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Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

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Program #11009RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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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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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here.

Itinerary for Apr 6 — Apr 12, 2015

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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: Monday, April 06 - Arrive in Santa Fe/Hotel Check-In/Introductions a...
Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM. Registration with group leader in designated area at the hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

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

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 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: Tuesday, April 07 - Morning Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe Histor...
Morning Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe History/Santa Fe Field Trip/New Mexico Museum of Art/Native American Music Presentation

Note: Walking up to several blocks; some standing at museums and other site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Classes this morning will be about the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe. We'll then depart for a walking exploration of the Santa Fe Plaza area.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the New Mexico Museum of Art, followed by some leisure time at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Special presentation by a Native American musician

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: Wednesday, April 08 - Classes on Literature of the Southwest and Georgi...
Classes on Literature of the Southwest and Georgia O'Keeffe/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Afternoon and Evening at Leisure

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll start off with a class about the literature of the Southwest. Our instructor will introduce us to many writers with whom we should become familiar.

We'll then hear about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe, who devoted much of her work to depicting this area.

Lunch: Lunch at the Blue Corn Café on Water Street

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. While the O'Keeffe Museum is not large, it is a primary destination for many who visit Santa Fe. Ms. O'Keeffe's paintings, as well as those of some other artists, are featured.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for independent explorations.

Dinner: Dinner is on our own tonight. the group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel and in the downtown area.

Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy Santa Fe nightlife or relax at the hotel

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 Four: Thursday, April 09 - Native American Art/State Capitol Art Collection/...
Native American Art/State Capitol Art Collection/Village of Chimayó/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó/Santa Clara Pueblo

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning, we'll learn about Native American art.

After class, we'll depart for a field trip to the state capitol building, where we'll see its art collection.

We'll then go to Pojoaque, where we'll visit the Poeh Museum, and continue on to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó, which remains much as it has for centuries.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó; housed in an old hacienda, the restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to El Santuario de Chimayó. Because many believe that the "holy dirt" inside the church possesses healing powers, it has been referred to as "The Lourdes of New Mexico," and numbers of the faithful make a pilgrimage to the Santuario on foot every Easter. We'll then visit a local weaving gallery. Many families in the area continue the tradition of Hispanic weaving, which is very different from that of Native Americans.

After departing from Chimayó, we'll travel to Santa Clara Pueblo for a visit to the home and pottery studio of Paul Speckled Rock. Santa Clara is known for its blackware pottery, and Mr. Speckled Rock is a master of his craft.

Our bus then departs for Santa Fe and returns to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video

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: Friday, April 10 - Full-Day Trip to Taos
Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Our bus departs for Taos after breakfast. Since Taos Pueblo is expected to be observing its "quiet time," we'll stop at San Ildefonso Pueblo on the way instead. We'll then continue on to Taos, where we'll visit the the Harwood Museum of Art, the Ernest Blumenschein Home, and San Francisco de Asís Mission Church. We'll also have a little free time to explore the historic Taos Plaza area.

Lunch: Lunch on our own

Afternoon: Continue exploring Taos sites, then return to Santa Fe.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Optional video

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: Saturday, April 11 - New Mexico Architecture/Museum of Indian Arts & C...
New Mexico Architecture/Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Museum of International Folk Art/Canyon Road

Note: Walking up to several blocks over paved and unpaved, sometimes uneven terrain; some standing at site visits

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, we'll hear about the architecture of northern New Mexico. We'll then go to Museum Hill and visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is one of the State of New Mexico museums, and features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from all over the United States. Most of the work is from the Southwest.

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 restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to Canyon Road. This charming area is home to a number of shops and galleries, and we'll have time to explore some of them this afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Lodging: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Sunday, April 12 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast



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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

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, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances

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