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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (AF)

5 Day Tour from Albuquerque to Albuquerque

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See the mass ascension of balloons and stand in awe during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the largest ballooning event in the world and one of New Mexico’s most dazzling spectacles. On this Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tour, experience the pre-dawn opening ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Ascension of hundreds of hot-air balloons, where the sky transforms into a rainbow of colors. In the evening, see the dramatic Balloon Glow, when all the balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and After-Glow Fireworks Show. There's also time for sightseeing with visits to the International Balloon Museum, dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, sport, and spectacle of ballooning. You’ll also visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a fascinating museum and crafts market collectively run by the 19 New Mexico pueblos.

Enjoy a guided walking tour in Santa Fe, including the San Miguel Mission and Loretto Chapel's "Miracle Stairway." Globus has also included a drive along the Turquoise Trail, a scenic drive between Albuquerque and Santa Fe with breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains as well as old mining towns. In Santa Fe, Globus has arranged a special dinner at La Casa Sena, one of the oldest-surviving houses in Santa Fe.

If you want to see the spectacular Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, this Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tour is the vacation for you!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ALBUQUERQUE
Opening ceremonies; Mass Ascension; International Balloon Museum; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; Balloon Glow & After-Glow fireworks show at the Balloon Fiesta
SANTA FE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Travel the Turquoise Trail; trolley tour including Loretto Chapel; farewell dinner featuring Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite authentic Southwestern cuisine

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily including 1 box breakfast on Day 2, 1 special farewell dinner in Santa Fe

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

Day 2 Albuquerque

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 44 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 time at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, along with shopping and dining.

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Albuquerque

This morning, visit 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. Time to explore Old Town on your own this afternoon. 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 Breakfast

Day 4 Albuquerque. 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 TROLLEY 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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 Albuquerque

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

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

DANIEL FERRO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

My career as a Tour Director began about 25 years ago, when I began working in the US and Canada. Since then my career has taken me to the Canadian Rockies, most European countries, Mexico, South and Central America, Africa, Antarctica and the US National Parks. Today, working in the National Parks, I am and will forever be fascinated at the natural treasures Mother Nature has bestowed upon us; I take great pride and revel in showing America's unmatched natural beauty to our guests.

Tour Director - DANIEL FERRO

 Accommodations

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

First-Class

DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM United States

201 Marquette Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hospitality is number one at the DoubleTree in Albuquerque, where you're welcomed by the signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie, comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and a superb location. Situated downtown, it's the closest hotel to the Albuquerque Convention Center and is connected by underground concourse. Complimentary shuttle service is available to shopping, dining and entertainment within a three-mile radius. Offering stunning views of the Sandia Mountains, this Albuquerque hotel provides a unique, relaxing setting in the heart of the city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail

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