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Historic Trains of the Old West

From $2,697 Per Person - 9 Days / 8 Nights / 12 Meals

Tour Details

Take a ride back in time on an escorted vacation 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. 

Board the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad and steam along the cliff-side rails through the San Juan National Forest. You’ll stay in Glenwood Springs—famous for its therapeutic natural hot springs. You’ll travel through the magnificent Rocky Mountains aboard the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad for rugged views of Clear Creek Canyon. Your guided tour of New Mexico and Colorado is a new adventure into the Old West. 

 

Destinations & Sightseeing

Denver, Royal Gorge, Colorado Springs, Santa Fe, Chimayo, Bandelier National Monument, Taos, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Glenwood Springs & Georgetown

NOTE:  Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures:  September 16 - October 9 (Mother Nature permitting).

 

Meals

  • Breakfast Daily (8 Meals)
  • Lunch in Chimayo (1 Meal)
  • Three-Course Dinners (3 Meals)

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Denver

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

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 as “the trip that bankrupts the English language” in 1905. 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 300-foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. (Breakfast)

 

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. (Breakfast & Dinner)

 

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 century-old 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.  (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

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. Next, visit the adobe town of Taos on the high-desert mesa for free time to explore this ancient meeting place. Continue into Colorado and arrive in 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.  (Breakfast)

 

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 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). This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.  (Breakfast & Dinner)

 

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 the evening. Why not unpack your swimsuit and head down to the hot springs? The world’s largest and welcoming visitors for over 125 years. Entrance to the HOT SPRINGS pools are included with your stay.  (Breakfast)

 

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 vacation.  (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 9 – Denver

After breakfast, bid farewell to your new friends.  (Breakfast)

 

 

Accommodations

Sheraton Hotel Denver

Enjoy the Mile High city in style and discover an ideal combination of atmosphere, location, and amenities at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Surrounded in every aspect with sleek design, you can work out in the revolutionary health and fitness center or relax and socialize at the end of the day with cocktails at the posh outdoor rooftop deck pool. The hotel is positioned in the heart of downtown Denver, a city that's alive and buzzing with entertainment, great food, music, and with a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton - Colorado Springs

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains within close proximity to the Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods, this all-suite hotel offers a one of a kind tropical atrium, spectacular views of Pikes Peak, spacious guestrooms with convenient amenities, fitness center, and swimming pool.

 

Hilton of Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Housed in a landmark 300 year old hacienda, the Hilton captures the magic of the Southwest and its rich cultural heritage in a luxury boutique hotel experience featuring modern amenities in the heart of Santa Fe's historic downtown.

 

Doubletree Inn Durango

Nestled in at the base of the mesa on the Animas River is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango. A rustic and warm ambiance makes any mountain explorer feel welcome. The DoubleTree has a fitness room, 2 restaurants and lounge, and is within walking distance to downtown Durango which has many shops, breweries, and dining spots.

 

Glenwood Hot Springs Hotel

Just steps from the hot springs pool, you can check in, kick off your shoes and relax. Breathtaking mountain views surround you, while you stay in well-appointed rooms with stylish décor and soft lighting. Glenwood Hot Springs offers an award winning spa, athletic club, restaurant, and shopping. All guests will also have unlimited Hot Springs pool access included in their stay.

 

Inclusions

  • Hotel Accommodations for 8 Nights Based on Double Occupancy
  • Transfer Services as Described
  • 12 Meals
  • All Hotel Taxes

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Gratuities, Transportation Other Than Noted
  • Food/Beverage Unless Otherwise Noted

 

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