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ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque Hot Air Ballooning, Santa Fe Art and Native American Pueblos

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Program #15464RJ
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
Albuquerque is at an elevation of 5,000'. Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Oct 5 — Oct 11, 2014

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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, October 05 - Hotel check in between 3:00-5:30 PM/Registration ...
Hotel check in between 3:00-5:30 PM/Registration with program group leader/Orientation and introductions

Arrive To: Arrive at hotel anytime after 3:00 PM for hotel check-in.

Registration with Road Scholar group leader at the hotel from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

Please note that this is a preliminary itinerary only and is subject to change based upon local conditions.

Weather during Balloon Fiesta is unpredictable and some events may be canceled or delayed due to wind or rain.

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: 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, October 06 - Presentations on Native American Pueblos, Hot-Air...
Presentations on Native American Pueblos, Hot-Air Ballooning, and Albuqerque History/Visit to Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Albuquerque Exploration

Note: Standing at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center up to one hour

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll learn about Native American Pueblos. We'll then depart for a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Bus returns to the hotel after lunch for afternoon presentations on Hot-Air Ballooning and Albuquerque's History.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Evening at leisure

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, October 07 - Class about Native American Pueblos/Field Trip to...
Note: Walking up to a mile over paved and packed dirt (sometimes uneven) terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll hear more about Native American Pueblos, then depart for a visit to Acoma Pueblo.

Lunch: Lunch at Yaak'a Cafe at Acoma Pueblo

Afternoon: Following lunch, we'll board a van for the trip to the top of the 400' mesa. A Native American guide and tribal member of the pueblo will take us through the old pueblo and will tell us about its residents, its history, and its traditions.

Return to the Sky City Cultural Center for a visit, then depart for return to the hotel in Albuquerque.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video: "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist"

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, October 08 - Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension/Lecture about Georg...
Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension/Lecture about Georgia O'Keeffe/Sandia Peak Tram

Note: Standing and walking over paved, unpaved, and grass terrain at Balloon Fiesta Park. Standing in tram car for up to 1/2 hour each way.

Breakfast: Pick up to-go breakfast at the hotel at 5:00 AM.

Morning: Bus departs for Balloon Fiesta Park at 5:30 AM. At Balloon Fiesta Park, we'll view one of the most beloved events, the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension.

We'll then visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, followed by return to the hotel.

Brunch: Brunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Time at leisure after brunch, followed by a lecture about Georgia O'Keeffe.

We'll then depart for the Sandia Peak aerial tramway, where we'll ride the tram to the top of Sandia Crest.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant from 6:00-7:30 PM

Evening: Bus returns to the hotel after dinner

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, 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, October 09 - Full-Day Trip to Santa Fe/State Capitol Visit/Gal...
Full-Day Trip to Santa Fe/State Capitol Visit/Galleries and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved terrain over course of the day; some standing at museums, the Capitol building, and galleries, but there are opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, we'll depart for full-day field trip to Santa Fe. On arrival, we'll visit the art collection at the New Mexico State Capitol, then visit the Gerald Peters Gallery and the Matteucci Fenn Gallery.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then have leisure time for independent explorations in the downtown Plaza area.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is on our own in the downtown Santa Fe area. Our group leader can offer dining suggestions.

Evening: Meet at designated location in downtown area and at 7:30 PM, board bus, and return to Albuquerque, with arrival at the hotel at approximately 8:45 PM.

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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, October 10 - Balloon Fiesta/Field Trip to Coronado State Histo...
Note: Standing and walking over paved, unpaved, and grass terrain at Balloon Fiesta Park. Standing and walking at Coronado

Breakfast: Pick up to-go breakfasts at the hotel

Morning: Bus departs at 5:45 AM for Balloon Fiesta Park. This morning's events include the Special Shape Rodeo.

We'll then depart for Coronado State Historic Site. In 1540, the Spanish explorer, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, wintered at a village on the west bank of the Rio Grande; the excavated ruins of this ancient Anasazi Pueblo have been preserved here.

Hundreds of rooms can be seen, and visitors can descend a ladder into the restored kiva, once the site of sacred rites. See unique multicolored murals in the monument's small archaeological museum.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Early dinner at the hotel and program closing

Evening: Bus departs for Balloon Fiesta Park. Tonight's events include the Special Shape Glowdeo and the AfterGlow Fireworks Show. The bus will depart from the Park after the Fireworks Show.

Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, October 11 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures after breakfast from the hotel.

Checkout time is by 11:00 AM.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

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, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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