Registration with Road Scholar group leader is from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PMEvening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old TownMeals Included: Dinner
Bus returns to the hotel at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: At 6:30 PM, bus departs for the Albuquerque BioPark, where the group can spend time at the annual River of Lights, New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.
There are many sculptures and displays designed and constructed by Albuquerque BioPark artists and craftsmen.
There will be live musical entertainment from a variety of local choirs. You can participate, if you wish, in holiday crafts programs, and purchase - if desired - hot food and beverages on site.
Bus will return to the hotel between 8:00 and 8:30 PM.Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old TownMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Then enjoy Mexican hot chocolate and biscochitos (the official New Mexico state cookie).
After you've had some time to enjoy the refreshments, we'll give you recipes for some New Mexico traditional foods.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: Free afternoon from 1:00-5:00 PMDinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Take a magical ride to view the lovely luminaria displays throughout the city.
Enjoy this annual New Mexican tradition without worrying about parking, driving through snow or annoying trafifc delays.
You'll travel through a twinkling wonderland as the bus takes you to the Albuquerque Country Club area and other spots in the city decked out for the holidays. return to the hotel at about 9:00 PM.
You can spend the rest of the evening at the hotel, or walk over to Old Town. There, you'll see thousands of the luminarias, historically a Christian tradition, lighting the streets to guide Joseph and Mary to the stable in Bethlehem, as well as to guide people to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.
If you wish, you can attend Midnight Mass (which really starts at 11:00 PM) at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town. At midnight, the beautiful bells at the church ring in Christmas Day.Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old TownMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs at 11:30 AM for lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at La Fonda del Bosque restaurant at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from 11:45 AM until 1:00 PMAfternoon: After lunch, visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum from 1:00 until 2:00 PM and see many very special exhibits about Hispanic life and history.
Bus departs for the hotel at 2:00 PM.
Return to the hotel and then depart for a visit to the Albuquerque Museum of Art.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Free eveningLodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old TownMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
New Mexico has quite the reputation as a wine-producing state, and the wines are remarkably good and several have one some great prizes. You'll learn about the state's vineyards, why NM is a great place to produce these award-winning wines, and then you'll sample some of the best wines we have to offer.Dinner: Early dinner and program closing at the hotel from 4:30 to 5:30 PMEvening: Bus departs at 5:30 pm for a service at Congregation Albert, a Reformed Jewish congregation. They are always glad to have visitors, and even if you don't know much about the Jewish faith, you'll get a lot out of this service.
Bus returns to the hotel by about 7:30.Lodging: Hotel Albuquerque at Old TownMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Checkout time is 12:00 noon.Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room, served buffet style between 7:00 and 9:00 AM.Meals Included: Breakfast