Tour: AF - 2014 (AF) - 2014 / 2015

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

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 led by a balloon flying the American flag to the music of The Star Spangled Banner. What began as a gathering of 13 balloons 42 years ago has grown 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 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)

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Due to early departure this morning, a boxed breakfast will be provided.

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 19 New Mexico pueblos (villages). Here you will learn about the history, background, and life of what now comprise the 19 pueblos of New Mexico. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy lunch and watch a DEMONSTRATION of traditional corn grinding, bread baking, and the making of mama dolls. 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, Lunch)

New Mexican architecture Enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful 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 TOUR, including the San Miguel Mission, the Palace of the Governors, the State Capitol, and LORETTO CHAPEL’S “Miracle Stairway.” Before returning to Albuquerque, enjoy a special farewell dinner at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite La Casa Sena, one of the oldest surviving houses in Santa Fe. Share fond memories of your trip while feasting on authentic Southwestern cuisine. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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