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Rocky Mountain Discovery

Offer

Price per person
from £1,889

Price based on
London Heathrow
3rd Jun 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • USA

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Discover breathtaking scenery and beautiful national parks on this Rocky Mountain Discovery tour. In Colorado Springs, visit the Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark with towering red rock formations. As you ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad through the Colorado Rockies, witness stunning scenery, marvel at the steep canyon walls, and keep an eye out for wildlife such as eagles and big horn sheep. Finally, ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a legendary coal-fired, steam-powered train that hugs deep canyon walls and offers magnificent beauty travelling through San Juan National Forest.

In Taos visit the historic Taos Plaza and in Santa Fe, embark on a guided trolley revealing the town’s Spanish, Indian, and American heritage. Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in cliff dwellings from 600 to 1300 AD. On this discovery tour, you’ll also visit Rocky Mountain National Park, where a stop at 12,183 feet provides stunning alpine views, and Colorado National Monument, with towering monoliths and red-rock canyons.

Visit one of Colorado’s greatest natural wonders, Seven Falls. Be enveloped by cliffs and delighted by the cascade of water that tumbles 181 feet down. Gorgeous scenery and more await you on this Rocky Mountain Discovery tour designed for value-minded travellers. Just be sure to bring your camera!

At a glance

Georgetown Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad

Colorado Springs Visit Garden of the Gods and Seven Falls TAOS Visit historic Taos Plaza

Santa Fe Guided trolley tour; visit Loretto Chapel

Durango Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton

Mesa Verde National Park See the cliff dwellings and visit the museum

Grand Junction Visit Colorado National Monument

Rocky Mountain National Park Sightseeing; visit Estes Park

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • 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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Discover breathtaking scenery and beautiful national parks on this Rocky Mountain Discovery tour. In Colorado Springs, visit the Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark with towering red rock formations. As you ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad through the Colorado Rockies, witness stunning scenery, marvel at the steep canyon walls, and keep an eye out for wildlife such as eagles and big horn sheep. Finally, ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a legendary coal-fired, steam-powered train that hugs deep canyon walls and offers magnificent beauty travelling through San Juan National Forest.

In Taos visit the historic Taos Plaza and in Santa Fe, embark on a guided trolley revealing the town’s Spanish, Indian, and American heritage. Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in cliff dwellings from 600 to 1300 AD. On this discovery tour, you’ll also visit Rocky Mountain National Park, where a stop at 12,183 feet provides stunning alpine views, and Colorado National Monument, with towering monoliths and red-rock canyons.

Visit one of Colorado’s greatest natural wonders, Seven Falls. Be enveloped by cliffs and delighted by the cascade of water that tumbles 181 feet down. Gorgeous scenery and more await you on this Rocky Mountain Discovery tour designed for value-minded travellers. Just be sure to bring your camera!

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts

UK - Denver

Day
1

Fly to Denver where on arrival you will transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Denver, the “Mile High City,” capital of Colorado and gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Denver-Pikes Peak-Colorado Springs

Day
2

This morning, travel south to the town of Colorado Springs, located on the plains at the foot of Pikes Peak. The view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose America the Beautiful more than 100 years ago. Visit the Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark with towering red-rock formations. Next is a fabulous journey along the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak, one of the most famous summits in the United States. Enjoy 19 miles of mountain terrain, breathtaking views, and unique animal sightings, like the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, yellow-bellied marmots and (rumored) Big Foot. Remember your camera, you’ll absolutely want to snap photos of Pikes Peak’s incredible scenery. On the clearest days, you can see five states Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas. This evening is free for independent activities.

Colorado - Taos - Santa Fe

Day
3

This morning, 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 the historic Taos Plaza where old mercantile stores house galleries, restaurants and shops. Afterward, travel south to Santa Fe, founded in 1610 as the capital of the Spanish colony of New Mexico, and the oldest seat of government in the United States.

Santa Fe

Day
4

Experience Santa Fe up close as you embark on a guided TROLLEY TOUR 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.” The balance of the day is at leisure.

Santa Fe - Pagosa Springs - Durango

Day
5

Enjoy a visit to the town of Pagosa Springs surrounded by the rugged San Juan Mountains and vast national forest. Later, arrive in Durango. Where Old West meets Southwest, Downtown Durango is a Nationally Registered Historic District and home to historic boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants, laid-back brew pubs, and fabulous art galleries, museums, and shops. The evening is free for independent activities.

Durango. Excursion on the Durango and Silverton Narrow - Gauge Railroad

Day
6

Board the DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD this morning for a scenic 3.5-hour journey through San Juan National Forest to the historic mining town of Silverton. Experience the adventure of travelling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years, and the locomotives used to pull today’s train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Free time 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!” Return to Durango by coach where the evening is free to explore more of the town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era and at times run by gun–slingers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Durango - Mesa Verde National Park - Telluride - Grand Junction

Day
7

This morning, MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans and see their mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Spend time at the park’s museum and visitor centre, depicting the story of these people who mysteriously disappeared almost 700 years ago. Continue on to Telluride, a former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, at the base of a popular ski resort. Time on your own allows you to explore the 12 blocks along the town’s main street, a National Historic Landmark District where you’ll see the sights, such as the Old Town Jail, the Rio Grande Southern Railway Depot, and the Appaloosa Trading Company (the site where notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in 1889). Overnight in the town of Grand Junction.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Junction - Glenwood Canyon - Vail Area

Day
8

This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red-rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. Your journey continues through 12 miles of beautiful Glenwood Canyon with walls that climb as high as 1,300 feet above the Colorado River. Continue to the Vail Valley area, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. Time to walk the cobblestone pedestrian village before making our way to the hotel.

Vail Area - Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park - Denver

Day
9

See Colorado’s largest natural lake, Grand Lake, before crossing the Continental Divide and behold vistas of lush meadows, alpine glaciers, and thundering waterfalls. Take scenic Trail Ridge Road over magnificent mountain terrain, which attracted the likes of Kit Carson and his group of trappers to ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. A break at 12,183 feet provides fantastic alpine scenery. A short stop in Estes Park, nestled in a high mountain valley at just above 7,000 feet, before returning to Denver.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Denver - UK

Day
10

Your holiday ends this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

Things to note

NOTE: The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favourable road and weather conditions.

Hotels

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

Denver - Holiday Inn Denver

This hotel overlooks the amazing Rocky Mountains which you can see from your hotel room. This hotel offers a relaxing break as it offers Free WIFI and a relaxing high pressure shower which you can enjoy at the end of your busy day.

  • Location

    455 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar Free WiFi Room Service Indoor Swimming Pool

Grand Junction - Grand Vista Hotel

Step into a modern hotel and experience the service of the Grand Vista hotel. This hotel is full of style of class. This modern hotel offers Free WIFI around the hotel. When looking outside your window you will see amazing views that are far away.

  • Location

    2790 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO 81506, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar Free WiFi Room Service Indoor Swimming Pool Outdoor Swimming Pool

This Colorado Springs hotel features rooms with free WiFi. The Best Western Executive Inn & Suites is 1.2 miles from World Arena and Ice Hall and serves a free daily continental breakfast. 

  • Location

    1440 Harrison Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi Swimming pool Non-smoking rooms Family rooms very good fitness centre

Santa Fe - Sage Inn

Located just 6 blocks from the Historic Plaza across from the Santa Fe Railyard Park, this Santa Fe hotel offers free shuttle service to local attractions. Free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast are also provided.

  • Location

    725 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool Outdoor pool Fitness centre Free WiFi

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum is 2 miles from Quality Inn Durango. Durango Mountain Ski Resort is 25 miles from the hotel. 

  • Location

    2930 North Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool Outdoor pool (seasonal) Free WiFi

The newly renovated Comfort Inn Beaver Creek is the perfect place to stay while visiting the world-famous ski town of Vail and the Beaver Creek ski area. This Avon hotel is 1 miles north of Beaver Creek ski area and 8 miles west of Vail, with easy access to Vail Village shopping and entertainment area.

  • Location

    0161 West Beaver Creek Boulevard, Avon, CO 81620, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool Heated pool Outdoor pool Free WiFi

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