Mt. Rainier Small Group Tour

Glaciers, Old Growth Forests, Alpine Meadows & Gourmet Lunch

 
 
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Mt. Rainier Small Group Tour

Glaciers, Old Growth Forests, Alpine Meadows & Gourmet Lunch

USD $169/Adult | USD $135/Child | Private Tours Available

Length 9.5 Hours, 7:30am-5:00pm

4 - 10 Guest per Group

 

Don't bring a crowd with you to Mt. Rainier! On this full day small group tour, our dedicated guide will share Washington's most stunning alpine scenery with you.  Enjoy premium service, door-to-door transportation in a high-roof extended length passenger van, a gourmet lunch, and selected hot and cold beverages.  Group size is limited to just 4-10 guests per day. Your guide will select the best parts of the Park to explore each day based on the season and weather. We also offer this experience as a private tour for groups up to 14 guests! Leave the guesswork out of your trip to Mt. Rainier!

 

tour Experience

 

Exclusive Mt. Rainier Tour

Spend a full day with a dedicated guide amidst Washington’s most stunning scenery. Enjoy premium service, door-to-door transport and leave the guesswork out of your trip to Mt. Rainier.

Boutique Tour

Each tour is exclusively limited to just 4 to 10 guests per day. Private tours are available to groups up to 14 guests. When you’re searching out natural beauty and serenity, don’t bring the crowd with you! Many tour operators bring bus loads of up to 50 guests at a time to Mt. Rainier. Not us!

Full-Time Guide

Learn about Mt. Rainier’s natural history throughout the day from your full time guide. From the mountain’s violent geologic past to the story of how its glaciers form and carve the landscape, your guide will put your visit to Mt. Rainier in a broader context. Don’t just come to marvel at the landscape, come away from your tour with more knowledge.

Gourmet Lunch Included

No cold, dry sandwiches here! All guests joining this tour will be provided a delicious lunch in the park around midday.  Meals typically include a selection of either chicken, steak or grilled fish along with a green salad and dessert. A selection of hot beverages along with still and sparkling water are available throughout the day.

Private Ground Transport

All guests are provided with door-to-door round trip transportation between Seattle and Mt. Rainier. All entrance fees to the National Park are also included in the tour price. Pick-up service is provided to most hotels in the downtown Seattle area. If you’ve got an evening flight from Sea-Tac, we can even drop you off at the airport after the tour.

 
 

Tour itinerary

Journey to the Mountain

At approximately 7:30am your guide will pick you up at your downtown Seattle hotel or preferred location in the area. You'll board our spacious high-roof extended length passenger vehicle for the ride to Mt. Rainier National Park. You'll enjoy the scenery of the rustic farmland and lowland old growth forests will that surround the mountain as we get closer. During the journey, your guide will share background information about the park itself as well as the area's natural history to put your visit to Mt. Rainier in a broader context of the Pacific Northwest's geologic past. After entering the park, we'll begin to gain elevation and you'll get your first panoramic views of Mt. Rainier's glacier clad flanks and summit that towers above us at 14,411 ft.

Ground Tour & Nature Walks

On the way up the mountain, we'll make stops to stretch our legs and breath in our surroundings in an old growth forest of towering trees that have stood for over 800 years. We'll take in plunging waterfalls and rivers fed by glacial run-off heavy with silt, shaping the landscape before our eyes. The highest elevation your tour will reach will be between 5,400 and 6,400 ft. At these heights, you'll be surrounded by the mountain's sub-alpine splendor. Early spring tours will see the mountain still in the midst of winter at these elevations with snow several feet high at the side of the road. Summer tours in July and August will be able to walk through Mt. Rainier's famous expanses of wildflower meadows, and after a short hike, come face to face with some of the mountain's 25 major glaciers--the most of any peak in the US outside of Alaska. You'll learn about the mountain's cycle of seasons, how its glaciers formed, how they are continually changing the landscape today, and what's in store for the mountain's future.

Gourmet Lunch Included

Your guide will serve you a delicious catered lunch in the park. No cold, dry sandwiches and bag of chips here! Lunch typically includes a selection of steak, salmon, or chicken skewers with sides of vegetables, a fresh green salad, and dessert along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. We happily make meal arrangements for vegetarians, vegans or any other dietary requirements with advanced notice.

Return to Seattle

After about 5 to 6 hours spent within the park, it will be time to head back toward Seattle. On the way back to Seattle, we'll have a rest stop where you can choose to buy a late afternoon coffee or indulge in some delicious handmade ice cream--almost worth the trip itself! Once back in Seattle, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or preferred location in downtown. For guests with an evening flight from Seattle, we can also drop you off directly at Sea-Tac airport if needed!

 
 

What Mt. Rainier Guests Say

We consistently exceed customer expectations. Rather than give ourselves a pat on the back, we prefer our guests speak for us. For more reviews, please check us out on TripAdvisor:

 
 
“Highlight of Seattle Trip”    “Our guide Michael made the day enjoyable anyway. He picked us up at hotel, The van is very nice and comfortable, with plenty of water available. Michael is a great guide. Very enthusiastic and really knows his stuff. At each point we stopped at to view scenery, he gave us plenty of time to admire the views, and would point out interesting things. I never felt rushed to get to the next spot. Loved the walks through the woods. Each walk was fairly easy. The lunch was really good. We stopped at a picnic area, and because it was raining, he set up a shelter to keep us dry, We had delicious salad, choice of meat (the steak was really good!). I appreciated that while Michael was full of information, he also stood by quietly to let us truly soak in the views. And yes there are plenty of bathroom breaks if needed. I highly recommend this tour, you will get your money's worth!”    -Nicki, St. Paul, MN

“Highlight of Seattle Trip”

“Our guide Michael made the day enjoyable anyway. He picked us up at hotel, The van is very nice and comfortable, with plenty of water available. Michael is a great guide. Very enthusiastic and really knows his stuff. At each point we stopped at to view scenery, he gave us plenty of time to admire the views, and would point out interesting things. I never felt rushed to get to the next spot. Loved the walks through the woods. Each walk was fairly easy. The lunch was really good. We stopped at a picnic area, and because it was raining, he set up a shelter to keep us dry, We had delicious salad, choice of meat (the steak was really good!). I appreciated that while Michael was full of information, he also stood by quietly to let us truly soak in the views. And yes there are plenty of bathroom breaks if needed. I highly recommend this tour, you will get your money's worth!”

-Nicki, St. Paul, MN

“Small Group Mt. Rainier Day Trip”     “What a wonderful day we had during this trip. Our tour guide was Michael, who took care of us from the start of the day by picking us up at the front door of where we were staying to the end of the magnificent day. He was very accommodating to everyone’s needs as well as having an amazing wealth of knowledge about this region and was passionate about his trade. We learned so much from him and appreciated all the little extras like the lovely and very satisfying lunch, hot tea to ward off the chill, photo tips and less traveled trails. We could not have asked for anything more from Michael and Nature Nuts.”    - Daniel, Singapore

“Small Group Mt. Rainier Day Trip”

“What a wonderful day we had during this trip. Our tour guide was Michael, who took care of us from the start of the day by picking us up at the front door of where we were staying to the end of the magnificent day. He was very accommodating to everyone’s needs as well as having an amazing wealth of knowledge about this region and was passionate about his trade. We learned so much from him and appreciated all the little extras like the lovely and very satisfying lunch, hot tea to ward off the chill, photo tips and less traveled trails. We could not have asked for anything more from Michael and Nature Nuts.”

- Daniel, Singapore

“Amazing Experience on Our Mt. Rainier Small Group Tour”     “Our last minute decision to do Mt Rainier tour was amazing and wonderful. Michael, our tour guide was informative, very helpful and friendly. He gave us very specific informations on how to prepare best for our trip to Mt Rainier. My cousins and I enjoyed the whole tour. The short hikes were refreshing and the smell of fresh pine trees was wonderful. We had a gourmet picnic lunch prepared for us and it was a special treat indeed. The waterfalls with a beautiful rainbow was spectacular. We were blessed with a wonderful weather too. Small group tour is highly recommended. So glad that the tour was not cancelled even if their were only the three of us. Best experience in our Seattle visit. Thank you!!!”    -Linda, Chicago, IL

“Amazing Experience on Our Mt. Rainier Small Group Tour”

“Our last minute decision to do Mt Rainier tour was amazing and wonderful. Michael, our tour guide was informative, very helpful and friendly. He gave us very specific informations on how to prepare best for our trip to Mt Rainier. My cousins and I enjoyed the whole tour. The short hikes were refreshing and the smell of fresh pine trees was wonderful. We had a gourmet picnic lunch prepared for us and it was a special treat indeed. The waterfalls with a beautiful rainbow was spectacular. We were blessed with a wonderful weather too. Small group tour is highly recommended. So glad that the tour was not cancelled even if their were only the three of us. Best experience in our Seattle visit. Thank you!!!”

-Linda, Chicago, IL

 

Tour Details

 

You're just a couple of clicks away from joining our Mt. Rainier Premium Small Group Tour! Please read the notes below regarding trip logistics and feel free to give us a call at at 888-365-9488 or send us an e-mail if you have any questions.

PICK-UP

Your tour includes door-to-door service from any hotel located in and around Seattle. Hotel pick-up service usually begins at about 7:30am and concludes before 8:00am. Your guide will contact you at least 48 hours before your scheduled tour date to confirm your specific pick-up time and location. As we often make multiple pick-ups on a single morning, we will confirm your pick-up time once we have scheduled all of the pick-ups on your tour date. If you're not staying within the downtown Seattle pick-up area, please meet us at the Sheraton Seattle (1400 6th Ave.) at the appointed pick-up time. As a courtesy to other guests, please be prepared to depart at your designated pick-up time and place.

Once we receive your booking, we will be in touch to confirm your pick-up location.  If you have any questions about whether or not we will be able to pick you up, please contact us at 888-365-9488 or send us an e-mail. As a courtesy to other guests, please be prepared to depart at your designated pick-up time and place.

DROP-OFF

We will depart the Mt. Rainier area at approximately 3:45pm and will make our first drop-off in Seattle at about 5:30pm. Drop-offs are made in an order that makes for the most efficient travel route. If you require drop-off in an area other than in downtown Seattle, please contact us to discuss the options. We will do our best to accommodate you.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Door-to-Door downtown Seattle Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off service

  • Full day transportation in our comfortable high-roof van with guide and designated driver

  • Entrance fees to Mt. Rainier National Park

  • Full time guide with a series of nature walks and hikes to help you learn and experience Mt. Rainier’s ecosystem

  • Delicious picnic lunch including a green salad, entree, vegetables, and a dessert

  • Hot and cold tea and coffee

  • Still and sparkling bottled water

    TOUR EXCLUDES

  • Gratuities are not required but always appreciated for good service (typical gratuities are 15-20% of your tour package)

 
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Helicopter Flight & Hiking Tour to Mt. Rainier!

 

If you’re looking for an even more exclusive Mt. Rainier day trip, be sure to check out our Mt. Rainier Helicopter & Hiking Tour! This full day tour combines an incredible scenic flight to Mt. Rainier over Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls, and the Cascade Foothills with an exclusive hiking tour once you’re on the ground! This exclusive tour is not available with any other tour operator and is limited to just 6 guests per tour!

 
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