Getting on/off motorcoach; walking over packed dirt, grass, and paved terrain up to one mile at Balloon Fiesta Park; standing for up to one hour at balloon museum; standing and walking for up to two hours at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Traditional New Mexican breakfast on the Chasers' Club outdoor patio.
5:00 a.m. departure for Balloon Fiesta Park. This morning's session is scheduled to include a Mass Ascension. During Mass Ascensions all participating balloons launch in two waves as directed by "zebras," launch coordinators recognizable by their striped black-and-white shirts. Due to the large number of people in attendance and the size of the Park (crowds can exceed 100,000 people, and the launch field is 78 acres, the equivalent of 54 football fields put together), it's impractical to view the events as a group; participants will be free to enjoy the launches and explore the field on their own. We'll meet the coach at a predetermined location after the balloon launch and depart for the hotel.
Buffet lunch at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center includes a selection of entrées, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Operated by the nineteen Pueblos of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, highlighting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people. Our self-guided visit will introduce us to New Mexico's many different Pueblos as we view the Pueblo-curated exhibits on the lower level. Return to the hotel for some time at leisure before returning to Balloon Fiesta Park.
A buffet dinner will be served at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. After dinner, we'll enjoy some free time to explore the museum. The Museum showcases a large collection of balloons and related aerial artifacts tracing the history and science of hot-air and gas ballooning.
The Balloon Glow is a special moment at dusk when tethered balloons ignite their burners and inflate without launching, glowing from within in a display of rich colors. Afterward, the AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show lights up the sky with a spectacular display that brings the evening to a perfect close. Return to the hotel after the show.