Regional Overnight Tours

for Tour Operators 

Group Coordinators offers custom-designed tours to tour operators throughout the US and Canada.  Each of our tours is balanced with a mix of traveling, sightseeing, cultural encounters and free time. Behind-the-scenes experiences are woven into our itineraries, and we bring in local experts to take guests deeper into the culture and history of the sites explored. 

We also offer step-on guides for local or regional tours.  Our guides go through rigorous training requirements and are not sent on the road until they meet our stringent quality standards.  Some are also graduates of the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI). Our guides specialize in the history and local lore of the area and love what they do! 

North Idaho’s Silver Valley and Scenic Lake Pend Oreille:  2 days

Visit historic sites in the world’s richest silver mining area, learn about early prospectors, and experience the extraordinary beauty of the largest lake in Idaho and the 38th largest lake by area in the United States.

Highlights:

  • Cataldo Mission
  • Crystal Gold Mine
  • Enaville Resort Lunch
  • Wallace Mine Museum
  • Historic Gold Mining Town of Murray, Idaho
  • Western Pleasures Ranch Lunch
  • Cruise on Lake Pend Oreille
  • Shopping in Sandpoint, Idaho

Jet Boat the Snake River and Washington’s Agricultural Palouse Country: 2 days

Jet boat on a river in one of the world’s deepest gorges and travel through rolling hills of some of the richest agricultural land in the world.

Highlights:

  • Jet Boat Ride on the Snake River
  • 1858 – Colonel George Wright – Indian Wars History
  • Washington State University Agricultural Department
  • Ferdinand’s Creamery
  • Farm-to-Table Lunch at WSU
  • Codger Pole in Colfax
  • Views of the Palouse From Atop Steptoe Butte

Glacier National Park: 3 – 4 days

Spokane is the Gateway City to Glacier National Park, just four hours away.  Start with a trip through the Historic Silver Valley, then spend the next two days in Glacier National Park.  The highlight of the trip is the Going-in-the-Sun Road over the Continental Divide.

Highlights:

  • Cataldo Mission
  • Crystal Gold Mine
  • Going-in-the-Sun Road
  • Cruise on St. Mary’s Lake
  • Glacier Park Lodge
  • Conrad Mansion
  • National Bison Range

Historic Columbia River:
4 days

Along this second largest river in the US, visit remarkable sites from historic importance to scenic beauty.

Highlights: 

  • Jet Boat on the Snake River
  • Walla Walla Wineries
  • Whitman Mission
  • Dalles Dam
  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
  • Wasco County Historical Museum
  • Multnomah Falls 
  • Mount Hood
  • Portland’s Japanese Gardens and Rose Gardens
  • Maryhill Museum
  • American Hop Museum
  • Toppinish Murals
  • Yakima Valley Wineries

 

On the Trail of Lewis and Clark:
4 days

Lewis and Clark spent time in 1804 and 1805 exploring areas of  Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Travel their trails and learn the history of the Corps of Discovery during this part of their trip.

Highlights:

  • Clark Fork River
  • Gates of the Mountains Cruise
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center
  • C. M. Russell Museum
  • Missouri River State Park (headwaters of the Missouri River)
  • Beaverhead Valley
  • Bitterroot Mountains
  • Big Hole
  • Daly Mansion
  • St. Mary’s Mission
  • Lewis and Clark Highway
  • Travelers’ Rest State Park
  •  The Clearwater River

The Canadian Rockies:
4 days

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada with its peaks and unique ice formations. Experience the grandeur of the mountains and incredible scenery.

Highlights:

  • Yak River Country
  • Fairmont Hot Springs
  • Columbia Lake
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Saskatchewan Crossing
  • Icefields Parkway and Columbia
  • Ice Explorers on Athabasca Glacier
  • Lake Louise
  • Sculpture Mountain Gondola at Banff
  • Canadian Railroad Exhibit

Discover Beautiful Retreats, Spectacular Scenery and Unique Historical Sites in the Backroads of North Idaho:
5 days

Highlights:

  • Patsy Clark’s Mansion lunch
  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Lake Pend Oreille
  • Scenic Thompson Pass
  • Sprag Pole Bar Museum
  • Bedroom Gold Mine Lunch
  • Silver Capital of the World, Wallace Idaho
  • Oasis Rooms Bordello Museum
  • Northern Pacific Railroad Museum
  • Crystal Gold Mine
  • Snake Pit Lunch
  • Cataldo Mission
  • Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruise
  • H2H Bison Ranch
  • Coeur d’Alene Resort Casino
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribe Cultural Dinner

David Thompson on The Road to the Buffalo:
5 days

Apprenticed to the Hudson Bay Company, David Thompson came to the US in 1784 at 14 years old. Travel the journeys of this remarkable man between the Clark Fork, Pend Oreille, and Spokane Rivers.

Highlights:

  •  Hoodoo Creek Drainage
  • “Skeetshoo Road”
  • Sinyakwateen Crossing of the Pend Oreille River
  • Pack River Delta
  • Sam Owens State Park/Indian Meadows
  • Thompson Falls
  • Camas Prairie
  • Thompson’s Journey from the Hellgate to Flathead Lake
  •  Jocko River Country
  • National Bison Range
  • Mission Valley
  • Nine Pipes National Wildlife Refuge 
  • Flathead Lake
  • Little Bitterroot River-Pleasant Valley
  • Kootenai Falls
  • Kootenai Wildlife Refuge
  • Valley Wildlife Interpretation Center

The Wonders of Washington State;  Majestic Mountains, Historic Hotels, Jet Boating, Ice Age Flood, Wineries:
7 days

Explore the diverse nature of the Evergreen State with its mountains, rich agricultural land, rivers, lakes, and outstanding cultural attractions.

Highlights:

  • Spokane City Tour
  • Grand Coulee Dam and Dry Falls
  • Ice Age Flood of Glacial Lake Missoula
  • Washington Palouse Country
  • Jet Boat the Snake River
  • Walla Walla and Yakima Wineries
  • City of Murals
  • Mt. Rainier
  • Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad Museum
  • LeMay – America’s Car Museum
  • Museum of Glass (Tacoma’s cultural landmark)

Many of the tour companies we work with have been using our services for over 30 years because they know we will deliver what we promise, our prices are competitive, and they don’t have to do all the planning and booking!  Our goal is to give your client the best and most memorable tour experience possible so they will come back again and again.

The tours listed below begin and end in Spokane, Washington (Eastern Washington). However, they can be restructured for departure from other cities.  Whether you are flying into Spokane or coming in on your own motor coach, we will plan your itinerary accordingly. One call to us and all accommodations, admissions, meals, entertainment and transportation (if needed) are done, and one of our Start professionally trained tour directors will be with you to share their enthusiasm, knowledge and direction with your guests.

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Awards

Tourism Professional of the Year finalist

Visit Spokane

First Impression Award, Harla Jean Biever

Spokane Convention
and Visitors Bureau

(now Visit Spokane)

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On the Move Award for innovative tour programs and customer service

Spokane Convention
and Visitors Bureau

(now Visit Spokane)

Small Business of the Year

Spokane Area
Chamber of Commerce

(now Greater Spokane, Inc)