Image Courtesy Mount Washington Cog Railway
All Aboard the Trains of A Glorious Colorado Adventure
Once you begin this impressive grand Interlude through beautifully scenic Colorado you will be euphoric! The towering formations of red sandstone, the granite gorges, the rushing waters, the wildlife, and some of the most rugged natural beauty you will ever feast your eyes on. The best part is most of these gifts from Mother Nature will be viewed from five different historic trains, giving you an exceptional prospective of the famous Old West. Each train has a uniquely different history and follows diverse routes throughout this tour. If you love tales of the Old West, train travel and beautiful landscapes – this trip was made for YOU!
Included in this package are tours of the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, and a Denver City tour. So much is packed into each day your camera will be working overtime. Please read the complete itinerary and be there when the conductors shout ALL ABOARD.
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|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Final Balance Due||March 25, 2018|
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*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 121 days and earlier: full refund. 120 – 76 days prior to final payment $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
Day 1: Arrive in Denver
Welcome to colorful Colorado. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Tonight mix and mingle with your fellow traveling companions at our “Welcome Dinner”. Embassy Suites, Denver, CO or similar (D)
Day 2 – Colorado Springs – Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Let the grand journey begin as we see the highlights of Colorado Springs. Begin with the U.S. Air Force Academy and its famous Cadet Chapel (when available). Next, imagine towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies and you will know that you’re in the Garden of the Gods, a 1,3000+ acre park where flora and fauna reflect the rich diversity of the terrain, and red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story. The Garden lies at the base of Pikes Peak which is your next adventure. “Ride the Railway to the Clouds!”aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the US. Stretching nine miles long the cog railway vertically climbs 14,110 feet. Look for bighorn sheep, marmots and other wildlife while experiencing this fabulous journey. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. Radisson, Colorado Springs, CO or similar (B, D)
Day 3 – Royal Gorge Scenic Railway
A fun day awaits as we journey to Canon City, home of the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway. The 12-mile route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. A century ago, this was the busiest train route through the Rockies; a ribbon of rail down the 1,000-foot-deep canyon, a granite gorge so narrow that at one point, engineers hung a bridge from the walls to suspend the rails over the rushing waters of the Arkansas River. Today, air horns echo off the hard rock walls as the train passes through the gorge pausing on the Hanging Bridge. You can look down 20 feet and watch rafters battle the rapids and then squint to the sky and see the underbelly of the Royal Gorge Bridge, the world’s highest suspension bridge, strung almost a quarter-mile overhead. Tonight enjoy a fabulous dinner together. Hampton Inn, Alamosa, CO or similar (B, D)
Day 4 – Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
All aboard America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad as we ride the original Rio Grande Line over the Rockies aboard the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. This is America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad and it explores 50 miles of wild and rugged territory between Antonito and Cumbres Pass, the highest point on the railroad. A long time has passed since the railroad hauled precious metals over Cumbres Pass. But its steam locomotives still labor up steep grades carrying passengers over high trestles, through tunnels, and along narrow shelves above yawning gorges. Relive the history of the miners and loggers that traveled the same route years ago. You may also think about Harrison Ford as this railroad was featured in several movies including Indiana Jones. Lunch is included in historic Osier. Durango Inn, Durango, CO or similar (L)
Day 5 – Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train
It’s “full steam ahead” again today as you board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World” by the Society of american Travel Writers, this route winds through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two million acre San Juan National Forest. The locomotives used today remain 100% coal-fired, steam-operated and maintained in their original condition. Tonight, enjoy another wonderful dinner and reflect on our day’s adventure. Doubletree Grand Junction, Grand Junction, CO or similar (B, D)
Day 6 – Georgetown Loop Railroad
Ever wonder what train travel through the mountains might have been like 100 years ago? This morning we pass through the spectacular Rocky Mountains as we travel to our last train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains surround you as an old-time narrow gauge steam locomotive chugs its way up and down the canyon, hauling you past the remains of several gold and silver mines. To connect the mines the railroad’s builders designed a corkscrew route that traveled nearly twice that distance, slowly gaining more than 600 feet in elevation. It included horseshoe curves, grades of up to 4 percent, and four bridges across Clear Creek, including the massive Devil’s Gate High Bridge rising 95 feet above Clear Creek. Marvel at the scenery and the tremendous engineering feat. Witness some of Colorado’s most breathtaking scenery before arriving in Denver for your next two nights. Embassy Suites, Denver, CO or similar (B, D)
Day 7 – Denver
After breakfast, enjoy a fun city tour of Denver, the capital of Colorado, including the State Capitol Building, Civic Center, Red Rock Amphitheatre and much more. The afternoon is free to explore Denver. Tonight join us for our festive farewell dinner. Embassy Suites, Denver, CO or similar (B, D)
Day 8 – Denver / Fly Home
The last day of your holiday includes breakfast. Take a moment to reflect on the exciting memories you’ll cherish forever. Then continue sightseeing on your own or join our group transfer to the Denver International Airport. (B)