Colorado Rockies

June 26 - July 4, 2020

The Colorado Rockies featuring National Parks and Historic Trains

Enjoy the sublime grandeur of Colorado and Utah's National parks on this 8-night tour with AAA Member Choice Vacations

Booking Deadline: April 13, 2020

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $3,899
Single $4,909
Triple $3,849

All non-members must add $60 to above rate.

*Single/Triple accommodations are limited

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Baltimore/Washington International Airport
  • Roundtrip airfare from Baltimore, MD
  • Roundtrip transfers - airport/hotel
  • Eight night’s hotel accommodations
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of a Professional AAA Member Choice driver/guide
  • All admissions and fees as listed per itinerary
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Grand Junction
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Mesa Verde National Park (UNESCO)
  • Choice on tour of Cliff Palace Tour or Mesa Verde
  • Coach Tour
  • Royal Gauge Route Railroad
  • Garden of the Gods

Itinerary

Friday, June 26: Depart for Denver, Colorado

Your tour opens as you explore the towering peaks and rolling meadows of Colorado and Utah. This tour (which features four national parks) opens in the "Mile High City" of Denver where you will gather for a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. Hotel: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado (Dinner)

Saturday, June 27: Denver, Colorado (Rocky Mountain National Park)

Today we travel through Boulder, a scenic university town known for its iconic landmark, the striking, reddish-brown foothills known as the Flatirons. We’ll stop in Estes Park, a mountain resort town and home of the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Our adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park starts on the Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved, continuous highway in North America. It’s a drive that should be on everybody’s bucket list. At Rainbow Curve, marvel at the majestic mountains that stand in contrast to deep, rugged canyons. Later, return to Denver for a free evening in this dynamic city. Hotel: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado (Breakfast)

Sunday, June 28: Denver, Colorado (Colorado National Monument)

The spectacular Rocky Mountains are your traveling companion as we make a scenic drive from Denver to Grand Junction, passing through many of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. Our journey also takes us to one of the grand landscapes of the American West - Colorado National Monument. Continue along the monument’s historic Rim Rock Drive to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Gather for dinner at a favorite local hangout in Grand Junction. Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction, Grand Junction, Colorado (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monday, June 29: Utah (Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park)

Today, one amazing park follows another! In Arches National Park, see the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Next up is Canyonlands National Park, a vast landscape of gorges carved by the Colorado River. From the Island in the Sky mesa, sandstone cliffs that soar 1,000 feet above the canyons , take in the seemingly endless views. Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction, Grand Junction, Colorado (Breakfast)

Tuesday, June 30: Silverton and Durango, Colorado

Head south to Silverton, a former silver mining town and now a National Historic Landmark. Hidden high in the San Juan Mountains, this town blends spectacular scenery, Victorian charm and historic architecture. Then it’s "all-aboard" the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired steam-powered locomotive made its name hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but you will soon realize it is the view that is its most precious asset. Hotel: Durango Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado (Breakfast)

Wednesday, July 1: Durango, Colorado (Mesa Verde National Park)

An incredible day awaits in Mesa Verde National Park (UNESCO), home of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan civilization. Today, it’s your choice! Join a local guide on a drive through the park making several photo stops including views of the famous Spruce Tree house, one of Mesa Verde’s best preserved cliff dwellings; and Cliff Palace, the largest in the park. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, join a National park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings. As you walk, soak in views of the valley along with some of the 600 homes carved along the cliffs. This evening, experience a farm-to-table dinner on a family-owned ranch surrounded by red mountain peaks and lush green pastures. Hotel: Durango Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado (Breakfast, Dinner)

Thursday, July 2: Durango and Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sit back and relax during a scenic ride to Colorado Springs. En route, marvel at the landscape as we make our way from the San Juan National Forest and across Wolf Creek Pass, a section of the Continental Divide that would take pioneers two to three weeks to cross. Continue on through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness named for the 1,800 miles of Rio Grande River that cuts through the forest. Your day concludes in Colorado Springs, an artistic and cultural hub. Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Breakfast)

Friday, July 3: Colorado Springs and Canon City, Colorado

Depart for Canon City, home of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Get ready for a memorable train ride that follows the tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring 1000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado’s grandest canyon. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods to take in the view of towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape set in the backdrop of majestic Pikes Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and celebrate your adventure. Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Breakfast, Dinner)

Saturday, July 4: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Your tour comes to a close with wonderful memories of the Colorado Rockies, National Parks and Historic Trains.

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Activity Level:2
To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs, and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

General Information

Travel Documents

U.S. State department and destination specific travel regulations at time of brochure printing required the following documents for your travel. A government issued photo I.D. is required for airport security. Travel regulations and state compliance requirements are subject to, and have been known to change. For the most current requirements, which due to potential changes may be other than this listed here, please consult with your travel agent.

Payment

Deposit of $500 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by April 13, 2020. Solo Travelers Reward Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From December 27, 2019 - April 26, 2020 $500 per person, plus any additional suppliers fees
From April 27 - June 10, 2020 30% of total trip cost per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From June 11 - June 24, 2020 50% of total trip cost per person, plus additional suppliers fees
After June 24, 2020 NON-REFUNDABLE
*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for the area in June averages in the mid to high 80s. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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