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United States Colorado The Garden Of The Gods
10 Days
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United States

16 Cities

Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, Georgetown Loop Railroad, Vail, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Colorado National Monument, Palisade, Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve, Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Cog Railway

15 Meals

5 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Day 1

Good Day Denver

Welcome to Denver, the Mile High City. Spend the day recovering after your travels or explore Denver at your leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

View of Denver, USA
Accommodation Hyatt Regency Denver At Colorado Convention Center
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Traverse the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains may seem larger than life, but your journey to Rocky Mountain National Park will see you come face to face with this extraordinary mountain landscape which snakes along western North America. Drive along the Trail Ridge Road, a designated national scenic byway and the highest continuous paved highway in America. Spend some time at lunch on your own in Estes Park, a small western town situated at the foothills of Rocky Mountain National Park. This evening you will have free time to explore Boulder on your own.

Bull Moose in Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
Accommodation Embassy Suites, Boulder
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountains may seem larger than life, but your journey to Rocky Mountain National Park will see you come face to face with this extraordin...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Drive throrugh Trail Ridge road Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
Drive Trail Ridge Road

Covering the 48 miles between Estes Park on the park's east side and Grand Lake on the west, Trail Ridge Road more than lives up to its advanced bi...

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Day 3

Urban Farming and Picturesque Towns

Start the day with a guided MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and visit a local urban community farm that is using organic and sustainable farming practices. The 1-hour tour will dive into topics including regenerative agriculture, land conservation, and food access. Then walk along the cobblestone streets of the picturesque Vail Mountain Resort and feel the fresh mountain air in your lungs. Continue to Glenwood Springs, a resort city known for its hot springs, sitting in the rugged Rocky Mountains, surrounded by the vast White River National Forest. This evening, your Stay With Stories overnight is the historic and iconic Hotel Colorado in the heart of Glenwood Springs. Built in 1893 during the mining boom, Hotel Colorado has undergone a complete renovation, bringing it back to its former glory as the Grande Dame of Glenwood Springs having hosted historical figures including Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Molly Brown and now, you.

Steam Locomotive in Boulder, USA
Accommodation Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Stay at Hotel Colorado in USA
Hotel Colorado

Discover Hotel Colorado, a member of the National Trust's Historic Hotel of America.Hotel Colorado has been delighting guests with its legendary ho...

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Trafalgar Difference

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit The Growing Gardens Farm in Boulder, USA+
Growing Gardens

Tour Growing Gardens, an 11-acre farm. Learn about land conservation, water availability, regenerative agricultural practices, environmental education, and animal husbandry. 

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Chalet in Vail, USA
Visit Vail Village

Welcome to one of Colorado's great playgrounds. While the winter attracts the ski crowds, the summer draws in guests to the European-style Vail Vil...

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Day 4

Admire Aspen

Head up Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Aspen, known for its high-end boutiques, bars and restaurants. Join your Travel Director for a walk through town. Then, Dive Into Culture as you are taken by 4WD jeeps from Aspen up Snowmass Mountain for an exciting wilderness excursion. As you climb Snowmass, you will venture off road, through Aspen groves, past small waterfalls and through open meadows overlooking amazing views of the surrounding valleys. Your Local Experts will explain the history and geology of the area, including how ice age mammal bones, including Saber-toothed Tigers and Woolly Mammoths were found in the reservoir below. Arrive at the historic Burlingmane Cabin, and try your hand at horseshoes, corn hole, or relax and admire the breath-taking views of the mountain ranges while the staff tends to all your needs. Enjoy a delicious lunch hot off the grill with wine and beer, a campfire, live music, and s'mores. Back in Glenwood Springs, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps, visit the renowned Glenwood Hot Springs, the world's largest mineral hot springs pool.

Maroon Bells in Aspen, USA
Accommodation Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Take a drive on a jeep up Snowmass Mountain, Colorado, USA
Snowmass Mountain 4x4 Jeep Tour

Wind along country roads passing elk habitat and views of the Elk Mountain Range as you journey out of Aspen and up Snowmass Mountain. As you climb...

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Have lunch at Burlingame Cabin around Snowmass Mountain Colorado, USA
Lunch at Burlingame Cabin

A typical mountain lunch will be served, complete with bonfire, s'mores, and live western entertainment. Before lunch you can try your hand at hors...

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Iconic Experience Visit Aspen Town Centre in Colorado, USA
See Aspen

This morning, head up Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Aspen, renowned the world over as a resort for the rich and famous, with high-end boutiques, ba...

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Day 5

Savor the Flavors of Colorado

Head for Palisade, known as the 'Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado,' perfectly nestled along the Colorado River. Stop at Clark Family Orchards (seasonal) and Connect with Locals as you meet with Clark family members and learn about the history of this farming family. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of the orchards before sampling fresh in-season produce. You’ll have the chance to bring home some unique salsas, jams and preserves, pickled veggies, grilling sauces and salad dressings. After, we head on to Colorado National Monument, preserving one of the grandest landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. This evening, stay in the heart of wine country and enjoy a Be My Guest experience dinner at the Maison La Belle Vie Winery. You will be hosted by the owner for an exclusive evening, starting with a tour of the winery and tasting the flavors of their lovingly blended estate-grown reds. Then sit down for a 3-course dinner paired with wines adjacent the 4.5 acre vineyard and al fresco under the Colorado Sky!

Bald Eagle in Colorado National Monument, USA
Accommodation Wine Country Inn, Palisade
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Visit Maison La Belle Vie Winery for a tour dinner in Palisade, USA
Tour and Tasting at Maison La Belle Vie Winery

This evening, 'Connect With Locals,' at Maison La Belle Vie Winery , as you meet the owners for an exclusive evening, starting with a tour of the w...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit the Clark Family Orchards and learn about this 7-generation farming family in Palisade, USA
Visit Clark Family Orchards

Head for Palisade, known as the 'Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado,' perfectly nestled along the Colorado River. Stop at the Clark Family Orchards...

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Iconic Experience Visit Colorado National monument, Colorado, USA
Visit Colorado National Monument

One of the hidden gems in the Western USA, Colorado National Monument is a stunning section of land sitting atop the Colorado Plateau. The views of...

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Day 6

Journey Through The Rustic Rockies

Head up the Western Slopes along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway and stop in the must-see town of Ouray, nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies, and often referred to as the "Switzerland of America.” From Ouray, ride along the famous "Million Dollar Highway," a designated All-American Byway and one of the state’s most scenic drives with some of Colorado’s most spectacular views as it spirals over Coal Bank Summit, Molas Pass, and Red Mountain Pass. Arrive in the mining town of Silverton, once a bawdy mining town, to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Durango. Take a trip back in time as this coal-fired, steam-powered train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. This evening, you'll enjoy a night at The Strater Hotel, one of the West’s first iconic hotels and the centerpiece of Durango, your Stays with Story.

Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango, USA
Strater Hotel View Hotel Details
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Strater Hotel

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Durango, United States

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  • Stays With Stories
Trafalgar Difference Stay at The Strater Hotel in Durango, USA
The Strater Hotel

Stay at The Strater Hotel, adorned with beautiful handcrafted woodwork, housing the largest collection of American Victorian walnut antiques. It's ...

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Must-see Highlights Take the Durango Silverton Railway, USA
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

After some free time in Silverton to get lunch, browse the town and stop at the Visitor Center, take a trip back in time aboard the Durango and Sil...

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Must-see Highlights

Iconic Experience Enjoy drive along the Million Dollar Highway in Ouray, Silverton, USA
Cruise Along Million Dollar Highway

From Ouray, ride along the famous "Million Dollar Highway," one of the most beautiful roads in America, designated as an All-American Byway of Colo...

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Day 7

Unmask Mesa Verde National Park

Admire the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people, carved out of the sandstone of the canyon walls, at the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park. Several hundred of these dwellings, in addition to thousands of known archaeological sites, are preserved in this protected area and you’ll have an opportunity to see several during your visit to the park. Later, indulge in free time in Durango with options of activities, including a fun rafting excursion on the Animas River. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, USA
Strater Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Strater Hotel

About the Hotel

Durango, United States

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Iconic Experience Visit Mesa Verde National Park in USA
Explore Mesa Verde National Park

There’s no better place to learn about the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people than at Mesa Verde National Park. View the carv...

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Optional Experiences Take a Mountain Waters Rafting trip through Durango, USA
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...

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Day 8

Discover The Great Sand Dunes

Today's highlight is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, a sandbox of epic proportions- 101 square kilometers with the tallest dune towering 229 meters high, making it the largest sand dune in North America. First up, set the scene for the adventure ahead with a start at the excellent Visitor Center with a short film and various exhibits. Your Travel Director will then take you to the best place for picture taking from the bottom of High Dune, a towering sand dune about 198 meters from base to top.  Then learn about this unique geographical phenomenon as you explore the dunes with your Travel Director.

Hikers in the Great Sand Dunes, USA
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience  Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA
Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park

Today's highlight is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, a sandbox of epic proportions - 39 square miles (101 square kilometers) wit...

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Day 9

Traverse To Majestic Pikes Peak

This morning, head to Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs Visit the brand-new US Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame. You will be guided through the museum gaining unique insight into the daily lives and regimen of Team USA highlighting the origins of the ancient and modern Olympic and Paralympic Games, the legacy of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic athletes, and the stories behind the artefacts. Enjoy the magical town of Manitou Springs before boarding the historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railroad, for an unforgettable trip to the 4,302 meters summit of Pikes Peak. Ride past cascading streams and forests of aspen and pine, enjoy the striking panoramas and learn of Pikes Peak connection with the patriotic song "America the Beautiful.'' Your trip through the Colorado Rockies comes to an end with a local Farewell Dinner where you’ll have the chance to raise a glass and celebrate the adventures we’ve had in Colorado.

View of Colorado Springs, USA
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience
Visit the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum

This afternoon visit the brand new U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Museum. The Museum is The 60,000-square feet dedicated to America's greatest athel...

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Iconic Experience
Ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Board the most iconic experience in Colorado Springs: the newly renovated historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railway. After 1...

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Day 10

Roam the Garden of the Gods

Our journey ends today as we say a fond farewell to new friends and depart Colorado Springs for Denver, but not before one last stop at yet another natural wonder of Colorado at the spectacular Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark boasting dramatic vistas and towering, jagged red-rock formations. After some free time, you will be joined by a Garden of the Gods Local Specialist for a guided scenic loop drive around the central Garden zone and spurs out to Ridge Road and Balanced Rock for views of North and South Gateway Rocks, Gray Rock, Montezuma Tower, Scotsman Picnic Area, High Point, Siamese Twins, Steamboat Rock, and Balanced Rock where we’ll say our goodbyes to the group. After a final big morning, transfer to Denver International Airport.

Garden of the Gods in Colorado, USA
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Garden of the Gods in Colorado, USA
Visit Garden of the Gods

Experience yet another natural wonder of Colorado at the spectacular Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark, boasting dramatic ...

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Iconic Experience
Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountains may seem larger than life, but your journey to Rocky Mountain National Park will see you come face to face with this extraordin...

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Iconic Experience
Drive Trail Ridge Road

Covering the 48 miles between Estes Park on the park's east side and Grand Lake on the west, Trail Ridge Road more than lives up to its advanced bi...

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Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Hotel Colorado

Discover Hotel Colorado, a member of the National Trust's Historic Hotel of America.Hotel Colorado has been delighting guests with its legendary ho...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Growing Gardens

Tour Growing Gardens, an 11-acre farm. Learn about land conservation, water availability, regenerative agricultural practices, environmental education, and animal husbandry. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Vail Village

Welcome to one of Colorado's great playgrounds. While the winter attracts the ski crowds, the summer draws in guests to the European-style Vail Vil...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Snowmass Mountain 4x4 Jeep Tour

Wind along country roads passing elk habitat and views of the Elk Mountain Range as you journey out of Aspen and up Snowmass Mountain. As you climb...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lunch at Burlingame Cabin

A typical mountain lunch will be served, complete with bonfire, s'mores, and live western entertainment. Before lunch you can try your hand at hors...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Aspen

This morning, head up Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Aspen, renowned the world over as a resort for the rich and famous, with high-end boutiques, ba...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Tour and Tasting at Maison La Belle Vie Winery

This evening, 'Connect With Locals,' at Maison La Belle Vie Winery , as you meet the owners for an exclusive evening, starting with a tour of the w...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Clark Family Orchards

Head for Palisade, known as the 'Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado,' perfectly nestled along the Colorado River. Stop at the Clark Family Orchards...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Colorado National Monument

One of the hidden gems in the Western USA, Colorado National Monument is a stunning section of land sitting atop the Colorado Plateau. The views of...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
The Strater Hotel

Stay at The Strater Hotel, adorned with beautiful handcrafted woodwork, housing the largest collection of American Victorian walnut antiques. It's ...

See More
Included in Trip
Must-see Highlights
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

After some free time in Silverton to get lunch, browse the town and stop at the Visitor Center, take a trip back in time aboard the Durango and Sil...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cruise Along Million Dollar Highway

From Ouray, ride along the famous "Million Dollar Highway," one of the most beautiful roads in America, designated as an All-American Byway of Colo...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Mesa Verde National Park

There’s no better place to learn about the ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people than at Mesa Verde National Park. View the carv...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park

Today's highlight is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, a sandbox of epic proportions - 39 square miles (101 square kilometers) wit...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum

This afternoon visit the brand new U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Museum. The Museum is The 60,000-square feet dedicated to America's greatest athel...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Board the most iconic experience in Colorado Springs: the newly renovated historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railway. After 1...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Garden of the Gods

Experience yet another natural wonder of Colorado at the spectacular Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark, boasting dramatic ...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
All transport and transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve, Garden of the Gods,
Scenic Drive along Trail Ridge Road, Million Dollar Highway, San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, Rim Rock Drive, Peak to Peak Highway
Iconic Train The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, & Pikes Peak Cog Railway
View Cliff Palace dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountains

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Strater Hotel

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
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...

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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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Rambha Rafi
Review date: Friday, August 5, 2022
Service
Firstly I would like to thank Rob Rainwater, he is an amazing Booking agent, easy to communicate and always helpful, respond on a timely manner. Our tour director Stephen NaNally ❤️...an amazing awesome knowledgeable, helpful, and caring person, this was our second trip with him. Would like to do more trips with him.
Vacation
Group was too big and sick. 2 night hotel needs Upgrading, , ghost and roaches.
Renuka Singh
Review date: Monday, August 1, 2022
Service
Over the past 7 years Rob Rainwater has been my exclusive agent, a man of immaculate credentials. People is his forte; he makes it his obligation to be accurate and ascertains every aspect of the travel plan is in order. He eliminates clutter in my travels and makes it clean, clear cut, and precise. He puts himself in the traveler’s shoe and he is not limited in his perspective of upcoming travels. A delightful person, he responds to my every communication, and not ever have I had to second guess him.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for this wonderful feedback which we will share with Rob and the whole GET team. We appreciate your trust in us and allowing us to make your vacation dreams come true.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Vacation
Colorado is not inconsistent with the neighboring states of natural parks, monuments, and majestic beauty. However, standing alone it has more of that “dime in a dozen” appeal, rather than a worthy unique attraction. It needs an appendage to really spruce it up. Of the six hotels, I would rate four as not to revisit. One had ghost story, one had cockroach, one we chose to carry our bags since porters were so slow, the same one did not have breakfast ready (we were told to come back at 10: am –really?) There was no extension of curtesy at another, I was told direct I should wait until morning if I needed a cup of tea, (which I eventually bought at the bar for $3.25.) The daily agenda was well stretched out and not so mundane; we had lunch up at Snowmass, I ate dinner at the food truck, we visited a sustainable farm, though 95% folks were over 65 years old. Rail enthusiasts, like myself, enjoyed immensely the three different rail rides.
Donald Adamcyk
Review date: Monday, August 1, 2022
Service
Our Travel Director, Steve McNally, made the trip a wonderful experience. He always provided a little extra information on our travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled you enjoyed your trip to Colorado. It sounds like you learned a lot and had fun at the same time--win-win! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
Great itinerary and travel.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, August 16, 2021
Service
Booking is always excellent.
Vacation
The trip was lovely, but due to the smoke in the air, it jus t can't be rated higher. I know this is no fault of GET, just my opionion.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So sorry that the horrible fires in the area impacted your trip and overall enjoyment. Thank you for your honest feedback and for booking with us. We hope to be able to welcome you on another trip very soon.
Friday, August 27, 2021
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