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  • Vail

    Nestled in the center of Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Vail is easily accessible from Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.

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    • Biking in the Vail Meadows

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    • Downtown in Winter

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    Aspen and Vail are world famous for providing some of the best skiing available but winter isn't the only season to visit. The fusion of history, culture, festivals, sports, restaurants and music, makes these legendary Colorado towns very special world-class resorts.

    A playground for the rich and famous, celebrities flock to Aspen and Vail to ski in the winter – and yes to vacation in the summer so who knows what famous person you might bump into walking down the street!

    These two giant ski resorts are as different as chalk and cheese. Aspen’s heritage goes back to the silver mining days of the 1800’s. By contrast Vail was created in the 1960’s – a European ski resort catering for the world’s thirst for winter sports and yet before the snow melts this Alpine-style village comes alive as the town displays its many hanging baskets cascading with flowers. Indeed one of the most colourful places in Vail is the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens which contains a multitude of native and mountain species of plants.

    Aspen and Vail both cater for the influx of visitors whilst retaining the charm of the Rocky Mountain environment. You can enjoy outdoor concerts, festivals and dance performances on the streets. Shopping, lectures, exhibitions and walking tours as well as a whole host of dining experiences are on offer - from the inexpensive to gourmet and fine dining.

    In common with all the mountain environments there are ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, paragliding, ballooning, rafting, mountain biking and trekking and some of the best trout fishing in Colorado can be found close to these towns.

     

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    • Top Tip 1

      Even if you're not a skier, take a gondola ride to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain at any time of year. The views will take your breath away.

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      Take the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but just do it one way (and take the motorcoach back the other way). The train journey takes around four hours and the coach journey back is just over an hour.

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      Another one for train buffs is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels between Antonito in southern Colorado and Chama in northern New Mexico.

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      Visit the Four Corners, where you can have a foot and hand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - all at the same time.

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      If you're in western Colorado make sure you visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Monument. It’s a hidden gem and well worth a visit.

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      Looking for somewhere to have lunch in Denver? Check out Marlowe's Restaurant; it’s a deservedly popular spot with the locals for both lunch and dinner.

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      Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, just 15 miles west of Denver, is a world famous outdoor venue, with excellent hiking and biking trails as well as the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheatre in the world.

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      Visit Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, voted one of the ten best places for solitude in the US. Include the 23-mile scenic Rim Rock Drive in your itinerary. If you're going to hike in the area, be aware that midges can be a nuisance from mid May to mid July, so take some repellent. Click here to view a live webcam from the Colorado National Monument's Visitor Centre

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    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: April to September

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    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, ideally located for sightseeing and shopping in downtown Denver.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Denver

    Enjoy a whole day exploring the delights of Denver. Experience this walkable city with spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains, outdoor cafes, farm-to-table cuisine, local breweries serving craft beer and plenty of shopping. Explore Denver's creative side at the Denver Art Museum, with its famous American Indian art collection or see a concert under the stars at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Today leave the bright lights of Denver behind and make a stop at the colourful city of Boulder, before arriving in Estes Park. Sitting on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park you will find yourself surrounded by breath-taking views of colourful wildflowers, clear lakes and abundant wildlife.

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    Hotel: Sheraton Steamboat Resort

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    It's a short journey today to the attractive alpine village of Vail. Famous for its world-class skiing, Vail is an area of numerous possibilities. There's plenty of outdoor adventures to keep you busy, from hiking and biking to white water rafting, climbing and jeep adventures. We suggest a visit to Beaver Creek which is just ten miles away.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Vail

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    Grand Junction

    Venturing towards the far east of the state, today's destination is Grand Junction; Colorado's wine country. Enjoy the charming downtown with great shops and restaurants and more than 20 wineries. Visit the Colorado National Monument, where towering monoliths and fascinating sculptures dot the vast red-rock canyon landscape. Watch for the bobcats and mountain lions which prowl the area! Ride the range at Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area; 36,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus located just eight miles from Grand Junction. If you have a fascination for dinosaurs, this is the place for you. Hundreds of species have been unearthed here and there are many museums and attractions dedicated to the magnificent creatures.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction

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    Aspen

    Your journey today takes you through the San Juan National Forest to the chic town of Aspen, renowned for its relaxed pace life and upscale shopping and restaurants. Enjoy the mountain lifestyle whilst keeping a watch for the occasional celebrity! If you have additional time to spend in Colorado, you may wish to extend your trip to include Durango, an old Wild West and silver mining town 170 miles to the south. Renowned for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which was constructed in 1882 to haul silver and gold from the San Juan Mountains, you can journey the same lines today, experiencing the spectacular canyons.

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    Colorado Springs

    Leaving Aspen behind, today you weave through the Rockies, along Independence Pass and alongside Mount Elbut, Colorado’s highest point, to Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor, where you spend the next two nights, offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits to keep you entertained. Make sure you include a visit to the United States Air Force Academy during your stay, in addition to spending time at the Garden of the Gods, where towering sandstone rock formations contrast against the snow-capped mountains at Pikes Peak.

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    Journey home

    From Colorado Springs, it's a short drive north back to Denver, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

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    From £2495 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Luxury Colorado

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver International Airport. Upon arrival in Denver, collect your rental car and transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel located in downtown Denver.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Denver

    71Mi/114Km

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    Colorado Springs

    Today you depart Denver and take the short journey south to Colorado Springs. A mountain resort town, Colorado Springs has everything from rock climbing to hiking, however the most popular attraction is Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Enjoy the 3 hour, 9 mile journey which follows cascading streams and travels through pine forests until you move above the timberline where the scenery becomes rugged but no less spectacular. Your accommodation for the next 3 nights is the luxurious Broadmoor.

    Hotel: The Broadmoor

    156Mi/251Km

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    Aspen

    Your journey through the Rockies and this stunning area of Colorado continues today as you leave Colorado Springs behind and head to the beautiful town of Aspen. A world famous ski resort in the winter, the resort becomes an adventurers playground in the summer. Hike one of the many trails of the area or head out on a bike along one of the mountain roads. Should you fancy to just kick back and relax, take time to visit the spa at your accommodation, The Little Nell.

    Hotel: The Little Nell

    102Mi/164Km

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    Vail

    Depart Aspen today and travel west through the charming town of Glenwood Springs. Make time to stop off here for lunch on your journey or perhaps pack your swimming stuff and enjoy one of the towns hot springs. Continue your journey then to Vail, where you will spend the next 3 nights at the Sebastian. The uber luxurious resort is the perfect place to unwind in the mountains, with an excellent spa, mountain view pool and hot tubs aplenty.

    Hotel: The Sebastian

    97Mi/156Km

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    Journey Home

    Today, you will return your rental car to Denver International Airport, and journey home on your selected scheduled flight to the UK.

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    From £3410 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.