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 a tour 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 LOOP RAILROAD
Ride the historic train
GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taos Pueblo
SANTA FE
Guided trolley tour; visit Loretto Chapel
ALBUQUERQUE
Mass Ascension; Balloon Glow & After-Glow fireworks show
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
Tour Pikes Peak and enjoy views from the top; Garden of the Gods
Notes:

  • Available on the September 29 and October 6 departures only.
  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 15-October 6 (if Mother Nature permits).

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Taos Pueblo

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Denver

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOT SPRINGS pools are included with your stay. These are the world’s largest and have been welcoming visitors for over 125 years.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 GLENWOOD SPRINGS–SILVERTON–RAIL JOURNEY TO DURANGO

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 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 with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Arrive in Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 DURANGO. EXCURSION TO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

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.

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Day 5 DURANGO–TAOS–TAOS PUEBLO–SANTA FE

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 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. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

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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 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.

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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 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 COLORADO SPRINGS–DENVER

This morning, travel the scenic PIKES PEAK HIGHWAY to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, the place that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful. This fully paved highway travels through breathtaking scenery as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland beyond timberline and above the clouds to America’s most famous mountain. 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 vacation.

NOTE:
Travel on the Pikes Peak Highway is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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.

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

Denver
Glenwood Springs
Durango
Santa Fe
Albuquerque
Colorado Springs

 Optional Excursions

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