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Christmas in Albuquerque

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Program #14369RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
We will be above 3,000' the entire program (5,300' in Albuquerque).

Itinerary for Dec 20 — Dec 26, 2012

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NW
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: Thursday, December 20 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation & Introductions
Note: Walking up to a block or two around hotel interior. Elevators available.

Arrive To: Arrive at MCM Elegante between 3:00 and 5:30 PM for hotel check-in.

Registration with Road Scholar group leader is from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 to 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: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NW
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: Friday, December 21 - Classes in hotel meeting room/Indian Pueblo Cultu...
Classes in hotel meeting room/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Guided bus exploration of Albuquerque/Dinner at the hotel/Jewish Temple Visit

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Standing at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center up to one hour

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM.

Morning: Classes from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM on the History of Albuquerque, Converso/Crypto-Jewish History and Culture and Modern Jewish Culture.

These classes, with appropriate breaks, will help you understand some of the different cultures involved in this holiday program.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a guided Albuquerque exploration, stopping at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a visit at 2:30 PM.

Participants will see exhibits representing the pueblos of New Mexico.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: This evening you'll attend a service at Congregation Albert, a Reformed Jewish Congregation. The Temple is always very glad to have visitors, and even if you don't know much about the Jewish faith, you'll get a lot out of this service.

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 NW
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: Saturday, December 22 - Morning Festivities/National Hispanic Cultural Ce...
Morning Festivities/National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum/Old Town Plaza/Natural History Museum/River of Lights Display

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and dirt packed terrain. Standing (with opportunities to sit) at Nat'l Hispanic Cultural Center and Natural History Museum as well as at the River of Lights Display

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM.

Morning: From 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM, you'll celebrate the holidays with an appearance by local musicians. You can sing along if you wish as they play and sing traditional holiday carols.

The hotel will present you with Mexican hot chocolate and biscochitos (the official New Mexico state cookie).

After you've had some time to enjoy the refreshments, you'll have an informal class from 10:15-11:15 AM, where you'll be given recipes for New Mexico traditional foods, and there will be a discussion as to how to go about preparing these when you get back home.

Lunch: Board bus at 11:30 AM for lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum from 1:00 until 2:00 PM and see many very special exhibits about Hispanic life and history.

The bus will depart at 2:15 PM to take you to Albuquerque's Old Town for some free time on the Plaza.

Bus returns to the hotel at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 5:00-6:00 PM.

Evening: At 6:30 PM, bus will take you to the Albuquerque BioPark, where the group can spend time at the annual River of Lights, New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.

There are many sculptures and displays designed and constructed by Albuquerque BioPark artists and craftsmen.

There will be live musical entertainment from a variety of local musicians. You can purchase - if desired - hot food and beverages on site.

Bus will return to the hotel between 8:00 and 8:30 PM.

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 NW
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 Four: Sunday, December 23 - New Mexico History/Current Population of State/Ne...
New Mexico History/Current Population of State/New Mexico Folk Arts (hands-on) and New Mexico Wineries (and wine tasting!)

Note: Walking at hotel only; creating some small New Mexico folk art pieces to take home

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining area from 7:00-8:00 AM.

Morning: From 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM, hear some presentations on the history of the state of New Mexico, as well as gaining some information about the state's current population, its diversity, and day-to-day life

Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room from 12:15 until 1:15 PM.

Afternoon: This afternoon will be spent doing some relaxing activities.

First, from 1:00-2:30 PM, you'll learn about some traditional New Mexican handcrafts/folk art that you will learn to make. These crafts are easy and fun, and you'll be given directions for doing them at home if you wish. You'll work on one or two small projects during class time.

New Mexico has quite the reputation as a wine-producing state, and the wines are remarkably good and several have one some great prizes. From 3:00-4:30 PM, you'll learn about the state's vineyards, why NM is a great place to produce these award-winning wines, and then you'll sample some of the best wines we have to offer.

Dinner: From 6:00-7:00 PM, dinner will be served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening to do as you wish.

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 NW
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 Five: Monday, December 24 - Stories of the Pueblos and some Southwestern Holi...
Stories of the Pueblos and some Southwestern Holiday Stories/Spanish Holiday Traditions/Luminaria Bus Outing/Midnight Mass

Note: Walking up to three blocks over course of the day over paved, uneven terrain. Boarding and getting off bus (2-4 steps). Standing at Midnight Mass is a possibility, although we try to get there early enough for you to get a seat

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel dining area from 7:00 until 8:00 AM.

Morning: From 9:00-10:30 AM in a hotel meeting room, enjoy some stories of the pueblos and some southwestern Christmas stories. There will be appropriate breaks. From 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, you'll learn about some Spanish holiday traditions.

Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room from 12:15 until 1:15 PM.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon from 1:30-5:00 PM.

Dinner: We'll have a special Christmas Eve dinner in the hotel dining room from 5:00-6:30 PM.

Evening: Take a magical ride with the Albuquerque Ride buses to view the lovely luminaria displays throughout the city.

Enjoy this annual New Mexican tradition without worrying about parking, driving through snow or annoying traffic delays.

You'll travel through a twinkling wonderland as the bus takes you to the Albuquerque Country Club area and other hot spots in the city decked out for the holidays. Then, you'll travel to Albuquerque's Old Town.

There, you'll see thousands of the luminarias, historically a Christian tradition, lighting the streets to guide Joseph and Mary to the stable in Bethlehem, as well as to guide people to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.

You'll spend some time looking around at the late-night beauty of Old Town, then go to San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church (we recommend that you get there no later than 10:30 PM) where you'll attend Midnight Mass (which really starts at 11:00 PM). At midnight, the beautiful bells at the church ring in Christmas Day. Return to hotel via bus after Mass is over.

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 NW
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 Six: Tuesday, December 25 - Jemez Pueblo Holiday Dances/Dinner at Tamaya Hyat...
Jemez Pueblo Holiday Dances/Dinner at Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort/Evening Video

Note: Walking up to one mile over packed dirt terrain over course of the day; standing up to an hour at Jemez Dances

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel from 7:00 until 8:00 AM.

Morning: Leave the hotel at 8:30 AM for Jemez Pueblo and the Buffalo Dance.

Jemez is the sole remaining pueblo out of six sites that once dotted the rugged southern end of the Jemez Mountains, and some of its residents are descendants of the people of Pecos Pueblo.

Jemez's historic main village is closed to the public, except on a handful of days including Christmas.

Lunch: Bus will depart Jemez Pueblo at 11:30 AM.

You'll be treated to a very special holiday dinner from 1:00-2:30 PM at the Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort, part of Santa Ana Pueblo.

Afternoon: After lunch, there will be some time to walk the scenic trails to the river bosque at the Tamaya resort before returning to the hotel in Albuquerque for a little rest and relaxation.

Dinner: We'll provide a 'soup and salad' supper for you at the hotel between 6:15 and 7:00 PM in a hotel meeting room.

Evening: At 7:00 PM, we'll do our program closing in the hotel meeting room, followed by a showing of the movie "The Milagro Beanfield War."

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Wednesday, December 26 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from MCM Elegante in Albuquerque. Hotel offers free shuttle service to Albuquerque International Sunport. Checkout time is 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room, served buffet style between 7:00 and 9:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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