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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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11 Days · 14 Meals
Travel Type: Motorcoach Tour

Dazzling during the day, the spectacle of hundreds of hot air balloons is even better when they light up at dawn and dusk. See these amazing displays, plus explore early Pueblo life, and the artists of Santa Fe.

This tour departs by motorcoach from the Chicagoland area.
Highlights
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 14 Meals (4 dinners and 10 breakfasts)
  • Spend 4 nights in the heart of Albuquerque
  • Guided tour of Albuquerque including Old Town
  • Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Attend the Balloon Fiesta Opening Ceremonies
  • Marvel at the sunrise "Mass Ascension"
  • Ride the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
  • Visit Acoma Sky City
  • See the Balloon Glow and fireworks display
  • Pecos National Park
  • Santa Fe touring including Governor's Plaza, San Miguel Mission and Loretto Chapel
  • Visit Taos Pueblo
  • $55 in Mayflower Money
Day-by-Day
1 & 2
  1. Our Journey Begins
    Get ready as we take off for one of the most breathtaking spectacles these United States have to offer. Enjoy a get acquainted dinner in Missouri before moving on to Oklahoma City. Dinner and breakfast
3
  1. Oklahoma City to Albuquerque
    We travel across the Texas Panhandle today and arrive in New Mexico. Each October, the skies of New Mexico are painted with hundreds of balloons as they lift off from Albuquerque’s Fiesta Park. This evening we gather with our fellow traveling companions for dinner. Breakfast and dinner
4
  1. Albuquerque City Touring and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
    This morning, a local guide joins us for a narrated tour of Albuquerque including Old Town. Later, we visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center which was designed to preserve the Pueblo culture through its artwork, exhibits and accomplishments. Breakfast
5
  1. Balloon Fiesta and Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
    It’s an early start today as we depart for the Fiesta Grounds and the Opening Ceremonies. Founded in 1972, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta began with 13 balloons and has grown to more than 700 from all over the world. We view the “mass ascension” of these specially-shaped balloons as they lift off at sunrise. Then we make our way back to Albuquerque for a thrilling ride aboard the world’s longest aerial tramway. On Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway you will be transported above the deep canyons and breathtaking terrains for an incredible view of the Rio Grande Valley. Keep an eye out for the mule deer, eagles and black bear that inhabit the area. Breakfast and dinner
6
  1. Acoma Sky City and the Balloon Glow
    Set atop a mesa 350 feet above the desert floor is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the United States, Acoma Sky City. A local guide shows us the still occupied homes. We visit Saint Stephen’s mission church, a national historic landmark. Tonight, get ready for a real treat at the Balloon Glow event. Just before dusk (weather permitting), the burners of nearly 500 balloons are ignited and the evening sky fills with a kaleidoscope of brilliant, luminous color. Top off the evening with a vivid fireworks display. Breakfast
7
  1. Pecos National Historical Park
    Travel north to visit Pecos National Historical Park, which features the ruins of Pecos pueblo and mission. Pecos is the site of the westernmost battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Glorieta Pass that was fought March 26-28, 1862. Later, we continue to Santa Fe, our home for the next two nights. Breakfast
8
  1. Santa Fe
    In Santa Fe, a local guide takes us on a historic walking tour including the Governor’s Plaza, San Miguel Mission and Loretto Chapel with its mysterious and free-standing spiral staircase. Breakfast
9
  1. Taos and Denver
    Heading north today we arrive in Taos. Established by the Spanish in the 1770s, Taos has a rich cultural heritage. We visit Taos Pueblo, an ancient community continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years. Long before Columbus arrived in America the Taos Indians inhabited their valley. Today, Taos Pueblo is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and is an architectural wonder with its multi-storied residential complex of reddish-brown adobe dominating the landscape. Later, we continue to Colorado and the “Mile High” city of Denver. Breakfast
10&11
  1. Lincoln and Home
    Say goodbye to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains as we travel east into Nebraska for our farewell dinner. Continuing across Iowa, we arrive home with memories of Albuquerque and the world famous Balloon Fiesta. 2 Breakfasts and dinner
Accommodations

Lodging

Day One

Baymont Inn, Sullivan, MO

Day Two

Country Inn, Oklahoma City, OK

Days Three through Six

Hyatt Place Hotel, Albuquerque, NM

Days Seven and Eight

Sage Inn, Santa Fe, NM

Day Nine

Doubletree Hotel Southeast, Aurora, CO

Day Ten

Comfort Suites, Lincoln, NE

Dates and Rates
2013 Departure Date Per Person Twin Room Single Room
October 1 $2,049 add $939
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