Up, up and away the balloons go into the New Mexico sky each October! Few spectacles on earth rival the Mass Ascension, as hundreds of hot air balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park to drift in the crisp early-morning high-desert air. This memorable tour also features an evening balloon glow with fireworks, a visit to Ancestral Puebloan ruins, a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway and the culture and history of the Land of Enchantment.
PRICE PER PERSON:
Double Room Occupancy: $1,745.00 per person
Single Room Occupancy: $2,210.00 per person
DAY ONE – Friday, October 4, 2019
Arrival day. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant known for the finest in traditional New Mexican cooking and true Southwestern warmth and hospitality.
DAY TWO – Saturday, October 5, 2019
This morning it is up, up, and away bright and early to Balloon Fiesta Park and the Mass Ascension. Next stop will be the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to watch the Native American dancers and have lunch. Then it is on to the Turquoise Museum for an informative talk on how to buy turquoise. Your day ends with a guided tour of historic Old Town. B, L
DAY THREE – Sunday, October 6, 2019
Today you travel the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway past former ghost towns to historic Santa Fe, the state capital. Once in Santa Fe you can take a guided walking tour of the historic district that ends on the historic Plaza and enjoy a hosted lunch. Then we will head for the evening’s Balloon Glow and a buffet dinner at the Gondola Club. B, L, D
DAY FOUR – Monday, October 7, 2019
Take a ‘flight’ on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the top of Sandia Crest. Marvel at the thousands of square miles of breathtaking scenery and panoramic views in all directions. It is then north to Bandelier National Monument – best known for its mesas, sheer-walled canyons and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them. Return to Albuquerque for a fun farewell dinner. B, L, D
DAY FIVE – Tuesday, October 8, 2019
After breakfast transfer to the Albuquerque Sunport for your return flight home. Adios Amigos! B
If you would like to experience the thrill of a hot air balloon ride, Tuesday morning would be the perfect time to take an optional hot air balloon flight. Ask about rates and times. If you do decide to go hot air ballooning, we suggest that you schedule an afternoon departure from Albuquerque.
PRICE INCLUDES: Deluxe motor coach transportation; professional tour guide; four nights hotel accommodation; four breakfasts; three lunches; three dinners; admission to two Balloon Fiesta events (admission to the Group Hospitality tour tent and the Chasers Club for the morning event and the Gondola Club for evening event); round-trip boarding pass on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway; tour and presentation at the Turquoise Museum; admission to Bandelier National Monument; walking tour of Old Town, admission to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; walking tour of historic Santa Fe with admission to the Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission; welcome gift; bottled water and snacks on coach; all applicable taxes.