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Overview

Enchanted New Mexico with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Whoever said “Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows” never visited the enchanting state of New Mexico or attended the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Artists, writers, and poets have long been inspired by the hues of hot pinks, deep purples, and flaming oranges that dance daily across the mystical southwestern sky. But for one week in October, chasing rainbows becomes even easier as hundreds of hot air balloons take flight and turn the already stunning atmosphere into a kaleidoscope of dizzying color. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the largest balloon event in the world, yet its Mass Ascension, fiery Balloon Glow, evening fireworks, and other beloved rituals aren’t the only highlights on this vibrant New Mexico vacation. Visits to artsy Santa Fe, and the pilgrimage site of Chimayo are equally uplifting.

Highlights of Enchanted New Mexico with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Notes

Guests should expect sustained walking and standing. Schedule of fiesta events are subject to change and will be confirmed on tour. The Albuquerque Airport is approximately 1.5 hours from Santa Fe depending on traffic. Schedule departure flights accordingly.

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Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Headsets are provided throughout the tour.

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Enchanted New Mexico with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

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Enchanted New Mexico with the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Meals

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE Welcome to Albuquerque! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink and presentation by a [LF] local balloonist.

Day 2

ALBUQUERQUE ALBUQUERQUE Opening Ceremonies and Mass Balloon Ascension. Visit to the International Balloon Museum. [LF] Tequila tasting and lunch at a famed local restaurant. Balloon Glow and After-Glow fireworks show this evening. (B,L)

Day 3

ALBUQUERQUE ALBUQUERQUE Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Guided sightseeing includes Route 66 and Old Town. Guided tour of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 4

ALBUQUERQUE–SANTA FE ALBUQUERQUE Scenic drive on the [LF] Turquoise Trail en route to Santa Fe.
SANTA FE Guided trolley tour includes San Miguel Mission, the Palace of the Governors, the State Capitol, and Loretto Chapel including the “Miracle Stairway.” Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Santa Fe by browsing the galleries and artisan shops. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 5

SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO CHIMAYO CHIMAYO Visit [LF] Santuario De Chimayo to learn about the miraculous healing powers that still attract thousands of pilgrims each year.
SANTA FE Lunch at a hidden gem local restaurant on the Santa Fe Plaza. Free time this afternoon before farewell dinner with live Mariachi performers this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 6

SANTA FE–ALBUQUERQUE SANTA FE Morning drive to Albuquerque.
ALBUQUERQUE Your vacation ends at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport. Schedule departing flights after 11 am. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-09-30 2022-09-30 2022-10-05 $2219 $150 $2069 AF20930A Not Available
2 2022-09-30 2022-09-30 2022-10-05 $2219 $150 $2069 AF20930 Available
3 2022-10-07 2022-10-07 2022-10-12 $2219 $150 $2069 AF21007A Not Available
4 2022-10-07 2022-10-07 2022-10-12 $2219 $150 $2069 AF21007 Available
5 2023-10-06 2023-10-06 2023-10-11 $2329 $232.9 $2096.1 AF31006 Available
6 2023-10-13 2023-10-13 2023-10-18 $2329 $232.9 $2096.1 AF31013 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown The Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown features amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, pool, restaurant, and business center. Albuquerque 6510 Americas Parkway Moderate First-Class
2 Hilton Buffalo Thunder Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort features a hotel, casino, spa, and golf course in a dramatic Santa Fe setting, just 15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. The hotel captures the Spanish-Pueblo style with rich earth tones, timber beams, and regional sculpture and pottery. Santa Fe 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail Superior First-Class
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