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Program #20684RJ
8 Days | 7 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
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Jun 25 — Jul 2, 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, June 25 - Arrival in Santa Fe; registration with program's ...
Arrival in Santa Fe; registration with program's group leaders; dinner and orientation

Note: Walking in hotel from registration area to rooms, dining room and meeting space

Arrive To: Arrive at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza between 3:00 and 6:00 PM for check-in. After checking in, go to Registration Table #1 - the group leader there will let you know where to pick up your personalized program packet.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hilton from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Evening: Welcoming remarks, special introductions, and general program orientation follows dinner.

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, June 26 - Introduction to NM History: Walking exploration o...
Introduction to NM History: Walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe; Visits to downtown state museums

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over uneven paved terrain; standing up to one hour

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Prepare to be enchanted by New Mexico as we offer two classes, one on the history of New Mexico and the other on Santa Fe and the Spaniards. Breaks will be included.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for a guided walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe. This will include the Historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral Basilica and other historic downtown locations as time permits.

We'll then have some time at leisure for independent explorations of the downtown area and state museums (the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Palace of the Governors Museum.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel

Evening: This evening we'll hear about the amazing geology and geography of northern New Mexico. It's a fascinating subject, and this class on northern New Mexico's geophysical history should add to our appreciation of the area's wild beauty.

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 Three: Friday, June 27 - Class and field trip featuring Los Alamos, NM and...
Class and field trip featuring Los Alamos, NM and the Bradbury Science Museum; Visit to Bandelier National Monument

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved and unpaved rocky terrain; standing up to two hours with very few opportunities to sit

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning begins with a class that will introduce us to the city of Los Alamos from the Manhattan Project to present day. The instructors have worked with the National Laboratory there.

We'll then depart for Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos. Bandelier, less than 15 miles south of Los Alamos, contains stunningly preserved ruins of the ancient cliff-dwelling ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture. Their culture flourished here between 1100 and 1550 A.D. On arrival, we'll stop at the Visitor Center, then explore some of the trails in Frijoles Canyon.

Lunch: Boxed lunches in the picnic area

Afternoon: After visiting Bandelier, we will depart for Los Alamos, where we'll have a bus excursion through town, then stop at the Bradbury Science Museum.

The Bradbury is dedicated to the history of the atomic bomb, and is absolutely fascinating, with many original documents and interesting remnants of that era.

Bus will depart for Santa Fe at 5:00 PM, arriving back at the hotel at approximately 6:00 PM.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure

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, June 28 - All-day field trip to Taos, NM
Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed dirt terrain over the course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll depart for a full-day trip to Taos. The first stop will be for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos (brief visit). The outside of this church is among the most painted and photographed churches in the country, and has been depicted in the works of Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. This adobe structure has very sculptured, curved walls. The play of light at different times of the day makes for uniquely different colorations and shadows.

We'll then continue on into Taos, disembark from the bus, and walk to the Ernest Blumenschein Museum.

Located on historic Ledoux Street in downtown Taos, the Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.

We'll then walk to the Taos Plaza area for lunch on our own and independent explorations of historic Bent Street.

Lunch: Lunch on our own at one of the many restaurants around the Taos Plaza

Afternoon: This afternoon our bus will take us to Taos Pueblo. (If the pueblo is open; it can close unexpectedly, with little to no advance notice.) The northernmost of New Mexico's pueblos, Taos has been home to the Tiwa tribes for more than 900 years. Over 100 people live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago - there is no electricity and no running water on the pueblo. The remaining 2,000 residents live in conventional homes on the pueblo's 95,000 acres. We'll have a Native American guide from Taos Pueblo walk us around the Pueblo and talk about its history and present-day presence.

After visiting the pueblo, we'll go to the Millicent Rogers Museum. This museum will give us a glimpse of some of the finest Southwestern arts and crafts anywhere.

Founded in 1953 by Millicent Rogers' family members after her death, the museum contains a magnificent array of jewelry, textiles, potteryy, kachina dolls, paintings, and basketry collected by the wealthy Taos emigre beginning in 1947. The scope of the museum expanded in the 1970s to include Anglo arts and crafts and Hispanic religious and secular pieces. The gift shop has a fine collection of superior regional art.

We'll continue on to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, located west of Taos. Spanning New Mexico's greatest river at 650 feet above the canyon floor, it's one of America's highest bridges.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected Taos restaurant

Evening: Bus returns to Santa Fe, arriving back at the hotel at approximately 9:00 pm.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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: Sunday, June 29 - Field trip to Santa Ana Pueblo for the San Pedro ...
Field trip to Santa Ana Pueblo for the San Pedro Feast Day celebrations; Lunch in Albuquerque; Evening presentation by a storyteller

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed terrain over course of the day; standing up to two hours at a time

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Field trip to Santa Ana Pueblo for their feast day celebration. The Santa Ana people believe they originated from a subterranean world to the north. Assisted by their mother, Lyatiko, they ascended through four worlds before emerging into this, the fifth world. They broke into different factions that spoke different languages. One group migrated to establish the historic Santa Ana village known as Tamaya in the 16th century

Among the most economically active of the 19 pueblos, Santa Ana has capitalized on its proximity to Albuquerque by developing a range of businesses, including world class tourism facilities.

Santa Ana has committed several million dollars to restore six miles of riverway that cut through its lands. A handful of Santa Ana women work in embroidery, jewelry, pottery, and the creation of ceremonial ribbon shirts and dresses. Perhaps the pueblo's best known artist is Art Menchengo, who works in watercolors, oil paints and various drawing media.

While most of the tribe does not live in the historic village of Tamaya, this ancient pueblo comes alive for ceremonial events.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant

Afternoon: Return to Santa Fe.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for independent explorations of downtown Santa Fe or relaxation at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: This evening we'll be entertained by Joe Hayes, professional storyteller and SFAOL (Santa Fe Always Online) contributor. Joe has performed in hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and parks. He tells folktales from many cultures, and among his favorites are the local cuentos, the Hispanic tales of New Mexico. A highlight of every summer in Santa Fe, for children and adults alike, are his storytelling sessions outside the tepee at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe.

In 1982, Mariposa Printing and Publishing company in Santa Fe presented 10 of these stories in "The Day It Snowed Tortillas." Now in its ninth printing, the book has become a regional favorite and has brought delight to readers throughout the country.

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 Six: Monday, June 30 - Morning classes about Georgia O'Keeffe and Southw...
Morning classes about Georgia O'Keeffe and Southwest ar; Field trip to Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Evening at leisure; Optional event: Music on the Plaza

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed terrain over course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: The city of Santa Fe has many huge attractions, and one of its claims to fame is the amazing art that has been created here over the centuries.

To prepare us for our afternoon visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, we'll have a class about Georgia O'Keeffe's time in New Mexico and the glorious art works she produced here. O'Keeffe is known all over the world for her haunting depictions of the shapes and colors of northern New Mexico. She first visited the state in 1917 and returned for extended visits from the 1920s through the 1940s.

After a break, we'll hear about Southwest art. From the traditional Hispanic and Native American art came much of the contemporary art we see in the city today; our instructor will talk about the rich heritage that artists in Santa Fe can draw from and how many have adapted traditional art forms and incorporated them into contemporary ideas. We will have an opportunity to see a lot of the more contemporary art as well as some of the traditional art while in Santa Fe and Taos.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch we willl visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Crafts and the Museum of International Folk Art, both part of the New Mexico state 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 Girardm displayed in charming scenarios. (Both museums have great gift shops as well!)

After these museum visits, we'll go to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum downtown. While not large, the O'Keeffe is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. The main exhibition on display this summer is "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures."

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner on our own

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax at the hotel, socialize, explore the city, or attend this evening's optional event: Music on the Plaza at the Santa Fe bandstand

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 Seven: Tuesday, July 01 - Presentation on New Mexico cuisine; Class on Sout...
Presentation on New Mexico cuisine; Class on Southwest literature; Visit to the Pablita Velarde Museum; Gala farewell dinner and special entertainment

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved or packed terrain over course of the day; standing up to one hour at a time

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll enjoy a presentation about New Mexico cuisine. Influenced not only by Mexico and Spain but by many other countries, the cuisine of Santa Fe has taken on a life of its own. Almost every restaurant in the city has some remarkably good and culturally interesting items on their menu. Variations on something one would think might be simple - like an enchilada or tamale - becomes something unusual, with great spices (not all are hot!) and some beautiful presentations. Cuisine is a really big deal in this city, and its 120 restaurants prove that over and over.

After a break, we'll hear about some of the best of Southwest literature in a class with one of our most popular instructors. We'll return home with a very long must-read list!

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll walk to the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts. Definitely a must-see for anyone interested in the history of authentic Native American art by Native female artists.

Born in 1918, award-winning artist Pablita Velarde paved the way for Native American women to have a career in the arts. The Museum continues the legacy and tradition by displaying the works of extraordinary Native American female artists.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure until 5:30 PM, when our bus will depart for the evening's very special adventure.

Dinner: Special dinner created just for our Road Scholar group; the menu and evening's entertainment will be a surprise!

Evening: After dinner, we'll move to a separate area for the evening's entertainment. Come prepared to have a really good time! Bus will depart for the hotel at the end of the entertainment event.

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Wednesday, July 02 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel from 6:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: Departure via shuttle buses as scheduled. Departure times and shuttle confirmation numbers are included in the welcome packet, and staff will be available to assist with departures.

Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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