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Historic Trains of the Old West with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2021

11 days with Globus   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 ARRIVE IN DENVER
Welcome to Colorado! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2 DENVER–ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILROAD–COLORADO SPRINGS
DENVER Guided sightseeing. Scenic drive to Cañon City to board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILROAD Scenic train ride along Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.
COLORADO SPRINGS Guided visit at Garden of The Gods. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 3 COLORADO SPRINGS–ALBUQUERQUE
COLORADO SPRINGS Scenic drive to Albuquerque.
ALBUQUERQUE Free time this evening. (B)

Day 4 ALBUQUERQUE
ALBUQUERQUE Opening Ceremonies and Mass Balloon Ascension. Balloon Glow and After-Glow Fireworks show this evening. (B)

Day 5 ALBUQUERQUE–SANTE FE
ALBUQUERQUE Free time this morning. Scenic drive to Santa Fe.
SANTA FE Free time this afternoon. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 6 SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO CHIMAYO
SANTA FE Guided trolley tour includes San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors, Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and Loretto Chapel. Free time this evening.
CHIMAYO Lunch at the Rancho de Chimayo. Visit to [LF] Santuario De Chimayo. (B,L)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Santa Fe by visiting the shops and restaurants on the historic plaza. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 7 SANTA FE–BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT–TAOS–DURANGO 
BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT Free time to visit Anasazi Puebloan cliff dwellings and the museum.
TAOS Free time before driving to Durango.
DURANGO Free time this evening. (B)

Day 8 DURANGO. EXCURSION TO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Guided visit includes Spruce Tree House and the museum.
DURANGO Tour the D&SNG Railway Museum with the Curator. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 9 DURANGO–NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD–SILVERTON–GLENWOOD SPRINGS
DURANGO Scenic train trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan Mountains en route to Silverton.
SILVERTON Free time to explore before a scenic drive to Glenwood Springs.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Overnight stay at [LF] Hotel Colorado. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 10 GLENWOOD SPRINGS–GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD–DENVER 
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains en route to Georgetown.
GEORGETOWN Scenic train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad.
DENVER Farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)

Day 11 DENVER
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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All This Included
If the closest thing to time travel is train travel, then you’ll love riding the rails into the unspoiled scenic past of Colorado and New Mexico. This off-the-beaten path tour of the U.S. West is just the ticket to chug through the untamed beauty of the Royal Gorge aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railway; through the magnificent mesas and canyons of San Juan National Forest aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad; and through the rugged splendor of the Rockies aboard the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad. You’ll also pick up steam with visits to Colorado Spring’s Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde’s ancient cliff dwellings, Chimayo’s famous pilgrimage site, and Glenwood Spring’s historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt’s. Train buffs will also enjoy time in Denver’s revitalized Union Station and Durango’s D&SNG Railway Museum, as well as a trolley tour through charming Santa Fe. All aboard!

For one week in October, chasing rainbows is easy as hundreds of hot air balloons take flight and turn the already stunning atmosphere of New Mexico into a kaleidoscope of dizzying color. Add the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to your U.S. West vacation to witness the incredible Mass Ascension, fiery Balloon Glow, evening fireworks, and other colorful rituals of the world’s largest balloon event.
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!
  • Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • Professional tour director, local hosts, and local guides
  • Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
  • Private deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency washroom while touring
Highlights
  • 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 including the Loretto Chapel
  • CHIMAYO
  • [LF]
  • Visit Santuario de Chimayo; enjoy lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayo
  • BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT
    Walk amongst the cliff dwellings
  • TAOS
    Orientation tour
  • MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
    See cliff dwellings and visit the museum
  • DURANGO
    Guided tour of D&SNG Railway Museum; ride the narrow-gauge railroad to Silverton
  • GEORGETOWN
    Ride the historic train
  • ALBUQUERQUE
    Mass Ascension; Balloon Glow & After-Glow fireworks show
Accommodations
Denver: Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown
Colorado Springs: Embassy Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs 
Albuquerque: Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown
Santa Fe: Hilton of Santa Fe Historic Plaza or La Posada de Santa Fe
Durango: Doubletree Inn Durango 
Glenwood Springs: Hotel Colorado
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Nights per person in Denver:
in single room $265-$394, in twin room $138-$203, in triple room $96-$139
Notes
  • [LF] refers to Local Favorites where Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique – and to introduce you to its local flavors.
  • Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.