Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (Itinerary A, Albuquerque to Santa Fe)
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Day 1 Albuquerque, New Mexico - Tour Begins
Welcome to a true “land of enchantment.” As we explore Albuquerque and Santa Fe, a rich blend of multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history await. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 Albuquerque
Today is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip…Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta. Join in the excitement of this annual hot air ballooning extravaganza. This is your chance to experience one of the world’s most photographed events. Watch as the balloons launch in two remarkable waves during the Mass Ascension. It’s one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color in all of aviation. After your early morning, enjoy some time to relax. Later this afternoon, set out on a tour of Old Town Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Savor the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages. Experience a "must-do" as you embark on a bucket-list ride along the eclectic Route 66. Take some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants. (B)
Day 3 Albuquerque
Since before the Cold War, New Mexico has been known as a hub for covert military projects. Today, this fascinating history unfolds at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History where a docent takes you on an intriguing journey that includes details of the Manhattan Project. Next, visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. See the ever-changing galleries that highlight local and national Native American artists. With a focus on Pueblo artists, the center strives to preserve their culture. Later, experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta by moonlight. The breathtaking event of balloons lit from within at night is known as “Balloon Glow.” There will be plenty of time to stroll the grounds, shop for a memorable Balloon Fiesta souvenir or grab a bite to eat. (B)
Day 4 Albuquerque - Santa Fe
Today we set out for Santa Fe. Traveling via the historic Turquoise Trail, you are sure to enjoy the stunning views. Prehistoric peoples made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area, and many battles were fought over this land. Once in Santa Fe, a local guide joins us on an open-air tram as we tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city, including the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel. Enjoy time to discover the many shops and numerous art museums that Santa Fe is known for. Tonight, enjoy a reception at the hotel. (B)
Day 5 Santa Fe
Today is yours to explore Santa Fe independently. With so much to see and do in this Southwestern city, perhaps you will choose to visit an art studio or join an optional excursion to Taos. A special treat awaits at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. It’s your favorite cooking show come to life as you watch an expert chef create a delicious meal before your eyes. Everything is made with a Southwest theme and is simply delightful. (B,D)
Day 6 Santa Fe - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close with wonderful memories of the spectacular Balloon Fiesta. (B)
All This Included
Up, up and away! This is an experience not to be missed! The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world’s most photographed events. Set in New Mexico, a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty, the Fiesta is simply one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color you are ever to witness. This exciting journey also includes time in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, two culturally rich cities. Visit the unique shops and restaurants of Old Town Albuquerque. Wind through the stunning Turquoise Trail. Set out on an open-air tram tour of Santa Fe with a local guide. Experience the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
Albuquerque: Albuquerque Marriott
Santa Fe: Drury Plaza Hotel
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