Stories by Ken Burns – It's time to hit the trail for a Western adventure… the ultimate South Dakota and Wyoming family vacation. Tauck takes you behind-the-scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan – creators of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" – who share personal stories of the dreamers, visionaries, and unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of the national parks. The first pioneers had to raft down wilderness rivers, just like you will when you explore the Snake River. You'll have a chance to look for beaver, elk, bison and more as you travel to Yellowstone National Park, where Old Faithful shoots its plume of steam skyward every hour – and you'll be staying in a lodge just steps away! Nothing says "Wild West" like Buffalo Bill and a buckin' bronco rodeo; learn more about them when you spend the night in historic Cody. Live the life of a cowboy by day at the TA Guest Ranch in Wyoming, site of a Johnson County War shootout, and by night with a stay at The Ranch at Ucross, a real dude ranch up in the Bighorn Mountains. Everything is larger than life in the West – especially Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills, where the faces of four former presidents are sculpted in stone – and the purple mountains' majesty of the Tetons, where you'll enjoy a two-night stay in a classic western lodge!
Visit Mt. Rushmore & Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills; rafting on the Snake River & visit to Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park; two-night stay inside Yellowstone National Park near Old Faithful & exploring the park with wilderness experts; a taste of cowboy life at two working Wyoming ranches; a night at the rodeo
Splendour In The American Heartland (Luxury Gold – Summer 2018)
This is classic America. Start with Chicago, the birthplace of the modern skyscrapers, embracing great highs and the best views. On to Kentucky for bourbon, horses and fast cars. Finally, toe-tappin' Tennessee to immerse yourself in the world of country music.Meet Charles Woods Jr, a former jockey who’ll regale stories of the famous Kentucky DerbyGather round the microphone in Nashville's legendary Studio B, for a unique recording session with a professional sound engineer Stay in the luxurious Four Seasons hotel in downtown St Louis – the embodiment of gracious Midwestern hospitality
Chicago: Experience a world class Chicago hotel at The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and soak in the energy and glamour of Chicago in the 1930s.Louisville: A favorite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travelers, visitors, and locals to the Louisville downtown.Nashville: Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.St. Louis: Four Seasons Hotel St Louis is a five-star hotel with epic views of the Gateway Arch in the heart of downtown's entertainment district and Lumière Place Casino.
Chicago: Enjoy a sumptuous a Highlight Dinner at a classic Chicago chophouse, Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse.7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L) and 4 Dinners all with wine (DW).
Top Rated Highlights
Chicago: Experience the greatest highs and best views of the city from the observatory atop 360 Chicago.Bowling Green: The Corvette is America on wheels. The National Corvette Museum pays homage to this most famous sports car.Chicago: Its love affair with state-of-the-art high-rise means its history is written across the sky and there is no better vantage point than from the deck of an architectural river cruise.St. Louis: Get a bird's-eye view of the city atop the famed St Louis Gateway Arch.
Nashville: Attend a live taping of America's longest running live radio program at the Grand Ole Opry.Louisville: Discover the secrets involved in the making of the South's signature spirit at a bourbon distillery with your Master of Malt expert before enjoying a sample.
INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES
Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges – handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
Included complimentary, private transfers are available on your arrival and departure day, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
New Mexico – Land of Enchantment
Culture, landscapes & the arts… Scenic treasures meld with cultural pleasures here to enchant travelers of every interest… Albuquerque welcomes with Pueblo history & Atomic Age science… Taos astounds with monuments to man & nature, from cliff dwellings to riverside adventures… and Santa Fe delights the eyes & the palate with the art of daily life…
Private visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; private presentation by local chef; visit to a private artist's studio in Santa Fe; private welcome and talk at National Museum of Nuclear Science; Albuquerque's Old Town and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; visit to Pueblo de Taos, enhanced by storyteller's tales; Bandelier National Monument; Rio Grande float trip; guided visit to Ghost Ranch.
Coastal Passage Excursion – Westbound 2019
Best of the US Express This whirlwind two-week camping trip throughout the United States covers nearly every major cultural touchstone of this massive (and hugely exciting) destination. Experience the lights of NYC’s Times Square, discover the Elvis fan in you at Graceland, mosey down noisy Bourbon Street in New Orleans, peer across the majesty of the Grand Canyon, and then walk down the crookedest street in the world in San Francisco, all the while camping out beneath a night sky that has had countless songs written about it. Come along and see the best of the USA the way it was meant to be seen. HighlightsSee the sights of New York City, feel the beat in Memphis and Nashville, explore monuments in Washington DC, experience a Grand Canyon sunset, roll the dice in Vegas, hike in Yosemite, stroll the streets of San Francisco.AccommodationHostels (4 nts, multi-share), participation camping (9 nts).Group Leader1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.Group Size NotesMax 22, avg 16.Meals Included9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinnersWhat’s IncludedEntrance fees to all national parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Orientation to Washington DC. London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu). Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Death Valley visit. Internal flight. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Adventures In The Wild Northwest Summer 2019
Explore the independent spirit of America's Pacific Northwest, past towering Redwoods, panoramic mountains and vineyard landscapes. Grab a cup of Seattle blend, ride through shifting dunes and sip Pinot with the locals.
City Tour in Portland, Seattle
Cruise along Puget Sound via ferry
Scenic Drive along the Avenue of the Giants, the historic Columbia River Highway
See the famous lighthouse in Heceta Head, the Spruce Goose, Hoh Rainforest
Visit Golden Gate Bridge, Eureka, Redwood National Park, Olympic National Park, Vista House, Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
10 full breakfasts
First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and local charges included
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
VIP entry to many sights
Coastal Passage Highlights – Westbound 2019
Can you believe it? The whimsical rock formations and spectacular views. The red, orange and yellow hues. And in this wonderland of slot canyons, pinnacles and bristlecone pine, your family gets to hike, bike, mule ride and rock climb. Watching the sun set at the surreal gorge's rim, you might just hear Dr. Seuss say: "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."
USA East Coast Road Trip Encompassed Big city hearts and spirits swell on this 20-day road trip through America’s East Coast, You’ll hit bustling metropolises and experience cultural traditions you might have only seen in the movies or on TV. Witness the resurgence of Detroit’s arts scene, follow Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, and explore the home of Mardi Gras-New Orleans. With free time and flexibility along the way, you can customize this tour so it’s right up your alley.HighlightsFeel the mist of Niagara Falls, Yeehaw like a cowboy in the country music capital of Nashville, Sprawl out on the sands of Panama City Beach, Be charmed by Charleston’s history and romance, Take a stroll in Central Park or wander New York City’s bustling streetsAccommodationHotels/hostels (5 nts, multi-share), participation camping (14 nts).Group Size NotesMax 22, avg 16.Meals Included15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinnersWhat’s IncludedTaughannock Falls visit. Maid of the Mist tour. Cleveland stop. St Augustine visit. Charleston visit. Monuments by Moonlight (Washington DC). Philadelphia stop. Free time in Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Savannah, and Washington DC. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.