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Program #11005RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Elevations between 5,000 and 7,500 feet.

Itinerary for Oct 26 — Nov 2, 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: Sunday, October 26 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel in our reserved section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Recently renovated southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard

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

Room amenities: Free wireless high-speed internet access, data ports, 37" flat-screen television with Cable/HBO, mini-refrigerator, coffee-tea maker with complimentary coffee/teak hair dryer, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor, foam pillows available upon request

Facility amenities: The Bistro restaurant, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary coffee in lobby, fitness center, business center, 24-hour market for snacks and drinks, coin-operated laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, cash machine/ATM, newspaper in lobby, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, October 27 - Field Trip to Pecos National Historic Park / Trav...
Field Trip to Pecos National Historic Park / Travel to Santa Fe / Visit State Capitol Building / Presentation by Native American Musician

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

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel, including eggs and omelets cooked to order, a variety of cereals, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, Danish and muffins.

Morning: After breakfast and hotel check-out, we'll begin our adventure of discovery with a lecture about the history of New Mexico.

We'll then board our motor coach and depart for Pecos, NM.

Lunch: Plated lunch at Frankie's at the Casanova Southwestern Grill in Pecos

Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll visit 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 ruins would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitor 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.

Then depart for Santa Fe, where we'll visit the New Mexico State Capitol building and see some of its marvelous art collection.

Our coach will then take us to the hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel

Evening: After dinner, we'll hear music of the southwest, performed 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 in his own right. He's a fine singer, guitarist, and Native-American-flute player, and our evening with him will be unique and memorable.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Recently renovated southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard

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

Room amenities: Free wireless high-speed internet access, data ports, 37" flat-screen television with Cable/HBO, mini-refrigerator, coffee-tea maker with complimentary coffee/teak hair dryer, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor, foam pillows available upon request

Facility amenities: The Bistro restaurant, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary coffee in lobby, fitness center, business center, 24-hour market for snacks and drinks, coin-operated laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, cash machine/ATM, newspaper in lobby, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, October 28 - Museum of International Folk Art / Museum of Indi...
Museum of International Folk Art / Museum of Indian Arts and Culture / Dinner on Your Own / 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: Buffet in the Bistro at the hotel. Breakfast choices usually include classic oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts; granola yogurt parfait; strawberry banana smoothie; morning scramble with eggs, crisp bacon, sausage, or turkey bacon, potatoes, and toast; thick-cut French toast with fresh strawberries and country syrup; breakfast BLT with broken egg, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato on sourdough.

Morning: We'll hear about the history of Santa Fe, "The City Different," before departing for Museum Hill, where we'll visit the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, both part of the State of New Mexico museum system.

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, this is a delightful and fascinating museum.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a guiding walking exploration of Santa Fe's Plaza, followed by time to explore the area on your own. The Palace of the Governors museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum are all adjacent to the Plaza, (our Culture Passes will provide admission to these state museums). Other musems within easy walking distance of the Plaza include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.

Our bus will leave at 3:30 to return to the hotel. Those who wish may remain in the Plaza area, but will need to arrange their own transportation back to the hotel if they do so.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy as you please

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe

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
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 Four: Wednesday, October 29 - Santa Clara Pueblo / St. Francis de Asís Mission ...
Santa Clara Pueblo / St. Francis de Asís Mission Church / Martinez Hacienda

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: At the hotel

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. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2,600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola help fund additional tribal endeavors.

We'll then continue on to Ranchos de Taos.

Lunch: Plated meal at the Trading Post Cafe in Ranchos de Taos

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to San Francisco de Asís mission church for a photo opportunity. The church has long been a favorite subject for artists and photographers, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

We'll travel on to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

We'll arrive at the hotel at about 4:00 PM.

Dinner: At the hotel. The dinner buffet usually includes a salad, a choice of entrees, sides, dessert, coffee and tea.

Evening: This evening we'll hear from a local expert about Taos, its often wild history, and its colorful residents.

Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & 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
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 Five: Thursday, October 30 - Taos Pueblo (if open ) / Millicent Rogers Museum ...
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: Buffet at the hotel; choices usually include cold cereals, oatmeal, bananas and raisins, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, yogurt, hash browns, sausage, French toast, syrup, red and green chile, and freshly brewed coffee, hot teas, fruit juice, and toast bar.

Morning: We'll pick up boxed lunches before departing for Taos Pueblo (if it's open to visitors; it closes for funerals and special pueblo meetings, and we don't always know in advance).

After our Pueblo visit, we'll go 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.

Our motor coach then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (locally known as the "High Bridge"), a cantilever truss structure 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 lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll drive to 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.

Following this visit, there will then be some time for independent explorations of the Plaza and Bent Street areas. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

At a designated time, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.

Dinner: At a selected restaurant

Evening: Optional video or evening at leisure at the hotel

Lodging: Sagebrush Inn & 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 Six: Friday, October 31 - Chimayó Visit / Travel to Albuquerque/Indian Pueb...
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: At the hotel

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll depart via the "High Road" for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.

This Hispanic village has changed very little over the last two hundred years. On arrival, we'll visit Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." 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 local weaver's shop, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have been producing for generations.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles; most New Mexican dishes are served with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

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 along the way.

Upon arrival in Albuquerque we will 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.

We'll then go to Albuquerque's historic Old Town. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today. You'll have some time to explore Old Town on your own before departing for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Evening: Hotel check-in and optional video

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 Seven: Saturday, November 01 - Boca Negra Petroglyphs / Acoma Pueblo / Dinner an...
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: At the hotel

Morning: After a brief lecture about the history of Albuquerque, we will depart for the Boca Negra Petroglyphs. 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.

Depart for Acoma Pueblo.

Lunch: At the Yaak'a Café in the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to explore the pueblo's visitors' center prior to going to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the ancient village with a Native American guide.

Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as 900 CE. It is situated on top of a 376-foot-high sandstone mesa. We'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 on top of the mesa in the old pueblo itself.

As we walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.

Return to the hotel in Albuquerque.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Sunday, November 02 - Breakfast / Independent Departures
Breakfast: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

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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.

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

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