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New!Idaho/Montana
Featuring Glacier National Park
July 14-21, 2014
8 days/7 nights
$2799
 

Glacier National Park
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON
Following departures, drive to Philadelphia Airport to fly away to states you may never have visited!  Arrive Spokane, WA where our deluxe motorcoach will be waiting to take us into the nearby Idaho panhandle for overnight at Coeur d'Alene.  Dinner included at our resort hotel this evening.  Meals D
COEUR D'ALENE HOTEL

Day 2 - COEUR D'ALENE/WALLACE/KALISPELL
A fun-packed morning as we meet the "Prime Minister" of Kalispell who has great places to show us.  Wallace, Idaho is an old mining town and the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  He'll show us the Silver Valley including the Sierra Silver Underground Mine where a retired miner will join us for the mine tour.  Free time to walk around the town before lunch at the James Saloon and Restaurant.  Continue to the St. Ignatius Mission built in the early 1890's and well known for its many murals within.  Next travel along the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, Flathead Lake, MT.  More than 28 miles long, it occupies a trough dredged out by a great glacier over 12,000 years ago.  Continue into Kalispell, our home for two nights.  Meals BL

RED LION INN

Day 3 - KALISPELL AREA SIGHTSEEING
This morning visit the Conrad Mansion built in 1895 for Kalispell's founder, Charles E. Conrad, who traded and freighted on the Missouri River.  A guided tour of this Norman-style mansion, an example of luxurious 19th-century living, from its landscaped gardens to its collection of original furniture, toys and clothing.  Our local guide Gail will join us aboard the coach, take us to the town of Whitefish to tell us about the area, the flower and fauna and her bear stories.  At Whitefish ride the enclosed lifts to the top of the mountain for spectacular views of the area and a picnic lunch.  Later this afternoon travel to nearby Big Fork for some shopping, dinner and a summer show production!  Return to Kalispell.  Meals BLD
RED LION INN

Day 4 - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Welcome to Glacier National Park!  Founded in 1910, this great park is a land of mountain ranges carved by prehistoric ice rivers.  The vistas seen from the Going-to-the-Sun Road are breathtaking and a photographer's paradise.  Travel by Red Buses (called jammers by the locals), a symbol of the park and a reminder of a time when adventurous travel was done with style.  The canvas top rolls back giving you unlimited views of the park (17 passengers per vehicle.)  We journey from Lake McDonald to Rising Sun, named one of the top U.S. 100 scenic drives.  Two nights at our lodge on the eastern edge of the park.  Meals BD
ST. MARY LODGE

Day 5 - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK/WATERTON-GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Travel north this morning into Canada to Waterton Lakes National Park.  Embark on a boat cruise of Waterton Lake with its deep scenic bays, sheer vertical mountains and beautiful wilderness surroundings.  Lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel, one of the most photographed hotels in the world.  Return to St. Mary Lodge for overnight.  Meals BL
ST. MARY LODGE

Day 6 - BROWNING/LEWIS AND CLARK CENTER/GREAT FALLS
A short ride to the Museum of the Plains Indians.  Although a small museum, a permanent exhibition presents the diversity of historic arts created by tribal peoples of the Northern Plains including the Crow, Sioux, Nez Perce, Chippewa and other tribes.  Outside there are painted Tipis on the museum grounds.  Continue to Great Falls.  North of the city is a huge Ryan Dam and spectacular waterfall, for which the city was named.  An independent lunch before our visit to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center with an introductory film by Ken Burns, which sets the stage for  your journey of discovery.  Visit another gem in Great Falls, the Charles Russell Art Museum where five galleries of his marvelous paintings of the Northern Plains Indians, elk, bison and other wild animals reflect his life in Montana.  Overnight in Great Falls.  Meals BD
HILTON GARDEN INN, GREAT FALLS

Day 7 - GREAT FALLS/GATES OF THE MOUNTAINS/BOZEMAN
Gates of the MountainWe travel this morning to another area on the Missouri River explored by Lewis and Clark in 1805.  Suddenly, in front of them loomed towering rock formations unlike any they had ever seen.  From both sides of the river limestone cliffs rose to spectacular heights of 1200 feet.  At each bend in the waterway great stone walls seemed to block passage only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near.  We will board our comfortable open-air boat for our two hour cruise!  Continue into Helena, capital of the state, for a train on rubber wheels tour of the city followed by leisure time at the Last Chance Gulch.  Overnight in Bozeman.  Meals BL
HILTON GARDEN INN, BOZEMAN

Day 8 - BOZEMAN/HOME
Transfer to the airport for our return to Philadelphia where transportation will be waiting to return us to Wilmington, Newark and Independence.  Meals B

Tour inclusions:
Roundtrip transportation from UD Lifelong Learning Wilmington  *  Roundtrip air Philadelphia/Spokane - Bozeman/Philadelphia  *  Air taxes and government fees (subject to increase until ticketed)  *  Accommodations for 7 nights based on double occupancy  *  Admissions to sightseeing as per itinerary including guided tors of Wallace, ID, Kalispell, Going-to-the-Sun Highway, Helena, MT  *  Meals include breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners  *  Taxes and gratuities for hotels and included meals and local guides  *  Luggage handling at airports and hotels  *  Services of a Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours. 

Not Included:
Passport fee, driver gratuity and any airline luggage charges at the airport.

  Conditions:
Reservation deposit $150 due with each reservation no later than April 14, 2014.
Balance due April 30, 2014.  Reservations on this tour are limited to 36 passengers.
Cancellations:  $100 of the deposit is refundable until final payment date.  $50 airline deposit is non-refundable.

Trip interruption insurance is highly recommended.  Purchase of the insurance guarantees full refund of all payments including deposits, except the cost of the insurance.  INSURANCE MUST BE PURCHASED AT THE TIME OF DEPOSIT.

A valid passport for 6 months after your return is required to enter Canada. 

 

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Hotels/Great Locations

Night 1
Coeur d'Alene Hotel
Coeur d'Alene

Nights 2 and 3
Red Lion Inn
Kalispell

Nights 4 and 5
St. Mary Lodge
Glacier National Park

Night 6
Hilton Garden Inn
Great Falls

Night 7
Hilton Garden Inn
Bozeman