You'll see the historic Plaza area, St. Francis Cathedral, (the seat of the Archdiocese of New Mexico), a remarkably beautiful building. You will also visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its famous art collection.
Bus takes you to hotel at 4:30 PM for check-in.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.Evening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, where you'll hear music of the southwest, taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal.
Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music as well as being a composer of some of his own.
He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player, and your evening with him will be unlike any other evening of your life! He's a delightful presenter in every way.Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus returns to the hotel at 5:00 PM, or you may stay downtown for dinner on your own. You can get back to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules at front desk at hotel).Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight. You may return to the hotel and dine at a restaurant close by if you wish, or remain in the downtown area where there are many fine restaurants.
Your group leader will have some suggestions for you, if you'd like restaurant recommendations. Return to the hotel after dinner on your own, via cab or city bus.Evening: Free evening for more time in Santa Fe or rest and relaxation.Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Continue on to Ranchos de Taos and St. Francis de Asis Church, one of the most photographed churches in New Mexico. Bus travels to hotel for check-in.Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.Evening: Instructor will offer a lecture from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.Lodging: Comfort SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs for a trip to Taos Pueblo (3:00 PM) (if it's open to visitors--it's closed once in awhile for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc. and we don't ever know in advance) OR, if the pueblo is closed, for free time at the Taos Plaza.
Bus returns to the hotel at 4:30 PM.
Return to hotel shortly before 4:45 PM.Dinner: Bus departs at 5:45 PM for dinner at the Trading Post Cafe from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, then returns to the hotel.
Evening: Free evening for rest and relaxation.Lodging: Comfort SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The bus will travel on to Chimayó. This Hispanic village is much as it has been over the last two hundred years. Stop to visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the healing earth found inside.
The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.
You'll visit one of the shops in Chimayó to see some examples of the beautiful weavings, produced by families in Chimayó that have created these works of art for centuries.Lunch: Lunch at selected restaurant.Afternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque.
You'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city as well as learning some interesting facts about its history.
Upon arrival, you'll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
After the visit, bus will depart for Old Town Albuquerque. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open for you to visit, and you can explore Old Town with your group leader's guidance.
At 5:00, depart for dinner destination.
Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.
Bus departs for hotel and check-in.Evening: Check in at the hotel, and enjoy an optional video to be shown in a hotel meeting room by your group leader.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as A.D. 900. It is situated on top of a 376 foot high sandstone bluff.
You'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or in the Pueblo itself.
You'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during your field trip.
Bus departs for Albuquerque at 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the hotel, with closing remarks to follow.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.
The hotel has a free shuttle to take you to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM in the hotel dining room. Check out time is no later than 12:00 noon.Meals Included: Breakfast