Salt Lake City Tour & Alaska Cruise - Cosmos Affordable Tours

Geysers to Glaciers with Alaska Cruise (8715)

17 Day Tour from Salt Lake City to Seattle

2018 Tour Details

Breathtaking glacier lakes, rugged mountains, stunning waterfalls, fascinating geysers, tremendous slabs of ice breaking off and “calving” into the sea, and the “big sky”—these and much more wait for you on this National Parks tour with an Alaska cruise. Your tour starts in Salt Lake City, ends in Seattle, and overnights along the way in Jackson, Yellowstone National Park, Helena, Kalispell, Spokane, and aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam.

Stay inside Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and stand in awe as you hear the roar of the water and view the glorious falls of Yellowstone’s impressive Upper and Lower Falls. Witness Old Faithful Geyser as it explodes into the air and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you travel the park. In Grand Teton National Park, enjoy beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and the rugged mountains crested with snow most of the year. In Coeur d’Alene, explore the lakefront town and enjoy Lake Coeur d’Alene, a striking lake with a boardwalk perfect for a stroll! On your Alaska cruise, visit Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria.

A highlight of this western National Parks tour is your ride on the vintage Red Jammer bus in Glacier National Park, with its pristine forests, jagged mountains, alpine meadows, and gorgeous lakes. You’ll drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of North America’s most spectacular roadways. Hugging the mountainside, witness stunning scenery along the way.

This National Parks tour also includes sightseeing in Salt Lake City and Seattle, a full day of leisure in Jackson, and a stop at the National Bison Range with a chance to watch for bison, elk, antelope, and mountain sheep. Scenic drives will let you discover why Montana is called Big Sky Country.

For the value-minded traveler, this tour is a dream vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

In Seattle, orientation tour in Salt Lake City, Canyon Earthquake Lake Visitors Center, National Bison Range Visitors Center, and the Red Jammer buses.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Eurodam.

Scenic Highlights:

Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Montana’s Big Sky Country, Hebgen Lake, Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park, Going-to-the-Sun Road, and Coeur d’Alene.

Notes:

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your Travel Documents will contain the most current information.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Glacier Bay
  • Yellowstone National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Red Jammer buses on Going-to-the-Sun Road; Holland America’s MS Eurodam; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

8 breakfasts, 2 continental breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 SALT LAKE CITY

Welcome to Salt Lake City! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 SALT LAKE CITY–JACKSON

Salt Lake City is the center of the Mormon religion, where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” Our orientation tour will show you the best of the vibrant capital of Utah, including Temple Square with its impressive six-spired temple and adjacent tabernacle. Continue north to the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. Free time to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown.

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Day 3 JACKSON–GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

This morning, visit 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 ending the day in America’s first national park, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.

Day 4 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Today, you will see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its Upper and Lower Falls. Watch for herds of bison, and view many of Yellowstone’s geothermal sites, including Old Faithful Geyser.

Day 5 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–HELENA

Take the west exit out of the park and continue through Montana’s Big Sky Country. Travel past bison, see bighorn sheep and elk habitat, and take in views of Hebgen Lake with its crystal-blue water and picture–perfect mountain backdrop. Marvel at the forces of nature unleashed at Quake Lake and visit the CANYON EARTHQUAKE LAKE VISITORS CENTER, where the results of a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and the ghostly shadows of the trees and cabins in the bottom of the lake are visible below the enormous rockslide. Finally, drive through the incredible Madison River valley, where “big sky” comes to life and you will discover the great Western town of Ennis. Overnight in Helena, “Queen City of the Rockies.”

Day 6 HELENA–MISSOULA–KALISPELL

Today, we make our way to Missoula, a major lumber center and home of the U.S. Forest Service and the Smokejumpers’ training center. Stop by the VISITOR CENTER at the 18,450-acre National Bison Range, and watch for bison, elk, antelope, and mountain sheep. Continue along the shores of Flathead Lake, lined with cherry orchards and one of America’s largest freshwater lakes.

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Day 7 KALISPELL–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD–KALISPELL

Upon entering GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, board the famous vintage RED JAMMER BUSES that will take you along one of North America’s most spectacular highways: Going-to-the-Sun Road. After crossing 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass, enter a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery, where jagged peaks, deep-green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape.

NOTE:
The visit to Logan Pass is normally possible from mid-June to mid-September. If unable to travel to Logan Pass, alternative sightseeing on the Red Jammer buses will be done.

Day 8 KALISPELL–COEUR D’ALENE–SPOKANE

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers of the Ice Age. There are more than 55 lakes, but none more scenic than Lake Coeur d’Alene itself. There’s time to explore this lakefront town on your own before continuing to Spokane, Washington, for the night.

Day 9 SPOKANE–SEATTLE

This morning, we make our way to Seattle, the “Emerald City.” This afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World Fair and the 605-foot-high Space Needle, and a stop at the colorful Pike Place Market.

Day 10 SEATTLE (EMBARKATION)

Embark your cruise ship.

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Day 11 CRUISING: AT SEA

A relaxing day at sea provides time to explore the ship’s many amenities.

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Day 12 JUNEAU

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

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Day 13 SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

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Day 14 SITKA

Charming Sitka was capital of Russian America for 100 years. Catch a performance by the New Archangel Dancers, meet Native Tlingit people, and see where the U.S. took possession of Alaska.

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Day 15 KETCHIKAN

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

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Day 16 VICTORIA

A touch of England awaits in Victoria: Afternoon Tea at the grandiose Empress Hotel, double-decker buses, and the world-famous Butchart Gardens—a brilliant tapestry of colors spread over 50 blooming acres.

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Day 17 SEATTLE (DISEMBARKATION)

Disembark this morning and transfer to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

DEREK LUNDGREN

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

The Western United States' national parks have some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, and provide experiences and memories that last a lifetime. Where else can you see wild animals roam free among natural wonders and stunning canyons? It's my great honor to introduce travelers to these beautiful places as I tell the little-known facts and stories that bring each destination to life.

Tour Director - DEREK LUNDGREN

 Accommodations

HELENA La Quinta Inn & Suites Helena (ST)
SPOKANE Red Lion River Inn Spokane (F)
SEATTLE Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
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$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Jackson

Jackson

Scenic Float Trips on the Snake River

Scenic Float Trips on the Snake River

This scenic float trip is a great way to see the beauty of the river and the geology that forms the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, without getting wet.

Price Range: $$

Chuckwagon Cookout and Western Show

Chuckwagon Cookout and Western Show

Traveling by horse-drawn covered wagons, you are swept away from the Town of Jackson into beautiful Cache Creek Canyon for an evening of entertainment and delicious BBQ dinner.

Price Range: $

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