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

Price per person
from £3,177

Price based on
London Heathrow
28th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

  • Tour

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

 

Historic Trains of the Old West - NEW Map

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.

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.

No meals included

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Denver - Georgetown Loop Railroad - Glenwood Springs

Day
3

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

Glenwood Springs - Silverton Railway - Durango

Day
4

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

Durango

Day
5

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

Durango - Taos - Santa Fe

Day
6

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

Santa Fe

Day
7

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

Sante Fe - Albuquerque

Day
8

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

Albuquerque

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Albuquerque - Colorado Springs

Day
10

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

Colorado Springs - Denver

Day
11

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

Denver - UK

Day
12

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing the UK

Day
13

No meals included

Things to note

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This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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