Dazzling during the day, the spectacle of hundreds of hot air balloons is even better when they light up at dawn and dusk. See these amazing displays, explore early Pueblo life and enjoy the artists of Santa Fe.
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
2 Balloon Fiesta’s “Mass Ascension” & Evening “Balloon Glow”
Depart very early for Fiesta Park. Founded in 1972, the Fiesta began with 13 balloons and has grown to more than 600 balloons from all over the world. View the “mass ascension” of these specially shaped balloons as they lift off at sunrise. Get ready for a real treat this evening 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. Meal: B
3 Albuquerque City Tour & Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Today, enjoy a city tour and explore the history of Albuquerque. There is free time today to explore Old Town. Tonight, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and enjoy a dinner featuring regional cuisine and an exclusive live performance from a Native American dance troupe.
Meals: B, D
4 Santa Fe Touring
A local Guide joins you for a walking tour of historic Santa Fe. Visit the Loretto Chapel, whose staircase is a marvel of architectural ingenuity. For shoppers, Governor’s Plaza will provide a variety of shops
and artist studios. Meal: B
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
6 Depart for Home
A group transfer takes you to Albuquerque’s Sunport Airport for flights home departing after 12:00 p.m. Meal: B