September 23, 2024 thru September 27, 2024
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Colorado on this exquisite journey through the Rockies, draped in the vibrant hues of fall. Begin with picturesque stops at Molas Pass and Silverton, before indulging in local flavors at Big B’s Orchard. Marvel at the iconic Maroon Bells, find serenity at the John Denver Memorial Gardens, and dive into the rich mining history of Leadville. Savor charming dinners and cozy nights at welcoming accommodations, culminating in a scenic journey home filled with photo-worthy vistas. This unforgettable adventure is a tapestry of natural wonders, local delights, and tranquil moments, promising a treasure trove of memories.
5 days, 4 nights
Activity Level 3
8 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) included
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- Molas Pass Viewpoint
- Black Canyon Viewpoint, Chasm View
- Big B’s Orchard Lunch, Tour, & Cider Tasting
- McClure Pass Overlook
- Maroon Bells Excursion
- John Denver Memorial Gardens
- Wine & Snack Party
- National Mining Hall of Fame
- San Cristobal Reservoir Overlook
- North Clear Creek Falls
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 4 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Your Professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Journey to Colorado
Start your Colorado Aspens adventure with a swift departure from Sun Tours, stopping briefly at the Meadowlark Senior Center before heading off on our journey with rest stops on the way. Enjoy an independent lunch in the captivating town of Durango, followed by awe-inspiring views at Molas Pass Viewpoint and a short break in the quaint town of Silverton.
Arrive and settle into Hampton Inn Montrose before heading out for a group dinner, ending your day on a delightful note.
Meals included: (D)
Day 2 - Apples & Aspens
Enjoy an early breakfast at Hampton Inn Montrose before checking out and embarking on a scenic journey to the Black Canyon Viewpoint. Marvel at the stunning chasm views, and then proceed to the Visitors’ Center for an immersive experience.
Continue your adventure with a delightful included lunch at Big B’s Orchard, where you can also enjoy a tour and yummy cider tasting. To really indulge in the tastes of fall. Depart refreshed and head to the breathtaking McClure Pass Overlook. McClure Pass is situated in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of about 8,755 feet (2,668 meters). The pass is known for its stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and forests.
Conclude your day with a check-in at Aspen Square Condos in Aspen, setting you up perfectly for a night of exploration or relaxation. Dinner is on your own to relax and unwind from the day at your leisure.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 3 - Aspen Retreat
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at Jour de Fête, a local favorite in Aspen. Embrace the beauty of the Rockies with a shuttle trip to the iconic Maroon Bells, where pristine nature and breathtaking views await. Revel in the tranquility of the John Denver Memorial Gardens, a serene spot dedicated to the late singer’s memory and love for Aspen. The gardens provide a peaceful retreat amidst your adventurous day.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with an independent lunch and free time to explore Aspen’s charming streets, boutiques, and cafes. Conclude your day with a Wine and Snack Party in the fresh mountain air, set in the hotel’s outdoor pool area. Delight in a curated selection of cheeses and snacks, preparing you for an evening of exploration as dinner is at your leisure in the vibrant town of Aspen.
Meals included: (B)
Day 4 - Silver History in Leadville
Kickstart your day with a scrumptious breakfast at Poppycock’s. Bid farewell to Aspen Square as you gear up for a day of exploration and fun, starting with a visit to the charming downtown of Leadville. Immerse yourself in the local culture and pick up unique souvenirs during your shopping time in this historic town. At an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 meters), Leadville holds the distinction of being the highest incorporated city in North America and is known for it’s massive silver boom in the 1late 19th century.
Savor an included lunch at the famed Silver Dollar Saloon in Leadville, a spot teeming with history and character. Post-lunch, delve into the rich mining history of the region with a visit to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Conclude your day with a relaxing check-in at the Holiday Inn Express in Gunnison.
In the evening, relish a hearty included dinner at Ol’ Miner Steakhouse, a local favorite renowned for its delicious steaks and welcoming ambiance. Return to the hotel for a good night’s rest, gearing up for another day of exploration and fun.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Scenic Journey Home
Begin your day with an energizing breakfast at the hotel, preparing you for the adventures ahead. Check out from Gunnison Holiday Inn and embark on a scenic journey, making your way towards the picturesque town of Lake City for a brief stop. As you depart Lake City, seize the opportunity to capture breathtaking photos at San Cristobal Reservoir Overlook and other scenic spots along the way.
Continue to North Clear Creek Falls, a natural wonder nestled between the mountains, providing a serene backdrop for a break and photo opportunities. Head to Creede for an independent lunch.
After you’re refueled, continue on your journey home; marking the end of a day filled with breathtaking scenery, charming towns, and memorable moments.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
The Maroon Bells, two stunning alpine peaks, are one of the most photographed locations in North America and are located near Aspen.
Aspen is a leader in environmental sustainability, and it is one of the first cities in the US to be powered by 100% renewable energy.
The city’s history is deeply intertwined with mining, having produced a significant amount of silver, lead, gold, and other minerals.
Aspen Square Condos (Hotel)
Holiday Inn Express
$1,925 per person
$2,615 per person
Final Payment Due:
July 16, 2024
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 4 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your Professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: July 16, 2024
- None – through July 16, 2024
- $200 – July 17 – July 30, 2024
- $1,100 – July 31 – August 20, 2024
- 100% – after August 20, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
The activity rating for this tour is Moderate.
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Colorado's weather in September is generally mild and comfortable, making it one of the best months to visit the state.
Daytime: Temperatures range from 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C), depending on the region.
Nighttime: It gets cooler at night, with temperatures dropping to 30°F to 50°F (−1°C to 10°C).
Generally low, but afternoon thunderstorms are still possible, particularly in the mountains.
What to Wear:
Layers are key as temperatures can vary significantly throughout the day. A light jacket or sweater for the evenings. Sunscreen and a hat for daytime sun protection. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on various terrains.
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