Tour Overview

Escape to Glacier and Banff National Park on this one-of-a-kind adventure into the Rocky Mountains of Montana and the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. We’ll explore the mountains, glaciers, lakes, and alpine wilderness of these delicately-preserved regions aboard boats, Red Buses, gondolas, Ice Explorers, and of course the Expedition Cruiser. Take in the fresh alpine air amongst wildflowers and lush landscapes on this Rocky Mountain Adventure with National Park Travel Club.

Lake McDonald

Includes

Dinners: 6

Lunches: 6

Breakfasts: 6

6 Nights Luxury Lodging

Under Canvas Glamping near Glacier National Park

Under Canvas Glamping near Glacier National Park

3 nights at Lake Mcdonald

or 3 nights Under Canvas Glacier Glamping

3 nights at Rimrock Resort and Spa, Banff

  • In-transit beverages including beer, wine, soft drinks, juice, coffee, tea.

  • In-transit appetizers and desserts.

  • Fresh fruit and sweet and salty snacks.

  • Driver Guide, and Hospitality Guide.

  • Walking sticks and binoculars are available for guests.

  • Transportation on the luxury Expedition Cruiser.

  • Trip Insurance

  • Transfers to and from the airport.

Some meals will be prepared in the field. These are custom made to order meals. You value spending time in the landscapes viewing the wildlife and wonders. No need to rush off for reservations or worry about waiting in long lines.

All attractions included in the itinerary.

  • Columbia Falls
  • Glacier National Park
  • Going-To-The-Sun-Road
  • Lake McDonald
  • Banff National Park
Glacier and Banff National Parks
Glacier and Banff National Parks

Additional Attractions

  • Columbia Ice Fields
  • The Canadian Rockies
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Stutfield Glacier
  • Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier
  • Crowfoot Glacier
  • Peyto Lake
  • Vermillion Lakes

Day 1: McDonald Falls, Welcome Dinner on Lake McDonald

Premium Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping 

The Expedition Cruiser will pick you up from the Glacier International Airport by 11 am. We’ll continue into Columbia Falls for lunch before entering through West Glacier. Due to the narrow roads and rock overhangs, vehicle regulations prohibit the Expedition Cruiser from entering major areas of the park. Luckily there are several shuttle options, including guided bus tours, hiking shuttles, and the free Glacier’s Going-To-The-Sun-Road Shuttle System with 811 am stops on the west side of the park. All that to say, your time in Glacier will be primarily self-guided. However, on this day, we will head towards McDonald Falls aboard a hiking shuttle. Here, you may hike the 0.7 miles to the cascading falls or embark on a longer route to a surrounding lake. Either way, you’ll have ample options to stretch out your legs before we go to Lake McDonald Lodge. We’ll eat dinner at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room before boarding a guided evening boat tour on Lake McDonald. For those who will be staying at the lodge, the evening is yours to enjoy. For those who will be glamping with Under Canvas, the Expedition Cruiser will escort you to your accommodations.

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

Day 2: West Side Scenic Red Bus Tour

Premium Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping 

For our first day in Glacier, we’ll rise early to begin our exploration of the west side of the park on a scenic Red Bus Tour. There are a variety of routes to choose from ranging 3 to 8 hours in duration. Depending on your preference and how you wish to explore Glacier National Park, you may spend the entire day aboard the Red Bus, or choose a shorter tour in order to use the extra time to explore the park independently. The choice is yours! Your National Park Travel Club guide will provide trail maps and an overview of the west side of the park to help you navigate regions such as Lake McDonald, Logan Pass, and North Fork – all of which boast breathtaking views of the park. We will meet at the west entrance around 5 pm to check in to our accommodations, either at Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glamping. 

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Day 3: East Side Scenic Red Bus Tour

Premium Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping

Today we’ll head into the park to explore the east side of Glacier. Whether that’s aboard a Red Bus, or independently through the free shuttle system with 9 eastbound stops, the day is yours to experience Glacier at your own pace. Maps and overviews of the east side will be provided to help you navigate regions such as Two Medicine, Many Glacier, Goat Haunt and St Mary. The park also provides guided boat tours on Lake McDonald that can be scheduled for any day that we are in the park. We will meet at the west entrance around 5 pm to head back to our accommodations.

saint-mary-lake

Saint Mary Lake

Day 4: Glacier National Park – Explore West or East Side

Premium Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping

This morning, have your luggage ready to be loaded onto the Expedition Cruiser. Today is a day to explore areas of Glacier that you may not yet have a chance to visit. With so much to see in the park, this third day is sure to be filled with majestic landscapes and gorgeous views at every corner. For those who will be Glamping, the Expedition Cruiser will be available to shuttle you into the park later in the morning if you wish to sleep in. Take this time to soak in every bit of Glacier as our time in the park comes to a close. We will meet at the Visitor Center at 6 pm and make our way back to our accommodations.

lake-mcdonald

Lake McDonald

Day 5: Cave and Basin National Historic Area, Sulphur Mountain, Banff National Park

Premium Lodging: Rimrock Resort and Spa: Banff, AB

Our journey towards Banff will begin after breakfast. We’ll spend the morning on a scenic drive along the Canadian Rockies, viewing lush mountainous landscapes. When we arrive in Banff, take time to explore the shopping districts, pubs, wineries, and galleries before we embark on a guided tour of the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Known as the birthplace of all national parks across Canada, we’ll explore the cave and view the beautiful underground hot springs that make this region so unique. Later, we’ll ascend in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird’s-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges. Glide up over the treetops to the crest of a steep-sided Rocky Mountain peak and observe jaw-dropping mountaintop views at 7,468 feet. Continue to marvel at the view through the glass walls of Sky Bistro, where we’ll enjoy a distinctly Canadian menu featuring a handpicked selection of local meats, produce and ingredients. Our night will conclude at Rimrock Resort and Spa, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park.

Mount Revelstoke

Mount Revelstoke

Day 6: Columbia Icefield, Waterfalls, Glaciers and Alpine Lakes of Banff National Park

Premium Lodging: Rimrock Resort and Spa: Banff, AB

Today we’ll travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes to the Columbia Icefield. Once at the glacier, we’ll board a massive Ice Explorer for an adventure atop this ancient ice block. Learning about the area’s unique ecosystem and its formation, we’ll make our way through Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield. The views of sprawling rocky mountain vistas and local wildlife unfold along the way with photo stops at Athabasca Falls and Stutfield Glacier. We’ll breathe in the fresh mountain air at several scenic viewpoints such as Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier, Crowfoot Glacier, and Peyto Lake before returning to our accommodations at Rimrock Resort and Spa.

Terra Bus near the Columbia Icefield

Terra Bus near the Columbia Icefield

Day 7: Vermillion Lakes, Farewell Dinner in Calgary

The morning is yours to enjoy the shopping district and local culture of Banff or explore the surrounding hiking trails to the Vermillion Lakes. After lunch, we will make our way towards Calgary with stops along the way for hiking and photographing the Canadian Rockies. Once in Calgary, we’ll stop for a farewell dinner to wrap up our adventure. The Expedition Cruiser will escort you to the airport if you are departing on this day. If you have booked post-trip accommodations, we recommend visiting the Calgary Stampede before you go. We hope you enjoy traveling with us. Thank you for choosing National Park Travel Club.

Vermilion Lakes

Vermilion Lakes

Available Dates

June 21 – 27, 2020 SOLD OUT

July 13 – 19, 2020

August 3 – 6, 2020

Pricing

Double Occupancy: $2,999
Triple Occupancy: $2,799
Quad Occupancy: $2,699
Single Occupancy: $3,999

Deposit at time of booking: $1,500  Per Person

Your all-inclusive adventure will include the following:

Small Groups

National Park Travel Club provides seating for 20 travelers aboard the Expedition Cruiser. Small groups give guests the ability to fully relax and not be rushed. The Expedition Cruiser gives travelers ample room to see the region with full views, space to relax, and the full attention from their guides. Fewer people equal more focus and less hassle.

Lodging

The criteria for lodging is based on several factors that will impact your adventure. We do our best to choose lodging that is 4 and 5 start lodging, but experience has taught us that everyone has a different interpretation of 4- and 5-star lodging. When choosing to lodge the primary factors we consider are:

  • Reputable —The hotel has a reputation for providing a safe, clean service that would meet the expectation of discerning travelers. National Park and National Scenic Areas do not always offer lodging options that are 4- and 5-star quality. Strategic locations on lakes, rivers, ocean beaches or inside the National Park are often 3-star quality. They are, however, clean, safe and provide good sleeping quarters. When 4- or 5-star lodging is routed with our unique itineraries, we will always choose these properties when available.
  • Location—We choose hotels that minimize the commute on the Expedition Cruiser. Our goal is to make time in your destination as efficient and comfortable as possible. Spending an extra hour of commute each day to get back or to a hotel is not consistent with our tour culture.
  • Convenient to multiple food options—Although some of the hotel choices we choose offer a limited offering of restaurant options because of how remote they are, we focus on properties that give guests an opportunity to explore dining options that meet their cravings and interest.
  • Activity-Focused—We make best effort to choose lodging that gives guests an opportunity to explore on their own such as walking trails, hiking options, beach access, fishing, shopping districts, water activities, and historical or educational opportunities.

Meals

chefFood is a big part of most everyone’s vacation experience. When we travel to remote destinations our goal is to have food enhance the experience and not take from it. Our trips are routed with multiple dining out options that include the cost of breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day on the tour. Most of our meals are served in restaurants with multiple options to choose from. While on the Excursion Cruiser, meals are strategically prepared to offer dining experiences that are fresh, made-to-order and maximize your time at your destination. Crafting meals that are sensitive to food allergies and nutrition choices is as equally important to our guests as the creative and tasty options that are provided while in these remote destinations. While the sun is up, and the light is available we focus on more time in the park and less time in lines and waiting for food. Enjoying a hand-crafted meal on the banks of a majestic river makes the experience complete and satisfying. In addition to crafted meals, the guest is also offered daily appetizers, treats and a full-service drink menu that includes wine, beer and any type of beverage requested in advance of the tour for each guest’s pleasure. Fresh seasonal fruit is always in stock on the Expedition Cruiser throughout the day and of course, all snacks, appetizers desserts, and beverages are included in the all-inclusive price.

Attractions

National Park Travel Club provides travel solution with multi-generational options. Activities are classified in our itineraries as Leisure, Adventure and Scenic.

Tour itineraries are built strategically to have a complete offering for all ages and activity levels. Some activities may not be of interest to some travelers, so they are not always included in the price of the tour. Below is a description of the types of activities that would be a part of a National Park Travel Club itinerary.

Leisure

Scenic walking trails, vistas, waterfalls, and other park attractions that are accessible regardless of your activity level. These attractions are available to most travelers and enjoyed by those seeking a relaxing vacation that is easy on the eyes and easy on the knees.

Adventure

Rafting, paddle boarding, canoeing, horseback riding, zip lining, gondola rides, fishing, windsurfing, aggressive hiking trails, golf, and bike riding are examples of options that are available on most tours. While some of these attractions may be included in the all-inclusive price, most of these options are add-on features that guests can choose from at an additional cost.

Educational

Museums, interpretive centers, visitors’ centers, and historical markers, all enhance the guide’s interpretation of the region’s human history, geology, flora and fauna, and lifestyle of the people of the region. This is always included in the tour as well as one-on-one opportunities with the guides to better understand the full value of our treasured National Parks.

Cultural and Human History

Every region and National Park offers a unique history and present that makes the destination so special. Native Americans, Frontiersman, Trappers, Settlers, Miners and iconic people in our nation’s brief history have contributed to the fascinating stories that make our National Parks and surrounding attractions so appealing. Our guides interpret the region but also include the stories of the people who developed the region into the treasures they are today. Connecting each National Park Travel Club guest with the local art, music, and creativity of the region is a key objective on each tour.

Culinary and Farm to Table

Farm to TableOur goal at National Park Travel Club is to help involve our guests in an immersion into the local culinary and beverage options and gain a new perspective through the eyes of the artisans, farmers, and chefs that bring life to this fascinating area of tourism. Because not all guests are interested in wine tasting, breweries, distilleries, and farm-to-table options, these attractions are not always included depending on the type of tour it is but is made available when the route and schedule allow.

Luggage Handling

Included your all-inclusive tour is the porterage of luggage to and from your hotel room when arriving or departing.

Transfers to and from airport

Transfers to and from the airport are included in your all-inclusive tour. Arrangements are made by National Park Travel Club which will include either the Expedition Cruiser, shuttle bus, cab, or other scheduled transportation.

The Expedition Cruiser

Remote destinations offer all kinds of challenges to even the most well-planned traveler. The sole purpose of the Expedition Cruiser is to provide a relaxing environment for each guest while offering the comforts that are not available on alternative modes of transportation. While the Expedition Cruiser may have many bells and whistles that are rarely used, it has the essential tools that enhance the wonders of the National Parks. Designed with the purpose of giving guests a complete small group experience while also catering to individuals needs, the Expedition Cruiser boasts leather couches, two private lounges with seating up to eight, seating at tables, multiple central heating and air zones, full kitchen, hot and cold towel service, multiple charging stations for electronic devices, in-transit satellite television, wireless internet, closets for coats and bags, and a lavatory that has a flushing commode and hot water for washing your hands. 2020 motor coaches will also offer multiple six-way captain chairs that rotate degrees.

Our Staff, Drivers, Guides, Hospitality

Our drivers have pristine driving records and extensive technical knowledge of the motor coach, ensuring your safety and well-being during your trip.

Our Guides and Hospitality Crew are passionate about educating and sharing their experiences with our guests while prioritizing your comfort and individual needs above all else.

Can I make special room requests?

Of course! National Park Travel Club is happy to advise hotels of any special room requests or requirements, provided we receive them at the time your reservation is made. Please be aware that all requests cannot be guaranteed and additional fees may be applied.

Can the National Park Travel Club book rooms before and after my adventure?

Your lodging is secured for your first through last night of your tour. National Park Travel Club is happy to assist you in booking a pre or post tour night stay at the hotel we are staying at based on availability.  If you would like to choose an alternative hotel, we can make suggestions, but it will be the traveler’s responsibility to handle the booking. Give us a call, and we would be happy to recommend lodging and activities in your departure and arrival cities.

Does National Park Travel Club work with Travel Agents?

National Park Travel Club highly values working with travel professionals. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have an Agent you are working with.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

It is highly recommended that you book as soon as dates are made available – our tours often are filled up to a year in advance. We have limited departure dates for each region that we visit. If you are in search of a private section on the Expedition Cruiser or a private vacation with your closest travel companions, the timing of your booking is even more critical.

What is due at the time of booking with National Park Travel Club?

A deposit is required to hold a reservation for a National Park Travel Club adventure. A $1,500.00 per person deposit must be made for our 7 days, 6-night tours and must be received at the time of your booking, or received at our office within 10 days of your booking date. $1000.00 of this deposit is non-refundable without travel insurance.

All Day Trips must be paid in full at time of booking.

What hours can I contact a Tour Specialist at National Park Travel Club to discuss my tour?

You can give us a call any time you would like! If you prefer talking to a human, our operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST (excluding celebratory holidays). If you happen to call after hours, be sure to leave us a voicemail and we will reach out to you within the next business day.

Alternatively, you can reach our lead Tour Specialist directly at travel-experts@nationalparktravelclub.com.

What forms of payment does the National Park Travel Club accept?

National Park Travel Club accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and check payments. To book your All-Inclusive Vacation or Day Trip with National Park Travel Club, you may use our online booking platform or call our offices on our secure line, 7-day vacation final payments are due 100 days before departure.

Will I have to make payment at the time I make a reservation?

A deposit is required to hold a reservation for a National Park Travel Club adventure. A $1,500.00 per person deposit must be made for our 7 days, 6-night tours and must be received at the time of your booking, or received at our office within 10 days of your booking date.

$1000.00 of this deposit is non-refundable without travel insurance.

Will I receive documentation when I book a National Park Travel Club adventure?

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive a booking summary and a trip receipt. This communication will come in the form of an email and will be sent immediately after the booking is confirmed. But it doesn’t stop there – we want to get to know each guest and their travel preferences before their departure. Following your booking summary, you will receive your Welcome Packet with your next steps as a traveler with National Park Travel Club as well as your travel waivers. These consist of Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Liability Waiver, Emergency Contact Information, Photo & Publicity Release Form, and Guest Profile Form.

How many meals will the Tour Chef prepare while on our adventure?

What is hungry? We strategically plan our meals with our Tour Chef to conform to the demands of the itinerary schedule – ensuring that our guests are always full and content. The Tour Chef prepares locally-sourced meals that reflect the flavors of the region. Utilizing hand-selected destinations to prepare in the field, our Tour Chef enables each traveler to maximize their time exploring the parks rather than racing to make a reservation across town.

In addition to planned meals with our Tour Chef, you will also have the opportunity to taste the local fare by utilizing your Flex Pass when the Chef is not providing your culinary inclusions. Complimentary in-transit appetizers, desserts and hand-crafted beverages will be available all day throughout your tour.

Is alcohol included and served on the Expedition Cruiser?

Yes, local and domestic beer and wine are made available to those who want to drink responsibly. This is included as are all refreshments that are made available while on tour. Please know that this is not a booze cruise. All-inclusive alcohol is a privilege and guests are expected to use their best judgment when consuming it. The National Park Travel Club Hospitality Guide reserve the right to refuse serving alcohol to any individual where safety is at risk or behavior affects other travelers.

Will I have individual time with the Senior Tour Specialist to ask questions?

Absolutely. Our small group atmosphere allows a lot of opportunities to get to know your guide. We have at least one expert guide on each tour.  The Senior Tour Specialist is completely free of distraction to focus specifically on your needs. The flora, fauna and human history are all important to communicate as well as hearing the stories of the region that only local insight can offer.

What is the activity level of the tour?

Anything you would like it to be. We have strategically crafted each of our adventures to be compatible with various activity levels and multi-generational travelers – ensuring that each guest receives the vacation that fulfills their unique interests. Your Guest Profile Form will help us understand how to best meet your needs while on the tour.

Banff National Parks

Company Name: National Park Travel Club

Office Phone: 1-844-566-7745

Address: PO Box 210 Grant, LA 70644

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time Zone

If you have questions about this tour please send inquiries to complete this form or email us at: travel-experts@nationalparktravelclub.com