Historic Trains of the Old West - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Special Departures


  • 11 days

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

Tour : NCS

Up to 10% off on 2020

From

£2,455 pp

Tour only

Based on 30th Sep 2020

From

£3,446 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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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.

Before boarding the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, enjoy a guided tour of the D&SNG Train Museum. Onboard the train, 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.

Your guided tour of New Mexico includes two nights in Albuquerque to experience the annual International Balloon Fiesta. Witness more than 500 colorful hot-air balloons launch in the early morning hours for a celebration not to be missed. Witness the evening Balloon Glow, as all balloons fire up their burners to illuminate the night sky in a stunning display. Enjoy what locals call the most beautiful time of the year as this age-old form of flight becomes a festival of art in the desert sky.

Highlights

DENVER Sightseeing; farewell dinner

ROYAL GORGE Enjoy the scenic Royal Gorge Route Railroad

COLORADO SPRINGS Sightseeing including Garden of the Gods

SANTA FE Guided trolley tour including the Loretto Chapel

CHIMAYO Visit Santuario de Chimayo; enjoy lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayo

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT Walk amongst the cliff dwellings

TAOS Orientation tour

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK See cliff dwellings and visit the museum

DURANGO Guided tour of D&SNG Railway Museum; ride the narrow-gauge railroad to Silverton

GEORGETOWN Ride the historic train

ALBUQUERQUE Mass Ascension; Balloon Glow & After-Glow fireworks show

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN DENVER.

Day
1

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.

DENVER–ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILWAY–COLORADO SPRINGS

Day
2

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 300-foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COLORADO SPRINGS–ALBUQUERQUE

Day
3

Depart Colorado Springs and head to Albuquerque, arriving in time for independent exploration of this dynamic city on your own. Located in the heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque offers diverse traditions and experiences including world-class museums, preserved portions of historic Route 66; and is considered the “Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ALBUQUERQUE.

Day
4

This morning, experience the unforgettable MASS ASCENSION—where hundreds of hot air balloons take off and turn the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors, all of which are led by a balloon flying the American flag to the music of The Star Spangled Banner. What began as a gathering of 13 balloons 38 years ago has since turned into the largest ballooning event in the world, drawing entries from more than 28 different countries. This evening, catch the popular BALLOON GLOW, where all balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and the AFTER-GLOW FIREWORKS SHOW.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ALBUQUERQUE–SANTA FE

Day
5

After a morning at leisure, leave Albuquerque and drive north to Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States and an art and cultural mecca. Spend time at leisure exploring the plaza; a National Historic Landmark and the region’s central gathering place for nearly 400 years. Spend time exploring art galleries or the many boutique stores to appreciate why the plaza has been considered a storied trading center for generations. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO CHIMAYO

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SANTA FE–BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT–TAOS–DURANGO

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DURANGO. EXCURSION TO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

Day
8

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). 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DURANGO–RAIL JOURNEY TO SILVERTON–GLENWOOD SPRINGS

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

GLENWOOD SPRINGS–GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD–DENVER

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DENVER.

Day
11

After breakfast, bid farewell to your new friends.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Available on the September 30 and October 7 departures only.

Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 14–October 7 (if Mother Nature permits).

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What's included

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£2,455 pp

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  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

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£3,446 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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