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Dude Ranchin Yellowstone and Glacier Roundup 2014

  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
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    Family Experiences 2014
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: Welcome to Cowboy Country with this unique Family Experiences guided trip. Say ‘Howdy!' with a trip to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and discover exactly what it's like to be a cowboy. Enjoy the awe-inspiring Yellowstone National Park with its turquoise hot springs and boiling mud pots. Kids will love earning their Junior Ranger Badge, while learning all about Yellowstone wildlife on a guided tour with a naturalist. In Glacier National Park you'll be impressed by the incredible lakes and waterfalls - the remnants of the last Ice Age!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE BILLINGS

    Welcome to cowboy country! Get acquainted with your surroundings and relax. At 6 p.m., say howdy to your Travel Director and the rest of your posse at the hotel and join a Kick-off Party for your adventure.


    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Billings (F)

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  • Day 2

    BILLINGS – CODY

    Git goin' and follow in the tracks of Lewis and Clark, the West's greatest explorers, with a visit to the Pompey's Pillar National Monument. Named for the son of Sacagawea, Clark's native guide, this 150 foot (46 metre) butte was inscribed with Clark's name—the only piece of physical evidence of the explorers' famed expedition back in 1806. Circle back to Cody, home to the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody, known ‘round the world for his stupendous travelling Wild West Show. Visit the top-notch Buffalo Bill Center of the West, showcasing not only the life of the great showman, but presenting great exhibits on how the Plains Indians lived and an amazing collection of firearms. Keep your Wild West spirit kickin' with a buffet dinner at Buffalo Bill's Old Irma Hotel—which was actually owned by Buffalo Bill and named for his daughter. There's more fun to be had tonight when you step out for the Cody Night Rodeo (through Aug) or to a foot-stompin' cowboy music review (in Sept).


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Cody (F)

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  • Day 3

    CODY – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

    Leave the Big Horn Basin for another big day—you're off to Yellowstone, America's first National Park. Look out for herds of bison and grazing elk and listen for the roar of Yellowstone Falls. Stroll the boardwalks and watch for spouting geysers and steaming vents, peer into the turquoise hot springs, and listen to the gurgling boiling mudpots. A trip to Yellowstone is not complete without seeing Old Faithful, erupting consistently nearly every 90 minutes to jaw-dropping heights of up to 100 feet (30 metres)! Kids, don't miss signing up for the Yellowstone Junior Ranger Program, where you learn all about the park's amazing wildlife and its geothermal energy.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

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  • Day 4

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – 320 GUEST RANCH (2 NIGHTS)

    Do you know how to locate a bear or tell what it's just been eating? Take a walk with a Local Expert and find out all kinds of cool insights about Yellowstone's wildlife. Keep on the lookout for moose, elk and black bears as you leave the park today, but if you haven't spotted the elusive grizzly bear or a wolf yet, don't worry; you'll see them at your next stop, The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. Head on out into Montana's Big Sky Country and settle in for big fun over the next couple of days at an 1898 homestead, the 320 Guest Ranch. This Authentic Accommodation was brought to life by Montana's first woman doctor who originally intended the ranch to be a getaway for her friends and family, but word spread and the charming ranch soon opened to the public. This evening, take a wagon ride out to the river for a rib-stickin' Chuckwagon Highlight Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: 320 Guest Ranch (MF)

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  • Day 5

    320 GUEST RANCH FREE TIME

    No sleepin' in today when there are so many fun choices: join a white-water rafting trip or gentle float trip down the Gallatin river; or saddle up and ride with a real-life horse wrangler in the Montana wilderness! Then, after a picnic lunch, the whole rest of the day is yours for the taking! Maybe take a hike along one of the many nature trails at the ranch, learn fly casting at the fish pond, do some fly-fishing right on the river, or perhaps skedaddle out to the ski resort town of Big Sky.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 6

    320 GUEST RANCH – HELENA

    Head out of the hills and travel through the Valley of the Flowers where the great Native tribes once roamed—as well as the ancient dinosaurs! Visit the Museum of the Rockies and learn about Montana's dinosaur fossil collection! Get back on the trail of Lewis and Clark, stopping at Missouri Headwaters State Park in Three Forks to see the source of the Missouri River. Then, board a boat to cruise through the towering limestone cliffs of the Gates of the Mountains. Look straight up to spot the Bighorn sheep scrambling up the rocks. Kick back on your own on Last Chance Gulch—main street Helena, the friendly former gold-mining town.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Helena (F)

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  • Day 7

    HELENA – WHITEFISH (2 NIGHTS)

    When first hearing about smokejumpers—parachuters that drop out of the sky to fight fires in America's remote forests and prairies—you might think they're just made up characters for the movies, but their daring jobs are as real as they come. Learn all about these brave men and women during a visit to the country's largest smokejumper base and Visitor Center in Missoula. Get the inside scoop on what it takes for this demanding occupation, including a visit to the Smokejumper Loft and ready room (seasonal). Arrive in the old railroad town of Whitefish and browse the main street shops for the perfect cowboy souvenir.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grouse Mountain Lodge (SF)

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  • Day 8

    GLACIER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING

    Only 25 glaciers remain in spectacular Glacier National Park, still slowly melting since the last Ice Age, and the most exciting way to see the amazing lakes and waterfalls left behind is on board one of the park's original renovated red buses. As you "jam" up the Going-to-the-Sun Road, look out for giant white mountain goats and the Continental Divide. Head back to Whitefish and round up your compadres for a pizza dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    WHITEFISH – SPOKANE

    Bid ‘so long' to Montana as you travel through Flathead country into Idaho. Stretch your legs and explore the resort town at the great lake of Coeur d' Alene, once a French and Native American trade centre. Cross the border into Washington State. Gather your gang for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant tonight.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: The Davenport Hotel & Tower (Deluxe)

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  • Day 10

    DEPART SPOKANE

    Wish your partners ‘Happy Trails' as your great Western round-up ends with a transfer to Spokane Airport or extend your stay at the Davenport Hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Take a walk with a naturalist in Yellowstone to learn about the park's wildlife.
  • Authentic Accommodation Spend two nights at the charming 320 Guest Ranch, rich in over 100 years of history, and brought to life by Montana's first woman doctor.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Pompey's Pillar National MonumentSee Native American petroglyphs and the only physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • CodyVisit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and take in a rodeo or Cowboy music review in season.
  • Yellowstone National ParkSee Old Faithful and Yellowstone Falls; become a Junior Ranger.
  • West YellowstoneVisit The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
  • 320 Guest RanchHorseback ride or take a floating or rafting trip on the Gallatin River; fish or hike and enjoy various ranch activities at this pleasant Montana guest ranch.
  • BozemanVisit the Museum of the Rockies.
  • Three ForksSee the source of the Missouri River, named by Lewis and Clark.
  • Gates of the MountainTake a boat cruise and look for mountain goats along the towering limestone cliffs.
  • MissoulaLearn about the daring work of firefighting smokejumpers at the Smokejumper Visitor Center (seasonal).
  • Glacier National ParkCruise the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard the historic Red Buses through Logan Pass, past the Continental Divide.
  • Coeur d'AleneExplore the beautiful lakefront in this resort town.

Dining

  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch:
    • Picnic lunch at 320 Guest Ranch
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Billings
    • Buffet dinner in Cody
    • Pizza dinner in Whitefish
    • 1 three-course dinner
    • Chuckwagon barbecue Highlight Dinner with drinks at 320 Guest Ranch
    • Farewell Dinner with drinks in Spokane

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 9 nights First Class accommodation

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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