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Colorado Mountain Crests and Craft Beers Tour

It won’t take you long to understand exactly why Colorado is so well known for its beer and mountains. Spend eight days journeying across Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in search of breath-taking vistas and some of the best craft brews the country has to offer.

Head into the wild and climb to heights where this pristine state shines its brightest. Craggy mountains, tranquil yet untamed, rise up from the landscape and open up a playground of adventure. Nestled among the peaks are sophisticated cities, historic mining towns, and wild west strongholds, where the spirit of the Old West lives on.

As you journey through Colorado, you’ll make your way along historic routes, with views that may just overwhelm you with their breath-taking beauty. Visit some of the region’s most incredible places along the way, from the bright city lights of Denver to the quaint streets of Salida. The places you get to call home, even for a short period of time, will no doubt enchant you with their undeniable spirit and unmatched surroundings.

Countless craft breweries adorn the mountaintops, waiting with their unique and irresistible brews. As you visit Colorado’s mountain towns, discover a bounty of the region’s delicious and distinct craft beers alongside your expert guide. As you laze under Colorado’s shining sun, there’s nothing left to do but sit back, relax and drink it all in.

Duration
8 days
Best time to go
June to August
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Grand Teton National Park

Trip highlights

  • Explore Denver, Colorado’s vibrant capital city
  • Enjoy the stunning beauty of Snowmass, Aspen’s ski resort
  • Visit one of Colorado’s oldest breweries in Durango, where they use water from the mountains to produce their smooth brews
  • Discover Colorado Springs’ impressive brew and food scene at a pairing dinner
a view of a city at sunset

Arrive in the city of Denver, Colorado's capital, and make your way to your hotel. This evening is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers at a meet and greet reception, hosted by your local guide.

Get a good night’s sleep tonight so you can be ready for your first day of exploring.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Magnolia Hotel
a body of water with Maroon Bells in the background

Enjoy a morning tour of the cultural metropolis of Denver. Against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, explore the city’s historic and cultural landmarks and emerging neighbourhoods.

Head to the River North district and tour some of the 45 breweries that call the district home, getting an insight into how they each produce such distinct beers.

This afternoon, you’ll take to the road and journey to Aspen. Gaze out of the window in awe at the stunning views as you pass by jagged cliffs and travel over high-alpine passes.

After spending some time exploring Aspen, you’ll be driven 159 miles to the ski resort of Snowmass, your stop for the night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Stonebridge Inn
Moose calf

Enjoy all the delights this mountainous paradise has to offer. This morning, you can choose to enjoy a leisurely hike through the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, with picturesque peaks and the occasional chance sightings of moose and black bears.

Alternatively, you might choose to enjoy the rush of the whitewater and spectacular views of the mountains unfolding around you as you raft the Upper Roaring Fork.

The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Explore Aspen further, or continue enjoying the great outdoors. A little later, you’ll join your group to taste some of Aspen Brewing Company’s delicious beers, from their seasonal brews to their barrel-aged classics.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Stonebridge Inn
Journey Through the Clouds

Take in some of Colorado’s most incredible scenery today as you take to the West Elk Loop. Journey through 200 miles of verdant forests, wilderness preserves, small towns and over the McClure Pass.

After arriving in Telluride, spend a while touring this historic town. Once a Victorian mining town, it’s now a designated National Historic Landmark District, with lots to explore. End your tour at Telluride Brewing Company, one of the world’s highest microbreweries, and enjoy the taste of its smooth beer.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Victoria Inn
Mountain town

Today, you’ll travel to Silverton, another of Colorado’s old mining towns, located 121 miles away. Ready yourself for breathtaking vistas as you travel along the Million Dollar Highway, one of the most scenic drives in the country.

When you reach Silverton, board a steam train and travel along the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Following the path of the Animas River, you’ll pass through wilderness inaccessible by road. Once the train pulls into Durango, the rest of the evening is yours to spend exploring the city at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Strater Hotel
a close up of a rock with Mesa Verde National Park in the background

This morning, you’ll take a 112 mile round trip from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park. This is the largest archeological preserve in the country; get an incredible glimpse into history here as you explore caves that were once home to the nomadic indiginous peoples from as early as 7500 BC.

Step back into present day and head back to Durango for the night. When you reach the city, you’ll get to visit one of Colorado’s oldest craft breweries, where water from the San Juan Mountains are used to give the beer its remarkable taste.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Strater Hotel
Mountain in Colorado

The city of Colorado Springs awaits you today, but first you’ll get to explore Salida. Spend some time drinking in the mountain air of this western style town, and see its selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries.

Leaving Salida behind, you’ll continue on your 300 mile journey, with one more stop to make before you reach Colorado Springs. This time, you’ll visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The highest suspension bridge in the country, it hangs high above the Arkansas River, with the water raging far below.

When you reach Colorado Springs, you’ll get to celebrate your final night on the tour with a beer pairing dinner. Chat and reminisce with your fellow travellers as you tuck into some of Colorado Springs’ incredible cuisine and brews from local beer companies.

Suggested Accommodation

  • BW Plus Peak Vista Inn
a large tower in a city

After leaving Colorado Springs this morning, you’ll travel to the historic mining town of Cripple Creek, where you’ll find yourself transported back to the Old West. Wander the town’s old brick buildings and get an insight into an 1890s hard rock gold miner as you descend 1,000 feet below the ground and ride the last air powered Tram-Air Locomotive.

Before you leave Cripple Creek, enjoy some lunch and one more mountain brewed beer. After lunch, begin the 159 mile journey back to Denver, where it all started just eight days ago. You’ll be driven to the airport to board your flight onwards, or perhaps you’ll choose to be dropped in downtown Denver to explore some more.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Magnolia Hotel

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 7 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis: breakfast. One dinner is included
  • Welcome reception
  • Transportation via air-conditioned SUV, small coach, sprinter or van
  • Professional driver/guide and beer aficionado
  • Activities including walking tours of Aspen, Telluride, craft brewery tours and tastings

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for driver/guide
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)