being a wonderful place to swim, fish, and boat, Lake Tahoe features winter activities like skiing and snowboarding.

      Lake Tahoe Cruise

      Enjoy a boat ride across the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe Cruises offer a unique view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada and an up-close experience of the lake's crystalline waters. Cruises are a ticket to relaxation.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $64; Child (3-11 yrs) $32; 2 hours boat cruise

    • Departure & Return

    • Airport meet and greet: Your tour escort will be holding a sign with your name. Your tour guide will wait you at Terminal 2 Information Center (free pickup time: 12:00pm - 10:30pm for domestic arrivals, 12:00pm - 10:00pm for international arrivals). If you need to be transferred between 10:30pm and 11:59pm, there is a fee of $80 per group of 5 people. Outside those two period, please make your own transportation to the hotel.
    • Return Flight Arrangement: Please arrange your flight after 10:30 pm taking off at San Francisco airport. We highly suggest booking air ticket(s) 1 hour later than suggested time during high season (summer holiday, national holidays).
    • Flight information: Please provide arrival/return flight schedules at the time of booking or at least 4 business days prior to departure. Otherwise, you will be required to proceed to the hotel at your own expense.
    • Service fee for airport pick up : $4 / per person per time.
    • Price Includes

    • Airport transfers
    • 9 nights hotel accommodations
    • All domestic ground transportation
    • Tour guide Level 2: semi-guided tour
    • All taxes and fees included
    • Price Excludes

    • Admission Fees:
      Destination Adult Child
      Lake Tahoe
      Lake Tahoe Cruise (Optional) $64 $32 (3-11 yrs)
      • Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
      • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
    • Mandatory Admissions: $120/person, including admission to Scenic Chairlift Ride, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mt. Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Crazy Horse, Great Salt Lake, Bonneville Salt Flats and Fuel Surcharge.
    • Air fares between your city and the departure city.
    • All meals and drinks during the trip, although eating arrangements will be made by the tour guide.
    • A mandatory service fees for tour guide and bus driver ($9.00/day per passenger).
    • Personal room fees, such as laundry or valet services, telephone calls, or alcoholic beverages/ mini bar items, unless they are otherwise specified.
    • Any private expenses
    • Additional Note

    • Booking: Please book airline tickets after your tour booking is confirmed, which should be within 1 business day.
    • Language: All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour and/or driver guides (English/Chinese). Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours and/or languages may be combined to operate the tours.
    • Hotel rooms: Each hotel room can accommodate no more than 4 guests (adults or children).
    • Reno hotel includes complimentary over $200 Value Gift Pack per room.
    • Chinese Visa holders: Please print out the EVUS form.
    • Policies

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    • All purchases are subject to re-confirmation within 2-3 business days after booking. Please do not book airline tickets until you have received the confirmation.

      Redemption

    • You will receive an confirmation email (e-ticket) after your order is received. Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your e-ticket. You must print the e-tickets and take them along on your trip; they are your proof of purchase.

      Terms & Condition

    • All purchases are subject to re-confirmation within 2-3 business days after booking.
    • Changes to Reservations: A fee may be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Name changes or corrections may be treated as a cancellation and cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply.
    • Cancellation penalties per person
        (Notification day and departure day are not counted)
      • 31 days or more prior to departure - 10% of total purchase amount.
      • 15-30 days prior to departure - 25% of total purchase amount.
      • 8-14 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase amount.
      • (If the tour will stay in Yellowstone Cabin, 8-30 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase amount. )
      • Within 7 days prior to departure - 100% of total purchase amount.
      • Day of departure or no show - 100% per person.
      • Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
      • Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a schedule trip to fully refund affected customers although tour companies will make every efforts to maintain the normal operation.
      • There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.
    • Prices may vary subject to availability/season/weekend/holiday.
    • We reserve right to cancel a schedule and fully refund affected customers, although we will make every effort to maintain the regular operation.
    • We reserve the right to modify the tour arrangements for smooth operation of the tour.
    • We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.

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