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Enchanting New Mexico: Intergenerational Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque

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Program #20168RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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Elevation Note
Elevations during this program range from 5,600' to 7'500' above sea level

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 28, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Registration, Program Orientation, Introductions ...
Note: Walking in and around hotel; elevators to all floors available

Arrive To: Arrive in Albuquerque.

Check into hotel between 3:00-5:30 PM.

Register with program's group leader between 4:00-5:30 PM.

Dinner: Hotel dining room

Evening: Program orientation, introductions in hotel meeting room

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, Los Cuates restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - "History of New Mexico" Presentation/Santa Fe/Gui...
"History of New Mexico" Presentation/Santa Fe/Guided Exploration of City/Jewelry Crafts Class

Note: Walking over even and uneven paved or packed dirt terrain up to two miles over course of day. Tent Rocks allows for a mile-long walk with quite a bit of incline; however, this will be done in the cool of the morning. Walking exploration of downtown Santa Fe - walking over uneven brick and paved terrain up to one mile including Capital building visit. There are places to sit down and rest in the Capital building.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room

Morning: PRESENTATION: "New Mexico's Wild and Wooly History" by instructor who makes the story of New Mexico interesting with lots of photos and surprises.

Hotel check out and one hour bus trip to Tent Rocks National Monument for a walk through this fascinating geological area prior to going on to Santa Fe.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed picnic lunch at Tent Rocks before going on to Santa Fe.

Afternoon: Bus travels to Santa Fe, about a 45-minute ride.

Upon arrival, there will be a walking exploration of historic downtown Santa Fe and the Railyard area, including the Plaza, St. Francis Catherdral and the Capitol Building, followed by a guided bus trip around the city.

This part of Santa Fe offers lots of park-like areas so young people can enjoy some time together, checking out things that interest them. They'll have their own guide for this afternoon's excursion.

Dinner: Enjoy an early dinner at Tomasita's Restaurant in the Railyard district.

This is one of Santa Fe locals' favorite places to eat; you'll be able to order from the menu, and there is a children's menu as well.

Evening: Check into hotel after dinner (about 6:15 PM).

At 7:00 PM there will be a hands-on jewelry crafts class taught by a Native American from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo who will offer young people and adults an opportunity to learn about traditional Native American crafts and to make something they can be proud to wear and use after the program ends.’

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is one and one-quarter mile from the historic downtown Plaza and within an easy walk of a large mall with drugstore and grocery store. There is a shuttle that travels back and forth to the downtown area from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Santa Fe with great views and many amenities and it is a non-smoking facility. It features Santa Fe-style decor and furnishings, and the staff is friendly and very accommodating.

Contact info:
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 888-740-3291
web: http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com

Room amenities: Rooms are furnished and decorated with comfortable Southwest-style. Amenities include premium television channels, climate control, air conditioning, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, daily housekeeping, clock radios and more.

Facility amenities: Non-smoking hotel, elevator, chapel/shrine, business center, fitness center/spa, outdoor seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, Los Cuates restaurant on premises, bar, garden, massage services, free Internet, 24-hour front desk, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - Hands-On Pottery Class, International Folk Art Mu...
Hands-On Pottery Class, International Folk Art Museum, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, dinner on your own

Note: Walking and standing at museums; walking up to one mile over the course of the day. Free time activities in afternoon and evening will allow you to adjust walking/standing to your own comfort level.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, Camilla Trujillo, an award-winning potter, will introduce the group to the world of southwestern pottery. She'll talk a bit about some of the different ways pottery is produced in this area, and then she'll do a hands-on pottery class, showing how pots can be shaped by hand.

Lunch: Bus departs at 11:15 AM for Museum Hill, where the group will have lunch at Museum Hill Cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch, you can visit the International Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The Folk Art Museum has a huge collection of folk art from around the world, displayed in charming vignettes. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture showcases pottery, both ancient and modern and has many displays that will appeal to young people as well as adults.

The bus will take participants to the downtown area at 3:30 PM for some free time. Your Culture Pass will enable you to visit the Palace of the Governors Museum, the New Mexico History Museum, or the Museum of Fine Arts if you wish, or you can explore on your own. Dinner is on your own tonight as well.

You'll be responsible for getting yourselves back to the hotel by taxi or city bus on you

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can make some suggestions based on your food preferences and whether or not you choose to stay downtown or return to the area around the hotel; there are restaurants in that part of town as well.

Evening: This is a free evening, but you may wish to spend it at the hotel - there is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and across the street, there's a large United Artists movie complex if you'd like to see a movie.

Lodging: The Lodge at Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The award winning Don Fernando de Taos is designed in classic Pueblo Indian adobe style, harmonious with the world-famous “Taos style.” The hotel offers 124 modern rooms. The hallways, restaurants and meeting rooms are a gallery of original artwork representing over 30 artists.

Contact info:
1005 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 505-758-4444
web: www.donfernandodetaos.com

Room amenities: Hair dryers, southwestern décor, irons and ironing boards, dataport phones, remote control cable television, AM/FM clock radios, coffee maker

Facility amenities: Pool and hot tub in an atrium-style enclosure enables use year 'round. Fernando’s Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A lounge is available with live entertainment Thursdays through Saturdays at 6:00 PM. Dry cleaning services and safe deposit box are available. “Forget Something Program” offers toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, razors, lotions, or shaving creams if you forget yours.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - Depart for Taos;Pecos National Historic Park, San...
Depart for Taos;Pecos National Historic Park, Santa Clara Pueblo and Puye Cliff Dwellings, Santa Clara Pueblo

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day. Pecos National Monument has a 3/4 mile walk over paved trail - you can take the bus to the trail's end if you don't want to walk. Puye Cliff Dwellings offers several trail walks over packed dirt terrain with some inclination gain; total walking distance approximately one mile. Short walking distance over packed dirt terrain at Santa Clara Pueblo with standing during pottery demo.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room and hotel check-out

Morning: Bus departs for Pecos National Historic Park. Pecos National Historical Park preserves more than 12,000 years of rich cultural history, including Pecos Pueblo and Spanish mission ruins, the ruts of the Santa Fe Trail, the Forked Lighting Ranch and the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass.

There is a wonderful visitors' center, narrated videos explaining the history of the area, a 3/4 mile long paved trail (we will have a ranger escort the group), and ruins sites. You may go down a ladder into a kiva ruin if you wish.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Frankie's Cafe in Pecos.

Afternoon: After lunch, bus will depart for Santa Clara Pueblo's Puye Cliff Dwellings.

Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. Puye Cliffs' inhabitants then moved into the Rio Grande River valley. They became the ancestors of today's Santa Clara people, who now live at Santa Clara Pueblo, 10 miles east of Puye. Puye Cliffs comprises two levels of cliff and cave dwellings cut into the cliff face, as well as dwellings on the mesa top. Over one mile long, the first level runs the length of the base of the mesa. The second level is about 2,100 feet long. Paths and stairways were cut in the face of the rock to connect the two levels and allow people to climb to the top of the mesa.

After seeing Puye, we'll go on to Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock's studio, where you'll learn about Santa Clara pottery.

The bus will depart for Taos about 4:00 PM.

Check in at the hotel about 5:45 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel tonight, from 6:30-7:30 PM.

Evening: Free evening after hotel check-in

Lodging: Don Fernando de Taos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The award winning Don Fernando de Taos is designed in classic Pueblo Indian adobe style, harmonious with the world-famous “Taos style.” The hotel offers 124 modern rooms. The hallways, restaurants and meeting rooms are a gallery of original artwork representing over 30 artists.

Contact info:
1005 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 505-758-4444
web: www.donfernandodetaos.com

Room amenities: Hair dryers, southwestern décor, irons and ironing boards, dataport phones, remote control cable television, AM/FM clock radios, coffee maker

Facility amenities: Pool and hot tub in an atrium-style enclosure enables use year 'round. Fernando’s Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A lounge is available with live entertainment Thursdays through Saturdays at 6:00 PM. Dry cleaning services and safe deposit box are available. “Forget Something Program” offers toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, razors, lotions, or shaving creams if you forget yours.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - Millicent Rogers Museum, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge,...
Millicent Rogers Museum, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Martinez Hacienda, Taos Pueblo

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved terrain and uneven, packed dirt terrain. There are places to sit everywhere except Taos Pueblo; that is a one-hour guided exploration of the Pueblo.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet-style at the hotel

Morning: From 8:30-9:30 AM, there will be a talk about some of the colorful characters that helped make Taos such an interesting place.

At 9:45 AM, the bus will depart for Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy outstanding historical collections of Native American jewelry, pottery- including the Maria Martinez Family Collection, contemporary paintings and weavings. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metalwork and sculpture, as well as, a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.

At 11:15 AM, bus will travel to the remarkable Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

The bridge was built in the cantilever truss style and is the second highest bridge of its construction in the country. 650 feet below it runs the Rio Grande. The scenery is spectacular!

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the picnic grounds at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Afternoon: At 1:00 PM, travel onward to the Martinez Hacienda, one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martinez, this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire.

At 2:45 PM, bus departs for Taos Pueblo.

Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

After the Pueblo visit, you'll have a little free time on Taos' downtown Plaza. At 4:45 PM, bus departs for hotel.

You'll have some time to clean up and get your feet up before dinner.

Bus departure for dinner destination will be at 6:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Trading Post Cafe.

A local favorite, the Trading Post will provide you with several entree choices; it's a relaxing and interesting place to dine.

Lodging: Don Fernando de Taos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, July 26 - San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, ...
San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque's Old Town

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved terrain and even packed dirt terrain Standing up to one hour at museums; places to sit down and rest in all museums and at Cultural Center.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Morning: Bus departs at 7:45 AM to San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is a church built between 1772 and 1816. It is located on the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, itself a historic district named Ranchos de Taos Plaza, about four miles southwest of the town of Taos, New Mexico.

Construction on the church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers; its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico. It is located a few miles south of Taos Pueblo and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States. It was the subject of four paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, and photographs by Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Georgia O'Keeffe described it as, "one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. It is also designated as a World Heritage church.

After visiting the church, the bus will proceed on the "High Road" to the little village of Chimayo. You'll visit El Santuario de Chimayo, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico" because of the healing ground that is found inside.

It's really a fascinating and beautifully simple little church; it is the site of many personal pilgrimages from all around the northern part of the state.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Sopaipilla Factory on the way back to Albuquerque.

Afternoon: The bus will continue on to Albuquerque, arriving there about 2:00 PM.

We'll stop for a visit at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

The museum is a 59,000-square foot facility designed to house creative and technological exhibits focused on a wide variety of ballooning experiences.

The exhibition space is 25,000 square feet. Long-term displays are located in the central corridor of the museum. Temporary exhibitions are mounted in four changing galleries. The museum also contains creative (hands-on) learning spaces and classrooms.

After the visit to the Museum, you'll continue on toe the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

This facility features a brief historical overview of the Pueblo world, and a contemporary exhibit featuring original artwork and craftsmanship of each of the 19 Pueblos of today.

Next, you'll travel to Albuquerque's Old Town.

Old Town today looks much like it did when it was built centuries ago. Its Pueblo-Spanish style architecture with flat-roofed buildings and soft contours of adobe mirror the Southwestern landscape. Long portals (porches) line the fronts of most buildings offering shade from the New Mexican sun. Bancos (benches) are often found built into the back walls of the portals, providing the perfect place for weary walkers to sit and watch the world go by.

For almost three centuries Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest. It is the Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose ancestors founded the town. There are many shops, restaurants and historical buildings to be enjoyed here.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Sweet Tomatoes on San Mateo from 6:00-7:30 PM. This restaurant offers lighter fare than you've been having the last several days; there are many choices of soups and salads as well as other things to eat.

Evening: Bus travels to MCM Elegante Hotel for check-in; there will be plenty of time for a swim and/or an optional video before retiring for the evening.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking.

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request.

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rate
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, July 27 - Petroglyph National Monument, Acoma Pueblo
Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over paved trails, packed dirt terrain. You may choose the trails you wish to explore at Petroglyph National Monument to accommodate your personal preference and physical condition.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room

Morning: From 8:30 - 9:15 AM, there will be a presentation in a hotel meeting room about Albuquerque and its interesting history.

At 9:30 AM, board bus and depart for a visit to Petroglyph National Monument at Boca Negra Canyon. You'll start off with a ranger lecture at 10:00 AM) and a chance to explore the visitors' center.

This area was once a hunting and gathering area for prehistoric Native Americans, who left a chronicle of their beliefs etched on the dark basalt boulders.

There are over 25,000 petroglyphs in the park. Those who wish may hike around some of the park; you may discover some more petroglyphs!

Lunch: Bus departs about 11:30 AM for the trip to Acoma Pueblo. You'll have lunch at 1:00 PM at the Pueblo's Yaak'a Cafe. You'll be able to enjoy traditional Acoma foods there, with several choices available.

Afternoon: Known as "Sky City," Acoma Pueblo is a walled adobe village perched high atop a sheer rock mesa 365 feet above the 6,600' valley floor, and is believed to have been inhabited at least since the 11th century - the longest continuously occupied community in the United States.

The Keresan-speaking pueblo boasts over 6,000 inhabitants, but only about 50 people reside year-round on the 70-acre mesa top.

You'll travel to the top in a pueblo bus to reach the mesa's summit. There's no running water or electricity in this village; a small reservoir collects rainwater for most purposes, but drinking water is transported up from below. Wood-hole ladders and mica windows are prevalent among the 300+ adobe structures.

A Native American guide will take you through the pueblo, giving you lots of information about its history and the people who lived there.

A photography permit is included in the admission fee paid by Road Scholar.

Bus returns to Albuquerque at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: From 6:00-7:30 PM, we'll have our last dinner together at the hotel, followed by closing comments.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Sunday, July 28 - Breakfast and hotel check-out; independent depart...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room between 7:00-9:00 AM.

Hotel check-out time is by 12:00 PM.

Independent departures anytime after breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast


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