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Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Jul 6 — Jul 13, 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: Hotel's 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 06 - Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation and Introductio...
Arrive To: Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Registration with the program's Group Leader in designated area at the hotel between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

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

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

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, July 07 - Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo/Museum Hill Visits/Pre...
Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo/Museum Hill Visits/Presentation by Native American Award-winning Musician

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: Have luggage to bus and be on board bus no later than 8:30 AM. Bus departs for Acoma Pueblo at 8:30 AM.

On arrival at Acoma, we'll stop at the Cultural Center prior to exploring, with a Native American guide, the mesa-top where the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo is located.

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.

We'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.

On our walk through the ancient village, we'll see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents.

Lunch: Lunch at Y'aak'a Café at the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Afternoon: After lunch, the bus will depart for Santa Fe, where, on arrival, we'll go to Museum Hill to see the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art, 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 Museum of International Folk Art 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!

Bus departs for the hotel and check-in at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Evening: Lecture and performance from 7:30 - 8:30 PM, where we'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: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Southwestern decor, large full-service hotel, beautiful inner courtyard, gift shop

Contact info:
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
phone: 505-473-2800
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/safcy-courtyard-santa-fe

Room amenities: Dataports, refrigerators upon request, irons, ironing boards, in-room movies, Southwestern decor

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool, spa, exercise room, restaurant, lounge and laundry on premises, large and comfortable lobby area, accommodating staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, July 08 - Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe History/Field ...
Classes on New Mexico and Santa Fe History/Field Trip to Pecos/Walking Exploration of Santa Fe/Evening at Leisure

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: Morning classes on the history of New Mexico and Santa Fe, followed by a field trip to Pecos.

We'll explore beautiful Pecos National Historical Park, 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.

Lunch: Lunch at Frankie's in Pecos

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for the New Mexico state capitol building, known as "The Roundhouse, where we'll see the fine art collection there.

We'll then go by bus to the Santa Fe Plaza, where we'll have a guided walking exploration of noteworthy sites in the area.

The bus will return to the hotel at 5:15 PM. Those who wish may stay downtown, returning to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules available at hotel front desk).

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own. The group leader can offer dining suggestions for restaurants in the downtown area or near the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: The Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

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

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

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


Day Four: Wednesday, July 09 - 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 between 7:00 - 8:30 AM; hotel check-out no later than 8:30 AM.

Morning: Bus departs for Taos with stops along the way.

Our first stop will be at Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock.

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.

There will be a rest stop after leaving Santa Clara Pueblo.

Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in Taos from 12:15 - 1:30 PM

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll stop for a photo opportunity at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church. The exterior of the church has been depicted by countless painters and photographers, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

We'll then go on for a visit to the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.

Late afternoon check-in and leisure time at the Comfort Suites.

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

Evening: Evening at leisure or optional video

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown Taos; the historic Plaza is just a few miles away. Associated with the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center, the facility has pretty grounds and landscaping around it and lots of areas to explore.

Contact info:
1500 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571 USA
phone: 575-751-1555
web: www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-taos-new_mexico-NM017?amp;promo=gglocal

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

Facility amenities: Hotel offers banquet and meeting rooms, a convention center, use of the copy machine, interior corridors, outdoor heated pool, outdoor whirlpool/hot tub, free newspapers Monday-Friday, outdoor parking, a restaurant, and wireless Internet service. The hotel is 100% smoke-free.

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


Day Five: Thursday, July 10 - Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio...
Taos Pueblo (if open)/Millicent Rogers Museum/Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Blumenschein Home

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 from 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Morning: After breakfast, we'll pick up our boxed lunches and board the bus.

The bus departs at 8:30 AM for a trip to Taos Pueblo (if it's open to visitors--it closes for funerals, special pueblo meetings, etc., and we don't always know in advance).

After visiting the Pueblo, we will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum. 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: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for downtown Taos, where you'll meet your guide for a walking exploration. You'll then visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum. 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.

From 3:30 - 5:00 PM, we'll have some free time to explore the Plaza and Bent Street areas. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops in this area, as well as other museums, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.

At 5:00, we'll meet as a group at a designated location and depart for our dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Bus departs for the hotel, arriving by 7:30 PM. Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Comfort Suites

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: Hotel's 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 11 - Chimayó Visit/Travel to Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo...
Chimayó Visit/Travel to Albuquerque/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Old Town

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. Please have luggage out to the bus and be on board ready for departure by 8:15 AM.

Morning: Bus departs at 8:15 AM by way of the "High Road" for the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó. This Hispanic village is much as it has been over the last two hundred years. We'lltop to visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the 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.

We'll also visit a local weaver's gallery, where we'll see some beautiful Hispanic weavings. Hispanic weavings differ in both pattern and technique from those of Native Americans, and local families have been producing these kinds of textiles for centuries.

Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó

Afternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch.

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

Upon arrival, about 2:30 PM, we will 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.

After the visit, bus will depart for Old Town Albuquerque. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open to visitors, and there are many shops, galleries, and historic sites to explore.

At 5:15 PM, bus departs for our dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.

Bus departs at 6:30 PM for hotel and check-in.

Evening: Check into the hotel. From 7:30 - 9:30 PM, we'll show an optional video in a hotel meeting room.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

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: Hotel's 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 12 - Boca Negra Petroglyphs/Acoma Pueblo/Dinner and Cl...
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 and Pueblo.

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

Morning: After a brief 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 we listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, we'll speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.

Depart at 11:30 AM for lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Coronado State Historic Site, then return to the hotel for some leisure time before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight: Sunday, July 13 - Breakfast/Independent Departures
Depart From: Independent departures from the hotel.

Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

The hotel has a free shuttle to take you to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Checkout time is no later than 12:00 noon.

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.

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

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