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Program #20684RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 - Classes on New Mexico's history, Santa Fe history...
Classes on New Mexico's history, Santa Fe history, and New Mexico's Conversos and Crypto-Jews; Walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe; Time at leisure

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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Prepare to be enchanted by New Mexico as we offer three classes, two on the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe and the third on New Mexico's Conversos and Crypto-Jews. Breaks will be included.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for a walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe. This will include the Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral Basilica and other historic downtown sites 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: Dinner buffet 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. We'll also hear about local cuisine and farming in the area.

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, an...
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: Breakfast buffet 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. We'll see the Visitor Center and explore some of the trails in Frijoles Canyon.

Lunch: Boxed lunches at the Bandelier picnic area

Afternoon: In Los Alamos, we'll have a bus excursion through town with selected stops and visit 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.

Dinner: Dinner buffet 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: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll depart for a full-day trip to Taos. While there, we'll visit Taos Pueblo (if it is open; it sometimes closes unexpectedly or with little notice), the Millicent Rogers Museum, and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

We'll also stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos. 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.

There will be some time at leisure to eat lunch and to explore the Taos Plaza area on our own. Those who wish may visit the Ernest Blumenschein Museum at this time (we'll provide admission). 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.

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

Afternoon: Continue exploration of Taos

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Return to Santa Fe

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 buffet 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 after lunch.

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 class about Georgia O'Keeffe; Field trip ...
Morning class about Georgia O'Keeffe; 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 buffet 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 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.

We'll then depart on a field trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. 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."

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch we will 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 Girard displayed in charming scenarios. (Both museums have great gift shops as well!)

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 - Class on Southwest literature; Gala farewell dinn...
Class on Southwest literature; 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 buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning 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 a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Visit the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, followed by the rest of the afternoon at leisure

Dinner: Special dinner created just for our Road Scholar group; the menu 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: Breakfast buffet 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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