Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Private transfer from airport to hotel

The Oxford Hotel ★★★★ (2 nights)

Day 2

Day at leisure

We suggest starting your day in Capitol Hill, known for its historic mansions and lively urban scene. Explore downtown Denver, especially the Lower Downtown district, Denver’s original settlement. Did you know Denver’s Mayor was once a renowned brew-master? Beer enthusiasts can enjoy exploring the city’s micro-breweries. Don’t miss Larimer Square, the city’s heart during the Gold Rush, surrounded by shops and breweries. Visit Union Station for its restaurants, galleries, and more micro-breweries. Explore the Denver Art Museum’s Indian art collection and the interactive History Colorado Center, featuring the famous Big Blue Bear statue. For shopping, head to The Castle Rock Outlets.

Day 3
Green Mountain Falls

Pick up rental car in Denver

Enjoy your car ride

Drive south towards Green Mountain Falls through scenic hills and forests, surrounded by the Pike National Forest with views of Pikes Peak. Detour to Garden of the Gods for its stunning red sandstone formations. Then, take the picturesque Pikes Peak Highway to its summit, passing Crystal Reservoir.

The Cliff House at Pikes Peak ★★★★ (1 night)

Day 4

Drive to Durango (about 5h30mins)

Bison tours at the Zapata Ranch

Explore one of Colorado’s most renowned ranches nestled in a stunning environment of vast meadows, alpine forests, and sand dunes. Join a guided tour to learn about our bison herd, comprising 2,000 North American plains bison, and gain insights into our conservation efforts. Discover the rich history of the Medano Ranch, including a visit to the Old Medano Headquarters dating back to the 1870s. Afterward, venture into Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to North America’s tallest sand dune.

Blue Lake Ranch ★★★ (2 nights)

Day 5

Mesa Verde guided tour

Discover the captivating Cliff Palace with a ranger-led tour, complemented by a tailored exploration of Chapin Mesa’s special sites. Venture through ancient pathways and ascend modest ladders for an immersive experience suitable for most adventurers.

Rest of the day at leisure to eplore Durango

Historic Downtown Durango is a great place to explore. The Strater Hotel has been the center of fun and entertainment in Durango for over 120 years, and it’s no different today with live music most nights and great food. Enjoy walking tours, galleries, shops and more restaurants than you can shake a stick at, as well as marvel and the well-preserved pioneer architecture.

Day 6

Drive to Telluride (about 2h15mins)

Enjoy your car ride

Take the scenic San Juan Skyway north through old mining towns and stunning landscapes. From Durango, head north on US 550 towards Silverton, passing over Coal Bank Pass and Molas Pass for breathtaking views. Explore Silverton’s mining heritage before continuing on the “Million Dollar Highway” to Ouray, known for its mountain vistas and hot springs. Drive north to Ridgway, then west on CO Hwy 62 to Telluride, famous for skiing, festivals, and landmarks like Bridal Veil Falls.

Dunton Hot Spring cabins (2 nights)

Day 7

Day at leisure

Take a free gondola ride to Mountain Village over San Sophia Ridge. Then, stroll through Telluride’s historic district, exploring Colorado Avenue and the iconic New Sheridan Hotel. Don’t miss Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s highest free-falling waterfall, a must-see natural wonder. Finally, drive 20 minutes to Alta Lakes for a magical alpine setting offering year-round outdoor activities.

Day 8
Crested Butte

Drive to Crested Butte (about 3h40mins)

Stop on the way to visit the surroundings

On the way make a stop at The Blue Mesa Reservoir, a barrage lake perched almost 2300 meters above sea level on the Gunnison River, on Highway 50, and also see the spectacular Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park.

Scarp Ridge Lodge ★★★★★ (1 night)

Day 9

Drive to Aspen (about half-day)

The Gant★★★★ (2 nights)

Day 10

Aspen guided tour

Explore Aspen alongside a knowledgeable local guide. Trek through the rugged Elk Mountain Range between Aspen and Crested Butte, tracing the area’s rich history from Native American land use to mining and skiing. Journey to “Independence Pass,” the highest pass in Colorado, for breathtaking vistas of the Rocky Mountains and a glimpse of the abandoned gold diggers’ village of Independence.

Day 11
Grand Lake

Drive to Grand Lake (about 3h30mins)

Enjoy your car ride

On the way, see The Maroon Bells, an emblematic viewpoint near Aspen, whose amphitheater perspective attracts photography enthusiasts. Grand!

Grand Lake Lodge ★★ (2 nights)

Day 12

Rocky Mountain National Park guided tour

Rocky Mountain National Park is a vast natural playground covering 415 square miles (670 square km) of lakes, forests, and towering mountains. With pristine picnic spots, hiking trails, and 72 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet (3,660 meters), it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for native wildlife like moose, black bears, deer, elk, marmots, and majestic birds of prey such as hawks and eagles. Each season brings its charm, from vibrant wildflowers in spring and summer to colorful aspens in autumn and snow-capped peaks in winter.

Panoramic view of a lake surrounded by tall trees and majestic mountains in the Rocky Mountains National Park.

Day 13

Drive to Boulder (about 2h30mins)

Boulder hiking & beer tour

Before embarking on a hike at the base of Boulder’s iconic Flatirons, this tour guide offers exclusive local insights into the Front Range area. After a leisurely three-mile hike, relax at a nearby taproom boasting a vast array of Colorado’s acclaimed craft beers.

St Julien Hotel & Spa ★★★★ (1 night)

Day 14

Drop off car at Denver airport

Fly home