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The Itinerary

The Road to Fortune: The Santa Fe Trail

 June 1 - 9 2017

Price per person £2,620.00 No Single supplement
Deposit per person £150.00

The growth of the United States was tied to the spirit and tenacity of the settlers moving west to find land, homes and opportunity. Indeed the history of American expansionism is tied to this quest and the conflict with native American tribes whose land and ways of life were being changed irrevocably. The difference between the red man and the whites was such that fear animated efforts to move and US Army posts cropped up to provide protection to the itinerate and homesteading settlers. This story is so compelling that the National Park Service has designated a series of trails as national trails— The Bozman, Oregon, California and yes the Santa Fe Trail. All have legends and intrigues but, none is more famous or diverse than the Santa Fe Trail.

Itinerary

1 June:
Depart Heathrow and fly to Kansas City.
Overnight Hotel near the airport.

2 June:
We will start today with a visit to the Fort Leavenworth Cemetery and Museum, the n to Steamboat Arabia recovered from the Missouri River bed.
Overnight Kansas City.

3 June:
Imagine if you will hard rimmed wagons as we travel across the Great Plains. Our first stop is near the start of the trail where visit the National Trails Frontier Museum. From there we will move out on the trail stopping at the Mahaffie Stage Inn and on to the Gardner Junction where the Oregon Trail splits off. We stop at the Black Jack Battlefield—here many say the Civil War began.
Overnight Salina.

4 June:
We travel along the trail today visiting Fort Zarah and Pawnee Rock before reaching Fort Larned. We will also see key sites on the Custer Hancock Expedition and visit Fort Dodge prior to our arrival in Dodge City. Overnight Dodge City.


Fort Larned

5 June:
Today’s trek will include the site of Ft. Mann and Ft. Atkinson and the crossing of the Arkansas River at Cimarron. A trip to Bent’s Fork precedes our visit to the infamous Civil War era massacre at Sand Creek.
Overnight in the La Junta area.

6 June:
We have made the transition to the wild west and today we will move into New Mexico visiting multiple sites in the Cimarron area including Aztec Mill and the St. James Hotel. We will then see the home of the legendary Kit Carson.
Overnight Las Vegas, NM.

7 June:
Today we will spend most of the day related to Sibley’s 1862 New Mexico Campaign: Kozlowski Trading Post, Pigeon Ranch, Apache Canyon and Pecos Pueblo.
Overnight Santa Fe.

8 June:
We will start with the Old Plaza and historic sites in Santa Fe which will include a self guided tour. Drive to Albuquerque where you will have a couple of hours shopping time before departing for Albuquerque Airport and your return flight (one change in Dallas) to London.

9 June:
Arrive London Heathrow around lunchtime.

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