Historic Trains of the Old West
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 splendour 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 favourite of President Theodore Roosevelt's. Train buffs will also enjoy time in 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 colour. Add the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to your U.S. West holiday to witness the incredible Mass Ascension, fiery Balloon Glow, evening fireworks, and other colourful rituals of the world's largest balloon event.
Your Fly & Tour Package Includes:
- $1500 flight credit
- 11 day Historic Trains Of The Old West guided holiday with Globus, Denver return
- Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta extension
- 10 nights superior accommodation
- 13 meals – 10 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinner
- Touring by private, air-conditioned motorcoach
- Free Wi-Fi (where available)
- Select highlights & activities
Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 04-14 October 2023
Single traveller pricing available, speak with your travel consultant
Day 1 / Arrive In Denver
Welcome to Colorado! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome drink.
Day 2 / Denver-Royal Gorge Route Railroad-Colorado Springs
DENVER Scenic drive to Canon 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.
Day 3 / Colorado Springs-Albuquerque
COLORADO SPRINGS Scenic drive to Albuquerque. ALBUQUERQUE Free time this evening.
Day 4 / Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE Opening Ceremonies and Mass Balloon Ascension. Balloon Glow and After-Glow Fireworks show this evening.
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.
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.
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.
Day 8 / Durango. Excursion To Mesa Verde National Park
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Guided visit includes views of Spruce Tree House and free time at the museum. DURANGO Tour the D&SNG Railway Museum with the Curator. Free time this evening.
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.
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.
Day 11 / Denver
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
Terms & Conditions
Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 08 June 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. Please note: Itinerary is based on 2022, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in 2022.