ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA – 6 Days | October 4
- Double $3,449*
- Single $4,349*
Meals Include: • 5 Breakfasts • 2 Dinners
Tour Presentation: February 28, at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Please call or email to RSVP.
DEPOSIT: $500 per person, plus optional travel insurance due at booking. Reservations made after the deposit due date of March 28, 2019, are based upon availability. Deposits are refundable up until April 04, 2019. Final payment is due by August 05, 2019.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Winnipeg Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $150 per person (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $295 per person
*Book Now & Save $100 Per Person. All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on an air-inclusive package from YWG. For bookings made after April 4, 2019 call for rates.
Experience It! The Balloon Fiesta
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air.
From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. This signature event, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and one of the largest annual international events held in the United States.
DAYS 1, 2 Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
DAYS 3 – 5 Albuquerque Marriott, Albuquerque, New Mexico
DAY 1 SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – Tour Begins Welcome to a veritable “land of enchantment.” New Mexico is a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty. In both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, discover cities rich in multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history. Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world’s most photographed events. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception with your fellow travellers.
DAY 2 SANTA FE A local guide joins us on a trolley as we tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city, including the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel. Enjoy time to discover the many shops and numerous art museums that Santa Fe is known for. A special treat awaits at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. It’s your favourite cooking show come to life as you watch an expert chef create a delicious meal before your eyes. Everything is made with a southwest theme and is simply delightful. (B, D)
DAY 3 SANTA FE – ALBUQUERQUE Today we set out for Albuquerque. Travelling via the historic Turquoise Trail, you are sure to enjoy the stunning views. Prehistoric peoples made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area, and many battles were fought over this land. Next, we’ll stop in the quaint old coal mining town of Madrid. This is followed by what is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip – Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta. Join in the excitement of this annual hot air ballooning extravaganza. See balloons launch in two remarkable waves during the Mass Ascension. It’s one of the most spectacular displays of sound and colour in all of aviation. (B)
DAY 4 ALBUQUERQUE Experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta at dawn as the balloons ascend in the early light. After your early morning, you have some time to relax. Later this afternoon, enjoy a tour of Old Town Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Savour the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages. Experience a “must-do” as you thrill to a ride along the eclectic Route 66. Take some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants. (B)
DAY 5 ALBUQUERQUE Since before the Cold War started, New Mexico has been known as a hub for covert military projects. Today, this fascinating history unfolds at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History where a docent takes you on an intriguing journey that includes details of the Manhattan Project. Next, visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre. See the ever-changing galleries that highlight local and national Native American artists. With a focus on Pueblo artists, the centre strives to preserve their culture. (B, D)
DAY 6 ALBUQUERQUE – Tour Ends Your tour comes to an end with wonderful memories of the spectacular Balloon Fiesta. (B)
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