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Program #11005RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 7, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel is very close to the Albuquerque Sunport and Interstate 25; however, one cannot hear planes arriving or departing from inside the hotel. The proximity to the Airport makes for a short trip for tired passengers; hotel has recently undergone a major remodel and is contemporary and pleasant to see.

Contact info:
2910 Yale Boulevard S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA
phone: 505-843-7000
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/contact.html?propertyID=3125

Room amenities: 100% non-smoking guest rooms; in-room movies, cable channels, coffee and tea maker, room service, refrigerator available at extra charge, flat-screen television, closed caption programming, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, pillowtop beds, down comforters, hypoallergenic pillows, bathrobes, accessible shower and/or bath, hairdryer, make-up/shaving mirror, bath amenities, turndown services, free newspaper, iron and ironing board, sprinklers in room, wake-up service, knock-light for hearing impaired, complimentary Internet service.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service available to and from the airport. The hotel offers a gift shop, free parking, 24-hour business center services, ATM, free Internet based printing service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, 100% non-smoking rooms and facilities, safe deposit boxes, Braille elevators, on-premises security, disability accessible facilities, laundry/valet service, ramp access, outdoor seasonal pool, complimentary fitness facility, golf course nearby, air-conditioned rooms and facilities.

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
Please call the hotel at 505-834-7000 well in advance to arrange for pre and post stays. Let them know that you'll be with the Road Scholar program and give them the program's start date; ask if you can stay in the same room during the program dates in Albuquerque.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Register with your program's Group Leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

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

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo/Travel to Santa Fe
Note: Walking up to one mile over paved and packed dirt terrain during course of the day

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel and hotel check-out no later than 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:00 until 10:15 AM, you'll have a class about the history of New Mexico. Have luggage to bus for loading no later than 10:15 AM. Bus departs for Acoma Pueblo at 10:30 AM.

Lunch: Lunch at Acoma's Yaak'a Cafe

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll visit the ancient pueblo with a Native American guide.

Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as A.D. 900. It is situated on top of a 376 foot high sandstone bluff. You'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or in the Pueblo itself. You'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during your field trip.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 2:30 PM, arriving at the hotel about 4:30 PM.

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

Evening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, where you'll hear music of the southwest, taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal. Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music as well as being a composer of some of his own. He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player, and your evening with him will be unlike any other evening of your life! He's a delightful presenter in every way.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - Pecos National Historical Park/Museum of Internat...
Pecos National Historical Park/Museum of International Folk Art/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/State Capitol Art Collection/Dinner on Your Own and Free Evening

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Standing up to 30 minutes at a time at museums, with opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 8:00 AM

Morning: From 8:00 - 9:00 AM, hear a lecture about the history of Santa Fe in hotel meeting room. Then depart for beautiful Pecos National Historic Monument, an example of late Anasazi pueblo ruins and Spanish colonization. The site, on ranch land (the Forked Lightning Ranch) owned by the late Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, was donated with the hope that the monument would be preserved for visitors. The museum/visitors' center features a film narrated by Ms. Garson. A mile-long, paved hiking trail circles the site which has remains of pueblo dwellings, kivas and a mission church, all located on remarkably beautiful land in the Pecos valley 30 miles northeast of Santa Fe.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 11:00 AM.

Lunch: Lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 at Museum Hill Cafe

Afternoon: After lunch you'll visit the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, both part of the State of New Mexico Museums 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 International Folk Art Museum features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. Both museums have great gift shops as well!

Depart at 2:15 for the State Capitol building to see its art collection.

Following the Capitol visit, the bus will take you to the Plaza area where you can explore on your own. You'll receive passes to visit the State of New Mexico museums there as you choose, or you can browse in the Plaza area.

The bus will depart from downtown at 5:30 PM to return to the hotel, or, if you wish, you may stay downtown for dinner on your own. You can get back to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules at front desk at hotel).

Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight. You may return to the hotel and dine at a restaurant close by if you wish, or remain in the downtown area where there are many fine restaurants.

Your group leader will have some suggestions for you, if you'd like restaurant recommendations. Return to the hotel after dinner on your own, via cab or city bus.

Evening: Free evening for more time in Santa Fe or rest and relaxation.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few minutes away. The facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 157-575-8222 x4
web: www.sagebrushinn.com

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, free local calls

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant and wireless Internet service. The rooms are decorated in southwestern decor

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - Santa Clara Pueblo/St. Francis de Asis Church/Mar...
Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing for up to thirty minutes at a time during site visits.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:30 AM; check out of hotel and bring luggage out to bus no later than 8:30 AM.

Morning: Bus departs at 8:45 AM for Taos, with a number of stops in between.

First, visit Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock at 9:30 AM. Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village. Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola should help fund additional tribal endeavors.

Bus departs for Taos at 10:30 AM. On arrival in Taos, there will be a brief stop at San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos.

Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos

Afternoon: This afternoon you'll visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Bus travels on to hotel for check-in at about 4:00 PM.

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

Evening: Optional video

Lodging: The Sagebrush Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few minutes away. The facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 157-575-8222 x4
web: www.sagebrushinn.com

Room amenities: Irons and ironing boards, cable/satellite TV, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, in-room air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, free local calls

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant and wireless Internet service. The rooms are decorated in southwestern decor

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Millicent Rogers Museum/B...
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Millicent Rogers Museum/Blumenschein Home/Taos Pueblo (if open)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for up to 30 minutes at a time (with some opportunities to sit) at museums and at Taos Pueblo.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Pick up boxed lunches. Bus departs at 8:30 AM for a trip to Taos Pueblo (if it's open to visitors--it's closed once in awhile for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc. and we seldom know more than a day in advance and sometimes not at all).

After the Pueblo, the bus will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum, scheduled for a 10:30 AM visit. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European Southwestern Art.

The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.

Lunch: You'll have a boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for the downtown area, where you'll meet your Taos step-on guide who will take you to see the WPA murals at the old county courthouse.

After the courthouse visit, you'll go to the Ernest Blumenschein Home.

This was the home of painter Ernest L. Blumenschein, a co-founder of the Taos Art Colony and one of the "Famous Seven." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

You'll then have some free time to explore Taos Plaza and nearby Bent Street.

Meet as a group at 5:15 PM and walk to a restaurant near the Plaza for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at Antonio's "A Taste of Mexico" from 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Evening: Bus departs for the hotel, arriving by 7:30 PM. Free evening for rest and relaxation.

Lodging: The Sagebrush Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel is very close to the Albuquerque Sunport and Interstate 25; however, one cannot hear planes arriving or departing from inside the hotel. The proximity to the Airport makes for a short trip for tired passengers; hotel has recently undergone a major remodel and is contemporary and pleasant to see.

Contact info:
2910 Yale Boulevard S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA
phone: 505-843-7000
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/contact.html?propertyID=3125

Room amenities: 100% non-smoking guest rooms; in-room movies, cable channels, coffee and tea maker, room service, refrigerator available at extra charge, flat-screen television, closed caption programming, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, pillowtop beds, down comforters, hypoallergenic pillows, bathrobes, accessible shower and/or bath, hairdryer, make-up/shaving mirror, bath amenities, turndown services, free newspaper, iron and ironing board, sprinklers in room, wake-up service, knock-light for hearing impaired, complimentary Internet service.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service available to and from the airport. The hotel offers a gift shop, free parking, 24-hour business center services, ATM, free Internet based printing service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, 100% non-smoking rooms and facilities, safe deposit boxes, Braille elevators, on-premises security, disability accessible facilities, laundry/valet service, ramp access, outdoor seasonal pool, complimentary fitness facility, golf course nearby, air-conditioned rooms and facilities.

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
Please call the hotel at 505-834-7000 well in advance to arrange for pre and post stays. Let them know that you'll be with the Road Scholar program and give them the program's start date; ask if you can stay in the same room during the program dates in Albuquerque.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Chimayó Visit/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó/Travel t...
Chimayó Visit/Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó/Travel to Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved or packed dirt terrain. Standing up to 1 hour at museums with opportunities to sit).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM and hotel check-out. Have luggage to bus for loading no later than 8:15 AM, please!

Morning: Bus departs at 8:30 AM for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó. This Hispanic village is much as it has been for the last two hundred years. Stop to visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the healing earth found inside. The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.

You'll also visit one of the shops in Chimayó to see some examples of the beautiful weavings, produced by families in Chimayó that have created these works of art for centuries.

Bus departs for lunch destination at 11:00 AM.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó

Afternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch.

You'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city as well as learning some interesting facts about its history.

Upon arrival in Albuquerque, at about 2:30 PM, you'll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Depart for the hotel at 4:30 PM.

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

Evening: Optional video from 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel is very close to the Albuquerque Sunport and Interstate 25; however, one cannot hear planes arriving or departing from inside the hotel. The proximity to the Airport makes for a short trip for tired passengers; hotel has recently undergone a major remodel and is contemporary and pleasant to see.

Contact info:
2910 Yale Boulevard S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA
phone: 505-843-7000
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/contact.html?propertyID=3125

Room amenities: 100% non-smoking guest rooms; in-room movies, cable channels, coffee and tea maker, room service, refrigerator available at extra charge, flat-screen television, closed caption programming, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, pillowtop beds, down comforters, hypoallergenic pillows, bathrobes, accessible shower and/or bath, hairdryer, make-up/shaving mirror, bath amenities, turndown services, free newspaper, iron and ironing board, sprinklers in room, wake-up service, knock-light for hearing impaired, complimentary Internet service.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service available to and from the airport. The hotel offers a gift shop, free parking, 24-hour business center services, ATM, free Internet based printing service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, 100% non-smoking rooms and facilities, safe deposit boxes, Braille elevators, on-premises security, disability accessible facilities, laundry/valet service, ramp access, outdoor seasonal pool, complimentary fitness facility, golf course nearby, air-conditioned rooms and facilities.

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
Please call the hotel at 505-834-7000 well in advance to arrange for pre and post stays. Let them know that you'll be with the Road Scholar program and give them the program's start date; ask if you can stay in the same room during the program dates in Albuquerque.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, October 05 - Boca Negra Petroglyphs/Old Town
Note: Walking up to two miles over paved or uneven packed dirt terrain over course of the day. Standing for 15-30 minutes at a time during guide lectures when visiting Petroglyphs

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: After a lecture about the history of Albuquerque from 8:15 - 9:15 AM, bus departs for Boca Negra Petroglyphs (ranger lecture at 10:00 AM). This area features a wide expanse of fragile, unique cultural resources that can never be replaced and are part of the National Park system. Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved or painted images into the boulders along the 17-mile long section known as the West Mesa. As you listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, you'll speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.

We'll depart at 11:30 AM for lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:15 PM for Albuquerque's Old Town. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open for you to visit, and you can explore Old Town with your group leader's guidance. You'll also visit the nearby Museum of Natural History.

Depart for the hotel at 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at the hotel, followed by a free evening - we'll be getting you up very early tomorrow morning to depart for Balloon Fiesta, so you might want to get some extra sleep tonight!

Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel is very close to the Albuquerque Sunport and Interstate 25; however, one cannot hear planes arriving or departing from inside the hotel. The proximity to the Airport makes for a short trip for tired passengers; hotel has recently undergone a major remodel and is contemporary and pleasant to see.

Contact info:
2910 Yale Boulevard S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA
phone: 505-843-7000
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/contact.html?propertyID=3125

Room amenities: 100% non-smoking guest rooms; in-room movies, cable channels, coffee and tea maker, room service, refrigerator available at extra charge, flat-screen television, closed caption programming, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, pillowtop beds, down comforters, hypoallergenic pillows, bathrobes, accessible shower and/or bath, hairdryer, make-up/shaving mirror, bath amenities, turndown services, free newspaper, iron and ironing board, sprinklers in room, wake-up service, knock-light for hearing impaired, complimentary Internet service.

Facility amenities: Hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service available to and from the airport. The hotel offers a gift shop, free parking, 24-hour business center services, ATM, free Internet based printing service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, 100% non-smoking rooms and facilities, safe deposit boxes, Braille elevators, on-premises security, disability accessible facilities, laundry/valet service, ramp access, outdoor seasonal pool, complimentary fitness facility, golf course nearby, air-conditioned rooms and facilities.

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
Please call the hotel at 505-834-7000 well in advance to arrange for pre and post stays. Let them know that you'll be with the Road Scholar program and give them the program's start date; ask if you can stay in the same room during the program dates in Albuquerque.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, October 06 - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Events
Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over unpaved, dirt terrain. Standing for up to two hours at a time at Balloon Field, although you can walk around as much as you like.

Breakfast: Breakfast is always a bit of a problem when going to Balloon Field early events, so we've found that the best thing we can do is have the hotel provide a cold boxed breakfast (muffin, juice, fruit - and maybe some coffee!) and when you get to Balloon Park, you're on your own. You can go to the Hospitality Tent and have some hot beverages and a donut if you want. There are also many vendors at the Park that sell all kinds of things for breakfast - including delicious New Mexican-style burritos and much more for you to choose from and purchase on your own.

Morning: Bus departs at 4:45 AM for Balloon Fiesta Park. Dawn Patrol will ascend at 5:45 AM to check the wind speed, and if all is well, there will be a 6:30 AM Morning Balloon Glow when the balloons fire up from ground level - as it's usually before dawn, this is a beautiful sight! At 7:00 AM, the first Mass Ascension of all balloons participating in the event will ascend (weather permitting) - and there are usually over 200 balloons going up during this part of the Fiesta. Other events take place during the morning and vary by year, and we'll include as many of those as possible.

Bus departs at 8:45 AM for the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloom Museum.

Return to the hotel following the balloon museum visit.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel at 11:30 AM

Afternoon: Since you had an early departure this morning and will be returning to Balloon Fiesta Park this evening, this afternoon is free for rest and relaxation.

Dinner: Dinner and a program closing at the hotel from 4:00 - 5:00 PM (we know it's early, but we have to depart at 5:00 PM for Balloon Fiesta Park). If you want more to eat later, you can find a variety of food vendors at the Park!

Evening: Bus departs for Balloon Park at 5:00 PM. The evening's activities will include the Night Magic Balloon Glow at 5:45 PM and the AfterGlow Fireworks Show at 8:00 PM. The bus will return to the hotel after the Fireworks Show, arriving at approximately 9:30 PM.

Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nine: Monday, October 07 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Hotel check out and Departure. Hotel check-out is no later than 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel between 7:00 - 9:00 AM

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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
Taos, NM
General OverviewWhile in Taos, you will have some time to explore the Plaza area and Bent Street area, where many galleries and shops are located.

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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22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
1 Performances

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