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Colorado's Historic Trains

Jul 23, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021

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

9 Day(s) | 14 Meals


  • Round trip flights from Hartford to Denver, CO
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • 14 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Travel 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
  • Climb almost 7,500 feet on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway
  • 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

Fly from Hartford/Bradley to Denver. Welcome to Denver, 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, 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, travel to historic Leadville to board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. While onboard, learn about the fascinating history of the railroads and hear 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, Mount Massive and Mount Elbert. Later, travel through scenic Monarch Pass and Curecanti National Recreation Area while en route to Montrose. Meals: B, Box Lunch

Day 4

This morning, visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Then, it’s “full steam ahead” as you 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, check into the Sky Ute Casino Resort where you may wish to give “Lady Luck” a try. Meals: B, D

Day 5

Visit the land of the ancient Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park. The fascinating cliff dwellings and culture of these people provide you with a look into a society that existed approximately 1,400 years ago. Building elaborate stone communities, the Pueblo developed their own society that existed for some 700 years, before disappearing. Archeologists called them Anasazi, from a Navajo word translating as “the ancient ones.” Meals: B, D

Day 6

Your day begins as you board the motorcoach and ride to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the original Rio Grande Line. This is America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad. 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

Aboard the Royal Gorge Railroad follow the 12-mile route along the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. 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. Then, enjoy a drive through the stunning Garden of the Gods. This 1,300 acre park reflect the rich diversity of the terrain and red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story. 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. Then “Ride to the Clouds” aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the U.S. which stretches nine miles long as it vertically climbs to almost 14,000 feet. This evening assemble for a farewell dinner, sharing memories of this unforgettable scenic rail adventure. Meals: B, 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 3, 2021

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to May 3, 2021 fee of $500 pp; May 3, 2021 to June 3, 2021 fee of $1000 pp; no refunds if cancelled after June 3, 2021. Fees are in addition to any non-refundable air penalties.

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: https://nta.aontravelprotect.com 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

Trip Protection Coverage with CANCEL FOR ANY REASON coverage is available through Travel Insured International when purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit—ask Friendship Tours/The Ship Shop for more information

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