Mountains to Desert: The Best of Colorado, Utah and New Mexico with Gordon Hodgson (Sept 14-26. 2020)

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Mountains to Desert: The Best of Colorado, Utah and New Mexico with Gordon Hodgson (Sept 14-26. 2020)


TOUR PRICE: To be established in October, 2019.

AVAILABILITY: Accepting reservations on our advance courtesy interest list.

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ArawjoTours, LLC is proud to present this extraordinary trip from Colorado, Utah and New Mexico with one of our best tour manager and guides, Gordon Hodgson.  Gordon is from Utah, and a good portion of this tour takes place in Utah, exploring the many incredible National Parks and monuments there.  Other highlights of this American journey include a ride on the Durango Silverton narrow guage railroad, a visit to the adobe dwellings of Native Americans in Taos Pueblo, and substantial sightseeing in Sante Fe and Albuquerque.  Travel in style with your own private motor coach and driver and learn from Gordon along the way all about this historic route, always with some of Gordon's humor thrown in to boot.  This tour is in keeping with our aim to offer high quality and often unique National Parks tours as part of our expanded repertoire of tour packages within the United States and Canada.  We hope you will take a close look at the wonderful itinerary below and that you will choose to join us on this tour.  

Day 1

Arrival Denver and panoramic city tour, welcome dinner and overnight Downtown Denver.

Day 2

Today we head west to explore Rocky Mountain National Park which encompasses 265,761 acres of land in Colorado's northern Front Range. The park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character. Overnight in Winter Park

Day 3

This morning we travel across the beautiful Colorado countryside, on the western slopes of the Rockies. We will stop for lunch and free time in the elegant ski resort town of Vail, before continuing onwards to Moab UT for overnight.

Day 4

Today we will visit two of the most beautiful Natl parks in UT. Arches National Park, where we will see stunning formations, among them Delicate Arch and The elephants. In the afternoon we will visit Canyonlands National Park, with its vast array of unparalleled vistas and geological rarities. Overnight Moab.

Day 5

Breakfast in the hotel. We start our journey south, We will visit Mesa Verde National Park, where we will find the best preserved ancient rock dwellings in the west. We finish our day in the charming town of Durango CO, where we will have a typical old west dinner. Overnight at the historic Strater Hotel

Day 6

Today we will experience a fantastic train ride aboard the Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad. The line from Durango to Silverton has run continuously since 1881, although it is now a tourist and heritage line hauling passengers, and is one of the few places in the U.S. which has seen continuous use of steam locomotives. After some free time in the town of Silverton, we make our way back to Durango with our bus. Overnight Durango.

Day 7

This morning we cross over the Sangre de Cristo mountains to reach Abiquiu, a town that was home for many years to famous painter Georgia O’Keefe. Lunch included today during the visit to O´Keefe´s ghost ranch. Overnight in Taos

Day 8

Today we spend the morning visiting Taos, including the neighboring Taos Pueblo, where still to this day, Native Americans live in adobe traditional dwellings. This afternoon is free to visit the many galleries and shops in the Plaza. Overnight in Taos.

Day 9

We head south to the Santuario de Chimayo, a stunning sanctuary in the desert. We will also visit the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, where some of the best native pottery artists in the Southwest live and work (subject to closure for local festivities), Overnight downtown Sante Fe.

Day 10

Today we will enjoy sightseeing in Santa Fe, one of the nation’s most unique towns, including The Palace of the governors, the main Plaza and the famous Gallery area of Canyon Road. Afternoon at leisure and overnight in Santa Fe.

Day 11

After some free time in Santa Fe Today we will travel on the Turquoise Trail, stopping in the town of Cerrillos, where many movies, including Young Guns were filmed. We will stop for lunch and free time in Madrid and we will arrive Albuquerque in the late afternoon hours. Overnight Albuquerque

Day 12

Today we will go on sightseeing in Albuquerque, including Old Town, university district and we will ascend the Sandia Mountains on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway Afternoon at leisure in Old Town Albuquerque

Day 13

This morning we will have a few hours at leisure in Old Town Albuquerque before our transfer to the airport.

TOUR FEATURES: This extensive thirteen days package includes round trip air to Denver, Colorado with a return from Albuquerque, New Mexico on United Airlines out of Newark Liberty International Airport;  a full-time tour manager/guide throughout the trip (Gordon Hodgson) as well as a full-time motor coach and driver;  twelve nights at hotels listed on the above web site itinerary; twelve breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners;  a comprehensive sightseeing program, including all admissions,  as described in our itinerary;  the services of an ArawjoTours Representative (Frank Klein)  assisting Gordon Hodgson throughout the tour; and a pre-departure dinner and orientation sponsored by Kevin Arawjo of ArawjoTours, LLC.