On this tour, we travel Colorado with train expert Mark Warther on this personally designed adventure featuring amazing trains, breathtaking scenery, fantastic hotels and great food! Mark’s life-long love of trains and the majestic beauty of Colorado makes this experience a trip like no other! Mark has been featured in “AAA Home & Away” magazine and PBS television for designing this one of a kind Colorado tour.
Today, we fly to Denver, Colorado, the “Mile High City.” We will check into our hotel for tonight, the Embassy Suites, to rest from a day of travel and prepare for our welcome dinner reception.
The Embassy “Manager’s Reception” is served this evening. If you would like a little “libation” after a day of travel, drinks are on the house. Soft drinks and snacks are offered too. Then, join everyone at our welcome dinner. (D)
This morning, we depart Denver for the “Georgetown Loop Railroad”. This railroad connected the thriving mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume with horseshoe curves, grades of up to 4%, and four bridges across Clear Creek, including the massive Devil’s Gate High Bridge. Upon arrival, enjoy this historical gem and lunch on your own in the town of “Georgetown.”
We then depart Georgetown for Palisade. On our way to Colorado’s wine country, we will visit Glenwood Canyon and even dip our toes into the Colorado River. Glenwood Canyon is one of the most scenic sections of roadway in the country, and one of the last sections of Interstate Highway to be built.
We will check into the award-winning “Wine Country Inn” for a two-night stay, including a welcome wine reception. The Wine Country Inn has a beautiful courtyard complete with fire pit, pool and hot-tub – the perfect place to later relax and enjoy the view of the Mesas!
A delicious dinner is included tonight at the Inn, which is set amid acres of vineyards. (B, D)
This morning we depart to visit one of the grand landscapes of the American West-Colorado National Monument. Lunch is on your own in downtown Grand Junction. Along with many selections for lunch, there are many unique shops and public art displays.
We meet our local tour guide this afternoon, who will escort us through this American beauty, “The Colorado National Monument.” You will be awed as we take in breath-taking views of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. A special evening awaits us, an outdoor sunset dinner served on the canyon rim! (weather permitting) (B, D)
This morning, we depart Colorado’s wine country and head to the high country. The San Juan Mountains are a rugged mountain range in southwestern Colorado, and to get there we will traverse the famous million-dollar highway, in which Charles Kuralt called, “the most beautiful in all the U.S.”
We will then arrive in Silverton. Within one block of the train station there are a number of restaurants and unique shops for you to enjoy lunch on your own. Silverton is an old mining town in the heart of the San Juan Mountains and home to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. “Silverton” is at an elevation of 10,500 feet. The train also has a refreshment car which sells, snacks, pop, beer and wine. This railroad has been voted one of the “Top Three Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World” by the Society of American Travel Writers. This amazing train winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million-acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable adventure.
Dinner is included at the famous Palace Restaurant beside the Durango train station before we will check in to the Historic Strater Hotel for the next two nights. (B, D)
For those who wish to tour Mesa Verde National Park, we will depart at 8:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. Upon returning to the hotel, you will have a choice of walking down to the “Round House & Museum” in the Durango Railroad Yards (two blocks), do some shopping in the downtown stores or just rest in the beautiful hotel. Steeped in history as Durango’s most prominent downtown landmark, the Historic Strater Hotel is our place for dinner tonight. (B, D)
Today’s adventure includes lunch on the mountain as we chug along America’s highest and longest narrow gauge railroad, the “Cumbres & Toltec”. The scenic journey unfolds as soon as the train, pulled by its powerful locomotive, leaves the Chama, Station. In just moments, the gradual climb into the mountains begins and another day of memories is born. This is a six-hour excursion in which two of the hours we are off the train for lunch. Returning to the hotel, dinner will be on your own, with local restaurants adjacent to the hotel. (B, L)
We depart this morning for Colorado Springs. Lunch will be on own at Colorado’s largest gift shop, the “Trading Post.” Here you will find very reasonably priced sandwiches including “Bison Burgers.” Don’t eat too much for we have a big dinner tonight. Next, we experience Colorado Springs “Seven Falls”, which cascades 181 feet in seven distinct steps down a solid cliff of naturally carved Pikes Peak granite. This is an old Historic Inn that you will want to explore.
Even though this is not our last night, we will enjoy a fabulous meal as our Farewell Dinner. Dress shorts or slacks is recommended. After dinner you may want to go down to the fire pit at the outside grill or enjoy the beautiful stone veranda that graces the front lobby. (B, D)
This morning, we depart for the “Garden of the Gods”, a 1300-acre park where flora and fauna reflect the rich diversity of the terrain, and red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story.
Then, it’s off to our last great rail experience on board the “Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad”. Our 1950’s style Club Class coach, with included lunch, has table-styled seating focusing on stunning views, but with the flexibility to experience the outdoor grandeur of the Royal Gorge aboard the open-air car too.
This evening you may enjoy a quiet dinner in the hotel or across the street in Manitou. There are many dining options available.
Breakfast is included this morning before we fly home with wonderful memories of our tour of Trains and Parks of Colorado! (B)
- Embassy Suites, Denver, 1 night
- Wine Country Inn, Palisade, 2 nights
- Strater Hotel, Durango, 2 nights
- Holiday Inn Express, Alamosa, 1 night
- Cliff House at Pike’s Peak, 2 nights
- Eight Nights’ deluxe accommodations/luggage handling
- Georgetown Loop Railroad
- Glenwood Canyon
- Grand Junction
- The Colorado National Monument
- San Juan Mountains
- Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Mesa Verde National Park
- The Cumbres & Toltec, America’s highest and lowest narrow-gauge railroad
- Colorado Springs
- Seven Falls of Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak
- Garden of the Gods
- Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation
Price per person:
Double occupancy: $3,395.00
Triple occupancy: $3,307.00
Single occupancy: $4,218.00
Deposit of $400 with reservation. Final payment is due June 1, 2020.
Optional cancellation insurance for medical reasons can be purchased for $233 per person for double and triple and $331 per person for single to be paid with tour deposit.