Mt. Rainier Small Group Tour
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 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!
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.
Each tour is exclusively limited to just 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!
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.
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
Gratuities are not required but always appreciated for good service (typical gratuities are 15-20% of your tour package)
Journey to the Mountain
Between 7:30am and 8:00am, 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 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!
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 888-365-9488 or send us an e-mail if you have any questions.
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.
We will depart the Mt. Rainier area at approximately 3:45pm and will make our first drop-off in Seattle at about 6:00pm. 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.