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  • Explore beautiful forests, mountains, lakes and gushing rivers…become a cowboy on a dude ranch, explore gold rush ghost towns and Native American ruins or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. 

    • Aspen Bells

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    • Prairie Sunset

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    • Golf in Telluride

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    • Coors Field, Denver

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    • Mountain Goat

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    • Riding

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    • Royal Gorge Railroad

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    • Frank Kennicott Homestead

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    • Collegiate Peaks

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    • Durango - Silverton Railroad

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    • Deer in the Lake

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    • Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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    • Hole in the Wall Ranch

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • Cycling through Grand Junction

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    Start with a little jaw-dropping scenery, add a pinch of adventure, a twist of culture and top it off with a cozy night by a roaring fire or an elegant dining experience. That’s the recipe for an unforgettable vacation in Colorado. Colorado’s spectacular landscape offers the perfect backdrop for vacations to suit everyone.

    Denver – The Mile High City

    Denver is alive with culture, incredible culinary experiences, luxurious shopping and a host of outdoor activities for the whole family. Enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver is a great city for outdoor events and activities ranging from parades, music and art festivals to balloon festivals and even a Rocky Mountain Highland Games. If you enjoy golf, there are numerous golf courses just a short drive from the city.

    Colorado Springs

    From ‘wild’ to ‘mild’, you’ll find something new and exciting to do everyday in Colorado Springs! One thing you must not miss is Pikes Peak Cog Railway which is not only the highest Colorado railroad, it’s the highest cog railroad in the world. Enjoy the 3 hour, 9 mile journey which follows cascading streams and travels through pine forests until you move above the timberline where the scenery becomes rugged but no less spectacular.

    Aspen

    There’s something in Aspen for everyone and at every time of year. Whether you’re looking for the perfect family vacation, solo adventure, romantic escape or group getaway, Aspen’s the place! Elegant hotels, shops and restaurants are on every street so you can enjoy every creature comfort whilst surrounded by the stunning grandeur of Aspen, Snowmass and Buttermilk mountains. Aspen’s also the home for some of the rich and famous so, whilst you’re watching the world go by, keep your eyes peeled for those famous faces.

    Beaver Creek

    Just a few miles from Vail and Eagle Airport, Beaver Creek is one of Colorado’s newest townships. Enjoy the beauty of the region from the top of Beaver Creek mountain…easily accessible a short but spectacular ride by gondola. Shop, golf, ski, snowboard, cycle or just relax…it’s all on your doorstep and there are some magnificent nature trails to take.

    Estes Park Region

    Rocky Mountain National Park surrounds the village of Estes Park with magnificent mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, miles of hiking trails and wonderful scenic drives including the Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide and the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. The Estes Park region offers a wide variety of activities from the extreme of mountaineering to relaxing with a picnic alongside a rushing stream.

    Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde, Spanish for ‘green table’ offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made this area their home for over 700 years. There are spectacular archaeological sites and cliff dwellings throughout the park that are the best preserved of all throughout the United States. Take your time and spend a couple of days in the park…we can take care of your hotel reservation at the Far View Lodge.

    Telluride & Mountain Village

    Telluride is a combination of the old and the new. Old town Telluride is a wonderful trip back to the old west; lots of character and charm. The ‘new’ Telluride is just over the mountain at Mountain Village where you’ll find superb lodgings available in hotels or private homes, magnificent golf, an array of shopping and dining and whether it’s winter or summer, it’s a hive of activity every evening. Not far from Telluride is the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – it’s a spectacular day trip for the whole family.

     

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    • Top Tip 1

      Even if you're not a skier, take a gondola ride to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain at any time of year. The views will take your breath away.

    • Top Tip 2

      Take the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but just do it one way (and take the motorcoach back the other way). The train journey takes around four hours and the coach journey back is just over an hour.

    • Top Tip 3

      Another one for train buffs is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels between Antonito in southern Colorado and Chama in northern New Mexico.

    • Top Tip 4

      Visit the Four Corners, where you can have a foot and hand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - all at the same time.

    • Top Tip 5

      If you're in western Colorado make sure you visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Monument. It’s a hidden gem and well worth a visit.

    • Top Tip 6

      Looking for somewhere to have lunch in Denver? Check out Marlowe's Restaurant; it’s a deservedly popular spot with the locals for both lunch and dinner.

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      Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, just 15 miles west of Denver, is a world famous outdoor venue, with excellent hiking and biking trails as well as the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheatre in the world.

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      Visit Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, voted one of the ten best places for solitude in the US. Include the 23-mile scenic Rim Rock Drive in your itinerary. If you're going to hike in the area, be aware that midges can be a nuisance from mid May to mid July, so take some repellent. Click here to view a live webcam from the Colorado National Monument's Visitor Centre

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  • Rocky Mountain Discovery

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: April to September

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
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    • Estes Park

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    • Mountain Biking

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    • Colorado

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    • Capitol Building

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    Day 01

    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, ideally located for sightseeing and shopping in downtown Denver.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    Day 02

    Denver

    Enjoy a whole day exploring the delights of Denver. This is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city with a myriad of attractions including Larimer Square, Denver Zoo and the U.S. Mint to keep you entertained.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    70Mi/113Km

    Day 03

    Estes Park

    Today leave the bright lights of Denver behind and make a stop at the colourful city of Boulder, before arriving in Estes Park. Sitting on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park you will find yourself surrounded by breath-taking views of colourful wildflowers, clear lakes and abundant wildlife.

    Hotel: Rocky Mountain Park Inn

    139Mi/224Km

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    Steamboat Springs

    It's just a short but wonderfully scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, it offers awe-inspiring views across towering mountain peaks and deep forest floors, tempting you to hike or bike the rugged terrain. The less energetic may choose to simply relax in the town's natural mineral hot springs.

    Hotel: Sheraton Steamboat Resort

    92Mi/148Km

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    Vail

    It's a short journey today to the attractive alpine village of Vail. Famous for its world-class skiing, Vail is an area of numerous possibilities. There's plenty of outdoor adventures to keep you busy, from hiking and biking to white water rafting, climbing and jeep adventures. We suggest a visit to Beaver Creek which is just ten miles away.

    Hotel: The Sebastian

    146Mi/235Km

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    Grand Junction

    Venturing towards the far east of the state, today's destination is Grand Junction; Colorado's wine country. Enjoy the charming downtown with great shops and restaurants and more than 20 wineries. Visit the Colorado National Monument, where towering monoliths and fascinating sculptures dot the vast red-rock canyon landscape. Watch for the bobcats and mountain lions which prowl the area! Ride the range at Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area; 36,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus located just eight miles from Grand Junction. If you have a fascination for dinosaurs, this is the place for you. Hundreds of species have been unearthed here and there are many museums and attractions dedicated to the magnificent creatures.

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction

    130Mi/210Km

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    Aspen

    Your journey today takes you through the San Juan National Forest to the chic town of Aspen, renowned for its relaxed pace life and upscale shopping and restaurants. Enjoy the mountain lifestyle whilst keeping a watch for the occasional celebrity! If you have additional time to spend in Colorado, you may wish to extend your trip to include Durango, an old Wild West and silver mining town 170 miles to the south. Renowned for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which was constructed in 1882 to haul silver and gold from the San Juan Mountains, you can journey the same lines today, experiencing the spectacular canyons.

    Hotel: The Little Nell

    157Mi/253Km

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    Colorado Springs

    Leaving Aspen behind, today you weave through the Rockies, along Independence Pass and alongside Mount Elbut, Colorado’s highest point, to Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor, where you spend the next two nights, offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits to keep you entertained. Make sure you include a visit to the United States Air Force Academy during your stay, in addition to spending time at the Garden of the Gods, where towering sandstone rock formations contrast against the snow-capped mountains at Pikes Peak.

    Hotel: The Broadmoor

    89Mi/143Km

    Day 14

    Journey home

    From Colorado Springs, it's a short drive north back to Denver, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2650 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Luxury Colorado

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    10 Nights/11 Days

    Departures: year round

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    • Return trip scheduled flights 
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Aspen Bells, Aspen

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    • Downtown Vail

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • Garden of the Gods

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    • The Little Nell

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    • The Broadmoor

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    • The Sebastian

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    Day 01

    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver International Airport. Upon arrival in Denver, collect your rental car and transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel located in downtown Denver.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Denver

    71Mi/114Km

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    Colorado Springs

    Today you depart Denver and take the short journey south to Colorado Springs. A mountain resort town, Colorado Springs has everything from rock climbing to hiking, however the most popular attraction is Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Enjoy the 3 hour, 9 mile journey which follows cascading streams and travels through pine forests until you move above the timberline where the scenery becomes rugged but no less spectacular. Your accommodation for the next 3 nights is the luxurious Broadmoor.

    Hotel: The Broadmoor

    156Mi/251Km

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    Aspen

    Your journey through the Rockies and this stunning area of Colorado continues today as you leave Colorado Springs behind and head to the beautiful town of Aspen. A world famous ski resort in the winter, the resort becomes an adventurers playground in the summer. Hike one of the many trails of the area or head out on a bike along one of the mountain roads. Should you fancy to just kick back and relax, take time to visit the spa at your accommodation, The Little Nell.

    Hotel: The Little Nell

    102Mi/164Km

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    Vail

    Depart Aspen today and travel west through the charming town of Glenwood Springs. Make time to stop off here for lunch on your journey or perhaps pack your swimming stuff and enjoy one of the towns hot springs. Continue your journey then to Vail, where you will spend the next 3 nights at the Sebastian. The uber luxurious resort is the perfect place to unwind in the mountains, with an excellent spa, mountain view pool and hot tubs aplenty.

    Hotel: The Sebastian

    97Mi/156Km

    Day 11

    Journey Home

    Today, you will return your rental car to Denver International Airport, and journey home on your selected scheduled flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    The Wonders of Wyoming

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Wyoming

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    • Saratoga

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    • Horses

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    • Rock Springs

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    • Cheyenne

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    • Buffalo

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    Day 01

    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    Day 02

    Denver

    Today you are free to explore the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver. You may choose to take the U.S. Mint tour, visit the Molly Brown House Museum or experience the wide choice of shopping options.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    100Mi/161Km

    Day 03

    Cheyenne

    This morning you will take Route 25 north to begin your adventure. Stop off for lunch at Fort Collins and perhaps make a final stop at the Terry Bison Ranch before arrival in Cheyenne.

    Hotel: Nagle Warren Mansion

    147Mi/237Km

    Day 04

    Fort Laramie & Lusk

    Today will take you on an historical journey to Fort Laramie: once a western gateway for some 350,000 pioneers who crossed the Oregon Trail, now a restored site with park rangers in period costume. Mid afternoon, continue your drive to the small town of Lusk.

    Hotel: Best Western Pioneer, Lusk

    149Mi/240km

    Day 05

    Rapid City

    Today head across the border into South Dakota. This scenic drive will bring you through Custer State Park to the magnificent site of Mount Rushmore and on to Rapid City.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

    Day 06

    Rapid City

    This morning, we suggest you take the 95 mile drive to Badlands National Park to view the striking sight of spires and gorges.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

    224Mi/360Km

    Day 07

    Clearmont

    Today will take you back into Wyoming, but not before a brief stop at the historic town of Deadwood. Once across the state line, you will venture into the Black Hills National Forest, home to eerie Devils Tower.

    Hotel: Ranch at Ucross

    178Mi/286Km

    Day 08

    Cody

    Today, why not take a horseback ride, play tennis or relax by the pool at this great ranch before venturing through the Bighorn National Forest to Cody? Once in Cody visit the Old Trail Town, an authentic recreation of the 1890’s Old West.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Ivy Inn

    77Mi/124Km

    Day 09

    Yellowstone National Park

    This morning visit the Buffalo Bill Historic Centre, housing memorabilia of the showman William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody. It’s a short drive from here to the pretty Lake Yellowstone area of Yellowstone.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

    Day 10

    Yellowstone National Park

    Today is yours to explore this magical National Park. Take a boat on Lake Yellowstone, drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs or try the Geyser hike. Watch out for the buffalo roaming freely!

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

    98Mi/158Km

    Day 11

    Jackson

    A short drive today brings you through Grand Teton National Park, home to both bear and moose, and on to the picturesque town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Rustic Inn Creekside Resort

    180Mi/290Km

    Day 12

    Rock Springs

    An early start today as you set out through Teton National Forest to the towns of Dubois and Lander. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the quaint city of Rock Springs, where you spend the evening.

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Rock Springs

    155Mi/250Km

    Day 13

    Saratoga

    You may wish to take a trip to the Flaming Gorge before driving to Saratoga. Your hotel is home to some of the area’s natural hot springs, so take some time to relax in the hot pools.

    Hotel: Saratoga Hot Springs Resort

    230Mi/370Km

    Day 14

    Estes Park

    Today, enjoy your leisurely drive into Colorado, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Medicine Bow Mountains. Then drive on to Estes Park, where you will spend your last night.

    Hotel: Rocky Mountain Park Inn

    75Mi/121Km

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Spend your last morning relaxing before your short drive back to Denver, where you will return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2899 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. Due to the nature of the locations featured, certain hotels are tourist class only. Park admission fees are not included. 

    Pueblos & Canyons

    Begins in and ends in Phoenix, Arizona

    22 Days / 21 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
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    • Pueblo

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    • Whitewater Rafting

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    • Bryce Canyon

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    • Las Vegas

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    Day 01

    Arrive Pheonix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Day 02

    Scottsdale

    Today is a time for relaxation and enjoyment. Chill out by the pool, take in some shopping at the Fashion Mall or perhaps enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride over the desert.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    117Mi/188Km

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    Tucson

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before you leave for your drive south to Tucson. The Westward Look Resort sits in a stunning setting with lots of activities to keep you entertained, so we've allowed you a full day to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    71Mi/115Km

    Day 05

    Tombstone

    Today make the short journey to Tombstone, site of the famous ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’. Your accommodation is a beautiful hill country ranch, which sits in 270 acres and offers unique Wild West themed rooms.

    Hotel: Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 06

    Las Cruces

    Your journey today takes you to some of the best preserved ghost towns, en route to Las Cruces. This city, also known as The City of Crosses, is rich in history, arts and scenic beauty.

    Hotel: Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

    252Mi/406Km

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    White Sands & Albuquerque

    See the brilliant white dunes of White Sands National Monument en route to Albuquerque, where we recommend a visit to Old Town. Continue north to Santa Ana Pueblo, where your hotel has been built around the spirit of the Indian dwellings of the region.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

    252Mi/406Km

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    Santa Fe, Taos & Durango

    Stroll the historic Plaza in Santa Fe before leaving to go on to Taos. Visit Taos Indian Pueblo, one of the oldest inhabited settlements, then cross the Sangre de Cristo Mountains into Colorado and the town of Durango.We suggest you take time to visit the Silverton Railway during your two night stay.

    Hotel: Strater Hotel

    191Mi/306Km

    Day 12

    Mesa Verde & Monument Valley

    Visit Mesa Verde National Park, then pass by Four Corners, the only place in the United States where four states come together at one point, then on to Monument Valley.

    Hotel: Gouldings Lodge

    123Mi/197Km

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    Lake Powell

    After a morning sightseeing tour of Monument Valley, drive on to Lake Powell, where the desert meets the deep blue lake. We've chosen the only resort located on the water and given you a full day to explore the area's beauty. We would suggest a boat trip to the famous Rainbow Bridge as one of the best ways to see the region.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    160Mi/260Km

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    Bryce Canyon

    From Lake Powell and Kanab National Park you will ascend the Punsagunt Plateau to see the natural beauty of the arches and rock formations that make Bryce Canyon.

    Hotel: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand

    240Mi/390Km

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    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    From one stunning national park to another, Zion National Park offers a spectacular contrast to Bryce. From here, head south to the 24-hour city of Las Vegas. You'll find some of the world's best dining and a myriad of sensational shows to choose from, so you'll have no problem filling your two night stay.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    200Mi/320Km

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    Grand Canyon

    Leaving the glittering lights of Las Vegas behind, enjoy a tour of Hoover Dam before continuing on to the breathtaking sights of the Grand Canyon.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 22

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute relaxation, sightseeing or shopping before returning your car to Phoenix Airport and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2750 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest

    Begins in Grand Junction, Colorado and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: May, June, August & September

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Mesa Arch

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Angels Landing, Zion National Park

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    • Ampitheatre at Bryce Canyon National Park

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Grand Canyon

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    Day 01

    Grand Junction

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon arrival, independently transfer to DoubleTree by Hilton at Grand Junction.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton. Grand Junction (No meals)

    Day 02

    Moab

    Transfer from Grand Junction to Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, Utah, your base for the next three nights. This evening, join Tauck and your traveling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Dinner)

    Day 03

    Arches National Park

    An early start this morning to witness the sun rise in the Windows section of Arches National Park; the first light of day on Turret Arch and Double Arch creates picture-postcard photography. Arches National Park holds the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches with over 2,000 throughout the park. View Delicate Arch, the amazing Balanced Rock, and a variety of sensational geological formations during guided sightseeing before returning to the lodge for lunch.

    Get set for adventure this afternoon when you depart on a scenic float trip along on the Colorado River. There is an optional Sunset Scouts walk, before spending your evening in the lodge, where you dine at your leisure and are steeped in the authenticity of an architectural style that defines the West.
     

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Day 04

    Canyonlands National Park

    Enjoy a morning trip to Castle Rock with spectacular views of Book Cliffs and Arches National Park – from the top of a mesa, enjoy views that extend out to Arches National Park, Colorado, and the La Salle Mountains. A lecture by a local Navajo connects you to the sacredness of the desert, to the ancient spiritual life that transcends today’s world. Depart for the little town of Moab, then on to Canyonlands National Park, whose countless canyons, mesas and buttes shadow the Colorado River and the Green River. These rivers divide the park into four districts – today you’ll explore the northern section, Island in the Sky, where among other formations you’ll see a famed pothole arch, Mesa Arch, overlooking Buck Canyon. There is no better way to experience Canyonlands than at sunset – and the setting sun, during a picnic dinner at Dead Horse Point overlooking the U-turn in the Colorado River, is nothing short of inspirational.

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast and dinner)

    Day 05

    Bryce Canyon

    Enjoy some free time this morning – go on an optional Dawn Patrol or visit the Film Museum at the lodge. For the past 70 years, many of the most famous western movies were filmed in and around Moab – learn about the filming locations and the stars who brought them to life. Gain insight from Dayton Duncan as to the best way to access the major sights in the national parks; some are available at a turnout, while others are inaccessible and require back-country hiking or an aerial overview – and that is exactly how you’ll tour Capitol Reef National Park today. Cross the Waterpocket Fold, which is sort of a “warp” in the Earth’s crust that runs nearly 100 miles, and see Strike Valley, the spectacular sandstone Capitol Domes that give the park its name, colourful cliffs and soaring spires. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, home to some of Earth’s more whimsical geologic formations; spend some time at the Visitor Centre and enjoy some free time before dinner – there is an optional Sunset Scouts this evening.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Day 06

    Zion

    Another independent Dawn Patrol is available this morning – a hike along the rim of Bryce Canyon to catch the shocking array of colours illuminated by the first rays of light on the hoodoos below. More of a series of horseshoe “amphitheatres” than a canyon, morning walks reveal millions of pinnacles positively glowing. This afternoon, depart for Zion National Park; en route you’ll learn about the park’s complicated creation via a film  by Ken Burns, who shares his favourite memories of the park. Upon arrival, Ryan Paul, Curator of Frontier Homestead State Park Museum (formerly Iron Mission State Park), entertains with a lecture on “singaways” and the contribution of the Union Pacific Railroad to the story of the national parks. There is an independent Sunset Scouts opportunity tonight to the historic Virgin River bridge located at the mouth of the canyon.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Day 07

    Zion

    Zion’s most striking images are unique sandstone cliffs that range from towering monoliths to narrow canyons, changing in colour from light cream to pink to red. Tour the park, with walks to Weeping Rock and the Court of the Patriarchs, then have some free time to explore as you please. Late afternoon, internationally acclaimed environmental historian and author Alfred Runte gives a talk on the history of the railroad in the national parks. This evening, you may choose to do an independent Sunset Scouts’ visit to the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River that earned the designation “wild and scenic".

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast and dinner)

    Day 08

    Grand Canyon

    Leave Zion, and en route to Grand Canyon National Park get a guided tour of fascinating Pipe Spring National Monument to learn about Paiute Indian and Mormon pioneer history. Drive to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, a place more intimate and less crowded than the South Rim, with fewer than 10% of the park’s total annual visitors. Following lunch, explore the North Rim, including the vistas from Point Imperial. Dinner tonight is at the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Day 09

    Grand Canyon

    Spend today exploring the Grand Canyon at your leisure. Optional activities include mule rides and additional ranger talks about history and geology.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast and dinner)

    Day 10

    Las Vegas

    Today you fly from Kanab over the western regions of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas for your return home. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

    Day 11

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before returning to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • Cycle with a Tour De France Professional

    Little Nell, Aspen

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    Ever dreamt about cycling along some of the most scenic mountain roads of Aspen, Colorado while chatting to a selection of former Tour de France professional cyclists?

    Well, we have the perfect opportunity for on this once in a lifetime cycling camp held at the Little Nell in Aspen. This all inclusive 4 night package gives guests the opportunity to fulfill lifelong ambitions of taking the mountain roads on top of the range road bikes with former pro's Christian Van Der Velde, Craig Lewis and Ryder Hesjedal alongside.

    All equipment and personalised kit is provided throughout the camp, with a selection of top of the range bikes available from sponsors Scott. Your bike will be set up to the exact standards of a pro team and include personalisation on the frame. Should you love your bike that much, you will even have the opportunity to purchase it after the came and ship it back home!

    You will be accommodated at the Little Nell Resort for your 4 night stay. This Five-Star, Five Diamond resort is the ultimate in luxury in Aspen and the perfect place to kick back and relax after a hard day on the bike.

     

    Prices

    From £5500 per person. Please note this price is only for the 4 night camp and does not include international flights.

    Royal Gorge Railway

    Canon City

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    • Royal Gorge Railway Open Car

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    Climb aboard Colorado's most scenic train for a journey through the spectacular Royal Gorge. Since 1879, these tracks have followed the winding, tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring, 1,000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado's Royal Gorge. The Royal Gorge Route is a quality, Colorado attraction - no thrill rides or cotton candy, just a focus on outstanding service, delicious food, and unique classes of service.

    Club Class

    Club Class is the Royal Gorge Route’s newest class of service. Here, you’ll experience comfortable table seating, full-service dining and front row views of this dazzling canyon. Enjoy a fresh approach to railcar dining by ordering from the chef’s new bistro-style breakfast and lunch menus. Think fresh, Colorado ingredients, all made to order in the chef’s kitchen aboard the train. Learn more about Colorado’s most historic train route from your friendly server, who will also pick up your favorite drinks from this railroad’s fully stocked bar, including locally produced wines from the award-winning Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. From here, you’ll have direct access to the new Roosevelt Bar Car, where you can mingle, grab another drink and make your way to the open-air car where breathtaking views await.

    Coach Class

    Relax into comfortably cushioned high-back seats with expansive windows that showcase the pristine views throughout one of Colorado’s grandest canyons. Take in the full Royal Gorge Route experience by visiting the new Roosevelt Bar Car or Sunshine Fall. Visit the Parlor & Bar Car to order from the chef’s new bistro-style menu featuring light snacks, appetizers and other favorites like Flatbacks for breakfast and the Basil Chicken Panini for lunch. All dishes are prepared on board and many are made with fresh ingredients grown or raised in Colorado. Both of the Royal Gorge Route’s Bar Cars offer your favorite libation, microbrew, wine and other beverages – to quench your thirst and pair perfectly with your dish. Step outside on the open-air car for a fresh-air moment where the up-close-and-personal nature of this 1,000-foot deep and oh-so-narrow canyon will remind you of the awesome beauty produced by Mother Nature.

    Vista Dome

    Enjoy the breathtaking views from a classic glass-topped dome car and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch prepared by the chef. Food is prepared fresh and the service is outstanding. Experience the ultimate Royal Gorge experience in our classic 1950s Dome Car. Surrounded by glass in this upper level car, the views of the Royal Gorge are truly breathtaking. You'll be treated to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Colorado along with the ambiance and nostalgia of a bygone era, when riding in the dome car was the ultimate in railroading! All dome class passengers have a full menu of delicious food items that may be ordered while seated in the dome for both breakfast and lunch (additional charge). Full service bar available as well as a complete wine list. 

    Prices

    Club Class

    From £66 per adult and £56 per child.

    Coach Class

    From £42 per adult and £32 per child.

    Vista Dome 

    From £50 per adult and £42 per child.

    Colorado Wine Tour

    Grand Junction

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    • Wine Tour

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    • Barrel Room

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    Yes, Colorado has a delightful wine country! Join a fun, comprehensive tour as you learn how the local boutique wineries hand-craft the Colorado grapes and other valley-grown fruits into award-winning wines.

    Pass by orchards,vineyards and outdoor art studios on the way to visit some of the Valley’s charming, friendly, small scale wineries producing big flavor wines. On the tour you will learn about wine making from the vine to the bottle - often from the owner or wine maker. Your driver will be familiar the lesser-known wineries, which ones make the style of wines you prefer, and how to customize the tour for you.

    Duration: 4 Hours

    Prices

    From £58 per person.

    Silverton Ghost Town Jeep Tour

    Durango

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    • Silverton Ghost Town Jeep Tour

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    Explore Colorado’s most preserved mining sites. Immerse yourself in the history of the American west and feel a sense of astonishment as you picture the men and women who forged their life and existence chasing their dreams in this imposing environment. Tour into the Tundra high above Silverton, a world away from the stresses of modern life with waterfalls, mountain wildlife, beautiful vistas and Colorado’s famous wildflowers. A great trip for the whole family and kids are extra entertained with our Mild to Wild scavenger hunt. Find the items on the checklist and get some fool’s gold!

    Duration: 8 Hours

     

    Prices

    From £150 per adult and £115 per child (aged 12 and below)

    Pikes Peak Cog Railway Tour

    Colorado Springs

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    • Pikes Peak Cog Railway

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    This tour offers all that America's Mountain has to offer. The tour guide will drop you off at the COG Rail Road for an original American adventure. The ride to the top is stunning, with great views and plenty of wildlife. You will also get to learn about the Mountain that inspired the song 'America the beautiful' on the journey up. The guide and jeep will be waiting at the summit for your return trip to Colorado Springs, along the famous Pikes Peak Highway, home to the 2nd oldest car race in America.

    Duration: 5 Hours

    Prices

    From £115 per person.

    Garden of the Gods Segway Tour

    Colorado Springs

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    • Garden of the Gods

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    Spend up to 2 hours on the Segway and experience one of nature's greatest treasures, Garden of the Gods. Tours originate at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center where un-obscured views will ensure your visit to this beautiful city park is memorable. Your guide will make several short stops to point out red tail hawks, eagles nests, ancient rock formations, exotic plants and wildlife. You may see unique caricatures hidden in and on the rocks. Your guide will speak a little about the history of the park and Colorado Springs, tell tales and true stories of the old west.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Prices

    From £62 per person.