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Christmas in Albuquerque

Program Number: 14369RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/22/2013 - 12/28/2013; 12/21/2014 - 12/27/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Be a part of the diverse holiday traditions of multicultural Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city. See Old Town decorated for the holidays and attend the River of Lights Celebration at Albuquerque Bio Park. Learn about conversos and crypto-Jews and attend a local Temple service. Take a fun, hands-on traditional New Mexican handcrafts class and enjoy a New Mexico wine tasting. Attend traditional Christmas Day dances at Jemez Pueblo. Top it off with a Christmas dinner in one of our fine local restaurants!




Highlights

• Ride through twinkling decorated streets as you experience Albuquerque's annual Luminaria Tour.
• Learn about traditional New Mexican arts and crafts.
• Hear a local musical group play traditional and regional music while you sing along, drink Mexican hot chocolate and eat biscochitos, New Mexico's state cookie!



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven terrain. Standing for up to an hour.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Albuquerque

New Mexico's vast history, diversity, creativity, cuisine, beauty and art unite in this vibrant city, founded as a Spanish colonial outpost in 1706 and built in a traditional Spanish village configuration in which civic buildings surround a central plaza. “Old Town” is just one of New Mexico’s largest city’s many gems.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel with indoor pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Norma Libman

Norma Libman is an independent journalist whose byline has appeared in hundreds of articles in newspapers nationwide. She has degrees in education and literature from Northeastern Illinois University, and has taught writing, literature and humanities courses in Illinois and New Mexico. She is the author of “The Memoir Writing Workbook,” and leads workshops at writers’ conferences. Norma has been a presenter in many cities nationwide on the subject of Conversos and Crypto Jews in the southwest.
 
James Hammond

Jim Hammond has searched the world for the best wines for 40 years. Known as the Southwestern Wine Guy, Jim has been the wine columnist for the Albuquerque Journal since 2006. His book, "Wines of Enchantment, A Guide to Finding and Enjoying the Wines of New Mexico," is the first of a planned series. Jim’s first novel, "The Phoenix Society," is set in the wine country of Sonoma County, and he is working on a novel covering the Lincoln County Wars of New Mexico set in the late 1870s.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
  Albuquerque 6 nights
 Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, this hotel offers a unique location in the midst of historical landmarks, yet just off I-40 and I-25. The blend of historic distinction, luxury amenities and convenient location allows guests easy access to downtown attractions, restaurants, and more, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Old Town Plaza is just a quarter mile away from the hotel's front door. Luxuriously styled, the newly renovated accommodations offer a blend of authentic southwest art and furnishings and modern living.
  Contact info: 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-843-6300
web: www.hotelabq.com
  Room amenities: Rooms include electro-magnetic keys, cable/satellite TV, clock radios, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes, deluxe bedding, separate seating and dining areas, a desk, electronic check-out, housekeeping, in-room movies (extra charge), complimentary Internet access, iron/ironing boards, massage available in room upon request (extra charge), full bath with tub and hand-held shower, hair dryers, and many rooms have a private balcony.
  Facility amenities: Hotel has outdoor Olympic-size pool, Jacuzzi, poolside beverage service, culturally distinctive surroundings, beautiful Spanish hacienda style decor, fitness center, choice of three restaurants/bars, a wedding chapel, state-of-the-art business center, and much more.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: best seasonal rates apply Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rates apply Please make reservations for additional nights well in advance of the Road Scholar program in which you are enrolled, as the hotel is often fully booked. Please let the registration desk know that you are with a Road Scholar program, and give them the program's starting date. You can call the hotel at 505-843-6300.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into the hotel any time after 3:00 PM. Registration with the Road Scholar group leader from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. You will be staying at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town that night.
  End of Program:
Your breakfast on the program's final day is the last meal included in the program. Hotel check-out time is 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25 and I-40
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport
  From End of Program
  Location: Albuquerque
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albuquerque

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sunport Shuttle
phone: 505-883-4966
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 for first passenger/each additional person $5
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

From Hotel Albuquerque to the Albuquerque Sunport, you should make reservations in advance so you'll be assured of getting to the airport in time. Please call in advance to make your reservations for arrival/departure, or if you wish, you can call Sunport Shuttle after you arrive at the hotel to arrange in advance for your departure transportation.

 

Albuquerque

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 505-247-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $20 for first person; additional passengers will make rate vary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 5 miles

   

Taking a cab from Hotel Albuquerque to the train station is the most expedient way to travel to the train station from the hotel.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 505-247-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $20 for first person; additional passengers will make rate vary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 5 miles

   

Taking a cab to Hotel Albuquerque from the train station is the most expedient way to travel from the train station to the hotel.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sunport Shuttle
phone: 505-883-4966
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 for first passenger/each additional person $5
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 5 miles

   

Shuttle is located in airport's baggage claim area. Advanced reservations preferred, but if you do not make these, you can go right up to the kiosk and request shuttle service to the hotel. Cost is $15 per person, but if more than one person is traveling to the hotel at the same time, their rate is $5 per person.

 
Driving Directions
  From East of Albuquerque to Hotel Albuquerque Head West on I-40, take Exit 157A to Rio Grande Blvd. Turn left on Rio Grande Blvd and continue for 1/4 mile. The Hotel Albuquerque will be on the left.
  From North of Albuquerque to Hotel Albuquerque Take I-25 South for 2.2 miles. Take exit 26B to merge onto I-40 West toward Gallup, 2.3 miles. Take exit 157A for Rio Grande Blvd., 0.3 miles. Turn left at Rio Grande Blvd NW. The Hotel Albuquerque will be on the left.
  From South of Albuquerque to Hotel Albuquerque Merge onto I-25 via the ramp and continue for 3.5 miles. Take exit 226AB to merge onto I-40 West toward Gallup, and continue for another 2.5 miles. Take Exit 157A for Rio Grande Blvd., turn left onto Rio Grande Blvd. Continue for 1/4 mile. The Hotel Albuquerque will be on the left.
  From West of Albuquerque to Hotel Albuquerque Head East on I-40; take Exit 157A to Rio Grande Blvd. Turn right on Rio Grande Blvd. Continue for 1/4 mile. The Hotel Albuquerque will be on the left.
Elevation Note: We will be above 3,000' the entire program (5,300' in Albuquerque).

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive in Albuquerque/Orientation & introductions
(Sunday, December 22)

Note: Walking up to a block or two around hotel interior. Elevators available.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at the Hotel Albuquerque between 3:00 and 5:30 PM for hotel check-in.

Registration with Road Scholar group leader is from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes in hotel meeting room/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Guided bus exploration of Albuquerque/River of Lights
(Monday, December 23)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Standing at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center up to one hour. Walking up to one mile at River of Lights display.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Classes on the history of Albuquerque and New Mexico, followed by a walking exploration of Old Town
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Old Town
 Afternoon: After lunch, depart for a guided excursion through Albuquerque, stopping at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where you will see exhibits representing the pueblos of New Mexico.

Bus returns to the hotel at about 4:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: At 6:30 PM, bus departs for the Albuquerque BioPark, where the group can spend time at the annual River of Lights, New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.

There are many sculptures and displays designed and constructed by Albuquerque BioPark artists and craftsmen.

There will be live musical entertainment from a variety of local choirs. You can participate, if you wish, in holiday crafts programs, and purchase - if desired - hot food and beverages on site.

Bus will return to the hotel between 8:00 and 8:30 PM.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning festivities/Free afternoon/Luminaria Tour
(Tuesday, December 24)

Note: Walking up to three blocks over course of the day over paved, uneven terrain. Boarding and getting off bus (2-4 steps).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: From 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM, you'll celebrate the holidays with a performance by some local musicians. You can sing along if you wish as they play and sing traditional holiday carols.

Then enjoy Mexican hot chocolate and biscochitos (the official New Mexico state cookie).

After you've had some time to enjoy the refreshments, we'll give you recipes for some New Mexico traditional foods.

 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Free afternoon from 1:00-5:00 PM
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Take a magical ride to view the lovely luminaria displays throughout the city.

Enjoy this annual New Mexican tradition without worrying about parking, driving through snow or annoying trafifc delays.

You'll travel through a twinkling wonderland as the bus takes you to the Albuquerque Country Club area and other spots in the city decked out for the holidays. return to the hotel at about 9:00 PM.

You can spend the rest of the evening at the hotel, or walk over to Old Town. There, you'll see thousands of the luminarias, historically a Christian tradition, lighting the streets to guide Joseph and Mary to the stable in Bethlehem, as well as to guide people to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.

If you wish, you can attend Midnight Mass (which really starts at 11:00 PM) at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town. At midnight, the beautiful bells at the church ring in Christmas Day.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to Jemez Pueblo/Holiday luncheon
(Wednesday, December 25)

Note: Standing at the pueblo



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, you'll go to Jemez Pueblo to see the Buffalo dances.
 Lunch: Holiday luncheon at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel
 Dinner: Light "soup and salad" dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Optional video at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning classes on Pueblo and Southwestern Christmas stories and on New Mexico's conversos and "crypto Jews/National Hispanic Cultural Center/Albuquerque Museum of Art
(Thursday, December 26)

Note: Standing (with opportunities to sit) at National Hispanic Cultural Center and at the Museum of Art



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: From 8:30-11:00 AM, learn about some stories of the pueblos, some Southwestern Christmas stories, and New Mexico's conversos and "crypto Jews". There will be appropriate breaks.

Bus departs at 11:30 AM for lunch destination.

 Lunch: Lunch at La Fonda del Bosque restaurant at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from 11:45 AM until 1:00 PM
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum from 1:00 until 2:00 PM and see many very special exhibits about Hispanic life and history.

Bus departs for the hotel at 2:00 PM.

Return to the hotel and then depart for a visit to the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Classes on traditional New Mexican handcrafts and New Mexico wines/New Mexico Museum of Natural History/Evening field trip to service at Congregation /Albert
(Friday, December 27)

Note: Walking at hotel and to and from bus



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Hands-on class on traditional New Mexican handcrafts and folk art
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Depart after lunch for a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, then return to the hotel for a class about New Mexico's wines.

New Mexico has quite the reputation as a wine-producing state, and the wines are remarkably good and several have one some great prizes. You'll learn about the state's vineyards, why NM is a great place to produce these award-winning wines, and then you'll sample some of the best wines we have to offer.

 Dinner: Early dinner and program closing at the hotel from 4:30 to 5:30 PM
 Evening: Bus departs at 5:30 pm for a service at Congregation Albert, a Reformed Jewish congregation. They are always glad to have visitors, and even if you don't know much about the Jewish faith, you'll get a lot out of this service.

Bus returns to the hotel by about 7:30.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Saturday, December 28)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures from Hotel Albuquerque.

Checkout time is 12:00 noon.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room, served buffet style between 7:00 and 9:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Albuquerque in Our Time: 30 Voices, 300 Years


Author: Hughes, Debra


Description: Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city astride a great river, celebrated its tricentennial in 2006. This book pays homage to the city with a rich medley of narratives by its most colorful residents: well-loved town characters, writers, journalists, politicians, civic and business leaders who have helped shape Albuquerque's character and guided its growth.



Aunt Carmen's Book of Practical Saints


Author: Mora, Pat


Bless Me, Ultima


Author: Anaya, Rudolfo


Christmas in Old Santa Fe


Author: Pedro Ribera Ortega


Description: Delightful book about holiday customs in Santa Fe



Cooking With the Santa Fe Opera


Author: Santa Fe Opera Guild


Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors


Author: Reston, James Jr.


Forgotten Albuquerque, NM: Images of America


Author: Bannerman, Ty


Description: In 1706, Spanish colonists founded the Villa de Albuquerque on the banks of the Rio Grande. Three hundred years later, that once quiet farming community has grown to become Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. Using over 200 vintage images from public archives and individual collections, author Ty Bannerman explores the city's many guises over time, from its prehistory as a thriving province of the Pueblo peoples to its post-World-War-II population boom.



Hispanic American Literature: A Brief Introduction and Anthology


Author: Kanellos, Nicolas


Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor's Guide


Author: Daniel Gibson


Description: One of the best and most definitive books on the Pueblos along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Information about pueblo events including feast days and special dances included, as well as a page or two of information about the origination and history of each pueblo. An excellent book for anyone interested in New Mexico's pueblos and the people who keep the traditions alive.



Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women


Author: Allen, Paula Gunn


The House at Otowi Bridge


Author: Church, Peggy Pond


The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook


Author: Susan D. Curtis


Description: Contains some of the very best recipes from Santa Fe School of Cooking and features glorious photography.



The Wines of New Mexico


Author: Sandersier, Andy




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