Colorado Highlights

Experience the majestic scenery of the Rocky Mountains as we explore the Centennial State. Colorado is simply a treasure trove of natural wonders! Witness Mesa Verde’s marvelous cliff dwellings, ascend Pike’s Peak by Jeep with a professional guide, experience the thrill of the Million Dollar Highway, cross Royal Gorge by pedestrian bridge and gondola, and immerse yourself in surreal beauty at the Garden of the Gods. When we are not feasting our eyes on beautiful scenery, we will explore Vail, the famous resort town nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Grand Junction, celebrated as Colorado’s wine country, and historic Durango, where the spirit of the Old West is alive and well.

Hosted By: Gib Brown

Retired NBC5 Meteorologist

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  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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Day 1 : Fly to Colorado

We fly to The Centennial State and enjoy overnight accommodations in Denver.

Day 2 : Rocky Mountain National Park

This morning we depart Denver and head into Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the sweeping overlooks of Trail Ridge Road as we wind across the highest paved highway in the country. Gaze in wonder at the over 12,000-foot high views of the scenic alpine tundra below, and along the way make informative stops at the visitor centers. Tonight we check-in to our overnight accommodations near the alpine village of Vail.

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Day 3 : Vail

Upon arrival in Grand Junction we have a tour and lunch at Varaison Vineyard and Winery. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic drive through Colorado National Monument. Great landscapes of the American West surround us along Rim Rock Drive with views of towering monoliths, red rock canyons, and wildlife such as bighorn sheep and eagles. Tonight, we have accommodations in downtown Grand Junction.

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Day 4 : Silverton Train Ride

After an included breakfast this morning we head south towards Silverton, taking in spectacular views of the Million Dollar Highway en route. Upon arrival, enjoy leisure time to explore the historic mining town's many restaurants and shops before boarding the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This classic steam-powered locomotive follows the same tracks the settlers once took through the area. Marvel at stunning canyons and the San Juan National Forest. Accommodations for the next two evenings are in downtown Durango.

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Day 5 : Mesa Verde National Park

Today we receive a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Pueblo people today on a step-on guided tour of Mesa Verde National Park. Featuring nearly five thousand archaeological sites and six hundred cave dwellings, including some of the best preserved in the country, we learn about the history and culture of the fascinating people who inhabited this area from 600 - 1300 AD. This afternoon we return to Durango and enjoy leisure time to relax or explore all that the town has to offer.

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Day 6 : Royal Gorge Gondola

We continue through the majestic terrain of the Rocky Mountains today and make our way through Wolf Creek Pass. At an elevation of 10,875 feet, it offers stunning views of the sweeping landscapes below. This afternoon we arrive at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City. Offering 360-degree views of the surrounding scenery, we board a gondola and glide 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. Traveling over 2,200 feet across the gorge, we marvel at unparalleled views of completely unspoiled vistas. Our accommodations for the next two nights are in Colorado Springs.

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Day 7 : Jeep Adventure & Garden of the Gods

This morning takes us on a 4 x 4 jeep adventure to the summit of Pikes Peak and back with authentic Western guides. Enjoy a little time at the summit of Pikes Peak to marvel at the scenery from over 14,000 feet before returning to the base. Later, we depart for the surreal beauty of the Garden of the Gods. This National Natural Landmark offers towering sandstone rock formations set against the snow-covered beauty of the mountains. Enjoy photo opportunities on our docent-led tour of this magical area. Tonight we gather for our Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.

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Day 8 : Fly Home

We fly home from Denver with wonderful memories of our time together in Colorado.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night in Denver
  • 1 night at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in the Vail area
  • 1 night at the Springhill Suites in Grand Junction
  • 2 nights at the Historic Strater Hotel in Durango
  • 2 nights at the Hampton Inn Colorado Springs

Attractions & Highlights

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park gondola ride
  • Pikes Peak Jeep adventure
  • Garden of the Gods

11 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner
  • Lunch at Varaison Vineyards & Winery
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at Phantom Brewing Co. in Colorado Springs

Highest Elevation: We will be traveling at high elevations ranging from 4,590 feet to 14,100 feet for the entirety of our tour.

Tour Dates & Pricing

June 11th, 2019 - June 18th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$3699

Quad

$3399

Single

$4599

Triple

$3549

Final Payment Date: 03/28/2019

Departure Cities

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Gib Brown

Gib is an award winning teacher and Meteorologist who has recently
retired from NBC5 after more than 7 years.

During his long career he taught high school science and now is an adjunct professor of Meteorology at Clinton Community College and Plattsburgh SUNY. Gib is an honorary chair for the regional science fair held in Plattsburgh. He is also an AMS Emeritus member.

During the winter season, Gib also works part-time as a photographer for ORDA at Whiteface Mountain. Gib is an avid skier, hiker and motorcyclist. When the sun goes down, he spends his spare time reading and enjoying his five grandkids, Katharine, Kaden, Addison, Jack and Ryan.

He has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours. Join Gib and other NBC5 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime