On the complimentary day at the beginning, did you make reservations to eat at the hotel? I noticed on the Four Seasons website, that reservations were recommended. What did you plan that first day or did you just take it easy?
I was reading on the Grand Canyon website about the heat advisory and recommendations for staying cool. I was wondering if bottles of water are provided on the tour or if they were readily available for purchase at either the hotels or parks. We love the backpacks sent to the kids. Are there places for the kids to fill the water bottles provided?
One week to go. I was organizing what we are packing to see if I needed to go out to buy anything else when I realized I wasn't sure about whether I would need to pack extra things to wear for the dinners. Kathy, I went back and read what you wrote at the beginning of the thread about the dress being casual and the opening/closing dinners were more casual than the regular Tauck tours. So I was packing something casual for them, but I was wondering during the rest of the week, did you change for dinner? I know it will be hot during the day, but I don't want to overpack. I am used to taking cruises in which I pack one outfit for day and one outfit for night. I just wanted to make sure I pack appropriately for this tour.
There is no need to pack extra dressy clothes. I had a nice pair of slacks that I wore to the welcome dinner and then again to the final one in Las Vegas. Both of those evenings I just had a "dressier" shirt than what I wore during the day. (It may even have been the same shirt that I wore at the beginning!) The other evenings we were in the National Parks so the dress was whatever you wore during the day. People wore either shorts or jeans mostly. One night we even had a picnic outside. In short you can go to dinner wearing whatever you wore during the day. I would suggest taking an extra shirt or two just in case you felt that you were too hot during the day and wanted to change, but it is not necessary. Most evenings after dinner, my friend and took a walk in the area of the lodges. I believe that I mentioned earlier to bring a sweater or light jacket as it might get cool at night.
I don't think I mentioned but it is interesting to get up and watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. The jacket came in handy that morning because I pulled on a pair of jeans over my night clothes and then put on the jacket to go outside.
I hope that you let me know how you liked the tour when you get home. I will be away until the end of August but I will be interested in knowing how you enjoyed the Bridges tour.
Hi Angelina! The tour you are taking is absolutely nothing, I mean nothing like you have experienced on a Criuse. First of all, you will be a small number of people who you will get to know really well. Second, you are going to the National parks with Tauck. For me, who has done the itinerary independently with our children and then again with Tauck, the main difference is that Tauck do it far more efficiently, such as getting you to the sites and destinations at exactly the right time of day, so for instance you will see the Grand Canyon in the evening and then you can get up the next morning and head out for a walk along the rim before all the day tourists come in. You'll see all those extra colors in the morning light. Other than that, you will be around the general public, who will be in the same restaurants as you and I am quite sure they will be in shorts and t shirts and in very casual clothing. There really is no need to worry about any dress up clothes apart from smartening yourself up for the Welcome diner and maybe again in Vegas. In fact, I notice pretty much on every tour I have been on, that by the time the Goodbye dinner comes along, people know each other better and really don't need to 'impress' each other with clothing, or they can't be bothered, or hey, they might have run out of clean clothes, most of this is almost certainly extra true for the men, who have probably been forced by their wives to smarten up for the trip and put on a jacket because the wives think all the other men will be wearing jackets because The paperwork on Tauck says so.
On another thread, someone, it might have even been Kathy said something like this. When we got back, there was time to change for dinner, but I sat down for a cocktail and chatted to our new Tauck friends instead. I thought that was lovely and what a vacation, especially a Tauck Bridges vacation should be all about. One week to go for you. Please take the time to tell us about your experience and please correct us if we mislead you in any way.
I am glad that all the advice that I gave you regarding the Bridges tour was useful. It sounds as if you did have a great time. Monument Valley is spectacular and even today when I see it in an old movie, I remember seeing it in person.
My first Tauck tour was the Canyonlands which is the adult version of this one. I was so impressed with the quality of Tauck that I never bothered to look at other companies since then. I just returned from the Danube River cruise which was my 26th tour!