Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
October 10-17, 2023 (11 days)
$3,997* per person from Baton Rouge
Led by Nancy Horn
*All dates and pricing are approximate and subject to change per supplier and airline
Price is per person based on double occupancy and includes deluxe motor coach with restroom, first class hotels, breakfast daily, full sightseeing and entrance fees, hotel baggage handling, taxes and tips including driver, guides & escort. Tips for personal services not included (meals on your own, maid service, etc.) Single supplement - $900
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Day 1, Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Pauls Valley, OK - Depart this morning from Zachary and Baton Rouge, with pickups along I-10 to Lafayette, I-49 to Shreveport, I-20 through Dallas to Pauls Valley, OK for overnight.
Day 2, Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Amarillo, TX - Today we visit the Oklahoma City Memorial, and drive by the Oklahoma state capitol. Overnight in Amarillo.
Day 3, Thursday, Oct. 12 – Albuquerque, NM - The "Land of Enchantment" welcomes you as you arrive in beautiful Albuquerque today. After our hotel check-in, we drive to Balloon Fiesta Park where we enjoy dinner at the Chasers Club with direct access onto Fiesta Field for the Special Shape Glowdeo, and AfterGlow Fireworks Show. (L, D)
Day 4, Friday, Oct. 13 - Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Sandia Peak - This morning visit the Turquoise Museum where you will enter the museum through a mock mine tunnel. Experience a fascinating introduction to the way of life enjoyed by America’s first “apartment dwellers,” the Pueblo tribes of the Southwest at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Next, see the downtown area as well as the University of New Mexico before stopping in Albuquerque’s Old Town, where you can enjoy shopping and lunch on your own. Next visit New Mexico’s famous Sandia Peak, home to the tram that will whisk you 10,680 feet into the air for an unsurpassed view from the summit. On a clear day, you can easily see the wonderful New Mexico landscape in a 100-mile circle at your feet. This evening join the group for dinner. (B, D)
Day 5, Saturday, Oct. 14 –Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - Today you will learn why Albuquerque is called the Balloon Capitol of the World. Depart for an early morning transfer to the Fiesta Field to witness the Dawn Patrol and have breakfast at the Chasers Club. Dawn Patrol pilots take off in the dark and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites. After a morning of viewing the mass ascension of rainbow colors, we'll enjoy a fabulous group lunch and then have the rest of the day free to relax or enjoy the city on your own. (B, L)
Day 6, Sunday, Oct. 15 - Santa Fe - Today we’re off to Santa Fe. The Turquoise Trail, named for the exquisite mineral that was once mined here, leads you to your first stop of the day, the real-life ghost town of Madrid. After time to explore this relic of the past, continue on to the first state capitol in the United States, "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis," better known as Santa Fe. Your tour will be a combination of driving and walking to the many famous sights including the historic Santa Fe Plaza with a view of the Palace of the Governors, the Loretto Chapel and the oldest church in New Mexico and more. There will be free time to explore the many wonderful shops, art galleries and restaurants for lunch on own. Travel back to Albuquerque, in the late afternoon, with some time to relax before a delightful farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 7, Monday, Oct. 16 - Decatur, TX area - We head home today and overnight in Decatur. (B)
Day 8, Tuesday, Oct. 17- Home - Today, we arrive home, with lots of wonderful memories from an incredible experience exploring the Southwest! (B)