Faculty

Steve Cushman, Professor of English

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Pricing

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,000 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Overview

Join fellow travelers on an extraordinary small-group winter 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.

The elements of nature are in full sway and its wild inhabitants, close-knit family groups of wolves, are on the move: hunting, mating, and surviving. Search for the elusive predators while traveling in safari vehicles and interpreting tell-tale signs with the help of expert Orbridge Expedition Leaders. Learn historic and ecological aspects of the successful reintroduction of the gray wolf to the Yellowstone region. Enjoy a private after-hours museum visit along with other exclusive experiences, and overnight in atmospheric hotels and authentic park lodges.

Don’t miss this unique experience in the Serengeti of North America.

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 comfort of a custom-outfitted heated vehicle featuring oversized windows and a rooftop viewing hatch. Yellowstone is considered one of the best wolf-watching habitats in the country.
  • Joined by expert Orbridge Expedition Leaders 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.

Faculty

Steve Cushman, Professor of English

Stephen Cushman is Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at UVA where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department his commitment to American literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award, the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the Cavalier Distinguished Teaching Professorship, and a State Council of Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published ten books, most recently Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press) and Hothead: A Poem (Louisiana State University Press). For more about Steve, visit http://www.engl.virginia.edu/people/sbc9g or https://stephencushman.com/.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday, January 25, 2019

Arrive in Jackson, WY

Welcome to Jackson! This evening during a welcome reception, get to know fellow travel companions and Orbridge Expedition Leaders as you discuss and anticipate the upcoming adventure.
Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa
Reception (R)

Day 2 - Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jackson / Old Faithful

Today, depart for Old Faithful, traveling through Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone’s South Entrance before changing 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.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Sunday, January 27, 2019

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. This afternoon, take a walk through historic Fort Yellowstone or along the boardwalk of the nearby hot springs for an introduction to this section of the park.
Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Monday, January 28, 2019

Lamar Valley / Cooke City / Gardiner

After breakfast, set out for Lamar Valley—a prime wolf habitat. 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, your driver and guides will share a wealth of knowledge, stories, and a trained eye to spot wildlife.
Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Cooke City / Gardiner

Another full-day safari in Lamar Valley provides 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.

Afterward, stop at the studio of an award-winning photographer and listen to his stories of amazing wildlife encounters. Admire the myriad of wildlife photography displayed in the gallery, and take an opportunity to snowshoe around the property.
Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lamar Valley / Bozeman

This morning, make a final excursion to Lamar Valley. After lunch, say goodbye to Yellowstone National Park, passing the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance on the way to Bozeman for a special evening. At the Museum of the Rockies, this grand adventure concludes 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 during 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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Thursday, January 31, 2019

Depart Bozeman

After breakfast, depart for the airport. Complimentary transfers are available for flights departing during the suggested times. (B)

Optional Pre-Tour: Jackson, Wyoming

Day 1: Jackson, Wyoming
Welcome to Jackson! Settle into your accommodations and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa

Day 2: National Museum of Wildlife Art
Take a private, docent-led guided tour of the museum—designated the “National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States” by order of Congress—situated on a distinct cliff that overlooks the National Elk Refuge. Spot for wildlife before entering the museum to view selections of the 5,000-piece collection from over 500 artists. The rich artwork dates from 2500 BCE to the present and features wildlife history in art form, including the European exploration of the American West. This afternoon and evening are at your leisure.
Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa (B)

Day 3: Jackson Hole / National Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride / Main Program Begins
Experience a winter wonderland as your sleigh takes you into the heart of the National Elk Refuge, home to an estimated 7,000 elk. Celebrate this century-long tradition by getting up close to the elk and learning about their habitat and means of survival while surrounded by the gorgeous Grand Tetons and a variety of other wildlife. This evening, meet with fellow travelers to begin the main program.
(B)

Accommodations

Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort and Spa
Surrounded by 12 vast 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 walk to the bridge that crosses over Flat Creek where you can enjoy the enchanting surroundings. Try a glass of fine wine or local micro brew and the delightful cuisine in the Inn’s Bistro and Lounge or pamper yourself in its revitalizing spa. Rustic Inn offers a bistro restaurant and lounge with full bar and wine cellar, sauna, fitness equipment, spa services, complimentary Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities.

Room Amenities: Double pillow top mattresses and fine linens, flat screen TV, phone, mini-refrigerator, safe, coffee and tea maker, terry cloth robes, and en suite bathroom with Molton Brown sundries and hair dryer.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge
A short walk from its famous namesake, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge makes abundant use of natural wood, big-beam construction, and fixtures that echo back to historic Yellowstone lodges. The rooms are simple, comfortable, and outfitted with lodge details like wooden shutters over windows that open for fresh air. Take in its cozy fireplace and long wall of windows looking out toward Old Faithful Geyser.

Room Amenities: Phone, Wi-Fi (additional fee), refrigerator, coffee and tea maker, en suite bathroom, sundries, and hair dryer.

Yellowstone Gateway Inn
Conveniently located near the North Entrance of Yellowstone, this all-suite property features recently renovated apartment-style rooms. Each spacious suite offers a fully-equipped kitchen and living room, and easy access to nearby restaurants and shops.

Room Amenities: Denver Euro Top mattress, phone, flat screen TV, Blue-ray DVD player and complimentary movies, complimentary Wi-Fi, safe, fair trade organic coffee and tea, iron and ironing board, en suite bathroom with organic sundries and hair dryer.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman
For your final evening, settle into this spacious all-suite property, located at the base of the Bridger Mountains about one hour from Yellowstone National Park. The inviting lodge décor features hardwood floors, buffalo and elk displays, and a two-story fireplace. Take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Property amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas, an indoor pool and whirlpool spa, fitness center, on-site convenience store, laundry services (valet and self-service), and business area.

Room Amenities: Climate control, kitchen, living area, dining and work areas, 2 flat screen TVs, complimentary premium Wi-Fi, MP3 alarm clock, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners

Program Fees

$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,000 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:
6 nights accommodations with luggage porterage; a welcome reception in Jackson, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 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.

Does not include:
Airfare.

Optional Pre-tour: Jackson, Wyoming
$995 per person, double occupancy.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $400 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Includes:

  • Two nights accommodations at Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa (or similar), including a gourmet breakfast buffet each morning.
  • Admission and docent-led visit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
  • Sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge.
  • Complimentary transfer from the airport during the suggested arrival times, and transfers to and from the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
  • All gratuities and porterage.

Does not include:
Airfare: Tour director guiding services

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at  434-243-4984 or 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $850 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Check, credit card or wire transfer.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Registration, Deposits and Final Payment. To confirm and secure your reservation, a deposit of $850 per person per program, a deposit for any extension(s), and any non-refundable advanced payments, payable by check, ACH, money order, wire transfer of same day U.S. funds, or major credit card, is due at the time of registration. Final payment, including any extension(s) and optional(s), is payable by check, ACH, money order, or wire transfer of same day U.S. funds and due no later than 90 days prior to the scheduled program departure date. If your reservation is made between the final payment due date and the date the program starts, the entire cost of the program, including any extension(s) and optional(s), is due at the time of registration by check, money order, or wire transfer of same day U.S. funds. Final payments made by credit card are subject to a 2% transaction fee. If final payment is not received by Orbridge by the final payment due date, Orbridge may, at any time and with or without notice, cancel your reservation in its sole discretion with no right of refund. All payments we receive from you are herein defined as “Payments.”
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Cancellations and Refunds. All cancellations must be submitted to Orbridge in writing and will be subject to a cancellation fee (“Cancellation Fee”) as follows: (a) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge 275 or more calendar days prior to the scheduled departure date, all deposits will be fully refunded; (b) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge between 274 and 151 days prior to the scheduled departure date, the Cancellation Fee will be $500 per person per program and $300 per person per program for extensions; (c) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge between 150 days prior to the scheduled departure date and the day before the final payment due date, the Cancellation Fee will be the full deposit per person per program including any extension; (d) if the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge on the final payment due date or closer to the scheduled departure date, the Cancellation Fee will be the full program price. In addition to and not in lieu of the foregoing, a Cancellation Fee equal to 100% of the carrier charge applies to all non-refundable airfares due to your cancellation made at any time prior to the scheduled program departure date, as applicable. Refunds, if any, of any Payments in excess of the aggregate Cancellation Fee shall be processed within 30 calendar days of our receipt of your written notice.

For complete Terms & Conditions, visit terms.orbridge.com