Rocky Mountain Magic

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$4,468.00

Quick Overview

Rocky Mountain Magic
September 29 - October 7, 2018
$4468 Double, $5138 Single, $4248 Triple
 


 We recommend optional Travel Insurance for this tour. Please ask for a brochure.


Join Perkiomen Tours for a memorable group tour to the Rocky Mountain West. Travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country: from majestic mountains to wide-open valleys and deep canyons. This tour also includes the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a vintage narrow-gauge railroad, an ancient Indian village, and a stunning array of scenic, cultural and historical riches.

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Itinerary

Rocky Mountain Magic
September 29 - October 7, 2018
$4468 Double, $5138 Single, $4248 Triple
 

 We recommend optional Travel Insurance for this tour. Please ask for a brochure.

Join Perkiomen Tours for a memorable group tour to the Rocky Mountain West. Travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country: from majestic mountains to wide-open valleys and deep canyons. This tour also includes the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a vintage narrow-gauge railroad, an ancient Indian village, and a stunning array of scenic, cultural and historical riches.

Saturday, September 29

Welcome to Denver, the Mile-High City, your gateway to breathtaking Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Our Destination Southwest guide will meet us in the baggage claim area of the Denver Airport and transfer us to our luxury motorcoach. Enjoy a city driving tour before checking in to our local hotel accommodation for a three-night stay. Relax and freshen up before a welcome dinner this evening.

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Sunday, September 30

Our destination this morning is Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado, a magnificent preserve that spans the Continental Divide and encompasses protected mountains, forests and alpine tundra. On the way you will stop at charming Estes Park for time to explore, shop and have lunch on your own. Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 415 square miles and protects spectacular mountain environments, various climates and ecological environments. The Continental Divide runs generally north-south through the center of the park, with rivers and streams on the western side of the divide flowing toward the Pacific Ocean while those on the eastern side flow toward the Atlantic. Return to Denver and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.  B

Monday, October 1

Travel south to Colorado Springs for a memorable day of sightseeing. Visit Pikes Peak and ride the cog railway. The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fiji, Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. At an altitude of 14,155 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. It is the farthest east of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain chain, which contributed to its early fame among explorers, pioneers and immigrants and made it the symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush to Colorado with the slogan, "Pikes Peak or Bust". Next is a visit to the Garden of the Gods. National Natural Landmark since 1971, the public park dazzles hikers, bikers, photographers, horseback riders, picnickers, wildlife watchers, scenic drivers and others with its spectacular red-rock formations and views of Pikes Peak. It is considered one of the ten "not-to-miss" experiences in Colorado Springs. You will have free time in Manitou Springs to have lunch on your own. Before returning to Denver we will stop at the United States Air Force Academy. There are a variety of restaurants near the conveniently located hotel for you to have dinner on your own.  B

Tuesday, October 2

Sit back and relax and enjoy one of the most scenic drives in the Rocky Mountains West on our way to Montrose, Colorado for the night. Enroute we will visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The park contains roughly twelve miles of the forty-eight-mile long canyon of the Gunnison River. Here is the deepest and most dramatic section of the canyon.The canyon's name owes itself to the fact that parts of the gorge only receive 33 minutes of sunlight a day, according to Images of America: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison. In the book, author Duane Vandenbusche states, "Several canyons of the American West are longer and some are deeper, but none combines the depth, sheerness, narrowness, darkness, and dread of the Black Canyon." We will overnight in Montrose for this evening. B, L, D

Wednesday, October 3

An early morning departure for Silverton will allow us to catch the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Enjoy free time and lunch on your own in Silverton. Silverton, the last mining camp standing in the country, is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountain's ancient Caldera bowl. This mining camp was connected to many other San Juan County mining camps in the late 1800's by narrow gauge steam railroads. It is included in a federally designated National Historic Landmark District, the Silverton Historic District. It no longer has active mining, but subsists by tourism, maintenance of US 550 (which links Montrose with Durango via Silverton), mine pollution remediation, and retirees. Enjoy lunch on your own; your guide will offer suggestions. Climb aboard the train and enjoy the scenic drive to Durango, nestled in the foothills of the 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains, for a one-night stay. Enjoy the clean gold-mining "boom town". The hotel is conveniently located to many restaurants on the main street for dinner on your own.

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Thursday, October 4

We will have an early morning departure for Taos, New Mexico, where we will visit Taos Pueblo* at the northern edge of town. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this Pueblo dates from the fourteenth century and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in North America. There will be a hosted lunch in Taos. *Note: Taos Pueblo reserves the right to make unscheduled closures for tribal business or ceremonials. We continue south to the historic seventeenth-century village of Chimayo. Its most famous landmark is a venerable religious shrine, the Santuario de Chimayo. This beautiful adobe chapel with twin bell towers was erected in 1816 by Don Bernardo de Abeyta over earth that is said to have miraculous healing qualities. The many objects left by pilgrims give moving testimony to the power of faith. The weavers of Chimayo have produced the colorful and decorative Rio Grande textiles for centuries. You will visit a Weaver's workshop and see the weavers at work. Dinner will be at the landmark Rancho de Chimayo restaurant, known for its traditional northern New Mexico cuisine. Our lodging this evening will be in Santa Fe. B, L, D

Friday, October 5

Our day begins with a guided walking tour visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous "miraculous" staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe was the last stop on the Camino Real, the fabled Royal Road that stretched from Mexico City to the northernmost reaches of the Spanish Empire. Today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest and "Santa Fe Style" is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic and Anglo cultures. After lunch on your own, we will board our motorcoach and head south to Albuquerque for a two-night stay. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a Duke City landmark dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. The center is committed to educating all generations of visitors and is your gateway to the lifeways and culture of the indigenous inhabitants of New Mexico. There is a museum, gallery, shop and restaurant. We will check into our hotel and relax before a hosted dinner.  B, D

Saturday, October 6

We will leave the hotel bright and early for the opening Mass Ascension at Balloon Fiesta Park. Few spectacles on earth rival the Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, as hundreds of balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park to drift in the crisp high-desert air of New Mexico. Ballooning enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Duke City each year to delight in the amazing range of balloons in every color, size and shape imaginable. The thermal currents above Albuquerque make for some of the finest ballooning conditions in the world. The famous "Albuquerque Box" effect enables pilots to ascend from the field, move with the air currents at different altitudes and in different directions, and even backtrack along their original course to land in the spot they took off from.This is easily one of the most photographed spectacles anywhere and it is also a great place to people watch, enjoy delicious foods, and shop for souvenirs at a wide range of vendor booths. Enjoy exploring the extensive grounds of Fiesta Park and chatting with pilots and crews as they prepare the balloons for flight. October mornings in the high desert of New Mexico can be chilly so be sure to dress in layers for warmth and bring sunscreen for when the sun comes up. Enjoy breakfast at the Chasers Club and access to the Hospitality Tent for a warm drink.

NOTE: BALLOON FIESTA IS A WEATHER-DEPENDENT EVENT. While early October weather is generally ideal for hot-air ballooning, strong winds or storms may delay or cancel balloon events.

We will leave Balloon Fiesta Park and head to the Turquoise Museum, perhaps the largest private collection in the world. A novel attraction, this small museum focuses on the beauty, mythology, and physical properties of turquoise, a semi-precious but widely adored gemstone that many people understandably associate with the color of New Mexico's skies. See one-of-a-kind showpieces and examples from more than sixty mines on four continents and enjoy an informative and entertaining presentation that will show you the difference between the "Real McCoy" and plastic. We continue to Old Town and a brief walking tour of the historic Plaza area. Old Town, the original center of Albuquerque, was founded in the early part of the 18th century and includes San Felipe de Neri church and many historic buildings that form an architectural record of this city's unique past. A hosted lunch in Old Town is followed by time to explore hidden courtyards, stroll under covered portals and shop on your own at the many fine specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Your guide will provide information on restaurants within walking distance of the Plaza. Return to Balloon Fiesta Park for the spectacle of the evening Glowdeo. During the glow, balloons inflate at dusk, remain tethered, and light their burners in a synchronized fashion. The "glow" effect is created by the same burner system used in flight; however, pilots use various means to bypass the "pre-heat" coils on the burner. These coils help the burner work efficiently, but the flame is a dull blue and does not emit a lot of light. Guests will enjoy the exclusive Gondola Club, where comfortable seating, luxurious bathrooms and a buffet-style dinner await you. After the glow, the AfterGlow Fireworks Show will dazzle and delight you. NOTE:In case of inclement weather and the glow is cancelled, dinner will still be served at the Gondola Club.   B, L, D

Sunday, October 7

We will transfer to the ABQ International Airport for the return flight home.

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Payment Schedule

A deposit of $500.00 per person is due within 7 days of booking in order to confirm a seat on this tour. 

Final payment is due June 29, 2018.

Cancellation Policy (if not buying insurance):

TBD

Tour Includes

Roundtrip Motorcoach Transfers from Pennsburg to and from the Philadelphia Airport

Roundtrip Airfare

First Class Accommodations throughout the Tour

All Ground Transportation and Sightseeing Admissions as indicated in the Itinerary

Hotel Baggage Handling for one bag per person

All Departure Taxes

All Hotel Taxes and Surcharges

Meals Listed on the Itinerary Indicated by:  B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)

Destination Southwest Driver and Guide Gratuity

Items Not Included

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

Items of a Personal Nature Like:  Phone Calls, Laundry, Medical Assistance and Gratuities to Drivers/Guides/Services

Gratuities to Perkiomen Tours Escort

Airline Baggage Fees

Airline fuel surcharges, fees, taxes, etc. are subject to change without notice & may result in additional charges

Please note:  All known taxes and fees have been included in the listed prices.  Airlines do reserve the right to pass along changes or increases, etc. including fuel surcharges as deemed necessary and without prior notification.  If this should occur, it may result in additional charges to each traveler.  

Cancellation/Interruption Protection

Because of cancellation penalties incurred, especially on cruises and air tours (both domestic and international), Perkiomen Tours strongly recommends the purchase of cancellation/interruption insurance.  We do assist our travelers who might wish to purchase travel protection by providing insurance information/brochures.  Of course, you are free to select other insurance sources if you choose to do so.  Any insurance coverage purchased is an agreement between the traveler and the insurance company.  All conditions of coverage(s) are dependent upon the specific policy of your selected insurance company.  Please be aware of any eligibility requirements for coverage pertaining to pre-existing conditions prior to paying your trip deposit.

Proof of Citizenship

Please note that for airport travel, travelers must show proof of identification at check-in.  To prove identity, a traveler needs a valid driver’s license or government I.D. card.  Travelers are also required to show their flight boarding pass, which will be held by the Tour Escort.  A passport may be substituted for a Driver’s License or Government picture I.D. card.

Transportation Security Administration’s Guidelines for Checking Luggage

Customers are urged to leave their checked luggage unlocked, which will avoid the potential need for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel to forcibly open bags that require further inspection.  Plastic zip ties or cable ties may be used if desired.

Customers are asked to:

  • Not pack food or beverages in checked bags
  • Pack footwear on top of other contents
  • Put personal belongings in clear plastic bags to reduce chances of TSA Screeners having to handle them
  • Spread out – not stack – books
  • Leave gifts unwrapped should screening require them to be opened
  • Put scissors, pocket knives and other sharp items in checked luggage
  • Put film in carry-on bag because screening equipment will damage undeveloped film
  • Avoid over packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection