Glacier National Park Escorted


9-day Escorted Tour

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The Tour

Come and experience one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. Glacier National Park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Begin your journey in the Windy City with a tour before boarding the Empire Builder®. Continue to Glacier National Park for 3 full days of breathtaking scenery and sightseeing. Conclude the trip of your lifetime in Seattle after an overnight train trip. Revel in the Emerald City on a city tour before departing for home.

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“This was one of our family’s all-time favorite train trips: The Empire Builder to Glacier Park. The most relaxing part was delicious meals on the train. Plus, the scenery, not to mention service from our car attendant, was spectacular. The most exciting part was at Many Glacier: after the lovely cruise, we spotted a giant grizzly on a hill munching berries and a mother moose and her baby swimming across Swift Current Lake. Our clients have given high marks to this escorted tour. We highly recommend it.”

— Eleanor Hardy, IRT Society President

The Itinerary

DAY 1 CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! Once you’re all settled in, take a stroll down the Magnificent Mile for first-rate shopping, dining, and attractions. A pre-tour wine reception will be held at your hotel tonight. Stop by to meet your guide and fellow travelers. Your guide will also go over the tour details and answer any questions you may have. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 2 OVERNIGHT ABOARD AMTRAK
This morning, you and the group will enjoy a tour of Chicago. Experienced and entertaining guides will recount the dramatic story of Chicago’s rise from the Great Fire of 1871 and how this city went on to become the home of the skyscraper and the cradle of modern American architecture. Upon the completion of your tour, a provided transfer service will take you to Chicago’s Union Station. This afternoon, board Amtrak’s Empire Builder® west to Glacier National Park. (Overnight on the train) B, D

DAY 3 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Awake this morning on the train and enjoy the stunning views as you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. Skirting the Missouri River, you and the group will cross into Montana’s Big Sky Country and arrive at your destination, Glacier National Park. Your breakfast and lunch are included in the dining car. After arrival, you will check into the rustic Glacier Park Lodge. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Glacier Park Lodge with your fellow travelers. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B, L, D

DAY 4 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Today, take in the stunning sights of Glacier National Park on a relaxing boat cruise. Your provided roundtrip shuttle transportation will take you from Glacier Park Lodge to Two Medicine Valley. Enjoy a relaxing cruise while listening to the Blackfoot Indian folklore surrounding this astonishing locale. After your boat cruise, the afternoon is yours to discover the beauty of Glacier National Park. Check out any sights you are itching to explore. This evening, dinner is provided for you at Glacier Park Lodge. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B,D

DAY 5 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
After your included breakfast, enjoy a full day touring Glacier National Park. Begin your morning on the Old North Trail, one of the oldest highways in the world. See unparalleled views as you wind along Montana plains and peaks and cross into Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Enjoy lunch on your own and take some time this afternoon to explore this gorgeous locale. If you are looking for something to do, we suggest afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel, one of the most photographed hotels in the world. This afternoon, you’ll travel along the base of Chief Mountain, the spiritual landmark of the Blackfeet Indians, on your way to the Many Glacier Hotel for dinner. Please Note: Passports are required to cross the Canadian Border. Afternoon Tea must be booked in advance. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B,D

DAY 6 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Today, continue exploring Glacier National Park on a Big Sky Circle Tour. Your journey starts on the rugged eastern slopes and follows the glacially carved valleys of the St. Mary’s region along the breathtaking “Going to the Sun Road.” Continue down the west side of the park, where you can enjoy lunch on your own at Lake McDonald Lodge. This evening, dinner is provided for you at Many Glacier Hotel. (Overnight in Glacier National Park) B, D

DAY 7 OVERNIGHT ABOARD AMTRAK
Enjoy your final day in Glacier National Park with two leisurely boat cruises on two gorgeous lakes: Swiftcurrent and Josephine. You’ll see many great sights on these two tours, along with several actual glaciers. Later this afternoon, you will transfer back to the Glacier Park Lodge to get your luggage. Then, you and the group will transfer to the Amtrak station and board the Empire Builder to continue your journey to Seattle. (Overnight on the train) B, D

DAY 8 SEATTLE
Awake on the train and enjoy your included breakfast as you wind through the wonderful state of Washington. Upon your arrival in Seattle later this morning, you will be treated to an entertaining and informative guided tour of the city. The tour is fully narrated with stops at many of Seattle’s hot spots, including Pike Place Market, Seattle’s Great Wheel, the Space Needle, and more popular “Emerald City” landmarks. The afternoon is yours to grab lunch on your own and continue exploring Seattle. This evening, enjoy your finale dinner with your group and tour guide as you reminisce about your favorite memories from the trip. (Overnight in Seattle) B, D

DAY 9 YOUR ESCORTED TOUR ENDS IN SEATTLE
Breakfast is included this morning before your journey officially ends. At which point, you may extend your tour independently into Victoria, Vancouver or south into California. B

Legend for meals: B – Breakfast, BR – Brunch, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

2017 Dates:

June 17-25
July 8-16
July 22-30
July 29- August 6 (sold out)
August 5-13 (sold out)
August 12-20
August 26-September 4
September 2-10

The Prices

2017 Pricing Double Single
Roomette $3,799 $5,249
Bedroom $4,149 $6,149

*All pricing is per person
Deposit required:  $250 per person.

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*Prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at time of booking.

*Passports are required to cross the Canadian border.

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The Highlights

  • Wine and cheese welcome reception in Chicago
  • Tour of Chicago with transfer to Amtrak® Station
  • One-way Amtrak from Chicago to Glacier National Park; Glacier National Park to Seattle in roomette accommodations; meals included in the Dining Car
  • Three tours inside Glacier National Park
  • A boat cruise tour of Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lake
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Seattle
  • 6 nights’ hotel accommodations; 2 nights’ sleeping accommodations on board Amtrak
  • 16 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners