Offered By: Butler Motor Transit
This great western adventure highlights the very best that this area of our country has to offer. We’ve included all the top sights you would expect to see, plus more! You will not find a more comprehensive Colorado Rockies tour anywhere. An awesome vacation adventure all the way through and best trip you could ever take!
Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 12 Days/11 Nights
Departs From: TBA
Double Room - $2,113.00
Quad Room - $1,943.00
Single Room - $2,703.00
Triple Room - $1,943.00
June 3: With excitement in the air and adventure in our spirits, we embark on a journey to our 8th largest state, which is known for its unrivaled beauty, Colorado! Today’s travels allow us time to get-acquainted with our fellow travelers as we make our way to our overnight in Utica, IL. Enjoy a delicious dinner this evening. (D)
June 4: On to the Amana Colonies on the Iowa prairie, listed as a Natural Historic Landmark, and a German settlement comprised of seven villages. You’ll see historical buildings dating back to the 1850’s, traditional German craftsmanship, and little stores with the tradition of quality products. Enjoy some free time to stroll around and also enjoy an included lunch. On to tonight’s home in Lincoln, Nebraska. (B, L)
June 5: Mostly a day of travel to finish our trek to the capital city of Colorado…Denver! Dinner is included this evening and then we relax at our home for two nights in the Denver/Lakewood area. (B, D)
June 6: What a grand day ahead of us! A wonderful, professional guide will join us and take us on a full day of outstanding touring in the Rocky Mountain National Park region. Some of the things we plan to see and do (conditions & time permitting) include Estes Park, Grand Lake, Granby, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass, and as much as we can fit in. Have plenty of film in your camera as the sights will be majestic! Later, dinner is included at a local favorite. (B, D)
June 7: Another day of exceptional sight-seeing! With a stop at Buffalo Bill’s Gravesite and Lookout Mountain, we arrive in picturesque Vail, Colorado, an alpine village famous for its top-rated skiing, but a beautiful spot worth visiting any time of the year. Experience the tapestry of special boutiques, art galleries, sporting goods stores, markets and more, all masterfully landscaped in the most pristine of settings with the gorgeous mountains as a backdrop. Back on the coach and away we go through the rugged, scenic Glenwood Canyon situated on the Colorado River in western Colorado. Its canyon walls climb as high as 1,300 ft. above the Colorado River, and is the largest such canyon on the Upper Colorado. After we check in at the our hotel in Grand Junction, and enjoy dinner, we’ll take the gorgeous “Rim Rock Drive”, considered to be one of the grandest scenic drives in the American West, through the red rocks of the Fruita Canyon out to see the Colorado National Monument. Along the way, keep watch for bighorn sheep and soaring eagles! Comprised of about 32 sq. miles, this monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Towering monoliths exist within an awesome, vast plateau-and-canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons in every direction – a spectacular vista on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau. (B, D)
June 8: What a fun day we’re about to have! We drive to Silverton, CO, once the stomping ground of silver kings and railroad giants, and today one of Colorado’s most endearing destinations. Enjoy the famous “Million Dollar Highway”, part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. You will see some stunning “million dollar views” out your window as it follows old stagecoach routes and former pack trails through the rugged and majestic landscape. Once in Silverton, enjoy some time in famous Old Town Square to peruse the little shops in this former “old west” silver mining town. This afternoon we board the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train for an unforgettable journey along the scenic Animas River. The route begins high in the San Juan Mountains and ends in a confluence with the San Juan River, boasting some of Colorado’s most spectacular canyon scenery. The train will cross the river five times on its journey, offering majestic views from both sides of the train. We’ll pass fertile farmlands, old stagecoach roads, the breathtaking “Highline”, old mining camps, and be in the shadow of peaks over 14,000 ft., often with year-round snow! This outstanding day continues as later we arrive in Durango, nestled in the Animas River Valley. Downtown Durango is a Nationally Registered Historic District and home to historic boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants, laidback brewpubs, and fabulous art galleries, museums, and shops. We give you the evening free to enjoy this quaint town any way you wish! (B)
June 9: Fourteen centuries of history are displayed at Mesa Verde National Park. Spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages were built between A.D. 450 and 1300, when the Ancestral Puebloans migrated to the area. Established by Congress in 1906 Mesa Verde is a World Cultural Heritage Park, a designation granted by UNESCO, and also selected the #1 historic monument in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, and was chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of the “50 Places of a Lifetime—The World’s Greatest Destinations.” The stunning landscape of Southwest Colorado, near Four Corners, is the backdrop as we make stops at various scenic overlooks to view the cliff dwellings, have opportunity for magnificent picture-taking, and see as much of this fascinating area as time allows. This afternoon we travel over the scenic Red Mountains to Montrose – but first we stop in Telluride, a mountain village known for its surrounding beauty, and later include a picnic dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
June 10: Journeying from Montrose to Canon City today, we will pass through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This canyon was formed by the Gunnison River as it flowed through hard ancient rocks at the western edge of the Rocky Mountains on its way to joining the Colorado river at Grand Junction. The canyon walls are composed of volcanic schist, predominantly black in color, reaching depths of over 2,000 feet while often being very narrow across, allowing sunlight to illuminate the walls only briefly, hence the name “Black Canyon”. In the afternoon, we arrive at the Canon City Train Station and board the Royal Gorge Train where we have reserved seats for you in a glass-topped dome car! Established in 1879, the Royal Gorge Route combines Colorado history, breathtaking scenery, and a spectacular round-trip journey through the unparalleled Royal Gorge. The scenic and historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad you will ride on today is considered one of the most spectacular scenic rail rides in the world. The Royal Gorge Bridge was nicknamed Colorado’s Natural Wonder – a place where looking down is even more awesome than looking up! The highest suspension bridge in the world, this is a unique combination of human achievement and scenic beauty that must be experienced to be believed! Dinner is on your own tonight. (B)
June 11: We begin our Colorado Springs Adventure today! A visit to the famous Airforce Academy will be ours on our way into town before arriving at the Garden of the Gods Park, a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300’ towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This world-class Visitors Center is the most visited attraction in the region and we’ll see their new video show, “How Did Those Red Rocks Get There?” The Garden is known for its magnificent red sandstone formations, and home to one of the most famous rocks in the country, the Balanced Rock. Lunch is included at their Café and you will love the view as you enjoy your meal. Then we’re off to Manitou Springs and spectacular Pike’s Peak where we include a ride on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railroad. This 3-hour trip will take you to the top of the peak where it is usually about 30 degrees colder than at the station back down in Manitou (dress warm!).You’ll have around 30 minutes at the top which will include a unique view of the Continental Divide among other things. Fun Fact: We owe the inspiration for the lyrics of the beloved song, “America the Beautiful” to the stunning vistas from the summit of Pikes Peak! From here we travel a short distance to our Colorado Springs hotel for a relaxing evening on your own. An awesome day, without a doubt! (B, L)
June 12: We won’t want to, but it’s time to say good-bye to Colorado and begin our journey home by traveling to Topeka, Kansas. Sit back and take in the sights as our deluxe coach takes you to our home for tonight, with a relaxing dinner included. (B, D)
June 13: Away we go again, this time to St. Louis, Missouri for a visit to their famous Arch. We include the impressive tram ride, plus time to look over the city from your magnificent view. On to Effingham, Illinois for our overnight. We include dinner on your way into town. (B, D)
June 14: Today we finish our drive home with memories overflowing from an outstanding visit to the MAGNIFICENT COLORADO ROCKIES!! (B)
Cost includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodations, 20 meals (11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners) activities as listed, luggage handling and taxes.
To make reservations or for more information call Butler Motor Tours at 724.282.1000 or 1.800.222.8750
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Terms and Conditions:
REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY:
Prior to 30 days from your departure date a full refund will be made (with the exception of special event and/or show tours, air tours and cruises which will be different - be sure to ask about these details when your booking is made). There is no refund for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. But you are welcome to send someone in your place and let us know the name change (this does not apply to air and cruise tours which have various restrictions, strict cancellation policies and name change charges).
REFUND PROTECTION PLAN:
Butler Motor Tours offers a refund protection plan on all overnight tours with varying restrictions due to the nature of the tour. We highly encourage you to take advantage of it, although it is certainly your own individual decision. This plan is available at an additional cost and will protect your monies due to sickness or death, but it does not cover you if you simply "change your mind". An official written letter from the doctor is required for proof of illness or a statement as to the death in your family. This plan expires 30 days after cancellation, if the documentation is not received within 30 days of cancellation, the refund is forfeited. There is only a small window period of time in which you are allowed to purchase the plan so be sure to ask upon booking.
SMOKING & ALCOHOL:
To ensure passenger comfort, we have a "NO SMOKING" policy on all of our tours, which also includes e-cigarettes. Ample comfort stops are made for smoking and restroom convenience. Feel free to request a smoking or non-smoking hotel room when making your reservations. No alcohol is allowed on any tour at any time. We reserve the right to refuse boarding under such circumstances that these policies are not followed.
Butler Motor Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We also reserve the right to change tour prices and itineraries if so dictated by circumstances beyond our control. We always avoid canceling a tour if at all possible, as we understand the inconvenience to you - our valued customer. Feel free to ask about any departure, especially if you are taking vacation days at your place of work.
The cost of your tour includes one piece of luggage per person to be checked under the coach and one small carry-on piece. Any additional suitcase is allowed at a cost of $5.00 per day and this must be paid with the final tour payment. You will be responsible for the handling of your own carry-on luggage at all times.
Butler Motor Tours acts as an agent in arranging hotel and other accommodations and cannot be held responsible for non-performance.
Any person or group which requires an ADA accessible bus is requested to inform us at the time of reservation, and must notify us in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the charter's departure.