Welcome to Colorado

Embark on an in-depth exploration of soul-stirring natural landscapes, captivating tales of the Gold Rush and rides aboard historic trains which celebrate the adventurous spirit of the old West against the unforgettable backdrop of Colorado’s red-rock country.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Denver

Welcome to Denver, the Mile High City. Spend the day recovering after your travels or visit the Denver Art Museum or Botanical Gardens before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Denver

Day 2: Denver – Rocky Mountain National Park – Boulder

The Rocky Mountains may seem larger than life, but your journey to Rocky Mountain National Park will see you come face to face with this extraordinary mountain landscape which snakes along western North America. Drive along the Trail Ridge Road, a designated national scenic byway and the highest continuous paved highway in America. Arrive at the charming Hotel Boulderado, your ‘Stay with Story’ and Colorado’s top rated historic hotel, located one block from the city’s hub for dining, arts, shopping and, of course, people watching. This evening you will have free time to explore on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Boulderado

Day 3: Boulder – Georgetown Loop Railroad – Vail – Glenwood Springs

Your next stop is Colorado’s oldest tourist attraction, the Georgetown Loop Railroad, completed in the late 19th century. Walk along the pedestrian-only streets of the picturesque Vail Mountain Resort. Continue on to Glenwood Springs, a resort city known for its hot springs, sitting in the rugged Rocky Mountains, surrounded by the vast White River National Forest. This evening, your ‘Stay with Story’ is the historic and iconic Colorado Hotel, fresh from a complete renovation, bringing the hotel back to its former glory and the Grande Dame of Glenwood Springs.

Hotel: Hotel Colorado, 2 nights

Day 4: Aspen Sightseeing

Head up Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to Aspen, known for its high-end boutiques, bars and restaurants. Join your Travel Director for a walk through town. Then an exciting and exclusive experience awaits you as you will be taken by jeep up to the historic Burlingame Cabin located on Snowmass Mountain. There you can take an extended jeep tour, or just sit back, relax and admire the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges while the staff tends to all your needs. Enjoy a delicious lunch hot off the grill, a campfire, live music, and s’mores. Back in Glenwood Springs, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps, visit the renowned Glenwood Hot Springs, the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool.

Day 5: Glenwood Springs – Colorado National Monument – Palisade

Head for Palisade, known as the ‘Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado,’ perfectly nestled along the Colorado River. Stop at a local family’s orchards, ‘Connect with Locals’ as you meet with family members and learn about the history of this farming family. Meet the bee-keeper and sample some fresh honey from the beehives, fresh in-season produce, salsas, jams and preserves, pickled veggies, grilling sauces and salad dressings. In addition to ten varieties of the famous Palisade Peaches, a wide variety of other fruit and vegetables are also grown on property (production varies depending on seasons). After, we head on to Colorado National Monument, preserving one of the grandest landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.This evening, stay in the heart of wine country at a Victorian-style hotel located just steps from downtown. This evening enjoy a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at the Colterris Winery where you will be hosted by the owners, Scott and Theresa High. Tour the winery while learning about the High family history and their vineyards. Next, Scott and Teresa will host you for a “Be My Guest” dinner, set in a beautiful area in the vineyards. Enjoy a tasty dinner, paired with wines selected by Scott to perfectly complement the seasonal menu.

Hotel: Wine Country Inn

Day 6: Palisade – Ouray – Silverton – Durango

Head up the Western Slopes along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway and stop in the must-see town of Ouray, nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies, and often referred to as the “Switzerland of America.” From Ouray, ride along the famous “Million Dollar Highway,” a designated All-American Byway and one of the state’s most scenic drives with some of Colorado’s most spectacular views as it spirals over Coal Bank Summit, Molas Pass, and Red Mountain Pass. Arrive in the mining town of Silverton, once a bawdy mining town, to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Durango. Take a trip back in time as this coal-fired, steam-powered train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. This evening, you’ll enjoy a night at The Strater Hotel, one of the West’s first iconic hotels and the centerpiece of Durango, your ‘Stay with Story.’

Hotel: The Strater Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Mesa Verde National Park

Admire the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people, carved out of the sandstone of the canyon walls, at the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park. Several hundred of these dwellings, in addition to thousands of known archaeological sites, are preserved in this protected area and you’ll have an opportunity to see several during your visit to the park. Later, indulge in free time in Durango with options of activities, including a fun rafting excursion on the Animas River. This evening, the choice is yours with a selection of Durango’s top three restaurants for a Your Choice Dining experience.

Day 8: Durango – Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve – Colorado Springs

Today’s highlight is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, a sandbox of epic proportions-39 square miles (101 square kilometers) with the tallest dune towering 750 feet (229 meters) high, making it the largest sand dune in North America. Start at the excellent Visitor Center with a short film and various exhibits. Then meet your Local Specialist and Park Ranger and learn about this unique geographical phenomenon as you explore the dunes before heading for Colorado Springs, our next destination for a two-night stay.

Hotel: The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel, 2 nights

Day 9: Pikes Peak Cog Railway – Garden of the Gods – Olympic City USA

Board the historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad, for an unforgettable trip to the 14,115 foot (4,302 meters) summit of Pikes Peak. Ride past cascading streams and forests of aspen and pine, enjoy the striking panoramas and learn of Pikes Peak connection with the patriotic song “America the Beautiful”. Experience yet another natural wonder of Colorado as you visit the spectacular Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark, boasting dramatic vistas and towering, jagged red-rock formations. Enjoy the magical town of Manitou Springs before heading to Olympic City USA, a 1.7-acre of land dedicated to Team USA. Visit the brand-new US Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame. You will be guided through the museum by athletes in training, giving you a unique insight into the daily lives and regimen of Team USA. The rest of the day is free before a unique and exclusive Farewell Dinner experience, paired with wine.

Day 10: Colorado Springs – United States Air Force Academy – Depart Denver

Our journey ends today as we say a fond farewell to new friends and depart Colorado Springs for Denver, but not before one last stop at the United States Air Force Academy for a glimpse at the daily life of a cadet in training. Then transfer to Denver International Airport. Airport arrival time will be approximately 12:00 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 16$4,195.00$5,690.00
June: 06, 20$4,450.00$5,945.00
July: 11, 25$4,450.00$5,945.00
August: 08$4,550.00$6,045.00
September: 05$4,550.00$6,045.00
September: 12$4,495.00$5,990.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Colourful Trails of the Southwest

Immerse yourself in native American culture on this trip, taking in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. Journey past the Grand Canyon, ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and natural arches near Moab. Explore the Old West as the sun sets against a sandstone backdrop.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Sun-kissed Phoenix kickstarts your journey through America’s stunning Southwest. You’ll have the day on your own to recover from your travels, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception later this evening.

Hotel: The Saguaro

Day 2: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Your first stop today is in the artists’ enclave of Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. You’ll travel through Oak Creek Canyon next, with its rocky red cliffs, then venture to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park, where a Local Specialist will share the canyon’s many geological marvels. Tonight, you’ll have an opportunity to overnight at one of the lodges inside the park.

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

Rise early for an optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon and then trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and perhaps sample traditional fry bread. Continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you’ll board 4X4 vehicles to navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist. Savour the flavours of the Southwest this evening with an included dinner.

Hotel: Desert Rose Resort

Day 4: Bluff – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Sit back and watch the scenery unfold as you drive along Utah’s Scenic Byway 191 between Bluff and Moab. Arriving at Canyonlands National Park, we ascend the Island in the Sky mesa and admire the spectacular scenery below.

Hotel: Homewood Suites, 2 nights

Day 5: Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park. Later, enjoy a free afternoon or consider a deeper exploration of the area with an optional guided hike to Delicate Arch if you’re feeling adventurous.

Day 6: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park to delve into the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Explore their beautifully preserved sandstone dwellings and admire the massive Cliff Palace. This evening, in Durango, your ‘Stay with Story’ is historic Strater Hotel. You’ll have a choice of different restaurants for dinner, served with wine.

Hotel: The Strater Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Durango Free Time

Enjoy free time in Durango today. Perhaps, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on an optional ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train to the historic mining town of Silverton. The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for a white water rafting trip on the Animas River.

Day 8: Durango – Taos – Santa Fe

This morning’s drive takes you through the towns of Vallecito, Pagosa Springs and Chama before arriving in Taos, where there will be time at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark. Then, meet a Navajo who lives in the pueblo, to explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The journey continues along the High Road, the Taos – Santa Fe Scenic Byway, rich in history, art and culture. Arrive at the hotel, ideally located two short blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza.

Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto, 2 nights

Day 9: Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your Local Specialist this morning on a guided tour of Santa Fe. Experience this city where Spanish, Native American and Old West influences all combine to form a city with its own exclusive culture and character. See many of the city’s major sights before you have the rest of the day to pursue your own interests. Perhaps venture down the artistic hub of Canyon Road lined with galleries, visit some of the city’s top museums, or shop for Native American art and handicraft. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with wine at one of Santa Fe’s many restaurants.

Day 10: Depart Santa Fe or Albuquerque

Our journey through desert landscapes at its end, take a transfer to Santa Fe Airport. A group transfer to Albuquerque is also available.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 26$3,975.00$5,770.00
May: 10, 17, 24$3,975.00$5,770.00
June: 14$4,095.00$5,890.00
September: 06, 13, 20$4,095.00$5,890.00
September: 25$4,395.00$6,190.00
October: 02$4,395.00$6,190.00
October: 11$4,095.00$5,890.00
October: 18$3,975.00$5,770.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southwest Native Trails

This complete immersion in Native American heritage will delight anyone who is interested in this rare opportunity to delve deeper into the captivating culture, traditions and history of the Ancestral Puebloans who once thrived in America’s Southwest landscapes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Albuquerque

Start your cultural encounter with New Mexico in its warm heart – Albuquerque. Spend your day recovering from your journey before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Hotel Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2 nights

Day 2: Petroglyph National Monument and Acoma Pueblo

Trace centuries-old stories etched in stone by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers when you visit the Petroglyph National Monument this morning. Continuing your journey to Acoma Sky City Cultural Center & Haak’u Museum for a guided insight into one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and the 28th Historic Site designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Head back to your hotel in Albuquerque where the rest of the evening is yours.

Day 3: Albuquerque – Chaco Canyon National Historical Park – Gallup

One of the highlights of your Southwest journey will be the visit to Chaco Canyon within Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Chaco Canyon is one of America’s most significant and fascinating cultural and historic centers of ancestral Puebloan culture. It was the central hub for ceremony, trade and administration for the entire Southwest area. See Pueblo Bonito, one of the most important ” Great Houses” representing the apex of Anasazi, renamed Ancestral Puebloan, in modern day culture. With its 5 stories high and almost 700 rooms it stood as the largest structure in North America until the 18th century. This evening, in Gallup, a special culinary treat awaits with dinner at Badlands Grill on old Route 66. (Should weather conditions render the dirt road to Chaco Canyon unsafe, your Travel Director will arrange visits to other safely accessible destinations of historical and cultural significance.) Tonight, your ‘Stay with Story’ is historic El Rancho Hotel, home to many movie stars filming Westerns in the area throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

Hotel: El Rancho

Day 4: Gallup – Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site – Canyon de Chelly National Monument

This morning, stop at Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation, where you’ll see the Window Rock geologic formation and the World War II Navajo Code Talkers’ Memorial and learn how Navajos helped the United States win WWII. Take a step back in time and visit the Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site,and learn how the Navajo and settlers once traded. Delve into the story of Lorenzo Hubbell, who had a major influence on Navajo rug weaving and silversmithing. After a visit to the Canyon de Chelly Visitor Centre, meet your certified Navajo Local Specialist and board your 6X6 vehicle to marvel at the stunning scenery with sandstone cliffs, canyons, and beautiful artwork in the forms of pictographs, petroglyphs and ruins.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Chinle

Day 5: Canyon de Chelly National Monument – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

See an ancient community built into a sandstone cliff as you peer over the edge of the White House Overlook to see the mastery of Ancient Puebloan construction. Watch nature defy gravity when you encounter Spider Rock and hear the legend of the mythical Spider Woman who is said to live in this towering stone spire. Enter Monument Valley National Tribal Park where your Local Navajo Specialists will accompany you on a 4X4 adventure. Enjoy and authentic Navajo lunch prepared alfresco. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit an authentic Navajo hogan.

Hotel: Desert Rose Resort

Day 6: Hovenweep National Monument – Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – Mesa Verde National Park

Head for Hovenweep National Monument, one of the most intriguing pre-historic settlements in the Southwest, known for its six major villages and more than 300 additional sites within the National Monument. Travel across Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and wind along the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway. Visit the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum (formerly known as The Anasazi Center), known as Southwest Colorado’s leading archaeological museum, displaying exhibits on archaeology, local history and Native American cultures. Continue onto Mesa Verde National Park.

Hotel: Far View Lodge

Day 7: Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

This morning see some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites as you explore the park. Visit the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, where you will also visit the park’s third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House. This evening, your ‘Stay with Story’ is the historic Strater Hotel and dinner is your choice dining in Durango.

Hotel: The Strater Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Durango Free Time

A full day at leisure in Durango to pursue your own interests. Perhaps take a trip aboard historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. Return by coach via the spectacular San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway. Other options include mild to wild white water rafting along the Animas River or a visit to the outstanding Southern Ute Museum.

Day 9: Durango – Taos – Santa Fe

Drive on to Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark, where you’ll enjoy some free time before we visit the Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both as a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Meet your native Taos Local Specialist who will share insights about the Pueblo. Stop at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church, a historic and architecturally significant church and one of the finest examples of a Spanish Colonial New Mexico mission church. Continue to the colourful artists’ retreat of Santa Fe.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 2 nights

Day 10: Santa Fe Sightseeing

A Local Specialist reveals the secrets of Santa Fe, starting at the historic Santa Fe Plaza. A special treat awaits at Del Charro where you’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ and enjoy the rich flavours of a local favorite-Natillas. The afternoon is free. This evening, the dining capital of the Southwest puts its best foot forward with an unforgettable Farewell Dinner at one of Santa Fe’s most iconic settings.

Day 11: Depart Santa Fe or Albuquerque

Say a fond farewell to Santa Fe and take your transfer to the airport. A group transfer to Albuquerque is also available and will take approximately 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Please be aware when booking your flights.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18$4,950.00$7,045.00
May: 02$4,950.00$7,045.00
June: 06, 13$5,075.00$7,170.00
September: 19$5,075.00$7,170.00
October: 09$5,495.00$7,590.00
October: 17$4,950.00$7,045.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Magnificient Southwest

All the highlights and many of the secrets of the Southwest are revealed on this in-depth exploration of the canyons, deserts, cities and valleys of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Scottsdale

Sun-kissed Phoenix kickstarts your journey through America’s stunning Southwest. You’ll have the day on your own to recover from your travels, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception later this evening.

Hotel – The Saguaro

Day 2: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Your first stop today is in the artists’ enclave of Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. You’ll travel through Oak Creek Canyon next, with its rocky red cliffs, then venture to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park, where a Local Specialist will share the canyon’s many geological marvels. Tonight, you’ll have an opportunity to overnight at one of the lodges inside the park.

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

Rise early for an optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon and then trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and perhaps sample traditional fry bread. Continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you’ll board 4X4 vehicles to navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a Local Specialist and member of the Navajo Nation. Savour the flavours of the Southwest at dinner this evening.

Hotel: Desert Rose Resort

Day 4: Bluff – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Sit back and watch the scenery unfold as you drive along Utah’s Scenic Byway 191 between Bluff and Moab. Arriving at Canyonlands National Park, we ascend the Island in the Sky mesa and admire the spectacular scenery below. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’ over an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with wine at a local grill in Moab.

Hotel: Homewood Suites, 2 nights

Day 5: Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park. Later, enjoy a free afternoon or consider a deeper exploration of the area with an optional guided hike to Delicate Arch if you’re feeling adventurous.

Day 6: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park to delve into the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Explore their beautifully preserved sandstone dwellings and admire the massive Cliff Palace. For dinner, enjoy a your choice dining option and choose from several different restaurants in town.

Hotel: The Strater Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Durango Free Time

Enjoy free time in Durango today. Perhaps, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on an optional ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train to the historic mining town of Silverton. The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for a white water rafting trip on the Animas River.

Day 8: Durango – Taos – Santa Fe

This morning’s drive takes you through the towns of Vallecito, Pagosa Springs and Chama before arriving in Taos, where there will be time at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark. Meet your local Navajo resident guide and explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The journey continues along the High Road, the Taos – Santa Fe Scenic Byway, rich in history, art and culture. Arrive at the hotel, ideally located two short blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza.

Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto, 2 nights

Day 9: Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your Local Specialist this morning on a guided tour of Santa Fe. Experience this city where Spanish, Native American and Old West influences all combine to form a city with its own exclusive culture and character. See many of the city’s major sights before the rest of the day is yours to pursue your own interests. Perhaps venture down the artistic hub of Canyon Road lined with galleries, visit some of the city’s top museums, or shop for Native American art and handicraft. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at one of Santa Fe’s many restaurants.

Day 10: Santa Fe – White Sands National Park – Las Cruces

Leave Santa Fe bound for White Sands National Park, driving along scenic drives that capture the spirit of this Land of Enchantment. This is Billy the Kid country, where legends play against a spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, rolling rivers, orchards and ranchlands. Stop at White Sands National Monument – like no other place on earth, the great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand form the world’s largest gypsum dune field. Walk these dreamy parabolic dunes barefoot, which unlike conventional sand stays cool to the touch. Next is Las Cruces on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. ‘Dive Into Culture’ as you learn about the production of New Mexico’s renowned spicy chilli and major-league pecan production. Dinner is at a local restaurant in town this evening.

Hotel: Encanto de la Cruces

Day 11: Las Cruces – Tombstone – Tucson

Blazing a trail across the Southwest, continue to Tombstone, a trip back in time to the days of the old Wild West. Meet with Arizona Bill, your guide for a private tour of the town. Here in “The Town Too Tough To Die,” hear the tales from this legendary frontier mining camp, make a stop by the OK Corral and hear about the infamous shootout, which some have called the world’s most famous 30-second gunfight. See inside the home of Wyatt Earp and his gunfighting friend Doc Holliday. Arrive at the AAA Four Diamond, 500 acres resort with amazing desert and mountain views in the Southwest.

Hotel: El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, 2 nights

Day 12: Saguaro National Park and Tucson Foodie Tour

Start the morning with a visit to Saguaro National Park East, home to 1.6 million of the nation’s largest cacti – the giant saguaro. As you enter the park you’ll see large stands of gigantic saguaro cacti creating a breathtaking saguaro forest in the middle of a desert environment. Drive along the Cactus Forest Loop before heading to Downtown Tucson to ‘Dive into Culture’ and become a Tucson Foodie. Sample dishes from various restaurants and you’ll understand why Tucson was named the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the USA. Back at the resort there is time to relax before a farm-to-table Farewell Dinner concocted by Chef Joshua Willett. After dinner, go on a date with the stars. Tucson is recognized as Dark Sky City by the International Dark Sky Association and Local Specialist Ben Loker and his team of astronomers will reveal the secrets of the universe with their customized, transportable computerized telescopes.

Day 13: Depart Tucson or Phoenix

Your journey through the American Southwest comes to an end as you are taken to Tucson Airport. There is also an option aboard the coach to Phoenix International Airport, where you will arrive around 11 am.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 26$5,625.00$7,700.00
May: 10, 17, 24$5,625.00$7,700.00
June: 14$5,495.00$7,570.00
September: 06$5,495.00$7,570.00
September: 13, 20$5,750.00$7,825.00
October: 11$5,750.00$7,825.00
October: 18$5,625.00$7,700.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Historic Trains of the Old West

Take a ride back in time on an escorted holiday in Colorado and New Mexico. Begin with sightseeing in the “Mile High City” of Denver, including the historic Union Station in stylish lower downtown (LoDo). Then travel south and be awed by the natural surroundings of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad into the gorge and along the Arkansas River—noted by Teddy Roosevelt as “the trip that bankrupts the English language.” Then visit Colorado Springs to explore the Garden of the Gods with its sandstone formations below majestic Pikes Peak. Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a trolley tour of this historic town, and see the artistic and mysterious sites of Spanish, Native American, and religious legend. See the Miracle Stairway of Loreto’s Chapel, and other inspiring sights. Visit the ancient cliff – dwellings of Bandelier National Monument and spend time exploring the historic Taos Plaza. Continue north to Colorado for the mountain town of Durango, founded in the gold – rush and silver – mining era, and visit Mesa Verde National Park.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Denver

Welcome to colourful Colorado! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

Day 2: Denver – Royal Gorge Route Railway – Colorado Springs

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver this morning to see historic Union Station, the Mile High Stadium, and the U.S. Mint. Then it’s on to the Royal Gorge for a unique experience, the spectacular Royal Gorge Route Railway, noted by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1905 as “the trip that bankrupts the English language.” This memorable journey will travel through beautiful scenery, into the Royal Gorge, and along the Arkansas River. Later, travel to Colorado Springs to explore Garden Of The Gods, featuring 92 metre (300 – foot) towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies.

Hotel: Embassy Suites

Day 3: Colorado Springs – Santa Fe

Leave Colorado Springs and travel south into New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment” to the charming city of Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. In addition to its history and culture, Santa Fe is home to many art galleries with a diverse visual arts scene spanning ancient traditional art to modern contemporary. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 2 nights

Day 4: Santa Fe – Excursion to Chimayo

Experience Santa Fe up close as you embark on a guided Trolley Tour of the many historic buildings, revealing the town’s Spanish, Native American, and early settlers’ heritage. Main sights include the San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors, Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and Loretto Chapel’s “Miracle Stairway.” We then visit nearby Chimayo, which was founded in the 17th century by Spanish settlers. Enjoy lunch at the Rancho de Chimayo, located in a centuryold adobe home, serving some of the best New Mexican cuisine. Visit Santuario De Chimayo and learn about the miraculous healing powers that still attract thousands of pilgrims each year. Return to Santa Fe, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 5: Santa Fe – Bandelier National Monument – Taos –  Durango

Leave Santa Fe, stopping to explore the ancient Anasazi Puebloans and their cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Visit the adobe town of Taos for free time to explore. Continue into Colorado for Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver – mining era. Tonight, perhaps browse the many shops on Main Street, or enjoy a cold pint at one of the city’s local breweries.

Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Durango, 2 nights

Day 6: Durango – Excursion to Mesa Verde National Park

Today, visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Spruce Tree House, one of the best – preserved cliff dwellings. Also, visit the museum that depicts the story of the people who once thrived on this 2440 metre (8,000 – foot) plateau, and stop at a great vantage point for pictures of Cliff Palace (one of the largest of the 700 – year – old Anasazi dwellings). Return to Durango for a guided tour of the D&SNG Railway Museum and free time to see the exhibits including an extensive model train layout.

Day 7: Durango – Rail Journey to Silverton – Glenwood Springs

This morning, board the Durango & Silverton Narrow – Gauge Railroad for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through Rio de las Animas Canyon. Arrive in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner: “We have no gold, but silver by the ton!” Then, continue to Glenwood Springs for an overnight stay at the historic Hotel Colorado, open for more than 125 years hosting special guests like President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt And The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Hotel: Hotel Colorado

Day 8: Glenwood Springs – Georgetown Loop Railroad – Denver

Travel through the beautiful Colorado mountains and board the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad, sit back and relax as you enjoy the beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains plus views of Clear Creek Canyon. This afternoon, continue east to Denver, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your holiday.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

Day 9: Depart Denver                                                

After breakfast, bid farewell to your new friends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
June: 08, 22$4,199.00Price on Application
July: 20$4,199.00Price on Application
August: 17, 31$4,119.00Price on Application
September: 07, 14, 16$4,119.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Rail: Durango & Silverton Narrow - Gauge Railroad
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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