Historic Trains of the Old West with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

11 Day Tour from Denver to Denver

Vacation Overview

If the closest thing to time travel is train travel, then you’ll love riding the rails into the unspoiled scenic past of Colorado and New Mexico. This off-the-beaten path tour of the U.S. West is just the ticket to chug through the untamed beauty of the Royal Gorge aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railway; through the magnificent mesas and canyons of San Juan National Forest aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad; and through the rugged splendor of the Rockies aboard the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad. You’ll also pick up steam with visits to Colorado Spring’s Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde’s ancient cliff dwellings, Chimayo’s famous pilgrimage site, and Glenwood Spring’s historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt’s. Train buffs will also enjoy time in Denver’s revitalized Union Station and Durango’s D&SNG Railway Museum, as well as a trolley tour through charming Santa Fe. All aboard!

For one week in October, chasing rainbows is easy as hundreds of hot air balloons take flight and turn the already stunning atmosphere of New Mexico into a kaleidoscope of dizzying color. Add the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to your U.S. West vacation to witness the incredible Mass Ascension, fiery Balloon Glow, evening fireworks, and other colorful rituals of the world’s largest balloon event.

National Park Tours – National Park Foundation

Globus is partnering with the National Park Foundation to provide unique tour experiences in America's national parks. Globus takes you to the most spectacular national parks in America including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Bryce and Zion National Parks, and many more must-see national treasures. Look for the GoParks! logo.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN DENVER

Welcome to Colorado! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2 DENVER–ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILROAD–COLORADO SPRINGS

DENVER Guided sightseeing. Scenic drive to Cañon City to board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILROAD Scenic train ride along Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.
COLORADO SPRINGS Guided visit at Garden of The Gods. Free time this evening.

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Day 3 COLORADO SPRINGS–ALBUQUERQUE

COLORADO SPRINGS Scenic drive to Albuquerque.
ALBUQUERQUE Free time this evening.

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Day 4 ALBUQUERQUE

ALBUQUERQUE Opening Ceremonies and Mass Balloon Ascension. Balloon Glow and After-Glow Fireworks show this evening.

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Day 5 ALBUQUERQUE–SANTE FE

ALBUQUERQUE Free time this morning. Scenic drive to Santa Fe.
SANTA FE Free time this afternoon. Dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 6 SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO CHIMAYO

SANTA FE Guided trolley tour includes San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors, Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and Loretto Chapel. Free time this evening.
CHIMAYO Lunch at the Rancho de Chimayo. Visit to Santuario De Chimayo.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Santa Fe by visiting the shops and restaurants on the historic plaza. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 7 SANTA FE–BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT–TAOS–DURANGO

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT Free time to visit Anasazi Puebloan cliff dwellings and the museum.
TAOS Free time before driving to Durango.
DURANGO Free time this evening.

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Day 8 DURANGO. EXCURSION TO MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Guided visit includes Spruce Tree House and the museum.
DURANGO Tour the D&SNG Railway Museum with the Curator. Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 DURANGO–NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD–SILVERTON–GLENWOOD SPRINGS

DURANGO Scenic train trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan Mountains en route to Silverton.
SILVERTON Free time to explore before a scenic drive to Glenwood Springs.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Overnight stay at Hotel Colorado. Free time this evening.

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Day 10 GLENWOOD SPRINGS–GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD–DENVER

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains en route to Georgetown.
GEORGETOWN Scenic train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad.
DENVER Farewell dinner this evening.

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Day 11 DENVER

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Hotels

Denver

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

Moderate First-Class

Enjoy the modern surroundings of the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Denver hotel with convenient and comforting amenities. Great technology keeps you connected, entertained, and relaxed - take advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi, spacious work desk, 32-inch HD TV, and adjustable Garden Sleep System® bed. Wake up weekday mornings to a complimentary newspaper and enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Comfort and convenience meet on this downtown corner of Denver at the perfectly placed and modern Hilton Garden Inn.

Colorado Springs

Embassy Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs

First-Class

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains within close proximity to the Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods, this all-suite hotel offers a one of a kind tropical atrium, spectacular views of Pikes Peak, spacious guestrooms with convenient amenities, fitness center, and swimming pool.

Albuquerque

Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown

Moderate First-Class

The Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown features amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, pool, restaurant, and business center.

Santa Fe

Hilton of Santa Fe Historic Plaza

First-Class

Housed in a landmark 300 year old hacienda, the Hilton captures the magic of the Southwest and its rich cultural heritage in a luxury boutique hotel experience featuring modern amenities in the heart of Santa Fe's historic downtown.

Santa Fe

La Posada de Santa Fe

Superior First-Class

Durango

Doubletree Inn Durango

First-Class

Nestled in at the base of the mesa on the Animas River is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango. A rustic and warm ambiance makes any mountain explorer feel welcome. The DoubleTree has a fitness room, 2 restaurants and lounge, and is within walking distance to downtown Durango which has many shops, breweries, and dining spots.

Glenwood Springs

Hotel Colorado

First-Class

Settle into the enriching history of this hotel in the charming mountain town of Glenwood Springs. As host to dozens of presidents and well-known people throughout history, there is a lot to explore at this hotel. Not to mention the ghost stories! The hotel sits nestled between the gorgeous Colorado mountains and directly across the street from the famous Glenwood Hot Springs. Enjoy the hot spring pools, cocktails on the hotel patio, or a little shopping and dining in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Dates and Prices

View the following dates and prices to find just the right date for your vacation. Below you'll find the date the vacation starts and the date you'll return.  

Once you've selected your date, you'll move to the next step to get an airfare quote and to begin booking your vacation. When you book your flights with us, you'll find we offer competitive and hassle-free airfares, plus you'll receive free airport transfers for flights coordinated with vacation dates and you'll avoid strict Internet terms and conditions.

The price listed does not include your airfare from Canada. Once you click "Book Now", you will be able to receive an air quote.

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2020-09-30 2020-10-10
$4,659
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2020-09-30 2020-10-10
$4,659
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2020-10-07 2020-10-17
$4,659
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2020-10-07 2020-10-17
$4,659
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$4,659
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2021-09-29 2021-10-09
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2021-10-06 2021-10-16
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2021-10-06 2021-10-16
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Dates & Prices do not include international air travel.

Travel Terms & Conditions

The purchase of any travel services offered by Globus, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and Globus, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travellers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travellers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.
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Important Notes

  • The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.
  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 per person per vacation is required for Globus to reserve space for you. View full Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • Charges not included in the land vacation price: airfare to/from the start/end of your vacation; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; GST/HST/PST or other per person taxes imposed by government entities; passports; visas and vaccinations; transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary; porterage at airports or train stations; Travel Insurance premiums; and all other items of a personal nature.

Booking your Vacation with Air

For air departure dates within 331 days, you'll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). Globus offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option.

Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers travelling from Canada (with some exceptions from the United States, depending on the selected itinerary). An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Globus in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable service fee of $80 per person. Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Once your airfare is confirmed and Globus has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.

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