Durango, Silverton & Ouray
May 20, 2019 thru May 25, 2019
This 6-day and 5-night springtime tour to the mountains is filled with fantastic scenery and unique history – if you like both this itinerary will suit you fine. We experience Mesa Verde National Park, ride the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge, travel on jeeps in the Rockies, and stay in the historic La Posada Hotel.
6 days, 5 nights
We travel to elevations of approx. 10,000’. Must be able to walk up stairs as one hotel does not have an elevator.
12 (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners) included
Livery from / to your home included
- Experience Mesa Verde National Park
- Ride the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Ride the Million Dollar Highway
- Stay in beautiful Ouray
- Jeep tour in the Rockies
- Visit Anasazi Heritage Center
- Stay at La Posada
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Pickup/livery service
- 5 nights lodging
- 12 Meals (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Train ticket
- Jeep tour
- Admissions as described
- Services of a tour director
- Baggage handling
- Bus refreshments
- Driver tips
We depart Tucson and journey north through juniper-covered hills to Salt River Canyon within the Tonto National Forest. After a lunch stop in the White Mountains we head to Gallup, New Mexico for a welcome dinner and our overnight stay.
This morning we explore Mesa Verde National Park. A UNESCO Heritage Site, Mesa Verde NP is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. It’s known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace, thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America, rock art and panoramic canyon views. We then head East to Durango, Colorado, where we stay overnight at the prominent downtown landmark, the Historic Strater Hotel, built in 1887.
Today we board a closed car on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1880’s vintage train and railroad route was originally built to carry supplies and people to the fold and silver ore from the mines in the San Juan Mountains. Today it carries tourists through magnificent high-country scenery. The train departs in secluded and charming Silverton and we have free time to have lunch and explore the town. We then travel the Million Dollar Highway, one of the nation’s most beautiful highways that delivers jaw-dropping vista after vista, to the historic town of Ouray for our two-night stay at the Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs. Ouray is one of our favorite destinations – nestled in the quiet serenity of a box canyon so picturesque it’s been dubbed the “Switzerland of America” and the “Gem of the Rockies”.
This morning we board jeeps to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains and step back into history. We travel former stage and mining roads – a world of prospectors, adventurers and mountaineers – while seeing spring flower carpeted meadows, breathtaking views of pine studded peaks, waterfalls, ghost towns, historic mining areas and wildlife (at their discretion!).
This morning we travel around the mountain and descend through Lizard Head Pass for a visit to the Anasazi Heritage Center, a museum celebrating the Ancestral Pueblo and other native cultures of the Four Corners region. This afternoon we’ll travel to Winslow for our overnight stay at the historic La Posada Hotel, and our farewell dinner at the venerable Turquoise Room Restaurant. Designed by noted architect Mary Jane Colter and built in 1929, La Posada has been restored to its former glory!
Today we make our way back to Tucson, ready to take on the Summer. Join us for this fantastic tour!
Is the Strater Hotel haunted?
You are going to have stay there to find out in person!
Historic Strater Hotel
Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs
La Posado Hotel
$1,819 per person
$2,198 per person
Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
Pickup/dropoff service from your home
5 nights lodging
12 Meals (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
Admissions as described
Services of a tour director
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all, and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page by clicking the link below.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport sky cap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
We expect the weather to be very pleasant during our stay in Southwest Colorado, but it can still be chilly in Spring. Please be sure to bring a sweater and / or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you to on this tour.
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