FEATURING DURANGO * SILVERTON RAILROADS
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Three train rides, Rocky Mountain National Park and so much more!
Operates: Jun 2 2015
Tour Length: 12 Days, 11 Nights
Departs From: Columbiana, OH * Salem, OH * Alliance, OH * Canton, OH * Akron, OH
Single Room - $2,688.00
Double Room - $2,098.00
Triple Room - $1,928.00
Quad Room - $1,928.00
Tour Description:This great western adventure highlights the very best that this area of our country has to offer. We've included all the trip sights you'd expect to see, plus more! you will not find a more comprehensive Colorado Rockies tour anywhere. Read on and see why past year's groups have said it was one of the best trips they've ever taken!
- 20 Meals:
- 11 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 7 Dinners
- Motorcoach Transportation
- 3 Train Rides
- 11 Nights Hotel Accommodations
- Admissions Per Itinerary
- Sightseeing Per Itinerary
- Hotel Transfers and Baggage Handling
Day One: With Excitement in the air and adventure in our spirits, we embark on a journey to our 8th largest state, which is known for it's unrivaled beauty, Colorado! Today's travels allow us time to get-acquainted with our Gad-About travel mates as we make our way to our overnight at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, IL. Enjoy a delicious meal in the lodge's dining room. (D)
Day Two: On to the Amana Colonies on the Iowa prairie, listed as a National 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 an included lunch at Ox Yoke Inn. On to tonight's home in Lincoln, Nebraska. (B, L)
Day Three: Mostly a day of travel to finish our trek to the capital city of Colorado ... Denver! Dinner is included this evening at the White Fence Farms and then we relax at our home for two nights in the Denver/Lakewood area. (B, D)
Day Four: 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 restaurant. (B, D)
Day Five: 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 feet about the Colorado River and is the largest such canyon on the Upper Colorado. After we check in at the Grand Vista 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 square 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)
Day Six: What a fun day we're about to have! We drive to Silverton, Colorado, once the stomping grounds of silver kings and railroad giants, and to day 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 road, the breathtaking "Highline", old mining camps, and be in the shadow of peaks over 14,000 ft., often with year-round snow - AWESOME! This outstanding day continues as later we arrive in Durango, nestled in the Animas River Valley. Downtown Durango is a National Registered Historic District and home to historic boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants, laid-back brewpubs, and fabulous art galleries, museums, and shops. We give you the evening free to enjoy this quaint town any way you wish - Fun, Fun! (B)
Day Seven: 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 Travelers, 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, known for its surrounding beauty, and later include a picnic dinner at our hotel. (B, D)
Day Eight: 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 Rail road you will ride on today is considered one of the most spectacular scenic rail rides in the world. Later, on the way to our hotel in Canon City, we will stop at the Royal Gorge Bridge, 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)
Day Nine: We begin our Colorado Springs Adventure today! A visit to the famous Air force 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 Cafe 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 Railway. This 3-hour trip will take you to the top of the peak where it is usually about 30 degrees colder than a 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 s short distance to our Colorado Springs hotel for a relaxing evening on our own. An awesome day, without a coutb!! (B, L)
Day Ten: 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, the lovely Clubhouse Inn, with a relaxing dinner included here. (B, D)
Day Eleven: 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)
Day Twelve: Today we finish our drive home with memories overflowing from an outstanding visit to the MAGNIFICENT COLORADO ROCKIES!! (B)
AN AWESOME VACATION ADVENTURE ALL THE WAY THROUGH! CALL SOON!!
HOLDING SAME RATE AS 2014 - WOW!!
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All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.
TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.
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