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
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
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)
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.