This is a unique 7-day luxury adventure tour of the beautiful sites in and around Denver, Colorado. You’ll travel on the Zephyr Route from the San Francisco Bay Area to Denver and back on four restored cars from the golden age of rail travel, including 2 Vista-Domes and a sleeper from the original California Zephyr. All guests will have sleeping car accommodations. Meals aboard the train will be prepared fresh by your chefs in the kitchen, and served on fine monogram china on California Zephyr table linens.
When you arrive in Denver your luggage will be transferred to the Oxford Hotel, a historic hotel property that is in the center of Denver’s LoDo, or Lower Downtown. This fine hotel will be your home for 3 nights. On the fully escorted tours you’ll visit Cripple Creek, descend into an actual gold mine, travel to the top of Pikes Peak, and enjoy lunch at one of the nation’s premier resorts in Colorado Springs. You’ll also visit Rocky Mountain National Park and see some of the historic railroad past that transported Colorado’s mining wealth to the rest of the nation.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your
Denver, Colorado Springs & the Rocky Mountains vacation.
- All meals while traveling aboard the private cars, including full bar service.
- Listed tours with some meals.
- Hotel accommodations at The Oxford in Denver.
- Transfers between your hotel and the private train
This ‘train within a train’ consists of Colonial Crafts, a former Pennsylvania sleeper-lounge; Silver Rapids, a roomette bedroom sleeper from the California Zephyr; Silver Lariat, a vista-dome diner lounge, also from the California Zephyr; and Silver Solarium, a vista-dome sleeper-lounge-observation car from the California Zephyr. Accommodations aboard the train include roomettes, each sleeping 1 person; bedrooms, accommodating 2 people, and drawing rooms, accommodating up to 3 people. Each sleeper is equipped with one or more guest showers.
This combination of cars provides an exceptional amount of public space, and the professional onboard staff will see to it that your experience is an outstanding one.
Day 1: Amtrak’s California Zephyr originates across the bay from San Francisco in Emeryville, where you gather to await its appearance with the private cars on the rear. Amid the hustle and bustle of passengers seeking their assigned cars your professional staff greets your group and assists with luggage. A light breakfast will be served upon departure from Emeryville. Members of your group get acquainted with each other in the domes and lounges as the train meanders along the shore of San Francisco Bay, on its way to Martinez and Sacramento.
Luncheon will be served as you begin the ascent of the Sierra, along the route of the Central Pacific, founded in 1863 as one of the two companies tasked to build the first Transcontinental Railroad. The route over the Sierras takes about 4 hours to complete, and includes breathtaking scenery as the railroad follows a continuous ridge high above the American and Yuba Rivers. After Donner Summit is reached, at approximately 6,900 ft altitude, you emerge high above Donner Lake, and you begin the descent to the high desert of Nevada along the course of the Truckee and Humboldt Rivers.
Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner are served as you head east past Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Lovelock, and Winnemucca. Night owls may enjoy a libation in the two lounges, while those wishing to retire early will find that their rooms have been made down for the night by your attentive staff. Be sure to set your watches ahead one hour when you retire for the night.
Day 2: In the wee hours of the morning your train was serviced in Salt Lake City, and you continue your journey east through Provo, then on a spectacular climb over the Wasatch, cresting at Soldier Summit. Breakfast buffet will be served between 7 and 9 AM, so you may get up at your leisure.
The train follows the Price River Canyon through Castle Gate and the stop at Helper. Continuing eastward the train races across the desert toward Green River, where you reach the lowest altitude you’ll see today as you cross the town’s namesake river, the major tributary of the Colorado River.
You pick up the Colorado River shortly before leaving Utah, and will follow it upstream for more than 200 miles and 5 major canyons. The stop at Grand Junction, CO provides you with an opportunity to step off the train and to enjoy some fresh Colorado air. The next stop is Glenwood Springs, at the west end of Glenwood Canyon, inspiration for the Vista-Dome concept in 1945. The best place yet to view this stunning canyon is from your seat in the vista-domes, where every seat is a window seat. Don’t forget to look down at the river, too. Glenwood Canyon is a mecca for kayakers and rafters.
You crest the Continental Divide while inside the Moffat Tunnel, which at 6.2 miles is the 4th longest railroad tunnel in North America. At a summit elevation of over 9,200 ft it is the highest railroad tunnel in active service in North America.
After leaving the Moffat Tunnel you begin your crooked descent of the Front Range of the Rockies into Denver. When you pass Plainview you begin to see the lights of the city of Denver far below. You’ll enjoy dinner aboard the train before you arrive at Denver Union Station, where your cars will be removed and held for the return trip. The downtown Denver area is a walker’s delight and an after-dinner stroll completes a delightful day before you return to the train for the night.
Day 3: Today is a leisurely day, so feel free to sleep in a bit. A buffet breakfast will be served aboard the cars until 9 AM. You’ll board the motorcoach which will take you on a tour of the Colorado Rail Museum and the Coors Brewery in Golden. While on the tour your luggage will be transferred to your rooms at the Oxford Hotel. On your way back you’ll make your way to Central City and Blackhawk for a little flavor of Colorado’s mining past and to see how mining for money has progressed in the 21st century.
Day 4: Today you head to Rocky Mountain National Park. On the way to the Park you take a short detour to Georgetown and Silver Plume, two semi-ghost towns that were connected by a remarkable narrow-gauge railway. The gradient was so steep that a loop and trestle had to be built in order to make it passable for trains. You'll enjoy lunch in the Park. Breakfast and dinner are on your own.
Day 5: The motorcoach takes us to Cripple Creek, where you descend 1,000 feet into the ground in a restored gold mine that dates from the 1880’s. Then it’s on to the Broadmoor resort for lunch. After lunch you head to the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which will take us to the summit of Pikes Peak, 14,110 ft above sea level. The trip takes a bit over an hour in each direction, and you will have 30-40 minutes at the summit to enjoy the breathtaking views from the roof of North America. You return to Denver for a leisurely evening in the Mile-high City.
Day 6: You check out of the hotel by 8:00 AM and return to the waiting private railcars for the return to the Bay Area. The morning climb up the front range of the Rockies is spectacular as you dive in and out of the 40+ tunnels on the route, eventually crossing the Continental Divide once again inside the Moffat Tunnel, and emerging on the west side in Winter Park. Breakfast, luncheon, afternoon hors d’Oeuvres and dinner will be served today. Bars in the lounge cars will be open until midnight. Set your watch back one hour as you retire for the night.
Day 7: Guests awaken as the train is racing across the western Nevada high desert. Breakfast buffet will be served from 7 to 9 AM. Westward from Reno you follow the Truckee River Canyon and reach Donner Summit, about 20 minutes after the station stop at the town of Truckee. Today in anticipation of your 7 PM arrival in the Bay Area you'll have farewell cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres followed by an early dinner shortly before arrival in Emeryville.
Per Person Rates:*
- June 8 - June 14
- September 26 - October 2
- Bedroom (Double Occupancy): $3,799
- Roomette (Single Occupancy): $3,799
- Drawing Room (Triple Occupancy): $3,266
* Single hotel suppliment is $395 per person.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Denver, Colorado Springs & the Rocky Mountains vacation.
Guests must be able to walk and negotiate steps, either on their own, or with assistance, as the historic private railcars do not accommodate wheelchairs. Redcap assistance is available at major stations.
This tour features extended durations at high altitude, up to and including 14,000 feet. The city of Denver is at an altitude of 5,280 feet. Check with your doctor if you have any questions about your body’s ability to cope with these altitudes or activities.
We strongly urge guests to obtain travel insurance, if you are not already covered. Travel insurance protects you and gives coverage for many unexpected problems, including trip cancellation or interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change, emergency medical, medical evacuation, lost or delayed baggage, accidental death or injury, and more.
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