Historic Trains of the Old West with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
About Silverton, Colorado
Discover the spirit of the Old West and its historic trains on this incredible vacation. Starting in Denver, Colorado, see spectacular scenery as you travel to Glenwood Springs and then down to Ouray, Silverton, and Durango. Hop on board the Georgetown Loop Railroad offering beautiful scenery of the rugged Rocky Mountains. Take a scenic ride through the San Juan National Forest on the Durango-Silverton train, a legendary steam train that hugs deep canyon walls and offers breathtaking beauty. Admire the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park and see how the ancestral puebloans lived for over 700 years. Venture to New Mexico and learn about the history of 1,100-year-old Taos, visit Santuario de Chimayo, and spend time in charming Santa Fe.On selected departures (September 26 and October 3) you will also attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest ballooning event in the world and one of New Mexico’s most dazzling spectacles. Head back north for one of the highlights of this vacation – the Royal Gorge. Walk along the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world, and marvel at the rugged rock walls that plunge more than 1,000 feet down to the Arkansas River. In Colorado Springs, enjoy one last train journey as you take the cog railway up to the summit of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak for amazing views, before returning to the Mile High city of Denver for one last night. As you travel to each destination, you’ll witness beautiful landscapes along the way. A remarkable vacation, indeed!
DENVERSightseeing tour; farewell dinnerGEORGETOWNExcursion on the Georgetown Loop RailroadSILVERTONRide the narrow-gauge railroad to DurangoMESA VERDE NATIONAL PARKVisit cliff dwellings and museumTAOSVisit to [LF] Taos PuebloSANTA FEGuided trolley tour; visit Loretto ChapelCHIMAYO[LF] Visit Santuario de Chimayo; enjoy lunch at historic Rancho de ChimayoALBUQUERQUEMass Ascension, Balloon Glow, and After-Glow Fireworks ShowROYAL GORGE BRIDGEWalk across the spanCOLORADO SPRINGSRide the cog railroad up Pikes Peak; Garden of the Gods, [LF] enjoy a Native American presentation by WolfWalker
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Denver
NOTE:Enjoy spectacular fall colors on our special Fall Foliage departures: September 26-October 3 (if Mother Nature permits).
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and most hotels.