Best of Montana

Best of Montana

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Best of Montana

6 Days Starting in Bozeman and ending in Missoula

Visiting: Bozeman to Helena, Helena, Great Falls, Glacier National Park / Whitefish, Missoula

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

SSEM

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Medium

Age range:

18-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

From:
$3310
$2575 (USD) Operator discount: $662 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $73 -22%
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Tour Overview

Taking you from Bozeman to Missoula via mountains, rivers, glaciers and lakes, this six-day trip showcases the customs and history of Native American culture and the natural beauty of Montana. With a knowledgeable leader to guide the way, you’ll experience a landscape shaped by the elements over thousands of years as you immerse yourself in local history and enjoy delicious picnic lunches surrounded by the scenic splendour of mountain peaks. Explore museums, head out on a scenic river cruise, explore the mountains on hikes and get your heart pumping on an exhilarating rafting experience.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a backcountry hike where you will learn about the tribal customs and histories of the Blackfeet Native American culture with a local First Nations guide

  • Follow in the path of Lewis and Clark exploring the “Gates of the Mountains” on a river cruise along the Missouri River

  • Hike one of the many trails in Glacier National Park where you’ll find wildflowers, rushing rivers, and mountains reflected in crystal clear lakes.

  • Embark on a trip to Gallatin River for an easy hike alongside banks lined with moss-covered boulders and stop for a picnic along the way.

  • Enjoy a backcountry hike where you will learn about the tribal customs and histories of the Blackfeet Native American culture with a local Blackfeet guide

  • Raft down the Flathead River in Glacier National Park – a wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains – and soak up the views from a different perspective.

  • Spend a full day learning about Native American history in First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park from a member of the Blackfeet tribe, hiking in Giant Springs State Park and exploring the land and culture.

  • Follow in the path of Lewis and Clark exploring the Gates of the Mountains on a scenic river cruise along the Missouri River.

  • Spend a full day on a locally guided hike through the incredible Glacier National Park, where you’ll stand at the foot of waterfalls, walk under the canopy of ancient forests, and enjoy a homemade lunch in the wilderness.

  • End your trip in Missoula with an included lunch and beer tasting at a local brewery, where you’ll sample some local Montana huckleberry beer.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Bozeman To Helena
Location: Bozeman to Helena
Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to Montana! Your adventure begins in Bozeman at 10 am with a welcome meeting – this Rocky Mountains town is the perfect starting point for exploring Montana’s history and natural beauty. After your meeting, visit the Museum of the Rockies, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum that’s famous for its world-class dinosaur exhibits. After a bit of culture to get you going, you’ll head to Helena, where you spend the night. When you arrive in the capital of Montana, you might like to head out for dinner with your group.

Included Activities:
-Bozeman – Museum of the Rockies

Day 2: Helena
Location: Helena
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the explorers Lewis and Clark and venture to the Gates of the Mountains on a scenic river cruise. You’ll sail alongside limestone cliffs to a set of towering stone walls which appear to open like a gate as your boat approaches. Little has changed since the two explorers first visited this stretch of the Missouri River, and the region’s untouched beauty remains. Your night is free in Helena to rest and recharge or find a good dinner spot – your leader is always on hand with suggestions.

Included Activities:
-Helena - Lewis and Clark River Cruise

Day 3: Great Falls
Location: Great Falls
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

After an early breakfast, hit the road and drive to First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park – home to the largest buffalo jump in America, used as a hunting tool by Native American tribes for at least 1000 years. This is a special and unique experience to learn about the history of the land firsthand. Get to know the landscape with a member of the Blackfeet tribe, who will take you on a full day experience including hikes, walks, talks and a cultural exchange on their homelands. Then, sit down and soak up the scenery over an included lunch where you can ask questions and learn more. Spend the night in Great Falls, where you’re free for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Great Falls - Hikes with Blackfeet Nation guide

Day 4: Glacier National Park / Whitefish
Location: Glacier National Park / Whitefish
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, you’ll hit the road again after breakfast. Known as the ‘Crown of the Continent’, Glacier National Park offers an impressive array of activities for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. Today, you’ll board a raft and enjoy an exhilarating (and splashy) rafting experience down the Flathead River with an expert local guide – a must-do in this area! Then head into the town of Whitefish, where you’ll spend the night. After an action-packed day, feel free to relax and recharge, or chat with your leader for the best dinner recommendations in town.

Included Activities:
-Glacier National Park – Scenic Whitewater Rafting

Day 5: Glacier National Park / Whitefish
Location: Glacier National Park / Whitefish
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

After breakfast this morning, you'll take on a full day locally-guided nature hike in Glacier National Park – a wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. First, we'll drive the iconic Going to the Sun Road to the trailhead where we'll begin our hike. Meander through sun dappled forests to the base of two waterfalls as you hear from your guide about the history of the people who have called Glacier National Park home. Stopping for a homemade picnic lunch with your group, soak up the beauty of your surroundings before making your way back along the trail. Tonight, you may like to drop into one of the local craft breweries or restaurants for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Glacier National Park - Full Day Guided Hike with Lunch

Day 6: Missoula
Location: Missoula
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Enjoy a morning at leisure before hitting the road to Missoula. When you arrive, enjoy one last meal with your group to celebrate all you’ve done in this jam-packed adventure. Head to a local brewery and taste some local Montana huckleberry beer over an included lunch. Your adventure will end at around 3 pm.

Included Activities:
-Missoula - Local Brewery Tasting & Lunch

What's Included

  • Helena - Lewis and Clark River Cruise

  • Bozeman - Gallatin Riverside Trail Hike

  • Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest

  • Glacier National Park – Hiking

  • Glacier National Park – Aurora Borealis

  • Flathead Lake State Park - Hike

  • Badger Two Medicine - Backcountry Native American hike

  • Accommodation

    Hotels (5 nights)

  • Transport

    Private vehicle

  • Meals

    5 breakfasts, 4 lunches

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Transport

  • Private vehicle

Accommodation

  • Hotels (5 nights)

Important Information

  • 1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10 am on Day 1 in Bozeman. Please make your own way to the Joining Point listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
  • 2. This trip finishes at approximately 3pm in Missoula. No accommodation is booked for this evening. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 6pm. if you would like to spend more time in Missoula, we can request additional accommodation for you post tour. Please speak to your booking agent.
  • 3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • 4. Glacier National Park roads do not fully open to vehicles until all snow is cleared from the high alpine passes. This usually happens in early to mid-June but can extend later into the month during especially snowy years. On departures that travel before the park roads fully open to cars, we will include guided e-biking on Going to the Sun Road instead of the full day guided hike. The e-biking typically lasts 4-5 hours and we ride 16-42 miles depending on road conditions. The minimum age to ride an e-bike is 18 years old.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip includes a whitewater rafting experience in which you will be required to manoeuvre in and out of a raft, and a guided hike with a distance of 10.5 km (6.5 mi). While the included activities do not require any special physical preparation for most travelers, at least a moderate level of fitness is needed to make the most out of the trip.

    June departures may include a guided e-biking experience on Glacier National Park's iconic Going to the Sun Road instead of the full day hike if the high passes are not yet fully cleared of snow.

    You may also want to check out our Great American West trip if you have a longer time to explore the region:

    https://www.intrepidtravel.com/united-states/great-american-west-150416

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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    Intrepid Travel allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 56 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Intrepid Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform intrepid travel, 56 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a minimum deposit of 400 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

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