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ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Highlights of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Program #10427RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
We will be above 3,000' the entire program (5,300' in Albuquerque).

Itinerary for Oct 10 — Oct 13, 2014

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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: 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: Friday, October 10 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Check in at the hotel any time after 3:00 PM; registration with program's group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

There may be some delays in room readiness as the hotel is usually full all during the event.

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

Evening: From 7:00-8:30 PM, our group leader will provide a program orientation. We'll then enjoy a short video introduction to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: 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: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, October 11 - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Events/N...
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Events/National Hispanic Cultural Center

Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven packed dirt terrain at Balloon Park; standing up to one hour at each event (bring a cane/chair or small folding stool if you can't stand for long periods of time).

Breakfast: To-go snack breakfast from the hotel

Morning: Early morning departure (5:30 AM) for Balloon Fiesta Park for opening day events, which include the Morning Glow and Mass Ascension.

After viewing the Mass Ascension, we'll return to the hotel for some leisure time, then depart for our lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Visit to the art museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

After returning to the hotel, an expert will tell us about hot-air ballooning.

At 5:00 PM, the bus will depart for Balloon Fiesta Park.

Dinner: Dinner will be "on our own" at Balloon Fiesta Park. There are many vendors selling food and drink at the park, so we'll have a variety of choices.

Evening: As darkness falls, all the balloons will ignite their burners for the Twinkle Twinkle Glow. We'll remain for the AfterGlow Fireworks Show, then return to the hotel.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, October 12 - Balloon Park Events/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center...
Note: Walking over packed dirt and paved terrain up to one mile over course of the day; standing at Pueblo Cultural Center up to one hour.

Breakfast: To-go snack breakfast from hotel

Morning: Early morning departure for Balloon Fiesta Park. Following the Mass Ascension, we'll visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum prior to returning to the hotel for some leisure time.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is 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. We'll then go to Albuquerque's historic Old Town, the focal point of community life since it was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Program closing

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Monday, October 13 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures.

Hotel offers free shuttle service to Albuquerque International Sunport.

Checkout time is 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Breakfast this morning will be the last meal provided during this program.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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3 nights of accommodations
7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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