Enchanted New Mexico with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (AF)

6 Day Tour from Albuquerque to Albuquerque

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Look to the New Mexico sky and feel your spirits lift among hundreds of colorful hot-air balloons as they take flight above Albuquerque. On your guided tour of New Mexico, you’ll be introduced to the art and science of ballooning, and witness the early morning mass ascension of the largest ballooning event in the world. Visit the International Balloon Museum, indulge in tequila tasting, and gaze upon the evening’s Balloon Glow and Afterglow Fireworks Show.

Your visit to Albuquerque also includes a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, historic Route 66, and Old Town. Tour the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, and hear about the famed Manhattan Project. Travel along the “Turquoise Trail” through the Sandia Mountains to Santa Fe. Take a guided Trolley Tour to see the San Miguel Mission and the “Miracle Stairway” of Loretto Chapel. You’ll join an excursion to visit Santuario de Chimayo to learn about the miraculous healing powers that attract thousands of pilgrims each year. This escorted tour of the American southwest highlights the enchanted landscapes and legends of New Mexico that will lift your heart.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ALBUQUERQUE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Balloonist presentation; opening ceremonies; Mass Ascension; Balloon Glow & After-Glow fireworks show at the Balloon Fiesta; International Balloon Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tequila tasting and lunch at a traditional restaurant; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
SANTA FE
Travel the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Turquoise Trail; trolley tour including Loretto Chapel; farewell dinner featuring authentic Southwestern entertainment
CHIMAYO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit Santuario de Chimayo

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

Notes:

  • The fiesta area is large and guests should be prepared for easy but sustained walking.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 7,199 feet.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches including lunch in Albuquerque with a tequila tasting and at a local restaurant in Santa Fe, 1 three-course dinner including a festive farewell dinner in Santa Fe

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE

Welcome to Albuquerque! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. You’ll also enjoy a short presentation from a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BALLOONIST, who will educate you on the sport of ballooning and what you can expect the next several days.

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 more than 47 years ago has grown into the largest ballooning event in the world. While on the balloon grounds, visit the INTERNATIONAL BALLOON MUSEUM, dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, and spectacle of ballooning. Then, visit a traditional New Mexican restaurant for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tequila TASTING followed by lunch. Return to the hotel before catching the popular BALLOON GLOW, where all balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and the amazing AFTER-GLOW FIREWORKS SHOW.

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Day 3 ALBUQUERQUE

This morning, visit 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. Next, see historic Route 66 and Old Town. This afternoon, learn about New Mexico’s legendary covert military projects, including the Manhattan Project, with a guided tour of the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE & HISTORY. The museum provides an objective, accessible window into the past, present, and future of nuclear science from the origins of atomic theory to modern-day advances in nuclear medicine. Tonight your Tour Director will have dining suggestions for your evening at leisure.

NOTE:
Schedule of activities vary from year to year and can be impacted by weather. Your Tour Director will be able to confirm exact schedule of activities on tour.

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Day 4 ALBUQUERQUE–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. Arrive in Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the U.S. 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.” With your afternoon free, why not visit the New Mexico Museum of Art or try one of Santa Fe’s many delicious restaurants?

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Day 5 SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO CHIMAYO

This morning, visit nearby Chimayo which was founded in the 17th century by Spanish settlers. Visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYO and learn about the miraculous healing powers that still attract thousands of pilgrims each year. Return to Santa Fe Plaza for lunch at a celebrated restaurant featuring New American West cuisine. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the plaza or return to your resort. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner with ENTERTAINMENT.

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Day 6 SANTA FE–ALBUQUERQUE

Depart Santa Fe for Albuquerque International Sunport Airport. An airport transfer is provided. Flights must be scheduled after 11 am.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LISA PERLA

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Escorting tours for more than 10

It's my passion for travel that led me into the Travel Industry in 1999. Originally from New England, I love sharing the area's historical significance and quaint appeal, especially when the Fall colors are at their most brilliant. My heart especially lies in the West, though, with the overwhelming beauty of our parks and canyonlands. I truly enjoy sharing what this wondrous country has to offer, and my goal is for our guests to leave with once-in-a-lifetime memories.

Tour Director - LISA PERLA

 Accommodations

Albuquerque
Santa Fe

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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