Day 1 – Flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico – Today fly to Albuquerque, founded in 1706, where you will meet your Tour Director. Later, check into your hotel for a two-night stay in Albuquerque, locally known as “Duke City.” Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers.
Day 2 – Dawn Patrol – Old Town – Balloon Glow – After an included breakfast, experience one of the most photographed events in the world, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Early this morning view over 100 colorful balloons from around the world at Dawn Patrol followed by the Mass Ascension. The balloons make the sky become a palette of multicolored orbs dancing in the cool morning light. Later stop in Old Town to stroll the historic adobe buildings that house over 150 shops, galleries, and restaurants. Also see the icon of Old Town, the San Felipe de Neri Church. This evening, return to the Balloon Fiesta to witness the Balloon Glow, where just before dusk burners from hundreds of balloons light up the evening sky. Overnight in Albuquerque.
Day 3 – Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Los Alamos – Santa Fe – After an included breakfast, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center depicting the history and culture of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos. Then head north from Albuquerque to visit the Los Alamos Bradbury Science Museum to learn about the Manhattan Project and the creation of the world’s first atomic bomb. Later arrive in Santa Fe for a three-night stay. Santa Fe is known for its pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. Overnight in Santa Fe.
Day 4 – Taos – After an included breakfast travel north via the “High Road to Taos” passing through ancient villages founded in the 1700’s. Stop in the Spanish village of Chimayo to visit El Santuario, revered by pilgrims for the healing power of dirt found inside the chapel. Arrive in Taos, home of the Pueblo Indians. Enjoy a brief Taos City Tour and learn about this fascinating city rich in culture and scenery. Atop a plateau between the Rio Grande and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos has lured artists and writers since the 19th century. Enjoy lunch on your own and shopping in the Taos Plaza. Later enjoy a tour of the Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America before returning to Santa Fe. Overnight in Santa Fe.
Day 5 – Santa Fe – After an included breakfast, discover Santa Fe, the upscale resort and artist community with Spanish-Pueblo roots. Enjoy a wonderful Santa Fe City Tour including details about the history, culture, and unique architecture of this interesting city. See the Plaza, Loretto Chapel, and the Palace of the Governor’s, a Santa Fe landmark built in 1610. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your own pace in this historic city to explore the many art galleries, museums, restaurants, and shops. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in the Santa Fe area. Overnight in Santa Fe.
Day 6 – Home – After an included breakfast, transfer to Albuquerque and fly home with wonderful memories of your travel experience. Meals: 5B, 2D