Amazing Trains & National Parks of Colorado and Utah

Get ready to experience a spectacular journey that continues each day through the majestic Rockies, along the Colorado River, to the grandeur of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks aboard the domed Rocky Mountaineer Train. Immerse yourself in the cowboy town of Durango with an authentic chuckwagon dinner and entertainment. Step back in time to an era when the Pueblo people thrived on the cliffs of Mesa Verde National Park. Visit the truly unique and hidden Great Sand Dunes National Park, all topped off with an unforgettable ride to the top of Pikes Peak.

Meet Your Guide: Beth Meredith

Beth is a lifelong Kentuckian who grew up with two great passions: horses and travel. She graduated with a degree in French and English literature and then worked in the Thoroughbred horse industry in Kentucky for many years. Beth’s travels to other parts of the world during her career in racing convinced her to pursue her other passion, so she decided to become a full-time Tour Director. For the last 13 years, she has had the pleasure and honor of showing her guests some of the most beautiful places in the world, including Europe, South America, Antarctica, and of course, the U.S., specializing in parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and the Grand Canyon.

"I feel so incredibly fortunate to help my guests enjoy destinations they may have dreamed of experiencing for years." -Beth

Per Person Double Occupancy
$5,699

Single Supplement: $1,499

Sept 24 – Oct 1, 2024

8 Days / 7 Nights

Itinerary

1
Tuesday, September 24, 2024

Depart for Colorado
Welcome to Denver, known as the “Mile High City.” This famous Capitol dates back to the Old West era, featuring a blend of modern and 19th-century buildings. Join your group for a delicious welcome dinner with wine. (D)

2
Wednesday, September 25, 2024

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
It’s all aboard “the Rockies to the Red Rocks” train. Relax in the luxury as vast canyons and majestic mountains surround you on this spectacular ride. Travel in one of Rocky Mountaineer’s single-level dome rail cars, where the windows reach the roof, so you won’t miss a moment of the ever-changing scenery. The train crosses the Continental Divide before passing Gore and Byers Canyons. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the journey, as eagles, deer, and pronghorns are everywhere. A hot breakfast and lunch, along with beverages, are included onboard.
Enjoy an overnight stop in historic Glenwood Springs, surrounded by the rugged Rockies. This evening is at your leisure. (B, L)

3
Thursday, September 26, 2024

Railroading towards Moab, UT
Board the Rocky Mountaineer to continue this wonderful journey filled with the most incredible scenery at each turn. The train travels along the Colorado River through areas only accessible by rail. The trip has been called “absolutely stunning,” and you’ll be delighted to see why. Crossing the border into Utah, look out for the 12,726-foot Mount Peale peak, the highest point of the La Sal Mountains, and watch red sandstone landscapes emerge.
This afternoon, arrive in Moab, home to two of America’s most famous National Parks. Later, we’ll visit Canyonlands National Park, where countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes were carved by the Colorado River. Several spectacular stops will be made for excellent photo ops! (B)

4
Friday, September 27, 2024

Moab, UT to Durango, CO
The breathtaking scenery never ends in Utah as you enter Arches National Park to view a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike any other. So many stone arches, soaring pinnacles, massive rock fins, and giant balanced rock formations! More wonderful stops will be made to capture the best possible views of this red-rock wonderland.
Arriving back in Colorado, it’s all aboard the Durango Silverton Railroad. This beautiful and unique ride takes you on a journey that used to haul the silver from the mines to the city. Travel through the mountains and areas that could never be reached by cars.
Durango is an authentic old Western mining town, filled with fun saloons, restaurants, breweries, and shops to explore on your evening at leisure. (B)

5
Saturday, September 28, 2024

Durango, CO & Mesa Verde National Park
For over 700 years, the Ancestral Pueblo people built thriving communities on the mesas and cliffs of Mesa Verde. Today, you’ll have a firsthand look at where they dwelled. The tour offers a spectacular look into an unbelievable past.
Tonight, enjoy a real cowboy chuckwagon dinner and show at the fun and famous Bar D Ranch. After supper, the Bar D Wranglers present a concert featuring music and songs of old West cowboys, along with comedy and lively instrumentals. (B, D)

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Sunday, September 29, 2024

Durango to Colorado Springs, CO
Journey through majestic mountains toward Colorado Springs. The scenery on either side is stunning. We make a special visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, declared by Herbert Hoover in 1932. It contains the tallest sand dunes in North America. Enjoy a stop at the visitor’s center followed by a 2-mile ride to see the dunes.
After a lunch break, we arrive in Colorado Springs, which boasts the most spectacular views of the 14,115 ft. Pikes Peak. This evening, enjoy leisure time where you may choose to explore the downtown area with plenty of local restaurants to choose from. (B)

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Monday, September 30, 2024

Colorado Springs
When Katherine Bates sat at the top of Pikes Peak in 1893, she was so inspired by the view that she wrote the poem “America the Beautiful,” which is one of the most beloved songs about America. Once you arrive at the top of Pikes Peak on the Cog Railway, you will quickly learn how this adored song became so popular—the sweeping 360-degree views are incredible! People say carbs can be helpful at high altitudes, so don’t forget to grab some of those tasty, homemade donuts at the visitor’s center.
Pikes Peak, named because explorers thought it was fit for the Gods, frames the Garden of the Gods, which contains outstanding geologic features like Steamboat Rock, the Three Graces, and Balanced Rock. You’ll explore the park with special stops for spectacular photos. (B, D)

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Tuesday, October 1, 2024

Tour Ends
Bid a fond farewell to one of the most scenic tours in the U.S. as we travel to the Denver International Airport before heading home. (B)

Colorado Springs, CO Mesa Verde, CO Durango, CO Moab, UT 84532 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Denver, CO

Inclusions

Included

  • Economy Class Roundtrip Domestic Airfare from Milwaukee (MKE)**
  • Hotel Accommodations Throughout Colorado and Utah***
  • All Ground Transportation
  • 11 Meals (7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners)
  • Gratuities for Drivers, & Local Guides
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Taxes and Fees as of 2/21/24
  • Complete Services of Cruise & Tour Including Tour Director
 

*Our hotel selection in Glenwood Springs, CO will be finalized once in Colorado. These reservations are made by Rocky Mountaineer.
**Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
***Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances.

Extraordinary Experiences

  • Enjoy a journey aboard the Silverton Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad, a historic national landmark.
  • Chug along Pikes Peak, known as America’s Mountain aboard the Cog Railway.
  • Enjoy the amenities and excellent service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day adventure through the canyons and mountains of Colorado & Utah.
  • Spend the day in Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the red-rock wonderland, Arches National Park.

 

SilverLeaf Plus Upgrade

Enhance your onboard experience with SilverLeaf Plus for exclusive access to the lounge car, offering additional space to relax and soak in the scenery, as well as a small outdoor viewing area. Enjoy an elevated dining experience including wine pairings, premium alcoholic beverages, and signature cocktails.

Please Note:
*Upgrade is based on availability at the time of booking.
*Booking the upgrade to SilverLeaf Plus may alter your insurance premium.

Per Person

 

Not Included

  • Increases in Taxes, Fees, or Surcharges after 2/21/24
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Items of a Personal Nature

 


 

Activity Level 3

This tour moves at a moderate pace where planned activities are extended and there will be limited leisure time. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, walking uphill, and walking along uneven surfaces. This tour is not suitable for individuals with mobility challenges or those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers on a consistent basis.

 

Testimonials

First time touring with Cruise & Tour and what a great experience. They did an exceptional job of making a tour of this type so enjoyable and easy to manage. Well-coordinated and fun to participate in the activities.
- Jerry
The trip was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. One of the best vacations that we’ve ever taken. Every detail was taken care of, which made for a very relaxing and stress-free trip.
- John & Laura

Accommodations

Hyatt Centric
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Springhill Suites
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Doubletree Durango
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The Antlers
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Rates

Per Person Double Occupancy
$5,699
Single Supplement (limited availability)
$1,499
SilverLeaf Plus Upgrade (limited availability)
$570 Per Person
Travel Insurance
Quoted at the time of booking

 


Deposit/Payment

      • A $350 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
      • A second deposit in the amount of $1,200 is due 3/28/24.
      • Final payment due 5/27/24.
      • All payments can be made by credit card or check.

Cancellation/Refund

      • Your initial $350 deposit is refundable through 3/27/24, less a $175 per person cancellation fee.
      • Between 3/28/24 and 5/27/24, the cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid.
      • After 5/27/24 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.

 

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Cancellation/Interruption
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