Denver: Putting It All Together

Denver-based RMA Travel & Tours offers commissionable daily overnight Amtrak rail packages from Denver to Glenwood Springs, day trips to Grand Junction and a series of Ski Amtrak programs.

"Our biggest seller is Glenwood Springs," said Barry Oehler, RMA's president and owner. "These Amtrak Family Vacations are popular because for people visiting Denver, they are a nice, quick and inexpensive getaway. Also, a lot of people haven't ridden a train in years and this is an opportunity to take a trip on one of the most scenic of Amtrak's routes."

Sample Short Stay Get-A-Way packages: One-night package to Glenwood Springs, home of the world's largest natural hot springs pool, is priced from $127 per person, double (depending on Denver hotel selected and season of travel), roundtrip train fare from Denver, transfers between the hotel and train station (except for clients staying at the Hotel Denver, which is across the street from the rail station), one-day hot springs pool pass and room tax.

Optional day trips to Grand Junction includes choice of a driving tour of scenic areas, an excursion to the Powderhorn Ski Resort and a tour of the Palisade Vineyards (prices depend on activities chosen).

Sample Ski Amtrak package: Three-night Winter Park ski package, priced from $322 per person, double, includes roundtrip Amtrak coach fare from San Francisco/Oakland/Sacramento, accommodations, continental breakfast (some hotels include MAP), shuttle between town and the ski slopes and other features. Note: The package is also offered in a five-night version and is also available from Chicago/Naperville. Packages to other ski resort destinations are also included in this series.

Oehler recommends that agents book as soon as possible during the high ski season and holidays, as rail space and packages fill up quickly at these times. For reservations, call (800) 841-9800.

Tauck Tours is offering a seven-night Colorado National Parks package that starts and ends in Denver. Highlights include the Garden of the Gods natural red-rock formation; the Pikes Peak area and a view of the Royal Gorge from the world's highest suspension bridge; Mesa Verde National Park; a ride on the last narrow-gauge railroad through mountain canyons to old silver mining towns; the monoliths of the Colorado National Monument; the ski resorts of Aspen and Vail; Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Overnight stays are in Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction, Vail and Denver. The package is priced at $1,390 per person, double, including accommodations; 18 meals; motorcoach, rail and other intra-tour transportation (air fare is additional); baggage handling; gratuities, and the services of a Tauck tour director. For reservations, call (800) 214-5158.

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