2021 Globus Guided Tours - Globus® Vacation Packages

Sunny Days, Starry Nights: America's Rocky Mountains By Design (F8A)

8 days from Billings to Spokane

2022 Tour Details

Get outward-bound on an 8-day adventure in the Rocky Mountains. How will you indulge your inner mountaineer? Rafting on a river with a big smile on your face or riding on a chairlift in Big Sky country? Mixing up herbs like a medicine man or mixing with the locals for local beers? With complimentary YourChoice Excursions, you decide how to set your spirit free.

Why This Trip Rocks Our World:
  • An amazing adventure into the wild places of America’s northwest National Parks.
  • Rocky Mountain highs and breathtaking sighs under Montana skies.
  • Included YourChoice Excursions in Big Sky and Whitefish.
  • Altitude adjustment!


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Sunny Days, Starry Nights: America's Rocky Mountains By Design map

 Photo Highlights

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast Daily, 2 Dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN BILLINGS

Welcome to Billings! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2 BILLINGS–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

BILLINGS Orientation tour of Billings. Drive to Yellowstone National Park.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing includes Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Overnight stay inside the park with free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–WEST YELLOWSTONE–BIG SKY

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing in Yellowstone National Park continues with visits to Old Faithful and Fountain Paint Pots. Scenic drive continues to West Yellowstone.
WEST YELLOWSTONE Free time this afternoon.
BIG SKY YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice.

SOAR: Mountain Climes
SOAR: Mountain Climes
Take a ride on Big Sky's scenic chair lift for a bird's eye view of magnificent mountain views. Beginning at the Big Sky Mountain Village 7,500 feet above sea level, the scenic lift rises 1,600 vertical feet to an elevation of 9,000 feet. Enjoy the thrill of open-air multi-passenger chairs and join your local Naturalist Guide for a walk to learn about this remarkable region's storied history and ecology.
TREK:  The Little Dipper of Big Sky
TREK: The Little Dipper of Big Sky
Take a leisurely hike to Ousel Falls, which plummets nearly 40 feet before flowing through the heart of Big Sky. Named for the Ousel bird (aka American Dipper), the falls provide the perfect nesting place for this little trilling songbird of Big Sky. (Note: This nearly 2-mile hike follows well-groomed, gentle trails with frequent picnic and shaded rest areas. At 6,500 feet, be prepared for the effects of high altitude by bringing a personal water bottle and snacks).
CREATE: Secret Family Remedies
CREATE: Secret Family Remedies
Experience the healing power of nature found hidden in Montana's mountain plants and flowers. Join in a fascinating workshop at 320 Guest Ranch to learn to identify medicinal mountain flora, known for their medicinal qualities for centuries by generations of mountain folk here. You'll forage for particular plants and learn how to infuse them into oils for use as a soothing topical salve. Take your own creation home with you to use for what ails ya!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 BIG SKY–NEVADA CITY–VIRGINIA CITY–MISSOULA

BIG SKY Scenic drive to Nevada City and Virginia City to visit two Western ghost towns.
NEVADA CITY Guided walking tour of the historic ghost town and outdoor museum, followed by a shortline train ride to Virginia City.
VIRGINIA CITY Free time in this thriving historic ghost town.
MISSOULA Guided orientation tour. Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 MISSOULA–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–WHITEFISH

MISSOULA Morning drive along Flathead Lake en route to Lake McDonald Village in Glacier National Park.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Free time this afternoon, followed by a scenic ride along the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard a historic Red Jammer bus.
WHITEFISH Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 WHITEFISH

WHITEFISH YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

DELVE: Roosevelt Slept Here
DELVE: Roosevelt Slept Here
Travel to the historic town of Kalispell, founded by the builder and namesake of Conrad Mansion and Gardens. Take an orientation tour, followed by free time to explore the historic mountain town, founded by Charles E. Conrad. Stroll through the local boutiques, restaurants, and galleries before taking a guided tour of the historic Mansion and Gardens. Built in 1895, the 26-room Conrad Mansion offers a glimpse into the life of a Montana pioneer and the welcoming hospitality enjoyed by such guests as President Teddy Roosevelt.
FLOAT: Down the Lazy River
FLOAT: Down the Lazy River
Enjoy a scenic float trip on a calm and peaceful stretch of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park. Relax amid stunning scenery with a friendly, interpretive river guide on a rafting excursion that is great for all ages who prefer a mellow ride over a whitewater rafting experience. Float through the Middle Fork section of the Flathead River, from West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge. Learn about the history, culture, and ecological conservation of Glacier National Park, as well as its fascinating flora and fauna of the Flathead River.
TASTE: Brews Crews
TASTE: Brews Crews
Travel to the historic town of Kalispell for an orientation tour, followed by free time to explore the historic mountain town. Stroll through the local boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. Then, enjoy a warm welcome, a frosty glass, and cool companions while tasting cold brews in Kalispell. Take a guided walking tour to visit the area's top breweries. Go behind the scenes for a beer 101 experience and sample a great variety of great tastings at each stop! Clink glasses, see the sights, and please your palate with Montana microbrews.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 WHITEFISH–SANDPOINT–SPOKANE

WHITEFISH Morning scenic drive to picturesque Sandpoint, Idaho.
SANDPOINT Free time to explore the shops, pubs, and galleries. Scenic drive along the Pend Oreille River into Washington en route to Spokane.
SPOKANE Guided sightseeing tour includes Manito Park Gardens, followed by free time and a farewell dinner this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 SPOKANE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

STEVE OSTEN

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

My interest in the national parks began as a child on summer vacations in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. In college, I studied Botany, Ichthyology, Mammology, and Ornithology, and I began working in Yellowstone as a summer seasonal guide years ago. I have also worked in Sequoia, the Everglades, and Alaska as a naturalist guide. Whether it's beachcombing in Florida, birding in the Everglades, or hiking in the Tetons, as long as I'm in nature, I'm where I want to be.

Tour Director - STEVE OSTEN

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.



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