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Best of Colorado

9 Day Colorado Tour to Denver, Grand Junction

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The Best of Colorado Guided Tour
9 Days
1 Country

United States

12 Cities

Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Vail, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve, Alamosa, Garden of the God, Colorado Springs

6 Meals

1 Iconic Breakfast, 5 Breakfasts

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Costsaver
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Indulge your spirit of adventure on this Colorado trip across red-rock, prairie and plains-filled landscapes including Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument, then go back in time in Durango and Ouray. Wild West railroads and Gold Rush towns dot this fun-filled journey through landscapes only found in Colorado.   

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Day 1

Arrive Denver

Fill your lungs with that crisp Rocky Mountain air on this Colorado trip! You’ve arrived in Denver, the ‘Mile High City’, which has more than a hundred breweries and tap rooms, giving you a chance to find your new favorite pale ale, pilsner or stout. Later you'll meet up with your Travel Director then choose to spend the rest of the evening relaxing or discovering the best of Denver your way.     

Skyline Denver, Colorado, USA
Accommodation Doubletree By Hilton Denver Cherry Creek

Day 2

Rocky Mountain National Park

You’ll feel like you can touch the sky during your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, a sky-high showcase of 60 epic peaks. This Colorado highlight is a wilderness of luscious landscape unfolding throughout the day. You’re in for an amazing treat as you travel along Trail Ridge Road to the roof of the Rockies where the views are breathtaking, making you feel energized and excited for the next leg of your thrilling Colorado adventure.  

Sunset Rocky Mountain National Park
Accommodation Doubletree By Hilton Denver Cherry Creek

Day 3

Denver to Grand Junction

Today starts at the picture-perfect village of Vail, followed by historic Glenwood Springs, where you’ll find the confluence of the Roaring Fork Rivers, before continuing to Palisade. During summer, we’ll stop at Clark Family Orchards, a seven-generation farm where you’ll tour the orchards. In cooler months you’ll visit another local fruit store for tasty seasonal picks. The ‘River City’ is just a short hop away where we kick back for the night.  

Landscape of vineyard in Palisade, Colorado, USA
Accommodation Tru by Hilton Grand Junction Downtown

Day 4

Grand Junction to Durango

Enjoy your Iconic Breakfast with a view at the Colorado National Monument, totally immersed in beautiful nature. Next stop: Ouray, the ‘Switzerland of America’ in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, before the Wild West calls. Durango, a former mining town and rail center, is today’s last stop where you can explore this historic town and have an al fresco dinner.   

Independence Monument rock in Colorado National Monument, USA
Accommodation Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Downtown
Included Meals Iconic Breakfast
Optional Experiences Take guided food tour around Portland, Oregon, USA
11th Street Food Truck Station

When a couple of Durango locals wanted to create great food centered around a great environment, 11th Street Station was born in 2015. A permanent ...

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Day 5

Durango at Leisure

You’ll have the whole day to ride, hike, explore and even get your feet wet during our Choice Optional Experience rafting adventure on the Animas River. Or, if you prefer a more relaxed Optional Experience, visit Mesa Verde National Park’s breath-taking cliff dwellings with your Tour Director. The park features some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the US.

Mesa verde National Park, Colorado, USA
Accommodation Holiday Inn & Suites Durango Downtown
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Take a Mountain Waters Rafting trip through Durango, USA
Mountain Waters Rafting 2 Hours

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Optional Experiences Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park, USA
Mesa Verde National Park Sightseeing Visit

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Day 6

Durango to Alamosa

We leave the railroad town of Durango to Alamosa with a stop in Pagosa Springs to admire the stunning views overlooking the San Juan River. Once in Alamosa, there’s time for lunch before letting loose your inner child at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Reserve. Then it’s back to Alamosa, with its night skies providing a staggering starscape.   

Great sand dune national park, Colorado, USA
Accommodation Hampton Inn by Hilton Alamosa
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 7

Alamosa to Colorado Springs

The sightseeing loop brings you for two nights to Colorado Springs, where the foothills of the Rockies provide a stunning backdrop, but it’s the 14,115-foot (4302 meters) Pikes Peak that will make your jaw drop. Part scenic park and part nature center, Garden of the Gods is known for incredible formations of massive red rocks rising straight out of the ground. Here, you will enjoy a guided tour exploring human history that dates back 3,000 years and uncovering the secrets of its five different ecosystems. At night you can explore the hip hidden bar scene, a nod to its notorious prohibition past.

Garden of the Gods, Colorado, USA
Accommodation Wingate by Wyndham Colorado Springs
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 8

Colorado Springs Sightseeing

It’s your final day in Colorado, so make every second count; whether you tackle one of the endless outdoor activities or explore the city’s vibrant culture. Or hop on one of our epic Choice Optional Experiences – you can do both in one day! Visit the iconic Royal Gorge Bridge and Park for a unique experience suspended 995 ft (303.27 m) above ground. Or, choose to visit the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum before bidding farewell to your fellow travelers.

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Accommodation Wingate by Wyndham Colorado Springs
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit the United States Olympics and Paralympics Museum in Colorado Springs, USA
US Olympic and Paralympic Museum

You are invited to take part in a 60-minute storytelling experience led by a tour guide. The tour highlights origins of the ancient and modern Olym...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Tour

The iconic Royal Gorge features a view of the Arkansas River from above while standing on the Royal Gorge Bridge. The bridge was pioneered by Chief...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Colorado Springs to Denver

The beauty of Colorado and all you’ve seen and experienced the past few days will linger long after you leave Denver, where our wonderful Colorado trip comes to an end. It’s time to say goodbye to new friends as you prepare to return home or surrender to Denver’s irresistible charm and extend your stay. There’s a complimentary transfer to Denver International Airport with an approximate arrival time of 10:00 am.   

Sunset over Denver cityscape, Colorado, USA
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals included
Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
11th Street Food Truck Station

When a couple of Durango locals wanted to create great food centered around a great environment, 11th Street Station was born in 2015. A permanent ...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mountain Waters Rafting 2 Hours

Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a rafting adventure on this professionally guided, 3-hour excursion. Ride along the clear, crisp wa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mesa Verde National Park Sightseeing Visit

Opt to visit to fascinating Mesa Verde National Park. Established by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 Mesa Verde National Park protects some of the best-pre...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
US Olympic and Paralympic Museum

You are invited to take part in a 60-minute storytelling experience led by a tour guide. The tour highlights origins of the ancient and modern Olym...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Tour

The iconic Royal Gorge features a view of the Arkansas River from above while standing on the Royal Gorge Bridge. The bridge was pioneered by Chief...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

 

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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