Explore the mountains, wildlife and history of Colorado while traveling on four scenic train rides. The trains, which follow historic routes, include the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, Royal Gorge Scenic Railway, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It is exciting and lots of fun!
Day 1 - LEWES AREA/WILMINGTON/PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT/COLORADO SPRINGS
Morning departures for Philadelphia Airport to board our flight to Denver, CO. On arrival, transfer to our waiting deluxe motorcoach to drive south to Colorado Springs, nestled in the heart of the Rockies. Check in to hotel, your home for two nights. Dinner at our hotel this evening. Meals D
Day 2 - COLORADO SPRINGS/PIKE'S PEAK
Visit the Air Force Academy this morning and the Cadet Chapel. Next it's on to the stunning Garden of the Gods, a 1,300 acre park where flora and fauna reflect the rich diversity of the terrain and red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story. The Garden lies at the base of Pike's Peak, which is your next adventure. "Ride to the Clouds" aboard the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the US. Stretching nine miles long, the cog railway vertically climbs 7,539 feet. Return to our hotel. Meals BL
Day 3 - ROYAL GORGE SCENIC RAILWAY
Welcome to Canon City, site of the Royal Gorge. The 12-mile route aboard the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway follows the most famous portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. Ride through the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas" on an unforgettable journey over the famous Hanging Bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of Royal Gorge. Continue to Alamosa, CO for overnight. Meals BD
Day 4 - CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD
Our morning ride takes us on the original Rio Grande Line over the Rockies aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. This is America's most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad and it explores 50 miles of wild and rugged territory between Antonito and Cumbres Pass, the highest point on the railroad. Lunch in Osier and continue into Durango, your home for two nights. Your hotel is a delight. Meals BLD
Day 5 - MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
Drive west to the great Mesa Verde National Park. Once home to the ancient pueblo ancestors and their cliff dwellings, who have disappeared and left us a part of their world to explore. A park ranger will join us as we explore the park. Lunch before returning to Durango for an afternoon at leisure. Meals BL
Day 6 - DURANGO/SILVERTON TRAIN/GRAND JUNCTION
Depart Durango aboard the Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, voted one of the "Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World" by the Society of American Travel Writers. Climb through the canyons in the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest, pulled by a coal-fired, steam operated locomotive maintained in original condition. Our destination is Silverton, a restored silver mining town. Time for an independent lunch and to explore Silverton before traveling the Million Dollar Highway into Grand Junction for overnight. Meals BD
DOUBLETREE HOTEL, Grand Junction
Day 7 - GRAND JUNCTION/VAIL/DENVER
Travel through spectacular scenery to the beautiful town of Vail for an independent lunch, and time to browse the chic shops. Meals BD
DOUBLETREE HOTEL, Denver
Day 8 - DENVER/HOME
Farewell to the great Rocky Mountains as we board our flight to Philadelphia where transportation will be waiting to return you to Wilmington and Lewes area. Meals B
Roundtrip transportation from the community of Independence and Wilmington to Philadelphia Airport * Roundtrip air Philadelphia/Denver * Air taxes subject to change until ticketed * Accommodations for 7 nights based on double occupancy * Admissions to all sightseeing and train rides * Meals include breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 5 dinners * Taxes and gratuities for hotels and maid service, included meals, and local guides * Luggage handling of one suitcase per person (not including extra luggage fees at airports that may be imposed) * Services of a Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours.
Motorcoach driver gratuity, phone calls, faxes, laundry and other items of personal nature.
|Reservation deposit $150 due with each reservation.
|Balance due May 1, 2012.
|Cancellations: Deposit of $150 is refundable until April 14, 2012. Between April 14 and May 1, $50 per person cancellation charge. After May 1, 2012, no refunds.
|Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended and available through 4 Seasons Tours and Travel.
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Nights 1 and 2
Colorado Springs, CO
Nights 4 and 5
Grand Junction, CO