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

11 Day Tour from Denver to Denver

2019 Tour Details

Take a ride back in time on an escorted vacation in Colorado and New Mexico. Begin with sightseeing in the “Mile High City” of Denver, including the historic Union Station in stylish lower downtown (LoDo). Then travel south and be awed by the natural surroundings of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad into the gorge and along the Arkansas River—noted by Teddy Roosevelt as “the trip that bankrupts the English language.” Then visit Colorado Springs to explore the Garden of the Gods with its sandstone formations below majestic Pikes Peak. Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a trolley tour of this historic town, and see the artistic and mysterious sites of Spanish, Native American, and religious legend. See the Miracle Stairway of Loreto’s Chapel, and other inspiring sights. Visit the ancient cliff-dwellings of Bandelier National Monument and spend time exploring the historic Taos Plaza. Continue north to Colorado for the mountain town of Durango, founded in the gold-rush and silver-mining era, and visit Mesa Verde National Park. Board the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad and steam along the cliff-side rails through the San Juan National Forest. You’ll stay in Glenwood Springs—famous for its therapeutic natural hot springs. You’ll travel through the magnificent Rocky Mountains aboard the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad for rugged views of Clear Creek Canyon. Your guided tour of New Mexico and Colorado is a new adventure into the Old West.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DENVER
Sightseeing; farewell dinner
ROYAL GORGE
Enjoy the scenic Royal Gorge Route Railroad
COLORADO SPRINGS
Sightseeing including Garden of the Gods
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
BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT
Walk amongst the cliff dwellings
TAOS
Sightseeing
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
See cliff dwellings and visit the museum
DURANGO
Ride the narrow-gauge railroad to Silverton
GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Entrance to Hot Springs pools
GEORGETOWN
Ride the historic train
ALBUQUERQUE
Mass Ascension; Balloon Glow & After-Glow fireworks show
Notes:

  • Available on the October 2 & 9 departures only.
  • Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 16–October 9 (if Mother Nature permits).
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 9,600 ft.

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

  • Mesa Verde National Park

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–ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILWAY-COLORADO SPRINGS

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver this morning to see historic Union Station, the Mile High Stadium, and the U.S. Mint. Then it’s on to the Royal Gorge for a unique experience, the spectacular ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILWAY, noted by President Teddy Roosevelt as “the trip that bankrupts the English language” in 1905. This memorable journey will travel through beautiful scenery, into the Royal Gorge, and along the Arkansas River. Later, travel to Colorado Springs to explore GARDEN OF THE GODS, featuring 300-foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 COLORADO SPRINGS-ALBUQUERQUE

Depart Colorado Springs and head to Albuquerque, arriving in time for independent exploration of this dynamic city on your own. Located in the heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque offers diverse traditions and experiences including world-class museums, preserved portions of historic Route 66; and is considered the “Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World.”

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 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 5 ALBUQUERQUE-SANTA FE

After a morning at leisure, leave Albuquerque and drive north to Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States and an art and cultural mecca. Spend time at leisure exploring the plaza; a National Historic Landmark and the region’s central gathering place for nearly 400 years. Spend time exploring art galleries or the many boutique stores to appreciate why the plaza has been considered a storied trading center for generations. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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, Native American, and early settlers’ 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 7 SANTA FE–BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT–TAOS–DURANGO

Leave Santa Fe, stopping to explore the ancient Anasazi Puebloans and their cliff dwellings at BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT. Next, visit the adobe town of Taos on the high-desert mesa for free time to explore this ancient meeting place. Continue into Colorado and arrive in Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era. Tonight, perhaps browse the many shops on Main Street, or enjoy a cold pint at one of the city’s local breweries.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 DURANGO. EXCURSION TO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

Today, 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). This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 DURANGO–RAIL JOURNEY TO SILVERTON–GLENWOOD SPRINGS

This morning, board the 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. 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!” Then, continue to Glenwood Springs for the evening. Why not unpack your swimsuit and head down to the hot springs? The world’s largest and welcoming visitors for over 125 years. Entrance to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOT SPRINGS pools are included with your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 GLENWOOD SPRINGS–GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD–DENVER

Travel through the beautiful Colorado mountains and 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. This afternoon, continue east to Denver, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your vacation.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 11 DENVER

After breakfast, bid farewell to your new friends.

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
Colorado Springs
Albuquerque
Santa Fe
Durango
Glenwood Springs

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These 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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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