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The Colorado Rockies - 8 nights from $3,899 per person twin share

The Colorado Rockies Featuring National Parks and Historic Trains

Experience the majesty of the Colorado Rockies, four National Parks and two historic trains that celebrate the can-do spirit of the Old West. Marvel at the diversity and majesty of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Journey on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad through the Colorado Rockies. Climb aboard an 1881 steam train for a journey through the San Juan Mountains. The choice is yours to drive through the ancient culture of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park or join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings. Soak up some authentic cowboy culture during an evening of Western dining and entertainment. From towering peaks to deep canyons and Old West towns to dynamic cities, a region of contrasting beauty and charm awaits.

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Nights: 8
Departs: Denver, Colorado
Deal ends: Until Sold Out
Operator: Collette Tours

Inclusions

ITINERARY

Day 1: Denver, Colorado - Tour Begins

Adventure awaits as we explore the towering peaks and rolling meadows of Colorado and Utah. This tour (which features four national parks) opens in the “Mile High City” of Denver where you will gather for a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Denver

Today we travel through Boulder, a scenic university town known for its iconic landmark, the striking, reddish-brown foothills known as the Flatirons. We’ll stop in Estes Park, a mountain resort town and home of the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Our adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park starts on the Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved, continuous highway in North America. It’s a drive that should be on everybody’s bucket list. At Rainbow Curve you’ll marvel at the majestic mountains that stand in contrast to deep, rugged canyons. Later, return to Denver for a free evening in this dynamic city.

Day 3: Denver - Colorado National Monument - Grand Junction

The spectacular Rocky Mountains are your Travelling companion as we make a scenic drive from Denver to Grand Junction, passing through many of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. Our journey also takes us to one of the grand landscapes of the American West – Colorado National Monument. Continue along the monument's historic Rim Rock Drive to see a colourful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Gather for dinner at a favourite local hangout in Grand Junction, a town that attracts outdoorsmen, foodies and all manner of free spirits.

Day 4: Arches National Park, Utah-Canyonlands National Park-Grand Junction

Today, one amazing park follows another! In Arches National Park, see the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Next up is Canyonlands National Park, a vast landscape of gorges carved by the mighty Colorado River. From the Island in the Sky mesa – sandstone cliffs that soar 1,000 feet above the surrounding canyons – take in the seemingly endless views.

Day 5: Grand Junction - Silverton - Durango

Head south to Silverton, a former silver mining town and now a National Historic Landmark. Hidden high in the San Juan Mountains, this town blends spectacular scenery, Victorian charm and historic architecture. Then it's “all aboard” the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive made its name hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but you will soon realize it is the view that is its most precious asset.

Day 6: Durango - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango

An incredible day awaits in Mesa Verde National Park, home of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan civilization. Today, it’s your choice! Join a local guide on a drive through the park making several photo stops including views of the famous Spruce Tree House, one of Mesa Verde’s best preserved cliff dwellings; and Cliff Palace, the largest in the park -OR- if you are feeling more adventurous, join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings; as you walk, soak in views of the valley along with some of the 600 homes carved along the cliffs. This evening, experience an Old West adventure* filled with traditional cowboy cuisine and entertainment.

Day 7: Durango - Colorado Springs

Sit back and relax during a scenic ride to Colorado Springs. En route, marvel at the landscape as we make our way from the San Juan National Forest and across Wolf Creek Pass, a section of the Continental Divide that would take pioneers two to three weeks to cross. Continue on through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness named for the 1,800 miles of Rio Grande River that cuts through the forest. Your day concludes in Colorado Springs, an artistic and cultural hub.

Day 8: Colorado Springs - Canon City - Colorado Springs

Depart for Canon City, home of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Get ready for a memorable train ride that follows the tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring 1000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado’s grandest canyon. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods to take in the view of towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape set in the backdrop of majestic Pikes Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner and celebrate your adventure.

Day 9: Colorado Springs - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close in Colorado Springs.

Dates & Departures 

2019 Dates

11 May 
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

24 May 
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

27 May 
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

07 Jun
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

21 Jun
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

05 Jul
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

12 Jul
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

19 Jul 
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

26 Jul
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

02 Aug
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

09 Aug
$3,899 Double
$5,199 Single

23 Aug
$3,999 Double
$5,299 Single

30 Aug
$3,999 Double
$5,299 Single

06 Sep
$3,999 Double
$5,299 Single

27 Sep
$3,999 Double
$5,299 Single

Terms & Conditions 

Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking.

 

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