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Albuquerque Hot Air Ballooning, Santa Fe Art and Native American Pueblos

Program Number: 15464RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/5/2014 - 10/11/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Festivals, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Turn your eyes skyward to New Mexico’s multi-colored tapestry of hot-air balloons at the region’s world-renowned hot-air balloon festival. Trace Native American life back hundreds of years and learn how puebloans have managed to hold onto their lands and traditions for centuries. And explore the lives and works of the many artists — Georgia O’Keefe among them — who have been influenced by Santa Fe’s Hispanic and Native American traditions. Enjoy an exceptional adventure that spotlights New Mexico, past and present.




Highlights

• Fifty miles outside of Albuquerque, experience historic Acoma Pueblo — known as “Sky City” — where several families still occupy homes atop a 365-foot sandstone mesa.
• On an early morning excursion to Balloon Fiesta Park, view the magnificent Morning Glow, and enjoy a visual feast at the beloved Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension.
• Explore a wealth of art on a day trip to Santa Fe, including that at the George O’Keefe Museum to see the largest collection in the world produced by the iconic American modernist.



Activity Particulars

Optional walking up to one mile over uneven terrain. Elevations of 7,000 feet.



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, heated pool, spa and exercise room.

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

Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.
 
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:
You may check in at hotel anytime after 3:00 PM. Register with your 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:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 7:00 & 9:00 AM; checkout by noon You will be staying at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the 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 per person one way/each additional person $5
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles from Hotel Albuquerque

   

Advanced reservations are needed for return shuttle to pick you up at Hotel Albuquerque and return you to the Albuquerque Sunport. Cost is $15 per person, but if more than one person is traveling to the airport at the same time, their rate is $5 per person.

 

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

 

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 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 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: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

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 between 3:00-5:30 PM/Registration with program group leader/Orientation and introductions
(Sunday, October 5)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at hotel anytime after 3:00 PM for hotel check-in.

Between 4:00 to 5:30 PM, you may register with your Road Scholar group leader at the hotel.

Please note that this is a preliminary itinerary only and is subject to change based upon local conditions.

Weather during Balloon Fiesta is unpredictable and some events may be canceled or delayed due to wind or rain.

 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 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: Presentations on Native American Pueblos, Hot-Air Ballooning, and Albuqerque History/Visit to Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Albuquerque Exploration
(Monday, October 6)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved terrain, standing at pueblo Cultural Center up to one hour



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room
 Morning: Class about Native American Pueblos. Bus then departs for overview of Albuquerque and visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Bus returns to the hotel after lunch for afternoon presentations on Hot-Air Ballooning and Albuquerque's History.
 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant
 Evening: From 7:00-8:00 PM in a hotel meeting room, you'll see a short video called "Daughters of the Anasazi."
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Classes about Native American Pueblos and Acoma Pueblo/Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo
(Tuesday, October 7)

Note: Walking up to a mile over paved and packed dirt (sometimes uneven) terrain



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning you'll have more classes about Native American Pueblos and about Acoma Pueblo. You'll then depart for a visit to Acoma Pueblo.
 Lunch: Lunch at Yaak'a Cafe at Acoma Pueblo
 Afternoon: Following lunch, you'll board a van for the trip to the top of the 400' mesa. A Native American guide and tribal member of the pueblo will take you through "Sky City," and will tell you about its residents, its history, and its traditions.

Return to the Cultural Center for a visit, then depart for return to the hotel in Albuquerque.

 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00-7:00 PM.
 Evening: From 7:00-8:00 PM, view a self-narrated video about the famous artist, Georgia O'Keeffe.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension/Sandia Peak Tramway/Free Time
(Wednesday, October 8)

Note: Standing and walking at Balloon Fiesta Park; riding/standing in enclosed tramway cars to top of Sandia Peak and back down



   
 Breakfast: Pick up to-go breakfast at the hotel at 5:00 AM.
 Morning: Bus departs for Balloon Fiesta Park at 5:30 AM. At Balloon Fiesta Park, view one of the most beloved events, the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension.

After the events, you'll go to the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway for a ride to the top of Sandia Peak. You'll get a wonderful view of the city and the surrounding area; your group leader can point out geological formations and other points of interest.

 Lunch: Lunch at selected restaurant
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in the afternoon, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. If you'd like to visit Old Town, we'll provide a ticket for you to visit the Natural History Museum there.

At 5:30 PM, our bus will depart from the hotel for your dinner destination.

 Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant from 6:00-7:30 PM
 Evening: Bus arrives back at the hotel by about 8:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Full Day Trip to Santa Fe/Art Class/State Capitol Visit/ Galleries and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
(Thursday, October 9)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved terrain over course of the day; some standing at museums, the Capitol building, and galleries, but there are opportunities to sit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Bus departs at 8:30 AM for full day field trip to Santa Fe. On arrival, you'll visit the art collection at the New Mexico State Capitol, then visit the Gerald Peters Gallery and teh Matteucci Fenn Gallery.
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a class about Santa Fe Art, followed by a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

You'll then have free time in the downtown Plaza area.

 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own this evening in the downtown Santa Fe area. Your group leader will provide suggestions as to where you might choose to dine.
 Evening: Meet at designated location in downtown area and at 7:00 PM, board bus and return to Albuquerque with arrival at the hotel at approximately 8:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Balloon Fiesta/Field Trips to Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and Coronado State Monument
(Friday, October 10)

Note: Standing and walking at Balloon Fiesta Park. Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over packed dirt and paved terrain; standing in Museum and at Monument



   
 Breakfast: Pick up to-go breakfasts at the hotel at 5:15 AM.
 Morning: Bus departs at 5:45 AM for Balloon Fiesta Park. This morning's events include the Special Shape Rodeo.

After the events, you'll visit AAA International Balloon Museum at the Park, where you'll see an amazing collection of ballooning history. The bus then returns to the hotel for a little free time before lunch.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel or at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: This afternoon you'll go to Coronado State Monument. In 1540, Spanish explorer, Coronado, wintered at a village on the west bank of the Rio Grande; the excavated ruins of this ancient Anasazi Pueblo have been preserved here.

Hundreds of rooms can be seen and you can descend a ladder into the restored kiva, once the site of sacred rites. See unique multicolored murals in the monument's small archaeological museum.

The bus then returns to the hotel for early dinner and program closing.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Bus departs at 5:00 PM for Balloon Fiesta Park. Tonight's events include the Special Shape Glowdeo and the AfterGlow Fireworks Show. The bus will depart from the Park after the Fireworks Show.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Saturday, October 11)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures after breakfast from the hotel.

Checkout time is by 11:00 AM.

 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in hotel dining room from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning - checkout time is 11:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Fe 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.

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.



Along Route 66


Author: Scott, Quinta


Anasazi: Ancient People of the Rock


Author: Muench, David and Pike, Donald G.


Ballooning: A History, 1782-1900


Author: S. L. Kotar & J. E. Gessler


Description: This book chronicles development and advances in hot air ballooning.



Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West


Author: William Manns, Elizabeth Clair Flood & Charlotte Berney


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.



Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life


Author: Robinson, Roxana


House Made of Dawn


Author: Momaday, N. Scott


Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900


Author: Jeremy Agnew


Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art


Author: Devon, Marjorie


Neon Pow Wow: New Native Voices of the Southwest


Author: Anna Lee Walters


New Mexico's Railroads: A Historical Survey


Author: Myrick, David F.


Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe


Author: Lisle, Laurie


Santa Fe and Taos: The Writer's Era 1916-1941


Author: Weigle, Marta & Fior, Kyle


Santa Fe, Its 400th Year: Exploring the Past, Defining the Future


Author: Dean, Rob


Description: This fresh presentation, 400 years after the Spanish founded Santa Fe in 1610, presents the full art of Santa Fe's story that sifts through its long, complex, thrilling history. It illuminates Santa Fe's enduring promise to cling to roots that are bottomless and to leap into a future that is boundless. Many illustrations, timelines, index, and detailed biographies.



The Essence of Santa Fe: From a Way of Life to a Style


Author: Hammett, Jerilou & Kingsley


The Journey of Coronado


Author: Casteneda, Pedro


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


Through the Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers


Author: Dunn, Carolyn, & Comfort, Carol


True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine


Author: Editors of True West




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