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Taos, Santa Fe & New Mexico's Balloon Fiesta
 

Tour Features   Top of Page

7 Day/6 Night Tour Features

  • 6 nights wonderful hotel accommodations: 2 in Albuquerque, 2 in Taos and 2 in Santa Fe
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 12 Meals (4 dinners, 2 lunches, 6 breakfasts)
  • Sightseeing in Taos Pueblo
  • Entrance fees to the international Balloon Fiesta
  • Sandia Peak Tram
  • Trip on the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
  • Santa Fe city tour including Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission
  • Fully escorted and narrated so you won't miss a thing!

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Departure Dates
  • October 7-13, 2017
  • October 9-15, 2017
Price Per Person
$1949 per person, double occ. USD
$1879 per person, triple occ. USD
Single supplement: $799

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Detailed Itinerary   Top of Page

Day 1-Albuquerque

Welcome to Albuquerque, New Mexico home International Balloon Fiesta. Upon arrival, Transfer to your local hotel for next two nights. Enjoy dinner this evening with your tour director & fellow traveling companions. (D)

Day 2-New Mexico Balloon Fiesta

The morning we rise very early to see the "Mass Ascension" at the world renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta & experience the incredible spectacle of hundreds of hot air balloons moving silently through clear blue New Mexico skies.plus arts, crafts and a wide variety of food booths along the Midway. Next visit the fascinating Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which tells the story of New Mexico's Pueblo Indian culture, including authentic native art, craft & dance demonstrations. Later this evening, we return to the Fiesta and attend the "Balloon Glow" event where hundreds of illuminated balloons "light up" against the New Mexico night skyline (B)

Day 3-High Road to Taos

Today we drive north and start the day with a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. Travel to the mountain's 10,378-foot summit, and enjoy panoramic views of the city & the Rio Grande Valley. Continue later this morning on the "High Road" to Taos through the ancient villages of Chimayo, Cordova, Truchas and Las Trampas. The influence of both Spanish & Native American cultures are felt in charming Taos, where art galleries, shops and studios surround the town plaza. This afternoon visit historic Santuario de Chimayo Church. We will call this home for the next two nights. (B, L)

Day 4-Scenic Railroad

Enjoy one of the highlights of this tour as we journey north to board the comfortable coaches on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for a full-day trip between Antonito, Colorado & Chama, New Mexico. Our trip on this old, narrow gauge, steam-powered train features breathtaking views of spectacular mountain scenery, including the San Juan & Sangre de Cristo ranges, the Phantom Curve and the Toltec Gorge. (B, L, D)

Day 5-Taos Pueblo

Enjoy a leisurely morning. You may wish to meander through the many shops or visit a museum or two this morning. This afternoon we will journey to Taos Pueblo, located in a valley of a tributary of the Rio Grande and at an elevation of about 7600 feet. Taos Pueblo is the most northern of the New Mexico Pueblos and for nearly a millennium, the Taos Indians have lived at or near the present site. Constructed of adobe (or sun-dried brick), the Pueblo is the largest multi-storied Pueblo structure in the United States--with a height up to five stories. These communal houses of adobe can be traced back to the 8th-9th centuries. Changes in architectural style occurred with the influence of Spanish colonization, most notably the use of exterior doors and more extensive windows. After an early dinner, our journey continues to Santa Fe for a fabulous two night stay. (B, D)

Day 6-Santa Fe Tour

Today enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Santa Fe, famous for its unique mix of Spanish & Indian cultures. See the Palace of the Governors & the mission of San Miguel; the renowned Plaza; the Chapel of Loretta; New Mexico's Circular State Capitol & more. Enjoy lunch on your own & free time to browse through the downtown shops and galleries. Tonight join your fellow traveling companions for a "farewell dinner". (B, D)

Day 7-Santa Fe-Albuquerque

Enjoy a leisurely morning and a bit more time to explore Santa Fe before boarding our motorcoach for Albuquerque International Airport for our homeward flight. Flights should be scheduled to depart after 3pm. (B)

(B)= Breakfast (L)= Lunch (D)= Dinner (R)= Reception

 

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