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Overview

A fantastic tour which focuses on fabulous western scenery travelling through Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Enjoy a visit to Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks Cross Royal Gorge Bridge for Colorado Springs and take a cog railway up Pikes Peak for amazing views.

Meals
Breakfast - 11
Lunch - 0
Dinner - 4

Details

Day 1

DENVER.
Welcome to colourful Colorado! This evening, mix and mingle with your travelling companions at the 6 pm welcome reception. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure. (WR)

Day 2

DENVER - ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - VAIL.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver this morning, and then it’s on to the beautiful Colorado mountains. Travel to Estes Park, gateway to ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. A break at almost 12,000 feet provides fantastic alpine scenery. Continue along scenic Trail Ridge Road, crossing the Continental Divide and passing Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake. Journey to Vail, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. (B) Note: Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favourable road and weather conditions.

Day 3

VAIL - COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT - MOAB.
Travel through the massive 1,800-foot walls of Glenwood Canyon to the "western slope" of Colorado. Then, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, with sightseeing along panoramic Rim Rock Drive. Admire the majestic beauty of Independence Monument and Balanced Rock. Afterward, continue to Moab, Utah, arriving at Red Cliffs Lodge. Enjoy wine tasting at your resort’s winery, then experience an authentic outdoor Western barbecue. (B,D) Special Feature: Your hotel in Moab is the Red Cliffs Lodge. Offering guests a ranch-like experience amid luxurious Western charm, Red Cliffs Lodge sits high on the banks of the Colorado River surrounded by cliffs and situated where Western favourites such as Wagon Master and Rio Grande were filmed.

Day 4

MOAB.
This morning, visit ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of magnificent sandstone formations. Balance of the day is at leisure. Relax, swim, play tennis, visit the winery, or explore the museum with memorabilia from the movies filmed at your resort’s spectacular location. This evening, enjoy the optional Canyonlands by Night riverboat show. (B)

Day 5

MOAB - MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK - DURANGO.
Head back to Colorado and travel to MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a World Heritage Site. Stop at 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). Arrive in Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era. (B,D)

Day 6

DURANGO. RAIL JOURNEY TO SILVERTON.
Board the narrow-gauge DURANGO - SILVERTON TRAIN this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls winding its way through Rio de Las Animas Canyon with vistas of snow-capped peaks. Free time in Silverton, once a major mining town which owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner: "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!" Return to Durango. (B)

Day 7

DURANGO - SANTA FE.
Head to New Mexico and to the charming city of Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. Experience Santa Fe up close as you embark on a GUIDED WALKING TOUR of the many historic buildings that reveals the town’s Spanish, Indian, and American heritage. Main sights include the San Miguel Mission, the Palace of the Governors, the CATHEDRAL OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, and LORETTO CHAPEL’S "Miracle Stairway". The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)

Day 8

SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO TAOS.
Today, travel to the adobe town of Taos, seated on the high desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. On today’s walking tour, learn about its 1,100 years of history and art by visiting PUEBLO DE TAOS, a Native American village inhabited for nearly 700 years. Explore the historic town plaza, offering eclectic galleries, and wonderful shops before returning to Santa Fe and stopping for dinner at one of New Mexico’s historic restaurants. (B,D)

Day 9

SANTA FE - COLORADO SPRINGS.
Leave Santa Fe, travelling across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, one of the highest in the U.S., and drive north to Colorado Springs, Colorado, stopping at the ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE en route. Walk across the world’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. (B)

Day 10

COLORADO SPRINGS. PIKES PEAK & COG RAILWAY EXCURSION.
Visit Manitou Springs and take the COG RAILROAD up to the summit of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak, the place that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful". This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your holiday. (B,D)

Day 11

COLORADO SPRINGS - DENVER.
Head north to reach Denver International Airport for guests with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after Noon. The motorcoach then continues into downtown, where the holiday ends. (B)

What's Included

  • Return transatlantic scheduled flights
  • Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Superior hotel accommodation in hotels listed or of a similar standard
  • Meals as detailed in itinerary


Activities & Sights included in the price

  • Denver: Sightseeing tour
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Sightseeing tour
  • Colorado National Monument: Sightseeing along Rim Rock Drive
  • Moab: Visit Arches National Park; wine tasting
  • Mesa Verde National Park: Visit cliff dwellings and museum
  • Durango: Ride narrow-gauge train to Silverton
  • Santa Fe: Guided walking tour; visit Loretto Chapel
  • Taos: Walking tour and visit Pueblo de Taos
  • Royal Gorge Bridge: Walk across the span
  • Colorado Springs: Ride the cog railroad up Pikes Peak; farewell dinner

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

TODAY 28ºC
WED 25ºC
THU 26ºC
FRI 23ºC
SAT 23ºC
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Average Temperature (Celsius) Average Rainfall (Inches)

Jan
8ºC
2
Feb
9ºC
2
Mar
15ºC
2
Apr
18ºC
2
May
22ºC
2
Jun
29ºC
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Jul
33ºC
2
Aug
30ºC
2
Sep
27ºC
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Oct
18ºC
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Nov
11ºC
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Dec
7ºC
2

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