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Grand Teton to Banff: Iconic National Parks of Canada and the U.S.

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Program #20524RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
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Nancy from North Wales, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/24/14 - 07/05/14
This was a trip of a lifetime. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the next venue would knock my socks off. Difficult to pick a favorite place; they were all unique and amazing. The tour was perfectly paced, with enough time in between each venue, yet ample chances to explore in each place. A wonderful group of fellow travelers was the icing on the cake. Highly, highly recommended! Thanks to all for a memorable,unique trip with indescribable natural beauty, and wildlife at every turn.

Thomas from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 06/25/13 - 07/06/13
This was a fabulous trip combining visits to three national parks in the US with three in Canada. After leaving each park, we would say it can't get any better than this but it always did. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the North American West and this trip confirmed that belief.

Marilyn from Greensburg, PA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/27/13 - 09/07/13
This was a wonderful trip! I loved the scenery and the animals we saw. Excellent accommodations. Well guided and educational every step of the way.

Joann from Beamsville, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/27/13 - 09/07/13
This was an outstanding program. The scenery was spectacular and I now know about the geology and history of the areas visited.

Shirley from Brookville, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/13/13 - 08/24/13
WOW! It was a great trip. I would recommend to anyone who would like to visit that area.

Sandra from Urbana, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/30/13 - 08/10/13
An incredible trip with amazing views, wonderful accomodations, great infomation, and wonderful experiences.

Kate from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 07/02/13 - 07/13/13
This trip more than I expected. I have wanted to visit the Grand Tetons and Glaciers, as well as the mountains in Banff for years. My only regret now is that I waited as long as I did. The trip was extremely well planned, fulfilling and outpacing all my expectations.

Esteruth from Barrington, RI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/16/13 - 07/27/13
The places we saw were really awesome and inspiring. The Rockies, the Columbia Ice Fields were extraordinary. It was like some giant dropped huge rocks all along the many roadways for our eyes t play with!

Jean from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 07/02/13 - 07/13/13
The program was excellent. The leader had a few problems (mentioned earlier) but the bus driver was excellent.

Janice from Melbourne, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/02/13 - 07/13/13
Although our trip was cut short due to illness, I would like to share this note. Our tour guide, Deb Smith is such a caring, organized, and responsible individual. She made the trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park a memorable event in our lives. And don't want to forget our tour bus guide, Mike, Beachline Cruise Lines for our safety and transportation. Many kudos to both. Road Scholar should be proud to have them on their staff. Big Red & Chuck

Roger from Estero, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/25/13 - 07/06/13
The Iconic National Parks - Grand Tetons to Banff was outstanding. Expectations were far exceeded and this program will always be remembered by Ellen and I. Roger Sirlin July 7, 2013

Jeanice from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/24/12 - 08/04/12
7/24-12-8/04/12 Grand Teton to Banff is absolutely breathtaking adventure in several of our nation's and Canada's national parks. Everyday was packed with scenery that surpassed the day before. Our guide, Deb, and bus driver, Mike, were delightful traveling companions as well as consummate professionals who anticipated and solved any unexpected occurrences. All of our group were as excited as we were to be on such an exceptional trip. We highly recommend this wonderful program.

Kay from Stillwater, OK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/14/12 - 08/25/12
This is a wonderful, memorable, exciting program full of beautiful wonders of nature. It makes us thankful that these places have been set aside to be preserved for future use and enjoyment.

Karen from Carlisle, PA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/14/12 - 08/25/12
Karen from Carlisle, PA Date attended: August 14-25, 2012 Program design: excellent/great sites and pace Information packet prior to program: excellent Leader Timothy Rabin from Rapid City, SD: This trip was Tim’s first time to the area so he relied on the notes given to him and on the coach driver for logistics. I was disappointed there were not local native guides for seven days of the trip to share their experiences in the area; provide an educational interpretation of the area, people, economy, history; and make suggestions for free time. Coach driver: Mike Pahl from Missoula, MT excellent/advised the leader; knew sites for stops; where to view wildlife; provided excellent narrative for those in front seats and the leader. While driving the 1,600 miles Mike was not permitted to use a microphone to share his narrative with all on the coach. Mike kept the coach clean and stocked with bottled water. A 2-door coach would have enabled faster loading/unloading. Dr. Keith Watts from Wilson, WY – step on guide 1-day Jackson Hole and lecture on geology excellent/educational & fun Mike Stevens, a senior guide working in Yellowstone, – step on guide 1-day Yellowstone excellent/educational & fun Rich Aarstad – 1-hour presentation on Montana’s fur trade excellent Dan, a Blackfoot - driver of 20-passenger bus Going-to-the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, and provided commentary excellent Ashley Mason – 1-hour presentation on Glacier National Park at Lake McDonald excellent Jereme Arsenauft, musher, presentation on Snowy Owl sled dog tours. Brought Megatron, a husky & sled excellent Meals: convenient locations I liked that alcohol was not covered. Hotels: good locations Each of the other 35 interesting participants enhanced the journey

Barbara from Corona, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/21/12 - 09/01/12
Great programs. Intense at ties but you get a lot for your money. Great teachersm fun people to travel with.

Brenda from University Park, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/14/12 - 08/25/12
This trip opens up the wonder of the Northwest area and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. You will be forever changed by all the experiences of this trip.

Donald from Norwalk, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/07/12 - 08/18/12
A beautiful itinerary! Though I had been to most of the places included, there were new insights and experiences. Glacier National Park and the Athabasca Glacier were totally new. We had an excellent coach driver who helped the tour leader, new to this tour, with some of the places to see.

Donna from Sun City, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/10/12 - 07/21/12
This is a wonderful tour for anyone wanting to see beautiful scenery and appreciate the fact that our governments saved this land for us to see. It was the first trip for this program so there were a few kinks regarding timing, etc. that will probably be worked out for future trips. Our tour leader was called to do the tour when the scheduled leader fell ill. He did a good job and tried to make sure the company was notified of problems.

The step-on and local guides were good. I am a former earth science teacher so I was particularly impressed with Keith Watts in the Tetons and Ashley Mason in Glacier.

Accommodations and food were OK. We pre-ordered some meals at the start of the trip and although the food was good the service was poor. We had a variety of dining experiences, from cafeteria, hotel, and good restaurants.

Regarding a comment from another tour member. Breakfast was often AVAILABLE at 6:30, but no one was required to be there at that time. This allowed plenty of time for those of us who liked more time before getting on a bus.

Although there were few organized long walks or hikes, there were ample opportunities for people to hike if they wanted to. (Jackson, Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Waterton Lakes, Glacier, Banff and Lake Louise were the places I took the extra time to walk.)

I truly learned a lot and enjoyed this trip.

NOTE: I was unable to post my comments directly in the review section. Several other members have also noted this. Go to your account and do it there.

Orlin from Portola Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 35
Date attended: 07/10/12 - 07/21/12
This inaugural trip had lots of bugs. A substitute leader was unfamiliar with trip; group size was larger than limit of 38; some lectures were excellent, some were substitutes, one did not show up, but Keith Watts was the low ebb - treated us as 5th graders! Black Hill Educational Institute who ran the program was not up to date, apparently the program was planned without field visits, travel times were incorrect. Only one facility had grab bars in the showers. We were required to have breakfast at 6:30 each morning, but did not leave until 8:00. Program should NOT be rated as ACTIVE, only two days did we walk 2 miles, hiking sticks were not needed; lack of long walks was a disappointment in such a beautiful area. Too much time was allotted to looking at grand hotels (45 minutes to 1.5 hours). At Old Faithful we were not even directed to the wonderful new museum, some of us found it on our own. The low point in the meals was at the Silver Grill in Ft. Macleod, it was unacceptable. Much works needs to done to make this the wonderful trip that it could be. The scenery is spectacular.

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