Glaciers, Lakes & Lodges
Featuring Glacier & Waterton Lakes National Parks, "Lewis & Clark Country," Coeur D'Alene, Spokane, Missoula

Departing: Thursday, August 16, 2018

7 Day Package
10 Meals Included
New Itinerary

Price:
$1799 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2499 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Welcome to a land shaped by glaciers and a journey that provides spectacular scenery every day! This is Big Sky Country, a region that represents the untamed, the wild, the natural. Spectacular glacier-formed lakes and rivers beneath snow-capped mountains – scattered amongst green valleys dotted with small historic towns. From the majesty of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks to Idaho’s Silver Valley, Coeur d’Alene, Missoula, Spokane and Lewis & Clark Territory along the Missouri River – this comprehensive journey features spectacular sights in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Alberta, Canada.

 Tour Highlights:
  • Stay three nights in lodges just outside Glacier National Park, and journey through the Park via the Going-to-the-Sun Road in a “Jammer”

  • Visit Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park with an included lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel and a “two-nation” boat cruise to discover the “Jewel of the Rockies” along the shoreline of Upper Waterton Lake

  • Take a scenic boat cruise in Coeur d’Alene

  • Visit the Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls and visit the historic town of Wallace, Idaho

  • Tour Spokane with a local guide including Manito Park, Spokane Falls and Gonzaga


   Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Night 1: Holiday Inn - Great Falls, MT
  • Night 2-3: St. Mary Lodge - St Mary, MT
  • Night 4: Grouse Mountain Lodge - Whitefish, MT
  • Night 5: Holiday Inn Downtown - Misswoula, MT
  • Night 6: The Davenport Hotel - Spokane, WA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Thursday, 8/16/2018 - Arrive in Great Falls
Optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning will have us on a connecting flight from Los Angeles to Great Falls, Montana arriving in the late afternoon. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at the Great Falls Airport by 5:15 p.m. if they want to be included on the complimentary transfer to the hotel. Enjoy an included dinner this evening at a locals’ favorite. 

Dinner
Day 2
Friday, 8/17/2018 - Great Falls to St. Mary
Great Falls is known as the ‘Electric City’ because of its numerous dams and power plants. It is located on the Missouri River among the five falls that were both a magnificent spectacle and formidable barrier to early river travel. In fact the area holds great significance for the Lewis & Clark Expedition as explorers were forced to spend nearly a month around the falls in June 1805. Much of the Missouri River in this area looks much as it did when Lewis and Clark first viewed it over 200 years ago. This morning, following an included breakfast, we’ll follow the Missouri River to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and re-live the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 8,000-mile journey across western North America. Built into a scenic bluff with spectacular views of the Missouri River, the Center’s exhibits bring alive the indomitable spirit of exploration. Following a scenic drive, this afternoon we arrive at the St. Mary Lodge, located at the eastern entrance of Glacier National Park and in the shadow of the magnificent peaks. Enjoy the views and rustic elegance while enjoying a two night stay at this classic National Park-type lodge.
Breakfast
Day 3
Saturday, 8/18/2018 - Waterton Lakes National Park
Following an included breakfast this morning we’ll cross the border into Canada and arrive into Waterton Lakes National Park, known as the “Jewel of the Rockies.”  You are now in the world’s first International Peace Park, formed in 1932 by combining Waterton Lakes Park in Canada and Glacier Park in Montana. Enjoy an included lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel, one of the most photographed hotels in the world. The hotel was named after Prince Edward when it was built in 1927 to resemble a Swiss chalet, and is even crowned with a 30-foot bell tower. This afternoon enjoy a narrated “two nation” boat cruise along the shoreline of Upper Waterton Lakes featuring deep scenic bays, sheer vertical mountains and beautiful wilderness. Later this afternoon we return to our lodge so you may enjoy the evening at leisure. While the sightseeing today requires a valid passport, passengers without a passport may remain at the St. Mary Lodge on this day. 
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 4
Sunday, 8/19/2018 - Glacier National Park
This morning, after an included breakfast we’ll travel into Glacier National Park and embark on one of the most distinctive excursions in all of North America – the Going-to-the-Sun-Road aboard a famous vintage red “Jammer.” These refurbished vehicles are both a symbol of the park and a reminder of a time when adventurous travel was done with style. The name “jammer” is carried over from the days when the buses had standard transmissions and the drivers could be heard “jamming” the gears as they drove up and down the rugged mountainous highway.  These touring sedans have extensive windows and a rollback canvas top – the views seen from the “Jammer” are spectacular. Behold the awesome snow-capped peaks as you drive over the Continental Divide via the 6,664-foot high Logan Pass and enter a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery where jagged peaks, deep green forests, pristine lakes and meadows dominate the landscape. Your local driver-guide will point out any bald eagles, bear, moose, deer and mountain goats you may encounter. After time at leisure at the Lake McDonald Lodge, we continue by motorcoach to Whitefish, Montana – surrounded by three distinct mountain ranges it has a proud history and a rich timber and railroad heritage. Walk through town and discover the floral window boxes, hand-carved wooden signs, covered sidewalks, painted murals, and old-time building facades as you shop or dine at leisure. Or relax at our accommodations for the evening, a lodge featuring rustic luxury and nestled in the heart of a mountain valley.
Breakfast
Day 5
Monday, 8/20/2018 - Whitefish to Missoula
Following an included breakfast, we continue through “Big Sky Country” as we travel along the western shore of Montana’s Flathead Lake to Missoula, Montana. This afternoon we’ll  tour the Smokejumper Visitor Center including the Smokejumper loft, the ready room, the National Smokejumper Memorial and the museum which includes a fire lookout tower originally built in 1930. When first hearing about smokejumpers – daring parachuters that drop out of the sky to fight fires in America’s most remote forests and prairies – you might think they’re made-up characters for a movie. But they’re real and at the Visitor Center you’ll get the inside scoop on what this demanding occupation entails. Following an included dinner at a locals’ favorite, enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure at our hotel located along the banks of the Clark Fork River.
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 6
Tuesday, 8/21/2018 - Missoula, Idaho & Spokane
This morning, enjoy an included breakfast before we set off for the historic mining town of Wallace, Idaho (population 784). The town has long been famous as the “Silver Capital of the World” – the only place on earth where more than a billion ounces of silver have been mined in 100 years. But the town is also famous because every downtown building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy time at your leisure in Wallace for lunch and browsing. This afternoon we continue west through Idaho’s beautiful Silver Valley and arrive in the resort town of Coeur d’Alene. This former French and Native American trade center, is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers of the ice age. We’ll take in the extraordinary beauty of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s northern bays on a narrated scenic cruise. We continue to Spokane, Washington and arrive at our historic hotel, The Davenport. This incredible landmark is a four-diamond property that dates back to 1914 and is set in the center of downtown. Enjoy an included Farewell Dinner this evening at a restaurant that was a steam plant in its former life. Check out the original boilers and catwalks – you can even get inside the 225-foot tall smokestack!
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 7
Wednesday, 8/22/2018 - Idaho & Final Farewell
Following an included breakfast this morning we are joined by a local guide for a tour of Spokane. Learn about the Great Fire, see the historic homes in Browne’s Addition and see Gonzaga University, Riverfront Park, St John’s Cathedral, Manito Park and Spokane Falls. This afternoon we arrive at the Spokane Airport for our return flight to Los Angeles. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should plan to depart the Spokane Airport no earlier than 3 p.m. Those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off points. The images of the spectacular sights enjoyed on this memorable tour not soon forgotten.
Breakfast

Tour Inclusions:

  • 6 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 10 Meals: 3 dinners, 1 lunch, 6 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:

  • A valid passport is required for this tour
  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: CON, FV, SBL, LHS or meet the group at LAX
  • A deposit of $250 p.p. + air (if purchasing group airfare) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (optional home pickup available – ask for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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