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Colorado’s Historic Trains 2013

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Colorado's Historic Trains

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10 Days · 17 Meals
Travel Type: Motorcoach Tour

Featuring Four Historic Trains
Take a journey back in time across the rugged and scenic terrain of Colorado aboard four historic trains. Visit the Garden of the Gods, where the vibrant flowers come to life against the red sandstone backdrop.

This tour departs by motorcoach from the Chicagoland area.
Highlights
  • 10 Day Motorcoach and Scenic Train Holiday
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 17 Meals (8 dinners, 1 lunch and 8 breakfasts)
  • Horse-drawn wagon ride and the Kit Carson Carousel
  • Colorado Springs and the beautiful Garden of the Gods
  • Denver city tour
  • Great Platte River Road Memorial
  • $50 in Mayflower Money

Experience 4 great train rides following historical routes of the Old West:

  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway
  • Royal Gorge Scenic Railway
  • Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Day-by-Day
1
  1. We're Off!
    "All Aboard!" our motorcoach... but just for the time being. Get ready for a thrilling tour filled with trains and a unique look into our nation's history of western expansion. Dinner
2
  1. Arrive Colorado
    Following breakfast, we continue west and arrive in Burlington, located in Colorado's Outback, the heart of the Eastern Plains. We enjoy an Old West-style horse-drawn wagon ride followed by a ride on the Kit Carson County Carousel. The carousel has been fully restored to its original splendor and is known to be the "jewel" of all carousels. It was carved by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1905 and is now a National Historic Landmark. We visit "Old Town" Burlington, where you'll find a depot built in 1889, with its original rail cars, as well as numerous other historic buildings including a bank, barber shop and blacksmith shop. All provide a unique perspective of what it must have been like to have lived at that time. Breakfast and dinner
3
  1. Colorado Springs
    This morning we head for Colorado Springs. Here we visit the stunning Garden of the Gods. It is 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 Pikes Peak, which is our next adventure. "Ride to the Clouds!" and board the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the U.S. stretching nine miles long. Breakfast and dinner
4
  1. Royal Gorge Route Railroad
    Welcome to Canon City, home of the Royal Gorge. Today we enjoy another journey by train aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The 12-mile route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. We 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 the Royal Gorge. This evening we gather for dinner together. Breakfast and dinner
5
  1. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
    Today we'll ride the original Rio Grande Line over the Rockies aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This is America's most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad, covering over 50 miles of wild and rugged territory between Antonito and Cumbres Pass. We enjoy lunch at the halfway stop, Osier, as we imagine the gold and silver miners and loggers who traveled the same route long ago. Lunch
6
  1. Durango & Silverton Train
    It's "full steam ahead" again today as we board 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, this route winds through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. The locomotives used today remain 100% coal-fired, steam-operated and are maintained in their original condition. This evening we gather again for dinner and reflect on our day's adventure. Breakfast and dinner
7
  1. The Rockies
    This morning we go through the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Witness some of Colorado's most breathtaking scenery before arriving in the Denver area for our next two nights. Breakfast and Dinner
8
  1. Denver
    Following breakfast we have a city tour of Denver, capital of Colorado, including the State Capitol Building and Civic Center.Breakfast and dinner
9
  1. Denver to Lincoln, Nebraska
    After breakfast set off for the new Great Platte River Road Memorial. This evening we join together one last time for dinner. Breakfast and dinner
10
  1. Homeward Bound
    We travel home today with new knowledge and fond memories of our western railroads adventure. Breakfast
Accommodations

Lodging

Day One

Holiday Inn Express, Omaha, NE

Day Two

Comfort Inn, Burlington, CO

Day Three

Drury Inn, Colorado Springs, CO

Day Four

Inn of the Rio Grande Hotel, Alamosa, CO

Day Five

Comfort Inn, Durango, CO

Day Six

Doubletree Grand Junction Hotel, Grand Junction, CO

Days Seven and Eight

Doubletree Hotel Southeast, Aurora, CO

Day Nine

Comfort Suites, Lincoln, NE

Dates and Rates
2013 Departure Dates Per Person Twin Room Single Room
August 13
September 14
$2,098 add $709
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