Historic Trains of the Old West

Offer

Price per person
from £2,691

Price based on
London Heathrow
16th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

Book a USA tour before 31 January 2018 and you can upgrade your inbound flight to premium economy for just £29 per person on all Virgin Atlantic and British Airways flights to the US. Offer subject to availability. When booking, click 'view alternative flights' if the first option returned is not a BA or Virgin flight.

More details
  • 11 days

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Roll along Colorado's historic railroads on an Old West adventure through arresting pine forests and steep canyons.

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 
  • Colorado Springs Ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the 14,110ft summit 
Historic Trains of the Old West - NEW map

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.

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

Roll along Colorado's historic railroads on an Old West adventure through arresting pine forests and steep canyons. 

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

UK - Denver

Day
1

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

Welcome to colourful Colorado! Enjoy time at leisure. 

No meals included

Denver

Day
2

At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Denver - Georgetown Loop Railroad - Breckenridge -Glenwood Springs

Day
3

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver this morning, then it’s on to the beautiful Colorado mountains. 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. There’s time this afternoon to explore the resort town of Breckenridge before arriving in Glenwood Springs for the evening. Why not unpack your swimsuit and head down to the hot springs? Entrance to the Hot Springs pools are included with your stay. These are the world’s largest and have been welcoming visitors for over 125 years.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Glenwood Springs - Silverton - rail Journey to Durango

Day
4

Head south today through some of Colorado’s most spectacular scenery. 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!” Board the narrow-gauge Durando & 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 with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Arrive in Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Durango. Excursion to Mesa Verde National Park.

Day
5

This morning, 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). Return to Durango, where the remainder of the day is yours to explore. You might wish to browse the many shops on Main Street, or perhaps enjoy a cold pint at one of the city’s local breweries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Durango - Taos - Taos Pueblo- Sante Fe

Day
6

Travel into New Mexico, arriving in the adobe town of Taos on the high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a tour will give you insight into the history, traditions, and daily life of these native people. Continue to the charming city of Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Santa Fe - Excursion to Chimayo

Day
7

Experience Santa Fe up close as you embark on a guided Trolley tour of the many historic buildings, revealing the town’s Spanish, Indian, and American 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
  • Dinner

Sante Fe - Royal Gorge - Colorado Springs

Day
8

Leave Santa Fe and drive north to Colorado Springs, Colorado, stopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge en route. Walk across North America’s highest suspension bridge and marvel at the rugged rock walls that plunge more than 1,000 feet down to the Arkansas River. Continue to Colorado Springs, home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Colorado Springs - Denver

Day
9

Take the Pikes peak cog railway up to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, the place that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful. We then explore Garden of the Gods, featuring 300-foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This afternoon, head north 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Denver

Day
10

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

No meals included

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

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


  • Denver: Sheraton Denver Downtown
  • Glenwood Springs: Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
  • Durango: Doubletree by Hilton Durango
  • Santa Fe: Hilton Sante Fe Historic Plaza
  • Colorado Springs: Embassy Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs

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