The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smells of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. Guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park this year.Book Now
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smells of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. Guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park this year. You won't want to miss this city-wide celebration!
Roundtrip airport transfers from Delaware*
Roundtrip airfare including all taxes and fees
5-night first class accommodations at the Hyatt Place Uptown or similar
Transportation on a full-size motorcoach
Services of a professional tour director
4-breakfasts, 1-lunch, 3-dinners
Entrance fees to attractions, National Parks and Monuments as mentioned in itinerary
Tips for included meals
Luggage handling (1 suitcase per person)
Items of a personal nature (i.e., room service, telephone, liquor, etc.)
Customary gratuities for the tour director, driver, local guides and outfitters
Meals (other than mentioned in the itinerary)
This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground or unpaved trails. This tour covers areas of higher altitudes including overnight locations above 4,000ft. and touring above 10,000ft.
October 8, 2020
Travel by motorcoach to our airport or meet us there! Enjoy your flight to Albuquerque.
The "Land of Enchantment" welcomes you as you arrive in beautiful Albuquerque today. (*please arrive by 3:00pm) Meet your Western Leisure tour director and transfer to your hotel. After some time to settle in we'll drive to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious welcome dinner!
Hyatt Place Uptown, Albuquerque, NM (D)
October 9, 2020
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - Old Town - Afterglow
This morning experience a fascinating introduction to the way of life enjoyed by America's first "apartment dwellers," the Pueblo tribes of the Southwest. At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, you'll see their artifacts and crafts, and learn a little about the cultural and religious customs that have helped preserve this society for over 1,000 years. Later this morning, take a drive through Albuquerque, "The Jewel of the American Southwest," on your way to historic Old Town with some free time to explore hidden courtyards, stroll under covered portals and shop at the many fine specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza on your own. Old Town's tree-lined plaza and charming adobe buildings and churches are sure to delight the sightseer and the shopper! After you have time to explore and treat yourself to a delicious lunch in Old Town, we will drive to Balloon Fiesta Park to enjoy dinner at the Chaser Club with direct access onto Fiesta Field for the Twilight Twinkle Glow ™, and AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show. The Twilight Twinkle Glow starts when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time. It is perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta. The Twinkle Glow is followed by New Mexico's most spectacular fireworks display. Together they are Balloon Fiesta's most popular events.
October 10, 2020
Jeep Tour - Wine Tasting - Sandia Peak
This morning we'll depart on a jeep tour where we'll visit a Spanish Colonial Ruin dating between the mid 1700's to the late 1800's. Our guide will take us through petroglyphs and prehistoric country. Then we will head NW toward the mountains to a winery for an included tasting and time to order a glass of wine. Afterwards we will visit New Mexico's famous Sandia Peak, home to the tram that will whisk you 10,680 feet into the air for an unsurpassed view from the summit. On a clear day, you can easily see the wonderful New Mexico landscape in a 100-mile circle at your feet. Tonight, you will have free time to enjoy dinner on your own, but don't stay out too late as we have our earliest morning tomorrow!
October 11, 2020
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - Sky City
Today you will learn why Albuquerque is called the Balloon Capitol of the World. Depart for an early morning transfer to the Fiesta Field to witness the Dawn Patrol and have breakfast at the Chasers Club. The Dawn Patrol began at Balloon Fiesta in 1978, when two California balloonists developed position lighting systems that allowed them to fly at night. Dawn Patrol pilots take off in the dark and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites. Just at dawn when the winds are calmest, watch the mass ascension in a rainbow of colors at the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. After enjoying the balloon ascensions, we will head west to experience a guided tour of the Sky City Cultural Center followed by a visit to Haak'u Museum to view the exhibits, stunning Pueblo pottery and Southwest Indian art created by renowned Native American artists. *(Acoma Pueblo is subject to closure on short notice due to tribal ceremonies or events, a similar experience will be substituted if a closure occurs) Return to Albuquerque and your hotel with a little time to relax.
October 12, 2020
Today we're off to Santa Fe. The Turquoise Trail, named for the exquisite mineral that was once mined here, leads you to your first stop of the day, the real-life ghost town of Madrid. Madrid looks exactly like a ghost town should, with its rows of empty, ramshackle houses that once were the homes of three thousand miners and their families. The only sign of life now is the artists who come to paint this picturesque place, and who display their wares to the interested buyer. After time to explore this relic of the past, continue to the first state capitol in the United States, "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis," better known as Santa Fe. Founded in l609, the city offers many historic and scenic delights. Your tour will be a combination of driving and walking to the many famous sights including the historic Santa Fe Plaza with a view of the Palace of the Governors, the Loretto Chapel, a miniature model of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and the oldest church in New Mexico and more. There will be free time to explore the many wonderful shops, art galleries and restaurants for lunch on own. Take a chance to stroll through the Indian Market, where native arts and crafts are available directly from the artists who created them.
Travel back to Albuquerque, in the afternoon, for a tour of the exquisite Turquoise Museum. The museum displays are designed to educate, fascinate, and entertain. The Global Gallery displays 15 of the most collectible pieces of turquoise in the world; including the George Washington stone, the namesake of turquoise. Enjoy the Roman gothic décor as you tour the museum and enjoy a special farewell dinner to end the tour right!
October 13, 2020
After breakfast, transfer to the Albuquerque Airport for your departure home. Upon arrival we say good bye to our fellow travelers continuing on to their home while we board our motorcoach is waiting and returns us to the Quiet Resorts of Delaware.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
*This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground or unpaved trails. This tour covers areas of higher altitudes including overnight locations above 4,000ft. and touring above 10,000ft.
Deposit & Payments:
$200 per person deposit due with reservation; final payment due July 25, 2020
Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection is available for $258 per person and is payable at time of deposit.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
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