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New Mexico

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Santa Fe Art and Culture

See hot-air balloons decorate the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, learn about the history of the Pueblo Indians and discover Santa Fe.
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Program No. 15464RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,499
Special Offer
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New Mexico

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Santa Fe Art and Culture

See hot-air balloons decorate the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, learn about the history of the Pueblo Indians and discover Santa Fe.
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 15464 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 to take $200 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

On this departure, Balloon Ride will be included for all participants.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2021
Starting at
3,149
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2020 to take $200 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

On this departure, Balloon Ride will be included for all participants.

At a Glance

Turn your eyes skyward to New Mexico’s multi-colored tapestry of hot-air balloons at the region’s world-renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Trace Native American life back hundreds of years and learn how Puebloans have managed to retain their lands and traditions for centuries. Enjoy a one of a kind experience learning about New Mexico and the world's premier ballooning event.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over varied terrain. Standing for up to three hours. Elevations of 5,300-7,000 feet.Those going on the balloon ride must be able to climb into/out of the basket which are approximately 4 feet tall. Some days will include very early departure times for the mass accessions at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Balloon Fiesta Park where you will experience beautiful balloons up close -- from set up and inflation, to flight.
  • Enjoy a full day in Santa Fe experiencing its abundant culture and learn about the area's Native American and Spanish history.
  • Learn about the history and science behind hot air ballooning from a local pilot and expert.

General Notes

Balloon Ride at added cost. Max of 160 participants, divided into four groups of 40 for some activities. Please note: Balloon ride participants will not be able to accompany non-balloon ride participants on the morning of this event.
Featured Expert
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Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher has been an FAA certified commercial hot air balloon pilot for 22 years and can usually be seen flying in and around the state of New Mexico. He has flown in the Balloon Fiesta for the last 22 years. Tom was a latecomer to ballooning as he started ballooning at age 50. Before this adventure, he served the Indian Health Service for 35 years before retiring on June 2005. He was the director of the agency's telecommunications division.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tom Fisher View biography
Tom Fisher has been an FAA certified commercial hot air balloon pilot for 22 years and can usually be seen flying in and around the state of New Mexico. He has flown in the Balloon Fiesta for the last 22 years. Tom was a latecomer to ballooning as he started ballooning at age 50. Before this adventure, he served the Indian Health Service for 35 years before retiring on June 2005. He was the director of the agency's telecommunications division.
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Christopher Gibson View biography
Christopher Gibson is an award-winning artist, writer and arts educator who makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work includes the Cuentos del Camino series on lower Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and mixed-media installations at numerous museums in New Mexico and California. Over the years he has written several articles on Hispanic Arts and Culture for the magazines Tradición Revista and Imagen.
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Elizabeth Mesh View biography
Elizabeth Mesh is an educator, artist and actor with a master’s and license in art therapy. She has led thousands of people at the SITE Santa Fe art museum. She has also been on over 20 film and TV sets in New Mexico. Biking, hiking, blue skies and clean air make New Mexico a place she loves to share. Elizabeth has been teaching traditional and expressive art for two decades and has been featured on the Home and Garden Network Television’s segment “That’s Clever!”
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Adrienne Prince View biography
Adrienne Prince grew up and was educated in Germany, England and Italy, and has traveled throughout that continent, the Middle East and India. Being at home in the world helps paint a larger context to the history of the Southwest and the U.S. For the past 12 years she has been leading groups throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. When she is not on the road she lives in Santa Fe, N.M. and enjoys photography, collaging and studying the wisdom traditions of East and West.
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