Register with program's Group Leader between 4:00-5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room.
Meet your study guides, view a slide show that will introduce you to the program.Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Dinner
Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center from 9:00-10:00 AM.
Bus departs for Acoma Pueblo at 10:00 AM.Lunch: Lunch at Y'aak'a Cafe at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, explore the Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo. Then, with a Native American guide, walk through old Acoma Pueblo, located on top of a 400' mesa. Learn how it has changed very little over hundreds of years.
Bus departs Acoma at 2:30 PM, with a stop to pick up boxed dinners at Subway in Grants, NM.
Bus departs for Thoreau and St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School. Located amid the beautiful red mesas of northwestern New Mexico. St. Bonaventure Mission serves the Navajo (Diné) living on the Eastern Navajo Nation.
Travel on to Crownpoint Rug Auction, held the second Friday of each month. This is the main rug auction and craft sale on the Navajo Reservation. See hundreds of exquisite handmade Navajo rugs. Other excellent craftspeople will be showing jewelry, pottery, beadwork and more.Dinner: Eat boxed dinners on bus or on Rug Auction groundsEvening: Attend the actual Rug Auction, beginning at 7:00 PM.
Bus travels on to Gallup, NM with hotel check-in about 9:30 PM.Lodging: Comfort Suites GallupMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You'll meet, with your guide, artists who perpetuate traditions and culture of the Hopi, including Kachina doll carvers, basket makers, silversmiths and other artists who can explain the significance of the art.
In the Hopi villages, original homes are still intact and have been continuously occupied for over a thousand years.Lunch: Boxed picnic lunch at selected siteAfternoon: Hopi visit will continue in the afternoon.
Bus will travel on to Moenkopi Lodge, a hotel owned & operated by the Hopi Nation later in the day, with hotel check in about 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Tuuvi Cafe, a new restaurant close to the Moenkopi Lodge in Tuba CityEvening: See video "The Dark Wind," based on a Tony Hillerman mystery, at the hotel from 7:45-9:45 PMLodging: Moenkopi Legacy Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The food is Burger King standard fare, but what you'll see and hear is anything but standard!Afternoon: Travel to Kayenta for hotel check-in, followed by trip to Goulding's Lodge in Monument Valley, where you'll visit the Trading Post and Museum.Dinner: Dinner at Goulding's LodgeEvening: Return to Kayenta Monument Valley InnLodging: Kayenta Monument Valley InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check into Baymont Inn in Cortez at approximately 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at Nero's Restaurant in Cortez from 5:30-7:00 PMEvening: Bus returns to the hotelLodging: Baymont Inn and Suites CortezMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue on to the Anasazi Heritage Center.Lunch: Box lunches at the Center's picnic areaAfternoon: Bus travels on to Shiprock, which is a lovely photo opportunity. After Shiprock, we'll stop for a visit at the Toadlena Trading Post. Then it's on to Gallup, with a few stops along the way as designated by Anne Hillerman and Don Strel. Arrive in Gallup for hotel check-in by 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurantEvening: Free eveningLodging: Comfort Suites GallupMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pick up boxed lunches prior to departure for El Morro.Lunch: Bus departs for El Morro National Monument at 12:45 PM. Box lunches may be eaten on the bus or at El Morro depending upon the timing.Afternoon: Visit El Morro National Monument. This sandstone bluff was a campsite for travelers for hundreds of years, and is marked with reminders of their passing.
The bus then departs for Santa Fe, stopping at Rt. 66 Casino Truck Stop near Albuquerque for a stretch break, a soft drink or even a few minutes at the nickle slots...but only a few! Then the bus continues on to the Santa Fe.Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel Santa Fe in their Amaya Restaurant. Don Strel wil have a little surprise for you that you will enjoy during dinner.Evening: Check into the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel after dinnerLodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic PlazaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner