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

Price per person
from £3,051

Price based on
London Heathrow
28th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 12 days

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

Discover the beautiful Colorado and Rocky mountains on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, exploring the mining history of the American West, visiting ancient UNESCO-listed settlements and the historic and sacred sites of Santa Fe before heading to Albuquerque for the world's biggest hot-air balloon spectacle.

At a glance


Denver A two-night stay at leisure to explore and get ready for your Old West adventure.

Colorado Head to the stunning mountains to board the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Take in views of Clear Creek Canyon, Breckenridge and Glenwood Springs.

Silverton Board the narrow gauge Durango - Silverton Railroad for a beautiful ride through San Juan National Forest.

Mesa Verde National Park Visit the UNESCO-listed cliff dwellings from the people who once thrived on this 8,000ft-high plateau.

Santa Fe Guided Trolley Tour of the historic buildings, lunch at the revered Rancho de Chimayo, visit to the Chimayo Sanctuary - once known as a healing site.

Albuquerque See hundreds of hot air balloons take to the skies at the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Overview

Discover the beautiful Colorado and Rocky mountains on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, exploring the mining history of the American West, visiting ancient UNESCO-listed settlements and the historic and sacred sites of Santa Fe before heading to Albuquerque for the world's biggest hot-air balloon spectacle.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

UK - Denver

Day
1

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Welcome to colourful Colorado! Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Denver

Day
2

Enjoy time at leisure in Denver before meeting up with your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Denver - Georgetown Loop Railroad - Glenwood Springs

Day
3

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver this morning, then it’s on to the beautiful Colorado mountains. 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. There is time this afternoon to explore the resort town of Breckenridge before arriving in Glenwood Springs for the evening. Why not unpack your swimsuit and head down to the hot springs? Entrance to the Hot Springs pools are included with your stay. These are the world’s largest and have been welcoming visitors for over 125 years.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Glenwood Springs - Silverton Railway - Durango

Day
4

Head south today through some of Colorado’s most spectacular scenery. 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!” Board the narrow-gauge Durango and 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 with vistas of snow-capped peaks. Arrive in Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Durango

Day
5

This morning, 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, where the remainder of the day is yours to explore. You might wish to browse the many shops on Main Street, or perhaps enjoy a cold pint at one of the city’s local breweries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Durango - Taos - Santa Fe

Day
6

Travel into New Mexico, arriving in the adobe town of Taos on the high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a tour will give you insight into the history, traditions, and daily life of these native people. Continue to the charming city of Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Santa Fe

Day
7

Experience Santa Fe up close as you embark on a guided Trolley Tour of the many historic buildings, revealing the town’s Spanish, Indian, and American 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

Sante Fe - Albuquerque

Day
8

Depart Santa Fe and head to Albuquerque, arriving in time for lunch and to explore the city on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Albuquerque

Day
9

This morning, experience the unforgettable Mass Ascension—where hundreds of hot air balloons take off and turn the sky into a virtual rainbow of colours, 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 - Colorado Springs

Day
10

Leave Albuquerque and drive north to Colorado Springs, Colorado, stopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge en route. Walk across North America's highest suspension bridge and marvel at the rugged rock walls that plunge more than 1,000 feet down to the Arkansas River. Continue to Colorado Springs, home to the U.S. Olympic Training Centre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Colorado Springs - Denver

Day
11

Take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway up to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, the place that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful. We then explore Garden of the Gods, featuring 300-foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This afternoon, head north to Denver, where your tour director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your holiday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Denver - Home landing the UK

Day
12

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Denver - Sheraton Hotel Denver Downtown

All of the rooms  that are offered are finished to a high standard  abd when you are relaxing infront of your flat screen TV you can order you food to your door at anytime day or night as this hotel offers 24 hour room service.

  • Location

    1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restraunt and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Room Service
    • Golf Course

Durango - Doubletree by Hilton Durango

This hotel has balconies coming off, of every room which has views of either the river or town. The decor and the comfortable custom designed beds make this hotel unique and special

  • Location

    501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub

Santa Fe - Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

The polished and welcoming rooms offer southwest decor and comftablecustom-designed beds. This hotel also offer flat-screen TVs which you can watch while in your bed.

  • Location

    100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Fitness Centre

Hyatt Place Albuquerque

This beautiul hotel with a luxurious atmosphere and relaxed rooms come with separate living and sleeping areas, plus 42-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, minifridges and coffeemakers.

  • Location

    1400 Sunport Pl SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Free Wifi
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Colorado Springs - Embassy Suites by Hilton

The hotel has elegant balconies with mountain views looking out afar. The gorgous suites include separate living rooms with pull-out sofas. You will never miss a moment of your favioute TV show because this hotel offers 2 TV screens in each hotel room

  • Location

    7290 Commerce Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

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