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Program #12308RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000' above sea level.

Itinerary for May 18 — May 23, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 18 - Arrival, Check-In, Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe. Check into hotel any time after 3:00 pm, then register with program's group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 pm in designated area at the hotel.

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

Evening: Orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 19 - Santa Fe School of Cooking Class; Guided Walking ...
Santa Fe School of Cooking Class; Guided Walking Exploration; State Capitol Visit; Dinner at Selected Restaurant

Note: Walking a few blocks over paved terrain; standing at Cooking School; standing at State Capitol

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Historical overview of people of New Mexico; we'll learn what they ate and how they grew it.

Then, we'll walk to the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where we'll start our Southwest cooking adventure with a demonstration breakfast/brunch that combines the richness of local products and traditions: Chilaquiles with Chicken and Green Chile, Tomatillo Sauce, New Mexican Egg Frittata, Chile-glazed Bacon (to DIE for!), Piloncillo Baked Apples with Cajeta Sauce, and a Fruit Liquado.

Brunch: Brunch featuring the foods prepared at the Cooking School

Afternoon: Participate in a guided walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe, including a visit to the "Roundhouse," New Mexico's capitol building, which has a wonderful collection of art works representing some of the state's most famous artists.

There will then be some leisure time, followed by a class about New Mexico wines and wineries.

Dinner: If it seems like all you do is eat, you're right!

Dinner will be at a selected Santa Fe restaurant.

Evening: Evening at leisure after dinner

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 20 - Santa Fe Farmer's Market; Railyard Park; Lunch An...
Santa Fe Farmer's Market; Railyard Park; Lunch And Dinner On Your Own; Santa Fe School of Cooking's Hands-On "Chile Amor" Class

Note: Walking up to a few blocks at the Farmer's Market

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Walk to the Santa Fe's Farmers' Market at 8:30 AM.

Located in the new Santa Fe Railyard Park, the market features fresh greens and fruit in season, sprouts, herbs, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, teas, dried chile, original crafts, body care products and more.

With over 100 small growers participating, the Santa Fe Farmers' Market is the largest in New Mexico and one of the best known in the country.

We'll then free time for independent explorations of the Railyard Park and other parts of Guadalupe Street (galleries, shops, more).

Lunch: Lunch today is on our own. There are a number of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines within easy walking distance of the Railyard and the hotel.

Afternoon: Meet at the Santa Fe School of Cooking for their hands-on "Chile Amor" class.

This experience will delight those who are already familiar with New Mexico's official "state vegetable," and will "light the fires" for those yet uninitiated.

We'll hear about chile's unique culinary and medicinal qualities, learn the different varieties, don aprons and prepare red and green chile sauces and homemade tortillas to taste.

The rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner on our own

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 21 - Traditional New Mexican Foods Cooking Class; Wine...
Traditional New Mexican Foods Cooking Class; Winery Visit and Tasting; Visit to Local Farm; Dinner at Rancho de Chimayó

Note: Walk to the Cooking School; standing at the Cooking School and during the winery visit; walking over uneven dirt terrain at the farm

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Walk to the Santa Fe School of Cooking for a hands-on Traditional New Mexican foods cooking class.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Cooking School, dining on the foods prepared in class.

Afternoon: After lunch, our coach departs for a field trip to Estrella del Norte Vineyard, where there will be a wine tasting.

We'll then go to Santa Cruz Farm, where we'll learn about farming in the area, followed by a trip to Chimayó, New Mexico, a charming little town that retains many of its old-world traditions.

Dinner: Dine at historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurant.

This is one of northern New Mexico's oldest and best-loved dining spots.

Dinner will start with salsa and chips. Well have several entree choices and a dessert.

Evening: Return to the hotel in Santa Fe.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.

Contact info:
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton

Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror

Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool

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
Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 22 - Museum Visits; Free Afternoon; Dinner at Santacaf...
Note: Standing at the museums

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll go to Museum Hill for visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.

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.

Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Lunch: Lunch at a selected local restaurant

Afternoon: Bus returns to the hotel after lunch, followed by afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at the well-known contemporary restaurant, Santacafé, in the downtown area.

There will be a choice of several beautifully-prepared main courses, an appetizer or salad, and a specially selected dessert.

Evening: Return via bus to the hotel for program closing in a hotel meeting room.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, May 23 - Breakfast, Check-Out and Departure
Depart From: Check out of hotel no later than 12:00 PM. Departure any time after breakfast at the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:30 - 8:30 AM

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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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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