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Program #11005RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Nov 4 — Nov 11, 2012

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 04 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Register with your program's Group Leader in hotel designated area between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, November 05 - Pecos National Historical Park/State Capitol buil...
Pecos National Historical Park/State Capitol building/Presentation by Native American award-winning musician

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, you'll have a class in a hotel meeting room about the history of New Mexico. Have luggage to bus for loading no later than 10:15 AM. At 10:30, bus will depart for Pecos, New Mexico.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Pecos

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll visit Pecos National Historical Park, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization. The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that the monument would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe. Bus departs for Santa Fe at 3:00 PM. Upon arrival, you'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its famous art collection.

Bus takes you to hotel at 5:00 PM for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Evening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 pm - 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 Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, November 06 - Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian...
Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and other state museum visits/Dinner on your own and free evening

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:15 - 9:15 AM, hear a lecture about the history of Santa Fe in hotel meeting room before departing for driving exploration of Santa Fe and visits to the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, both part of the State of New Mexico Museums system. The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented. The Folk Art Museum features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Lunch: Lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 at Museum Hill Cafe

Afternoon: Continue with museum visits until 1:30 PM, when the bus will take you to downtown for a brief walking exploration of the Plaza area. You'll then have some free time to visit the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. You'll receive passes to visit these State of New Mexico museums as you choose, or you may spend some time in the downtown Plaza area.

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 Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, microwave, refrigerators.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, November 07 - Santa Clara Pueblo/San Francisco de Asis Mission ...
Santa Clara Pueblo/San Francisco de Asis Mission Church/Martinez Hacienda

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room at 7:00 - 8:30 AM, with checkout following

Morning: Bus departs at 9:00 AM for Santa Clara Pueblo for a visit with Paul Speckled Rock at his pottery shop. Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village. Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola should help fund additional tribal endeavors. Bus continues on to Taos.

Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos

Afternoon: After lunch, visit San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, one of the most photographed churches in New Mexico. Then you'll visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda, with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era. Bus then departs for hotel check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Lecture on "Colorful Taosenos" and Taos history from 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, microwave, refrigerators.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, November 08 - Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio...
Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio Grande Gorge/Blumenschein Home/Taos Plaza

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:30 AM

Morning: Pick up boxed lunches and depart for Taos Pueblo (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). Then you'll visit the Millicent Rogers Museum. Bus continues on to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge," a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.

Lunch: Eat boxed lunches at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge picnic area

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll depart for the Ernest Blumenschein Home. This was the home of painter Ernest L. Blumenschein, a co-founder of the Taos Art Colony and one of the "Famous Seven." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965. You'll then have some free time to explore Taos Plaza and nearby Bent Street. The bus will depart from a designated downtown location for your dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at Antonio's A Taste of Mexico restaurant

Evening: Return to hotel for free evening

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, November 09 - Chimayó visit/Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo Cultural ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM and hotel check-out. Have luggage to bus by 7:45 AM, please!

Morning: Bus departs for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó at 8:00 AM, following the "High Road."

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 on the way to Albuquerque

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 - 6:30 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Bus departs for hotel after dinner.

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 Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, November 10 - Boca Negra Petroglyphs/Acoma Pueblo/Dinner and cl...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: After a brief lecture from 8:15 - 9:15 AM, bus departs for Boca Negra Petroglyphs and then continues on to Acoma Pueblo. Boca Negra Petroglyphs are fragile, unique cultural resources that can never be replaced and are part of the National Park system. Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved or painted images into the boulders along the 17-mile long section known as the West Mesa. As you listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, you'll speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.

Lunch: Lunch at the Yaak'a Café at the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo

Afternoon: Upon arrival at Acoma, you'll have a chance to see the Pueblo's visitors' center prior to exploring, with a Native American guide, the mesa-top where the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo is located.

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 Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Sunday, November 11 - Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel.

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



Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe, NM
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below.
For additional information, visit: www.santafe.org
Taos, NM
General OverviewWhile in Taos, you will have some time to explore the Plaza area and Bent Street area, where many galleries and shops are located.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips

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