Trip #1 - Ride the Very First Rocky Mountaineer Train Tour to Moab Utah

Colorado "Grande" Rail Medley

Ride the route of the Rio Grande Zephyr!

Chicago to Denver Round Trip

August 11 - 19, 2021

with private cars FRANK THOMSON & BERLIN to the Mile High City

TRIP ITINERARY PLAN - approximate times & events may vary

 

Day 1  Wednesday August 11, 2021

12:30PM (Approx):   Amtrak train #5 with our private railcars Frank Thomson (800110) and Berlin (800255) are repositioned from Amtrak’s 14th St. coach yard, to Chicago Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606.

1:00 PM: (Approx):  Guests should already be at the beautiful and bustling Chicago Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606. We will meet just under the escalator by the fountain adjacent to the former Amtrak Ticket Counter. Our on-board service manager welcomes our travelers and their luggage. We’ll meet up with our guests and escort them and their luggage directly to our private cars.  We’ll pre-board our private rail cars Frank Thomson (800110) and Berlin (800255) which should be located at the end of today’s Chicago, IL departing Amtrak #5 the “California Zephyr”. Upon boarding, after a review of the guest’s accommodations, amenities, and safety instructions, we invite all to enjoy complimentary cocktails, tantalizing snacks and hors’ d ouvres in Frank Thomson lounge. 

2:00 PM:  Depart: Chicago, IL, on Amtrak #5 the “California Zephyr”.

Afternoon:  Premium beverage and snack service continues as our train traverses Illinois cities and small towns.

6:30PM: (approx): Dinner served on-board, en-route. The culinary talents of our on-board chef have been called upon to create a tantalizing dinner this evening. Dining in the Frank Thomson lounge, enjoy a glass of wine while the ever changing countryside scenes of Iowa race by our windows.

Evening:  Premium beverage and snack service continues in our lounge until 11pm local time. And when you feel "it's time", retire to your private accommodation. Our first class on-board staff has it transformed from a comfortable day room, to its restful nighttime configuration.  Goodnight! 

Night:  Occupy railcars overnight en-route.

 

Day 2  Thursday August 12, 2021

6:30AM:  Wake-up coffee available in the Frank Thomson lounge.

7:00-9:30AM: (approx): Breakfast served on board, en-route in the Frank Thomson lounge. 

7:15AM: Arrive: Denver CO.  at Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO.  Please Note: Usually within an half hour or so of our arrival in Denver, Frank Thomson (800110) and Berlin (800255) will be cut off our arriving train. Our rail cars will be parked here until our departure from Denver on Wednesday August 18th.

Morning:  Free day to explore Denver, the Mile High City.

Possible Forney Transportation Museum, 4303 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80206  (303) 297-1113, $11/adult, 10:00am-4:00pm, temporarily closed as of 12-7-20.

12 Noon: (approx):   Lunch on your own at one of Denver's many fine restaurants.

Afternoon:  No beverage or snack services offered.

6:30pm: (approx): Dinner served in the Frank Thomson lounge. Optional Dinner on your own.

Evening:  Premium beverage and snack service continues in our lounge 6:30 – 11:00PM.

Night:  Occupy railcars overnight.

 

Day 3  Friday August 13, 2021

5:30AM:  Wake-up coffee available in the Frank Thomson lounge. 

6:15AM:  Board Minibus at DUS,  Bagged Breakfasts served  en-route to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railroad (approx 1:22 duration trip).  A complete reconstruction of the 9 mile line is on schedule to be completed May 2021.  Arrive early for boarding.

8:40AM:  Depart Base Station on Pikes Peak Cog Railroad.

11:40AM:  Return to Base Station. Transfer to Minibus.

12:00PM:  Lunch (takeout from Panera) to eat en-route.  1832 Southgate Rd, Colorado Springs, 80906, (719) 389-0808, can order in advance, curbside pick up.

12:30PM:  1 Hr. Minibus tour through the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO.

Garden of the Gods Visitor Center  719-634-6666  approx 40 min for 3 mile loop.

1:30PM:  Minibus continues to Pueblo, CO (approx 50 minutes).

2:30PM:  Arrival and tour of Pueblo Railway Museum, 200 W B St, Pueblo, CO  81003   719-544-1773

4:30PM:  Board Minibus for 49 minute trip to Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 330 Royal Gorge Blvd, Canon City, CO  81212, 49 min from Pueblo.

6:00PM:  Arrive early for boarding Royal Gorge Railroad.

6:30PM:  Departure of Dinner Train.

9:00PM:  Board Minibus for return to Denver Union Station (approx 2 hours).

Beverage & Snack Service will be provided in the Frank Thomson lounge until 11:00PM.

Night:  Occupy railcars overnight.

 

Day 4  Saturday August 14, 2021

6:30AM:  Wake-up coffee available in the Frank Thomson lounge.

7:00-8:30AM: (approx): Breakfast served on-board, in the Frank Thomson lounge. 

8:30AM:   Minibus transportation to Colorado Railroad Museum, 5 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO 80403 (303) 279-4591 for 9:00am opening.

9:00AM to Noon:  Tour Colorado Railroad Museum.

12:00PM: Lunch by D’deli  17155 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO (303) 279-8020, #1 of 130 restaurants in Golden per Trip Advisor, Yelp 4.5 of 5, www.ddeligolden.com 

 

1:00PM:  Minibus to Georgetown Loop Railroad 606 Loop Drive, Georgetown, CO (888) 456-6777 

3:00PM:  Boarding at Georgetown Loop Railroad for 3:30pm departure.

4:30PM:  Return to railcars.

6:00PM:  (approx): Dinner served in the Frank Thomson lounge. Optional Dinner on your own.

Evening:  Beverage & Snack Service will be provided from 6:00-11:00PM.

Night:  Occupy railcars overnight.

 

 

Day 5  Sunday August 15, 2021

6:30AM:  Wake-up coffee available in the Frank Thomson lounge.

8:00AM:   Passengers prepare for boarding the first Rocky Mountaineer inaugural excursion to Moab.

For a complete review and itinerary of this two day Denver to Moab excursion, refer to:

https://www.rockymountaineer.com/blog/introducing-our-new-route-rockies-red-rocks

9:00AM:   Depart Denver, CO on Rocky Mountaineer. Breakfast and Lunch en route.

5:00PM:  Depart train at Glenwood Springs. Transfer to hotel. Dinner on your own.

 

Day 6  Monday August 16, 2021

9:00AM:  Depart Glenwood Springs to Moab

Morning:  Breakfast served en route by Rocky Mountaineer.  Mid morning snack provided.

12 Noon:  Arrive in Moab, transfer to Minibus for possible drive-through tour of Arches National Park (dependant upon National Park Service daily attendence totals). 

Lunch:  On our own at the unique Moab Food Truck Park.  Located in downtown Moab, the food truck park offers a fun dining experience with a variety of cuisines to satisfy anyone! 

 

3:00PM:  Minibus to Durango, CO (approx 3 hours).

6:00PM:  Check into the historic Strater Hotel (a mere 2 blocks from D&SNGRR station), 699 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301  (800) 247-4431, info@strater.com.

7:00PM: (approx) Sit down dinner at Strater Hotel (depending on COVID-19 restrictions in effect) or optional dinner on your own.

Evening:  Free time in Durango & overnight in Strater Hotel.

 

 

Day 7  Tuesday August 17, 2021

6:00AM:  Wake Up Coffee and Continental Breakfast in the Strater Hotel.

7:00AM:  Check out & short walk to Durango Station with luggage.

7:30AM:  Ready at Durango station to board Durango & Silverton Railroad.

8:00AM:  Depart Durango on D&SNGRR.

12:00 Noon:  Arrive Silverton, CO. Disembark train, board Motorcoach for return trip (5-1/2 hours) to Denver Union Station.

  

Lunch:  On our own at a to-be-determined stop en-route.

7:00PM-7:30PM:  (approx): Dinner served in the Frank Thomson lounge. Optional Dinner on your own.

Evening:  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continues in the Frank Thomson lounge until 11pm local time.

Night:   Occupy rail cars overnight in Denver.

 

Day 8  Wednesday  August 18, 2021

6:30AM:  Wake-up coffee available in the Frank Thomson lounge.

7:00-9:30AM: (approx): Breakfast served in the Frank Thomson lounge. 

Morning:  Relax and enjoy free time to explore the Lodo (Lower Downtown) area of Denver.

12:00PM-1:00PM:  Lunch is on your own.

Afternoon:  More free time to explore Denver.

6:00PM:    Passengers must be back on board railcars at Denver Union Station while being attached to Amtrak #6, the California Zephyr.

6:00-7:00PM:   Dinner served in the Frank Thomson lounge.  

7:10PM:  Depart Denver on Amtrak #6 the eastbound “California Zephyr”.

Evening:  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continues in the Frank Thomson lounge until 11pm local time.

Night:    Occupy rail cars overnight en route.

 

Day 9  Thursday  August 19, 2021

6:30AM:  Wake-up coffee available in the Frank Thomson lounge.

7:00-9:30AM: (approx): Breakfast served on-board, en-route in the Frank Thomson lounge. 

Morning:    Relax and enjoy the scenery as our train passes through America's Heartland.

12 Noon: (approx):  Lunch served on-board en-route, in the Frank Thomson lounge.

Afternoon:  Premium beverage and snack service continues in our lounge

2:00-2:30PM:  Passengers to have Luggage Ready for Off Loading.

2:50PM: Arrive: Chicago Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606. As our Amtrak train thunders into the cavernous confines of Chicago Union Station, the squeal of the brakes and the whooosssshhh of the air signal the end of this rail odyssey. Upon arrival into Chicago Union Station, our on board staff will assist passengers and their overnight luggage detrain to pre-arranged ground transportation or hotel transfers.  This marks the end of on board services.  WE THANK YOU!

Please Note: Usually within an hour or so of our arrival in Chicago Union Station, Frank Thomson (800110) and Berlin (800255) will be moved from Chicago Union Station with Amtrak train #5’s consist to Amtrak’s Chicago Coach yard, 1400 Lumber Street, for necessary post trip inspections and servicing. During this time, which usually takes several hours, there will be periods of no electricity, air conditioning and services and no way to get on/off the train. Please plan accordingly!

 

FARE: $6,499 per person, double occupancy

              plus verification of COVID-19 vaccination immunity

                     We will follow all CDC COVID-19 recommended practices in effect at the time of the trip.

 

This nine day trip also includes all meals en route, all meals mentioned in the itinerary, all overnight accommodations, minibus & motorcoach travel, and all fares to:

Colorado Railroad MuseumGeorgetown Loop Railroad

Pikes Peak Cog RailroadGarden of the GodsPueblo Railroad Museum

Dinner Train on the Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad

Premium SilverLeaf Plus Service on the 1st Trip of the Rocky Mountaineer "Rockies to the Red Rocks"

Denver, CO to Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT.

First Class Alamosa Parlor Car on Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Rairoad

Durango, CO to Silverton, CO

Fare does not include any meals mentioned in the itinerary as on your own, & all personal spending.

Fare does not include crew or vendor gratuities.

 

NOTE: All proceeds go toward the restoration and maintenance of the Frank Thomson and Berllin rail cars.

 

TRAVEL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  - updated January 1, 2021

TOUR PRICES:  Tour prices are subject to change without notice, however Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC will make every effort to advise changes within a reasonable period of time.

ITINERARY CHANGES:  Deep River Rail Ventures reserves the right to change train routing, substitute equipment, alter or modify the tour components if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions occur beyond our control. In the railroad industry last minute changes DO occur.

DEPOSITS AND FINAL PAYMENTS:  If reservations are made more than 90 days before departure date, a non refundable $150 deposit is required to secure space. At 90 days before departure date, a 50% deposit of entire trip fare is required to secure space. The deposit payment(s) can be made by sending a personal or bank check and must reach Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC within 7 days after reserving. Final payment must be received by 30 days before departure date. If reservations are made less than 30 days before departure date, a 50% deposit of entire fare is required and must reach Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC by a time limit date to be arrangeure date: 100% refund is available minus the $150 non refundable deposit. 89 to 45 days before departure date: 50% refund of entire trip fare. 44 days to departure date: NO REFUND is available. If we have to cancel the trip, then we will provide you with a full refund of your deposit and payment(s). The two most likely causes of us having to cancel a trip would be a mechanical problem that could not be resolved in time for the trip, or a decision by any of the host railroads not to approve the planned travel itinerary.

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS ENCOURAGED:  To protect investment in travel, Deep River Rail Ventures encourages and can arrange travel insurance at additional cost. Some bank cards also have a travel insurance provision which passengers should consult their card company for details. If travel insurance is desired, consult www.travelguard.com website. Then call them directly to get insurance coverage information that will be specific to you and your trip.

IRESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  Deep River Rail Ventures assumes no responsibility for injury, sickness, loss, additional expenses, accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful or negligent acts or omissions of the part of companies providing or engaging in transportation, accommodation of services related to the accomplishment of the tour. We have no control of the timing of our charter trains. Indeed passenger trains and charters do often run late quite often. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disaster, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. We reserve the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, and routes.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE:  Deep River Rail Ventures reserves the right to refuse service to anyone we deem necessary in order to insure that all of our clients will have the best possible tour.

PREDEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:  Tour bulletins will be e-mailed or U.S. mailed to passengers who have reserved a specific tour as needed.

TICKETS AND BOARDING PASSES:  Deep River Rail Ventures will either e-mail or U.S. mail tickets, documents, and boarding passes usually 10 days to 2 weeks before departure day. A set of instructions and expectations will also accompany these items.

ACCESSIBILITY:  It must be understood that passengers should be able to walk and negotiate steps on their own or with some minor assistance from Deep River Rail Ventures attendants. Restored vintage railcars do not in some cases have complete handicap accessibility. Wheelchairs are not accessible. Red Cap service is available at some major stations.

ALTITUDE:  Some Deep River Rail Ventures tours have time spent in higher altitudes. It is important that passengers know their limits and consult their physician to be sure altitude will not be a problem.

NO SMOKING:  For the health and safety of our passengers and crew, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the railcar(s).  This policy applies to all Amtrak trains.  For those who must "light up", Amtrak provides occasional "Smoke Stops", where passengers can disembark to smoke.

 

 

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