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New Mexico - Land of Enchantment

8 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tour begins: 5:15 PM at Hotel Chaco. A transfer is included from the Albuquerque International Sunport to Hotel Chaco. Join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner tonight at your new ultra-modern hotel - inspired by the ancient local Chacoan culture and nestled between Albuquerque's historic Old Town and the vibrant Sawmill district, against a backdrop of New Mexico's mesas and the Sandia Mountains. (D)

Day 2 Pueblo culture & the Nuclear Age in Albuquerque
Today you'll explore New Mexico's myriad cultural influences, from Pueblo tribes to innovations of the Atomic and Nuclear ages. A guided sightseeing tour of Albuquerque includes historic Nob Hill, the University of New Mexico, downtown districts and Old Town Albuquerque. On a visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science, a private welcome and introductory talk by a museum docent provide insights on New Mexico's unique role in the history of the Nuclear Age. After lunch, get a closer look at the history and accomplishments of the Pueblo people, from pre-Columbian to current times, with a visit to the unique Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a showcase of puebloan history and culture operated by 19 Native American pueblo communities. Return to your hotel late afternoon; dine tonight at the resort. Note: The largest hot air balloon festival in the world, the annual 9-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in early October. Guests on the October 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 tours can enjoy an optional early morning (5:00 AM) excursion today (day 2) to see the mass ascension of balloons; ask for details at booking. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Bandelier National Monument and on to Taos
Stop at Jemez State Monument to see the ruins of its 17th-century mission church before peeking into the lives of the ancient Anasazi Pueblo culture at Bandelier National Monument, one of North America's oldest human settlements. Lunch in a 100-year-old adobe home whets your appetite for the mountain vistas that enhance today's journey to Taos. Visit Santuario de Chimayo and the St. Francisco de Asis Mission en route to your resort in Taos where dinner is at leisure this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Pueblo Life, past & present in Taos
Start your day with a private lecture that shares insights on Pueblo life. A guided excursion to continually inhabited multistoried Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases a unique way of life that has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. Storyteller Roberta Meyer enriches your visit with tales of regional legends before your crossing over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge; enjoy the rest of the day and evening as you please in Taos. (B)

Day 5 Landscapes along the Rio Grande to Santa Fe
Today's gentle float trip* on the Rio Grande with a native guide ends with a cooking demonstration and a traditional lunch, where you will meet local artisans crafting baskets and drums. Continue on through picturesque desert landscapes for a memorable guided visit to Ghost Ranch, immortalized in the work of artist Georgia O'Keeffe; explore the area's stunning landscapes, and view trees and mountains as O'Keeffe saw and painted them. Arrive at your luxury hotel and spa in historic Santa Fe in time for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 An authentic taste of Santa Fe
As the crossroads of the historic Southwest, Santa Fe's unique culture and ambiance are a blend of Spanish, Native American and Old West influences. Experience this diverse cultural mix on a guided walking tour of Santa Fe's centuries-old center, on which you'll see the city's historic plaza, terminus of the storied Santa Fe Trail, and America's oldest public building, the Palace of the Governors; and visit St. Francis Cathedral, the Manhattan Project site, and famous Loretto Chapel, adjacent to your hotel. Discover the tasty secrets of southwestern cuisine at a private presentation by a local chef, followed by lunch highlighting the city's diverse heritage at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Later, a special private guided tour of the New Mexico History Museum offers a close-up look at the legacy of the Spanish Colonial era that is so prevalent here. Choose from among an amazing array of choices for dinner as you please tonight in Santa Fe. (B, L)

Day 7 Georgia O'Keeffe's Southwest & a visit with a local artist
Enjoy an exclusive, private morning visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe - revealing the sensuous landscapes and other works by this renowned 20th-century artist, who so loved this part of the Southwest that she made it her home later in life. The collection contains over 1,100 paintings, sculptures and drawings by O'Keeffe herself, and nearly 1,800 works by her contemporaries, including many photos chronicling her life and career. Later, embark on a Tauck Exclusive insider visit to the studio of an acclaimed local artist, who you'll meet for a private demonstration, presentation and lecture on the art styles of New Mexico. After time to explore and have lunch as you please this afternoon in Santa Fe, celebrate the close of your remarkable New Mexico adventure at this evening's farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your spa hotel. (B, D)

Day 8 Journey Home
Tour ends: Albuquerque. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe to Albuquerque Int'l Sunport; allow a minimum of two hours for check-in. (B)
Map
All This Included
Culture, landscapes & the arts... Scenic treasures meld with cultural pleasures here to enchant travelers of every interest... Albuquerque welcomes with Pueblo history & Atomic Age science... Taos astounds with monuments to man & nature, from cliff dwellings to riverside adventures... and Santa Fe delights the eyes & the palate with the art of daily life...
  • Multiple-night stays in Albuquerque, Taos and Santa Fe ensuring in-depth cultural discoveries
  • Visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and private welcome and talk at the National Museum of Nuclear Science offer an insider look at life in Albuquerque, past, present & future
  • Exploration of Bandelier National Monument & Pueblo de Taos
  • Private presentation by a local chef and lunch at the Santa Fe School of Cooking
  • Exclusive Tauck visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum & a private artist's studio in Santa Fe
  • Storyteller tales & a float trip on the Rio Grande, followed by a guided visit to Ghost Ranch
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 16 meals, service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Highlights
  • Private visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • Private presentation by local chef
  • Visit to a private artist's studio in Santa Fe
  • Private welcome and talk at National Museum of Nuclear Science
  • Albuquerque's Old Town and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Visit to Pueblo de Taos enhanced by storyteller's tales
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Rio Grande float trip
  • Guided visit to Ghost Ranch
Accommodations
Albuqueque: Hotel Chaco
Taos: El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa
Santa Fe: Inn and Spa at Loretto
Notes
  • Tour has optional activites which may incur additional costs.
  • April 26, May 10 and October 6,7, & 8, 2019 are small group departures, averaging 24 Tauck guests.
  • The largest hot air balloon festival in the world, the annual 9-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in early October. Guests traveling on the October 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11, 2019 departures are invited to an early morning (5:00 AM) excursion to see the mass ascension of balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
  • *For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.