Historic Trains of Colorado

New for 2018

Price per person
from £2,285

Price based on
London Heathrow
17th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Colorado

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

A real must for the train enthusiast. Discover some of Colorado's most historic and famous heritage railways as well as some of the most attractive western towns.

At a glance


  • Denver
  • Colorado Springs
  • Royal Gorge Route Railway & Park
  • Alamosa
  • Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
  • Durango
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad
  • Grand Junction
  • Vail

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

A real must for the train enthusiast. Discover some of Colorado's most historic and famous heritage railways as well as some of the most attractive western towns.

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

UK - Denver

Day
1

Fly to Denver where, on arrival transfer to your hotel. 

Denver - Georgetown Loop Railroad - Seven Falls - Colorado Springs

Day
2

This morning, head towards the historic town of Georgetown and the Georgetown Loop Train. The beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains surround you as an old-time locomotive chugs its way up the canyon, traveling past the remains of several gold and silver mines. Afterward, travel south to the town of Colorado Springs, located on the plains at the foot of Pikes Peak. The view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose America the Beautiful more than 100 years ago. Visit the Garden Of The Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark with towering red rock formations. End the day with a visit to one of Colorado’s greatest natural wonders, Seven Falls.

Colorado Springs - Royal Gorge Route Railway & Park - Alamosa

Day
3

This morning, continue to board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Travel on a diesel locomotive for 2 hours following the most spectacular section of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad through the gorge on tracks laid more than 120 years ago. Afterwards experience the Royal Gorge Bridge Park. The adventure begins at one of the highest and most famous suspension bridges in the world. While standing 956 feet about the wild Arkansas River take in Colorado's iconic natural beauty. There will be time to explore the park independently. Perhaps brave the aerial gondolas and glide 2,200 feet across the gorge, 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. Overnight in Alamosa, surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west.

Alamosa - Cumbres & Toltec Railroad - Durango

Day
4

Today, you travel on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, America’s most authentic steam railroad, built more than 120 years ago. Travel through the beautiful San Juan Mountains on tracks that tamed the West, while crossing the Colorado-New Mexico border 11 times. Disembark the train at Cumbres Pass and continue by coach to Chama. Later, arrive in Durango, a town born in the gold-rush and silver-mining era and at times run by gunslingers. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Durango - Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad - Durango

Day
5

Board the Durango & Silveron Narrow-Gauge Railroad this morning for a scenic 3 ½ hour journey through the San Juan National Forest to the historic mining town of Silverton. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years and the locomotives used to pull today's train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds it's way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Enjoy some free time in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner, "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!" Return to Durango by road and the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Durango – Mesa Verde – Telluride – Grand Junction

Day
6

This morning, Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans and see their mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Spend time at the park’s museum and visitor centre, depicting the story of these people who mysteriously disappeared almost 700 years ago. Continue on to Telluride, a former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, at the base of a popular ski resort. Time on your own allows you to explore the 12 blocks along the town’s main street, a National Historic Landmark District where you’ll see the sights, such as the Old Town Jail, the Rio Grande Southern Railway Depot, and the Appaloosa Trading Company (the site where notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in 1889). Overnight stay in the town of Grand Junction. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Junction – Colorado National Monument - Glenwood Canyon – Vail Area

Day
7

This morning, visit Colorado National Monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red-rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. Your journey continues through 12 miles of beautiful Glenwood Canyon with walls that climb as high as 1,300 feet above the Colorado River. Continue to the Vail Valley area, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. Time to walk the cobblestone pedestrian village before making our way to the hotel.

Vail Area - Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park - Denver

Day
8

See Colorado’s largest natural lake, Grand Lake, before crossing the Continental Divide and behold vistas of lush meadows, alpine glaciers, and thundering waterfalls. Take scenic Trail Ridge Road over magnificent mountain terrain, which attracted the likes of Kit Carson and his group of trappers to Rocky Mountain National Park.  A break at 12,183 feet provides fantastic alpine scenery. A short stop in Estes Park, nestled in a high mountain valley at just above 7,000 feet, before returning to Denver. 

 

NOTE: 

The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favourable road and weather conditions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Denver - UK

Day
9

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Things to note

Royal Gorge Route Railroad operates daily March -October at these times; departs 09:30 returns 11:30 hrs.

Cumbres & Toltec Railroad operates as follows: Summer Schedule May 27 -Sep 4 at these times; departs 10:00 from Antonito depart train at Cumbres 16:00 & coach to Chama and Durango arriving Durango at 18:00. Autumn Schedule Sep 5 - Oct 22 at these times; departs 10:00 from Antonito depart train at Cumbres 16:00 & coach to Chama and Durango. Arriving Durango at 18.00.

Durango & Silverton Railroad operates daily May 6 - Oct 28 at these times; departs Durango 08:45 arrives Silverton 12:15.

 

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Denver: Holiday Inn Denver Cherry Creek
  • Colorado Springs: Best Western Executive Inn & Suites
  • Alamosa: Super 8 Alamosa
  • Durango: Quality Inn Durango
  • Grand Junction: Grand Vista Hotel
  • Vail Area: Comfort in Vail/Beaver Creek

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