Historic Old West, Denver & Albuquerque Tour - Globus®

Historic Trains of the Old West with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (NCS)

11 Day Tour from Denver to Denver

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Discover the spirit of the Old West and its historic trains on this incredible vacation. Your Colorado and New Mexico train tour starts and ends in Denver with overnights also in Glenwood Springs, Durango, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, 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 traveling through San Juan National Forest. In Colorado Springs, take the cog railway up to the summit of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak for amazing views.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park to see how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived from 600 to 1300 AD. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological 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. 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.

Spend two nights in Albuquerque and attend the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Stand in awe as hundreds of hot-air balloons take off in the Mass Ascension and enjoy the Balloon Glow and After-Glow fireworks show. Fun train rides, special experiences, breathtaking scenery, and more—this Colorado and New Mexico train tour offers it all!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DENVER
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner
GEORGETOWN
Excursion on the Georgetown Loop Railroad
SILVERTON
Ride the narrow-gauge railroad to Durango
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
Visit cliff dwellings and museum
TAOS
Visit to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taos Pueblo
SANTA FE
Guided trolley tour; visit Loretto Chapel
CHIMAYO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit Santuario de Chimayo; enjoy lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayo
ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE
Walk across the span
COLORADO SPRINGS
Ride the cog railroad up Pikes Peak; Garden of the Gods, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a presentation by a cowboy storyteller
ALBUQUERQUE
Mass Ascension, Balloon Glow, and After-Glow Fireworks Show

NOTE:

  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 10-October 8 (if Mother Nature permits).
  • The September 24 and October 1 departures are 11 days and feature the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Denver

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in Denver

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

Day 2 Denver–Georgetown Loop Railroad–Breckenridge–Glenwood Springs

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 and 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? These are the world’s largest and have been welcoming visitors for over 125 years.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the historic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Hotel Colorado. Opened in 1893, the hotel was known as the “Grande Dame” and through the years hosted many celebrities such as Doc Holliday and Molly Brown as well as dignitaries including President Theodore Roosevelt. Legend has it, the world’s most irresistible toy, the teddy bear, received its birth at the Hotel Colorado.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Glenwood Springs–Ouray–Silverton–Rail Journey to Durango

Head south today through some of Colorado’s most spectacular scenery. "See quaint Ouray, known as the Switzerland of America,” to 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 DURANGO & SILVERTON 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 Durango. Excursion to Mesa Verde National Park

This morning, visit National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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 may wish to browse the many shops on Main Street, join in an optional chuckwagon supper (seasonal), or perhaps enjoy a cold pint at one of the city’s brew pubs.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Durango–Taos–Taos Pueblo–Santa Fe

Head to New Mexico, stopping at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, one of the highest in the U.S., before arriving in the adobe town of Taos on the high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 Santa Fe. Excursion to Chimayo

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 the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 7 Santa Fe–Albuquerque

Depart Santa Fe and head to Albuquerque, arriving in time for lunch and to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Albuquerque

This morning, experience the unforgettable MASS ASCENSION—where hundreds of hot air balloons take off and turn the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors, all of which are led by a balloon flying the American flag to the music of The Star Spangled Banner. What began as a gathering of 13 balloons 38 years ago has since turned into the largest ballooning event in the world, drawing entries from more than 28 different countries. This evening, catch the popular BALLOON GLOW, where all balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and the AFTER-GLOW FIREWORKS SHOW.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Albuquerque-Royal Gorge-Colorado Springs

Leave Albuquerque and drive north to Colorado Springs, Colorado, stopping at the ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE en route. Walk across the world’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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Colorado Springs–Denver

Take the PIKES PEAK COG RAILWAY up to the summit of 14,110-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. During lunch, enjoy a performance by a local cowboy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite STORYTELLER, who will weave stories of the Old West and share his local traditions and culture. 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 vacation.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 11 Denver

Bid farewell to your new friends as you transfer to Denver International Airport for your flight home.

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.

LINDA PEREZ

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

By the time I was 11 years old, I knew I wanted to be a Tour Director. My parents loved to share photos of their trips with me, and they would tell me, "You should do that; you'd be great at it!" They planted a seed that grew. On my 21st birthday, I traveled on a 12-country, 30-day tour of Europe. Six months later, I enrolled in tour directing school, and I've been in this career for over 30 years. My travel advice is simple: enjoy the experiences that are unique to the places you are visiting.

Tour Director - LINDA PEREZ

 Accommodations

Denver
Glenwood Springs
Durango
Santa Fe
Albuquerque
Colorado Springs

Denver

Sheraton Hotel Denver

Moderate Deluxe

Sheraton Hotel Denver 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO United States

1550 Court Place
Denver, CO United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

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 sleek design, you can workout in the revolutionary health and fitness center 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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Glenwood Springs

Hotel Colorado

First-Class

Hotel Colorado 526 Pine Street, Glenwood Springs, CO United States

526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Settle into the enriching history of this hotel in the charming mountain town of Glenwood Springs. As host to dozens of presidents and well-known people throughout history, there is a lot to explore at this hotel. Not to mention the ghost stories! The hotel sits nestled between the gorgeous Colorado mountains and directly across the street from the famous Glenwood Hot Springs. Enjoy the hot spring pools, cocktails on the hotel patio, or a little shopping and dining in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Room Service

Durango

Doubletree Inn Durango

First-Class

Doubletree Inn Durango 501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO United States

501 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO United States

Nestled in at the base of the mesa on the Animas River is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango. A rustic and warm ambiance 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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Pay Movies
  • Internet Access
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer

Santa Fe

Hilton of Santa Fe Historic Plaza

First-Class

Hilton of Santa Fe Historic Plaza 100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe, NM United States

100 Sandoval St
Santa Fe, NM United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning

Albuquerque

DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

First-Class

DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM United States

201 Marquette Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hospitality is number one at the DoubleTree in Albuquerque, where you're welcomed by the signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie, comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and a superb location. Situated downtown, it's the closest hotel to the Albuquerque Convention Center and is connected by underground concourse. Complimentary shuttle service is available to shopping, dining and entertainment within a three-mile radius. Offering stunning views of the Sandia Mountains, this Albuquerque hotel provides a unique, relaxing setting in the heart of the city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail

Colorado Springs

Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs

Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO United States

1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO United States

The hotel is conveniently located by the World Arena, just off Interstate I-25 and offers scenic Colorado Rocky Mountain views of Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain. Restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and sightseeing are nearby. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, restaurant, lounge, room service, concierge service, gift shop, business center, and high-speed Internet access.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Desk
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker

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