National Parks by Air
Duration: 9 days
Highlights: • Private Charter Flights & Private Transfers
• Private Tour of Giant Sequoia Grove
• Full Day Private Tour of Yosemite National Park
• Full Day Private Tour of Grand Canyon National Park
• Seven Hour Boat Charter on Lake Powell
• Three Hour Private Slot Canyon Tour
• Private Tour of National Museum of Wildlife Art
• Private Wildlife Viewing Tour of Grand Teton National Park
• Two Hour Private Horseback Ride
• Full Day Private Tour of Yellowstone National Park with Private Charter Flight
• Eight Nights of 5-Star Lodging
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Day 1 - Arrive Fresno-Oakhurst
Upon arrival into Fresno, meet your private driver for one-hour transfer to Oakhurst. Enjoy lunch at Erna’s Elderberry Restaurant at Chateau du Sureau.
The Estate by the Elderberries is comprised of the luxurious Relais & Châteaux, Château du Sureau, the award-winning The Elderberry House Restaurant, the relaxing Spa du Sureau and the private Villa Sureau. This nine-acre property is nestled in the rolling foothills at the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Located in a stunning landscape the Estate is reminiscent of the French countryside where beauty and old-world charm await.
After lunch, you will then drive 30-minutes with your private driver-guide to explore Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Following your tour, you will return to the hotel.
Overnight: Chateau du Sureau
Day 2 - Yosemite National Park
Meet your private guide in the lobby of your hotel for a full day tour of Yosemite National Park. Explore the highlights of Yosemite, including the major waterfalls and rock formations of Yosemite Valley, plus portions of the high country. In addition, your guide will point out little-known treasures, off-the-beaten path trails, and the best sites that fit your interests. Enjoy lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a private walk with John Muir in Yosemite Valley. You'll learn about Muir's deep love for the area, hear about his incredible adventures while he lived there, and enjoy some of his fierce and eloquent advocacy that resulted in the protection of what is now Yosemite National Park. The individual with whom you will meet has played John Muir at the Yosemite Theatre for more than two decades, and in period costume, will use John Muir's actual words to discuss the founding of Yosemite, along with Muir's hopes for its future.
Overnight: Chateau du Sureau
Day 3 - Yosemite National Park-Page
After breakfast, meet your private driver for one hour transfer to the Fresno, Airport.
Depart on your private charter flight to Grand Canyon National Park.
Meet your private guide at the airport for a tour and hikes around the Canyon rim and into the Canyon on trails little-used by other hikers. Your guide will explain the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Canyon. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the historic lodges and buildings on the Canyon rim, including the studio of photography pioneers Emery & Ellsworth Kolb, where you will have access to a floor of the studio not open to the public. Enjoy lunch at the historic El Tovar Lodge, located right on the edge of the South Rim.
In the late afternoon, depart on your private charter flight to Page; where you will be transferred to Canyon Point for check-in.
Tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views of colorful, stratified rock; the spectacular Amangiri Resort offers guests unprecedented access to the dramatic four corners region of the US. The resort features a dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, library, gallery, full service Aman Spa, a wide array of activities, swimming pool, hot tub, lounge and expansive living room.
Day 4 - Lake Powell
Enjoy a private boating adventure on Lake Powell today. Lake Powell has 2,000 miles of shoreline with unlimited exploration opportunities and the day is yours to enjoy the sun and cruise with your private captain in a high-speed powerboat. You will have the opportunity to hike to the most photographed and geological wonder of the American West, Rainbow Bridge National Monument as well as enjoy kayaking during your time on Lake Powell. Your boating tour can be completely customized to your interests by your private captain.
Day 5 - Lake Powell
Meet your guide for a three-hour tour to secret Antelope Canyon. During your slot canyon tour, your guide will take you on a private off-road 4x4 drive for 6 miles (approximately 30 minutes) meandering through the desert, rolling hills and wash-beds. During the drive, we may see coyotes, foxes, bobcats, owls, hawks and other desert wildlife. After visiting the slot canyon, enjoy a short walk to Horseshoe Bend Overlook. The undulating sandstone provides various angles and views of the Colorado River as it meanders around a rock promontory, creating the Horseshoe Bend loop beloved by visitors and photographers from around the world.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 - Page-Moab-Jackson Hole
After breakfast, meet your private driver for transfer to the Page Airport.
Depart on your private charter flight to Moab, Utah.
Upon arrival in Moab, meet your guide for a private tour of Arches National Park. Arches features the greatest concentration of natural stone arches in the world, offering spectacular displays of the natural forces of erosion at work. Your guide will lead you on short walks to some of the most spectacular structures.
After a morning and lunch in Arches, continue on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Upon arrival into Jackson, meet your private driver for transfer to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
One of Jackson's premier art experience is the National Museum of Wildlife Art. A museum docent will lead you on a tour of the galleries and share insight on the artists and exhibits. The museum collection hoods over 5,000 pieces from more than 500 artists. In addition, the museum grounds overlook the National Elk Refuge and the Gros Ventre Range.
After your tour, continue to your nearby hotel for check-in.
Amangani provides curated luxury organically built into the landscape at an elevation of 7,000 feet. With jaw-dropping views of the Grand Tetons and Snake River range, this is more than a hotel. Given the Gold Award Badge in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hotels in the U.S. rankings, the hotel mixes contemporary minimalism with locally-inspired, rustic accents. Award-winning dining options offer local, sustainable ranch meats, fresh fish and seasonal farm-to-table produce. When guests are not adventuring, an infinity pool and deluxe spa await. Just 25 minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport, Amangani is ideal for adult travelers seeking solace and attention to detail.
Day 7 - Grand Teton National Park
Set out on a half-day tour of Grand Teton National Park with your naturalist guide. As you travel through the park, your guide will search for bears, moose, antelope, bison and elk. Binoculars and spotting scopes are provided to allow for the closest viewing. Plenty of time is allotted for stops and photography, and the day will be tailored to your interests. A gourmet picnic lunch is included.
No trip to Jackson is complete without a horseback ride. Set out with your wrangler for a private guided ride, surrounded by views of the Teton Range. The horses are well-trained, and well-mannered, providing a relaxed experience with a focus on enjoying the amazing scenery. Your adventure lasts approximately two hours.
Day 8 - Yellowstone National Park
This morning, you will be transferred to the Jackson Airport. Depart on your private charter flight to West Yellowstone where you will be met by your private guide for a full day of touring.
Your naturalist driver-guide will tailor the experience to your interests, with stops at many of the park's signature destinations. You will visit some of the park's iconic geysers, hot pools, and wildlife viewing sites. If desired, your guide will lead you on short walks while sharing stories about the first national park in the world. Enjoy an al fresco picnic lunch during the tour and return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 9 - Depart Jackson Hole
After breakfast, meet your private driver for transfer to the Jackson Airport.
Depart on your private charter flight home.