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Christmas in Albuquerque

Program Number: 14369RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/21/2014 - 12/27/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,399.00 - 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; Low Fat; Low Salt    

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 as you create your own piece of folk art.
• Enjoy festive light displays at Albuquerque's annual "River of Lights" at the BioPark.



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 complimentary WiFi internet access, a full size, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and business center

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.
 
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:
Hotel check-in: Available after 3:00 PM on Day 1. You will be staying at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes with breakfast on Day 7. Hotel checkout is 12:00 Noon. 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. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
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
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 per person one way/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. Take exit 226B to merge onto I-40 West toward Gallup. Take exit 157A for Rio Grande Blvd. Turn left at Rio Grande Blvd NW. The HOTEL ALBUQUERQUE will be on the left.
  From South of Albuquerque to HOTEL ALBUQUERQUE From I-25, take exit 226A 226B 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 .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: Hotel Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, December 21)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

(If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.)

 Dinner: In the hotel's restaurant between 6:00 and 7:00 PM; order from a selected menu
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and roles and responsibilities.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture about the History of New Mexico and Albuquerque / Field Trip to Indian Pueblo Cultural Center / Field Trip to Old Town / Field Trip to See "River of Lights"
(Monday, December 22)

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.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel's restaurant; order from a selected menu
 Morning: This morning we'll learn about the history of New Mexico and Albuquerque. We'll then walk over to Old Town.

Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.

 Lunch: At a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our motor coach and depart for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
 Dinner: At a selected restaurant
 Evening: After dinner, our coach departs for the Albuquerque BioPark for 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, as well as live musical entertainment.

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

Day 3: Class about Southwestern Christmas Stories / Field Trip to National Hispanic Cultural Center / Field Trip to Albuquerque Museum / Wine Tasting and Hors D'oeuvres at Gruet Winery
(Tuesday, December 23)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking several blocks over course of the day over varied terrain; standing at museums.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll hear some Southwestern Christmas stories.

We'll then board our motor coach and go to to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Since their grand opening in 2000, the NHCC has staged over 50 art exhibitions and 500 programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. It provides venues for visitors to learn about Hispanic culture throughout the world.

 Lunch: At a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll go to the Albuquerque Museum near Old Town. Consisting of approximately 7,000 works of art, the Albuquerque Museum’s collection focuses on art of the American Southwest and its influences. The collection includes works by all of the region’s cultural groups and media from the Territorial period to the present.

The permanent collection exhibition called "Common Ground: Art in New Mexico" relates visual continuities and innovations in the southwest region from early Native American traditions, through the introduction of European aesthetics by colonial Spanish and Mexican settlers, to current diverse contemporary aesthetic paths and intellectual explorations. Highlights from the collection include Native American jewelry and ceramics; Hispanic religious and domestic folk arts; documentary sketches and paintings from Territorial-era exploration; masterworks from late 19th and early 20th century Taos and Santa Fe artists such as Ernest Blumenschein, John Sloan, and Georgia O’Keeffe; and contemporary reflections on land, landscape, and regional cultures by artists including Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Fritz Scholder, and Luis Tapia. An introduction to recent aesthetic innovation concludes this historical survey of regional art movements and traditions.

The Museum’s outdoor Sculpture Garden, accessible all year, featuring works by Glenna Goodacre, Allan Houser, Luis Jiménez, and Nora Naranjo Morse reflects a similar diversity of aesthetics in large scale metal, stone, and earthen works.

Current exhibitions include "Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance," "First American," and "Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts."

 Dinner: Wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres at Gruet Winery
 Evening: Return to the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Performance of Holiday Music / Free Afternoon / Field Trip To View Luminarias
(Wednesday, December 24)

Note: Getting on and off the bus



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll be treated to a performance of holiday music presented by "Music for All Seasons."

We'll depart for our lunch destination following the performance.

 Lunch: At a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy as you wish
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: This evening we'll participate in Albuquerque's "Luminaria Tour." We'll travel through a twinkling wonderland as the bus takes us around the city to areas that are decked out for the holidays.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field Trip to Jemez Pueblo / Holiday Luncheon / Free Afternoon
(Thursday, December 25)

Note: Getting on and off bus; standing for up to 3 hours at the Pueblo; walking up to several blocks over varied, possibly snowy or muddy terrain, at Pueblo



   
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Merry Christmas!

After breakfast, we'll board our motor coach and depart for Jemez Pueblo to see the Buffalo Dance.

Pueblo dances are both ceremonial and celebratory in nature, and it is a privilege to be allowed to attend. We ask that you observe quietly and respectfully during the dancing. (No photography allowed. Please see the "Web Links" section of the Information Packet for suggestions regarding etiquette during Pueblo visits.)

 Lunch: Holiday luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel for free time
 Dinner: At the hotel's restaurant; order from a selected menu
 Evening: Free evening or optional video
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: New Mexico Handcrafts Class / Field Trip to New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science / Class about New Mexico's Conversos and Crypto Jews / Field Trip to Shabbat Service at Congregation Albert
(Friday, December 26)

Note: Getting on and off bus; walking several blocks to and from museum; standing afor up to 2 hours during museum visit



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: This morning, we'll learn about some traditional New Mexican handcrafts as we create our own piece of folk art. (Materials provided.)
 Lunch: At the hotel
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll walk over to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The Museum's exhibits include "Time Tracks: A Walk Through Time," "Fossilworks," and the Naturalist Center.

We'll return to the hotel for a class about New Mexico's conversos and crypto Jews. During the Inquisition, when Spanish Jews were required to convert to Catholicism, many continued to practice their Jewish traditions in secret. A number of these arrived in the New World with the Spanish armies of conquest. Our class this afternoon will discuss the histories of these "crypto Jews" in New Mexico.

We'll then depart for Erev Shabbat service at Congregation Albert.
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast / Independent Departures
(Saturday, December 27)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel. This meal concludes our program.
 Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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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