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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 22 — Dec 28, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, this hotel offers a unique location in the midst of historical landmarks, yet just off I-40 and I-25. The blend of historic distinction, luxury amenities and convenient location allows guests easy access to downtown attractions, restaurants, and more, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Old Town Plaza is just a quarter mile away from the hotel's front door. Luxuriously styled, the newly renovated accommodations offer a blend of authentic southwest art and furnishings and modern living.

Contact info:
800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-843-6300
web: www.hotelabq.com

Room amenities: Rooms include electro-magnetic keys, cable/satellite TV, clock radios, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes, deluxe bedding, separate seating and dining areas, a desk, electronic check-out, housekeeping, in-room movies (extra charge), complimentary Internet access, iron/ironing boards, massage available in room upon request (extra charge), full bath with tub and hand-held shower, hair dryers, and many rooms have a private balcony.

Facility amenities: Hotel has outdoor Olympic-size pool, Jacuzzi, poolside beverage service, culturally distinctive surroundings, beautiful Spanish hacienda style decor, fitness center, choice of three restaurants/bars, a wedding chapel, state-of-the-art business center, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 22 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation & introductions
Note: Walking up to a block or two around hotel interior. Elevators available.

Arrive To: Arrive at the Hotel Albuquerque 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 at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, this hotel offers a unique location in the midst of historical landmarks, yet just off I-40 and I-25. The blend of historic distinction, luxury amenities and convenient location allows guests easy access to downtown attractions, restaurants, and more, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Old Town Plaza is just a quarter mile away from the hotel's front door. Luxuriously styled, the newly renovated accommodations offer a blend of authentic southwest art and furnishings and modern living.

Contact info:
800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-843-6300
web: www.hotelabq.com

Room amenities: Rooms include electro-magnetic keys, cable/satellite TV, clock radios, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes, deluxe bedding, separate seating and dining areas, a desk, electronic check-out, housekeeping, in-room movies (extra charge), complimentary Internet access, iron/ironing boards, massage available in room upon request (extra charge), full bath with tub and hand-held shower, hair dryers, and many rooms have a private balcony.

Facility amenities: Hotel has outdoor Olympic-size pool, Jacuzzi, poolside beverage service, culturally distinctive surroundings, beautiful Spanish hacienda style decor, fitness center, choice of three restaurants/bars, a wedding chapel, state-of-the-art business center, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 23 - Classes in hotel meeting room/Indian Pueblo Cultu...
Classes in hotel meeting room/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Guided bus exploration of Albuquerque/River of Lights

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. Walking up to one mile at River of Lights display.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Classes on the history of Albuquerque and New Mexico, followed by a walking exploration of Old Town

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Old Town

Afternoon: After lunch, depart for a guided excursion through Albuquerque, stopping at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where you will see exhibits representing the pueblos of New Mexico.

Bus returns to the hotel at about 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: At 6:30 PM, bus departs for 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 choirs. You can participate, if you wish, in holiday crafts programs, and purchase - if desired - hot food and beverages on site.

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

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, this hotel offers a unique location in the midst of historical landmarks, yet just off I-40 and I-25. The blend of historic distinction, luxury amenities and convenient location allows guests easy access to downtown attractions, restaurants, and more, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Old Town Plaza is just a quarter mile away from the hotel's front door. Luxuriously styled, the newly renovated accommodations offer a blend of authentic southwest art and furnishings and modern living.

Contact info:
800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-843-6300
web: www.hotelabq.com

Room amenities: Rooms include electro-magnetic keys, cable/satellite TV, clock radios, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes, deluxe bedding, separate seating and dining areas, a desk, electronic check-out, housekeeping, in-room movies (extra charge), complimentary Internet access, iron/ironing boards, massage available in room upon request (extra charge), full bath with tub and hand-held shower, hair dryers, and many rooms have a private balcony.

Facility amenities: Hotel has outdoor Olympic-size pool, Jacuzzi, poolside beverage service, culturally distinctive surroundings, beautiful Spanish hacienda style decor, fitness center, choice of three restaurants/bars, a wedding chapel, state-of-the-art business center, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 24 - Morning festivities/Free afternoon/Luminaria Tour
Note: Walking up to three blocks over course of the day over paved, uneven terrain. Boarding and getting off bus (2-4 steps).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

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

Then enjoy Mexican hot chocolate and biscochitos (the official New Mexico state cookie).

After you've had some time to enjoy the refreshments, we'll give you recipes for some New Mexico traditional foods.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Free afternoon from 1:00-5:00 PM

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Take a magical ride to view the lovely luminaria displays throughout the city.

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

You'll travel through a twinkling wonderland as the bus takes you to the Albuquerque Country Club area and other spots in the city decked out for the holidays. return to the hotel at about 9:00 PM.

You can spend the rest of the evening at the hotel, or walk over to 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.

If you wish, you can attend Midnight Mass (which really starts at 11:00 PM) at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town. At midnight, the beautiful bells at the church ring in Christmas Day.

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, this hotel offers a unique location in the midst of historical landmarks, yet just off I-40 and I-25. The blend of historic distinction, luxury amenities and convenient location allows guests easy access to downtown attractions, restaurants, and more, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Old Town Plaza is just a quarter mile away from the hotel's front door. Luxuriously styled, the newly renovated accommodations offer a blend of authentic southwest art and furnishings and modern living.

Contact info:
800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-843-6300
web: www.hotelabq.com

Room amenities: Rooms include electro-magnetic keys, cable/satellite TV, clock radios, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes, deluxe bedding, separate seating and dining areas, a desk, electronic check-out, housekeeping, in-room movies (extra charge), complimentary Internet access, iron/ironing boards, massage available in room upon request (extra charge), full bath with tub and hand-held shower, hair dryers, and many rooms have a private balcony.

Facility amenities: Hotel has outdoor Olympic-size pool, Jacuzzi, poolside beverage service, culturally distinctive surroundings, beautiful Spanish hacienda style decor, fitness center, choice of three restaurants/bars, a wedding chapel, state-of-the-art business center, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 25 - Visit to Jemez Pueblo/Holiday luncheon
Note: Standing at the pueblo

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, you'll go to Jemez Pueblo to see the Buffalo dances.

Lunch: Holiday luncheon at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Return to the hotel

Dinner: Light "soup and salad" dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, this hotel offers a unique location in the midst of historical landmarks, yet just off I-40 and I-25. The blend of historic distinction, luxury amenities and convenient location allows guests easy access to downtown attractions, restaurants, and more, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Old Town Plaza is just a quarter mile away from the hotel's front door. Luxuriously styled, the newly renovated accommodations offer a blend of authentic southwest art and furnishings and modern living.

Contact info:
800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-843-6300
web: www.hotelabq.com

Room amenities: Rooms include electro-magnetic keys, cable/satellite TV, clock radios, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes, deluxe bedding, separate seating and dining areas, a desk, electronic check-out, housekeeping, in-room movies (extra charge), complimentary Internet access, iron/ironing boards, massage available in room upon request (extra charge), full bath with tub and hand-held shower, hair dryers, and many rooms have a private balcony.

Facility amenities: Hotel has outdoor Olympic-size pool, Jacuzzi, poolside beverage service, culturally distinctive surroundings, beautiful Spanish hacienda style decor, fitness center, choice of three restaurants/bars, a wedding chapel, state-of-the-art business center, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 26 - Morning classes on Pueblo and Southwestern Christ...
Morning classes on Pueblo and Southwestern Christmas stories and on New Mexico's conversos and "crypto Jews/National Hispanic Cultural Center/Albuquerque Museum of Art

Note: Standing (with opportunities to sit) at National Hispanic Cultural Center and at the Museum of Art

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: From 8:30-11:00 AM, learn about some stories of the pueblos, some Southwestern Christmas stories, and New Mexico's conversos and "crypto Jews". There will be appropriate breaks.

Bus departs at 11:30 AM for lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at La Fonda del Bosque restaurant at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from 11:45 AM until 1:00 PM

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.

Bus departs for the hotel at 2:00 PM.

Return to the hotel and then depart for a visit to the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, this hotel offers a unique location in the midst of historical landmarks, yet just off I-40 and I-25. The blend of historic distinction, luxury amenities and convenient location allows guests easy access to downtown attractions, restaurants, and more, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Old Town Plaza is just a quarter mile away from the hotel's front door. Luxuriously styled, the newly renovated accommodations offer a blend of authentic southwest art and furnishings and modern living.

Contact info:
800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-843-6300
web: www.hotelabq.com

Room amenities: Rooms include electro-magnetic keys, cable/satellite TV, clock radios, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes, deluxe bedding, separate seating and dining areas, a desk, electronic check-out, housekeeping, in-room movies (extra charge), complimentary Internet access, iron/ironing boards, massage available in room upon request (extra charge), full bath with tub and hand-held shower, hair dryers, and many rooms have a private balcony.

Facility amenities: Hotel has outdoor Olympic-size pool, Jacuzzi, poolside beverage service, culturally distinctive surroundings, beautiful Spanish hacienda style decor, fitness center, choice of three restaurants/bars, a wedding chapel, state-of-the-art business center, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, December 27 - Classes on traditional New Mexican handcrafts and...
Classes on traditional New Mexican handcrafts and New Mexico wines/New Mexico Museum of Natural History/Evening field trip to service at Congregation /Albert

Note: Walking at hotel and to and from bus

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Hands-on class on traditional New Mexican handcrafts and folk art

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Depart after lunch for a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, then return to the hotel for a class about New Mexico's wines.

New Mexico has quite the reputation as a wine-producing state, and the wines are remarkably good and several have one some great prizes. 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: Early dinner and program closing at the hotel from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Evening: Bus departs at 5:30 pm for a service at Congregation Albert, a Reformed Jewish congregation. They are always 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.

Bus returns to the hotel by about 7:30.

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, December 28 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from Hotel Albuquerque.

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


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