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10 Days | 9 Nights
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Apr 25 — May 4, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

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

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
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: Hotel's 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: Friday, April 25 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Program registration with the Group Leader in designated area at the hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 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 NE
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: Hotel's 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: Saturday, April 26 - Gathering of Nations PowWow
Note: Negotiating a number of stairs at the University of New Mexico arena

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: Class from 8:00 - 9:30 AM on Native American tribes, PowWow traditions, regalia, and more.

The bus departs at 9:45 for the Gathering of Nations at the University of New Mexico arena.

Seating is in the general admission area and is not assigned, but some blocks of seats are usually held by families and friends of the performers. It may be necessary to negotiate a number of stairs to find available seating.

Lunch: Lunch today is on our own from the food vendors along "PowWow Alley" at the arena

Afternoon: The bus returns to the hotel at 3:15 PM for some leisure time before dinner.

Dinner: Early dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30

Evening: At 5:30, our bus departs for the PowWow. This evening's activities include the Grand Entry of dancers and the crowning of Miss Indian World.

Bus returns to the hotel by 10:00 PM.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

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

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
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: Hotel's 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: Sunday, April 27 - Field Trips to Coronado Historic Site, the Albuqu...
Field Trips to Coronado Historic Site, the Albuquerque BioPark, and Albuquerque's Old Town

Note: Walking several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain at Coronado, in Old Town, and at the BioPark

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll visit the Coronado Historic Site, one of the State Monuments of New Mexico. The site is near where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered the Rio Grand valley on his search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold, and contains the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo.

Lunch: Lunch at The Range cafe in Bernalillo

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for the Albuquerque BioPark, where we can view the aqarium and explore the beautiful grounds of the botanical garden.

We'll then go to Old Town. There are many shops, galleries, and museums in the area that we can explore on our own.

Dinner: Dinner at Vinaigrette restaurant

Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, April 28 - Class about New Mexico's History/Field Trip to Pe...
Class about New Mexico's History/Field Trip to Pecos National Historical Park/Travel to Santa Fe/Presentation by Native American Award-winning Musician

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and packed dirt terrain during course of the day

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel and hotel check-out no later than 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:00 until 10:15 AM, we'll hear about the history of New Mexico. We'll then depart for Pecos, New Mexico.

Lunch: Lunch at Frankie's in Pecos from 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Afternoon: From 1:45 - 3:15 PM, we'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historical Monument, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization. The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that the monument would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 3:15 PM, with hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Evening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, where we'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 our evening with him will be a delight.

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, April 29 - Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian...
Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Dinner on Your Own and Free Evening

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Standing up to 30 minutes at a time at museums, with opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:00 - 9:00 AM, we'll hear a lecture about the history of Santa Fe. We'll then depart for visits to the State Capitol building, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

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, the collection is fascinating.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a guided walking exploration of the Plaza area. We'll then have some free time to explore the area on our own; nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum (we'll have passes to visit these State of New Mexico museums), and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

The bus will return to the hotel at 5:00 PM. Those who wish may stay downtown for dinner, returning to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules available at hotel front desk).

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own. Our group leader can offer restaurant suggestion, both near the hotel and in the downtown area.

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, microwave, refrigerators.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

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


Day Six: Wednesday, April 30 - Santa Clara Pueblo/St. Francis de Asís Church/Mar...
Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing for up to thirty minutes at a time during site visits.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel between 7:00 - 8:30 AM; check out of hotel no later than 8:30 AM.

Morning: Bus departs for Taos with stops along the way.

Our first stop is at Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'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 continues on to Taos at 10:30 AM (there will be a rest stop on the way).

Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Café

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll stop at San Francisco de Asís mission church, then visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Evening: Class about Taos after dinner

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, microwave, refrigerators.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

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


Day Seven: Thursday, May 01 - Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio...
Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Blumenschein Home

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for up to 30 minutes at a time (with some opportunities to sit) at museums and at Taos Pueblo.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: Pick up boxed lunches before departing at 8:30 AM for a trip to Taos Pueblo (if it's open to visitors--it closes for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc., and we don't always know in advance).

After the Pueblo, the bus will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work, and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.

The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos is 650 feet above the Rio Grande, and is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for downtown Taos, where we'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum. 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.

We'll then walk to Taos Plaza for a guided exploration of the historic district, followed by some time to explore the area at our leisure. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops nearby, as well as other museums and historic sites, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

At 5:15, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

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

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
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: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Friday, May 02 - Chimayó Visit/Travel to Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo...
Chimayó Visit/Travel to Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Old Town

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved or packed dirt terrain. Standing up to 1 hour at museums with opportunities to sit).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM and hotel checkout. Please have luggage out to the bus and be on board ready for departure by 8:15 AM.

Morning: Bus departs at 8:15 AM by way of the "High Road" for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó. This Hispanic village is much as it has been over the last two hundred years.

We'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.

We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we'll see examples of some of the beautiful Hispanic weavings that families in the area have produced for centuries.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Afternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch. We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history.

Upon arrival in Albuquerque, about 2:30 PM, we'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.

Bus departs for the hotel at 4:15 PM.

At 5:15 PM, depart for dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 6:45 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Bus departs for hotel return at 6:45 PM.

Evening: Optional video from 7:30 - 9:30 PM or evening at leisure

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 NE
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: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Nine: Saturday, May 03 - Boca Negra Petroglyphs/Acoma Pueblo/Dinner and Cl...
Note: Walking up to two miles over paved or uneven packed dirt terrain over course of the day. Standing for 15-30 minutes at a time during guide lectures when visiting Petroglyphs and Pueblo.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: After a brief lecture about the history of Albuquerque from 8:15 - 9:15 AM, our bus departs for Boca Negra Petroglyphs (ranger lecture at 10:00 AM). This area features a wide expanse of fragile, unique cultural resources that can never be replaced and are part of the National Park system.

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 visitors listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, many speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.

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 Pueblo

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to see the pueblo's visitors' center prior to exploring, with a Native American guide, the mesa-top where the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo is located.

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. Our guide will tell us 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. We'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 by 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Ten: Sunday, May 04 - Breakfast/Independent Departures
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel.

Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

The hotel has free shuttle transportation to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Checkout time is no later than 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe, NM
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
Taos, NM
General OverviewWhile in Taos, you will have some time to explore the Plaza area and Bent Street area, where many galleries and shops are located.

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9 nights of accommodations
24 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
1 Performances

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