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9 Days | 8 Nights
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe and Taos are at elevations of 7,000' and above.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 6, 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, September 28 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Register with the program's Group Leader in designated area at the hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel 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: 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, September 29 - Lecture about New Mexico's History/Field Trip to ...
Lecture about New Mexico's History/Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo/Travel to Santa Fe/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: Breakfast at the hotel and hotel check-out

Morning: This morning begins with a lecture about the history of New Mexico. We'll then depart for Acoma Pueblo.

At Acoma, we'll have a chance to see the pueblo's visitors center prior to exploring, with a Native American expert, 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.

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 in the Pueblo itself.

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

(Please note that, since this is an expanded program, the group will be split into two groups for many activities. Both groups will see and do the same things, but the order of activity may vary from that shown in this itinerary.)

Lunch: Lunch at the Y'aak'a Café at Acoma

Afternoon: Travel to Santa Fe and check into hotel

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: This evening we'll hear music of the southwest 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.

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, September 30 - Class on Santa Fe History/State Capitol Art Colle...
Class on Santa Fe History/State Capitol Art Collection/Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Dinner on Our Own and Evening at Leisure

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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe before departing for the State Capitol building, where we'll see its impressive art collection.

We'll then go 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 Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard displayed in charming scenarios. (Both museums have great gift shops as well!)

Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill Café

Afternoon: After lunch we'll go downtown for a walking exploration of the Plaza area. Our bus then goes to the Courtyard for those who want to return to the hotel.

Those who wish can opt to spend more time exploring the downtown area on their own. Nearby state museums include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. (Those who don't return to the hotel on our bus will need to arrange for their own transportation back to the hotel via city bus or taxi.)

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Evening at leisure

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 01 - San Ildenfonso Pueblo/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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Check out of the hotel and depart for Taos with a stop at San Ildefonso Pueblo along the way. San Ildefonso is known for its blackware pottery, and was the home of renowned potter Maria Martinez.

Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís mission church, then continue on to visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening class about Taos

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 02 - Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio...
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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, we'll pick up boxed lunches before departing for a trip to 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 the Pueblo, the bus will travel 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.

The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This is a cantilever truss bridge 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: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to downtown Taos and 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.

We'll then have some free 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.

Return to the hotel before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Optional video 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 03 - Chimayó Visit/Pecos National Historical Park/Trav...
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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Check out of the hotel and depart on the "High Road" for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó. This Hispanic village is much as it has been over the last two hundred years.

We'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the 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.

We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we'll see some examples of the beautiful Hispanic weavings that have been created by generations of local families.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó, local favorite. This charming restaurant is housed in an old hacienda, and offers tradiitonal northern New Mexican cuisine. Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, and many dishes are served with red or green chile. (The official state question of New Mexico is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Afternoon: After lunch, we depart for 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 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.

Continue on to Albuquerque and check into hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: 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 04 - Boca Negra Petroglyphs/Old Town/Indian Pueblo Cul...
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 Petroglyph National Monument and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After a brief lecture about the history of Albuquerque, we will depart for 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.

As we listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, we'll speculate about what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we will depart for Old Town Albuquerque. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open to visitors, and we can explore Old Town with our group leader's guidance.

We'll then go to 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.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure. We have an early departure tomorrow morning, so may want to turn in early tonight.

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 Eight: Sunday, October 05 - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta/New Mexi...
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta/New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain. Walking and standing on pavement and grass at Balloon Fiesta Park

Breakfast: Pick up snack breakfast at the hotel prior to departure. Breakfasts can be eaten at leisure. There will also be food vendors at Balloon Fiesta Park, as well as coffee and donuts at the Hospitality Tent for those who would like something more to eat.

Morning: We'll depart for Balloon Fiesta Park at 5:45. This morning's scheduled events include the Morning Glow and the Mass Ascension.

We'll then return to the hotel for some time at leisure.

Lunch: Early lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to the Museum of Natural History.

Dinner: Early dinner and program closing comments at the hotel

Evening: Depart for Balloon Fiesta Park after dinner. This evening's activities include the Balloon Glow and AfterGlow Fireworks Show.

Bus returns to the hotel after the Fireworks Show.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nine: Monday, October 06 - Breakfast/Independent Departures
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel.

Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

The hotel has a free shuttle to the airport or train station; arrangements should be made with the front desk the evening before, if possible.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Checkout 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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8 nights of accommodations
22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Performances

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