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6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Santa Fe boasts more than 250 art galleries and a museum for every 4,000 residents. It is one of the most diverse and beautiful small cities in the world and is often called “The City Different.” On this exceptional and surprising Southwestern adventure, each program date will introduce you to a special event — cultural celebrations, varied dining experiences, themed field trips and more. Treat yourself to a discovery of this cultural oasis in the mountains and gain a historical perspective of the city, New Mexico and its people.


• Visit the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research to view pottery, weavings, paintings and baskets seldom seen by the general public.
• Enjoy a walking/driving exploration of the city, to include the historic Plaza and NM State Capitol Building's art collection.
• Dine at Santa Fe's well-known restaurants and enjoy world-class cuisine in unique and charming settings.

Program Notes

Each program date features a different theme or event. Please see Date Notes for details.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles per day over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for long periods at museums. Santa Fe elevation 7,000 feet.

Date Notes
This program includes a catered tailgate party at the Santa Fe Opera prior to the opening night performance of Donizetti's stunningly beautiful (and funny, too!) opera, "The Daughter of the Regiment." Program field trips include a special "Behind Adobe Walls" peek into private homes and gardens in Santa Fe and a hands-on cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.7/8/2015
This program attends Santa Fe's annual International Folk Art Market, one of the most colorful and beautifully organized events of the year. Hundreds of folk artists from all over the world exhibit their hand-made crafts: remarkable tapestries and weavings, silver and gold jewelry, colorful clothing, and many other unique and wonderful things. Attend the opening night party and the Saturday market.9/23/2015
This program includes Santa Fe's Wine & Chile Festival's Grand Tasting at Santa Fe Opera, with nationally known wineries pairing tastings with 80 or more of Santa Fe's finest restaurants. Field trips to the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Red Mesa Cuisine for a hands-on class by James Beard award-winning chefs, a Friday night Santa Fe gallery walk paired with wine and hors d'oeuvres tastings, the village of Chimayó and lunch at Rancho de Chimayó and more with many meals at local restaurants.9/30/2015
This program includes a trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to witness a Mass Ascension, a launch of all the participating balloons. Explore the field surrounded by colorful inflating balloons, then watch as they launch into the azure-blue skies above Albuquerque.10/28/2015
This program focuses on El Dia del Los Muertos. El Dia de los Muertos has been celebrated in Mexico for thousands of years. Like most modern holidays, it's roots can be traced back to indigenous observances. While the celebrations revolve around honoring loved ones who have passed, the main focus is the affirmation of life and love. Culture continually changes and evolves, so it is no surprise that the Day of the Dead has taken on a unique flavor here in northern New Mexico. In the last few decades, a vibrant and unique Dia de los Muertos artistic movement has begun to flower in Santa Fe. This rich soil of diversity has given Nuevo Mexico's Dia de los Muertos celebrations and iconography a special flair, all our own.11/24/2015
Enjoy Thanksgiving in Santa Fe! Santa Fe vibrates with a unique energy derived from its ancient history and current events, its multicultural population, its creative citizens and the influx of visitors coming to experience past and present life styles. Enjoy a city exploration, museum visits, historic churches, art galleries and pueblo ruins. Excursions and classroom activities are led by instructors specializing in area's history, people, art and artists, architecture, and archeology. Take a New Mexican cuisine class with a James Beard award-winning chef. Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with us at a fine restaurant as you gain a depth of experience and knowledge not often found by the casual visitor to Santa Fe.12/9/2015
Santa Fe has many unique holiday traditions which blend Spanish, Mexican and Native American culture with the more contemporary offerings. The early part of December is a great time to get a taste of Santa Fe holiday traditions. The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph's search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus – and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. Enjoy this along with the lovely farolitos which light the Plaza area every year. Experience a cooking class and learn how to create authentic New Mexican holiday dishes of your own!

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
2 Performances


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