11009
New Mexico

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Get an insider’s perspective on Santa Fe and Taos alongside local artists, exploring the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, enjoying traditional music and learning about native cultures.
Program No. 11009RJ
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7 days
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1,499
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4.9 Average
Christine
(5)

This program provides a great balance of the history, art, crossroads of cultures, foods, and geography of the region. The accommodations at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza are first rate.

Helen
(5)

Great tour. Not to be missed.

Nancy
(5)

This was a fascinating look into the culture, cuisine and history of a visually stunning area of New Mexico. I experienced and learned so much about indigenous Indians, the Mexican experience, the influence of various cultures, and so much more. Thank you Road Scholar!

Barbara
(4)

I meant to add this to my trip evaluation. Our leader discussed tipping several times. This has not occurred on my 15 other trips. I like to tip the driver but do not want to be urged to tip otherwise. Of course we were told we did not have to but I think most everyone did. I did not. Barbara Cross

Darwin
(4)

If you have never been to the area, it is an informative and interesting experience. There were some organisational issues that, if fixed, could make the program a better experience. The bus sound system was unsatisfactory. A couple of the field trips could be better done or eliminated. The dinner at the home was truly outstanding. Overall a good trip but certainly could be made better with a bit of interest and organisation on the part of the provider. In this age of technology and information, the Hilton Hotel's internet system was unsatisfactory.

Linda
(5)

This was my second Road Scholar trip. I worried that this one could never be as great as the first, The English Lake District and the Borders. I shouldn't have worried. Our guide, Adrienne, was great - depth of knowledge, interest in the subject, friendly, and generally an interesting person. The hotel was attractive, manageable, pleasant with friendly staff. I also appreciated touches like free bottled water in the hotel (and also in the coaches.) Meals were varied and delicious. Dinner in the home of Lois was great - information-wise and food-wise - a real treat! Those coaches were sleek and attractive - seemed like new. 10 out of 10!

Shirley
(5)

Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale of Two Cities was a wonderful vacation for my husband and I. We enjoyed the lectures, including intro to a new area; having our days planned along with some free time to explore; the security of a group; wonderful meals. We will always attempt to schedule vacations with Road Scholar in the future.

Ann
(5)

I have wanted to go to Santa Fe and Taos for a long time. I am glad I waited as this Road Scholar trip is excellent. This is our second trip with Road Scholar. After our first last February I could not wait to take another. I would highly recommend this tour. The varied experiences on it are exceptional from art and culture to food. With the amazing experts on this tour we had the ultimate immersion into New Mexico’s past and present.

Karen
(5)

What a fabulous experience! I felt like I had stepped into another world. there was so much beauty everywhere I looked. I learned much and made new friends. I hope to return to New Mexico and learn more about this beautiful state.

Lyn
(5)

This trip is not to be missed!

Claire
(5)

An educational and interesting program with several unexpected and enjoyable surprises. There was diverse material and it is an area that invites additional exploration on one's own.

Twyla
(4)

"A Tale of Two Cities' was a rich exploration of the area and I learned so much about the history of place, the courage and diversity of the people, and the extreme beauty of New Mexico. I felt friended and welcomed by the leader and many of the individuals on the tour! ~ Twyla Olsen

Janice
(5)

On my first trip I was immediately convinced I'd go on another.

Erica
(5)

An enriching experience of non-Eurocentric history, art, music, museums, pottery, sculpture, weaving and cuisine. Our group leader and docents were outstanding. It's very worthwhile to read at least a few of the recommended books beforehand.

Nancy
(5)

Great diversity of learning experiences.

Margaret
(5)

It was a good first-time experience with a Road Scholar group. We were all approximately in a similar age group, we were from across the country, we all had had similar work-related experiences, and we were all interested in learning about something new!

Rita
(5)

You can use what I have already written.

Claudia
(5)

We had a very enjoyable and rewarding trip to Santa Fe and Taos Pueblo and Taos with Road Scholar. I highly recommend this program and organization.

Carol
(5)

This was a wonderful trip full of new things to see and experience. I felt as though I was dropped into a different culture and how have I missed it for so many years. The education given, foods eaten, lodging, and travel were all great. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something new.

William
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I found this trip was a little too crowded with scheduled activities, and would have preferred a little more "on your own" time. That said, most of the destinations were interesting. The one major exception was the wacky museum, which could have been in any city anywhere and was only "kinda sorta" fun in a childish sort of way. Our guide was fairly good - a bit flippant at times, but generally quite knowledgeable. She was a little too casual about shepherding the group at first, when about 8 or 10 of us were left behind at the designated meeting point as she took the rest to a restaurant, leaving at least 5, and maybe 10 minutes before the announced departure time. We had some words about this, and she was defensive rather than apologetic, which I thought was not a good attitude. However, I have to say she was more careful during the rest of the trip. On the bright side, the meal put on by Lois Ellen Frank and the Red Mesa group was totally wonderful, a real highlight. And I got the impression this might have been made possible by a personal connection between Ms Frank and our guide.

Aliza
(5)

The Santa Fe and Taos trip was fascinating. Had I traveled to Santa Fe on my own, I'd have shopped and gone to a few museums, eaten some southwestern food, and enjoyed it. But this trip went so much deeper. I learned so much about the Pueblo Indians, and particularly enjoyed Ron Roybal's Native American/Flamenco concert, Jerry Rightman's engaging and informative lecture and museum tour of Georgia O'Keefe's art (which is so much more than big flowers!), Dr Lois Frank's lecture on the intersection of culture and food of Native Americans and dinner at her home, our trip to Taos Pueblo, and so much more! A great week!

Barbara
(5)

We loved this trip! Marsha was fabulous and really helped us to bond as a group! She is bright and fun and helpful!! We visited beautiful places and learned so many new things! Each day held a variety of interesting experiences and we met many lovely people! Road Scholar has once again both met and exceeded our expectations!!

Dian
(5)

An exceptional and stimulating program!! Highly recommended!!

Penny
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Enjoyed my first trip to Santa Fe and Taos. The trip highlights for me were the docent talk by Jerry Rightman on Georgia O' Keefe followed by a visit to the GOK Museum, the visits to the Taos Pueblo, the School for Advanced Research and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. I also enjoyed the flute performance by Ronald Roybal and the dinner at Red Mesa Cuisine. The Meow Wolf Arts Complex was interesting, but the least favorite event. The Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza is centrally located in the historic downtown and had good amenities. Group leader Adrienne Prince was energetic, informative and attentive.

Lydia
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This is a fantastic trip! Well balance between activities and free time to explore. The lecture on Georgia O'Keeffe was outstanding. It helped appreciate her work at a different level. Our expect guide was truly a delight. He was funny , informative and great at suggestions. One of my favorite activities was the visit and dining at Red Mesa Cuisine. Delicious food, very gracious hosts and an eye opener on the benefits of chile. The chosen museums could not have been any better! At the suggestion of our guide, we went to the Government Building where there is an incredible collection of art. And yes, you can just walk in and meet the governor, if she is around. All the plan activities are fantastic and so engaging its difficult to pick a favorite. This is a trip worth taking.

Toni
(5)

Santa Fe and Taos were amazing cities to visit! The presentations by the group leader and the instructors, and the excursions, enriched my travel experience. Many unique activities would not be available to independent travelers, such as the gourmet Native American dinner in the chef's home, a talk by a fifth generation weaver at Centinela Traditional Arts, and a guided tour of the vaults of the School for Advanced Research. The group dined together at many wonderful restaurants. The program left me with a greater understanding of Southwest history and a deeper connection to Native American arts and culture.

Ann
(5)

A wonderful Learning Adventure which provides insights into Native American culture and Art, esp Georgia O Keeffe's life and work. Over 200 Art galleries in Santa Fe. Taos is beautiful and the drive from Santa Fe to Taos is so gorgeous. Feel like you can reach out and touch the white, puffy clouds.....

Cynthia
(5)

You are never too old for Meow Wolf!

Micki
(5)

The Santa Fe/Taos all women program was fun, very educational, and a grand setting to share with so many great women!

Patricia
(5)

Great Program. I will be traveling with Road Scholar again.

Sheila
(5)

Even if you are convinced renting a car and going by your own ebbs and flow, give one of these programs a try. This is especially true if you love the arts and art history. Then take what you learn, rent that car and go for it.

Marjorie
(5)

This was an excellent Road Scholar Signature City. Our group leader was most helpful and well prepared. We ate at various restaurants, and the food was very good. One evening was spent with a native American food anthropologist who is an excellent chef. She and her crew prepared authentic, classical food for us as she described her efforts to get her people to eat traditional, healthful food--a wonderful experience. This was one of the best Road Scholars we've been on. Park and Marj






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