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  • For details or to reserve: http://arizonaalumni.orbridge.com

    (800) 232-8278

    JANUARY 24, 2018 – JANUARY 30, 2018

    THE WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONETHE WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE Amidst crisp air, bare trees, frosted earth, and brilliant thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, the wildlife viewing in winter is better than any other time of year. The elements of nature are in full sway and its wild inhabitants—close-knit packs of wolves—are hunting, mating, searching for warmth, and surviving.

    Dear Fellow Traveler,

    This winter, please join us on an extraordinary adventure: a seven-day wildlife expedition to Yellowstone—North America’s best wolf-watching habitat.

    Dressed magnificently with frost and snow, and with visitors few and far between, experience the park when its beauty is more untouched by the outside world than any other time of the year. Hushed and magical landscapes are the setting for steaming geysers, trees covered in ice crystals, and the movements of bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife—followed closely by the park’s wolves.

    Safari aboard custom vehicles with expert naturalists as we explore and learn about the animals, ecosystem, geothermal activity, and history of the park. Visit the Museum of the Rockies after hours for a private guided tour and special farewell dinner, among other exclusive experiences. At day’s end, overnight in atmospheric hotels and a park lodge.

    This is a small-group expedition and space is limited. With significant savings of more than $600 per couple, we anticipate this tour will fill quickly, so be certain to reserve your spot today and share this brochure with family and friends who may be interested in traveling with you.

    Reserve today online at http://arizonaalumni.orbridge.com, by calling (800) 232-8278 or (520) 621-5333, or by returning the enclosed reservation form.

    Sincerely,

    http://arizonaalumni.orbridge.com

  • Lisa Valentine Director, UA Alumni Travel The University of Arizona Alumni Association arizonaalumni.com/travel [email protected]

    Please note: The information contained in this document is current as of 5/18/2017

  • Program Highlights: Immerse yourself in the unspoiled natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and dramatic tales of this unique ecosystem during this exclusive small group expedition to Yellowstone in winter.

    Scout for wolves from the warmth of a heated vehicle—Yellowstone is considered the best wolf-watching habitat in the country.

    Joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and professional naturalist guides, learn informed perspectives and first-person accounts of the wolves’ setbacks, survival, and victories.

    Keep binoculars close at hand: this is the “Serengeti of North America,” ranged by resident bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, moose, and other wildlife.

    Experience Yellowstone in its winter incarnation: a world with frozen “geyser rain,” ghost trees with a frosty glaze, surprising winter wildflowers, and dynamic geothermal features set in snow and ice.

    Enjoy a private, after-hours visit at the Museum of the Rockies, where the area’s natural history is highlighted by one of the most important collections of dinosaur fossils in the world.

    What's included: 6 nights accommodations with luggage porterage; a welcome reception in Jackson, 6 breakfasts, 5 deli, boxed or picnic-style lunches while outdoors on safari, and 5 dinners including a special farewell dinner in Bozeman; admission and park fees; all gratuities; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.

  • Day-by-Day Itinerary*: Day 1: Arrive in Jackson, WY Welcome to Jackson! This evening, during a welcome reception, get to know your traveling companions and

    Orbridge Expedition Leader as you discuss and anticipate your upcoming adventure.

    Overnight: Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa (R)

    Day 2: Jackson / Old Faithful Today, depart for Old Faithful, traveling through the Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone's South Entrance

    where we change vehicles for a specially equipped snow coach. This afternoon, watch Old Faithful erupt, then

    enjoy a nature walk to the Castle Geyser and Upper Geyser Basin.

    Overnight: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

    Day 3: Old Faithful / Mammoth Hot Springs / Gardiner, MT Head to Mammoth Hot Springs, a unique area of the park where colorful travertine terraces create mesmerizing,

    intricate landscapes. During a stop at the Lower Geyser Basin, discover the four geothermal features of the park:

    hot springs, mud pots, geysers, and fumaroles. Next, visit Yellowstone's Grand Canyon and its incredible Upper and

    Lower Falls, both encased in ice and snow as if frozen in time. This afternoon, a walk through historic Fort

    Yellowstone or along the boardwalk of the nearby hot springs will introduce us to this section of the park.

    Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

    Day 4: Lamar Valley / Gardiner After breakfast, an early departure brings us to prime wolf habitat, Lamar Valley. Aboard a heated van, venture into

    a winter wonderland where wolves and other wildlife play, hunt, and survive. Dusted with snow, bison stand

    majestically within this protected area, and elk gather in the river valleys. Wolves stay in range of the movements of

    their prey, and with the season's bare trees and frosty backdrops, conditions are better than any other time of year

    to spot the elusive predators. During this full-day safari, our driver and guide will share a wealth of knowledge,

    stories, and a trained eye to spot wildlife.

    Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

    Day 5: Lamar Valley / Gardiner Another full-day safari in Lamar Valley gives us the opportunity to reach viewing points where wolf sightings have

    been reported. Learn about the wolves' evolving family tree, the packs currently roaming the park, and the

    dynamics between individuals and families. Dramatic stories and perspectives about the saga of the wolves' demise

    and comeback over the last several decades add to this second day of scouting.

    Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

    Day 6: Gardiner / Lamar Valley / Bozeman This morning we make our final excursion to Lamar Valley. After lunch we say our goodbyes to Yellowstone

    National Park, passing the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance on our way to Bozeman for a special

    evening. At the Museum of the Rockies, we finish our adventure with a festive farewell dinner amidst one of the

    most important collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. Learn about the discoveries made in this area from a

    knowledgeable guide—an exclusive after-hours tour that will set the scene for a fond farewell to the magnificent

    Yellowstone wildlife, the park, and your traveling companions.

    Overnight: Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman (B,L,D)

    Day 7: Depart Bozeman After breakfast, depart for the airport. Complimentary transfers are available for flights departing during the

    suggested times. (B)

    R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

    Due to the nature of winter explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters and weather conditions.

  • *Itinerary subject to change

    What’s Included: 1 night at Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa in Jackson, WY; 1 night at Old Faithful Snow Lodge in West Thumb, WY; 3 nights at Yellowstone Gateway Inn in Gardiner, MT; and 1 night at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman, MT (subject to change)

    A welcome reception in Jackson, 6 breakfasts, 5 deli, boxed or picnic-style lunches while outdoors on safari, and 5 dinners including a special farewell dinner in Bozeman

    A fully-guided program with an Orbridge Expedition Leader as well as expert local guides and naturalists

    In-field lectures and presentations including an overview of the wolf packs and family trees led by a local researcher, a naturalist's summary of the science and research on the biological impact of the repopulation of the wolves in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and a discussion of the political history of the wolves' reintroduction

    Admission to Yellowstone National Park and all activities as described in program itinerary

    Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times

    Luggage porterage upon arrival at airport, and in and out of hotels

    Gratuities to Orbridge Expedition Leader, local guides, hotel housekeeping staff, drivers, porters, and wait staff for included meals

  • Your Guide(s): Orbridge Expedition Leader

    Every departure will be accompanied by a premier Expedition Leader with extensive local knowledge

    and experience as a cultural, historic, and naturalist interpreter. With their contribution of exceptional

    know-how and enthusiasm adding depth to your experience, enjoy the cultures and locations you

    explore with added confidence, understanding, and appreciation.

  • Program Accommodations:

    Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort and Spa*

    Surrounded by 12 lush acres adjacent to the National Elk Refuge, guests can easily take advantage of everything Jackson and its spectacular environs have to offer by making their base the Rustic Inn. After a long day of activities, relax in the Inn's outdoor heated pool and hot tub, or take a walk down beautifully landscaped trails along the aspen

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