- From vast canyons to alpine lakes, explore Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons with a naturalist on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, and elusive gray wolves.
- Discover Yellowstone’s thermal landscape of bubbling mud pots, brilliantly colored hot springs, and erupting geysers—including legendary Old Faithful.
- Hike among glacial valleys below towering peaks, and learn about the geology and history of Grand Teton National Park.
- Float on the Snake River beneath the jagged peaks of the Teton Range.
- Luxury - 5 star
Luxury - 5 star Lodging LevelThe highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Explore two of America’s greatest natural treasures: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. On daily excursions, discover Yellowstone’s wilderness and geothermal wonders, and venture into magnificent valleys to spot bison, bears, elk, eagles, and coyotes. Peer into the yawning abyss of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and witness Old Faithful’s thrilling eruptions. Then head south to the awesomely jagged peaks of the Teton Range. Go on a ranger-led hike in a glacial valley, raft down the wildlife-rich Snake River, and cruise the emerald waters of Jenny Lake.
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Photographic tour of Turkey featuring Istanbul, Capadoccia and the coast
Our tour was for only 10 days so we stayed in 3 main destinations for 2-3 nights, and we took an internal flight to keep our exploration time on the ground to a maximum. We were lead by 3 tour leaders being a cultural guide, photographic guide and general organiser. Our cultural guide was an expert on the history of the country and he passionately shared this with us on our journey. We visited many other highlights and our photographic guide was available for questions and help throughout the whole tour. Our tour was designed to take advantage of photographic opportunities wherever possible. The opportunity to do your own thing was also possible with the extended stays in each location.
We started off in Istanbul where we stayed for 3 nights, then flew to Capadoccia where we stayed a further 2 nights. My friend and I took advantage of a balloon ride over the amazing landscape there and I am so glad we did. We also experienced a whirling dervishes and were allowed to take photos of their spiritual dance which was a thrill and privilege. We then headed towards the coast where we visited the ruins at Ephesus and by bus to Bodrum which was our final destination. We visited the Museum of Underwater Archeology, and had a behind the scenes tour of the complex and watched the process of reconstruction and recovery of ancient shipwrecks in the area. There were many other sights and locations we visited throughout the trip, and each day we experienced local food and hospitality which really enhanced the experience.
My friend and I decided to book a further couple of nights in Bodrum to extend the length of the holiday as we didn't want to leave the magical coast of Turkey. The locals were very friendly throughout our tour and we were made welcome by everyone we met.
National Geographic Expeditions were a high standard of tour and I would be happy to recommend them as a tour provider for a photographic experience.
Day 1: Bozeman, Montana/Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming
Arrive in Bozeman and travel to Yellowstone National Park—the world's first national park. At the historic village of Mammoth Hot Springs, stroll along travertine terraces sculpted by hot springs. Later, gather for a welcome reception and dinner.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (D)
Day 2: Lamar Valley
Rise early to drive to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, where gray wolves were first restored to Yellowstone in 1995. Be on the lookout for bison, bears, elk, eagles, and the elusive wolf in this sweeping glacial valley. Return to Mammoth and enjoy an afternoon hike to see beaver ponds, or explore what remains of the original Fort Yellowstone.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (B,L,D)
Day 3: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a spectacular, 20-mile chasm. Walk along the rim to view cascading waterfalls set against a dazzling red and gold palette. In Hayden Valley, look for bison, coyotes, elk, and perhaps even a grizzly. Then trace the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake, and continue up and over the Continental Divide to the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 4: Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins
Greet the day with the clockwork eruption of Old Faithful. With more than 300 geysers, Yellowstone's geysers make up two thirds of all those found in the world. Explore this stunning geothermal landscape with our expert, and marvel at steaming fumaroles, belching mud pots, and gem-colored mineral pools.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 5: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson
Journey south to the Teton Range, where saw-toothed, snowy peaks rise from the valley floor. Take a scenic cruise on the emerald waters of Jenny Lake. Then continue to Jackson, a lively mountain town with Old West flair, and learn about its history on a guided walk.
The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (B,L)
Day 6: Grand Teton National Park
Head back into Grand Teton National Park and to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Enjoy a hike in a glacially carved valley to Phelps Lake, framed dramatically by the towering Tetons. Later, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, or explore Jackson’s quaint streets. Then gather for a farewell dinner at one of Jackson’s fine restaurants.
The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (B,L,D)
Day 7: Snake River/Jackson
Enjoy a float trip on the Snake River this morning, and search for bald eagles, moose, and other wildlife. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Dates & Pricing
Price Per Day:
$ 664 per person
Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,200
Flights & TransportOnly ground transport
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