15464
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
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7 days
6 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Program Registration, Orientation, Introductions, Dinner
Albuquerque
D
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 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. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel 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.

Dinner: Buffet meal in our private meeting room with a salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: 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.

DAY
2
New Mexico lecture, Ballooning Lecture
Albuquerque
B,L,D
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Activity note: Walking up to two miles around Old Town on paved and unpaved, uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in our private meeting room with eggs, breakfast meat, cereal, fruit and pastries. Coffee, tea and juice are included.

Morning: We begin the morning with a presentation on the history of the area, from the earliest Ancestral Puebloan peoples to the present day. We follow that lecture with a break and then a class on hot-air ballooning led by a local expert balloonist.

Lunch: Buffet meal In our private meeting room with a salad, entrée, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: This afternoon begins with a short walk to Old Town, which has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. With a local expert, we will take a leisurely stroll around Old Town and learn the history of the historic adobe buildings that surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which dates back to 1793. 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 we see today. There will be some free time for independent explorations following the walking exploration.

Dinner: Buffet meal in our private meeting room with a salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Native culture lecture, Pueblo Cultural Center, Petroglyphs
Albuquerque
B,L,D
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Activity note: Walking up to three miles over the course of the day both inside and outside, over paved and unpaved trails.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We begin this morning with a lecture on Native American culture by a local expert. Next, we board our motorcoach for a field trip to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque where a local expert will lead as we learn about Pueblo history and culture. This beautiful, unique center, operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, preserves and perpetuates Pueblo culture and history.

Lunch: At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, enjoy a buffet featuring local cuisine, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch To learn more about New Mexico and its rich history, we board our motorcoach after lunch and head out to Coronado Historic Site, a New Mexico state monument opened in 1940 as part of the Cuarto Centenario (400th anniversary) commemoration of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's arrival in New Mexico. With a docent, we will learn about the history and culture of the Pueblo people and the symbolism of the murals. Although named for Coronado, this archeological site is most significant for the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo that thrived from about 1325 CE until abandoned towards the end of the 16th century. The ruins were excavated by an archeological team in the 1930s to reveal a series of murals considered one of the finest examples of pre-contact (pre-1492) Native American art anywhere in North America. From there, we'll ride to Petroglyph National Monument, one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved symbols and images into the boulders along the volcanic escarpment known as the West Mesa. Spanish settlers followed suit, and depictions of crosses and horses lay side-by-side with those of suns, spirals, birds, animals, and the little hump-back flute players representing the Hopi fertility deity.

Dinner: Plated meal from a limited menu at a local restaurant featuring Mexican and New Mexican cuisine; coffee, tea, soft drinks and water included (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Evening: Return to the hotel.

DAY
4
Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension, International Balloon Museum
Albuquerque
B,L
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; walking from several blocks up to 2 miles over paved and unpaved terrain with inclines over course of the day.

Breakfast: A special catered breakfast buffet will be served at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Entrees will include eggs, breakfast meats, fresh fruit, pastries, breakfast burritos, omelets and cereal. Coffee, tea and juice are also included.

Morning: We board our motorcoach for an early morning departure for the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum . This morning's session is scheduled to include a Mass Ascension. 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 museum, watch the launches and explore the field on their own. There will be a continuing breakfast buffet throughout the morning. During Mass Ascensions all participating balloons launch in two waves as directed by "zebras," launch coordinators who are recognizable by their striped black-and-white shirts. Return to the hotel following the launch.

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon for independent explorations of the Old Town area. Your Group Leader can offer suggestions and directions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in the area.

Evening: Evening at leisure

DAY
5
Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension Special Shape Rodeo
Albuquerque
B,D
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; walking up to two miles over varied terrain with inclines over course of the day.

Breakfast: To-go breakfast from the hotel.

Morning: Early morning departure for Balloon Fiesta Park. This morning's session is scheduled to include the Special Shape Rodeo. After leaving the balloon park, we'll head back to the hotel for some free time and lunch on your own.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in the area.

Afternoon: Free time for independent explorations

Dinner: A catered dinner will be served at the Balloon Museum, featuring seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Go to the Balloon Museum for the Special Shape Glowdeo™ and AfterGlow Fireworks Show. Return to the hotel after the fireworks show.

DAY
6
Full-day trip to Santa Fe
Albuquerque
B,D
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; walking over varied terrain and standing for two hours at a time over the course of the day

Breakfast: To-go breakfast from the hotel.

Morning: We board our motorcoach and depart for a full-day trip to Santa Fe. Established by the Spanish in 1610, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in North America and is home to the oldest public building in the United States: the Palace of the Governors. On arrival, we'll go to the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the heart of this town for nearly four centuries, for a walking field trip with our Group Leader. As we walk, we'll learn about Santa Fe's history, as well as the art, architecture and cultural diversity which make it one of the most fascinating cities in the country. The remainder of the day is free. Take this opportunity for personal independent explorations to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy one of the many restaurants in Santa Fe.

Afternoon: On your own to continue exploring the unique city of Santa Fe. Meeting at a predetermined time and place, we will head to dinner.

Dinner: Plated meal from a limited menu at a local restaurant featuring Mexican and New Mexican cuisine; coffee, tea, soft drinks and water included (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Evening: During our program closing, we'll share our favorite experiences from this program, say farewell to our new friends, and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Breakfast
Albuquerque
B

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 11:00 a.m. 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!






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