Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

6-day guided excursion
October 5 – 10, 2018

On this six-day adventure, you will travel by air to Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city rich in Native American heritage. Start your trip at the opening ceremonies of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. In the afternoon, a local guide will take you on a tour of historic Old Town Albuquerque. Experience a maze of cobbled courtyards, numerous galleries and great shops. On day three, explore Albuquerque at your leisure and in the evening experience the Balloon Glow event. Just before dusk, the burners of nearly 500 balloons will be ignited and the evening sky will fill with a kaleidoscope of brilliant, luminous color. You will top off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display. Next, spend two nights in Santa Fe, nestled in the foothills of the Rockies. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Santa Fe including Governor’s Plaza, San Miguel Mission and Loretto Chapel. Finally travel to and visit Pecos National Historic Park, which features the ruins of Pecos Pueblo and Pecos Pueblo Mission.

    $1,965 – Price listed is per person, based on double occupancy

     

    Albuquerque Trip map

     

     

     

     

     

    Itinerary:

    DAY 1  – Arrive in Albuquerque

    Each October, the skies of New Mexico are painted with hundreds of balloons as they lift off from Fiesta Park. This evening, join your Tour Manager for an orientation at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner. Meal: D

    DAY 2 – Welcome to Balloon Fiesta and City Touring

    It’s an early start today as we depart for the Fiesta Grounds and the Opening Ceremonies. Founded in 1972, the Fiesta began with 13 balloons and has grown to more than 600 balloons from all over the world. We view the “mass ascension” of these specially shaped bal-loons as they lift off at sunrise This afternoon a local guide joins us for a tour of Albuquerque. Meal: B

    DAY 3 – The Balloon Glow

    Today is free to explore Albuquerque at your leisure. Tonight, get ready for a real treat at the Balloon Glow event. Just before dusk, the burners of nearly 500 balloons are ignited and the evening sky fills with a kaleidoscope of brilliant, luminous color. We top off the evening with a vivid fireworks display. Meal: B

    DAY 4 – Santa Fe Touring

    A local guide joins us for a walking tour of historic Santa Fe. We visit the Loretto Chapel, a marvel of architectural ingenuity.  For the shoppers, Governor’s Plaza will provide a variety of shops and artist studios. Meal: B

    DAY 5 – Pecos National Historic Park

    Travel east of Santa Fe to visit Pecos National Historic Park, which features the ruins of Pecos pueblo and mission.  Pecos is the site of the westernmost battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Glorieta Pass that was fought March 26-28, 1862. Tonight, enjoy dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meals: B, D

    DAY 6 – Depart for Home

    A group transfer takes us to Albuquerque’s Sunport Airport for flights home departing after 12:00 p.m. Meal: B


    Registration & Payment Information 

    For more information, contact Andy Vivien at 703-815-8747 or leisdest@mac.com.