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Capture the big spirit of Santa Fe in small doses while you tour the Museum of International Folk Art. Capitols and churches come alive during the tour, featuring the State Capitol Building, Cristo Rey Church, Old Santa Fe Trail, and the miraculous staircase at the Loretto Chapel. See the views from the Rio Grande River Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains en route to Taos, where you will tour the Taos Indian Pueblo.

Next is Ruidoso, home of Billy the Kid, who fought during the Lincoln County Wars of the 1870’s. Discover the dunes at the White Sands National Monument, tour the limestone corridors of Carlesbad Caverns, featuring the “Big Room” chamber.

Onto Albuquerque for the International Hot Air Balloon Festival, featuring a gorgeous gas glow illuminating the evening sky from more than 800 colorful hot air balloons. Take in the morning spectacle of the world’s largest mass ascension. Your next stop includes a guided tour of Acoma “Sky City” Indian Pueblo, a mesa-topped fortress, and free time to shop or explore the Old Town.

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New Mexico Balloon Fiesta Guided Vacation

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  • Santa Fe Cooking School Dinner
  • La Casa Sena Dinner Theatre
  • Albuquerque Balloon Festival
    • Mass Ascension or “Special Shapes”
    • Evening “Balloon Glow”
  • City tours of Santa Fe, Taos and
    Albuquerque with free time in each
  • Visit Taos Pueblo and Acoma “Sky City”
    to learn of Indian Heritage
  • Visit Famous Loretto Chapel
  • Visit Cristo Rey Church
  • Santa Fe Georgia O’Keefe Museum
  • International Folk Art Museum
  • Santa Fe Cooking School dinner/demo
  • Tour Carlsbad Caverns “Big Room”
  • “Billy the Kid” town of Ruidoso
  • White Sands National Monument
    Double $3,159
    Single $3,749
    Deposit $850 per person
    Travel Insurance Call for quote
    Vacation Pace Moderately Active Pace
    *Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
    Payment schedule: final payment 76 days prior to departure.
    Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 121 days and earlier: full refund plus the cost of any non-refundable air. 120 – 76 days prior to final payment $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.

    Note: we will purchase air once you make your deposit; this is a huge festival that drives up air pricing and availability. Sign up early – this tour always sells out early.

    • Round trip commercial airfare from Indianapolis
    • Airport transfers
    • Home Pick-up & Return Indy Metro Area
    • Transportation by Motorcoach
    • 7 nights accommodations
    • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 dinners
    • Admissions to attractions highlighted in itinerary
    • All taxes and gratuities except tour manager and driver
    • Professional Tour Director
    • Operated by an Interlude Travel Partner
    • Guaranteed Departure
  • Day 1: Fly to Albuquerque / Coach to Santa Fe
    Fly to the Albuquerque airport, meet your tour director and board your coach for the short drive to Santa Fe (at 7,000′). Founded in 1610, Santa Fe reflects the influence of its Spanish, Pueblo Indian, and Mexican history. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the renowned Museum of International Folk Art to observe the famous Girard Collection of miniature figurines. Then check in for a 3-night stay. Tonight, relax prior to your private Get Acquainted Dinner at the Santa Fe Cooking School. Doubletree Hotel, Santa Fe, NM (D)

    Day 2: Santa Fe Tour / Free Time
    Begin today with a tour of this capital city, and historic artist’s colony. See the State Capitol Building, Cristo Rey Church, and Old Santa Fe Trail. Stop at famous Loretto Chapel with its miraculous staircase. Next, visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, showcasing her many works inspired by New Mexico’s stark beauty. This afternoon is free to shop on the Plaza or visit the Palace of the Governors. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a musical show at La Casa Sena. Doubletree Hotel, Santa Fe, NM (B,D)

    Day 3: Day Trip to Taos
    Travel north along the Rio Grande River Valley with a breathtaking panorama of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the way to Taos (altitude 7,000′) Here you’ll see a colorful blend of Indian & Spanish Cultures. Tour the Taos Indian Pueblo, an authentic 600-year-old Indian Village. After free time for shopping and lunch on your own in the historic Plaza, return to Santa Fe for a free evening. Doubletree Hotel, Santa Fe, NM (B)

    Day 4: Santa Fe to  Carlesbad
    Travel south to the 1870’s crossroads town of Roswell, famous for its UFO sightings.  Continue on toe Carlsbad and enjoy dinner prior to your first of two trips to awe-inspiring Carlesbad Caverns.  Witness the incredible sunset “bat flight” (weather permitting) as thousands of  bats depart the cave on their hunt for food.  The Elegante Lodge, Ruidoso, NM (B,D)

    Day 5: Carlsbad / Ruidoso
    Today, return to Carlsbad Caverns. Enjoy a tour of the 21 miles of surveyed limestone corridors. Descend in an elevator to see the “Big Room,” the most impressive of the cavern’s chambers. This afternoon, travel west through the spectacular Sacramento Mountains to “Billy the Kid” Country and the town of Ruidoso (altitude 7,000). The young gunfighter lived and fought here during the famous 1870 Lincoln County Wars. Later, gather for dinner at a local restaurant. The Elegante Lodge, Ruidoso, NM (B,L,D)

    Day 6: Ruidoso to Albuquerque / Balloon Glow
    Begin today with a visit to White Sands National Monument to see the 60-foot snow white sand dunes. Motor north across the ancient “Valley of Fires” lava flows. Pause for an included lunch before following the Rio Grande River north to Albuquerque (altitude 5,000′). Check into your hotel near the entrance to the Balloon Fiesta grounds. This evening, attend the world-famous International Hot Air Balloon Festival for the spectacular “Balloon Glow,” as tethered balloons are lit from within. Tonight, enjoy your Farewell Dinner at the festival grounds with hospitality tent access.  Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, Albuquerque, NM (B,L)

    Day 7: Acoma Pueblo / Old Town
    Travel west to Acoma “Sky City” Indian Pueblo for a guided tour of this mesa-top fortress. Later, we return to Albuquerque and stop in the historic Old Town for sightseeing and shopping. Tonight, enjoy your Farewell Dinner at the festival grounds.  Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, Albuquerque, NM (B,D)

    Day 8: Albuquerque / Fly Home
    Early arrival at the nearby fiesta grounds this morning to marvel at the spectacle of hundreds of colorful balloons in mass ascension or the “Special shapes” ascension. Return to your hotel to relax prior to arriving at the airport for your flight home. (B)

    Note: This tour involves high altitudes. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.


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