Icons of America Flying Safari
Duration: 8 days
Highlights: • Private Tour of Black Hills Region
• Private Tour of Grand Teton National Park
• Private Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River
• Private Tour of Yellowstone National Park
• Private Tour of Grand Canyon National Park
• Private Boat Charter on Lake Powell
• Private Tour of Zion National Park
• Private Tour to Secret Slot Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Overlook
• Private Transfers Throughout
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Day 1 - Arrive Rapid City - Jackson Hole
Depart on your private charter flight to Rapid City.
Meet your private guide this morning for a full day private tour of the Black Hills region, focusing on Mount Rushmore National Monument, Custer State Park (home of bison herd and famous for wildlife), and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Many visitors are amazed at the beauty and diversity of this lesser-known region, and your guide will include sights and experiences that match the interests of your party.
After your tour, return to the Rapid City Airport for private charter flight to Jackson.
Jackson Hole was named for the high valley where mountain men gathered beside the Teton Range in the early 1800s. These days, tent camps and ranches have been replaced by galleries and fine dining. You can enjoy the natural beauty and unlimited outdoor recreation that draws visitors from around the world. The identity of modern Jackson is tied to neighboring Grand Teton National Park, where wildlife watchers, climbers and hikers pursue their passions.
Upon arrival in Jackson Hole, you are transferred to your accommodations.
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 2 - 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.
This afternoon you will enjoy an exclusive, small-boat whitewater rafting excursion. You'll raft the Snake River Canyon, an area of wild beauty and fascinating geology. Your raft guide will narrate your journey, sharing stories of the landscape along the river and keeping watch for local wildlife. Along the way, you'll raft several sets of Class I, II and III rapids, including Big Kahuna and Lunchcounter.
eturn to your hotel in the early evening, in time to freshen up for dinner.
Day 3 - Yellowstone National Park
Set out on a full-day, guided tour of Yellowstone National Park. 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 4 - Jackson Hole - Grand Canyon National Park - Page
After breakfast, depart with your private driver for transfer to the Jackson Airport.
Depart on your private charter flight to Grand Canyon National Park.
Meet your private guide 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, return to the Grand Canyon Airport for your private charter flight to Page.
Lake Powell’s beauty comes from the striking contrast between water and stone. Deep blue water meets sheer sandstone walls in the middle of the desert. Explore twisting slot canyons by boat or by foot, or paddle the calm waters in a kayak. The nearby attractions of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon also beckon.
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 5 - 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 6 - Zion National Park
Enjoy a private guided tour to Zion National Park. Your guide will lead you through the park, hiking to incredible look-out points and interpreting the flora, fauna, geology and history of the park as you go. Take in Zion's spectacular rock formations including the Three Patriarchs, Cathedral Mountain and Checkerboard Mesa. Zion's sedimentary rock layers continue to be eroded by the forces of wind and water to this day, revealing the iconic red and coral hues of the Southwest.
Day 7 - 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.
Day 8 - Depart Page
After breakfast, meet your private driver for transfer to the Page Airport.
Depart on your private charter flight home.