Experience two of the USA’s most scenic states, Colorado and Utah, on an 8-day luxury rail/motorcoach holiday.
Your adventure begins in the 'Mile High' city of Denver, Colorado. Explore this capital city, known for having 300 days of sunshine, against one of the most amazing of backdrops - the Rocky Mountains! The section of mountains nearest to Denver is called the Front Range and the most prominent peaks include Pikes Peak, Mount Evans and Longs Peak.
Then it’s time to board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer for two days of extraordinary service and scenery. Sit back and enjoy the show.....majestic snow-capped mountains, vast canyons and colourful desert landscapes will provide the entertainment on your way to Moab - the heart of America's Canyonlands Country.
From Moab, your adventure continues by motorcoach through Utah and Nevada - finishing in Las Vegas. Just when you think the scenery couldn’t possibly get any better you discover Utah's 'Mighty Five' National Parks. Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion.....names and images you’ve seen on television and the cinema a hundred times, now up close and personal. Sunrises and sunsets like you’ve never seen before. We promise, this holiday will stay with you for a very long time.
Take a sneak peek of the adventure that awaits you.......
You’ll soon discover, there is alot more to Denver than an amazing backdrop. It is one impressive city, full of interesting neighbourhoods and people, must-do attractions and a superb array of year-round events.
The hip and historic district is found in lower downtown, referred to as LoDo, and has the country's highest concentration of Victorian buildings. It is also full of quirky shops, brewhouses, cafes and al fresco dining. Stroll around the museum of Contemporary Art or the Colorado History museum, visit the U.S. Mint or the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" House. Or, head for High Tea at the palatial Brown Palace Hotel. This gem of a hotel opened its doors in 1892 and has hosted countless Presidents and gold-hunters heading to seek their fortune in the mountains. Every month of the year, there are festivals and activities taking place - most open to the public and free of charge.
Call Bon Voyage to discuss day trips available from Denver to the surrounding areas such as Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of The Gods and Pike’s Peak Cog Railway.
Hotels: The Maven, The Crawford, The Oxford
Meals Included: Breakfast on day 2
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer! You’ll have an amazing day full of new sights, amazing food and incredible hospitality. The best bit? The train only operates daylight hours, so you don’t have to worry about missing a single thing.
Breakfast is served whilst you relax in leather reclining seats looking out through oversized glass-dome windows with panoramic views. Feel free to stretch your legs and enjoy the outdoor viewing area, or sit tight and enjoy your spacious surroundings and Mother’s Nature showreel. Lunch, with local wines, will be served before you pull into the mountain resort town of Glenwood Springs at approximately 5pm. Famous for its hot springs, this is the place to pamper yourself with a soothing mineral soak!
When it’s time for dinner, Glenwood Springs has an eclectic culinary scene and only a short stroll from your hotel you’ll find local favourites like Colorado trout and Hanging Lake Honey Ale. Later in the evening check out the live music in a micro-brewery or a wine bar.
Western history buff? Amble over to Linwood cemetery where Doc Holiday, dentist turned gambler, turned gunslinger was buried when he died in Glenwood Springs of tuberculosis in 1887.
Hotels: Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Hotel Denver, Hotel Colorado
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
Enjoy another sumptuous breakfast on the Rocky Mountaineer as you cross the Colorado-Utah border. You'll notice a stark difference in the scenery as your view changes from alpine to dramatic red rock. Nothing will prepare you for the sightseeing experiences that lie ahead over the next few days. Just when you think the scenery can't get more impressive, it does.
You'll arrive into the quirky town of Moab around noon and check into your centrally located hotel before you're whisked off to one of Utah's 'Mighty Five’ - Canyonlands National park. This is Utah's largest park and you'll discover seemingly endless deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs, and spires stretching over 500 square miles. You'll also visit equally impressive, but on a smaller scale, Dead Horse State Park. Don't be surprised if you have deja vu here as this area featured heavily in the movie 'Thelma and Louise'.
Take a stroll around Moab in the evening, there are plenty of places to dine, enjoy a drink and shop. We’d also suggest a sunset tour which we'd be delighted to pre-book for you.
Hotels: Hoodoo Moab Curio Collection, Hyatt Place, Hilton by Homewood Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast
It's a full day of sightseeing with a local guide to another of Utah's 'Mighty Five' parks right on your doorstep- Arches National Park.
At over 73,000 acres, Arches is a wonderland of eroded sandstone fins, gargoyles, hoodoos, oddly balanced boulders and of course arches. With over 2,000 in this region, this park protects the largest proliferation of arches anywhere in the world. This area also offers some of the darkest skies in the USA making it an ideal spot for stargazing. To pre-book a heavenly excursion, just ask your Bon Voyage consultant.
Meals included: Breakfast
It's scenic highways most of the way as you continue on your guided motorcoach adventure from Moab through the heart of Utah to the next 'Mighty Five' park, Bryce Canyon National Park.
A firm favourite with travellers, this park is famous for its otherworldly sunset coloured rock formations and hoodoos, 'fairy chimneys' shaped by erosion. Learn about the great geological movements that formed this alien landscape along the impressive Bryce Amphitheatre and visit Rainbow Point, Inspiration Point and Natural Bridge.
Make sure you take a stroll along the canyon rim at sunset to witness yet another stunning display!
Hotels: Bryce Canyon Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Your guide will share the history and geology of the area as you cruise past dramatic landscapes straight out of the old cowboy movies through Utah and eventually into Nevada.
Zion Canyon is one of southern Utah’s most astonishing natural wonders, surrounded by 7,000 feet towering red and white cliffs, with the Virgin River slicing its way through the cutting lush canyon floor. Explore further into this park and you’ll discover weeping rocks, tiny grottos and hanging gardens. Look out for golden eagles, mule deer and big horn sheep which, no doubt, everyone will point out when spotted!
Leaving Utah behind, cross the border into Nevada for your final stop - the delightfully OTT Las Vegas. Take the evening to amble the famous Vegas Strip and view the colossal hotels - each more flamboyant than the next. Being in the 'Entertainment Capital of the USA' means you have some amazing entertainment at your disposal and Bon Voyage would be delighted to suggest and pre-book a show along with dinner reservations somewhere special.
Hotels: The Mirage
Meals included: Breakfast
One last morning on the Vegas strip before you depart late afternoon for your flight back to the UK.
Not ready to go home? Perhaps a little longer in Las Vegas to explore the surrounding area?
A 5-star resort in chic Palm Springs? A visit to San Francisco?
Bon Voyage will tailor-make exactly the holiday you’re looking for. Call our team of experts today!