Trains!

7 Days along the historic Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Feel the smoke tinged breeze across your face as the picturesque mountains, valleys, gorges and rivers pass by.  The clanging of the metal, the blowing of the horn feels like home to those of us with a fascination for the rails.  We leave our problems behind and go back in time where 19th century technologies transformed the Four Corners in this seven day tour of railroad history.  We'll have first class experiences on both the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  Along the way, we'll enjoy scenic vistas, hot springs, historic hotels, delicious food and of course, great company.

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Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Route

Day 1 - Arrival Day - Albuquerque

Make your way to Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ) by 4:00 pm.  You'll have a ticket in hand for van service from the airport to the Hotel Andaluz via your pre-trip packet.   We'll kick the tour off with a welcome reception in the historic lobby at the Hotel Andaluz from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.   Then downtown Albuquerque is just outside the door for an evening on the town, or if you prefer, perhaps a comfy night in the Hotel Andaluz Library reading up on the trains we are about to experience.

Inclusions:
Shuttle transfer from ABQ to the Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Night at the Hotel Andaluz
Reception (enough for it to be dinner, or light enough if you want to explore Albuquerque's dining scene after)

Day 2 - Albuquerque to Durango

After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, we make our way north.  Starting on the Turquoise Trail with morning stops at railroad history, we will then proceed through New Mexico vistas to a picnic lunch.     Its a mild climb into Durango into an alpine environment that acts as our home base for our first train ride.

Inclusions:
-Breakfast at Hotel
-Picnic Lunch
-Group Dinner
-Hotel Night at the historic Leland House & Rochester Hotel

Driving Miles: 325 Approx

Day 3 - The Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Step back to the 1880's on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad determinedly makes its way up stunning mountain passes.  Via a first class pass you will take the train from Durango to spend the afternoon in historic Silverton.  With gravity on your side on the return trip, the wheels make their way down the tracks with a whole different feel.  The evening is on your own to explore and experience the town the D&RG founded. 

Inclusions:
-Breakfast at the Hotel
-Transfer to the DSNGR (option to walk)
-First Class Round-Trip Ticket on the DSNGR
-Hotel Night at the Leland House & Rochester Hotel

On Own:
-Lunch in Silverton
-Dinner in Durango

Day 4 - Durango to Pagosa Springs

Enjoy a relaxing morning with breakfast at the hotel before making our way to Pagosa Springs.  We'll stop at Chimney Rock National Monument for a tour of the the ancestral pueblo sites with a picnic lunch.  Then on to Pagosa Springs to experience the deepest hot springs in North America. In the evening, we will meet up for a dinner outing to a brew pub.

Inclusions:
-Breakfast at Hotel
-National Monument Access
-Picnic Lunch
-Hot Springs Access
-Group Dinner
-Junior Suite at the Springs Resort and Spa

Mileage: 65

Day 5 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

It's off early from Pagosa Springs to catch a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  You'll take the one way 64 mile ride starting in Chama through the Cumbres pass and the Toltec Gourge to arrive in Antonito. We'll pick you up in the Sprinter van at the end of the ride to proceed on to the hotel in Santa Fe for the evening.

Inclusions:
-Continental Breakfast on the Train
-Parlor Car Seating Buffet Lunch at Halfway Point in Osier
-Dinner voucher to hotel restaurant
-Hotel Night at Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Mileage:  Approximately 160

Day 6: Santa Fe

On to Santa Fe and the historic town square.  We'll stop in at the New Mexico History Museum and then allow the afternoon for lunch on your own, casual exploring and shopping in historic Santa Fe.  For dinner, we will head off to the Santa Fe Railyard for a final night group dinner in a special setting.

Inclusions:
-Breakfast at Hotel
-Museum Entry Fee to New Mexico History Museum
-Group Dinner
-Hotel Night at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa 

On Own:
-Lunch in Santa Fe

Mileage: Approximately 60

Day 7 - Santa Fe to Albuquerque

After breakfast in the hotel we'll depart Santa Fe at 9:30 am to arrive at Albuquerque Sunport by 10:45 for departing flights after 12:00 p.m.

Inclusions:
-Breakfast

Mileage: Approximately 65 miles

If would like to extend time in Albuquerque, we can arrange for additional hotel nights and to transfer you directly there instead of the airport.

Dates

Tour 1: 8/31/2016 - 9/6/2016
Tour 2: 10/09/2016 - 10/15/2016

Rates

Per Person Double Occupancy: $2410
Per Person Single Occupancy: $3055

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