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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.


Enjoy a walking and driving exploration of the city, including the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral and Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country.
Marvel at Native American art, historical artifacts and the works of contemporary New Mexico artists while exploring collections housed on Museum Hill and inside the New Mexico State Capitol.
Taste the very best of Southwest cuisine at well-known Santa Fe restaurants 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
Includes lectures and field trips pertaining to Native American and Spanish influences in New Mexico. Attend Feast Day dances at Laguna Pueblo and visit Acoma Pueblo. Other field trips include a visit with a local artist in his studio and the vaults at the Indian Arts Research Center.6/28/2016
Includes catered tailgate party at Santa Fe Opera prior to opening-night performance of Puccini's “La Fanciulla del West.” Field trips include "Behind Adobe Walls" — a special peek into some of Santa Fe's beautiful private homes — and a cooking class at Red Mesa Cuisine.7/6/2016
Attend opening-night party and Saturday market at Santa Fe's annual International Folk Art Market.9/7/2016
Includes visit to Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio, as well as a Southwest cuisine cooking class. Field trips include the vaults at the Indian Arts Research Center and a hands-on folk art class taught by a local Santero.9/21/2016
Includes Santa Fe 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 include Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Red Mesa Cuisine for a hands-on class by a James Beard award-winning chef, 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, as well as meals at other local restaurants.10/28/2016
Includes Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, healing traditions of indigenous peoples, hands-on art class and exploration of haunted Santa Fe.

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You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips


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