17 days

Best of the Rockies

Best of the Rockies

Banff National Park

Glacier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Vancouver

Jasper National Park

Mount Rainier

Seattle

Trip rating
  • Spanning two countries, two mountain ranges and the Continental Divide of the Americas, this is the ultimate wilderness experience. If you like the mountains, you will love this 17-day spectacular and comprehensive journey of discovery around the Rocky Mountains that is ideal for the adventure purist. Providing a close-up view of the natural world in the northwest USA and southwest Canada, we immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and discover a world that is as diverse as it is spectacular. Wooded forests, turquoise-blue lakes and river valleys give way to high alpine meadows, glacial lands and snow-capped peaks. Add hot springs, geysers and primeval petrified forests to that mix and it will not be hard to imagine the magic of a rural wonderland that is home to abundant wildlife and offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in a myriad of activities that include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, whitewater rafting and horse riding.

    Why we love it

    • Spanning two countries, two mountain ranges and the Continental Divide of the Americas, this is the ultimate wilderness experience.
    • If you like the mountains, you will love this 17-day spectacular and comprehensive journey of discovery around the Rocky Mountains that is ideal for the adventure purist.
    • Providing a close-up view of the natural world in the northwest USA and southwest Canada, we immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and discover a world that is as diverse as it is spectacular.
    • Wooded forests, turquoise-blue lakes and river valleys give way to high alpine meadows, glacial lands and snow-capped peaks.
    • Enjoy hot springs, geysers and primeval petrified forests, as well as abundant wildlife and a myriad of activities including hiking, mountain biking, swimming, whitewater rafting and horse riding.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Seattle - Olympic National Park

    • Your tour starts at 7:30am at the Clarion Hotel Seattle International Airport in Seattle. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour. After leaving Seattle, you'll drive a short distance and take a ferry west to Olympic National Park.
    • A visit to this beautiful national park is the perfect way to start your journey. From the crashing waves of the Pacific coast through coastal rainforests to glacier capped peaks this is a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike. Over 95% of Olympic National Park is a designated wilderness area and the park was designated a World Heritage site in 1981. You will set up camp for your two-night stay amongst nature.
    Clarion Hotel or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Olympic National Park

    • You will have a whole day to enjoy the delights of Olympic National Park including strolling through the Hoh Rainforest, relaxing in Sol Duc Hot Springs and witnessing a magnificent sunset over the spectacular Lake Crescent. There are many optional walks on offer and the choice is yours – you can do as much or as little as you please.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Mount Rainier National Park

    • You will continue on to the stunning snow-covered peak of Mount Rainier, still in the State of Washington. At 4392 metres (14,411 ft) this iconic volcano looms large in the Pacific Northwest. Draped in snow, Mount Rainer has the greatest single peak glacial system in the United States, covering over 57 square kilometres (36 square miles) of the mountain with sheer ice!
    • With over 416 kilometres (260 miles) of well-maintained trails winding through a varied terrain, from old growth forest to subalpine meadows, there are plenty of different hiking options available.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Snake River - Baker City

    • Snake River is a major waterway that stretches for 1735 kilometres (1078 miles). It is the main tributary of the Columbia River, which is in turn the largest river in North America that flows into the Pacific Ocean. In the mid 19th century, pioneers headed out west in droves, following a route that became known as the Oregon Trail.
    • Much of this trail followed the course of Snake River, which became a trail in its own rights as steamboats were used to transport goods along the river. Tonight is the first of your nights spend in a hotel as you will stay overnight in Baker City.
    Geiser Grand Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 5 - Craters of the Moon National Monument

    • You will follow Snake River into the State of Idaho and visit the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. This volcanic area is one of the best preserved basalt lava fields in USA.
    • NASA’s Apollo astronauts used to do some of their training in this area because of a perceived resemblance to the surface of the Moon. You will stop off for a night of camping.
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Jackson

    • Continuing your journey in Wyoming, you will travel past Grand Teton National Park and visit Jackson to enjoy a truly friendly and authentic western town experience. Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails as well as a town renowned for its cafes and western style saloons!
    • With a permanent population of around 8,600 people and a far greater transient tourist population, it attracts many of the rich and famous and is a great base for exploring the Teton Mountains. Surrounded by beautiful scenery you can spend your days hiking, mountain biking and rafting.It is also in close proximity to many ski resorts.
    • The most famous is Jackson Hole, which has a lot of steep ski runs and one of the world’s most famous vertical drops, at 1262 metres (4139 feet)! In the evening you can steady your nerves with a relaxing drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
    Jackson Hole Lodge or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7-8 - Yellowstone National Park

    • Your next destination, Yellowstone National Park, is the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bear, wolf, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana.
    • Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living monument to nature’s power of regeneration. You will have a full day to enjoy Yellowstone National Park’s majestic wilderness and witness its extraordinary geysers.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Montana Mountain Ranch

    • Your next stop is a hidden secret, nestled deep in the wilderness of the Tobacco Root Mountains. This is an authentic working guest ranch, complete with on-site taxidermy.
    • After an optional horseback ride around the wide expanses where you can absorb the tranquillity of the great outdoors, you will fill your bellies with an old-fashioned home-cooked cowboy meal and enjoy a camp fire under Montana's ‘big sky country’.
    Iron Wheel Guest Ranch or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10-11 - Glacier National Park

    • You will continue northeast further into Montana and arrive at Glacier National Park - the ‘Crown of the Continent Ecosystem’. This park crosses two mountain ranges and one international border. It is spread over one million acres, contains 130 lakes and is home to abundant wildlife including the world renowned grizzly bear.
    • With surrounding towering glacial peaks, this park is sure to leave most visitors speechless! In your time here you will get to jump on board the free shuttle bus and enjoy the spectacular glacial scenery or partake in some wildlife viewing. Walking opportunities include the trail over Swiftcurrent Pass as well as an amazing hike leading to Iceberg Lake.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Banff National Park

    • From Montana you will cross the border into the province of Alberta, in Canada, and continue to Banff National Park. Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada’s oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers.
    • It is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with opportunities for canoeing on Bow River, white water rafting on Kicking Horse River, mountain biking or a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Another exciting optional activity is to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and, with the abundance of wildlife here, there is always the chance of seeing an animal in the wild.
    • There is nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Banff’s nightlife offers great live music and a fine selection of restaurants.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - Lake Louise - Banff National Park

    • With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is ‘the gem of the Canadian Rockies’. Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it is no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies!
    • You will travel to Lake Louise and enjoy a full day either hiking up the Plain of Six Glaciers or up to Lake Agnes, before returning to Banff for the night.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14 - Icefields Parkway - Jasper National Park

    • You'll travel on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), a scenic road that cuts through the heart of the Rockies and offers surely one of the world’s most spectacular drives. It links Banff National Park with Jasper National Park.
    • You will have a chance to traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on a guided glacier hike. Peyto Lake's turquoise hues are sure to startle you with their brilliance. You'll end your day by continuing to Jasper National Park and setting up camp for a two-night stay.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15 - Jasper National Park

    • Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres (4200 square miles). It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel.
    • There are several options on offer in Jasper. You can start by taking the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. There are also opportunities for mountain biking or hiking amidst glorious lakeside scenery, or visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier and various other hiking options.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 16 - Hope

    • You'll make your way to west to British Columbia and make a stop at Fraser River Canyon that separates the province’s arid centre with its lush western coastal region. This canyon is 84 kilometres long and is a section where the Fraser River descends through a series of gorges from the plateau into the Fraser Valley. You will spend the night in a hotel in the town of Hope.
    • There is also an optional visit to Othello Tunnels - a series of disused railway tunnels handcarved through the Coquihalla Gorge. You can hike through the tunnels (take a torch/flashlight) and there are spectacular views on offer through the tunnels and from the bridges.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 17 - Vancouver

    • On the edge of the Canadian wilderness lies the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. With a metropolitan population of over 2.3 million, this is one of the most attractive cities in the world, surrounded by water on many sides. Native American culture is very much alive here as evident by totem poles in the famous Stanley Park.
    • You will enjoy a short orientation tour of the city that takes you to the thriving Chinatown as well as Stanley Park. Your tour concludes upon arrival at the gateway hotel at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the gateway hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour.
    • If you are planning to fly out of Vancouver tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs). You may wish to extend your tour by adding on post tour accommodation to make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Stanley Park by hiring a bicycle or some roller blades. In the park is also the fascinating Vancouver Aquarium - home to playful sea otters.
    • Other options include strolling around the shops in the popular Gastown area, visiting the excellent Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and learning more about Native American culture, and sampling the excellent dining options and nightlife that this vibrant city has to offer.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Craters of the Moon National Monument
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Seattle and Vancouver.
    • Visit to hot springs.
    • All meals when camping.
    • Overnight stay at Western Ranch with meals included.
    • Transport in a customised vehicle.
    • Scenic ferry ride.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Sleeping bag
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPBR
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Seattle, Washington, USA
End City: Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada
Style: Small Group

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