Welcome to Denver, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. The capital of Colorado, it is famous for its romantic 19th century architecture, modern restaurants and overall laidback culture. Colorado itself is celebrated for its deserts, canyons and alpine mountains, attracting a new group of nature-loving travellers every year. On arrival, your private transfer will take you to your AAA Four Diamond hotel, where you can relax and freshen up, before meeting your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests at 18:00. End the day with drinks and dinner featuring simple, classic American comfort food with locally sourced ingredients at the Corinne, a favourite local restaurant.
On the way to Colorado Springs, stop at the United States Air Force Academy and get a glimpse into the life of a cadet. Then visit Garden of the Gods, a National Natural Landmark and public park, which is made up of 1,300 sandstone formations. Imagine dramatic views, 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. Afterwards, join a Local Expert for a guided visit through the park. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Enjoy a relaxed start with a choice of breakfast options, before heading over to Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a thrilling scenic ride aboard this just-restored iconic attraction. Once at the top of Pikes Peak, the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains’ southern Front Range, you’ll understand how the views inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write what is now one of the most patriotic songs - “America the Beautiful.” This afternoon visit the brand new U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Museum. Dedicated to America's greatest athletes and their incredible stories behind their Olympic endeavors. Led by an experienced guide, take part in a 45-minute storytelling experience which highlights the origins of the ancient and modern Olympic and Paralympic Games, the legacy of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and the stories behind the artifacts. This evening, choose to dine at one of the Broadmoor’s award-winning restaurants. From Italian cuisine, to English inspired dishes and classic American options, the choice is yours.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast at one of two on-site restaurants. Today, Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you head to Vermejo Park Ranch. Often referred to as a private national park, it stretches from the Great Plains to the summit of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, in total across 590,000 acres. The ranch is owned by businessman, environmentalist and founder of CNN, Ted Turner. You’ll stay here for the next three nights. In the evening, take a step back in time and experience turn-of-the-century luxury, as you meet your fellow travellers for cocktails in the lounge of the historic Casa Grande. Once Ted Turner’s private quarters, Casa Grande is a 25,000-square-foot stone mansion restored by Jane Fonda, then Ted Turner’s wife. It blends Southwestern accents with 1900s grandeur. As you navigate through the marble column hallways, you’ll feel transported to an elegant 1920s soirée. This historic home boasts a billiards room, renovated chef’s kitchen, and conservatory. Move to the main dining room for a gourmet, à la carte Southwestern dinner experience.
After a hearty breakfast, join your Traveling Concierge for a morning hike, where you’ll have the chance to take in the ranch’s natural surroundings. It is home to over 8000 elk, 4000 mule deer, pronghorn, bison, black bears, cougars and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Relax over a glass of wine and expertly-prepared fresh cuisine in the ranch's main dining room, with staff at your service to ensure a truly memorable experience. Later, test your fly fishing and deep nymphing skills. This world-class fishing sanctuary holds 19 fishable lakes and over 30 miles of streams. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, before sitting down to a family-style feast at the ranch. Popcorn at the ready – end your evening on the main lawn of the lodge, for a Cinema Under the Stars experience.
Today is a day for adventures. Take in Vermejo’s natural wonders and diverse landscapes on a guided horseback ride. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch with wine.Your Journey, Your Way. Experience Vermejo Ranch your way by choosing from a variety of activities. Test your aim with a robust archery course featuring eight unique stations and numerous natural obstacles that is suitable for all skill levels. Alternatively, you can enjoy one of the ranch's many other activities, including mountain biking, geo-caching, obstacle course, and disc golf. This evening, enjoy cocktails while participating in lawn games, then indulge in one of Chef Giovanni's famous cookouts on the mansion's verandah.
Move on to the town of Taos, set in New Mexico’s high desert. On the way, stop at the Old West town of Cimarron. Take a peek at the St. James Hotel, an old outlaw heritage that is said to be haunted by spirits from its “wild west” era. Visit the Downtown Taos Historic District and stop at the historic Taos Plaza. Here, you will have time to wander around and pick a restaurant for lunch on your own. Later, head for Taos Pueblo, a significant UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark, occupied for 1,000 years by the ‘Red Willow’ people of Taos. Meet your Local Expert to learn about its history and about the life of the pueblo's inhabitants. Take a brief stop at the most photographed and painted church in all of America, San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, famously photographed by Ansel Adams and painted by Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautiful drive through historic Embudo Valley along the Rio Grande River brings you to Santa Fe.
After a relaxing breakfast, our morning will include a tour around the City Different, as Santa Fe is known for good reason. Santa Fe is also designated by UNESCO as a Creative City in both Folk Art and Design categories. Join your Local Expert for a unique Santa Fe experience, combining architecture, history, culture and local treats. Walk next door to visit the Loretto Chapel and its famous Miracle Staircase. Also pay a visit to the Palace of the Governors. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the Museum of International Folk Art, which expands the understanding of folk art and encourages dialogue about traditions, cultural identity, community, and aesthetics. Alternatively, you can explore the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which many consider an essential experience when it comes to appreciating New Mexico. Learn about the life works of the artist recognized as the "Mother of American Modernism.” Commemorate your travels with a Celebration Dinner with your Travelling Concierge and new friends.
It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Take an organised transfer to Albuquerque International Airport, or extend your stay in Santa Fe.