Albuquerque Balloon festival

day 1

October 2, 2019: Arrive Santa Fe, New Mexico - Tour Begins

Welcome to a veritable “land of enchantment.” New Mexico is a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty. In both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, discover cities rich in multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history. Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world’s most photographed events. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included Meals: Dinner
What to expect: Arrival, Welcome Dinner

Day 2

October 3, 2019: Santa Fe - Taos - Santa Fe

A local guide joins us as we tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city. Enjoy time to discover the many shops and numerous art museums that Santa Fe is known for. This afternoon, travel to the foothills of the largest peaks in New Mexico where you will find the pristine setting of the Taos Pueblo Village. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years. We welcome you to visit the village and enjoy a guided tour conducted by a Native American tribe member. Learn about the customs, their way of life and the fascinating history of the ancestors of the 150 people who live in the Pueblo full time. A special treat awaits at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. It’s your favorite cooking show come to life as you watch an expert chef create a delicious meal before your eyes. Everything is made with a southwest theme and is simply delightful.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
What to expect: Locally guided tour of Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo Village, Santa Fe School of Cooking

Day 3

October 4, 2019: Albuquerque

This morning venture to Los Alamos, a city with an international reputation for southwest culture, arts, and cuisine and spend your morning at leisure. Later, we set out for Albuquerque. Visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. See the ever-changing galleries that highlight local and national Native American artists. With a focus on Pueblo artists, the center strives to preserve their culture.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
What to expect: Los Alamos, Set out for Albuquerque, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Day 4

October 5, 2019: Albuquerque - Trinity Site - Albuquerque

This morning trek to ground zero at Trinity Site*, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945. The 19-kiloton explosion not only led to a quick end to the war in the Pacific but also ushered the world into the atomic age. The 51,500-acre area was declared a national historic landmark in 1975. After your visit, return to Albuquerque and enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast
What to expect: Trinity Site, Return to Albuquerque and leisure afternoon

Day 5

October 6, 2019: Albuquerque

Since before the Cold War started, New Mexico has been known as a hub for covert military projects. Today, this fascinating history unfolds at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History where a docent takes you on an intriguing journey that includes details of the Manhattan Project. Later, enjoy a tour of Old Town Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Savor the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages. Experience a “must-do” as you thrill to a ride along the eclectic Route 66. Take some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants. This is followed by what is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip…Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta. Join in the excitement of this annual hot air ballooning extravaganza and view the twilight twinkle glow. It’s one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color in all of aviation.

Included Meals: Breakfast
What to expect: National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Tour of Old Town Albuquerque, Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta-Twilight Glow

Day 6

October 7, 2019: Albuquerque - Socorro - Albuquerque

Experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta at dawn as the balloons ascend in the early light. After your early morning, you have some time to relax. Later, explore Socorro, New Mexico home of NRAO, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, operations and where you will also find the Array Operations Center or AOC. The Array Operations Center houses scientific, engineering, technical, computer and support staff for both the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA).* This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner toasting the end of your wonderful journey.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Balloon Fiesta-Mass Ascend, Socorro, New Mexico, home of National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Farewell Dinner

Day 7

October 8, 2019: Albuquerque - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to an end with wonderful memories of the spectacular Balloon Fiesta.

Included Meals: Breakfast
What to expect: Departure

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