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Program #12308RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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 Sep 10 — Sep 15, 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: Wednesday, September 10 - Arrival, Check-In, Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe. Check into hotel any time after 4:00 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 to 7:00 PM

Evening: Orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 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: Thursday, September 11 - 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 up to several blocks; standing at Cooking School and state capitol

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Historical overview of people of New Mexico - 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 brunch that combines the richness of local products and traditions.

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

Brunch: Brunch featuring the foods prepared at the Cooking School

Afternoon: Participate in a guided walking and bus 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.

Return to the hotel for a brief rest.

Dinner: If it seems like all we do is eat, that's right!

Dinner will be at a local favorite Santa Fe restaurant.

Evening: Bus returns to the hotel 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: Friday, September 12 - Santa Cruz Farm; Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó; Rest...
Note: Walking up to several blocks

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, our bus departs for Santa Cruz Farm. We'll walk around the farm and learn about farming in the area and about the Santa Fe Farmers' Market with Santa Cruz Farm owner, Don Bustos.

Much of Mr. Bustos' produce is used at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

The bus then departs for Chimayó, New Mexico, a charming little town that retains many of its old-world traditions.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó restaurant. Located in an old hacienda, the restaurant is very popular, serving up traditional New Mexican cuisine. Lunch will include salsa and chips to start, a choice of entrees (vegetarian available), and dessert.

Afternoon: Return to Santa Fe after lunch, followed by afternoon at leisure.

At 5:30, we'll meet in the hotel lobby and walk to the School of Cooking. From there, we'll go to four of Santa Fe's most prestigious dining destinations where we'll have tastings and meet chefs and owners.

Dinner: Dinner will consist of tastings at the various restaurants we'll be visiting.

Evening: Eveing at leisure after returning to the hotel

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 Four: Saturday, September 13 - Santa Fe Farmers' Market; Afternoon and Evening a...
Note: Walking up to several blocks at Farmers' Market

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Bus departs for a visit to Santa Fe's Farmers' Market.

Located in the Santa Fe Railyard Park, the market features fresh greens 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.

After visiting the Market, we'll have some free time to explore the Railyard Park and other parts of Guadalupe Street (galleries, shops, more) on our own.

Lunch: Lunch today is on our own

Afternoon: 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 Five: Sunday, September 14 - Cooking Class at Red Mesa Cuisine; Afternoon at L...
Cooking Class at Red Mesa Cuisine; Afternoon at Leisure; Dinner at Santacafé

Note: Standing during cooking class

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll go to Red Mesa Cuisine for a very special class with James Beard Award-winning chefs. Red Mesa is Santa Fe's only Native American owned catering company.

Lunch: Lunch at Red Mesa Cuisine

Afternoon: Bus returns to Santa Fe, followed by afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Tonight we'll have 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: Monday, September 15 - 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 buffet 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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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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