Your all-inclusive adventure will include the following:
Why 4 days vs 7 days?
Our 7-day adventure includes Grand Teton 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.
- The Grand Loop of Yellowstone is 140 miles with multiple stops that are must-see. We have created an itinerary that we can see all the attractions that are pertinent to a complete Yellowstone vacation.
Meals, 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.
- To control prices as requested our membership, we will be staying at Gray Wolf Lodge in West Yellowstone. This is a very clean and well-run hotel in the heart of everything a traveler needs access to in West Yellowstone such as shopping, dining, and other attractions.
- For those that want an upgraded experience, the Explorer Cabins are available for a $225.00 per night upgrade, and the property is located across the street from the Gray Wolf Lodge
- Our days will be long, and the Gray Wolf Lodge provides a good solution for getting a shower, a full night rest, and is safe and clean. We have not had any complaints from guests who desire this as a standard for lodging. It should be noted that we will depart at 8 am and return around 8 pm so lodging is not as important on the 4-day tour.
- West Yellowstone is chosen because of its strategic location. Getting to Hayden Valley multiple times for animal viewing is critical and West Yellowstone eliminates long deadhead driving times to the pertinent attractions.
- The 320 Guest Ranch is a rustic ranch with individual cabins for each guest. Full kitchens, decks, fireplaces, and ease of access to the lounge and ranch activities is a part of the lodging experience. The ranch is a 1-hour drive from Bozeman where guests will depart. The Ranch has multiple offerings for guests in the morning such as horseback riding, fishing, and hiking. We always have great service here and guests have requested that we return.
Tour start and end location
- The tour starts at 1:00 pm on the day of departure. Guests will be picked up at the Bozeman Yellowstone 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 12:00 pm on the final day. Guests will be taken to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport on the final day. If guests choose to stay an extra day in Bozeman, please get pre-approval for hotel drop-off before booking your room.
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.
A traveler can spend a month exploring the multiple options in Yellowstone’s vast offering of attractions. This itinerary includes the very best must-see attractions as well as several unique outings that our local guides take us to.
What about hiking?
Hiking in Yellowstone can have many definitions. We must remember that we are in the heart of Grizzly country and we are thoughtful to this reality. Hikes in Yellowstone are more leisure walks on well-maintained wooden boardwalks. There are times when we are in the dirt, but most stops are in a controlled environment where safety is a priority.
Why did National Park Travel Club choose these dates for visiting Yellowstone?
May and June are the best months to see animals, and the wildflowers are in abundance which adds so much to the natural landscape. Bear sightings are more common because the bears are not in higher elevations yet chasing huckleberries and other food sources. Waterfalls are gushing with glacier meltwater and the traffic is less than July and August. August and September are more susceptible to forest fires which create obvious hazards, but it’s the smoke from Yellowstone fires or neighboring states that inhibit views fresh air. Experience has taught us to stick to May and June.
What will I not see in May and June that I might see in the other months?
The Roosevelt Elks antlers are not fully developed yet, but they are in the velvet which offers a beautiful and unique view of these stunning animals. The Bison are calving in May and June so you will see a lot of little ones, but in late July and August, the Bison are mating which creates more activity as they are moving more. This is also a time when a Bison is more dangerous so you might miss out on a Bison being aggressive towards people or automobiles. You will also have much less tourist traffic so if you want long lines, more people and more traffic, we recommend July and August.
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 motorcoach, 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.