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Program #11005RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Elevation Note
Elevations between 5,000' and 7,500' above sea level.

Itinerary for Nov 1 — Nov 8, 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, November 01 - Arrival and Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to 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: At the hotel in our reserved section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

Evening: Orientation: 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 any questions you may have.

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.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

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, November 02 - 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 two miles over paved and packed dirt terrain during course of the day. Standing at museum. Getting on and off of bus.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel, including eggs and omelets cooked to order, a variety of cereals, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, Danish and muffins.

Morning: We begin our week of discovery with a class about the history of New Mexico and Albuquerque.

We'll then board our coach and depart for a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, the IPCC advances understanding by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico with dignity and respect.

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we depart for Pecos, NM. 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, November 03 - History of Santa Fe / Field Trip to the Museum of...
History of Santa Fe / Field Trip to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art / Free Time / 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: "Fresh Start" breakfast buffet serving fresh waffles, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, hot and cold cereals, juice, and coffee

Morning: Following breakfast, we'll hear about the history of Santa Fe "The City Different." We'll then depart for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.

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: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: 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 free to relax at the hotel or explore on your own. Nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. (Your "Culture Pass" can be used for these admission to these state museums.)

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

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.

Evening: At leisure to explore Santa Fe's nightlife, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends with informal activities, 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, November 04 - 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.

Continue on to Pojoaque, NM.

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: 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, November 05 - Taos Pueblo / Rio Grande Gorge / Earthship Biotec...
Taos Pueblo / Rio Grande Gorge / Earthship Biotecture Community / Free Time on 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: 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: 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 free time 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: 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, November 06 - Field Trip to Chimayó / Travel to Albuquerque / F...
Field Trip to Chimayó / Travel to Albuquerque / Field Trip to Petroglyph National Monument

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved or packed dirt terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel

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

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

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum pepper (not to be confused with "chili," the stew.) Most New Mexican dishes are prepared with 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 a non-alcoholic beverage.

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

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

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, November 07 - Acoma Pueblo / Old Town / Dinner and Closing Comm...
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: This morning, we'll depart for Acoma Pueblo. We'll have a chance to explore the Sky City Cultural 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 live there today 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.

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. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque 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: 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, November 08 - 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.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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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19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
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