Tour: AF - 2013 (AF) - 2013 / 2014

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See the mass ascension of balloons during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
See the mass ascension of balloons during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The bright interior of a hot air balloon
The impressive Lechuguilla plant
Experience the most dazzling spectacle in New Mexico

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Albuquerque

Welcome to Albuquerque! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

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DAY 2Albuquerque

Get ready for the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! Experience this morning’s pre-dawn OPENING CEREMONIES and the unforgettable MASS ASCENSION—where hundreds of hot air balloons take off and turn the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors, all of which are led by a balloon flying the American flag to the music of The Star Spangled Banner. What began as a gathering of 13 balloons 41 years ago has since turned into the largest ballooning event in the world, drawing entries from more than 28 different countries. While on the balloon grounds, visit the INTERNATIONAL BALLOON MUSEUM, dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, sport, and spectacle of ballooning. The Balloon Museum features one of the finest collections of ballooning equipment and memorabilia in the world. This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely ride on the SANDIA PEAK TRAM—the world’s longest aerial tramway—taking in breathtaking scenery along the way. At the top, relax as you take in the “Land of Enchantment” below. (Breakfast)

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 
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DAY 3Albuquerque

This morning, an Albuquerque sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Old Town and the INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER, a fascinating museum and crafts market collectively run by the state’s pueblos. Here you will learn about the history, background, and life of what now comprise the 19 pueblos of New Mexico. This evening, catch the popular BALLOON GLOW, where all balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and the AFTER-GLOW FIREWORKS SHOW. (Breakfast)

Enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful architecture New Mexican architecture 
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DAY 4Albuquerque. Excursion to Santa Fe

Today, travel along the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TURQUOISE TRAIL to Santa Fe. This scenic drive passes through the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, past wide open spaces and dramatic scenery. There’s time to stop in Madrid, a former mining town, before arriving in Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. Experience this city up close as you embark on a guided WALKING TOUR, including the San Miguel Mission, the Palace of the Governors, the State Capitol, and LORETTO CHAPEL’S “Miracle Stairway.” Enjoy a special farewell dinner featuring Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite authentic Southwestern cuisine before returning to Albuquerque. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid Madrid The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain The Plaza de Toros in Madrid 
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DAY 5Albuquerque

The tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

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