This will be our 15th year in a row to do this wonderful trip. Most everyone who has gone has rated it highly. Foliage can vary from year to year, but our date is usually when foliage is at its peak. The fall color in the Rockies is mostly the Aspens which are a light green until the fall, when they turn golden in color – a spectacular sight. Our motor coach will be with us all the way and will carry our bags so no baggage handling on the trains.
COLORADO with TRAINS
Sept. 18-28, 2021 (11 days)
$2,499* from Baton Rouge
Led by Wayne Barnes
*Pricing is approximate and subject to change based on supplier.
Price is per person, double occupancy & includes deluxe motor coach with restroom, hotels, baggage handling at hotels; breakfast daily, one lunch, one dinner, full sightseeing, 4 special train rides, all entrance fees, all taxes & tips to guides, drivers & escort. Not included are tips for personal services (maid service, meals on your own, etc.) Single Supplement – $550; Triple Reduction – $120; Quad Reduction – $190.
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Day 1 - Wichita Falls, Texas – Early morning departure from Zachary and Baton Rouge. Our route is I-10 to Lafayette, I-49 through Alexandria and Natchitoches to Shreveport, 1-20 to Dallas. Overnight in Wichita Falls.
Day 2 - Taos, NM – Through Amarillo, Texas to Taos, NM for overnight.
Day 3 - Durango, Colorado – All day ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, one of the best railway experiences worldwide. America’s highest and longest narrow gauge railroad. Overnight in Durango.
Day 4 - Durango – Visit Mesa Verde National Park’s famous cliff dwellings. Durango overnight.
Day 5 - Montrose, Colorado – This morning we board the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for our spectacular 3 ½ hour ride to Silverton, hugging the walls high above the Animas River Canyon. Overnight in Montrose.
Day 6 - Frisco, Colorado – Morning journey over the Continental Divide and Monarch Pass to historic Leadville. Afternoon scenic train ride high in the mountains over the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Certainly a day in the midst of Colorado’s most breathtaking scenery. Overnight in Frisco.
Day 7 - Colorado Springs, Colorado – Brief sightseeing in Denver. On to Colorado Springs to visit the Air Force Academy and Chapel. Overnight in Colorado Springs.
Day 8 - Colorado Springs, Colorado – Ride to the top of Pikes Peak, then visit the Garden of the Gods Park. Overnight in Colorado Springs.
Day 9 - Garden City, Kansas – Morning train ride through the Royal Gorge on the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway, billed as the “most scenic train ride in North America.” We will pass under the Royal Gorge Bridge, 1200 ft. below the highest suspension bridge in the world, traveling along the raging Arkansas River. Overnight in Garden City area.
Day 10 - Ardmore, Oklahoma – Across Oklahoma to its capital, Oklahoma City, to visit the National Memorial and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Overnight in Ardmore with dinner included at Two Frogs.
Day 11- Home – Drive south into Texas, I-20 to Shreveport, I-49 to Lafayette, I-10 to Baton Rouge/Zachary.
"Extremely well-organized. Everything is first class. The tour buses and hotels are clean, modern and safe with wonderful destinations." ~2019 Client Survey