Colorado's Historic Trains

Aug 9, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019

This fabulous tour features five of the most scenic rail excursions in the Old West and three National Parks!

9 Day(s) | 13 Meals


  • Round trip flights from Hartford to Denver, CO
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • 13 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Travel North along the Arkansas River Valley aboard the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, voted one of the Top 10 rides in the world
  • Ride the Rockies aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway
  • Ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad across the famous Hanging Bridge
  • Ride the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Tour Mesa Verde National Park with the amazing cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians
  • Visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park
  • Drive through the Garden of the Gods Park with its unique red sandstone formations
  • Professional Tour Director upon arrival in Denver


Day 1

Air flights from Hartford/Bradley to Denver. Welcome to Denver, Colorado, the “Mile High City.” Meet your fellow travelers at 5:00 p.m. for a get-acquainted dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meal: D

Day 2

Departing Denver we venture into Rocky Mountain National Park, a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet on the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, the park is filled with breathtaking scenery and experiences. Following the Trail Ridge Road a stop at the Alpine Visitor Center offers an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating place. Meal: B

Day 3

Today we travel to historic Leadville to board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. While onboard, learn about the fascinating history of the railroads, ghost stories and tales of the wild from your conductor while traveling north along the Arkansas River Valley. Rising up 1,000 feet from the valley floor you will be greeted by spectacular views of Fremont Pass and the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert. Later, we travel through scenic Monarch Pass and Curecanti National Recreation Area while en route to Montrose. Meals: B, Boxed Lunch

Day 4

This morning we visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Then, it’s “full steam ahead” today as we board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World” by the Society of American Travel Writers, this route winds through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. The locomotives used today remain 100% coal-fired, steam-operated and are maintained in their original condition. Later, we check into the Sky Ute Casino Resort where you may wish to give Lady Luck a try. Meals: B, D

Day 5

Today we visit the land of the ancient Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park. The fascinating cliff dwellings and culture of these people provide us with a look into a society that existed approximately 1400 years ago. Building elaborate stone communities, the Pueblos developed their own society that existed for some 700 years, before disappearing. Archaeologists called them Anasazi, from a Navajo word sometimes translating as “the ancient ones.” Meal: B

Day 6

Our day begins as we board our motorcoach and ride to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the original Rio Grande Line. This is America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad. Enjoy lunch onboard as you explore 50 miles of wild and rugged territory between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, the highest point on the railroad. Meals: B, L

Day 7

Today we enjoy another journey by train aboard the Royal Gorge. The 12-mile route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. We ride through the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas” on an unforgettable journey over the famous Hanging Bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of Royal Gorge. Meal: B

Day 8

Begin the day with a ride on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Scenic wonders await around every curve and this century-old steam locomotive is reminiscent of the gold mining days of the area. Next, it’s on to the stunning Garden of the Gods, a 1,300 acre park where flora and fauna reflect the rich diversity of the terrain, and red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story. Enjoy lunch here before continuing to the U.S. Air Force Academy for a tour and a visit to the Cadet Chapel (when available). This evening we assemble for a farewell dinner, sharing memories of this unforgettable rail journey. Meals: B, L, D

Day 9

Following breakfast we say goodbye to Colorado with fond memories of our western railroads adventure with a group transfer to the Denver airport for flights home to Hartford/Bradley. Meal: B







Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $900 pp due with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: May 10, 2019

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to April 1, 2019 fee of $400.00 pp; April 2, 2019 to May 10, 2019 fee of $800.00 pp; May 11, 2019 to July 10, 2019 fee of $1,500.00 pp; no refunds if canceled after July 11, 2019.

Trip Protection Policy

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered. Premium is non-refundable once paid. Three ways to enroll:

1. Website: Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.

2. Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.

3. Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

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