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Best of Colorado


Colorado is big on beauty with snow-capped peaks, vast mesas and dramatic canyons at every turn. From hiking around Rocky Mountains National Park to exploring ancient archaeological sites and taking in show-stopping mountain views, this tour includes plenty of highlights and some lesser-known surprises along the way. Whether you’re a keen outdoor adventurer or prefer a relaxing scenic drive, this Colorado tour offers all you’re dreaming of and more.

7 days, from

$2,995

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: SSKR
Style: Comfort
Theme: Explorer
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Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights)
Transportation: Private vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Visit the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs where dramatic sandstone rock formations are silhouetted against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

  • Get to know Colorado’s lively capital as you explore Denver with your local leader. Check out the colourful River North Arts District and learn how local artists have brought this beloved neighbourhood back to life.

  • Have your camera ready during a scenic drive through Rocky Mountains National Park where spectacular scenes stream past the window at every turn.

  • Road trip your way along Colorado's Million Dollar Highway, one of the most scenic routes in the USA.

  • Join a ranger to explore the jaw-dropping Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Stroll through the sprawling and serene Ghost Ranch, home to Georgia O’Keefe’s summer house and studio, plus thousands of well-preserved fossils.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Estes Park

Welcome to Colorado! Your adventure begins in Denver, where a meeting will take place at 9am this morning for you to link up with your local leader and fellow travellers. Colorado’s capital has a flourishing food and music scene, but the best way to get to know the city is by admiring its art. After your meeting, head to the River North (RiNo) Arts District, a hub for colour and creativity. Here your leader will introduce you to a vibrant collection of works, from graffiti and murals to fascinating 3D installations, and explain how local artists have brought this beloved neighbourhood back to life. In the early afternoon, leave the rush of the city behind and drive to scenic Estes Park, at the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park. Settle into your hotel and enjoy some time to get to know the area. This evening, you may like to take a spine-tingling tour of the vast Stanley Hotel, famed for being the inspiration for Stephen King’s 1977 horror novel and a hotbed of paranormal activity.

Day 2: Rocky Mountain National Park

Rise and shine! It’s time to head into Rocky Mountain National Park, undoubtedly the state’s most scenic spot. Have your camera at the ready for a drive through the park, as spectacular scenes stream past the window. After the drive, hit one of the best-loved trails in the park for a hike to Bear Lake. This 1-kilometre loop will reward you with some truly unforgettable views, including Bear Lake itself, framed by glorious mountains. After a delicious picnic lunch, the rest of the day is free for your own discoveries – your leader will be on hand to offer suggestions, whether you feel like getting active or taking it easy.

Day 3: Garden of the Gods / Colorado Springs

After breakfast, make tracks from Estes Park to Colorado Springs, stopping along the way at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. This world-famous concert venue is carved into a gigantic rock structure and has played host to many notable musicians since it opened in 1941. Here you’ll have some time to check out the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and grab some lunch. Carry on to Colorado Springs, where you’ll settle into your accommodation before heading out to the Garden of the Gods. Spend the afternoon discovering this remarkable landscape where dramatic sandstone rock formations are silhouetted against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

Day 4: Black Canyon of the Gunnison / Montrose

Settle back and relax on the drive from Colorado Springs to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where you’ll discover some of the most dramatic canyon spires in North America. Carved out of the rocks by the Gunnison River, this lesser known canyon has steep sides and big views. Stop for lunch en route (own expense) before you embark on the famous South Rim Drive which packs a dozen scenic outlooks into less than 7 miles. Your leader will use their insider knowledge to make sure you stop at all the best ones. From here, it's a quick drive to Montrose and your hotel for the night.

Day 5: Million Dollar Highway / Durango

Today you’ll explore one of the most scenic roads in Colorado, the famous Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton. After breakfast, drive to Ouray and go on a guided hike selected by your leader, followed by an enlightening tour of the Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step back in time to the Wild West and learn all about frontier medicine from the museum's curator. After your visit, drive south towards Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway stopping at all the best overlooks. After dinner at a local farm to table restaurant on a ranch outside of Durango, check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 6: Mesa Verde National Park / Durango

After breakfast, drive to Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and spend the day taking in a landscape filled with expansive views, vast mesas and canyons. Your leader will decide which walks to do based on the group’s interests and fitness levels. You’ll also join a ranger-led tour for a visit to Cliff House, the largest Native American cliff dwelling in North America. After you’ve explored the trails and enjoyed a tasty picnic lunch, drive back to Durango where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore your way.

Day 7: Ghost Ranch / Sante Fe

Today you will travel to Santa Fe in New Mexico, making a stop along the way at the 21,000-acre Ghost Ranch. Here you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs with a self-guided walk through the inspiring landscape. Georgia O’Keefe’s summer home and studio were located in Ghost Ranch, so you may recognise some of the scenes from her paintings. Famed not only for its contributions to the artistic world, the ranch is home to thousands of well-preserved fossils, including skeletons of a small Triassic dinosaur. You can expect to arrive in Santa Fe around 4 pm, at which point your trip comes to an end. If you would like to extend your stay in Santa Fe, we would be happy to arrange additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

7 days, from $2,995

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