Walking up to 3 miles over the course of the day; walking on dark, crowded roads for Farolito walk; uneven, paved, possibly icy surfaces with inclines.
On the Mezzanine, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with a rotating selection of scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, plus fresh fruit, bagels, toast, pastries, hot and cold cereals and a beverage choice of milk, juice, coffee, tea and more.
In the hotel meeting room, our Group Leader will run a discussion about the unique history of New Mexico. We’ll learn about its earliest Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants and the Spanish and American soldiers and settlers who followed. We'll also hear about Santa Fe and its special nickname (The Different City). We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area. This has been the vibrant heart of the city for almost four centuries. We'll go on a field trip to some of the sites detailed in the lecture and continue to learn about the history and cultures of northern New Mexico. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Palace of the Governors, the Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits.
At a popular dining spot near the Plaza, we’ll order a plated entrée with two sides and dessert off of a select menu with a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll walk back to the hotel for a holiday music performance by "Music for All Seasons."
At around 5:00 p.m. in the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a buffet dinner with a variety of foods and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.
We'll walk with the Group Leader to the bottom of Canyon Road. Then we will go on a self-directed field trip to the annual Christmas Eve Farolito Walk. Starting at dusk, this beloved holiday tradition draws tens-of-thousands of spectators strolling up the road and enjoying displays of farolitos (sand-filled paper bags illuminated with votive candles), luminarias (small bonfires), and beautifully lit shops and homes.