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ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Highlights of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Program #10427RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
We will be above 3,000' the entire program (5,300' in Albuquerque).

Itinerary for Oct 3 — Oct 6, 2014

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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: Friday, October 03 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Check in at the hotel any time after 3:00 PM; registration with program's group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

There may be some delays in room readiness as the hotel is usually full during Balloon Fiesta.

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

Evening: From 7:00-8:30 PM, we'll have a program orientation and introductions, plus a short video about the Balloon Fiesta

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: 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 Two: Saturday, October 04 - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Events/N...
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Events/National Hispanic Cultural Center

Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven packed dirt, grass, and paved terrain, and standing up to two hours at Balloon Park. While there is some limited seating at the Park, you may want to bring a cane/chair or small folding stool if you have difficulty standing for long periods, Standing and walking at the NHCC.

Breakfast: To-go snack breakfast from the hotel

Morning: Early morning departure (5:30 AM) for Balloon Fiesta Park for opening day events; this morning's scheduled session includes the Morning Glow, in which static balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time, and the Mass Ascension, a launch of all participating balloons.

After viewing the Mass Ascension, we'll return to the hotel for some leisure time prior to departing for our lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the art museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

We'll then return to the hotel, where an expert will talk to us about hot-air ballooning.

At 5:00 PM, the bus will depart for Balloon Fiesta Park.

Dinner: Dinner will be "on our own" at Balloon Fiesta Park. There will be a number of vendors selling a variety of foods at the Park.

Evening: As soon as it begins to get dark, all the balloons will inflate in the darkness for the Twilight Twinkle Glow, followed by the AfterGlow Fireworks Show.

Bus will depart for the hotel after the fireworks show.

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 Three: Sunday, October 05 - Balloon Park Events/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center...
Note: Standing up to two hours and walking over packed dirt, grass, and paved terrain up to one mile at Balloon Fiesta Park; standing at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center up to one hour.

Breakfast: To-go snack breakfast from hotel

Morning: Early morning departure for Balloon Fiesta Park. Following the Mass Ascension, we'll visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum then return to the hotel for some leisure time.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, followed by a visit to Albuquerque's historic Old Town.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Program closing

Lodging: MCM Elegante Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Monday, October 06 - Breakfast and Departure
Depart From: Independent departures.

Hotel offers free shuttle service to Albuquerque International Sunport.

Checkout time is 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Breakfast this morning will be the last meal provided during this program.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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3 nights of accommodations
7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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