Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (Itinerary A, Santa Fe to Albuquerque)
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Day 1 Santa Fe, New Mexico - Tour Begins
Welcome to a veritable “land of enchantment.” New Mexico is a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty. In both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, discover cities rich in multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history. Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world’s most photographed events. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception with your fellow travelers.
Day 2 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 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 3 Santa Fe - Albuquerque
Today we set out for Albuquerque. 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. This is followed by what 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. 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. (B)
Day 4 Albuquerque
Experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta at dawn as the balloons ascend in the early light. After your early morning, you have some time to relax. Later this afternoon, enjoy 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 drive along the eclectic Route 66. Take some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants. (B)
Day 5 Albuquerque
Since before the Cold War started, 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. (B,D)
Day 6 Albuquerque - 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 Santa Fe and Albuquerque, 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.
Santa Fe: Drury Plaza Hotel
Albuquerque: Albuquerque Marriott
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