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Routes of the Old West Globus Coach Tour

Itinerary

1

Denver

Welcome to colorful Colorado! This evening, mingle with your traveling companions at a WELCOME RECEPTION. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your adventure. (WR)

2

Denver–Rocky Mountain National Park–Vail

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Denver this morning, then it's on to the beautiful Colorado mountains. Travel to Estes Park, gateway to ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK. A break at almost 12,000 feet provides fantastic alpine scenery. Continue along scenic Trail Ridge Road, crossing the Continental Divide and passing Grand Lake, Colorado's largest natural lake. Journey to Vail, one of America's most popular mountain resorts. (B) Note: Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to road and weather conditions.

3

Vail–Colorado National Monument –Moab

Travel through the massive 1,800-foot walls of Glenwood Canyon to the "western slope" of Colorado. Then visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, with sightseeing along panoramic Rim Rock Drive. Admire majestic Independence Monument and Balanced Rock. Continue to Moab, Utah, arriving at Red Cliffs Lodge. Enjoy WINE TASTING at your resort's winery, before an authentic outdoor western barbecue. (B,D)

Special Feature: your hotel is the Red Cliffs Lodge. Offering a ranch-like experience with western charm, the Lodge sits high on the banks of the Colorado River surrounded by cliffs and situated where western favorites such as Wagon Master were filmed.

4

Moab

This morning, visit ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of sandstone formations. This afternoon is at leisure. Relax, swim, visit the winery, or explore the museum with memorabilia from the movies filmed at your resort's spectacular location. This evening, enjoy the optional Canyonlands by Night riverboat show. (B)

5

Moab–Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

Head back to Colorado and to MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a World Heritage Site. Stop at Spruce Tree House, one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings. Visit the museum that depicts the story of the people who once thrived on this plateau, and stop for pictures of Cliff Palace, one of the largest of the ancient Anasazi dwellings. Arrive in Durango, born in the gold-rush and silver-mining era, in time for an optional 4-wheel-drive excursion into the mountains or a float trip down the Animas River. (B,D)

6

Durango. Rail Journey to Silverton

Board the narrow-gauge DURANGO-SILVERTON TRAIN this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls winding its way through Rio de las Animas Canyon with vistas of snow-capped peaks. Free time in Silverton, which owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner: "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!" Return to Durango. (B)

7

Durango–Santa Fe

Head to New Mexico and charming Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. A GUIDED WALKING TOUR of the many historic buildings reveals the town's Spanish, Indian, and American heritage. Main sights include the San Miguel Mission, the Palace of the Governors, the CATHEDRAL OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, and LORETT O CHAPEL'S "Miracle Stairway." The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)

8

Santa Fe–excursion to Taos

Travel to Taos, seated on a high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. On today's walking tour, learn about its 1,100 years of history and art at PUEBLO DE TAOS, a Native American village inhabited for nearly 700 years. Explore the historic town, offering eclectic galleries, and shops before returning to Santa Fe and stopping for dinner at one of New Mexico's historic restaurants. (B,D)

9

Santa Fe–Colorado Springs

Travel across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, one of the highest in the U.S., and north to Colorado Springs, stopping at the ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE en route. Walk across the world's highest suspension bridge and marvel at the rugged rock walls that plunge more than 1,000 feet down to the Arkansas River. Continue to Colorado Springs, home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. (B)

10

Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak & Cog Railway excursion

Visit Manitou Springs and take the COG RAILROAD to the summit of Pikes Peak, the place that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful." This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special FAREWELL DINNER. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your vacation. (B,D)

11

Colorado Springs–Denver

Head north to reach Denver International Airport for guests with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after Noon. The motorcoach then continues into downtown, where the vacation ends. (B)

How to book

Departures Year Round.

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