NATIONAL PARK, GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK,
ZION NATIONAL PARK, MOUNT RUSHMORE and GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
scenery, spectacular wildlife, and incomparable photo opportunities
await you on this national parks tour through the West’s best-known
national and state parks. Tour highlights include your overnight stay
inside Grand Canyon National Park, where you can witness the stunning
scenery at sunset and sunrise. In Yellowstone National Park, stand in
awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls at
the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Witness Old Faithful as it erupts and
admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the
Mount Rushmore offers the astounding monument of four U.S. presidents
as well as spectacular scenery and wildlife, including mule deer and
mountain goats. Also visit Crazy Horse Memorial, carved out of the
mountain in honor of the Sioux Indian chief, and enjoy a scenic drive
in Custer State Park, with its spectacular landscape and abundant
wildlife. Have your camera ready for the bright red, yellow, and pink
pillars called "hoodoos" in Bryce Canyon National Park, and marvel at
the sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs in Zion National Park. But
that’s not all…visit Monument Valley, one of the world’s most
photographed places with its red-rock canyons, mesas, iconic buttes,
and windblown sand. See the massive formations during your
4-wheel-drive tour with a knowledgeable Navajo guide.
All of this—and much more—are included on this national parks tour
designed for savvy, value-minded travelers.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: BLACK HILLS Scenic drive; visit
Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Stay
two nights inside Yellowstone National Park or in West Yellowstone;
sightseeing JACKSON Grand Teton National
Park sightseeing; glacier-fed Jenny Lake SALT LAKE CITY Sightseeing BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing ZION NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Stay
overnight inside the park; sightseeing
On vacations that
include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the
traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.
This vacation visits national parks and other remote locations where
facilities may not be up to the standard you expect from Cosmos. Some
lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, televisions, and
other amenities you would expect from most Cosmos hotels.
Maximum elevation on tour: 9,033 ft.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites
can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Grand Canyon National Park
Yellowstone National Park
deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi. TOUR DIRECTOR KRISTIN
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
“As a young girl, I dreamed of traveling to faraway places. When I was
12, my mother took me to Europe. What an adventure we had! As the years
passed I continued to travel to new places. I crossed paths with
extraordinary people from all walks of life. Those we meet along the
way can change our path or help us view things from a different
perspective. It was that unusual twist in the road that led me to
becoming a Tour Director. The journey is still new and exciting with
every tour I take, and I love not knowing what is around the next
corner. Sometimes the unexpected is the best gift of all.”
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino (SF) GRAND CANYON
NATIONAL PARK Yavapai Lodge West - Grand Canyon National Park
Lodge (NP) KAYENTA Kayenta Monument
(MF) GRAND JUNCTION
Grand Vista Hotel (F) DENVER Hilton Garden Inn
Denver - Cherry Creek (F) CUSTER Econolodge of Custer
Buffalo Bill Village (ST) ALPINE
Flying Saddle Resort (MF) SALT LAKE CITY
Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites (MF) BRYCE CANYON
NATIONAL PARK Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn (ST) SUPERIOR
HOTELS - (F) First-Class, (MF) Moderate First-Class, (ST)
Superior Tourist, (T) Tourist
breakfast, 2 continental breakfasts
Day 1 Las Vegas Welcome to exciting Las Vegas,
also known as “Sin City!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this
afternoon to answer any questions.
Day2Las Vegas-Williams-Grand Canyon
National Park Depart the glittering lights
of Las Vegas for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand
Canyon National Park. Journey across the old Mojave gold-strike
country, passing through Williams on historic Route 66, and Kaibab
National Forest. Arrive at the Grand Canyon by mid-afternoon and marvel
at the breathtaking views. Accommodations this evening are inside the
Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park–Monument Valley–Kayenta
miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! You may
want to join an exciting helicopter flight over the canyon for
incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,093 feet into the
Colorado River. Continue across Arizona and into the Navajo Nation.
Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, Monument Valley’s scenic desert
vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western
films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-wheel-drive tour.
Your knowledgeable Navajo guide will show you some of the valley’s most
incredible scenery and share with you local legends and lore. This
evening, join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner surrounded by the
red-rock canyons of Monument Valley.
Day4Kayenta–Moab–Arches National Park–Grand Junction We head north for Moab. Visit
the magnificent Arches National Park, where you’ll discover a landscape
of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike anything else in
the world. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you. A late arrival into
Grand Junction, surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty and the
dramatic red-rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument.
Day 5 Grand Junction–Colorado National
Monument–Denver Area This morning, visit Colorado
National Monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and
canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red-rock canyons along the
twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and
soaring eagles. We then journey east across the Rocky Mountains to the
“Mile High City” of Denver.
Day6Denver Area–Custer Today, travel across the
windswept landscape of Wyoming and into the Black Hills of South
Dakota. Spend the next two nights in Custer, in the heart of the Black
Hills National Forest, and gateway to Custer State Park, Crazy Horse
Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.
Day 7 Custer. Excursion to Custer State Park,
Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse Memorial At Custer State Park, enjoy a
scenic drive along Wildlife Loop Road with spectacular terrain and an
abundance of wildlife, like the herd of 1,300 bison that roam freely
throughout the park. Afterward, visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial,
which stands as a shrine to democracy. See the stunning granite faces
of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents:
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Then, visit the Crazy
Horse Memorial, a monument carved out of a mountain to honor the great
Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse.
Tower–Cody This morning, head through
high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the
homesteaders in the 1890s. Next, make a photo stop at Devils Tower
National Monument, established as America’s first national monument by
Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s Western town of
National Park This morning, enjoy free time.
Join the optional outing and visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West,
which celebrates the spirit of the American West. This afternoon make
your way into America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park.
Spend the next two nights inside the park.
Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone
National Park are typically open from late May through mid-September.
Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West
Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always
subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions;
therefore, routings may be adjusted.
National Park Spend the day exploring all
the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the
world’s first national park. See world-famous Old Faithful Geyser,
Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Fountain
Paint Pots. Keep a lookout for some of the park’s wildlife that can
include moose, bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolf, bear, fox,
coyote, and beaver.
National Park–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson–Alpine Head south into magnificent
Grand Teton National Park, one of America’s last preserves of wild
solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the
year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake
before arriving in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden
sidewalks and swinging-door saloons. Overnight in Alpine located on the
banks of the Snake River.
Day12Alpine–Salt Lake City Travel to Salt Lake City,
Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this
center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his
followers, “This is the place.” An orientation tour offers a glimpse of
Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the downtown area.
Day13Salt Lake City–Bryce Canyon National Park Today’s highlight is a visit
to unique Bryce Canyon National Park with its 20 miles of sandstone
cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant
shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.”
Day14Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park–Las Vegas First stop today is Zion
National Park with its landscape carved over millions of years by
rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation
form the scenery of Zion. See fantastic rock structures and some
unbelievable scenic beauty. We then return to Las Vegas and your
Day15Las Vegas Your vacation ends this
morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Las
America's National Parks
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your interest in this quality tour by The GLOBUS Family
Gardner President Gardner Travel
and The Globus Family of
More than 75
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
than three decades ago Cosmos
pioneered the idea of quality value
to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
Care of Your
you stay makes all the difference After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
vacations at bargain prices With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
planning your annual vacation, or the vacation of a lifetime. Either
you don't want to think about canceling or interrupting your trip. Or
sick. Or losing your luggage.
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things happen and we provide travelers peace of mind with a Travel
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cancel or interrupt your Cosmos travel package due to a covered injury,
sickness, death — your own, or that of a Traveling Companion, or of a
of the Immediate Family — or for Other Covered Events as defined, you
the case of your death, your estate) will be reimbursed up to $10,000:
1) for cancellation charges imposed by Cosmos and/or by any airline
provided direct flight connections to join your Cosmos travel package,
if you cancel prior to departure; or, 2) the unused, non-refundable
portion of your Cosmos travel package costs and the additional
charges paid to return home or to rejoin your original Cosmos travel
(limited to the cost of economy one-way airfare by scheduled carrier,
the point of destination to the point of origin shown on your original
travel tickets) if you must interrupt your trip after departure.
and Missed Connection Coverage up to $1,000
miss a scheduled flight or your land tour departure because of delay or
a public conveyance due to inclement weather, mechanical breakdown, or
strike that affects public transportation, you will be reimbursed up to
$1,000 for the cost of the extra fare paid to join your Cosmos travel
(limited to the cost of the most economical air or service transport
Airline-required legal minimum connection times must be observed and
scheduled time between arrival at the tour departure city and the land
tour departure must be four hours or longer.
up to $1,000
Traveling Companion cancel or interrupt a Cosmos travel package due to
a covered injury, sickness, death or for Other Covered Events, you will
be reimbursed up to $1,000 for Cosmos charges to change your hotel
for twin to single occupancy (or from triple to twin).
Protection up to $1,000
interrupt a Cosmos travel package due to a covered injury or sickness
by you or a Traveling Companion, you will be reimbursed up to $1,000
accommodations and meals. Coverage begins 12 hours after the tour
the location where you are detained. There is a maximum limit of $100
Benefits - Part B Baggage and
Travel Documents up to $2,500
lost, stolen or broken on your trip. Includes borrowed or rented
Restrictions may apply; please refer to your coverage certificate.
up to $250
purchase of essential items if your bags are delayed for more than 24
Expense up to $10,000
medical expenses with no daily limits or deductibles.
Expense up to $10,000
medical expenses with no daily limits or deductibles.
up to $1,000
dental expenses with no daily limits or deductibles.
Medical Transportation up to $15,000
and transportation expenses as directed by a doctor to the nearest
medical facility or home.
Death and Dismemberment up to $25,000
accidental death or dismemberment 24 hours a day while you are on your
up to $15,000
and necessary services for transportation of the insured's remains to
or her place of residence.
up to $100,000
accidents that occur when traveling on a regularly scheduled flight or
for your peace of mind anywhere in the world!
of funds to cover emergency medical expenses on your trip.
interpretation in major languages.
with replacement of travel documents.
Help in locating
local doctors, dentists, or medical facilities
Assistance New Feature!
— 24-hour hotline to make emergency travel changes, such as rebooking
hotel reservations, tracking lost luggage and more!
— relay of e-mail or phone message to family, friends or business
Advice — around-the-clock access to passport, visa, inoculation and
requirements; travel advisories; embassy and consulate contacts; travel
health advisories; weather and currency information — all for your
Cash Transfer — assistance in coordinating an emergency cash advance.
Pre-existing Medical Conditions
medical conditions exclusion is waived if insurance is purchased within
24 hours of initial trip deposit.
apply. Please refer to your Certificate of Insurance for complete
For those who
have selected the Travel Protection Plan on their booking, we will
the option to purchase our Travel Protection Plus Plan, at an
cost of only $20.00* per person. Once this coverage has been selected,
Globus and Cosmos will allow you to cancel your vacation up to 24 hours
(or the prior business day, whichever is farther out) before the
departure for any reason.
If the reason
for the cancellation is covered under the normal Travel Protection Plan
provisions, the passenger should file a claim with the plan's
Travel Guard 1-866-729-5220, for the penalty retained. In the event the
reason for the cancellation is not covered, the cancellation penalty as
retained by Globus or Cosmos will be reimbursed in the form of Travel
(less the Travel Protection Plan premium and the Plus supplement). The
certificates are non-refundable, non-transferable and will be valid for
one year from the date of the originally confirmed departure date.
Travel Protection Plan premium and the $20.00* supplement for the Plus
Plan are non-refundable. This supplement must be added and confirmed on
the booking within the original deposit period of the booking. The
Protection Plus Plan does not cover penalties associated with air not
through Globus and Cosmos or cancellation made within 24 hours (or the
prior business day, whichever is farther out).
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