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Historic Trains of the Old West

Price per person
from £2,348

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Key inclusions

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

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Discover the spirit of the Old West and its historic trains on this incredible holiday. Your Colorado and New Mexico train tour starts and ends in Denver with overnights also in Glenwood Springs, Durango, Santa Fe, and Colorado Springs. As you travel to each destination, you’ll witness beautiful landscapes along the way.

The highlights of this tour are scenic train rides. Hop on board the Georgetown Loop Railroad offering spectacular scenery of the rugged Rocky Mountains. Take a scenic ride through the San Juan National Forest on the narrow-gauge Durango & Silverton railroad, a legendary steam train that hugs deep canyon walls and offers breathtaking beauty travelling through San Juan National Forest.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park to see how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived from 600 to 1300 AD. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Admire the cliff dwellings and just imagine what life was like living there! Another UNESCO World Heritage Site you’ll visit is the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. Here, a tour will give you insight into the daily life of these native people—a special experience offered by Globus! Another out-of-the-ordinary adventure Globus includes is a visit to Santuario de Chimayo, a small adobe church with miraculous healing powers that attracts thousands of pilgrims each year.

Fun train rides, special experiences, breathtaking scenery, and more are waiting for you on this Colorado and New Mexico train tour. Be sure to grab your camera, as you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities!

At a glance

  • Denver Sightseeing tour of this cosmopolitan city
  • Georgetown Loop Railroad Experience this historic narrow-gauge railroad
  • Silverton Enjoy a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest on a heritage narrow gauge railroad to Durango
  • Mesa Verde National Park Explore the ancestral cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians 
  • Santa Fe Take a trolley tour of the city's historic landmarks 
  • Royal George Bridge Walk across North America's highest suspension bridge 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Discover the spirit of the Old West and its historic trains on this incredible holiday. Your Colorado and New Mexico train tour starts and ends in Denver with overnights also in Glenwood Springs, Durango, Santa Fe, and Colorado Springs. As you travel to each destination, you’ll witness beautiful landscapes along the way.

The highlights of this tour are scenic train rides. Hop on board the Georgetown Loop Railroad offering spectacular scenery of the rugged Rocky Mountains. Take a scenic ride through the San Juan National Forest on the narrow-gauge Durango & Silverton railroad, a legendary steam train that hugs deep canyon walls and offers breathtaking beauty travelling through San Juan National Forest.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park to see how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived from 600 to 1300 AD. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Admire the cliff dwellings and just imagine what life was like living there! Another UNESCO World Heritage Site you’ll visit is the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. Here, a tour will give you insight into the daily life of these native people—a special experience offered by Globus! Another out-of-the-ordinary adventure Globus includes is a visit to Santuario de Chimayo, a small adobe church with miraculous healing powers that attracts thousands of pilgrims each year.

Fun train rides, special experiences, breathtaking scenery, and more are waiting for you on this Colorado and New Mexico train tour. Be sure to grab your camera, as you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities!

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

UK - Arrive in Denver

Day
1

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Welcome to colourful Colorado! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Denver-Royal Gorge Route Railway-Colorado Springs

Day
2

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver this morning to see historic Union Station, the Mile High Stadium, and the U.S. Mint. Then it’s on to the Royal Gorge for a unique experience, the spectacular ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILWAY, noted by President Teddy Roosevelt as “the trip that bankrupts the English language” in 1905. This memorable journey will travel through beautiful scenery, into the Royal Gorge, and along the Arkansas River. Later, travel to Colorado Springs to explore GARDEN OF THE GODS, featuring 300-foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Colorado Springs-Sante Fe

Day
3

Leave Colorado Springs and travel south into New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment” to the charming city of Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. In addition to its history and culture, Santa Fe is home to many art galleries with a diverse visual arts scene spanning ancient traditional art to modern contemporary. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sante Fe. Excursion to Chimayo

Day
4

Experience Santa Fe up close as you embark on a guided TROLLEY TOUR of the many historic buildings, revealing the town’s Spanish, Native American, and early settlers’ heritage. Main sights include the San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors, Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and LORETTO CHAPEL’S “Miracle Stairway.” We then visit nearby Chimayo, which was founded in the 17th century by Spanish settlers. Enjoy lunch at the Rancho de Chimayo, located in a century-old adobe home, serving some of the best New Mexican cuisine. Visit SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYO and learn about the miraculous healing powers that still attract thousands of pilgrims each year. Return to Santa Fe, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Santa Fe-Bandelier National Monument-Taos-Durango

Day
5

Leave Santa Fe, stopping to explore the ancient Anasazi Puebloans and their cliff dwellings at BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT. Next, visit the adobe town of Taos on the high-desert mesa for free time to explore this ancient meeting place. Continue into Colorado and arrive in Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era. Tonight, perhaps browse the many shops on Main Street, or enjoy a cold pint at one of the city’s local breweries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Durango. Excursion to Mesa Verde National Park

Day
6

Today, visit MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See 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). This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Durango-rail journey to Silverton-Glenwood Springs

Day
7

This morning, board the DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through Rio de las Animas Canyon. Arrive 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!” Then, continue to Glenwood Springs for the evening. Why not unpack your swimsuit and head down to the hot springs? The world’s largest and welcoming visitors for over 125 years. Entrance to the HOT SPRINGS pools is included with your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Glenwood Springs-Georgetown Loop Railroad-Denver

Day
8

Travel through the beautiful Colorado mountains and board the historic GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD, sit back and relax as you enjoy the beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains plus views of Clear Creek Canyon. This afternoon, continue east to Denver, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your holiday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Denver

Day
9

After breakfast, bid farewell to your new friends.

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Denver - Sheraton Hotel Denver Downtown

Enjoy the Mile High city in style and discover an ideal combination of atmosphere, location, and amenities at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Surrounded in every aspect with a sleek design, you can workout in the revolutionary health and fitness centre or relax and socialize at the end of the day with cocktails at the posh outdoor rooftop deck pool. The hotel is positioned in the heart of downtown Denver, a city that's alive and buzzing with entertainment, great food, music, and with a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

  • Location

    1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restraunt and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Room Service
    • Golf Course

Colorado Springs - Embassy Suites by Hilton

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains within close proximity to the Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods, this all-suite hotel offers a one of a kind tropical atrium, spectacular views of Pikes Peak, spacious guestrooms with convenient amenities, fitness centre, and swimming pool.

  • Location

    7290 Commerce Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Santa Fe - Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Housed in a landmark 300 year old hacienda, the Hilton captures the magic of the Southwest and its rich cultural heritage in a luxury boutique hotel experience featuring modern amenities in the heart of Santa Fe's historic downtown.

  • Location

    100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Fitness Centre

Durango - Doubletree by Hilton Durango

Nestled in at the base of the mesa on the Animas River is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango. A rustic and warm ambience makes any mountain explorer feel welcome. The DoubleTree has a fitness room, 2 restaurants and lounge, and is within walking distance to downtown Durango which has many shops, breweries, and dining spots.

  • Location

    501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub

Just steps from the hot springs pool, you can check in, kick off your shoes and relax. Breathtaking mountain views surround you, while you stay in well-appointed rooms with stylish décor and soft lighting. Glenwood Hot Springs offers an award winning spa, athletic club, restaurant and shopping. All guests will also have unlimited Hot Springs pool access included in their stay.

  • Location

    415 E 6th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Fitness
    • Massage (Additional charge)
    • Spa and wellness centre
    • Fitness centre (Additional charge)

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