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5-day escorted tour, from $1,829* per person, departs October 4 and October 8, 2019

Itinerary

  • Days 1–2 / Albuquerque
    Arrive in Albuquerque and enjoy a festive welcome dinner. Watch the morning balloon ascension from a private outdoor patio at Balloon Fiesta Park. Discover the history and culture of the area during a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Explore hidden courtyards and take an optional walking tour of the historic Plaza area in Old Town.

  • Day 3 / Albuquerque – Santa Fe
    Drive back into history through old mining towns along the picturesque Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. On a guided walking tour of Santa Fe, visit the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission. Return to Balloon Fiesta Park to enjoy the evening Glowdeo® from the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Museum, where a buffet-style dinner and open bar await. The AfterGlow Fireworks Show provides a dazzling end to the day.

  • Days 4–5 / Bandelier National Monument – Chimayo – Albuquerque
    Start the day aboard the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway—one of the world's longest free-span cable tramways—then it's on to Bandelier National Monument to discover the mesas, sheer-walled canyons and Pueblo dwellings found among them. Visit the historic village of Chimayo, known for the colorful textiles local weavers produce. Return to Albuquerque late in the afternoon for a farewell dinner. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Details

If there was one word to describe New Mexico, it would be “colorful”—colorful art, colorful people, colorful scenery and colorful festivals. Experience a little bit of each during the week the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is the main event. With a AAA host as your guide, rise bright and early to catch the morning Mass Ascension.

Hot-air balloons launch at dawn, looking like cheerful globes colored in Crayola-friendly solids, stripes, checkerboards and other patterns. The beauty and uniqueness of the display—not to mention the surrounding scenery—make it one of the most photographed events in the world. It is one of two balloon events that are part of this exclusive vacation; the other is a Glowdeo® buffet dinner at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Museum, a AAA Complimentary Inclusion. Watch from comfortable seats as tethered balloons inflate at dusk and light their burners in a synchronized show.

When not at the balloon fiesta, you explore the historic village of Chimayo, accessed by the aerial Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. Plus, you travel the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

AAA Members enjoy a buffet dinner at Glowdeo®.

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Rose Stadt, AAA Travel Counselor, Vallejo, Calif.

More and more people want to customize their escorted trips with longer stays in certain cities or visits to specific sites. I make sure the independent pieces fit seamlessly with the tour.

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