All Tours are on Friday, July 14, 2017
Tour #1 – Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm $72.00
The historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway links Albuquerque and Santa Fe and encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. You will drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, whose mines once yielded gold, silver, lead, zinc, and turquoise. During its heyday in the 1880s Cerrillos boasted twenty-one saloons, and four hotels. A renewed spirit has brought art, crafts, theater, music, museums, and restaurants to these towns.
Upon arrival in Santa Fe you may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe was the last stop on the Camino Real, the fabled Royal Road that stretched from Mexico City to the northernmost reaches of the Spanish Empire. Today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.
After the walking tour you may continue to explore on your own or indulge in a southwestern shopping spree at the many unique specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Nearly all the city’s main cultural attractions are within walking distance of the Plaza, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in the Plaza area. Your guide will provide maps and suggestions of possible dining options. During the summer months Santa Fe Bandstand, a free musical event takes place on the Plaza every day.
PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation; professional tour guide; walking tour of Santa Fe Plaza area; admission to Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission; bottled water on coach; guide and driver gratuities; all applicable taxes.
Tour #2 – Meet Albuquerque 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm $137.00
This afternoon you will visit one of the most beautiful artisan wineries in the Southwest, Casa Rondeña, for a private tour and wine tasting. New Mexico’s sun soaked soil and cool high desert nights are nearly perfect for the cultivation of grapes and have contributed to the recent revival of wine making in one of the nation’s oldest wine-producing regions.
Continue to Old Town and take a brief walking tour of the historic Plaza area. Old Town, the original center of Albuquerque, was founded in the early part of the 18th century and includes San Felipe de Neri church and many historic buildings that form an architectural record of this city’s unique past. There will be time to explore hidden courtyards and stroll under covered portals and shop on your own at the many fine specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza.
Enjoy a hosted dinner at the ever-popular High Noon, located off the historic Plaza.
PRICE INCLUDES: Motor coach transportation; professional tour guide; tour and wine tasting at artisan winery; dinner in Old Town, bottled water on coach; guide and driver gratuities, all applicable taxes. *Does not include alcoholic beverages with meal.
Tour #3 – The Churches of Chimayo 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm $94.00
Head north to the historic seventeenth-century village of Chimayo. There is no better place in the state to experience the ecclesiastical history, architecture, and art of the early Spanish settlers than Chimayo. Its most famous landmark is a venerable religious shrine, the Santuario de Chimayo. This beautiful adobe chapel with twin bell towers was erected in 1816 by Don Bernardo de Abeyta over earth that is said to have miraculous healing qualities, and which for centuries attracted ancient Indians and then Hispanic settlers to this revered place. The many objects left by pilgrims give moving testimony to the power of faith, and the church interior and altar screens are exquisite examples of early 19th century religious folk art masters.
A short walk from the Santuario is the Santo Niño (Holy Child) Chapel, which is built in the traditional northern New Mexico style using adobe walls spanned by great wooden vigas (beams) and rough stone floors. The chapel has recently been renovated and filled with stunning works of contemporary art, including exquisite wood carvings.
The weavers of Chimayo have produced the colorful and decorative Rio Grande textiles for centuries. You will visit a weaver’s workshop and see them at work.
Enjoy a hosted dinner at Rancho de Chimayo, a landmark restaurant known for its traditional New Mexican cuisine.
PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation; professional tour guide; tour of Chimayo; weaving demonstration; dinner at Rancho de Chimayo; bottled water on coach; guide and driver gratuities; all applicable taxes.
Please note that a minimum of thirty participants is required for the tours to run. Destination Southwest reserves the right to cancel a tour if pre-registration does not meet the minimum number. A complete refund will be offered in that event. Pre-paid tours are refundable (less a $6.00 per ticket handling charge) if attendee cancels by July 1, 2017; no refunds after that date. Destination Southwest will not be responsible for tours that are not available due to construction, renovation, acts of God, weather, or closures. Tours will depart from the Embassy Suites main entrance.