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Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

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Program #11299RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Aug 19 — Aug 25, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

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
arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, August 19 - Hotel Check-in, Orientation and Introductions
Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe; check in anytime after 3:00 PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Register with the program group leader in designated area between 4:00 and 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: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

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
arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 20 - Walking and Driving Exploration of Santa Fe; Stat...
Walking and Driving Exploration of Santa Fe; State Capitol Building Art Gallery; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Santa Fe Opera Performance of "The Marriage of Figaro"

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Standing up to one hour at Capitol Building and O'Keeffe Museum, although there are places to sit.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch there will be a guided walking and driving exploration of Santa Fe, "The City Different." Stops include the historic downtown Plaza, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and the New Mexico State Capitol building, which has a wonderful and historic art collection.

Bus returns to the hotel by 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Evening: Bus departs hotel at 6:45 PM for the Santa Fe Opera's performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Based on a daring play by Beaumarchais, a French supporter of the American Revolution whose modern ideas challenged traditional thinking on class and privilege, its bold assertion of human dignity is present throughout Lorenzo da Ponte's libretto and Mozart's score. It takes the form of a dizzying sex farce that culminates in a profound expression of redemptive love. The cast includes the return of rising star Susanna Phillips as the Countess Almaviva and Daniel Okulitch as her wayward husband. John Nelson conducts.

Return to the hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

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
arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, August 21 - Field trip to Los Alamos
Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for up to one hour at museums.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Boxed lunches to be eaten on the field trip

Afternoon: The bus departs for Los Alamos at 12:00 PM. Upon arrival, you'll have an exploration of Los Alamos with a step-on guide and selected stops, including the Bradbury Science Museum. Return to the hotel in Santa Fe by 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

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

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

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
arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, August 22 - Backstage Visit to Santa Fe Opera; Santa Fe Opera...
Backstage Visit to Santa Fe Opera; Santa Fe Opera's Performance of Verdi's "La Traviata"

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved terrain over the course of the day; several flights of stairs during backstage visit; however, a modified tour is available for those wishing a less strenuous exploration - arrange in advance at (505) 983-0613 (Road Scholar office in Santa Fe)

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Board the motor coach in front of hotel at 1:00 PM for a back stage visit at the Santa Fe Opera.

This visit involves some walking uphill and several flights of stairs. Optional modified tour available with advance request to Road Scholar Santa Fe (505) 983-0613. Bus will return to hotel around 4:00 PM for a rest period.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Evening: Bus departs from the hotel at 6:45 PM to take you to Santa Fe Opera for a performance of Verdi's "La Traviata." Honoring the bicentennial of Verdi's birth, the Santa Fe Opera revives one of his most popular operas. Glamour and gaiety are on full display in director-designer Laurent Pelly's vision of the Parisian demimonde, but so is a much darker side. While elegant gowns and jewels create a glittering tableau, the partygoers of "La Traviata" inhabit a cynical world of power relations. Making her Santa Fe Opera debut as Violetta is American soprano Brenda Rae, who has generated excitement in starring roles in Europe. Tenor Michael Fabiano is Alfredo, Violetta's lover.

Bus returns to the hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

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
arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, August 23 - Free Afternoon; Dinner on Your Own
Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over paved terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Walk two blocks to the Blue Corn Cafe near the DoubleTree for lunch from 12:30-1:30 PM

Afternoon: Free afternoon on your own in Santa Fe. Since dinner is also on your own tonight, you may wish to spend the afternoon at the hotel and have dinner at a nearby restaurant, or you can go downtown on your own. We'll provide a list of restaurants for you.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

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
arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, August 24 - State Museums on Museum Hill; Performance of Offe...
State Museums on Museum Hill; Performance of Offenbach's "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein"

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time in museums (there are places to sit if you need to do so)

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for field trip to Museum Hill, where you'll visit the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Bus departs at 4:00 PM for return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Evening: Bus departs hotel at 6:45 PM for the Santa Fe Opera production of Jacques Offenbach's "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein," featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role. Spoiled and domineering, the Grand Duchess gets what she wants-- until she sets her sights on the young soldier Fritz (Paul Appleby). Her amorous pursuit mobilizes everything we need for a howling good time: wealth, wine, and wicked satire.

Return to hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Sunday, August 25 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in hotel dining room from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

Morning: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe
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


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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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
3 Performances

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