New Mexico Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star

Friday, April 6, 2018

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Your destination today is Acoma Pueblo, known as “Sky City", located in the spectacular West-Central Plateau of New Mexico.  Acoma Pueblo, situated 350 feet above an outstretched valley atop a massive sandstone mesa at 7,000 feet above sea level, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States. Archeologists put the initial occupation of the Pueblo around 1150 AD. The first Europeans, led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, visited Acoma in 1540.

A Pueblo member will take you on a ¾-mile leisurely guided tour of the village, explaining the culture and history of the tribe. Points of interest include San Estevan del Rey Mission, built in 1629, the largest and most remarkable of all the Spanish Colonial mission churches in New Mexico. All building materials for the church and other structures in the village were carried or hauled great distances by hand up the steep slope of the mesa.  The 360-degree views from Acoma are breathtaking and offer many photo opportunities.  The tour includes a camera permit, but note that video recorders and taking video with your camera phones is prohibited.

The group will have a buffet lunch at Sky City Casino after the tour and then return to Albuquerque. 

PRICE PER PERSON       $94.00

PRICE INCLUDES:  Deluxe motor coach transportation; professional tour guide; admission to Acoma and guided tour of Pueblo with camera permit; buffet lunch; bottled water on coach, all gratuities; all applicable taxes. 

Note:  Due to unpaved and uneven terrain, Acoma is not wheelchair accessible.  Acoma Pueblo reserves the right to schedule unannounced closures for tribal and ceremonial purposes.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Your morning begins with a visit to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, which presents the development of ballooning through historic, scientific and artistic objects reflecting world-wide achievements in this field. This spectacular site is the world's premiere facility dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, sport and spectacle of ballooning and features one of the finest collections of ballooning equipment and memorabilia in the world.

Continue on 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.

Guests will have lunch on their own in Old Town at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the Plaza.  Your guide will offer suggestions and provide maps.  Some of the options where reunion attendees may have lunch include: Church Street Café, High Noon, Quesadilla Grille, Slate Street Café at the ABQ Museum, Seasons Rotisserie and Grill, Backstreet Grill, and more.  After free time in Old Town you return to the Crowne Plaza.  

PRICE PER PERSON       $59.00

PRICE INCLUDES:  Transportation; professional tour guide; admission to the Albuquerque Balloon Museum; bottled water on coach; all gratuities and 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 March 16, 2018; 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 Crowne Plaza Hotel main entrance.