United States Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Best of Alaska

Intrepid Travel
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10 days
$ 446 / day
$ 4,935
From : $ 5,486
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience the rugged scenery of Alaska by land from the most populous city of Anchorage, through quaint towns like Palmer, all the way to the untouched back country.
  • Head on an Alaskan safari for a unique chance to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves in their natural habitat in Denali National Park.
  • Witness the land mammals of Denali before getting up close to sea otters, puffins and humpback whales on a boat trip among glaciers in Valdez.
  • Discover Seward, one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities, which offers a bustling harbour, quaint shops and galleries, and is a great base from which to explore Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Sit back and take in stunning views along the dramatic coastlines of the Turnagain Arm from Seward to Anchorage, while someone else does the driving.
Visits:
Alaska, Anchorage, Denali, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Valdez, Seward, United States
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Hiking in Denali National Park

Intrepid Travel
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6 days
$ 445 / day
$ 3,045
From : $ 3,602
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Experience the rugged beauty of Denali National Park, home to the tallest peak in North America and starring some of the most scenic photo ops you’ll find anywhere.
  • Walk atop the ice of the largest car-accessible glacier in Alaska, the Matanuska, on an educational tour led by a local glacier expert and with all technical gear provided.
  • Tackle an out-and-back scenic hike into the Alaskan wilderness along the Curry Ridge Trail and keep your eyes peeled for a diverse array of wildlife living among the tundra.
  • Spend a day exploring the wilds of Alaska at your own pace, with a self-guided hike along a well-marked Savage Alpine Trail.
  • Enjoy a free night in Anchorage, where you can discover cultural sites like the Alaska Native Heritage Center, dine on some of the best pizza in the USA (really!) or take a sunset stroll along the city’s coastal trail.
Visits:
Alaska, Anchorage, Denali, Denali National Park, United States
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Western USA National Parks Loop

Intrepid Travel
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5 days
$ 383 / day
$ 1,692
From : $ 2,585
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Hike through the varied landscapes of Zion National Park, taking in views of massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs as you go.
  • Learn about the culture and history of Monument Valley during a Navajo guided tour, followed by a traditional homecooked, family-style Navajo lunch.
  • Stroll along the canyon rim in Bryce Canyon National Park to admire the out-of-this-world sandstone spires known as hoodoos.
  • Kayak across the waters of Lake Powell, weaving your way past fascinating rock formations as your leader shares stories of the lake’s history.
  • Marvel at one of the nation’s greatest national parks, The Grand Canyon, and walk around the rim, hike into the canyon or take an optional helicopter ride overhead.
Visits:
Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, United States
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Best of California

11 days
$ 411 / day
$ 4,565
From : $ 6,102
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Highlights
    • Los Angeles: Explore Los Angeles with Insight Choice. Take to the Miracle Mile and choose to visit one of the excellent museums. You can learn about the history and artistry of motorized automobiles at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Alternatively, embrace the tradition of filmmaking at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
    • Santa Barbara: Take a self-guided tour of the magnificent Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786. Known as the 'Queen of the Missions, it is one of the city’s most picturesque landmarks. Admire the grand double bell towers and lush gardens with the majestic San Ynez mountains as a backdrop.
    • Santa Barbara: Take a relaxing stroll through the 78-arce Botanical Garden (5.7 miles of trails inside) and learn about over 1,000 species of native and rare California flora.
    • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
    • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
    • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
    • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
    • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
    • : "It’s magical to see how a group of guests come together over the course of our trip. I can always tell when that’s happening because they start planning their own ‘post-arrival’ activities before the travel day has finished."
    • San Diego: Enjoy a three course dinner with wine overlooking the San Diego Bay at Vistal - located inside the hotel.
    • Los Angeles: Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Highlight Dinner in historic downtown Los Angeles.
    • San Francisco: Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Dining Summary: 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 9 Breakfast (B)
    • San Diego: Board the Pacific Surfliner and enjoy far-reaching ocean vistas as your train journey takes you to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach. Travel the whole length of the service and experience the Southern California landscape from a unique vantage point.
    • Los Angeles: Ride the historic funicular, Angel's Flight Railway in Downtown L.A.
    • San Francisco: Linking San Francisco to Marin County across the three-mile Golden Gate strait, this magnificent suspension bridge was built between 1933 and 1937. Renowned as an engineering marvel due to the precise planning, design and construction processes that were applied, all over treacherous open water, it remains one of America's most fascinating landmarks.
    • San Francisco: See the city’s highlights on your sightseeing tour as you pass Union Square, Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, and Embarcadero.
    • Los Angeles: See the best of Los Angeles today as we visit some of the cities most iconic landmarks. Take a ride on the shortest railway ever built, grab a bite to eat at the historic Grand Central Market, visit the US Bank Tower, Pershing Square, and the Italian Renaissance style Bradbury Building which you may recognize from great films such as Blade Runner.
    • Yosemite National Park: Join a naturalist guide/Climber in the park at El Capitan Meadow to get familiar with the basics, step back and spend some time watching experts in action. You can see climbers tackling some of the more than 60 routes up the granite monolith, which was first ascended by Warren Harding in 1958. You’ll talk granite and gear, explore the science behind the emotions you feel when inching up a wall, and Make Travel Matter by learning how climbers help preserve the vertical environment and more. This is a Make Travel Matter Experience as it is operated by Yosemite Conservancy- a non-profit organization that has provided over $140 million to Yosemite for than 700 completed projects. They help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, inspire the next generation of nature-lovers and more.
    • San Francisco: Join a youth-led walking tour of Chinatown's historic alleyways where you will learn of their origins and hear stories from those who call this place home.
    • Los Angeles: Explore Los Angeles with Insight Choice. Take to the Miracle Mile and choose to visit one of the excellent museums. You can learn about the history and artistry of motorized automobiles at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Alternatively, embrace the tradition of filmmaking at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
    • Santa Barbara: Take a self-guided tour of the magnificent Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786. Known as the 'Queen of the Missions, it is one of the city’s most picturesque landmarks. Admire the grand double bell towers and lush gardens with the majestic San Ynez mountains as a backdrop.
    • Santa Barbara: Take a relaxing stroll through the 78-arce Botanical Garden (5.7 miles of trails inside) and learn about over 1,000 species of native and rare California flora.
    • Yosemite National Park: Join a naturalist guide/climber at El Capitan Meadow where you will become familiar with the basics of rock climbing, while learning how they help preserve the vertical, natural environment. Your visit contributes to the Yosemite Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of US National Parks.
    Visits:
    United States
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    National Parks Plus(Twin Share Room,Start Las Veg ...

    Contiki
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    9 days
    $ 262 / day
    $ 2,355
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
    Highlights
    • Navajo Experience visiting a private Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend
    • Swim in Lake Powell within the scenic canyons (seasonal)
    Visits:
    Yellowstone National Park, United States
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    Galapagos Explorer: Southern Islands (Grand Quee ...

    Peregrine Adventures
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    7 days
    $ 1,035 / day
    $ 7,248
    Travel Style : Array Mixed
    Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Highlights
    • As you board your vessel, m/y grand queen beatriz, and follow in the footsteps of charles darwin, you will encounter nature at its finest.
    • Explore the islands from on deck, on foot and in the water, no doubt with your eyes open for your next unique sight.
    • This is indeed the galapagos journey with something for everyone.
    Visits:
    Darwin, Galapagos, Santa Cruz Island, Isla Santa Fe, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Ecuador
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    New Mexico Discovery

    Intrepid Travel
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    6 days
    $ 341 / day
    $ 1,984
    From : $ 2,514
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Explore the charming streets of historic Santa Fe, famous for its Pueblo-style architecture and vibrant arts scene.
    • Browse Native American art markets and visit 11,000-year-old ruins to uncover the rich history and ancestral heritage of the US Southwest.
    • Climb high above the canyon floor of Bandelier National Monument as you scale wooden ladders that lead to ancient cliff dwellings.
    • Visit a world-renowned tapestry gallery for an intimate, expert demonstration of traditional weaving technique and artistry.
    • Stroll through the sprawling and serene Ghost Ranch, home to Georgia O’Keefe’s summer house and studio, plus thousands of well-preserved fossils.
    Visits:
    United States
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    Grand Southern (Start Los Angeles)(Twin Share Roo ...

    Contiki
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    21 days
    $ 202 / day
    $ 4,244
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
    Highlights
    • See Beverly Hills
    • See Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and drive along the famous Sunset Strip
    • Visit Santa Monica & Venice Beach
    Visits:
    Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Panama City, United States
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    North East Highlights(Twin Share Room,Start Chica ...

    Contiki
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    7 days
    $ 262 / day
    $ 1,835
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
    Highlights
    • See Soldier Field home to "The Bears" American Football
    • See Guaranteed Rate Stadium, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball club
    • See Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, the Navy Pier & Chicago River
    • See the Hancock Building, Willis Tower & the Magnificent Mile
    • Ciao Bella! Go local at a pizza dinner in Chicago
    Visits:
    Boston, Chicago, New York, York, United States
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    LA to the Bay plus Ski Tahoe (Winter)(Twin Share ...

    Contiki
    Premier
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    12 days
    $ 205 / day
    $ 2,456
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
    Highlights
    • See the famous Hollywood sign, Mann's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood's Walk of Fame
    • Drive along famous Sunset Strip
    • Visit Santa Monica and its famous pier
    • Dinner in Little Tokyo
    • Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
    • Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
    • Witness the stunning Grand Canyon Sunset
    Visits:
    Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, San Francisco, United States
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    Highlights of Route 66

    16 days
    $ 179 / day
    $ 2,869
    Travel Style : Array Mixed
    Physical Level : Very Hard
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Highlights
    Visits:
    Arizona, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Las Vegas, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, Albuquerque, California, Chicago, Los Angeles, Texas, St. Louis, United States
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    Exploring the Pacific Northwest

    9 days
    $ 221 / day
    $ 1,989
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Highlights
    Visits:
    Florence, Portland, Washington, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, United States, Italy
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    Best of the Hawaiian Islands

    10 days
    $ 334 / day
    $ 3,339
    Travel Style : Array Mixed
    Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Honolulu: Traditional lei greeting; guided sightseeing; visit Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial & Museum
    • Kona: Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum, Punalu’u Bake Shop, and Kona Coffee Living History Farm; luau and Polynesian show.
    • Maui: Visit `Iao Valley, Lahaina; farewell dinner.
    • Whether you’re looking to renew your spirit, explore historic sights, or experience breathtaking natural beauty, this Hawaii tour is sure to delight
    • Feel the sand in your feet, smell the fresh fragrance of the island flowers, smile as the tranquil ocean waves hit your calves, savor the sumptuous cuisine, taste the aromatic coffee, and just relax as Globus shows you the best of the Hawaiian Islands—Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui
    Visits:
    Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kona, Maui, United States
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    The Hudson Valley 2021

    10 days
    $ 559 / day
    $ 5,590
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Like the luminous landscapes of 19th-century artists like Thomas Cole and Asher Durand
    • the Hudson River has the power to enthrall with its deep forests
    • plunging waterfalls
    • wandering tributaries
    • cliffs and rugged mountain vistas... not to mention the cultural currents
    • castles
    • vineyards and fabulous estates that follow its wandering path down from Canada to the sea. Enjoy exclusive filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that share personal stories and take you behind the scenes of their films such as The Roosevelts and Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the heart
    • soul and history of this legendary waterway on a Hudson Valley tour that begins in romantic Montreal and winds through the rugged beauty of the Adirondacks... rambles in Lake Placid (with an Olympic ski jump demonstration)
    • the farm of John Brown and an island retreat at Lake George... visits to the historic estates of the Rockefellers and the Roosevelts
    • a wine tasting
    • and overnight stays at elegant lakeside resorts and lodges... with the final stop at New York City and the electrifying Crossroads of the World.
    Visits:
    Lake Placid, Montreal, Lake George, New York, Canada, United States
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    Two Islander

    10 days
    $ 249 / day
    $ 2,490
    Travel Style : Array Mixed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Highlights
    • Enjoy all the wonders of Oahu, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, fronting the ocean
    • See the  Punchbowl National Cemetery, snorkel at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
    • The ‘hottest show on the Island – the “Drums of the Pacific” Luau
    • Visit the South Pacific villages, demonstrations, Polynesian crafts.
    • The whaling era (1840 to 1865), Lahaina Town served as the anchorage for more than 500 ships!
    • Enjoy Tradewind sailing with phenomenal views of West Maui, Molokai and Lanai.
    Visits:
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States
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    2,695 United States Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

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    Do Not Trust & Believe Amtrak Vacations

    1.0
    • Value 1.0
    • Guide 1.0
    • Activities 1.0
    • Lodging 2.0
    • Transportation 2.0
    • Meals 1.0

    In May, 2021 I booked Amtrak Vacation tour from Seattle, WA to East Glacier & back for myself and my 13 year old grandson. Booking the trip was the only easy thing to occur. The trip was to leave Seattle at 4:40 pm and arrive in East Glacier at 9:40 am the next day. Dinner & breakfast were included since we had a sleeper compartment. The meals were horrible! They were microwave meals that were tasteless! The best food was the breakfast muffin, which they were out of on the return trip. We were also told there would be an observation car. Unfortunately we did not have it when we boarded and could not enjoy the views at all! We were told onboard that we would not pick up the observation car until Spokane, which for us was the middle of the night! When I booked the trip we were also told the shuttle would enable us to visit Glacier, take a boat cruise on Two Medicine Lake, etc. A car was not needed.
    Unfortunately less than two weeks prior to the trip, I received an email that the shuttle was not running and the boat tour was canceled. I immediately tried calling, but they were closed for the weekend. On Monday morning I was on hold for 1 hour 45 minutes and finally hung up. In the afternoon I tried again; I was on hold for 2 hours and when I explained my needs, she said I had to talk to customer relations and proceeded to put me on another hold. When I finally got connected, I immediately asked for their direct number in case we were disconnected and - big surprise - there is no direct line! This is the poorest customer relations in the world! I should have guessed at that point that the company really does not care once they have your money. They were absolutely no help at all. They could not help me rent a car, offer solutions of how to get around, etc. I asked what were we going to do at the lodge, the agent said they do have a pool. When we arrived the pool was not open! The Amtrak representative just apologized, she could not connect me to a supervisor. When I suggested the supervisor could call me back within 24 hours, she took my name & number, but you guessed it - no one called. Customer Service is nonexistent. It was only when I called the Glacier Park Lodge that I learned they had known the shuttle was not running since at least April. Amtrak Vacations lied to me and sold the trip under false pretenses and made no attempt to help me. The Lodge was also able to give me the local name of the car rental and I was finally able to secure a car. To add insult to injury, Amtrak gave me a $100 voucher to use on a future trip with them. I will never go on another Amtrak Vacation! Frank Marini is the CEO of both Yankee Leisure Group (travel company) and Amtrak Vacations. He has worked in the travel industry for many years including Collette Vacations. He is familiar with travel companies and knows they offer great customer relations; and many offer refunds when things go wrong - why is so adamant about the "no refund" policy? I would question any company affiliated with him. Beware and do not book with Amtrak Vacations.

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    Might be nice for older folk, but if you are in your 20s-30s and hoping for adventure, this isn’t it.

    3.0
    • Value 1.0
    • Guide 1.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 1.0
    • Meals 3.0

    First, let me say the customer service at Amtrak Vacations was incredible. Very responsive and quick to help. The train from Chicago to Salt Lake City was great. Very clean. Met a lot of nice people. From Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone, we were on a bus with no AC… and it was our first introduction to our “travel buddies.” I wasn’t fully aware that other people could book the same exact trip as us. We thought it was more customized to what we wanted. In hindsight, we wouldn’t made more adjustments to our travel. We soon found out that all of our travel buddies were folks our grandparents age and older, ready to complain about any and everything. We quickly decided to ditch the guided tour to Yellowstone and rent our own car. Thank God we did!! We enjoyed our time together so much more than we would have on a shared bus.
    The Yellowstone bus was okay. We got 3 hours of time to ourselves in the park and stayed away from the group. Be prepared for more bus issues (like no AC, loud people, etc).
    We were supposed to take a train to and from SF, but we instead flew to SF so we could have a whole day exploring the city, and then rented a car to be able to drive down highway 1 from SF to LA. Absolutely beautiful experience. So glad we drove down highway 1 instead of connecting trains and buses to get down there.
    Amtrak Vacations was able to refund a small amount, but not nearly enough to cover the things we cancelled in order to “do our own thing.” If I would’ve known how this trip was set up ahead of time, I would have altered our intercity to include the rental car to Yellowstone and LA instead of the buses/trains.

    Amtrak is great for the long-journey routes, as long as you have time for any possible 1-2hour delays. If you have buses and shorter train rides in your route, I highly recommend switching them out for a car.
    But! If you are older, don’t want to think about planning, and need constant assistance, the full trip is probably best for you.
    Amtrak sleepers are VERY small. We knew this ahead of time and came prepared, but many people in our group obviously were not. By the amount they complained about everything, it was obvious they didn’t do much research before hand.
    In the end, we probably could’ve done this whole trip for 5k, but instead spent close to 8k through Amtrak vacations.
    If I was doing it again, I would have used Amtrak Vacations package as a “guide” and then book all hotels, tickets, and cars on my own.

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    Stay Away - Class Action lawsuit for ripping off children

    1.0
    • Value 1.0
    • Guide 1.0
    • Activities 1.0
    • Lodging 1.0
    • Transportation 1.0
    • Meals 1.0

    This greedy and unethical company is being sued for keeping money from school children and their parents after the company canceled trips due to Coronavirus. They have a pattern of canceling trips and keeping your money and you get nothing! They only care about money and not earning it.

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    Operator Go Ahead Tours

    A great experience.

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    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Travelling around North America and Canada with Intrepid Travel was a hugely enjoyable experience. Our guide was essentially to the successful flow of the trip melding the group together and communicating great enthusiasm. When I lost my bag our guide arranged for it to be Fedexed to the next hotel and it arrived on time with all of the contents still I place. A great experience.

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    Operator Intrepid Travel

    This is an amazing trip.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    This is an amazing trip. There is a lot of traveling but it is very much worth it, to get the opportunity to see the very best of Alaska. The scenery is spectacular, especially in early September as the colours were changing. We saw a great variety of wildlife and had some fantastic experiences such as sea kayaking and trekking across a glacier. The additional activities are expensive but definitely worth it, and if you can afford it don't miss out. As Alaska is relatively remote, we found the cost of meals expensive too, compared to the UK. Take bug spray, thermals, binoculars and a sense of adventure.

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    Operator Intrepid Travel

    Intrepid Travel was an amazing experience.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Intrepid Travel was an amazing experience. Very relaxed yet professional. Our guide Brandon was excellent. The rooms were more than I expected. I'd recommend doing an Intrepid tour. And I'd do another one if I was travelling on my own again.

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    Operator Intrepid Travel

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