Bus departs for Santa Fe at 3:00 PM. Upon arrival, you'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its famous art collection.
Bus takes you to hotel at 5:00 PM for check-in at approximately 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, where you'll hear music of the southwest, 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, and your evening with him will be unlike any other evening of your life! He's a delightful presenter in every way.Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. (Both museums have great gift shops as well!)Lunch: Lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 at Museum Hill CafeAfternoon: Continue with museum visits until 1:30 PM, when the bus will take you to downtown for a guided walking exploration.
The rest of the afternoon is free. You may wish to visit the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. You'll receive passes to visit these State of New Mexico museums as you choose, or you may want to explore more of the Plaza area on your own.
Our bus departs at 5:15 for return to the hotel, or you may stay downtown for dinner on your own. You can get back to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules at front desk at hotel).Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight. You may return to the hotel and dine at a restaurant near there, or, if you wish, remain in the downtown area where there are many fine restaurants.
If you'd like restaurant recommendation, your group leader can offer suggestions.
Return to the hotel after dinner on your own, via cab or city bus.Evening: Free evening to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife or for rest and relaxationLodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Please check out of the hotel and be on board bus no later than 8:45 AM.Morning: Bus departs at 8:45 AM for Taos, with stops along the way.
The first stop will be at Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'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. Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. 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 should help fund additional tribal endeavors. Bus departs for Taos at 10:30 AM.
There will be a stop at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church, one of the most photographed churches in New Mexico, on the way into Taos.Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos from 12:45 - 2:00 PMAfternoon: After lunch, you'll visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.
Bus arrives at hotel for check-in about 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Optional videoLodging: Don Fernando de TaosMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 lunches at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge BridgeAfternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for downtown Taos, where you'll visit the WPA murals at the Old County Courthouse.
Bus then departs for the Ernest Blumenschein Home. 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.
After visiting the Blumenschein, you'll have some free time to explore the Plaza and Bent Street areas on your own.
At 5:15 PM, walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.Dinner: Dinner at Antonio's "A Taste of Mexico" from 5:30 - 7:00 PMEvening: Bus departs for the hotel, arriving by 7:30 PM. Free evening for rest and relaxation.Lodging: Don Fernando de TaosMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You'll also visit one of the shops in Chimayó to see some examples of the beautiful weavings, produced by families in Chimayó that have created these works of art for centuries.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de ChimayóAfternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque.
You'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city as well as learning some interesting facts about its history.
Upon arrival, at about 2:30 PM, you'll 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 the visit, bus will depart for Old Town Albuquerque. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open for you to visit, and you can explore Old Town with your group leader's guidance.
At 5:15 PM depart for dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.
Bus departs at 6:30 PM for hotel and check-in.Evening: Check in at the hotel. Optional video from 8:00 - 9:00 PM.Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 you listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, you'll speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.
We'll depart at 11:30 AM for Acoma Pueblo.Lunch: Lunch at the Yaak'a Café from 12:45 - 1:45 PM at the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, you'll go to the top of the mesa for a walk through the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo with a Native American guide (2:00 PM).
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.
You'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.
You'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during your field trip.
Bus departs for Albuquerque at 4:00 PM, arriving at the hotel about 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the hotel, with closing remarks to follow.Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.
The hotel has a free shuttle to take you to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM in the hotel dining room. Check out time is no later than 12:00 noon.Meals Included: Breakfast