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Colorado's Historic Trains - A Guided Holiday
Colorado is home to the finest scenic railroads in the USA. From classic 1950’s era streamliners of the Royal Gorge Route railroad to steam trains that traverse the rugged Colorado Rocky Mountains. On this nine-day guided tour you'll not only experience breathtaking scenery and unforgettable rail journeys, you'll also enjoy civilised travel and taste of Colorado's history and heritage.
What's Included In This Guided Colorado Historic Trains Tour:
Return flights from the UK to Denver, Colorado
Round trip airport transfers in the USA
Professional tour guide throughout the holiday
8 nights accommodation plus 13 meals (3 dinners, 2 lunches and 8 breakfasts)
Rail travel aboard the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad
Rail travel aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Rail travel aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Visit Rocky Mountain & Mesa Verde National Park
Visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison & Garden of The Gods
Departure Dates 2017: 11th August and 8th September
Bon Voyage can tailor pre and post arrangements for this guided tour, please call for further details.
Day 1 : Arrive Denver
Welcome to Denver, the capital of Colorado and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. This evening you'll meet your travelling companions and tour guide at a hosted dinner.
Day 2 : Rocky Mountain National Park
It's a short and scenic ride today to your first stop, Rocky Mountain National Park. With elevations rising up to 14,259 feet, this spectacular park is full of wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery. You'll stop at the Alpine Visitor Centre and learn more about this incredible part of Colorado.
Day 3 : Leadville & Southern Railroad
Leadville, at 10,430 feet, is North America's highest incorporated city and the wildest and richest silver mining Boom Town in the West. Board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad and travel north along the Arkansas River Valley passing two of Colorado's tallest peaks, Mount Massive and Mount Elbert. En route to our overnight stop in Montrose, you'll pass through scenic Monarch Pass and Curecanti National Recreation Area. All the while, the friendly conductor will share stories of the fascinating history of this region.
Day 4 : Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Early morning you'll visit the impressive Black Canyon of Gunnison, an eerie crack in the earth's crust big enough to hide the Empire State Building! Then it's a rail adventure that's been voted one of the "Top Ten Most Exciting Rail Journeys in the World".....The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Built in 1879, this historic train will take you through the heart of the San Juan Mountains before arriving in Ignacio for the night.
Day 5 : Mesa Verde National Park
Enjoy a full day guided excursion to a UNESCO World Heritage location and one of the premier archaeological sites on Earth, Mesa Verde National Park.
Day 6 : Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Today, travel south to ride the original Rio Grande Line, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This is America's most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad. Enjoy lunch on-board as you explore 50 miles of dark tunnels, high trestles, narrow mountain passes and rugged territory including Antonito, Colorado, the highest point on the railroad. Then arrive in Alamosa, Colorado for the night.
Day 7 : Royal Gorge Scenic Railway
Scenic Canon City is the jumping off point today for the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The 12-mile route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western Train line. The rail excursion is often referred to as "the most scenic train ride in North America". Tonight you'll stay back in the capital, Denver.
Day 8 : Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Today, you'll "Ride to the Clouds" aboard Pikes Peak Cog Railway. This is the highest cog railroad in America, stretching for nine miles as it vertically climbs to an elevation of 14,000 feet. At the base of Pike's Peak Mountain you'll have time to explore the stunning Garden Of The Gods before you enjoy your farewell dinner back at your hotel in Denver.
Day 9 : Depart Denver
After a hearty breakfast, it's time to transfer to Denver International Airport for your flight back to the UK.
Want to extend your holiday? Perhaps, a train journey to San Francisco, Chicago or New York? Time on the beach in Hawaii? Call Bon Voyage to discuss the options available to you.