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Program #11005RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Elevation Note
Albuquerque is at an elevation of 5,000'. Santa Fe and Taos are above 7,000'.

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 19, 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: 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, October 12 - Arrive in Albuquerque / Orientation and Introduct...
Afternoon: Hotel check-in: Available after 3:00 PM.

Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the hotel meeting area to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Dinner usually consist of a salad, entrees with sides (vegetarian available), dessert, and coffee, water, or tea. (Please indicate any special dietary needs or restrictions on your Participant Information Form.)

Evening: Orientation: We gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer questions.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Recently renovated southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe

Room amenities: Free wireless high-speed internet access, data ports, 37" flat-screen television with Cable/HBO, mini-refrigerator, coffee-tea maker with complimentary coffee/teak hair dryer, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor, foam pillows available upon request

Facility amenities: The Bistro restaurant, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary coffee in lobby, fitness center, business center, 24-hour market for snacks and drinks, coin-operated laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, cash machine/ATM, newspaper in lobby, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, October 13 - Field Trip to Pecos National Historic Park / Trav...
Field Trip to Pecos National Historic Park / Travel to Santa Fe / Visit State Capitol Art Collection / Presentation by Native American Award-Winning Musician

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and packed dirt terrain during course of the day

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet prepared fresh daily, including eggs and omelets cooked to order. A variety of cereals, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, Danish and muffins ensure a great start to the day.

Morning: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and gather in our meeting room to hear about the history of New Mexico. This class sets the stage for our week of exploration and discovery.

Next, we'll board our motor coach and depart for Pecos, New Mexico.

Lunch: Plated lunches at Frankie's Southwestern Grill in Pecos; we'll order from a limited menu.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historical Monument, 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 ruins 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.

After visiting the Monument, we'll depart for Santa Fe, where we'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its marvelous art collection.

Our bus will then take us to the hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel; dinner usually includes a salad, entree with sides, dessert, and coffee and tea, with vegetarian option available. Please note any dietary needs or restrictions on the Participant Information Form.

Evening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation and performance by Ronald Roybal, a Native American professional musician and scholar.

Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music, as well as being a composer in his own right. He's a fine Native-American flute player and guitarist, and our evening with him will be both unique and memorable.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Recently renovated southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe

Room amenities: Free wireless high-speed internet access, data ports, 37" flat-screen television with Cable/HBO, mini-refrigerator, coffee-tea maker with complimentary coffee/teak hair dryer, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor, foam pillows available upon request

Facility amenities: The Bistro restaurant, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary coffee in lobby, fitness center, business center, 24-hour market for snacks and drinks, coin-operated laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, cash machine/ATM, newspaper in lobby, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, October 14 - Field Trip to Museum of International Folk Art an...
Field Trip to Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture / Dinner on Your Own / Free Evening

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Standing up to 30 minutes at a time at museums, with opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: In the Bistro at the hotel. Breakfast choices usually include classic oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts; granola yogurt parfait; strawberry banana smoothie; morning scramble with eggs, crisp bacon, sausage, or turkey bacon, potatoes, and toast; thick-cut French toast with fresh strawberries and country syrup; breakfast BLT with broken egg, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato on sourdough.

Morning: This morning, we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe, "The City Different." We'll then board our coach and depart for Museum Hill to visit 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 Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, this is a delightful and fascinating museum.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for the heart of Santa Fe for a walking exploration of the Plaza area. Our guide will point out historic and noteworthy sites near the Plaza. We'll then have some free time to explore the area on our own. The Palace of the Governors museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum are all adjacent to the Plaza, (our Culture Passes will provide admission to these state museums). Other musems within easy walking distance of the Plaza include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.

Our motor coach will leave the Plaza at a designated time for return to the hotel. Those who wish may remain in the Plaza area, but will need to arrange their own transportation back to the hotel. (There is city bus and taxi service available from the Plaza to the hotel.)

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy as you please.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott 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
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.


Day Four: Wednesday, October 15 - Santa Clara Pueblo / St. Francis de Asís Mission ...
Santa Clara Pueblo / St. Francis de Asís Mission Church / Martinez Hacienda

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing for up to thirty minutes at a time during site visits.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart for Taos.

On the way, we'll take a side trip to Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock.

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.

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 help fund additional tribal endeavors.

Continue on to Ranchos de Taos.

Lunch: At the Trading Post Cafe in Ranchos de Taos. Our group will order from a limited menu.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to San Francisco de Asís mission church for a photo opportunity. The church has been a favorite subject for artists and photographers, and has been depicted in the works Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

From the church we'll go to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

We'll arrive at the hotel at about 4:00 PM.

Dinner: At the hotel. The dinner buffet usually includes a salad, a choice of entrees, sides, dessert, coffee and tea, with vegetarian options available.

Evening: This evening we'll hear from a local expert about Taos, its often wild history, and its colorful residents.

Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & 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
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.


Day Five: Thursday, October 16 - Field Trip to Taos Pueblo (if open) / Millicent R...
Field Trip to Taos Pueblo (if open) / Millicent Rogers Museum / Rio Grande Gorge Bridge / Blumenschein Home

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for up to 30 minutes at a time (with some opportunities to sit) at museums and at Taos Pueblo.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel; choices usually include cold cereals, oatmeal, bananas and raisins, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, yogurt, hash browns, sausage, French toast, syrup, red and green chile, and freshly brewed coffee, hot teas, fruit juice, and toast bar.

Morning: We'll pick up boxed lunches before departing for Taos Pueblo (if it's open to visitors; it closes for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc., and we don't always know in advance).

After visiting the Pueblo, we'll go to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work, and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.

Our coach then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (locally known as the "High Bridge"), a cantilever truss structure across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.

Lunch: We'll eat our boxed lunches at the picnic area overlooking the Gorge at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll drive to downtown Taos where we'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum. 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.

Following this visit, there will then be some time for independent explorations of the Plaza and Bent Street areas. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

At a designated time, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.

Dinner: At a selected restaurant

Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure at the hotel.

Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & 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, October 17 - Chimayó Visit / Travel to Albuquerque / Indian Pu...
Chimayó Visit / Travel to Albuquerque / Indian Pueblo Cultural Center / Old Town

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved or packed dirt terrain. Standing up to 1 hour at museums with opportunities to sit).

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart via the "High Road" for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.

This Hispanic village has changed very little over the last two hundred years. On arrival, we'll visit Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." 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.

We'll also visit a local weaver, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have been producing for generations.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda and a local favorite.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles; most dishes are accompanied by red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and beverage (sodas, coffee, tea, Prickly Pear Lemonade) included.

Afternoon: We'll continue on to Albuquerque after lunch. Along the way, we'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history.

Upon arrival in Albuquerque, we will 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 this visit, we will depart for Old Town Albuquerque.

Albuquerque's historic Old Town has been 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: We'll have dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Evening: Hotel check-in and optional video

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, October 18 - Boca Negra Petroglyphs / Acoma Pueblo / Dinner an...
Note: Walking up to two miles over paved or uneven packed dirt terrain over course of the day. Standing for 15-30 minutes at a time during guide lectures when visiting Petroglyphs and Pueblo.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After a brief lecture about the history of Albuquerque, we will depart for the Boca Negra Petroglyphs. This area features a wide expanse of 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.

Depart for Acoma Pueblo.

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

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to explore the pueblo's visitors' center prior to going to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the ancient village with a Native American guide.

Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as 900 CE. It is situated on top of a 376-foot-high sandstone mesa. We'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 on top of the mesa in the old pueblo itself.

As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.

Return to the hotel in Albuquerque.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Sunday, October 19 - Breakfast / Independent Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

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Meals Included: Breakfast


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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
14 Field trips
1 Performances

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