Historic Trains of the Old West (NC)

9 Day Tour from Denver to Denver

 2020 Tour Details »2021 Tour Details

If the closest thing to time travel is train travel, then you’ll love riding the rails into the unspoiled scenic past of Colorado and New Mexico. This off-the-beaten path tour of the U.S. West is just the ticket to chug through the untamed beauty of the Royal Gorge aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railway; through the magnificent mesas and canyons of San Juan National Forest aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad; and through the rugged splendor of the Rockies aboard the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad. You’ll also pick up steam with visits to Colorado Spring’s Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde’s ancient cliff dwellings, Chimayo’s famous pilgrimage site, and Glenwood Spring’s historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt’s. Train buffs will also enjoy time in Denver’s revitalized Union Station and Durango’s D&SNG Railway Museum, as well as a trolley tour through charming Santa Fe. All aboard!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

DENVER
Sightseeing; farewell dinner

GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD
Ride the historic train

GLENWOOD SPRINGS
[LF] Entrance to Hot Springs pools

SILVERTON
Ride the narrow-gauge railroad to Durango

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
See cliff dwellings and visit the museum

TAOS
Visit to [LF] Taos Pueblo

SANTA FE
Guided trolley tour; visit Loretto Chapel

CHIMAYO
[LF] Visit Santuario de Chimayo; enjoy lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayo

ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE
Walk across the span

COLORADO SPRINGS
Tour Pikes Peak and enjoy views from the top; Garden of the Gods

Notes:

  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 15-October 6 (if Mother Nature permits).

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN DENVER Welcome to Colorado! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2

DENVER–ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILROAD–COLORADO SPRINGS DENVER Guided sightseeing. Scenic drive to Cañon City to board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILROAD Scenic train ride along Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.
COLORADO SPRINGS Guided visit at Garden of The Gods. Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

COLORADO SPRINGS–SANTA FE SANTA FE Free time early evening. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO CHIMAYO SANTA FE Guided trolley tour includes San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors, Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and Loretto Chapel. Free time this evening.
CHIMAYO Lunch at the Rancho de Chimayo. Visit to [LF] Santuario De Chimayo.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Santa Fe by visiting the shops and restaurants on the historic plaza. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 5

SANTA FE–BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT–TAOS–DURANGO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT Free time to visit Anasazi Puebloan cliff dwellings and the museum.
TAOS Free time before driving to Durango.
DURANGO Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

DURANGO. EXCURSION TO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Guided visit includes Spruce Tree House and the museum.
DURANGO Tour the D&SNG Railway Museum with the Curator. Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

DURANGO–NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD–SILVERTON–GLENWOOD SPRINGS DURANGO Scenic train trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan Mountains en route to Silverton.
SILVERTON Free time to explore before a scenic drive to Glenwood Springs.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Overnight stay at [LF] Hotel Colorado. Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

GLENWOOD SPRINGS–GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD–DENVER GLENWOOD SPRINGS Scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains en route to Georgetown.
GEORGETOWN Scenic train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad.
DENVER Farewell dinner this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

DENVER Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LISA PERLA

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"It's my passion for travel that led me into the Travel Industry in 1999. Originally from New England, I love sharing the area's historical significance and quaint appeal, especially when the Fall colors are at their most brilliant. My heart especially lies in the West, though, with the overwhelming beauty of our parks and canyonlands. I truly enjoy sharing what this wondrous country has to offer, and my goal is for our guests to leave with once-in-a-lifetime memories."

Tour Director - LISA PERLA

 Accommodations

COLORADO SPRINGS

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON COLORADO SPRINGS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DENVER

HILTON GARDEN INN DENVER DOWNTOWN

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DURANGO

DOUBLETREE INN DURANGO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GLENWOOD SPRINGS

HOTEL COLORADO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SANTA FE

HILTON OF SANTA FE HISTORIC PLAZA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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