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Corporate Retreats & Special Events in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

 

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is the perfect place to plan a corporate meeting  or family special event.  Set on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene and surrounded by thickly forested mountains and  sparkling rivers, Coeur d’Alene offers beautiful summer weather for enjoying our abundant outdoor activities. 

Luxury yacht on Lake Coeur dalene

Luxury yacht on Lake Coeur dalene

Rent a luxury yacht and enjoy a totally care-free experience for your meeting or special event.  Considered one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, Lake Coeur d’Alene has over one hundred miles of scenic shoreline and three breathtaking, navigable rivers.  Each river is an adventure in itself offering unique yachting and sightseeing experiences.  Cruise the crystal blue waters while gazing at amazing wildlife; bald eagles, osprey, deer and moose-all in their natural habitat.  Meetings are always more enjoyable with the calming waters under you, the barbeque smoking and of course, your favorite beverages on board. 

How about a real western cook-out complete with trail and hayrides?  Local ranches offer true western hospitality for groups of any size, complete with sizzling steak bar-b-ques and all the fixin’s’.   They love to hitch up the haywagon and transport your guests  back to a simpler way ofranch3 life while taking in  fresh mountain air and scenery.  For the more adventurous, saddle up a horse and take a guided trail ride across the meadows and streams that lace our backyard.

seaplane cdaAlready coming to Coeur d’Alene with a group or event?  Let TMI Tours arrange activities for after-hours adventures or corporate team building.   We offer a wide array of outdoor activities such as white water rafting,  guided mountain bike or hiking adventures, fishing excursions, golfing, river floats and day-trips to Glacier National Park. 

Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding communities offer accomodations to fit any budget whether a luxury resort hotel,  farm-stay or lakefront luxury homes and cabins.  For information on activities, accomodations, airfare, transportation and meeting planning contact Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Let us help you plan a unique event for your family or company this summer on stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Columbia River Voyage of Discovery Cruises

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Spring brings the beginning of the cruise season for the Columbia and Snake River region in the Pacific Northwest.  Every week from April 17th through October 17th, small cruise ships navigate the locks and dams that tame the Mighty Columbia River as they usher guests deep into the Columbia River Gorge.   While most river cruises carry you past urban centers and crowded shorelines, much of the Columbia and Snake Rivers remain pristine and wild.  You can clearly see

Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon

 evidence of the great floods that carved this region thousands of years ago in the breathtakingly  beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the golden coulees and scablands, the great black pinnacles of basalt that guided explorers, Lewis & Clark.   You’ll find the past and present coexist here, from Oregon Trail wagon ruts to the modern engineering marvel of eight locks and dams.

Adventurous shore excursions entice all ages:  jet boat rides up the Snake River through Hells Canyon to view 7,000 year old Indian petroglyphs, wandering the hidden underground city built by Chinese emigrants below Pendelton as well as fascinating historical and maritime museums, lush wineries and quaint riverside towns.

Columbia River vineyard

Columbia River vineyard

Throughout these cruises, the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer history is brought to life with a special series of excursions, guest speakers, narrations and on-board presentations by historians and exloration leaders.  More than just sightseeing, these cruises incorporate American music, culture, cuisine and local history into a total travel experience.  The small ships that cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers are intimate and family oriented, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Touch, breathe and experience first-hand the unique history of the Columbia River Gorge .  Contact Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours & Cruises at 1-800-975-7775 or email info@tmitours.com for more information on these and other cruises in the Pacific Northwest.

Fishing the Mighty Columbia River in Washington State

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Whatever kind of fishing adventure you are looking for, you’ll find it on the Mighty  Columbia River.  Rising from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, this magnificent river flows through Eastern Washington on it’s way to the Pacific Ocean.  The pristine area of the Upper Columbia offers some of the best fly-fishing in the world along with beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

lazydazeGuided fishing packages include your choice of 2, 3 or 4 nights accomodations in river-front log cabins.   Local guides, well versed in the waters of the Upper Columbia, will meet you at the private dock to board your boat for an exciting day of fishing and fun.  Non- fishermen and women can enjoy access to mountain bike trails, hiking, boating,  swimming or shopping at local artisan studios.

TMI Tours can arrange all-inclusive guided fishing adventures on the Upper Columbia River  including airfare, rental cars, accomodations and excellent guides.  Contact Rhonda or Linda at 1-800-975-7775 or email us at info@tmitours.com  We are your Pacific Northwest adventure specialists.

Whitewater Family Adventure in the Pacific Northwest

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Bring your family to the Pacific Northwest for an unforgettable whitewater adventure on the famous Rogue River.    This spectacular river flows from the Cascade Range to the Pacific Ocean through mostly national forest and is one of the eight origonal “Wild and Scenic” rivers designated in 1968.   Spend 7 days/6 nights on an outdoor journey that will include hiking to Crater Lake, rafting the Rouge River while camping along it’s shores, sleeping in an authentice tree-house and exploring the Oregon Caves National Monument. 

craterlakeAfter meeting our guide in Medford, the group will head to Crater Lake National Park, enjoying an evening at the historic Crater Lake Lodge and a boat cruise on this crystal-blue lake cupped in a giant volcanic caldera.  Your family will be able to enjoy some light hiking  around the park before the group heads to Ashland, Oregon where we will spend the night at the Ashland Springs Hotel while enjoying this quaint town, home of the Shakespeare Festival.  Then we are off for a 2 night/3 day adventure on the Rogue with backcountry camping, whitewater fun, hiking and plenty of discovery!   The rugged beauty of this river as ittreehouse3 winds through narrow canyons and old-growth forest,  will dazzle and delight you.  The next two evenings will be spent at a truly magical rustic tree-house resort set on 36 acres next to the Siskiyou National  Forest.  With a river-fed swimming pool, tree forts, swinging bridges, zip-lines and ladders, children of all ages will the enchanted.  Our final day is spent exploring the marble caves of the Oregon Caves National Monument with its stalatites, stalagmites, fossils and human history.

Bring your family to explore Oregon’s rivers, caves and tree houses this summer on a vacation they’ll never forget.  For more information on this unique family adventure in the Pacific Northwest, call Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours at 1-800-975-7775 or email us at info@tmitours.com.

Luxury Inside Passage Alaska Adventure Cruise

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TMI Tours invites you on an exclusive one-way Inside Passage  Alaska cruise from Seattle to Sitka.  This 15 day all inclusive  adventure cruise will be offered once this season from May 8th-May 22nd, 2010.  With up to $1000.00 per person discount being offered for bookings received by March 15th, this is the bargain of a lifetime.

whalesDeparting Seattle, Washington with a small group of 12 passengers and 8 crew members, this 130-foot yacht will visit some of the most quaint ports as well as secluded bays, inlets and sounds along the Alaska Inside Passage.   The MV Island Spirit offers luxurious staterooms with private facilities, beautiful public rooms and lounges as well as deck space for wildlife watching, enjoying the stunning scenery and just relaxing.

alaska glacierYou’ll cruise the San Juan Islands, the Georgia Straits and Desolation Sound.  From Port Hardy to Prince Rupert you’ll encounter wilderness, waterfalls and wildlife.  Once we reach Alaska you’ll be treated tobear rarely visited fjords, bays and glaciers as well as traditional villages and communities.  We’ll finish it off with a visit to Baranof Warm Springs for soaking in hot springs and pools before we reach our final destination, Sitka, Alaska.

For prices, availability and details about this exclusive offer, call Rhonda  or Linda at TMI Tours & Cruises at 1-800-975-7775 or email us at info@tmitours.com.  Remember the March 15th deadline for fantastic savings aboard the Island Spirit.

Adventure Cruises through the British Columbia Coastal Rainforest

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The central coast of British Columbia presents the perfect backdrop for adventure cruises and wildlife viewing.  This Canadian coast is a land of fjords between towering mountains, lush islands, spectacular waterfalls and great river estuaries.  The largest intact area of temperate rainforest left in North American lies along thisspirit bear coast  known as the Great Bear Rainforest and it is home to hundreds of species of wildlife as well as a very rare species of bear.  Rich salmon streams weave through the valley bottoms and provide food for magnificent creatures such as orcas, eagles, wolves, black and grizzly bears.  This is the sole habitat of the white Kermode Bear or “Spirit” bear which is a unique species of black bear with a white coat.

totemThis is also home to the First Nations tribes: Heiltsuk, Kitasoo Xai’xais, Haisla, Gitga’at and Henaaksiala.  Everywhere along this coast is evidence of their civilization.  Fish traps, bark-stripped trees, longhouses and totems all remain giving testimony to a way of life tuned to nature.  Visits to their modern villages, talking with tribal elders and local residents and enjoying their ancient art traditions are all culturally enriching.

For an intimate cruise experience, TMI Tours & Cruises recommends a  vacation aboard the Maple Leaf Schooner.  She sails from Sidney, B.C., Canada  along the entire length of the Great Bear Rainforest twice in Spring, once in Summer and twice in Fall.  This classic 92 foot, 5-sail schooner  was completelymaple leaf restored between 1980-1986 and offers all modern conveiniences while still maintaining  her old-world charm.   Sailing with a crew of 5, a guest list of 8 and a fabulous chef, this vacation will feel like you are aboard your own private yacht.   Entertainment will be provided by local scientists, naturalists and of course, the inhabitants of this precious piece of land and ocean.

Contact Linda or Rhonda at TMI Tours & Cruises for a full itinerary, brochure or dates of sailing aboard this majestic tall ship, the Maple Leaf Schooner.  1-800-975-7775 or info@tmitours.com

Glacier National Park Vacations from the Native American Perspective

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Visitors to Glacier National Park that are interested in the surrounding Native American culture can take advantage of an inspirational tour operating with four departure dates from the end of June through mid-August.  This all-inclusive 6 night/7 day tour explores Northern Plains Indian culture during a scenic excursion through the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  You’ll visit Blackfeet, Northern Piegan, Blood andheadsmash Kootenai-Salish communities in the U.S. and Canada.  Along the way you’ll attend a powwow, visit historical tipi encampments, sun dance sites, pishkuns and the World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.  The Rocky Mountain landscape shaped the Blackfeet communication about travel, natural resources, creating and moral direction.  You’ll create your own impressions as you walk, river raft and explore the magnificent land that has influenced human culture across time.

Wildlife in Glacier National Park

Wildlife in Glacier National Park

Participants will gain a full perspective of the historical and cultural foundations of contemporary dynamics and subjects in the Indian County.   You will attend North Amerian Indian Days in July or the Heart Butte powwow in August, gatherings full of colorful dancing and drumming.  These are both authentic tribal celebrations, not tourist events.  You will marvel at the scenery of Glacier National Park, enjoy a Class II-III whitewater raft trip on the beautiful Flathead River and enjoy spectacular sightseeing on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  A visit to Fort McLeod in Alberta, Canada allows for exploration of the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump provincial museum on the Blackfeet Nation homeland reserves.

This tour includes all ground transportation, site fees, guide services, lodging, meals and group activities.  Call Linda or Rhonda at 1-800-975-7775 or email us at info@tmitours.com for departure dates and availability for this distinctive Native American cultural tour.   TMI Tours is your expert for unique travel experience in the Pacific Northwest.

Glacier National Park Vacations of a Lifetime.

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Glacier National Park is offering their special summer vacation packages including the famous Red Bus tours and their great lodges.  According to U.S. Geological surveys, the glaciers of Glacier National Park could disappear as early as 2020, forever changing the features that make this park so unique.   There is something very special about the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Parks that can best be experienced by breathing in the fresh mountain air, travelling on vintage buses and sleeping at lodges that date back to the early 1900′s.  From late June until early September,  Glacier Park offers an amazing 6 day/5 night tour of both parks, showcasing what Glacier National Park is all about.

The tour begins at East Glacier with an authentic outdoor Cowboy Cookout dinner and overnight at the Glacier Park Lodge and Resort.  Travel within the parks will be exclusively on the vintage Red Bus red busmotocoaches; lovingly restored 1930 buses with roll-back canvas tops.  Day two travel is sightseeing  the Two Medicine Valley with a classic wood boat cruise, viewing of Running Eagle Falls and a Blackfeet Tribe Cultural tour.  That evening will be spent at the stately Prince of Wales Hotel in southern Alberta, Canada and overlooking sparkling  Waterton Lake.    The next day is free to explore the village of Waterton with a special Afternoon Tea served at the hotel before you depart for the Many Glacier Valley.  The next two evenings are spent at the picturesque Many Glacier Hotel on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake and the base of Mt. Grinnell.  Enjoy evening entertainment with singer/songwriter blackfeet rezDavid Walburn as well as a boat cruise of Swiftcurrent Lake, unsurpassed mountain vistas and sunsets from the lakefront verandah.  Day five is devoted to the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road ending at West Glacier, overnight at Lake McDonald Lodge and a farewell dinner.

Space is limited to about 40 visitors per tour, insuring an intimate  and personal experience within the park and at the lodges. For a detailed brochure, dates of departures and rates, call Linda or Rhonda at TMI Tours at 1-800-975-7775 or email info@tmitours.com.   This facsinating tour of  Waterton-Glacier National Parks is sure to be the vacation of a lifetime.

Bald Eagles on Lake Coeur d'Alene

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The Kokanee are spawning on Wolf Lodge Creek, drawing the attention of our National bird, the bald eagle.  Every winter during the Kokanee run, hundreds of these majestic creatures perch above Wolf Lodge Bay feeding on the delicious freshwater salmon.    Arrivals began shortly after Thanksgiving this year and will increase up until Christmas when their numbers usually reach around one hundred. 

Although you can see them through out the day, perched on snags on the mountain sides of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the early morning hours will provide you with some lofty entertainment.  Just after dawn you can observe them perching close to waters edge, looking for a flash of silver before they swoop down in a spiraling motion, snatch the fish with their talons and return to their perch to feast.   Throughout the day soaring eagles can be ovserved around the bays at Higgins Point, Wolf Lodge and Beauty Bay.

Join the Bureau of Land Management during Eagle Watch, December 19-21st and December 26-29th between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  Wildlife biologist will be on hand to answer questions, present demonstrations and provide telescopes for the public to enjoy.  Don’t forget to bring your binoculars or zoom lens cameras, as getting too close to the eagles is discouraged.

Eagle watching cruises depart downtown Coeur d’Alene for a 2-hour exploration to quiet, isolated bays with the best view around.  Reservations are required for  Dec 17-20, 26-27 or Jan 2-3 afternoon cruises.

This is a rare and wonderful way to see our National symbol, the American Bald Eagle in it’s natural habitat.  Call Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours & Cruises for information on accomodations in Coeur d’Alene,  cruise details or the best spots to enjoy eagle viewing. 1-800-975-7775 or info@tmitours.com

Explore Inland Waterways of the Pacific Northwest

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The inland waterways of the Pacific Northwest remain pristine and untamed with  wild-west history and old-world charm.  Cruising the channels of the San Juan and Gulf Islands has belonged to ferries, private yachts and the brave few adventurers in personal watercraft.  With the addition of Cruisewest’s  small ship, the Spirit of Endeavour, anyone can enjoy these scenic waterways and quaint seaports in yacht-like comfort. The more adventurous can take to the kayaks and inflatable watercraft launched from the cruiseship to explore this untamed wilderness up close.

spirit of endeavourSeattle, Washington is a beautiful city to begin any vacation from and it is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.  Known as the Emerald City because of it’s lush green landscape, this lumber-town turned metropolis is famous for the Space Needle and Pike’s Place Market (home of the flying fish).  After a day to explore Vancouver, British Columbia, the cruise takes passengers through the British Columbia Sunshine Coast and Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park.  Surrounded by lush evergreen forests and snowcapped peaks, this 60 miles of breathtaking coastline has enought bays, coves, nooks and crannies to delight even the most demanding of adventurers.  Returning with a stop in Nanaimo where passengers are greeted by traditionally dressed Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the afternoon willsan juans be via the remote waterways and quiet coves of the Gulf Islands. You won’t want to miss High Tea served in the Palm Room at the historic Empress Hotel located waterfront in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Known as the “Garden City” for it’s famous 55-acre landmark, Buchart Gardens, this quaint capitol offers delightful shopping and browsing opportunities. The last two stops take in Friday Harbor of the San Juan Islands where you can explore Puget Sound up close, and then Port Townsend known for it’s late 19th-century architecture.
desolation soundWith tempting discounts on 2010 cruises purchased by December 11, 2009, TMI Tours invities you to escape to the Pacific Northwest Coast. This is truly a voyage of contrasts–rich in wildlife, culture and scenery. Contact Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours for cruise dates and availability. 1-800-975-7775 or info@tmiours.com