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Colorado’s Vintage Railways

A Scenic Travel Adventure from an Era When the Iron Horse Ruled the Frontier

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Jul 08 - Jul 15, 2018 | Sep 09 - Sep 16, 2018
8 days | 7 nights • 12 meals
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All aboard! Travel back to the Old West and the awe-inspiring sights of Colorado. You’ll journey on four vintage trains over high mountain passages and through breathtaking gorges. Along the way, see history come to life with stops at an old stagecoach town (where you’ll explore the last coal tipple in the country), an old mining camp, Great Sand Dunes National Park, plus a visit to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. A “must-do” epic adventure for nostalgia and train buffs alike!

  • Ride several famous passenger trains past gorgeous national forests including San Isabel and San Juan, and Colorado’s tallest peaks including Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, and Pikes Peak
  • See the stunning Garden of the Gods, whose abundant wildlife and red sandstone formations combine in a captivating park at the base of Pikes Peak
  • Optional excursion to learn about Anasazi Indians at Mesa Verde National Park
  • Visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Relive 19th-century life in authentic pioneer mining town of Georgetown
  • Visit with Farmer Bob & Alida Helmer at Alida's Fruits in the lush valley where the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers join
  • Hear dramatic tales of the west by Native American storyteller and musician Leon Joseph Littlebird
  • Marvel at railroad history at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
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DAY 1–“ALL ABOARD” THE RAIL ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

It was the Iron Horse that helped tame the Old West, bringing an entire continent together and leading to the historic expansion of the United States. Relive the thrill and excitement of that historic era starting today, when you meet your fellow rail travelers for a welcome reception.

DAY 2–AIR FORCE ACADEMY/GARDEN OF THE GODS

Today starts at the Air Force Academy where you’ll see its iconic chapel and terrazzo, and learn about the cadet experience. Then visit the stunning Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. This 1,367-acre park at the base of Pikes Peak is where the Great Plains meet the Rockies—and is like a little piece of heaven! You’ll be amazed by the abundance of plant and animal life here, as well as the magnificent red sandstone formations. You’ll also enjoy the magical town of Manitou Springs, home to nine mineral springs fed by the snows of Pikes Peak. Many native Americans considered this area sacred—and you’ll see why. B, L

Option—Pikes Peak Cog Railway If you’re feeling extra adventurous, sign up for a thrilling 8,000-foot ascent to the top of majestic Pikes Peak (14,110 ft.). Price: $40 per person.

DAY 3–ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD/GREAT SAND DUNES N.P.

Today, ride “North America’s most scenic railroad”—the world-famous Royal Gorge Route! From the comfort of your enclosed coach seat or open-air observation car, enjoy fabulous scenery and wildlife. This classic, old-time diesel engine chugs along the Arkansas River and winds its way through the steep granite cliffs of the gorge, passing under the Royal Gorge Bridge, suspended more than 1,000 feet above the tracks. Marvel at N. America’s tallest dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. B, L

DAY 4–CUMBRES & TOLTEC RAILROAD

Return to the exciting days of the Frontier West aboard this stately steam engine the moment it blows its horn! Relax in your comfortable coach or open-air observation car during an unforgettable journey from Antonito to the old stagecoach town of Chama, New Mexico, home to one of the last coal tipples in the country. Mid-way enjoy a delicious lunch stop in the small mining town of Osier. B, L

DAY 5–DURANGO YOUR WAY

Enjoy a leisurely day in the western town of Durango, which was founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. You may choose to explore this historic downtown on a walking tour, stroll the Animas River trail, browse the shops or take an exciting optional excursion. B

Option—Travel deep into Mesa Verde National Park to learn about Anasazi Indians. L Price: $50 per person.

DAY 6–DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD

Immerse yourself in yesteryear with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s memorabilia, including full-size locomotives, maps, photos and artwork. Then the 1880s-era coal-fired, steam powered locomotives to travel the same track miners, cowboys and settlers did over a century ago. Gaze in awe while chugging through portions of the magnificent two million acres of remote wilderness that make up the San Juan National Forest! B, D

DAY 7–ALIDA’S FRUITS/VAIL FREE TIME

The junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers formed the fertile soils around Grand Junction. This morning, visit farmers Bob & Alida Helmer at Alida’s Fruits in this lush valley. Later, enjoy the world-famous Vail Mountain Resort on your own and at your own pace. There are countless things to do in this quaint, historic, European-influenced town nestled amongst the Rocky Mountains. En route to Dillon, travel the engineering marvel that is I-70, considered by many the most scenic highway in the U.S. B, D

DAY 8–FRONTIER MINING TOWN/TALES OF YORE/GEORGETOWN LOOP R.R.

Your day begins in charming Georgetown, which started as a mining camp in 1859 and still maintains much of its 19th century architecture. After a bountiful breakfast, storyteller Leon Joseph Littlebird will perform tales of mountain life and indigenous music. Afterward, experience your final rail adventure aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a narrow gauge line that forms a grand loop high in the Rocky Mountains. Then you’ll say good-bye to new friends and take home happy railroading memories! B

Jul 8-15 | Sep 9-16 SOLD OUT

Depart/Return: Denver, CO

Price Per Person: Double: $1,797; Single: $2,285

Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night

 

DAY 2 Option - Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Feeling extra adventurous? Sign up for a thrilling 8,000-foot ascent to the top of majestic Pikes Peak. Price: $40 per person

DAY 5 Option - Mesa Verde National Park - Travel deep into Mesa Verde National Park to learn about Anasazi Indians. (Includes lunch.) Meals: L. Price: $55 per person

 

Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night


 

 

Average Temps

During your tour, temperatures will vary depending upon location and elevation. Highs can reach into the 90’s at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is not uncommon to experience near-freezing temperatures, even in summer, on top of Pikes’ Peak at 14,000 feet on the optional Cog Railroad excursion.

Time Zone

Mountain

Arrival Time

 Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time

Schedule your flight home to depart after 3:30 p.m. on Day 8.

Airport Hotel Shuttle

Hotel offers complimentary shuttle to the airport.

Vehicle Parking

Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel in Denver.

Walking Distance

Moderate walking is required to enjoy this tour to its fullest. Should be capable to climb stairs for access to the trains.

Currency 

US Dollar

Hotel Amenities

Hair Dryers, iron & ironing board, TV/Cable and coffee makers. Exercise room & swimming pool at most hotels.

Additional Information

Dress on tour is casual. Bring dark clothes and comfortable shoes for the train rides. No smoking is allowed on the trains. Train delays are common. Elevations range from 5,000 (at Denver airport) to 14,150 feet (at Pike's Peak). Travelers with medical conditions such as heart issues or diabetes should consult with their physician prior to signing up for this tour.

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.

Updates 

Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/COR.

Travel Protection Available?

Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.

Terms & Conditions

Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions on our website at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms.

Groups

Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/groups.

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