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Welcome to Colorado

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Embark on an in-depth exploration of soul-stirring natural landscapes and sophisticated modern cities.

 

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      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Embark on an in-depth exploration of soul-stirring natural landscapes, captivating tales of the Gold Rush and sophisticated modern cities against the unforgettable backdrop of Colorado's red-rock country.


      Trip type: State Explorer i

      Trip code: DCOL

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 9 breakfasts

      • 3 lunches

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • VISIT Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, Vail, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Colorado National Monument, Palisade, Silverton, Durango, Ouray, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Olympic City, United States Air Force Academy

        • ICONIC TRAIN ride onboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

        • SCENIC DRIVE along Trail Ridge Road, "Million Dollar Highway," San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 breakfasts

        • 3 lunches

        • 4 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      1. Arrive Denver

      Welcome to Denver, the Mile High City. Spend the day recovering after your travels or visit the Denver Art Museum or Botanical Gardens before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

      2. Denver – Rocky Mountain National Park – Boulder

      The Rocky Mountains may seem larger than life, but your journey to Rocky Mountain National Park will see you come face to face with this extraordinary mountain landscape which snakes along western North America. Drive along the Trail Ridge Road, a designated national scenic byway and the highest continuous paved highway in America. Arrive at the charming Hotel Boulderado, your 'Stay with Story' and Colorado's top rated historic hotel, located one block from the city's hub for dining, arts, shopping and, of course, people watching.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hotel Boulderado

      3. Boulder – Georgetown Loop Railroad – Vail – Glenwood Springs (2 Nights)

      Visit the Celestial Seasonings headquartered in Boulder and unlock the mysteries of tea with a private guided tour. Celestial Seasonings serves more than 1.6 billion cups of tea a year, blending over 100 ingredients, sourced from over 35 countries. Your next stop is Colorado's oldest tourist attraction, the Georgetown Loop Railroad, which was completed in the late 19th century. Continue on to Glenwood Springs, a resort city in Colorado known for its hot springs, sitting in the rugged Rocky Mountains, surrounded by the vast White River National Forest. This evening, your 'Stay with Story' is the historic and iconic Colorado Hotel, fresh from a complete renovation, bringing the hotel to its former glory and the Grande Dame of Glenwood Springs. This evening enjoy a Regional Dinner with wine or a flight of locally crafted beers.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Regional Dinner
      Hotel
      Hotel Colorado

      4. Aspen Sightseeing

      Head up Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Aspen, known for its high-end boutiques, bars and restaurants. Join your Travel Director for a walk through town and an easy hike along one of Aspen's many trails. Then an exciting and exclusive experience awaits you as you will be taken by jeep up to the historic Burlingame Cabin located on Snowmass Mountain. There you can take an extended jeep tour, or just sit back, relax and admire the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges while the staff tends to all your needs. Enjoy a delicious lunch hot off the grill, a campfire, live music, and s'mores. Back in Glenwood Springs, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps, visit the renowned Glenwood Hot Springs, the world's largest mineral hot springs pool.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch

      5. Glenwood Springs – Colorado National Monument – Palisade

      Enjoy a leisurely start today before heading to Colorado National Monument, which preserves one of the grandest landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. Continue to Palisade, a veritable oasis smack dab in the middle of the desert and renowned for its fruit, wineries, honey and much more. You'll 'Connect With Locals' for an exclusive 'Be My Guest' lunch a Colterris Winery, featuring peaches, lavender and the flavours of lovingly blended estate-grown reds. This evening, stay in the heart of wine country at a Victorian-style hotel located just steps from downtown.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Be My Guest
      Hotel
      Wine Country Inn

      6. Palisade – Silverton – Durango (2 Nights)

      Head up the Western Slopes along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway and stop in the must-see town of Ouray, nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies, and often referred to as the "Switzerland of America." From Ouray, ride along the famous "Million Dollar Highway," a designated All-American Byway and one of the state's most scenic drives with some of Colorado's most spectacular views as it spirals over Coal Bank Summit, Molas Pass, and Red Mountain Pass. Arrive in the mining town of Silverton, once a bawdy mining town, to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Durango. Take a trip back in time as this coal-fired, steam-powered train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. This evening, you have a choice of three local restaurants for dinner and wine, before a night at The Strater Hotel, one of the West's first iconic hotels and the centerpiece of Durango, your 'Stay with Story.'

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Your Choice Dining
      Hotel
      The Strater Hotel

      7. Mesa Verde National Park

      Admire the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people, carved out of the sandstone of the canyon walls, at the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park. Several hundred of these dwellings, in addition to thousands of known archaeological sites, are preserved in this protected area and you'll have an opportunity to see several during your day trip into the park. Later, indulge in a free afternoon, with the option of joining a raft excursion on the Animas River.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      8. Durango – Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve – Colorado Springs (2 Nights)

      Today's highlight is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, a sandbox of epic proportions-39 square miles with the tallest dune towering 750 feet high, making it the largest sand dune in North America. Start at the excellent Visitor Center with a short film and various exhibits. Then meet your Local Specialist and expert geologist and learn about this unique geographical phenomenon as you explore the dunes. There will be time for lunch inside the park before heading for Colorado Springs, our next destination for a two-night stay.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      The Antlers

      9. Colorado Springs Sightseeing and Olympic City USA

      Experience yet another natural wonder of Colorado as you visit the spectacular Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark, boasting dramatic vistas and towering, jagged red-rock formations. Enjoy lunch in the magical town of Manitou Springs before heading to Olympic City USA, a 1.7-acre of land dedicated to Team USA. See the brand-new US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame and meet an athlete for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the daily lives and training regimen of Team USA. The rest of the day is free before a Farewell Dinner paired with wine.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Farewell Dinner

      10. Colorado Springs – United States Air Force Academy – Depart Denver

      Our journey ends today as we say a fond farewell to new friends and depart Colorado Springs or transfer to Denver International Airport.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Visit Colterris Winery where you'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch featuring peaches, lavender and the flavours of lovingly blended estate-grown reds. (Day 5)

      • STAYS WITH STORIES
        Stay at Hotel Boulderado, which for more than 100 years, has been one of the most famous and luxurious hotel landmarks in Boulder, at Hotel Colorado, a member of the National Trust's Historic Hotel of America and The Strater Hotel, adorned with beautiful handcrafted woodwork, housing the largest collection of American Victorian walnut antiques. (Days 2, 3, 6)

      • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
        in Aspen and at Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve. (Days 4, 8)

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • VISIT Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, Vail, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Colorado National Monument, Palisade, Silverton, Durango, Ouray, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Olympic City, United States Air Force Academy

        • ICONIC TRAIN ride onboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

        • SCENIC DRIVE along Trail Ridge Road, "Million Dollar Highway," San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 breakfasts

        • 3 lunches

        • 4 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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