Day 1 London - Denver
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Denver. On arrival we transfer to the Crowne Plaza (3T+), Holiday Inn Cherry Creek (3T) or Sheraton Denver (4T) for our two-night stay.
Day 2 Denver - Rocky Mountains
Today we enjoy a tour of the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver, named as such due to its official elevation of one mile above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the US. We continue our tour for the first taste of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. We enjoy spectacular views of the city from our vantage point as we stop to marvel at the red rock formation crafted by nature into a natural amphitheatre before continuing to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. We return to our hotel this afternoon for a free evening.
Day 3 Denver - Colorado Springs
Today we take the mountain roads to Pine Valley Forest, where the thick surrounding of woodland opens dramatically on Crystal Lake, continuing on to the characterful alpine town of Manitou Springs with its long main street and plentiful choice of eateries. This afternoon we ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the 14,110ft summit with time at the top to admire vistas that inspired Katherine Lee Bates to pen the famous verse ‘America the Beautiful’. We travel to the Garden of the Gods and take time to view the astounding red rock formations under the backdrop of the Pikes Peak summit before continuing to Colorado Springs and The Academy Hotel (3T+) or DoubleTree by Hilton (3T+).
Day 4 Colorado Springs - Santa Fe
We journey south this morning and, after our coffee stop, cross the border into New Mexico through a series of small towns that lead to Taos, in whose venerable central square we have the opportunity for lunch. This afternoon we enter Carson National Forest through foothills with snow-speckled mountains in the distance and are soon absorbed once more in the awesome tranquillity of this world. We continue to Santa Fe and the Hilton Hotel (4T), located in the compact heart of this unique city.
Day 5 Santa Fe
Today we take an enjoyable Trolley Tour of Santa Fe’s Historic District, taking in the sights, including Canyon Road with its colourful art galleries, the historic Santa Fe Plaza and the Palace of the Governors. We return to our hotel in the afternoon with time to relax.
Day 6 Santa Fe
America’s oldest state capital is truly a city for the stroller and its intersecting wooden-colonnaded streets of adobe houses and quaint shop fronts converging on the historic Plaza yield up their charms to the casual browser. You will want to see the Loretto Chapel and its ‘miraculous staircase’, to take coffee and relax in the unhurried Santa Fe way - and no doubt enjoy an evening stroll and sample the fine restaurants so close at hand.
Day 7 Santa Fe - Roswell
This morning we leave Santa Fe behind us as we journey to the historic village of Lincoln, where Billy the Kid terrorised the neighbourhood. With some 40 restored buildings including the general store, old courthouse and rock tower, the town largely retains the characteristic charm of the Wild West. We continue this afternoon to Roswell with its unique history where tales of an alien encounter shroud the town in mystery; here we visit the UFO Museum. We continue to the Holiday Inn Roswell (3T) for our overnight stay.
Day 8 Roswell - Las Cruces
Today we visit the amazing Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we descend by lift into one of the largest cave formations in the United States and view the astonishing stalagmites and stalactites which hang within the colourful caverns. This afternoon we continue our journey to Las Cruces and the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces (3T+) for an overnight stay.
Day 9 Las Cruces - Albuquerque
The dazzling sight of the vast undulating hills of White Sands National Monument is one of the world’s wonders, the gypsum sand up to 60ft in height with the purity of newly-fallen snow. We take a loop tour through the dunes and see the trees with 30ft roots needed to gain a foothold in this lunar landscape. This afternoon we journey to Albuquerque stopping en route at the Old San Miguel Mission in Socorro before continuing to the Best Western Rio Grande (3T) for the next two nights.
Day 10 Albuquerque
Today we take a walking tour of the historic district followed by free time to enjoy the Old Town Plaza with over 150 stores and galleries and Albuquerque’s array of activities.
Day 11 Albuquerque - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango
We leave Albuquerque behind today as we travel north towards Durango passing through the long gentle ridges of the Nacimiento Mountain range before stopping at the Aztec Ruins National Monument, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue to Mesa Verde National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Park, split into a series of sub-mesas with spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages, built by the migrated Ancestral Puebloans between AD 450-1300. Our hotel this evening is the Downtown Durango Inn (3T) or Hampton Inn (3T).
Day 12 Durango - Grand Junction
This morning we travel by coach on the San Juan Scenic Byway to Silverton. Or you may decide to make this journey instead on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, on an optional excursion. Whichever mode of travel you choose, after time in Silverton, our journey continues to the historic Colorado town of Montrose and the Grand Vista Hotel (3T), Grand Junction for two nights.
Day 13 Grand Junction - Colorado National Monument
Our morning starts with a visit to Colorado’s National Monument. With its towering monoliths, vast plateau and spectacular panoramic views of the canyon, our journey along the scenic 23 mile Rim Rock Drive will provide some spectacular photo opportunities. We return to our hotel this afternoon for free time to enjoy the hotel facilities and surrounding area.
Day 14 Grand Junction - Estes Park
This morning we head east to the town of Vail, surrounded by the vast White River National Forest. This town still has a friendly small-town feel, and is one of the best alpine resorts, with plenty of restaurants to choose from for lunch. We continue this afternoon to Estes Park with a stop en route at Rocky Mountain National Park. Our hotel this evening is the Stanley Hotel Estes Park (3T+).
Day 15 Estes Park - Denver - In flight
Today we depart for Denver Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London.
Day 16 London
Arrival at London Heathrow where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.