October 4-9, 2019
6 Days ● 7 Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Experience It! The Balloon Fiesta
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chilies and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. This signature event, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.
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Double $3,349* Single $4,249; Triple $3,299
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Winnipeg Intl Airport, Hotel Transfers Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $295 per person, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $150 per person (subject to increase until paid in full) * All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from Winnipeg.
Highlights: Santa Fe, Santa Fe School of Cooking, Turquoise Trail, Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre
Collette Experiences: Embark on a bucket-list ride along the eclectic Route 66. Enjoy a docent-led tour of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. See the ever-changing art galleries at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre.
Must-See Inclusions: Behold the dramatic Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Marvel at the twists and turns of the famed Turquoise Trail. Delight in the scenery and history of Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Culinary Inclusions: Your favourite cooking show comes to life at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
Itinerary at a Glance
Days 1, 2 Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Days 3 – 5 Albuquerque Marriott, Albuquerque, New Mexico
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Friday, October 4, 2019 Santa Fe, New Mexico
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 travellers.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 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 Loreto 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 favourite 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. (B, D)
Sunday, October 6, 2019 Santa Fe
Albuquerque Today we set out for Albuquerque.
Travelling 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 colour in all of aviation. (B)
Monday, October 7, 2019
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. Savour 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. (B)
Tuesday, October 8, 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.
Next, visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre. See the ever-changing galleries that highlight local and national Native American artists. With a focus on Pueblo artists, the centre strives to preserve their culture. (B, D)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Albuquerque
Your tour comes to an end with wonderful memories of the spectacular Balloon Fiesta. (B)
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