Custer and the Indian Wars

Custer and the Indian Wars

Yellowstone & Little Bighorn Anniversary and Reenactment

Battlefield ToursHistory

20th - 29th June 2020
(10 Days)

Guide : Col Bob Kershaw

Tour price: £4,595

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Custer and the Indian Wars

Yellowstone & Little Bighorn Anniversary and Reenactment

Battlefield ToursHistory

Your Holiday Essentials

20th - 29th June 2020
(10 Days)

Includes flights from London, 3 and 4 star hotels, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 2

Guide: Col Bob Kershaw

Tour price: £4,595

Single supplement: £650
Deposit: £450
Price without flights: £3,995

Booking open

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Tour Introduction

Travel through the ‘Big Sky Country’ of Montana, the vast plains and Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and the imposing Yellowstone National Park to discover spectacular geological structures, gaze at awe-inspiring natural wonders, watch majestic wildlife roaming in their natural habitat and follow the footsteps of one of America’s iconic and controversial characters to the battlefield of the Little Bighorn where George Armstrong Custer made his legendary ‘last stand’. Immerse in ‘wild-west’ traditions, experience native American culture and witness the remarkable re-enactment of the battle which, amongst other things, features the descendants of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow, many riding bareback splashing through the River and emulating the war-cries of their ancestors. 

Your guide will be Bob Kershaw, author of ‘Red Sabbath’, a definitive history of Custer’s ill-fated campaign, and who knows the ground intimately and will dispel a number of Custer myths and examine how the native Americans were able to check the vastly superior US Army in the West after a hard fought Civil War.

Background

The years following the Civil War and up to the end of the century saw a resumption of the ’white man’s’ expansion into the American West, unsettling the Native Americans who were not prepared to let their hunting grounds and way of life be destroyed and they proved to be particularly worthy foes. The Sioux nation inflicted a series of unexpected reverses on the United States Army, culminating in the massacre of Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment at Little Bighorn in 1876. In 1867 the Sioux wiped out an entire company of US Cavalry in the Fetterman Massacre and fought the iconic Wagon-Box action against overwhelming odds the following year. In 1871 the discovery of gold in the Black Hills accelerated the clash of cultures so that when the US Army attempted to force Indian 'roamers' onto government reservations, war ensued. The campaign was a debacle, Crook's column was worsted at the Rosebud on 17th June 1876 and nine days later Custer's 7th Cavalry command was massacred at Little Bighorn. Revenge was finally exacted at the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890.

Highlights

  • Spend two days in the magnificent Yellowstone National Park
  • Old Faithful Geyser, Morning Glory Pool and the Yellowstone Grand Canyon
  • The battle of Little Bighorn anniversary re-enactment
  • With expert historian Col Bob Kershaw, author of Red Sabbath

"Bob Kershaw’s expertise in both the subject matter and in the running of the tour shone through – Brilliant all round."

Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly Out

Fly London to Denver, Colorado and check in to our hotel for one night. Introductory talk and dinner.

Day 2 - Cody

Fly Denver to Billings. Drive to Cody and immerse ourselves in the Wild West Lifestyle! Visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre and the Old Trail Town, a reconstructed Wild West Village which includes original cabins used by Old West outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Check in to our hotel for one night.

Day 3 – Yellowstone

Drive through the awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Absaroka Mountains to enter the Yellowstone National Park and admire the West Thumb Geyser Basin on the banks of Yellowstone Lake. Thence to the main Geyser basins with their wealth of dramatic and colourful geothermal features such as the famous Old Faithful, Morning Glory Pool and Grand Prismatic Spring. Spend the night in the Yellowstone National Park area.

Day 4 - Yellowstone

Drive northwards to the Mammoth Hot Springs with its complex of cascading terraces. Admire the Tower Fall waterfall, cross over Dunraven Pass in to the majestic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and enjoy a magnificent vista from Artist Point. Continue up the Hayden Valley to Yellowstone Lake from where we retrace our steps to Cody for one night.

Day 5 – Sheridan

Drive through the awe-inspiring Bighorn Mountains. On arrival we investigate the grim site of the Fetterman Massacre, the incredible Wagon Box Fight and visit Fort Phil Kearney. Continue to Sheridan and check into our hotel for the night.

Day 6 – Rosebud

Explore the remote battlefield of the Rosebud, where Crook's Column was worsted by the same Sioux who overcame Custer at the Little Bighorn. Continue to Billings and check in to our hotel for three nights.

Day 7 - Little Bighorn

A full day devoted to exploring Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, including the Reno-Benteen fight, the museum and the National Cemetery. Like most battlefields in the US, Little Big Horn has been beautifully preserved, allowing a clear picture to be drawn of how the action unfolded from both perspectives.

Day 8 - The Little Bighorn Re-enactment

Experience the authentic re-enactment of the battle on its Anniversary, where 7th Cavalry troopers fight Indian braves near the actual battlefield site. We will see Native Americans riding bareback portraying warriors of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow tribes along with Cavalry riders crashing across the Little Bighorn River as was done on that fateful day.

Day 9 – Home

Take the regional flight from Billings to Denver. Catch the overnight flight from Denver to London.

Day 10 – Arrive London

Recommended Reading List

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  • Our 2018 Tour Group
  • The Little Bighorn Reenactment
  • The Little Bighorn Reenactment
  • The Grave of General Custer
  • Old Trail Town, Cody
  • Fort Phil Kearny
  • Fetterman Massacre Site
  • Buffalo Bill Center
  • Wagon Box Fight

Your Holiday Essentials

20th - 29th June 2020
(10 Days)

Includes flights from London, 3 and 4 star hotels, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 2

Guide: Col Bob Kershaw

Tour price: £4,595

Single supplement: £650
Deposit: £450
Price without flights: £3,995

Booking open

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Interested in this tour but not ready to book? Register your interest using the link below and we will keep you updated on the progress of the tour.

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