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Historic Trains of the Old West with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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 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.

Highlights of Historic Trains of the Old West with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Related Tours

NC|Historic Trains of the Old West
NCS|With Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Vacation Type

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Travelers Notes

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!

Price Details US

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Related Option Title

With Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Product Group

Historic Trains of the Old West

UNESCO Sites

Mesa Verde National Park

Meals

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Itineraries

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 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. (B)

Day 3

COLORADO SPRINGS–ALBUQUERQUE COLORADO SPRINGS Scenic drive to Albuquerque.
ALBUQUERQUE Free time this evening. (B)

Day 4

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

Day 5

ALBUQUERQUE–SANTA FE ALBUQUERQUE Free time this morning. Scenic drive to Santa Fe.
SANTA FE Free time this afternoon. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

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 [LF] Santuario De Chimayo. (B,L)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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 [LF] Hotel Colorado. Free time this evening. (B)

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. (B,D)

Day 11

DENVER Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-10-04 2023-10-04 2023-10-14 $4159 $0 $4159 NCS31004 Available
2 2023-10-04 2023-10-04 2023-10-14 $4159 $0 $4159 NCS31004A Available
3 2023-10-11 2023-10-11 2023-10-21 $4159 $0 $4159 NCS31011 Available
4 2023-10-11 2023-10-11 2023-10-21 $4159 $0 $4159 NCS31011A Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown 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. Denver 1400 Welton St. Moderate First-Class
2 Embassy Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs 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. Colorado Springs 7290 Commerce Center First-Class
3 Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown The Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown features amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, pool, restaurant, and business center. Albuquerque 6510 Americas Parkway Moderate First-Class
4 La Posada de Santa Fe Welcome to La Posada de Santa Fe. This beautifully decorated hotel has lots to offer. Enjoy the rich history of New Mexico and enjoy all the modern amenities. Santa Fe 330 East Palace Avenue Superior First-Class
5 Doubletree Inn Durango 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. Durango 501 Camino Del Rio First-Class
6 Hotel Colorado 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. Glenwood Springs 526 Pine Street First-Class
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