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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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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