Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Oct 3, 2019 – Oct 8, 2019

Your Tour at a Glance

Stay: 6 days, 5 nights

Location: New Mexico

Up, up and away! This is an experience not to be missed! The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world’s most photographed events. Set in New Mexico, a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty, the Fiesta is simply one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color you are ever to witness. This exciting journey also includes time in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, two culturally rich cities. Visit the unique shops and restaurants of Old Town Albuquerque. Wind through the stunning Turquoise Trail. Set out on a walking tour of Santa Fe that highlights the St. Francis Cathedral and the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Experience the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

LOCATIONS

Map of New Mexico surrounding Santa Fe.

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Little stucco village nestled in a forrest.

Sante Fe- 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 reception with your fellow travelers.

DAY 2

Gorgeous cast iron spiral staircase in front of stained glass windows.

Santa Fe

A local guide joins us on a trolley as we tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city, including the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel. Enjoy time to discover the many shops and numerous art museums that Santa Fe is known for. 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.

DAY 3

Long highway surrounded by arid fields.

Santa Fe – Albuquerque 

Today we set out for Albuquerque. Traveling via the historic Turquoise Trail, you are sure to enjoy the stunning views. Prehistoric peoples made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area, and many battles were fought over this land. Next, we’ll stop in the quaint old coal mining town of Madrid. 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. See balloons launch in two remarkable waves during the Mass Ascension. It’s one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color in all of aviation.

DAY 4

Cute stone patio with metal tables and chairs joined by a stone bird bath.

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 this afternoon, 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.

DAY 5

Well lit round museum front at night with flags in the front yard.

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. Next, 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.

DAY 6

Sprawling desert with multicolored balloons soaring over elevated mesas.

Albuquerque – Tour Ends

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

DAY 7

Albuquerque Mariott 

The Marriott is located in the heart of the restaurant and shopping district of Albuquerque overlooking the Sandia Mountains. The recently renovated rooms feature modern comfort and elegant design. The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor pool for leisure.

Know Before You Go

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected. This tour involves travelling at high altitudes (approximately 7,000 feet/2133 meters) and may not be suitable for some travelers. We suggest that you consult your doctor if you have any concerns. When reserving a triple room, please note that it will have two double beds. Due to fire safety regulations, a rollaway bed cannot be brought into the room. Due to weather conditions the order of the Balloon Fiesta events may change. Our air passengers will depart from Albuquerque airport. All of our transfers will depart from Santa Fe for Albuquerque airport. To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times. Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions. Due to tour scheduling, return flights should be booked after 10:00 a.m.

Budget: $1999 – $2699

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