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A nature-packed adventure in the mountains of Montana

Taking you from Bozeman to Missoula via mountains, rivers, glaciers, lakes, this six-day tour showcases the customs and histories of the Blackfeet Native American culture and natural beauty of Montana. With a knowledgeable leader to guide the way, you’ll experience a landscape that has been shaped by the elements over thousands of years, immerse yourself in local history, and enjoy delicious picnic lunches surrounded by the scenic splendour of Montana’s mountains. If you love immersing yourself in nature, the mountains of Montana are calling your name.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Bozeman, United States
Finish
Missoula, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSEM
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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

  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are walking opportunities throughout this trip. We recommend you bring good quality walking shoes if you're keen to enjoy a hike - or two!

  • Lunches will be simple picnic style so perhaps bring some of your own snacks if you think you’ll get hungry between meals.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to Bozeman! This Rocky Mountains town is the perfect jumping off point for exploring the history and natural beauty of Montana. Join your group at 10am for a Welcome Meeting then get ready to stretch your legs on a hike that’s easy on the legs and even easier on the eyes. Wave to kayakers along the trail as you join your leader for a stroll along the Gallatin River where mighty cliffs loom overhead and moss-covered boulders line the river banks. Stop to enjoy picnic lunch before following 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bozeman - Gallatin Riverside Trail Hike
  • Helena - Lewis and Clark River Cruise
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is approximately 9kms/5.5miles, with 70m/200ft of elevation gain and the total driving time is 1.5 hours.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
After breakfast, hit the road to the Lewis and Clark National Forest where you will enjoy a hike and inhale the scent of the conifers as you stroll through woody valleys and admire high mountains and grassy meadows. After lunch we will continue on our way to Great Falls for our overnight stay. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing evening at your accommodation or perhaps share a meal together.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After an early breakfast, hit the road and enjoy the scenery on the drive from Great Falls to Badger-Two Medicine. The Badger-Two Medicine region is located at the intersection of the Blackfeet Reservation, Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Upon arrival we will have a traditional Native American lunch then have the privilege of joining a local Blackfeet guide for a half-day hike which offers an insight into the Blackfeet Native American people and culture and explores the secluded wilderness of Badger Two Medicine. Learn about tribal customs, histories, and stories while experiencing a land filled with wildlife, wildflowers, alpine lakes, and mountain peaks. We then make our way to Whitefish were we will base ourselves for 2 nights and our gateway to Glacier National Park. The evening is yours to enjoy as you please.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Badger Two Medicine - Backcountry Native American hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The total driving time is 4 hours. The hike is classed as moderate, a good level of fitness is required.
Known as the ‘Crown of the Continent’, Glacier National Park offers an impressive array of activities for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. Here you can stroll past carpets of wildflowers, raft along rushing rivers, hike along mountain trails or admire the mountains reflected in crystal clear lakes. Choose your own adventure or enjoy a group hike through the park, with a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the many scenic spots along the way. There is also the option to join a rafting tour which offers a different perspective on this renowned National Park. Tonight, keep your eyes on the skies to possibly catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis which can be seen here throughout the year.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Glacier National Park – Hiking
  • Glacier National Park – Aurora Borealis
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast, jump in your vehicle and head back into Glacier National park with its towering mountains, sweeping valleys, tumbling waterfalls, colourful wildflowers, and wildlife spotting galore there is plenty to see on your second day. Admire the sparkling waters of Lake McDonald, take in the highest point on the mountain at Logan Pass and see Jackson Glacier sparkling in the distance. Your leader will choose the perfect spot for a scenic picnic lunch. Keep your camera handy as there will be plenty of photo stops along the way. Back in Whitefish, why not try one of the local craft breweries or resturants for dinner.
Included Activities
  • Glacier National Park – Hiking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
In Glacier National Park there are a variety of walking options range from easy to moderate, your leader will give options based on guest interest and abilities.
Enjoy a morning at leisure before hitting the road to Missoula, with a stop along the way for a walk alongside the serene waters of Flathead Lake. Stop off for one last lunch and perhaps take the time to look back with you group on all you’ve seen and done in the past week. Then, it’s onto Missoula where the trip finishes at 3pm and your Montana adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Flathead Lake State Park - Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is 1.5m/2.4kms and the total driving time is 2.5 hours.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotels (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Bozeman - Gallatin Riverside Trail Hike
  • Helena - Lewis and Clark River Cruise
  • Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
  • Badger Two Medicine - Backcountry Native American hike
  • Glacier National Park – Hiking
  • Glacier National Park – Aurora Borealis
  • Flathead Lake State Park - Hike

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Important notes

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FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10am. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
LAST DAY: On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 3pm on arrival in Missoula. You will be dropped at our hotel in Missoula. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 6pm.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 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.
COVID: Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.

Essential trip information

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