Rocky Mountain Rail Adventure

Rocky Mountain Rail Adventure

This holiday will take us on a variety of trains through the superb scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Three of the trains will be hauled by steam engines climbing as high as 10,000ft

This holiday will take us on a variety of trains through the superb scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Three of the trains will be hauled by steam engines climbing as high as 10,000ft. We also travel on the highest cog railway in the world and travel by Amtrak through the mountains to Denver. Away from the trains, we visit the Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde and Great Sand Dune National Parks. The price includes all the train journeys and other attractions, full breakfast each day and dinner on most evenings

 

 

  • DAY 1:

    Your Door to Door service will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Denver.We will be welcomed by our Tour Manager and our local coach for the transfer to our hotel. D

  • DAY 2:

    Our first stop today will be at the Colorado Railroad Museum on the outskirts of Denver. Here we learn about the history of some of the railways we shall visit over the next week or so. The exhibits include several locomotives and historic carriages, together with indoor galleries. Then just a short drive to the first of these railways – the Georgetown Loop. This is a fairly short but spectacular narrow gauge steam line where the train climbs 640ft across bridges and around a large loop.After time for lunch we drive south over the Hoosier Pass to reach Colorado Springs for a 2 night stay. BD

  • DAY 3:

    This morning we travel high into the Rocky Mountains on the Pikes Peak Railway. This rack (or cog) railway climbs for 8.9 miles from Manitou Springs to reach the top of the mountain at over 14,000 feet. It is the highest railway in North America and the highest rack railway in the world. The Swiss built trains climb through the forest and then above the trees into the barren alpine landscape.We have a short time at the top before the descent and then, after a break for lunch, we drive the short distance to the Garden of the Gods – a registered National Natural Landmark.We shall have a guided tour of the Park with its 300ft towering sandstone rock formations and then spend time in the Visitor and Nature Centre. BD

  • DAY 4:

    A fairly early start for the journey to Canon City where we board a tourist train through the Royal Gorge. The two hour journey takes you along the banks of the Arkansas River in to the gorge where sheer rock cliffs rise over 1,000ft above the river. This is regarded as one of the most scenic rail journeys in North America. Then back to our coach for the drive to Alamosa with a stop at the Great Sand Dunes National Park on the way. Here we find the highest sand dunes on the continent, rising to over 750ft above the San Luis Valley and covering an area of 30 square miles. Overnight in Alamosa. BD

  • DAY 5:

    Just a short drive to Antonito to start one of the most spectacular train journeys of our holiday. This will be a full day trip on the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad – ‘America’s highest and longest Coal-Fired, Steam-Operated, NarrowGauge Railroad’. It was originally a 64 mile stretch of the Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge network.We make a steady climb through the morning from the semi-desert around Antonito up into the mountains with the scenery getting steadily more stunning as we go.We stop at Osier for a full lunch (included) and then complete the climb to the top of the Cumbres Pass which, at over 10,000ft, is the highest mountain pass reached by rail in the United States. The last part of the journey is downhill to the small town of Chama in New Mexico.We then drive to Durango for two nights. BL

  • DAY 6:

    Today we visit the Mesa Verde National Park by coach. Mesa Verde is Spanish for green table and is a plateau at over 8,000ft. It offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.After our visit we return to Durango for some free time before heading out to the Bar D Chuckwagon for an evening of cowboy food and music.A very American evening! BD

  • DAY 7:

    Back to the trains.We spend the morning riding on the Durango and Silverton Railroad. This is a steam hauled narrow gauge railway which travels for 45 miles along the banks of the Animas River surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Part of the route is along the rim of a gorge high above the river.After 3.5 hours we reach the former mining town of Silverton which has retained its Wild West atmosphere.We have time for lunch and then drive over the 11,000ft Red Mountain Pass before descending to Ouray – another old mining town surrounded by towering mountains. Most of the Victorian buildings have been preserved and are now mainly cafes and tourist shops.We continue through Montrose to the town of Grand Junction where we stop for two nights. BD

  • DAY 8:

    Today we travel through the spectacular landscape of the Colorado National Monument on one of the grandest scenic drives in the American West, the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive which offers red rock canyons, crisp blue skies, and glorious views along the way. Today we shall be driving among the rock layers that are nearly two billion years old. Extraordinary forces of erosion and time carved these layers. We see pinion pine and juniper trees and may spy Hopi chipmunks, rock squirrels, golden eagles and desert bighorn sheep.We return to the attractive centre of Grand Junction before continuing to Colorado Wine Country. Colorado wines are making a big splash, and the heart of the Colorado wine industry is right here in Grand Junction. The Grand Valley region produces wonderful, high-quality wines in a spectacular setting.A tour of a winery is followed by a winemaker’s dinner before returning to our hotel. BD

  • DAY 9:

    The famous California Zephyr trains travel almost 2,500 miles from San Francisco to Chicago.We join it today for the most scenic section of the whole route – the 273 miles from Grand Junction through the Rocky Mountains to Denver.We travel through the Glenwood, Gore and Fraser Canyons before climbing to the Moffat Tunnel at over 9,000ft. From here we descend to Denver through a succession of tunnels and sweeping curves. BD

  • DAY 10:

    Full day trip out of Denver as we follow the scenic route into the Rocky Mountain National Park.At the East entrance to the park we stop in the town of Estes Park, a unique and beautiful mountain resort community in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Then following the Trail Ridge Road we drive through the Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles, which encompass and protect this spectacular mountain environment. The Trail Ridge Road rises to over 12,000 feet and is the highest continuous paved road in the USA. It includes many viewing points which allow us to experience this subalpine and alpine world.At the West Entrance we stop at the town of Grand Lake to visit the 60 shops, restaurants and galleries on the historic western boardwalk, before returning to Denver. BD

  • DAY 11:

    We shall spend our last day in the Denver area starting with a drive to the Red Rocks Park from where there is a great view over the city.We shall also see the natural amphitheatre concert venue. Then a tour of downtown Denver. Travel through the quiet tree-lined streets of Denver’s residential neighbourhoods and journey back to the 19th Century.Witness the elegance of historic Larimer Square and the Victorian mansions of“unsinkable Molly Brown” and others.Along the way, we will pass a variety of cultural attractions, such as beautiful City Park, Civic Centre Park, the gold-domed State Capitol, the United States Mint and the Denver Art Museum. There will be free time for lunch and to explore the centre before transferring to Denver Airport for the overnight flight to London. B

  • DAY 12:

    In the morning we arrive back at London where your Door to Door service will be waiting to take you home.

  • B = BREAKFAST | L = LUNCH | D = DINNER

Doubletree Denver Stapleton North ***

 

This inviting hotel is just minutes from Denver’s popular attractions and offers a warm welcome. Air-conditioned rooms feature coffee maker, hairdryer, TV and iron/ironing board.

 

Best Western Executive Inn & Suites Colorado Springs ***

 

This friendly hotel puts hospitality at the forefront and strives to make every guest feel welcome. Rooms feature coffee maker, hairdryer and TV.

 

Holiday Inn Express Alamosa ***

 

Ideally located for our tour, this hotel offers ensuite bedrooms with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee maker and iron/ironing board in some rooms.

 

Best Western Rio Grande Inn Durango ***

 

Located in historic downtown Durango, this hotel is within comfortable walking distance of world-class restaurants, galleries and amazing shopping. Rooms feature satellite TV, tea/coffee maker, hairdryer and iron/ironing board.

 

Doubletree Grand Junction ***

 

Newly renovated, this hotel overlooks the lush valley and famous bluffs of the Grand Mesa Plateau.All rooms feature iron/ironing board, hairdryer, TV and coffee maker.

 

Price Includes:

 

  •  Door to Door Service

  • Airport Transfers

  • Return Flights

  • All coach transfers with the services of a Professional driver

  • 3 nights accommodation at the Doubletree Denver Stapleton North

  • 2 nights accommodation at the Best Western Executive Inn & Suites Colorado Springs

  • 1 night accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express Alamosa

  • 2 nights accommodation at the Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn Durango

  • 2 nights accommodation at the Doubletree Grand Junction

  • Daily breakfast

  • 8 dinners and one lunch (plus airline meals)

  • All train trips as detailed in the itinerary

  • National Park fees

  • Admission to attractions detailed

  • Same tour coach throughout which will take luggage between hotels

  • Professional Tour Director in Colorado

  • All taxes and baggage handling

  • Driver and Guide gratuities

 

Single room supplement: £480

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road West Anchor Road, Outside @ Bristol-We The Curious
Westbound Bus Stop
Bristol Bedminster ASDA Bedminster Bus Shelter - East Street
In front of ASDA Store
Bristol Downend Bristol Downend
Lloyds Bank
Bristol Filton Bristol Filton
The Air balloon Pub
Bristol Fishponds Fishponds - Fishponds Road,
Bus Stop Outside Lodge House, BS16 3HZ
Bristol Kingswood Kingswood - High Street Bus Stop
Opposite the Civic Centre, BS15 9TR
Bristol Knowle Knowle
Broadwalk Shopping Centre
Bristol Redfield Redfield - Bus Stop outside Aldi
Church Road
Bristol Westbury-on-Trym Westbury-on-Trym Library
Bottom Falcondale Rd.
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Heathrow Airport Heathrow Airport, London
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
Liskeard Liskeard Lloyds Bank
The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AW
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
St Austell St Austell-Railway Station
PL25 4LA
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Truro Truro Fairmantle Street Coach Park
TR1 2EE
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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