Your all-inclusive adventure will include the following:
Why 4 days vs 7 days?
Our 7-day adventure includes Banff National Park, and the 4 day does not, but guests should fully understand what to expect on this 4-day trip.
There is a difference between long days in the park and exhausting days in the park. The Expedition Cruiser is the prescription for exhaustive days that take all your energy away. We will leave daily around 8 am and not return until around 8 in the evening, but the pace of travel is designed to preserve time, energy and to not feel rushed. This allows guests who have limited time or budget to travel to feel like they missed something on a shorter vacation.
Restrooms and Parking
- Our Chef will prepare all three meals a day plus all the snacks, desserts, and refreshments. There is no need for long lines at restaurants, limited menus with mediocre offerings, and slow service. The time we spend in the park is efficient and considerate of our guests’ individual needs. Blood sugar levels are maintained throughout the day with timely, drinks, fresh fruit, tasty fresh snacks and all meals served in scenic locations. Meals will be made to order and meet the needs of those who have food allergies, or other dietary restrictions.
- The Expedition Cruiser is equipped with a spacious restroom with two stations for hand washing and freshening up.
- The National Park provides nice restrooms but are sometimes spaced out over long distances. These rest breaks also often have very long lines so after a long stretch of “holding it”, travelers are often expected to “hold it” another 20 to 30 minutes. Not easy to do when you are staying hydrated at 7,500 feet of elevation.
- The Expedition Cruiser can take advantage of bus parking which is at the front of every stop. When there is no parking available, the guide can get off with the guests, and then the Expedition Cruiser will return when they are radioed by the Guide. This saves a lot of time and enables our guests to seize the moment when an animal sighting is available.
There are two options while on the Glacier National Park Tour.
- Lake McDonald Lodging
These charming and historic main lodge rooms feature one queen bed and a 3/4 bath with shower only. These rooms are located on the second or third floor above the lobby of Lake McDonald Lodge (accessed via stair only/no elevator), and although they are close to the waterfront, these rooms do not offer any lake views.
- Under Canvas Glamping
For those that want an authentic experience with some fancy camping, this is it. At time of booking, your Tour Specialist will see if there can be saving by choosing this option. It depends on the date and how many people are on the tour.
These spacious cabin-style tents will accommodate two adults and two children, with a king-size bed and two camp cots. These tents come well equipped with chairs, the tables, lanterns, a chest of drawers, wood-burning stove and much more! Shared bathroom facilities are a short walk from the tents.
Tour start and end location
The tour starts at 5:00 pm on the day of departure. Guests will be picked up at the Glacier International Airport or the hotel of the guest’s choice near the airport. Please get pre-approval for hotel pickup prior to booking your room if you plan to arrive early.
The tour ends at 1:00 pm on the final day. Guests will be taken to the Glacier International Airport on the final day. If guests choose to stay an extra day in Glacier National Park, please get pre-approval for hotel drop-off before booking your room.
If the guest is traveling from Bozeman Montana following a Yellowstone Tour or by saving money by flying in and out of Bozeman, the Expedition Cruiser will be departing Bozeman at 11:00 am.
National Park Travel Club provides seating for 14 travelers aboard the Expedition Cruiser. Small groups give guests the ability to fully relax and not be rushed. The Expedition Cruiser gives travelers ample room to see the region with full views, space to relax, and the full attention from their guides. Fewer people equal more focus and less hassle.
The Red Bus Tour is included in the tour price but not mandatory. If a guest chooses to not take the tour, your Tour Specialist will reduce the cost of the tour from your National Park Travel Club trip price.
What about hiking?
There are so many options for hiking and your Guide will be hosting multiple hikes and leisure hikes throughout the tour. Guests can take advantage of the free and easy to use transit service if they want to venture out on their own.
National Park Travel Club provides travel solutions with multi-generational options. Activities are classified in our itineraries as Leisure, Adventure and Scenic.
Tour itineraries are built strategically to have a complete offering for all ages and activity levels. Some activities may not be of interest to some travelers, so they are not always included in the price of the tour.
Included your all-inclusive tour is the porterage of luggage to and from your hotel room when arriving or departing.
The Expedition Cruiser
Remote destinations offer all kinds of challenges to even the most well-planned traveler. The sole purpose of the Expedition Cruiser is to provide a relaxing environment for each guest while offering the comforts that are not available on alternative modes of transportation. While the Expedition Cruiser may have many bells and whistles that are rarely used, it has the essential tools that enhance the wonders of the National Parks. Designed with the purpose of giving guests a complete small group experience while also catering to individual’s needs, the Expedition Cruiser boasts leather couches, two private lounges with seating up to eight, seating at tables, multiple central heating and air zones, full kitchen, hot and cold towel service, multiple charging stations for electronic devices, in-transit satellite television, wireless internet, closets for coats and bags, and a lavatory that has a flushing commode and hot water for washing your hands. 2020 motor coaches will also offer multiple six-way captain chairs that rotate degrees.
Our Staff, Drivers, Guides, Hospitality
Our drivers have pristine driving records and extensive technical knowledge of the motor coach, ensuring your safety and well-being during your trip.
Our Guides and Hospitality Crew are passionate about educating and sharing their experiences with our guests while prioritizing your comfort and individual needs above all else.