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Program #20663RJ
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 over paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing for long periods at museums. Santa Fe elevation 7,000 feet. Classroom accessible only via short flight of stairs.

Date Notes
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 Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Red Mesa Catering for a hands-on class by James Beard award-winning chefs, a Friday night Santa Fe gallery walk paired with wine and hors d'ouvres tastings, the village of Chimayo and lunch at Rancho de Chimayo and more with many meals at local restaurants.2/18/2015
This program includes a wonderful annual Santa Fe event called the "Gaze and Graze Edible Art Adventure." Art galleries in the downtown area and on Canyon Road team up with local restaurants and offer special works of art accompanied by appropriate culinary creations; walk from one special exhibit to the next, eating fantastic food all the way. Also, attend “The Art of Home Tour,” where the beauty of Santa Fe’s unique on-the-market real estate is staged with amazing artwork from Santa Fe’s finest galleries.3/16/2015
This program attends a Native American feast day celebration at Old Laguna Pueblo. See special feast day dances, beautiful hand-made regalia, learn how traditions are passed from the older tribal members to young children. Also, we'll visit historic Acoma Pueblo, located on a 400-foot mesa near Laguna Pueblo.5/13/2015
This program focuses on the unique ecology and biodiversity of the area in and around Santa Fe. Field trips include visits to the Randall Davey Audubon Center, the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, the Leonora Curtin Wetlands and El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. There will also be a full day birding trip with an expert on the local bird population.6/30/2015
This program includes the opening night performance of Donizetti's magical and 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 increbile folk artists from all over the world exhibit their hand-made crafts; remarkable tapestries and weavings, silver and gold jewelry and other objects, rugs, clothing, and unique and wonderful things. Attend the opening night party and the Saturday market as well.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
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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