Durango, Silverton & Ouray
August 8, 2021 thru August 13, 2021
This 6-day and 5-night summer 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 Railroad Cascade Canyon Express, travel on jeeps in the Rockies and stay in the historic La Posada Hotel.
Cascade Canyon Express on Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage
in the Rockies
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 3:
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
Limited to 25
Livery from / to your home included
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Cascade Canyon Express
- Million Dollar Highway
- Ouray Hot Springs
- Jeep tour in the Rockies
- Stay at historic La Posada in Winslow
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up / 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 at the historic El Rancho Hotel and our overnight stay at Springhill Suites. (L,D)
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, and enjoy dinner in another historic landmark, The Palace. (B,D)
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. We will take the Cascade Canyon Express from Rockwell and then continue by motorcoach to secluded and charming Silverton where 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”. Dinner in Ouray is included. (B,D)
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!). (B,L)
This morning we travel around the mountain and descend to Cortez. 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! (B,D)
Today we make our way back to Tucson, ready to take on the Summer, stopping for lunch in Payson. (B,L)
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 Posada Hotel
$1,872 per person
$2,295 per person
• Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
• Pick-up / 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 pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and are happy to go over our booking policies with you. 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.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$137 covers trip costs $1,501-$2,000. $187 covers trip costs $2,000 to $3,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email email@example.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING:
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
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
On this tour, 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 and local step-on guides. 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.)
With passenger health in mind, we are not currently offering daily seat rotation. You will have an assigned seat and boarding order to allow for social distancing among passengers. At booking let us know if you prefer Front, Middle or Back of motorcoach. Each section comprises 4 to 5 rows. We will try to accommodate all requests. If we are unable to honor all requests, preference will be given based on date of your tour deposit.
At time of booking or as soon as possible please notify us of mobility limitations or food allergies. We will forward these to restaurants and attractions as needed. Please also let us know if you have dietary preferences. We usually can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please let us know at booking or as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying will be listed on the itinerary sent to you before the tour.
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.
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 warm but very pleasant during our stay in Southwest Colorado. 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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