Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and Santa Fe Weekend in Enchantment
October 6 - 10, 2017
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 Acoma Pueblo - the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States, a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway and the culture and history of the Land of Enchantment.
DAY ONE – Friday, October 6, 2017
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. D
DAY TWO – Saturday, October 7, 2017
This morning it is up, up, and away bright and early to Balloon Fiesta Park and the Mass Ascension. Next stop will be at the Turquoise Museum for an informative talk on how to buy turquoise. You will then have a guided tour of historic Old Town, and enjoy a group lunch. There will be time to shop and explore on your own before watching the Native American dancers at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. B, L
DAY THREE – Sunday, October 8, 2017
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 9, 2017
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 west to Acoma “Sky City” Pueblo – the oldest continually inhabited settlement in The United States. Return to Albuquerque for a fun farewell dinner. B, L, D
DAY FIVE – Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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 PER PERSON:
$1,998.00 – Single Occupancy
$1,615.00 – Double Occupancy
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 Acoma Pueblo; 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.
Photos courtesy of the New Mexico Tourism Department and Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.