New Season in Colorado!!!!
|6:15 am||Depart Burlington - Westland Mall in JcPenney's south side parking lot across from AmericInn, 550 S. Gear Ave.|
|6:30 am||Depart Mediapolis - 61 Chop House Restaurant, Hwy 61|
|6:45 am||Depart Wapello - Jack n' Jill, 503 US 61 South|
|7:15 am||Depart Muscatine - Clarion Hotel, 2915 N. Highway 61|
|8:00 am||Depart Davenport - CASI (Center for Active Seniors), 1035 W. Kimberly Rd.
*Various Breaks en route, On Own
|6:00 pm||Arrive Kearney, NE
Country Inn & Suites
105 Talmadge St.
Kearney, NE 68847
*Evening Meals on Own*
~Old Chicago and Red Lobster behind hotel.
~Ruby Tuesday's 2 Blocks Away
|5:30 am||Breakfast at Hotel|
|6:30 am||Depart Country Inn & Suites
One Hour Lunch Break en route, On Own
|1:00 pm||Arrive Denver, CO
Pick up Western Leisure Tour Guide
Travel to Colorado Springs
Tour US Air Force Academy - Overlooking western plains.
*The Academy is famous for its architecturally unique chapel.
Hotel Accommodation: Marriott Hotel
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
*Dinner at Guiseppe's Train Depot Restaurant
|*Breakfast at Hotel
Sightseeing around "Colorado Springs"
"Pike's Peak Cog Railway" - Ride on the 12,110 ft above sea level. "Garden of the Gods Trading Post" - Lunch included & time to shop. Continue afternoon with Sightseeing and tour "Garden of the Gods." Return to hotel with some time to freshen up, and then be our guest for a special evening of western hospitality and entertainment of the famous "Flying W Ranch" outdoor cookout. (B,L,D)
Pack up your bags, partner, because today you're off!
This morning board the "Royal Gorge Route Railroad" for a vintage train ride along the legendary Arkansas River deep within the Gorge. Upon arrival at "Royal Gorge Park & Bridge," where the world's highest suspension bridge towers 1,053 ft above the Arkansas River, leave the train behind and ride the country's steepest incline railway 1,500 feet up to the canyon rim. Here you will have time to walk out on the bridge and explore the other sites in the park. Next, travel to the historic rail town of "Salida" for a delicious home style lunch. This afternoon visit "Great Sand Dunes National Park" for sightseeing, and then arrive in Alamosa for a one night stay.
Hotel Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express, Alamosa, CO
|*Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway*
This morning, "All Aboard" the 1880 "Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad" considered the finest remaining example of a once vast network and narrow gauge lines linking together the Rocky Mountain Mining Camps. This unique railroad has been called by author Lucius Beebe, "the most awesomely spectacular example of mountain railroading in North America." Leave "Antonito," Colorado and travel to "Osier" where you'll disembark and enjoy lunch; then re-board your motorcoach and travel to the old west mining town "Durango," Colorado for a 2 night stay.
Hotel Accommodation: Best Western Rio Grande Inn, Durango CO.
After breakfast, travel to nearby "Mesa Verde National Park" for a day of exploration. Here you will visit cliff dwellings where the mysterious Anasazi once lived. Known as the "Ancient Ones" to the Navajo, the Anasazi lived in the Four Corners area almost a thousand years ago, then suddenly disappeared leaving their incredibly well-preserved dwelling to intrigue and challenge modern man. This is the nation's largest archeological preserve with 4,000 sights include 600 cliff dwellings. Spend some time in the Visitors Center with its large collection of ancient artifacts for an introduction to the ancient culture. A local expert will guide you through the most famous ruin sites with a stop at the Spruce Tree House Restaurant for lunch on own. After a fascinating tour of the park, return to "Durango" with the rest of the day free to explore this fun western town on your own.
Hotel Accommodation: Best Western Rio Grande Inn
This morning ride the "Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad," one of the last such railroads operating in the United States. "All Aboard!" for a delightful trip through the "Colorado Rockies" between Durango and Silverton. The rugged peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal lakes take you back to the early days of the West when mountain men searched this untouched land for traces of bear and mountain lion. Upon arrival in "Silverton," enjoy some free time to explore the many shops and have lunch on your own. Meet our motorcoach for a scenic drive north to "Grand Junction." This evening see the fantastic monoliths of "Colorado National Monument." Over the centuries, wind and water have carved sheer, walled canyons, spires, and gorges from the brilliant orange and red sandstone. Overnight in Grand Junction and enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel.
Hotel Accommodation: Grand Vista Hotel
2790 Crossroads Blvd.
Grand Junction, CO
|*Grand Junction - Denver*
Depart and travel east for a ride through the Heart of the Rockies enjoying vistas of rugged canyons, pristine wilderness, and deep gorges. Cross the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass as we travel east descending once again into the "Mile High City" of Denver. Before checking into your hotel, we'll stop at the "Colorado Railroad Museum" in Golden. This museum's mission is to acquire, preserve and exhibit railroad equipment, artifacts, and photographs emphasizing Rocky Mountain area railroads. You'll learn about the history of this region from the 1860's to present. What a great end to our Colorado Train Vacation. This afternoon, check into your hotel and freshen up but don't wander too far because tonight you will rejoin your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner.
Hotel Accommodation: Renaissance Denver Hotel
|Say Farewell to Denver and the Rocky Mountains.
Journey on home towards Omaha, NE with breaks en route as needed. Times and places will be determined later. We will have dinner at our hotel and the rest of the evening on own.
Hotel Accommodation: Regency Lodge
909 South 107th Ave.
|7:30 am||Breakfast at Hotel
|8:45 am||Check Out of Regency Lodge for Boys Town|
|9:00 am||Arrive Boy's Town for Guided Tour
|12:30 pm||Arrive Des Moines for One Hour Lunch Break, On Own
1/2 hr. break en route, On Own
|5:00 pm||Return Davenport|
|5:30 pm||Return Muscatine|
|6:00 pm||Return Wapello|
|6:15 pm||Return Mediapolis|
|6:30 pm||Return Burlington|
(All times are approximate)
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All tours Include MODERATE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
TIPS & GRATUITIES: In most cases they are included in the price of your tours, meals, and attractions. Tips and Gratuities that are not included are for your drivers, hosts and any step on guides. Many people have asked us what is considered appropriate, and while all tipping should be based on the level service you feel you received it is NEVER required.
We believe 2-3 dollars a day each for the driver and hosts and 1-2 dollars for guides would be considered appropriate, but again NEVER required. An envelope for the driver and host will be passed around the coach near the end of the tour and if you would like to thank your driver and host with a tip we are sure they would greatly appreciate it. For any guides we just ask you to think of them and if compelled please tip them in person as you say goodbye.
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