Tour Overview

Discover the legendary wildlife and scenery of the Yellowstone National Park. From the thriving wildlife of Lamar and Hayden Valley to vibrant thermal features in the caldera of the Super Volcano to breathtaking lakes and mountain ranges, the country’s prime national parks offer riveting opportunities and subjects for all travelers who come from near and far to experience the uniquely American Landscapes of Yellowstone.

Yellowstone & Grand Teton

Includes

Dinners: 3

Lunches: 3

Breakfasts: 3

3 Nights Luxury Lodging

Grey Wolf Lodge Yellowstone

Gray Wolf Lodge

Explorer Cabins of Yellowstone

Explorer Cabins

1 night at 320 Guest Ranch, Gallatin Gateway

  • In-transit beverages including beer, wine, soft drinks, juice, coffee, tea.

  • In-transit appetizers and desserts.

  • Fresh fruit and sweet and salty snacks.

  • Driver Guide, and Hospitality Guide.

  • Walking sticks and binoculars are available for guests.

  • Transportation on the luxury Expedition Cruiser.

  • Trip Insurance

  • Transfers to and from the airport.

A big part of travel means tasting great meals that capture the culture and flavor of the region. Our culinary inclusions cover all your meals and drinks while on vacation with us. We utilize fresh local ingredients and every meal is prepared to your liking. Your flex pass is loaded with money for meals where we dine at the finest local establishments to truly immerse in the region’s culture.

All attractions included in the itinerary.

  • Old Faithful
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Biscuit Basin
  • West Thumb Geyser Basin 
  • Firehole River
  • Lamar Valley
Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Additional Attractions

  • Hayden Valley
  • Roosevelt Junction
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Tower Falls
  • West Yellowstone
  • Gallatin River

Day 1: Yellowstone Upper Loop including Lamar Valley, Tower Falls, and Hayden Valley 

Premium Lodging: Gray Wolf Lodge or Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone

Guests will be picked up at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport or the hotel of choice in Bozeman at 10:00 am.  We will begin our tour with a short scenic drive into the northern end of the Grand Loop of Yellowstone at Mammoth Hot Springs.  Continuing east through Roosevelt Junction, we will then travel into some of the best wildlife viewings in all of Yellowstone. Our destination is Fish Lake where we will take the scenic short hike up to the spawning grounds of the cutthroat trout.  The walk around the lake offers a peaceful and majestic view of the surrounding mountains. We will travel back through the Lamar Valley as the landscape uncovers the cascading waters of Tower Fall where guests may take the short hike to the bottom or simply view it from the top. Our Chef will prepare a meal along the Yellowstone River as we wait for the perfect light when the animals come out to pose. As the evening approaches, we’ll carefully dissect the wonders of Hayden Valley behind the lens. Bison, grizzly bears, wolves, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and Roosevelt elk highlight this trek through the heart of Yellowstone’s showcase of wildlife as our day in the park comes to a close. An evening refreshment and dessert will make the short drive to the hotel relaxing and will cap the day off perfectly.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Day 2: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Artists Point, Hayden Valley, West Thumb Basin, Grand Prismatic Springs, Old Faithful

Premium Lodging: Gray Wolf Lodge or Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone

We’ll begin our second day in Yellowstone National Park by exploring the geological wonders and alpine waters inside the caldera of the Super Volcano.  We’ll rise early, as today is a day for discovering the majestic scenery and vibrant wildlife of this treasured American region. Boarding the Expedition Cruiser, our morning brings us to Artist’s Point where a perfectly timed rainbow appears across the majestic Upper Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. With multiple hiking opportunities, the canyon offers a variety of perspectives of the Upper and Lower Falls. After another drive through Hayden Valley with to get another chance at a Grizzly or Roosevelt Elk, we will continue to the shores of Yellowstone Lake,  At 7,733 ft above sea level, Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation lake in North America. Driving along the Fire Hole river, we’ll visit key areas such as Biscuit Basin, West Thumb Geyser Basin. We’ll break for lunch at the historic Old Faithful Lodge before continuing through Fountain Flats, Norris Geyser Basin, and Midway and Lower Geyser Basins where you find outstanding colors of steamy blue, bright green and rusty orange. The Grand Prismatic Spring and Fountain Paint Pots will make our day complete. We will then complete our day just after sunset back in West Yellowstone.

Home to the Historic Fort Yellowstone, this location boasts expansive views of the surrounding valley, Swan Lake, and the vibrant orange and white travertine terraces.

old-faithful

Old Faithful

Day 3: Canyon Visitors Center, more Hayden Valley Wildlife Viewing, Dunraven Pass, Mammoth Hot Springs 

Premium Lodging: 320 Guest Ranch, Gallatin Gateway, Montana

We’ll rise early, as today is a day for discovering the majestic scenery and vibrant wildlife of this treasured American region. We will enjoy the Chef’s breakfast on the Expedition Cruiser while we drive to Hayden Valley to see if we can find ourselves a grizzly.  We’ll continue to Canyon Village to learn of the history and geography of the park at the Visitor Education Center. Our day continues as we navigate over Dunraven Pass and onto Mammoth Hot Springs. Home to the Historic Fort Yellowstone, this location boasts expansive views of the surrounding valley, Swan Lake, and the vibrant orange and white travertine terraces.  The walk down the boardwalk from the top of the terraces is leisure and full amazing views. Guests will have time to explore on foot the gift shops, and visitors center which is uniquely situated where grazing elk are often found along the road. We will return towards West Yellowstone and continue north along the Gallatin River where we will rest for the night at the 320 Guest Ranch.  The ranch has a quaint little lounge where guests like to enjoy a final refreshment in a historic Montana Ranch. Sit on your deck and soak in the fresh mountain Montana air and absorb the last night of peace and quiet.

Fort Yellowstone

Fort Yellowstone

Day 4: Morning horseback ride, hike or relax on your cabins deck

The ranch offers morning horseback rides and ample hiking opportunities along the Gallatin River where A River Runs Through It was filmed.  We will leave at 11:00 am for the hour long drive to Bozeman. This is where we say goodbye until our next adventure.

Horseback-riding-gallatin-river`

Horseback Riding Gallatin River

Available Dates

May 25 – 28, 2020

June 8 – 11, 2020

June 15 – 18, 2020

June 30 – July 3, 2020

Pricing

Double Occupancy: $1,713
Triple Occupancy: $1,576
Quad Occupancy: $1,507
Single Occupancy: $2,126

Deposit at time of booking: $550  Per Person (non-refundable)

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

  • Gourmet FoodOur 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.

Lodging

  • 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.

Small Groups

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.

Attractions

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 YellowstoneHiking 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.  

Multi-Generational Travelers

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. 

Luggage Handling

Included your all-inclusive tour is the porterage of luggage to and from your hotel room when arriving or departing.

The Expedition Cruiser

Luxury Interior

Luxury Interior

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.

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Company Name:  National Park Travel Club

Office Phone: 1-844-566-7745

Address: PO Box 210, Grant, LA 70644

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time Zone

If you have questions about this tour please send inquiries to complete this form or email us at travel-experts@nationalparktravelclub.com.