Join us in Colorado to experience the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains from the windows of historic trains!

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 A thrilling ride on the Durango & Silverton. Credit: Durango & Silverton Railway  Train traveling through spectacular scenery aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad  The Durango Silverton Train along the mountain. Credit: John English  Garden of the Gods. Credit: Preferred Hotels  Cumbres & Toltec Railway. Credit: Cumbres & Toltec Railway  A view of Pikes Peak. Credit: Kimo Williams  Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Pikes Peak. Credit: Clarice Lakota

Railroading the Rockies

7 days from $4,995

Join us in Colorado to experience the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains from the windows of historic trains!

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Tour Considerations

This is a very active program and a full schedule. In order to experience these historic railways we will be changing hotels each evening. Travelers will need to keep pace during full days of touring and be on time for all activities.

The historic railways on this itinerary are thrilling. We will be traveling along narrow canyon passages and up steep grades to mountain summits. You will be traveling to high altitudes, many times over 10,000 ft. and in the case of Pikes Peak over 14,000 ft. If you have any health issues and/or high blood pressure, please consult your doctor before signing up for this tour. This tour is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights.

Due to the unique logistics for this tour, travelers will not be able to opt out of an adventure. 

Accommodations

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Inn on the Alameda

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Number of nights: 1

The Strater

Durango, Colorado, United States

Number of nights: 2

The Mining Exchange

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Number of nights: 2

The Brown Palace

Denver, Colorado, United States

Number of nights: 1

Westin Denver International Airport

Denver, Colorado, United States

Located steps from the Jeppsen terminal at Denver International Airport, this hotel offers excellent views of the Rocky Mountains. The Westin Denver Airport guestrooms are designed as a momentary pause from the hustle and bustle of the airport surroundings. Each room features clean, modern lines with curved consoles reminiscent of the stunning architecture. The hotel features a full service restaurant, lounge and coffee shop as well as fitness studio, heated lap pool and hot tub. The lobby has free wireless internet access and the hotel will be connected to downtown Denver in spring 2016 by commuter rail.

Number of nights: 1

Tivoli Lodge

Vail, United States

Nestled in Vail Village, Tivoli Lodge is a favorite ski retreat. Started as one of Vail’s first great European-style lodges in the 1960s, Tivoli Lodge in Vail Village has been reinvented from the ground up as an ultra-modern model of boutique. Re-opened in 2006, the Tivoli Lodge in Vail Colorado is still steeped in old-world charm and suffused with Tyrolean tradition, ambiance and hospitality. All of their luxury Vail hotel rooms are equipped with the finest linens and offer large soaking tubs. In addition, many of their Vail lodge accommodations are furnished with fireplaces and all have mini-refrigerators and microwaves. Other luxury Vail hotel amenities include complimentary WIFI in all rooms and public areas, meeting rooms, a fully-equipped fitness room, outdoor hot tubs with mountain views, and ski storage.

Number of nights: 1

Hampton Inn - Salida

Salida, Colorado, United States

This modest, comfortable 107 room hotel is located just outside of Salida, Colorado and allows us an easy overnight point along our route. Guest rooms are all quite comfortable and feature all the modern amenities. There is a small indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center on site. There is also free WiFi access for all guests. 

Number of nights: 1

Beaumont Hotel

Ouray, United States

The Historic Beaumont is located in charming downtown Ouray. Guest rooms and public spaces feature exquisite antiques, and custom-made furnishings. Each of the hotel’s spacious and unique guest rooms offer stunning views of either Cascade Falls, Twin Peaks or Mount Abrahms. There is a full service restaurant, wine cellar, spa and complimentary wireless internet access available throughout the hotel. 

Number of nights: 1

China Clipper Inn

Ouray, Colorado, United States

Built from scratch in the 1990's and opened in 1995, this Ouray Inn, was designed to emulate its historic neighbors and retain the architectural vintage and character of the town. With fine mountain views from most rooms, the China Clipper Inn offers all the intimate amenities of an Inn and the conveniences and privacy of a fine hotel. All rooms at the China Clipper Inn offer complimentary wireless internet, robes for your comfort and flat-screen televisions. The inn also features an outdoor hot tub, a fireplace for gathering with other guests and a hot beverage station to warm up. Overflow hotel for Beaumont.

Number of nights: 1

The Springs Resort and Spa-Ecoluxe Hotel

Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States

This 29-room luxury green-built designed building is the first LEED-built hotel in Colorado and one of only 22 in the nation built to this standard. All the hotel’s suites are unique and feature comfortable beds and flat screen TVs. Most rooms have separate living area and many have a kitchenette with microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker. All guests receive plush robes and complimentary 24 hour access to the 23 hot mineral pools located steps from the hotel. There is a complimentary 24-hour beverage bar is located at hotel check in offering coffee, herbal teas, juice and cocoa. Terraced to overlook the beautiful San Juan River, the Springs offers numerous hot pools to choose from. Multiple temperatures, ranging from 83 to 114°F (27-46 °C.), ensure you will find the right comfort level. Every pool offers a different experience and we encourage you to try them all. Bring your swimwear! 

Number of nights: 1

Garden of the Gods Club and Resort

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

The hotel has long been a celebrated treasure in Colorado Springs with its romantic history, exclusivity and breathtaking natural setting overlooking the Garden of the Gods Park and Pikes Peak. The 69 spacious guest rooms feature all the modern amenities including flat screen televisions, coffee makes, a wet bar and private baths. Most rooms feature balconies to take in the stunning views. There is an outdoor heated pool, a large fitness facility, spa and more on site. There are several dining options and a full service lounge. Gentlemen should bring along a collared shirt and slacks and ladies should plan on casual smart attire for our farewell evening in the hotel restaurant. 

Number of nights: 1

* Accommodations on this tour were chosen specifically for their unique location, charm and access to historic railways. The hotels will range from modest and comfortable to luxurious. 

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

If you love trains—especially steam trains—you must do this tour.

- Mary M.
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Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan through Travel Guard with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes on-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance. You will receive details on this included insurance with your Tour Confirmation and Tour Bulletins after you book a tour (U.S. Residents only).

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen events, such as missed flight connections, lost luggage, and cancelled plans. There are many plans you can consider. For your convenience, you may visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1.800.208.6142 to learn more.

Terms and conditions

Our Mission

Smithsonian Journeys engages travelers in the mission of the Smithsonian - “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian's 19 museums, national zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost

  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour management throughout the tour.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; R-reception; D-dinner).
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary.
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • All on-tour transportation unless otherwise noted.
  • On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only).

What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost

  • Airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Transfers to and from your home to the program site and transfers to and from the airports, unless specifically noted
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included. 
  • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan: Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. This optional plan offers an affordable package of benefits and services that can provide coverage and assistance for the unexpected. Visit TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys to learn more.

Registration

Space is reserved in the order of receipt of phone or web reservations.

To submit a request for a reservation, please order using our secure online process, or call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Reservations Specialist, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour. You will be notified of your status when your request has been received and processed. Please note: No new registrations can be accepted within 30 days of most tours. Some tours are more restrictive; please see individual tour pages for these exceptions.

To complete your request, the following is necessary:

Required Information
For all international departures, passport information including the following, in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program as well as by our international travel partners: your full name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov). In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Payments
Deposit of $800 per person (unless otherwise noted), per tour, payable by check or major credit card to Smithsonian Journeys is required to reserve a space on a tour. Deposits are applied to payment of the program price.

Balance due upon invoicing at least 95 days prior to the program. If full payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the tour.

Late Registration
Any registration received within 95 days of departure is considered a “late registration” and must be subject to special confirmation. Payment in full must be made immediately by credit card or by check and sent by overnight mail to the tour operator before confirmation is possible.

Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the program within the designated late registration period for that program.

Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policies.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Per person cancellation fees are based on date of notice to Smithsonian Journeys:

  • Cancellations within 7 days of booking (if not within final payment date): full refund.
    Cancellations after 7 days of booking: $800 retained (entire deposit).
  • Final payment due: 95 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellation made less than 95 days prior to departure: no refund.
  • Cancellation by the Smithsonian: full refund.
  • No refund for unused portions of the tour, including but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing.

Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policies.

Air Service

For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request. Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. Neither Smithsonian Journeys nor the tour operator has any liability for any loss resulting from tour cancellations or changes in international gateways, travel dates, or airline schedule changes. If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense. For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. The tour operator is unable to guarantee any seat assignments.

When planning our tours that include international round-trip airfare, the tour operator contracts with those airlines that they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates that enable us to offer you the best possible travel value. Please note that frequent flyer mileage credits are issued at the discretion of the airline(s) and may not be available for the flights on your tour. If you prefer to make your own airline reservations, “land only” pricing is available on most of our tours.

Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers
A designated group flight is not included on most tours. However, transportation from the arrival airport to the ship/hotel is included in your tour cost if you arrive in time to meet the scheduled group transfer. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights.

Air Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be canceled due to low enrollments. Neither Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan, through Travel Guard, with the price of your tour. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.

Travel Documents

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours in this catalog. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation. You are responsible for obtaining these documents. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

Physical and Medical Considerations

Please note that these tours require that participants be in good physical condition. You must be capable, without assistance, of walking a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Some tours have additional notes regarding physical and medical considerations, which are noted on the Tour Information link.

Itinerary or Program Modifications

Smithsonian strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent. Please note that weather conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise programs. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.

Accommodations

Smithsonian chooses hotels based on a combination of their location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and programs in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used. In most cases, hotels have elevators and meeting rooms for Smithsonian lectures. Program prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single travelers; however the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will apply for a single room. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room. When a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged. 

Children

All tours, except family programs, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for older children. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements

Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel. Please note that the tour operator can assist you in making post-tour arrangements only. We regret that we are unable to help with pre-tour arrangements.

Photography
Participants on tour may be photographed for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution. Photographs may be printed in publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys. Travelers who prefer that their image not be used must advise the tour manager at the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy
For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

Preparing for Your Journey

Prior to departure, you will receive Tour Bulletins containing both general and tour specific information to help you prepare for your travel experience. These bulletins will include:

  • Passport and visa instructions
  • Flight information
  • Weather, clothing, and packing suggestions
  • A suggested reading list
  • General information about the countries you will visit, e.g. the food, customs, medical precautions, and currency.
  • Information about your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour staff
  • Baggage tag(s) and name badge(s)
  • Final itinerary
  • Participant list  

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer
Smithsonian Journeys are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer its members a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. If your tour does not include airfare, your Tour Bulletins will provide information about when participants are recommended to purchase airline tickets. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to/from the tour departure city if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s), and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.