Colorado by Train

Historic Railroads & Incredible Rocky Mountain Scenery

  • Date

    August 9-16, 2019 | Fri / Fri – 8 Days

  • Location

    Denver | Georgetown | Grand Junction | Silverton | Durango | Chama | Alamosa | Canon City | Colorado Springs

Overview

All aboard! Pack your bags for a railroad-themed trip in the picturesque Rocky Mountains. Whether you’re a railroad buff or a mountain scenery enthusiast, you’ll love these unique journeys by rail. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear on four different railroads for a glimpse into Colorado’s celebrated past. These railroad trips take you past some of Colorado’s most remote and rugged scenery where you will find refreshing mountain air and blue sunny skies.

Colorado is the “land of cool sunshine” with almost 250 sunny or partly cloudy days. Be sure to take your sunglasses and binoculars to enjoy the incredible Rocky Mountain views and wildlife as you travel the state by rail and motorcoach.

Join Ambassadair on this fabulous trip for unforgettable adventures as you loop around the historic railroads of Colorado.

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • See the Rocky Mountains with four unique train rides:
    • Georgetown Loop Railroad
    • Royal Gorge Route Railroad
    • Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
    • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Special dinner at the Colorado National Monument
  • Dinner and accommodations overlooking Garden of the Gods Park
  • Visit Seven Falls at The Broadmoor

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Denver, Colorado
  • Escorted
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes.

Itinerary

Fri, Aug 9: Fly to Denver, Colorado. Enjoy lunch on your own in the beautiful “Mile High City” before you kick off your rail adventure with a visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum. Lose track of time, and see Colorado’s rail history in action at the depot and railyard with over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches. Check in to your hotel for an evening at leisure, or choose to go into Golden for dinner.

Sat, Aug 10: Depart after breakfast for your first railroad adventure. Located 45 miles west of Denver is the Georgetown Loop Railroad (formerly the Colorado Central Railroad), an engineering marvel originally built in 1884. The tracks scale an elevation of 640 feet over mountainous terrain, requiring trestles, cuts, fills, loops and curves, crossing Clear Creek over four bridges, including the massive Devil’s Gate High Bridge. Listen as the aspen leaves rustle as you pass by them almost at eye level with the tops of the trees. Keep your eyes open for mule deer and the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, known for their agility and perfect sense of balance. Afterward enjoy lunch on your own in quaint Georgetown, then transfer by bus to Grand Junction. (Meals: Breakfast)

Sun, Aug 11: Relax and enjoy some leisure time today. An optional excursion to go rafting on the Colorado River can be purchased, or on your own you may visit the Museum of the West as well as galleries and boutiques in downtown Grand Junction. This evening, regroup for a special BBQ picnic dinner with amazing views at the Colorado National Monument. (B,D)

Mon, Aug 12: Enjoy a scenic ride to the historic mining community of Silverton at 9,300 feet in elevation. Spend time in town for lunch before boarding the coal fired, steam operated, spectacular Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Maintained in its original condition, it is a train enthusiast’s delight, and the views that await showcase the breathtaking canyons and mesmerizing wilderness of the vast San Juan National Forest. Ride along the Los Animas River, descending into the town of Durango, where “Old West meets Southwest.” Overnight in Durango for the next two nights. (B)

Tue, Aug 13: Enjoy the beauty, history, and adventure of Durango as you have a day at leisure. Founded in 1881, Durango is known for its historical wonder. From the old gold mines deep in the wilderness, to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad that still runs today, Durango offers a step back into the Old American West. Natural beauty literally surrounds Durango with the La Plata Mountains towering above and the Animas River flowing right through town. An optional excursion is available for a tour of the ancient Native American cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. (B)

Wed, Aug 14: Depart for Chama, New Mexico, where it’s all aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad to follow the original Rio Grande Line over the Rockies. This railroad was recently named “one of the best 20 railway experiences in the world” by the Society of International Railway Travelers, and one of CNN’s “49 Journeys That’ll Change Your Life.” Built in 1880 and little changed since, the Cumbres & Toltec is the most spectacular example of steam-era mountain railroading in North America. Travel by train from Chama back into Colorado and explore 64 miles of wild and rugged territory, imagining the loggers and miners who traveled this route in years gone by. The train stops for an included lunch in Osier before debarking in Antonito. Make the short drive to Alamosa to overnight. (B,L)

Thu, Aug 15: Head to Canon City and board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad to travel along the mighty Arkansas River. Savor an included three-course gourmet lunch while viewing the most spectacular scenery in southern Colorado from your upgraded parlor car. The 12-mile route of majestic beauty follows the most famous portion of old Denver & the Rio Grande Western train line. Get your cameras ready as the train passes through the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas” and over the famous hanging bridge clinging to the steep granite walls of Royal Gorge. Watch for hawks and bald eagles, mule deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, beaver and waterfowl as you pass through the unforgettable scenery along the river. Next, it’s off to one of the West’s unique geological sites, the 1,300-acre Garden of the Gods Park, with views of Pikes Peak. Take a guided tour of this fantastic wonderland prior to a Farewell Dinner at this registered National Natural Landmark. Overnight in Colorado Springs. (B,L,D)

Fri, Aug 16: Following breakfast at the hotel, depart for Seven Falls, where the Pikes Peak watershed has shaped a spectacular natural box canyon. Called “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado,” even the approach to Seven Falls is a treat. Choose to climb the stairs to the top of the falls or enjoy the view from the bottom — both are stunning! Wave goodbye to Colorado as you transfer to Denver for your flight home. (B,L)

Hotel

Origin Hotel, Red Rocks.

This brand new hotel is beautifully located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Highlights: in-room refrigerator and coffeemaker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar • fitness center • Yoga kit by request.

Hampton Inn Downtown, Grand Junction.

Perfectly positioned in the heart of downtown among dozens of delightful shops, restaurants, galleries, music venues, and summer festivals, this Hampton Inn was renovated in 2016. Highlights: in-room coffee maker, microwave and mini-refrigerator • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • fitness center • heated outdoor pool.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango, Durango.

Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, the setting of this luxury hotel on the Animas River is picture perfect! Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • lounge • room service (limited hours) • indoor pool • fitness center.

Hampton Inn, Alamosa.

Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley and surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains, this comfortable hotel is near restaurants, pubs and shopping. Highlights: in-room microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • indoor pool and whirlpool • fitness center.

Garden of the Gods Resort, Colorado Springs.

Nestled in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, the hotel is situated with perfect views of the Rockies and Garden of the Gods. Highlights: mountain views with upscale rooms • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar • wine bar • room service • fitness center • two outdoor pools • spa.

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $3,199
  • Triple P/P – $2,979
  • Single – $3,879
  • Child (11 and under) – $2,369
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $2,779
  • Triple P/P – $2,559
  • Single – $3,459
  • Child (11 and under) – $1,949

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