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Yellowstone, Grand Canyon & Tequila Banff - Mexico City

Trip Overview

This 32 day overland tour journeys from Banff to Mexico City through Canada , Mexico, USA
32 DAYS THROUGH Canada , Mexico (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
of 7 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$3,290 (USD) + 1,020 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
32 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
60%
40%
MEALS:
20 Breakfasts / 20 lunches / 20 Dinners
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZLM
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise

  Roam the lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park

  Watch Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

  From Jackson Hole drive through Grand Teton National Park

  Salt Lake City and the famous Temple Square

  Spot bison and longhorn at Antelope Island

  Go trekking in Canyonlands & Arches National Parks

  Overnight in Navajo country at Monument Valley

  Visit Antelope Canyon near Page

  Explore beautiful Bryce and Zion National Parks

  Try your luck in glitzy Las Vegas

  Visit the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon

  Try your hand at surfing in Saulita, Mexico

  Enjoy a shot of tequila in Tequila

  Explore Paricutin Volcano, with optional horseriding

  Immerse yourself in chaotic Mexico city

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Banff ( 23rd Aug 2019 )

Border information: If joining in Banff, you will most likely enter Canada at Calgary International Airport (IATA code: YYC).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Banff and its stunning surroundings. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Banff before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Banff.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a horse riding trip through the mountains and forests near Banff

CAD 100

Take the gondola up to the fantastic viewpoint on Sulphur Mountain that looks out over Banff

CAD 40

Explore the wonderfully-scenic Banff National Park and see its famous lakes and walking trails

CAD 10

Relax in the sulphuric hot springs near Banff

CAD 8

Head out on an incredible white water rafting experience on the Kananashin or Kicking Horse River near Banff

CAD 100

Visit the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, used for around 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11m-high cliff

Free
Day 2-3 - Glacier National Park ( 24th Aug 2019 to 25th Aug 2019 )

Border information: Exit Canada at Chief Mountain, enter USA at Chief Mountain.

Today we will have a full day drive over the US border into the state of Montana and arrive at the eastern side of Glacier National Park, stopping en route at the fascinating Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a cliff that aboriginal people used for hunting for almost 6000 years.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On Day 3 we will free time to fully explore the pristine ecosystem of Glacier National Park and take some optional treks or scenic drives up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and other scenic points. 

In Glacier National Park we will camp in a campsite near the spectacular St. Mary's Lake.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, used for around 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11m-high cliff

Included in Kitty

Explore the spectacular lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park in the state of Montana

Included in Kitty
Day 4-6 - Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park ( 26th Aug 2019 to 28th Aug 2019 )

Today we have a full day drive south into the state of Wyoming and to the famous Yellowstone National Park, home to magnificent landscapes, fantastic treks, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser.

On our first night we will stay at a Campsite on the northern edge of the park with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On Day 5 we will pack up our camp and explore Yellowstone National Park as we make our way to our camp on the southern edge of the park, where we will base ourselves for the next 2 nights. 

From here we have a free day on Day 6 to fully explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National park and take part in optional treks and other activities.

In Yellowstone National Park we will camp at a campsite in the Madison area of the park.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the highlights of the famous Yellowstone National Park, including its hiking trails and the iconic geyser of Old Faithful

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Drive through the stunning Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, stopping at the picturesque Jenny Lake

Free

Take a short trek or boat ride at Jenny Lake in the heary of Grand Teton National Park

USD 15
Day 7-8 - Jackson Hole ( 29th Aug 2019 to 30th Aug 2019 )

Today we will drive south through the stunning Grand Teton National Park and take a stop at the spectacular Jenny Lake, where we'll have some free time to explore the lake and possibly take a short boat trip. We will then continue to the beautiful town of Jackson Hole.

In Jackson Hole we will stay in quad rooms in a comfortable hostel, the following day we have a free day for activities and to explore the area.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Drive through the stunning Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, stopping at the picturesque Jenny Lake

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

White water rafting near Jackson

USD 70

Take a short trek or boat ride at Jenny Lake in the heary of Grand Teton National Park

USD 15
Day 9 - Salt Lake City ( 31st Aug 2019 )

Today we will drive to Utah's state capital of Salt Lake City, where we will have time for quick free exploration of the city centre and its famous Temple Square. We will then head to the nearby Antelope Island State Park, known for its abundant population of American bison and pronghorns.

In Antelope Island we will camp at a basic campsite with few facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the rugged Antelope Island State Park and go in search of American Bison and Longhorns

Included in Kitty
Day 10-11 - Canyonlands National Park, Moab ( 1st Sep 2019 to 2nd Sep 2019 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Moab, perfectly located next to the rugged wildernesses of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

We will spend the next day exploring and trekking in Canyonlands National Park, and taking part in some optional activities in and around Moab.

In Moab we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the phenomenal 'Islands in the Sky' region of Canyonlands National Park and walk on some of it's stunning trails

Included in Kitty

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Arches National Park and see the iconic Delicate Arch at sunset

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hire mountain bikes to explore the canyons around Moab

USD 40

Head on an amazing rafting trip to Fisher's Tower near Moab

USD 65

Visit the Moab Museum and the Museum of Western Film and Heritage

USD 5
Day 12 - Monument Valley ( 3rd Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive to the incredible Monument Valley, the iconic landscape symbolic of the American West. On arrival we will head out on an included jeep tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing the stunning rock formations up close and learning about the local Navajo culture.

In Monument Valley we will spend the night in a traditional Navajo ‘Hogan’ (an igloo-shaped dwelling of wood and earth where 6-8 people sleep together on the ground in a circle).

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend a night sleeping in a traditional Navajo hogan and take a jeep tour of the spectacular Monument Valley

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the ancient Navajo National Monument in Arizona

Free
Day 13 - Page ( 4th Sep 2019 )

Today we will continue our drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell.

In Page we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the iconic Antelope Canyon on a trip from the town of Page

Included in Kitty
Day 14 - Kodachrome Basin State Park ( 5th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park, where we will have free time on arrival to explore the beautiful landscape.

In Kodachrome Basin State Park we will camp in a scenic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 15-16 - Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park ( 6th Sep 2019 to 7th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive to the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park, where we will have a few hours here to take some optional treks to its hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion). Following this, we will take a very scenic drive to the stunning Zion National Park.

In Zion National Park we will camp at a well-equipped campsite just outside the park. 

On Day 16, we have a free day for exploring and activities in the Zion National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the beautiful and scenic Bryce Canyon National Park and the nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park

Included in Kitty

Visit the spectacular canyons and rock formations of Zion National Park

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Go on a horse riding trip through the magnificent Zion National Park

USD 90

Head out on some scenic trekking routes in Zion National Park

Free
Day 17-18 - Las Vegas ( 8th Sep 2019 to 9th Sep 2019 )

This morning we will have free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations on Zion National Park. In the afternoon we will drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to fully explore the fascinating city of Las Vegas and enjoy its world-famous all-night entertainment options, including its casinos and shows!

In Las Vegas we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a dazzling helicopter flight over Las Vegas at night

USD 124

Explore the incredible casinos and resorts of Las Vegas

Free

Visit the collosal Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, one of the most important architectural projects of the 1930s

USD 30

Visit some of the fascinating museums and exhibitions in Las Vegas, such as the Titanic Exhibit, Madame Tussauds, and the Mob Museum

USD 30

Head out on an exhilarating ATV quad biking tour of the deserts surrounding Las Vegas

USD 150

Kayak down the Colorado River to the scenic Black Canyon

USD 160

Go on a fantastic horse riding trip through the rock formations and deserts around Las Vegas

USD 130
Day 19-20 - The Grand Canyon ( 10th Sep 2019 to 11th Sep 2019 )

Today we will continue south into the state of Arizona and to one of the most spectacular highlights of the USA - the world-famous Grand Canyon. On arrival we will head up to one of the stunning viewpoints over the Grand Canyon for sunset.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Grand Canyon area and take optional treks and scenic helicopter flights over the canyon. The entrance to the Grand Canyon is included on the trip, but as there are many options once inside the National Park the day will be free to explore in your own way.

At the Grand Canyon we will camp at a well-equipped campsite in the Grand Canyon Village.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit some of the spectacular viewpoints over the world-famous Grand Canyon and the Colorado river

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on one of the incredible trekking trails around the Grand Canyon

Free

Take an unforgettable scenic helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

USD 300
Day 21 - Phoenix ( 12th Sep 2019 )

Today we start to drive south through Arizona to the area near Phoenix.

In the Phoenix area we will most likely stay in multi-share rooms in a hostel, if time allows we may have the opportunity to go horse riding or visit Antelope Canyon.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 22 - Nogales ( 13th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive south to the border town of Nogales.

In Nogales we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 23-24 - Mazatlán, Guaymas ( 14th Sep 2019 to 15th Sep 2019 )

Border information: Exit USA at Nogales, enter Mexico at Nogales.

Today we will cross the border into Mexico, and over the next two days we will drive south along the Pacific coast, staying close to the towns of Guaymas and Mazatlán en route.

In Guaymas and Mazatlán we will camp in well-equipped campsites.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-11 hours each day.

Day 25-26 - Sayulita ( 16th Sep 2019 to 17th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive to the surfing town of Sayulita on Pacific coast and enjoy some free time on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Playa Los Muertos beach and possibly try your hand at surfing!

In Sayulita we will stay in a basic hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Try your hand at surfing at the relaxed coastal town of Sayulita

USD 20
Day 27 - Tequila ( 18th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive to the town of Tequila, where we will have time for an optional visit to the town's famous distilleries (either today or on the following morning).

In Tequila we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a guided tour of the famous Jose Cuervo tequila distillery

MXN 180
Day 28-29 - Angahuan ( 19th Sep 2019 to 20th Sep 2019 )

Today we drive to the town of Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purépecha people, who have been indigenous to the area since one thousand years before the Spanish invasion. Angahuan is the gateway to the Parícutin volcano, the only volcano in the world to have been born in modern times.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the village of Angahuan or to go for optional walks around the area of the Parícutin volcano. The creation of the volcano in 1943 buried two nearby villages, and it's still possible to see the spire of the cathedral of San Juan Parangaricutiro sticking up from the lava field.

In Angahuan we will camp at a campsite near to the volcano.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Trek up the Parícutin volcano in Angahuan, the only volcano in the world to be spawned during modern times

USD 35

Explore the area of the Parícutin volcano on horseback

MXN 700
Day 30-31 - Mexico City ( 21st Sep 2019 to 22nd Sep 2019 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the massive and chaotic Mexican capital of Mexico City.

The following day we have a free day to enjoy Mexico.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See Mexico City's famous traditional mariachi bands in the evening around Garibaldi Square

MXN 30

Explore the magnificent ancient Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City

MXN 59

Freely explore the huge area of the Zocalo in Mexico City's centre, along with its famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Temple Mayor (the last remains of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan)

MXN 59

Visit some of Mexico City's other incredible landmarks, such as the Palacio Nacional, the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and the Basilica de Guadalupe

Free

Explore the vast system of waterways and flower gardens at Xochimilco, possibly including a visit to the creepy Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

Free

Visit some of Mexico City's most important museums and galleries, such as the old house of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, the former home of revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo art gallery

MXN 75
Day 32 - Mexico City ( 23rd Sep 2019 )

Border information: if leaving in Mexico City, you will most likely exit Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code: MEX).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mexico City. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 23 Aug 2019
Returning: 23 Sep 2019
Duration: 32 days
Route: Banff - Mexico City
$3,290 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 17 May 2020
Returning: 17 Jun 2020
Duration: 32 days
Route: Mexico City - Banff
$3,320 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 14 Aug 2020
Returning: 14 Sep 2020
Duration: 32 days
Route: Banff - Mexico City
$3,320 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 27 May 2021
Returning: 27 Jun 2021
Duration: 32 days
Route: Mexico City - Banff
$3,390 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 27 Aug 2021
Returning: 27 Sep 2021
Duration: 32 days
Route: Banff - Mexico City
$3,400 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Enjoyed most the US rocky mountains section - the itinerary provided a good range of activities
Gillian W
I think that the trip was good value for money and that I saw a lot of N. American parks
Jeremy G
Excellent itinerary. solar eclipse was a big bonus.
Aaron K
The canyons and Banff area were my high lights, as I was able to go trekking
Collin L
Spend less time in Moab, 3 days there was too much and I would have prefered to use some of that time elsewhere otherwise excellent.
Adam H
Seb was very caring of the bus. Good maintanance, and a careful and good driver. Lou was a great all round leader.
John W
Both Lou and Seb worked very hard throughout this leg and the following on what was an extremely fast paced journey with a very diverse set of passengers. I would have no hesitation in going on further trips with either of them as leader or driver.
Deborah P