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

  • 13 Days

For devotees of rail roads and Western history this combines the best of both.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 28th September 2018

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Overview

At a glance

  • Denver Sightseeing
  • Georgetown Loop Railroad
  • Silverton Narrow - Gauge railway
  • Mesa Verde National Park Cliff dwellings
  • Santa Fe Guided Trolley Tour
  • Royal George Bridge Colorado Springs Cog Railway up Peaks Pike
  • Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Day 1

UK - Denver

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Denver

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Denver - Georgetown Loop Railroad - Glenwood Springs

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver. Afterwards head to the beautiful Colorado Mountains. Board the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad. Sit back and relax as the train passes the amazing Rocky Mountains and see views of Clear Creek Canyon. Continue to Breckenridge where there is time to explore before arriving in Glenwood Springs. The hot springs have been welcoming visitors for over 125 years and are the world's largest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Glenwood Springs - Silverton Railway - Durango

Continue on to Silverton, once a major mining town that owes it's name to the bragging statement made by an early miner: "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!". Board the narrow gauge Durango - Silverton Railroad for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds it's way through Rio de las Animas Canyon with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Arrive in Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Durango

This morning visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at Spruce Tree House, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings. Also visit the museum that explains the story of the people who once thrived on this 8,000ft plateau. Later, return to Durango where the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy time to explore the many shops on Main Street.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Durango - Taos - Santa Fe

Enter New Mexico and stop at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, one of the highest in the U.S., before arriving in the adobe town of Taos at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Continue to the charming city of of Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Santa Fe

Enjoy an included guided Trolley Tour of the many historic buildings showcasing the town's Spanish, Indian and American heritage. Sights include the San Miguel and Loretto Chapel's 'Miracle Stairway'. Continue to Chimayo, at the Rancho de Chimayo, located in a century old adobe home, serving some of the best New Mexican cuisine. Visit the Santuario de Chimayo and learn about the miraculous healing powers that attract pilgrims each year. Later, return to Sante Fe where the rest of the days is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Sante Fe - Albuquerque

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is world famous and attracts visitors from all over the globe. The Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot-air balloons take off is an unforgettable experience. See the After Glow Firework show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Albuquerque

Enjoy a second day enjoying the atmosphere at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Albuquerque - Colorado Springs

Enjoy a stop at the Royal Gorge Bridge en route to Colorado Springs. Walk across the the world's highest suspension bridge and marvel at the the rock walls that plunge more than 1,000ft to the Arkansas River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Colorado Springs - Denver

This morning, take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the summit of 14,110ft Pikes Peak where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write America the Beautiful. There is time to explore Garden of the Gods, featuring towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Denver - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Home landing the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Denver: Sheraton Denver Downtown
  • Glenwood Springs: Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
  • Durango: Doubletree by Hilton Durango
  • Santa Fe: Hilton Sante Fe Historic Plaza
  • Colorado Springs: Embassy Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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