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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.
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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
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Jul 26 — Aug 2, 2015

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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, July 26 - 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: Inn

Description: The Inn just underwent a $1.5 million renovation. All rooms were completely renovated, and the Inn has used beautiful Southwestern decor throughout. Authentic local decorative accents, including custom tinwork and hand-woven tapestries are found throughout the public areas of the Inn as well as in the guest rooms.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-982-5952
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have in-room coffee, hair dryers, irons, full-sized ironing boards, satellite color television, digital alarm clocks, touch-tone telephones with free local calls, voice mail systems, automated wake-up calls, wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: The Sage Inn offers a year-round, outdoor, heated pool, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet, a business center, meeting and banquet facilities, and free parking for its guests. The Santa Fe Sage Inn shuttle provides transportation to our guests within a 2-mile radius, which includes Santa Fe’s major attractions such as Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road Galleries, Museum Hill, New Mexico State Capitol, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in addition to the many wonderful restaurants that Santa Fe is known for. Our guests can call the shuttle for drop off and pick up…yes, your personal “Sage Coach” to explore the sights of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Sage Inn “Sage Coach” schedule is as follows: • Tuesdays 12 pm to 6 pm • Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 am to 6 pm • Fridays & Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 9 pm • Sunday & Monday Closed

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


Day Two: Monday, July 27 - Field Trips to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ...
Field Trips to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Pecos National Historical Park/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: After breakfast, there will be a class about the history of New Mexico and Albuquerque.

We'll then depart for a visit 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.

Continue on to Pecos, NM.

Lunch: Lunch at Frankie's Southwestern Grill in Pecos

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll explore beautiful 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 it 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.

Depart for Santa Fe and hotel check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Lecture and performan 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.

Lodging: The Sage Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: The Inn just underwent a $1.5 million renovation. All rooms were completely renovated, and the Inn has used beautiful Southwestern decor throughout. Authentic local decorative accents, including custom tinwork and hand-woven tapestries are found throughout the public areas of the Inn as well as in the guest rooms.

Contact info:
725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-982-5952
web: www.santafesageinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have in-room coffee, hair dryers, irons, full-sized ironing boards, satellite color television, digital alarm clocks, touch-tone telephones with free local calls, voice mail systems, automated wake-up calls, wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: The Sage Inn offers a year-round, outdoor, heated pool, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet, a business center, meeting and banquet facilities, and free parking for its guests. The Santa Fe Sage Inn shuttle provides transportation to our guests within a 2-mile radius, which includes Santa Fe’s major attractions such as Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road Galleries, Museum Hill, New Mexico State Capitol, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in addition to the many wonderful restaurants that Santa Fe is known for. Our guests can call the shuttle for drop off and pick up…yes, your personal “Sage Coach” to explore the sights of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Sage Inn “Sage Coach” schedule is as follows: • Tuesdays 12 pm to 6 pm • Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 am to 6 pm • Fridays & Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 9 pm • Sunday & Monday Closed

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


Day Three: Tuesday, July 28 - History of Santa Fe/State Capitol/Museum of Inter...
History of Santa Fe/State Capitol/Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Dinner on 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: Following breakfast, we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe. We'll then depart for visits to the State Capitol building, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

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 a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch we'll embark on a walking exploration of the Plaza area, after which our bus will return to the hotel.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore on our own. Nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. (Our passes can be used for these state museums.)

Those who choose to remain downtown and not return to the hotel on our bus will need to make their own arrangements for transportation to the hotel via taxi, city bus, or the hotel shuttle (if available).

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own. The group leader can offer restaurant suggestions both downtown and near the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure to explore Santa Fe's nightlife or rest and relax

Lodging: The Sage Inn

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, July 29 - Bandelier National Monument/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 hotel and depart for Bandelier National Monument, which is fascinating both for its geology and archaeology. After stopping at the Visitor Center, we'll explore some of the trails in Frijoles Canyon. Our bus then departs for Pojoaque, New Mexico, where we'll have lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the Sopaipilla Factory in Pojoaque

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll contine on to Taos (with a rest stop along the way), where we'll visit the Martinez Hacienda. The Martinez Hacienda is an example of a Spanish/Mexican hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video

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, July 30 - Class about Taos/Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Earthshi...
Class about Taos/Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Earthship Biotecture/Taos Pueblo/Taos Plaza/Dinner at Selected Restaurant

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.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning begins with a class about Taos and its colorful history and residents. We'll then pick up boxed lunches before departing for visits to the Earthship Biotecture site and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

At Earthship Biotecture we'll see some examples of this unique, sustainable building style.

Our bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Locally known as the "High Bridge," this cantilever truss bridge spans 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 Taos Pueblo (if it's open; it can close unexpectedly for pueblo ceremonies and events.)

From there, we'll go to Taos Plaza for a guided walking excursion, followed by time at leisure to explore this historic area on our own. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

We'll then meet up and and walk as a group to our dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner

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, July 31 - Chimayó/Travel to Albuquerque/Petroglyph National...
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: After checking out of the hotel, our bus will depart for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó via the "High Road." This Hispanic village remains 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 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 weaving gallery where we can see some examples of beautiful Hispanic weavings. Local families in Chimayó have been creating these works of art for generations.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó; housed in an old hacienda, this restaurant is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Vegetarian option(s) available.

Afternoon: After lunch, our bus continues on to Albuquerque.

We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history.

On arrival in Albuquerque, we'll stop at Petroglyph National Monument, where we'll see ancient symbols, figures, and animals etched into the rock at 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 what these images mean, why they were created, and what the people who made them were like.

We'll continue on to the hotel for check-in after this visit.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure

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, August 01 - Acoma Pueblo/Old Town/Dinner and Closing Comments
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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll depart for Acoma Pueblo. We'll have a chance to see the pueblo's visitor 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.

We'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during our field trip.

Lunch: Lunch at the Y'aak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo

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

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Sunday, August 02 - 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; arrange 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.

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7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
1 Performances

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