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Active Lifestyle Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 | October 14 | Home to Albuquerque, NM

Welcome to the Southwest! Arrive in Albuquerque and transfer to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy some time to relax and the “KickBack” service provided by the hotel with beer & wine. Then join the group for a unique Southwestern “welcome” dining experience. Drury Inn & Suites * Dinner Included

Day 2 | October 15 | Albuquerque, NM

The day starts early with a Sunrise Balloon ride to experience the magic of hot air ballooning. Leave your worries on the ground below and escape the commotion as you soar through the majestic skies over the beautiful Rio Grande Valley. After your hour-long flight, enjoy a post-flight breakfast, a traditional toast with a balloonists’ prayer, and your personalized flight certificate. Then you’re off to explore the stunning Turquoise Castle Museum. Uncover the mystery of turquoise, delve into its’ rich history, learn about the different mines, specimens, and stories of colorful characters. Then enjoy some free time in Old Town to wander through the many shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Old Town’s tree-lined plaza and charming adobe buildings and churches are sure to delight both the sightseer and the shopper! After lunch, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, with its unique interactive exhibits on the history and stories of the native Pueblo people. This afternoon, you are off to famous Sandia Peak, home to the tram that will whisk you 10,680 feet into the air for a stunning view from the summit. Drury Inn and Suites * Breakfast Included

Day 3 | October 16 | Albuquerque, NM to Santa Fe, NM

The Turquoise Trail, named for the mineral once mined here, leads you to your first stop of the day: the real-life ghost town of Madrid. Madrid looks precisely like a ghost town should, with its rows of empty, dilapidated houses that once were the homes of three thousand miners and their families. Now the only signs of life are the artists who come to display their wares to interested buyers. After time to explore this relic of the past, continue to the oldest state capital in the United States: “The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis,” better known as Santa Fe. The city, founded in 1609, offers many historic and scenic delights including the Old Santa Fe Trail, the seat of government for more than 300 years; the Loretto Chapel, a miniature model of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris; and the oldest church and home in New Mexico. Be sure to take time to stroll through the Indian Market, where native arts and crafts are available directly from the Indians who created them. Dinner this evening will be at a favorite local restaurant. Drury Inn and Suites * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 4 | October 17 | Santa Fe, NM

Start the day by visiting the peaceful Bandelier National Monument. Here you will see the ruins of a large Indian pueblo, nestled under cottonwood trees. The canyon walls, studded with prehistoric cliff dwellings, with the tranquility in the canyon, gives you a taste of the desert’s silence before the ruins were rediscovered by non-natives. Lunch will be in Santa Fe, followed by a visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, one of the most beautiful art museums in the art capital of the Rocky Mountain Region. The museum is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe, her life, and her art. After this fun-filled day, get ready to eat some of the most delicious cuisine New Mexico has to offer, but with a twist, YOU will be the chef. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally acclaimed culinary school that will entertain, educate, and delight your taste buds. Once you have become a master chef, the evening is yours to enjoy “The City Different.” Drury Inn and Suites * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 5 | October 18 | Santa Fe, NM

Another day of exploration as you take the High Road to Taos. Visit Chimayo, where the descendants of Spanish weavers and woodcarvers still ply their crafts. After a stop to observe the artisans, travel the picturesque high road to the world-class resort town of Taos. Founded in 1617 by the Spanish, Taos has kept its Spanish and Indian influences. Taos Pueblo, a village inhabited for more than 800 years, and whose adobe structures have changed little since the first Spanish explorers saw them in the 1540s. At the Taos Plaza, there is free time to wander the streets and browse the offerings of many artists who have come here to capture the allure of this delightful place. As you return to Santa Fe, stop for a scenic view of the Rio Grande, the legendary river that cuts a distinct path through the history of the Southwest. A farewell dinner with fantastic entertainment at La Casa Sena concludes your day. Drury Inn and Suites * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 6 | October 19 | Santa Fe, NM to Home

Your tour concludes today with a flight home from Albuquerque. Breakfast Included

 

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Mode of Travel

Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check

  • $3,685 – Dble
  • $3,413 – Triple
  • $4,497 – Single

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • $3,832 – Dble
  • $3,549 – Triple
  • $4,677 – Single

Balloon Ride Included- This Highlight may be removed if Requested at sign-up

Itinerary, Pricing and Availability are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

Departure Date

10/14/2020

Return Date

10/19/2020

Passport or Real ID Required for air travel

Tour Highlights

  • Sunrise Balloon Ride – Optional
  • Turquoise Castle Museum
  • Old Town
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Sandia Peak Tram
  • Turquoise Trail
  • Madrid
  • Old Santa Fe Trail
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Indian Market
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe School of Cooking
  • High Road to Taos
  • Chimayo
  • Taos Pueblo Village & Taos Plaza
  • Rio Grande
  • 5 Breakfasts / 4 Dinners
Hosted by Southwest Tour and Travel Tour Director (Activity Level: Moderate) Guests should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing, or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening.