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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; register between 4:00 and 5:30 PM with program's group leader in designated area at hotel.

There may be a brief delay 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, we'll have a program orientation and introductions, plus a short video about "Balloon Fiesta: What to Expect" that will prepare you for Balloon Fiesta activities and events.

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 (5:30 AM) departure for Balloon Fiesta Park; this morning's scheduled events include the Morning Glow and Mass Ascension.

At 8:45 AM bus departs for return to the hotel for some free time from 9:00-11:00 AM. At 11:00, depart for a visit to the National Hispanic Cultural Center and lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at La Fonda del Bosque

Afternoon: Bus returns to the hotel after visiting the art museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. From 2:00-4:00 PM, there will be two lectures in the hotel meeting room: "Albuquerque's International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta" and "Hot-Air Ballooning."

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

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

Evening: As soon as it begins to get dark, all the balloons will inflate in the darkness for the Night Magic Glow, followed by the AfterGlow Fireworks Show.

Bus will depart for the hotel after the fireworks show.

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 bus departure for Balloon Fiesta Park. This morning's events include the Farewell Mass Ascension. We'll then visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum from 9:00-10:00 AM prior to returning to hotel for some leisure time.

At 12:00 PM, bus departs for lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant from 12:30-1:30 PM

Afternoon: After lunch, view exhibits at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and visit Albuquerque's historic Old Town. Bus returns to hotel at 5:00 PM.

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: Hotel dining room.

Your breakfast this morning will be the last meal provided during this program.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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

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