ZEISS Partnership Tour




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From: $4,950 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Bozeman, MT (BZN)


3-5 Participants


2020: 5 spaces available
2021: 5 spaces available


This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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  • Incredible wildlife viewing
  • Beautiful scenic landscape
  • Colorful geysers


Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho, too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.

June in Yellowstone is alive with young animals exploring and learning. Bear cubs tumble romp as they follow momma around, learning her ways of survival while rusty-red bison calves kick up dust in play fights. Spring wildflowers add a splash of color to the landscape as the late-season snow continues to melt away.

In September, wildlife is preparing for winter, feeding heavily to grow their fat stores. The golden colors of Autumn aspens cover the hillsides and morning frosts create a glistening sheen.

Wolves are always secretive and we will be hopeful each day for the prospect of finding one of the packs on a hunt. We know the locations and will visit each one for our best chances of success!


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Length of Tour


Basic Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Bozeman and drive to Gardiner, MT
Days 2, 3, 4 Explore the Lamar Valley and eastern Yellowstone
Day 5 Pack up and drive to West Yellowstone
Day 6, 7, 8 Explore western and southern Yellowstone
Day 9 Depart for home

Detailed Itinerary

Note that each days events and times may vary or change due to weather and wildlife!

Day 1 Arrival in Bozeman

Arrive no later than 2pm as we will drive to Gardiner, MT today.

Day 2 Lamar Valley

Today we will explore the famous Lamar Valley, known for its wolf packs and loads of wildlife… bison, pronghorn and more will be seen as we search for the next great sighting!

Day 3 Hayden Valley

The next valley over from Lamar, the Hayden is another great location for wildlife, rushing rivers and incredible posibilities!

Day 4 Mammoth Hot Spring

Today we will enjoy Mammoth Hot Springs and other geyser features in the northern part of the park.

Day 5 Drive to West Yellowstone

Today we pack up and drive to our next lodging in West Yellowstone. Our route will depend on what we have already seen.

Day 6 Old Faithful and more

Today we will head south to the best known geysers… Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic. Of course, we will not ignore any wildlife along the way!

Day 7 Canyons and Waterfalls

Today we will explore the Yellowstone River and its steep canyons and magnificent waterfalls. We will see some new wildlife found only in this habitat as well… maybe even the curious Pika.

Day 8 Leader’s Choice

Today your tour leader will share some of his favorite ‘secret’ spots in the park to find wildlife and birds we have may not have seen yet.

Day 9 Flights Home

Today we will drive back to Bozeman for your flights home. Plan your flights to depart at 1:00pm or later.



Cost is $4,950 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Bozeman, MT (Airport code BZN).
This trip ends in Bozeman, MT (Airport code BZN).

Cost Includes

Cost includes airport transfers, all ground transportation, accommodations, entrance fees and services of your professional leader(s).

Cost does not Include

All meals, flights to/from destination city, trip insurance, or anything that is not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of participants registered the trip may still run with a small-group supplement fee per person determined by the number of participants.

Single Supplement

If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $1,600 will be assessed.

Deposit Requirements

A $1,000 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

This trip includes two standard hotels.

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

This tour will include a fair amount of driving as the park is so big. Walks will rarely be more than one mile.

Recommended Field Guide

Sibley Birds West (2nd Edition, 2016, Knopf)
by David Allen Sibley

Sibley Birds is also available as an App


Climate / Weather

Temperatures and weather conditions vary widely during the trip.

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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