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Santa Fe: The City Different

Program Number: 20663RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/16/2014 - 3/21/2014; 2/18/2015 - 2/23/2015; 3/16/2015 - 3/21/2015; 5/13/2015 - 5/18/2015; 6/30/2015 - 7/5/2015; 7/8/2015 - 7/13/2015; 9/9/2015 - 9/14/2015; 9/23/2015 - 9/28/2015; 9/30/2015 - 10/5/2015; 10/28/2015 - 11/2/2015; 11/24/2015 - 11/29/2015; 12/9/2015 - 12/14/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Signature Cities; Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

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.




Highlights

• 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.



Activity Particulars

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.



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




Date Specific Information

3-16-2014

This program's theme is Native American and Spanish influences in Santa Fe. Attend Laguna Pueblo's San Jose Feast Day and dances; visit Acoma Pueblo (Sky City), explore southwest writers, contemporary southwest cuisine, Native American and Spanish Colonial art in galleries and museums, and much more.



2-18-2015

This program includes a wonderful annual Santa Fe event, ARTfeast's "Winter Art of Living." We'll attend a festive evening reception at SITE Santa Fe with designer cocktails, heavy appetizers, music, and dancing. We'll also be treated to a fashion showcase featuring the creations of "Project Runway" runner-up Patricia Michaels. We'll 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 (designated as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International), 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 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.



9-9-2015

Participate in Santa Fe's annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. The Fiesta celebrates the entry of Don Diego de Vargas, a Spanish conquistador, into the city in 1690 as it was reclaimed from the Native Americans for Spain. Attend the Grand Baille and the Entrada Parade, complete with horses, Conquistadors in full armor, Spanish and Mexican monks and priests, and La Reina, Queen of Fiestas. See the remarkable Desfile de los Ninos, a morning parade filled with children and their very special pets, all dressed up for the occasion (dogs, cats, pigs, goats, ponies, bunnies), and the final parade of Fiestas, the Hysterical-Historical Parade with many floats and colorfully-dressed participants. Learn the history of the occasion and have a fantastic time doing it.



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 at a popular cooking school. 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!



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Full service hotel near historic downtown Plaza.

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

Allen Girdner is inquisitive by nature, having grown up the son of a history teacher. For 47 years, he has traveled throughout northern New Mexico for business and pleasure and is constantly on the lookout for anything he can learn about the Land of Enchantment. Allen was educated in New Mexico and with considerable experience working for the state, he has keen insight on the storied Main Street of America known as Route 66.
 
Ronald Roybal

Ronald Roybal is a professional musician who performs in the New Mexico area. A descendant of Spanish Colonial and Pueblo (Tewa) peoples, he has been nominated for four Native American Music Awards for his flute and Spanish guitar recordings. Ronald has been featured twice on NPR’s “Performance Today” program and has performed live at concert venues such as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival. He holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and psychology.
 
Judy Hasted

Descended from an influential northern New Mexico family with a local history dating back centuries, Judy Brito Hasted is a lifelong resident of Santa Fe who artfully recounts the many stories she has gathered about her heritage and the colorful characters that have played a part in it. In between collecting and cataloging historical documents from the region, Judy works as a school teacher and enjoys sharing her knowledge of Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven, one of her most intriguing relatives.
 
Alan Osborne

Alan Osborne, a native of Oklahoma, was educated at Oklahoma State University and completed his master’s in American Indian history and Spanish Colonial borderlands at the University of New Mexico. His other academic specialties include Mexican-American territorial history, and he is the cofounder of Southwest Seminars, a nonprofit organization offering public lecture series in American Indian culture and history; Hispanic culture and history; and Southwest archaeology, art and literature.
 
Sharon Franco

Sharon Franco holds a master’s in English literature from the University of Illinois, as well as a literary translator's diploma from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She teaches literature and writing at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Preparatory School, public speaking at Santa Fe Community College, and Spanish language and literature privately. She has translated books of fiction to and from Spanish. In Mexico, she was a translator of films, fiction and scholarly publications.
 
Mireya Cirici

Mireya Cirici is a superb painter and photographer with a bachelor’s in art history from the University of Barcelona in Spain and a master’s in cultural history from the University of California, San Diego, and studies in art and painting in La Sorbonne in Paris. A Santa Fe resident since 1995, Mireya has taught painting, art history and art appreciation in universities, museums and as an artist-in-residence. She is preparing a painting exhibit and photographic portrait of Santa Fe.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel St. Francis
  Santa Fe, NM 5 nights
 Hotel St. Francis
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Hotel St. Francis is an historic hotel located in the center of Santa Fe, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in close proximity to shops, galleries and restaurants. The Victorian-style hotel lobby boasts a remarkable bar that originally came from an old hotel in northern New Mexico -- it still has a few bullet holes from its Billy the Kid days – as well as enchanting Victorian decor.
  Contact info: 210 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 505-983-5700
web: www.hotelstfrancis.com
  Room amenities: Rooms decorated in period furnishings include individually controlled thermostats, refrigerators, personal safes, flat-screen cable television, hair dryers, and high-speed wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Tabla de Los Santos restaurant, Secreto Bar & Lounge, complimentary wireless internet access, fitness room, concierge services, business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD. Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBD. Contact the hotel reservations line directly to reserve additional nights at (505) 992-5855 or 1-800-529-5700 and tell them you will be with the Road Scholar group staying there on (your program date.)
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Registration with Road Scholar group leader from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Hotel St. Francis that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by 11:00 AM You will be staying at Hotel St. Francis the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
There is parking at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program. There is no fee for parking in the hotel parking lot.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe, NM
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Airport (very small; commuter service from Denver only)
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe, NM
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albuquerque, NM

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

From Albuquerque Airport (Sunport) to Santa Fe - Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, at which hotel you'll need to be dropped off in Santa Fe and when you'll be returning to Albuquerque. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 

Santa Fe

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, when you'll be returning to Albuquerque. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 

Santa Fe, NM

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roadrunner Shuttle
phone: 505-424-3367
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price varies by distance shuttle travels from airport to selected hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 - 30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 - 7 miles

   

Santa Fe has a small regional airport with limited commuter flights in and out daily. If you choose to fly out of the Santa Fe Airport, you will need to get a taxi or Road Runner Shuttle to take you from your hotel to the airport..

 

Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roadrunner Shuttle
phone: 505-424-3367
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price depends on hotel you where you are going to be transported - request price when you call
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 - 30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 - 7 miles

   

Santa Fe has a small regional airport with limited commuter flights in and out daily. If you choose to fly into the Santa Fe Airport, you will need to get a taxi or Road Runner Shuttle to take you to your hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque, NM or Denver, CO From Albuquerque or from Denver/Las Vegas (NM!), take I-25 north or south to Santa Fe. Exit 282 (St. Francis Drive / also US285 & 84 North: Directional signs will say Espanola, Taos, for instance) to Alameda Street, approximately four miles. Turn right on West Alameda Street and proceed approximately one mile until you come to Don Gaspar Avenue. Turn left on Don Gaspar Avenue. Hotel St. Francis is the second building on the left, 210 Don Gaspar Avenue. Hotel Guest Parking is adjacent to the hotel. The mileage from the Albuquerque SUNPORT to the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe is about 69 miles and the driving time is approximately 75 minutes.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at 7,000'. If you have breathing difficulties, check with physician before coming here

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 Santa Fe, Introductions, Orientation
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00 PM.

Registration with group leader in hotel lobby between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 until 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historical overview of New Mexico and Pueblo Indians; Santa Fe exploration; New Mexico Museum of History
(Monday, March 17)

Note: Walking up to two miles over course of the day on paved and packed dirt terrain; standing up to one hour at a time



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, we'll have a class providing a historical overview of New Mexico, followed by a class about the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico. We'll hear about how they survived in the past and how they live now, as well as how they are different from many other Native American tribes in the Southwest.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Our field trip this afternoon will include an exploration of the historic downtown Plaza area as well as some other Santa Fe sites, including a visit to the New Mexico State Capitol building where we'll see the great art collection there, representing many of the finest artists in the Southwest. We'll then go to the New Mexico Museum of History and the Palace of the Governors, where we'll see first-hand the many transitions and changes that have taken place in the state over the years, learn about some of the amazing people that were involved in these changes, and gain a whole new perspective about the American Southwest.

Return to the hotel at 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Walk a few blocks to the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, where we'll dine from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
 Evening: Return to the hotel after dinner.

We'll show the video, "Surviving Columbus," in one of the hotel meeting roomss

   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Indian Arts Research Center at School for Advanced Research/Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
(Tuesday, March 18)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day; standing in museums for up to an hour at a time, although there may be some opportunities to sit



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning begins with presentations on Native American and Hispanic Art of northern New Mexico.

The Hispanic art class will show us how much glorious folk art is produced in the state; many artists hold with these family traditions, and become masters at their craft, following age-old ways.

 Lunch: Lunch today will be at Blue Corn Café, a local favorite. We'll order from a limited menu.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our bus and go on a field trip to the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Reserch and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

The Museum is housed in a renovated and expanded building designed in 1930 by John Gaw Meem, a leading figure in the development of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial/Pueblo Revival architecture. Originally used as the residence of the Laboratory of Anthropology’s director, the building features a multitude of handmade, historically accurate appointments, which range from the ironwork on the doors to the carved decoration of the ceiling beams. The Museum is the only Meem building in Santa Fe that has retained its original integrity.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Old Laguna Pueblo Feast Day Dances/Visit to Acoma Pueblo
(Wednesday, March 19)

Note: Walking over uneven packed dirt (possibly muddy if it has rained recently) terrain up to two miles during day; standing for an hour or more at Feast Day Dances



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: At 8:30 AM, our bus leaves for a field trip to Old Laguna Pueblo for the feast day dances, arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. The Laguna dances feature harvest and other dances.

Laguna has one of the largest land reserves of all the pueblos, and is the youngest, having been founded in 1699. Most visitors see only a fraction of its terrain, but may notice the ancient-looking adobe village of Old Laguna capped by the white San Jose Mission. The main village, Old Laguna, and the smaller villages of Paraje, Paguate, Mesita, Encinal and Seama are home to a number of artists and craftspeople.

Oral history and archeology reveal that the area in and around Laguna was occupied off and on for thousands of years by various Indian peoples. In the 1880s, the Santa Fe Railway extended its tracks across the reservation, thus bringing changes to the previously isolated reservation. In 1926, U.S. Route 66 reached the Rio San Jose Valley, and introducing a new generation of tourists to Pueblo culture.

After the dances at Laguna, we'll go to Acoma Pueblo, just a short distance from Laguna.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Y'aak'a Café at Acoma
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to the top of the 400' mesa via Pueblo transportation. We'll walk through the old village with a Native American guide, then spend some time at the lovely Cultural Center and the museum there.

We'll depart from Acoma at 4:00 PM.

 Dinner: We'll stop for dinner at a selected restaurant in the Albuquerque area at about 5:30, then continue on to Santa Fe at approximately 7:00 PM.
 Evening: We should arrive at the hotel in Santa Fe at about 8:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Contemporary Southwest Cuisine and Southwest Writers Classes/Dinner at La Casa Sena Cantina
(Thursday, March 20)

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. You may wish to walk more, as there will be several hours of free time in the afternoon



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 9:00 AM
 Morning: This morning there will be a class about contemporary Southwest cuisine. We'll learn about the many different kinds of chile and spices used, taste some great salsas, and explore some experimental things that can be added to our own everyday cuisine that will bring Southwest flavor to just about anything we'd like to make a bit more exciting.

After a short break, we'll be introduced to some magnificent Southwest authors who have made this area come alive in their literature.

 Lunch: Lunch on our own
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. There are a number of museums near the hotel; the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is but a short walk away, and there are many, many wonderful galleries to explore.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 to wak as a group to our dinner destination.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at the well-known contemporary restaurant, La Casa Sena. We'll dine in the Cantina, home of the famous Cantina Singers. There will be a choice of several beautifully prepared main courses, an appetizer or salad, and a specially selected dessert, all the while being serenaded by some terrific Broadway music provided by exciting, talented singers and musicians.
 Evening: After dinner and entertainment, we'll return to the hotel for the program closing in a hotel meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel St. Francis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and Departure. Hotel check-out no later than 11:00 AM
(Friday, March 21)
   
 Depart From: Hotel check-out time is 11:00 AM. Departure from Santa Fe.
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room from 7:00 to 9:00 AM
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Fe, NM General Overview
Museums 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
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.


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