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Colorado Mountains and Craft Beers Escorted Small Group Tour

11 nights

With breathtaking views of the rugged wilderness of the American West, the Colorado Rockies are among the most iconic sights of the USA. Less well appreciated is the region's affiliation with beer, with Colorado being the greatest producer in the USA and is home to over 2000 craft breweries that offer distinct flavours for the more discerning palette. This guided tour, starting in Denver, combines the best of these two facets of the region, interspersing sightseeing around some of the National Parks, historic towns and high country of Colorado with visits to a number of the local breweries to sample a range of the brews produced, all under the guidance of a local expert.

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Day 1

Denver

Arrive in the Mile High City in time to meet your fellow beer enthusiasts at a reception hosted b...

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Day 2

Denver

During your morning tour through Denver, you will catch stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in...

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Day 3

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park

In the morning you will set out for Estes Park, at the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain Nationa...

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Day 4

Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs

This morning's scenic route passes jagged cliffs and takes you into Glenwood Springs, a mecca for...

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Day 5

Glenwood Springs to Telluride

Today travel throughh the Colorado National Monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plat...

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Day 6

Telluride

Today, explore this pretty alpine village or join the morning optional and included afternoon hik...

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Day 7

Telluride to Durango

Drive along the Million Dollar Highway today between Ouray, a charming town surrounded by steep m...

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Day 8

Durango

A day trip to Mesa Verde National Park, the largest archaeological preserve in the US. See the ca...

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Day 9

Durango to Salida

Your driver will take you to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where you will find the...

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Day 10

Salida to Colorado Springs

Depart for Colorado Springs, stopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Hanging high above Co...

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Day 11

Colorado Springs to Manitou Springs

The day will start with touring the US Air Force Academy then drive into the dramatic red sandsto...

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Day 12

Manitou Springs to Denver

After a late morning check-out the group will transfer to Denver International Airport for depart...

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Day 1

Denver

Arrive in the Mile High City in time to meet your fellow beer enthusiasts at a reception hosted by your guide for the next 12 days, a beer aficionado and Colorado specialist. You will be given an introduction to your visits to breathtaking National Parks, regional culture, history, and - of course - fresh, local craft beer!

2 nights in Denver

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Day 2

Denver

During your morning tour through Denver, you will catch stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in between stops at historic and cultural locations, emerging neighbourhoods, and hidden gems of the Mile High City. In the afternoon visit the brewery district of River North (known as RiNo). You will visit some of the 45 breweries located in Denver, each producing beer with very distinct aroma, body and finish.

 

OPTIONAL: Enjoy a dinner comprised of regional cuisine paired with specially selected brews. Denver is known for its creative spin on beef and game dishes, and you can expect the unexpected!

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Day 3

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park

In the morning you will set out for Estes Park, at the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The road passes majestic peaks in every direction and you should see plenty of wildlife roaming the valleys below. After the Park the driver will take you to Boulder, one of three points that make up the Denver Beer Triangle (along with Denver and Fort Collins). You will visit a local brewery where classic standards such as lagers, porters, and ales are made year-round, and seasonal beers round out the selection.

1 night in Boulder

 

OPTIONAL: Tonight's dinner will celebrate Boulder's craft brew and culinary reputation of unique and bold flavours.

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Day 4

Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs

This morning's scenic route passes jagged cliffs and takes you into Glenwood Springs, a mecca for mineral hot springs enthusiasts.

1 night in Glenwood Springs

 

OPTIONAL: Take a relaxing soak in the thermal mineral waters at Iron Mountain Hot Springs' 16 small, naturally-formed pools.

 

OPTIONAL: Enjoy a custom-designed menu of fresh fish caught in local rivers combined with the perfect local brews.

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Day 5

Glenwood Springs to Telluride

Today travel throughh the Colorado National Monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. There'll be time in the Western Colorado town of Grand Junction before traveling to the mountain village of Telluride. Upon arrival, you will quench your thirst with the smooth-tasting flavours of beer from one of the highest microbreweries in the world.

2 nights in Telluride

 

OPTIONAL: This evening enjoy a dinner consisting of farm-to-table ingredients paired with Telluride's prized local beers.

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Day 6

Telluride

Today, explore this pretty alpine village or join the morning optional and included afternoon hike into the San Juan Mountains. The evening is free to enjoy the atmosphere of this historic Victorian mining town.

 

OPTIONAL: Get an up close view of the high country scenery in an exciting half day Jeep tour.

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Day 7

Telluride to Durango

Drive along the Million Dollar Highway today between Ouray, a charming town surrounded by steep mountains, and Silverton, an old silver mining town. Much of Silverton is considered a National Historic Landmark and the depot town of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

2 nights in Durango

 

OPTIONAL: Ride the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad along the Animas River, through wilderness inaccessible by any road, for a steam-powered arrival into Durango. If you do not want to take the train, you will go by coach.

 

OPTIONAL: Durango breweries will be featured in this evening's pairing dinner, alongside cuisine influenced by a mixture of Old West history and contemporary flair

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Day 8

Durango

A day trip to Mesa Verde National Park, the largest archaeological preserve in the US. See the cave dwellings inhabited by groups of nomadic American Indians as early as 7500 BC. Uon your return to Durango, visit a couple of the oldest craft breweries in the state. Water born high in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado makes these hand-crafted brews taste so good.

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Day 9

Durango to Salida

Your driver will take you to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where you will find the tallest sand dunes in North America. Spend the night in Salida, a quaint western style town with a creative arts scene and a selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries.

1 night in Salida

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Day 10

Salida to Colorado Springs

Depart for Colorado Springs, stopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Hanging high above Colorado's wild Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is America's highest suspension bridge and a legendary feat of engineering renowned the world over.

1 night in Colorado Springs

 

OPTIONAL: Tonight's dinner and pairings will feature Colorado Springs' internationally diverse cuising and big tastes from small, local beer companies

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Day 11

Colorado Springs to Manitou Springs

The day will start with touring the US Air Force Academy then drive into the dramatic red sandstone rock formations of the Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark. End the day in quaint Manitou Springs and tast the nuances of the locally produced beer at one of its tap rooms.

1 night in Manitou Springs

 

OPTIONAL: Transfer to the historic mining town of Cripple Creek where you can saddle up at the Old Stage Riding Stables to view the majesty of the Colorado Mountains on horseback. Set out on riding trails that provide views of deep forests and panoramic mountain overlooks of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

 

OPTIONAL: Final night pairing dinner. A selection of stylings and flavours matched to your choice of Colorado's fresh, local fare.

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Day 12

Manitou Springs to Denver

After a late morning check-out the group will transfer to Denver International Airport for departure.

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