Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
From $2,459* pp | 6 Days • 8 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Up, up and away! Experience the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta which has grown into one of the world’s most photographed travel events.
- Behold the dramatic display of sound and colour that is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
- Delight in the scenery and history of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
- Marvel at the twists and turns of the famed Turquoise Trail.
Take Flight above the Southwest
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 colour 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.
Day 1. Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tour Begins
Welcome to a true “land of enchantment.” As we explore Albuquerque and Santa Fe, a rich blend of multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history await. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner.
Dinner High 22 Low 6 Albuquerque Marriott
Today 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. This is your chance to experience in person one of the world’s most photographed events. Watch as the balloons launch in two remarkable waves. It’s one of the most spectacular displays of sound and colour in all of aviation. After an early morning, we enjoy some time to relax because later this afternoon we set out on a tour of Old Town Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Savour the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages. Embark on a bucket-list ride along the eclectic Route 66. Take some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants.
Day 3. Albuquerque
Since before the Cold War, New Mexico has been known as a hub for covert military projects. Today, this fascinating history unfolds at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, where a docent takes you on an intriguing journey that includes details of the Manhattan Project. Next, visit the gateway of 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. Later, experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta by moonlight. There will be plenty of time to stroll the grounds and perhaps pick up a memorable Balloon Fiesta souvenir and grab a bite to eat.
Day 4. Albuquerque – Santa Fe
Today, we set out for Santa Fe, travelling along the historic Turquoise Trail. Prehistoric peoples made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area and many battles were fought over this land. You will appreciate the stunning views and a stop in the quaint old coal mining town of Madrid. Once in Santa Fe, a local guide joins the group as we tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city. After your tour, make sure you visit the Loretto Chapel. Delve into the intriguing story behind its construction and wonder at its famous million-dollar staircase. Enjoy time to discover the many shops and numerous art museums that Santa Fe is known for.
Today is yours to explore Santa Fe independently. There’s so much to see and do in this southwestern city. You may choose to visit a museum or art studio or perhaps join an optional excursion. 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 south-west theme and is simply delightful.
Day 6. Santa Fe – Tour Ends
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
- New Mexico is 16 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- The highest point on this tour is 7,000 feet above sea level.
- The currency in the United States is the United States Dollar.
- Voltage for the United States is 120.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
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, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
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