EXPERIENCE IT! The Albuquerque Festival is a world-renowned attraction. From a modest beginning in 1972 with 13 balloons, this signature event, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth and the most photographed. The first week in October brings you a magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. You’ll visit and sightsee in both Albuquerque and lovely Santa Fe. It is beautiful and it’s fun. Join us for this New Mexico experience.
Day 3 - SANTA FE/ALBUQUERQUE
Depart after breakfast for Albuquerque, traveling via the Turquoise Trail, a scenic and historic area in the heart of New Mexico. Prehistoric people made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area and battles were fought over this land. Kit Carson marched the Navajo people along the Trail during their “Long Walk” to Fort Sumner. We’ll stop in quaint Madrid, originally a coal mining town, and now a town of converted old company stores and houses into quality shops and galleries. Arrive in Santa Fe, your home for 3 nights. Meals:B
ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FESTIVAL
October 5 - 10, 2017
6 days/ 5 nights
(Additional $40 for transportation from Independence)
I T I N E R A R Y
DAY 1 - INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON/PHL AIRPORT/
Morning departure for Philadelphia to board your flight to Albuquerque to experience New Mexico, a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty. In both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, discover cities rich in natural beauty and profound history. On arrival transfer to the Drury Hotel in Santa Fe, your home for two nights. Enjoy dinner this evening with your travel companions. Meals:D
Day 6 - AIRPORT TRANSFER
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to Philadelphia where transportation will be waiting to return you home. Meals:B
TOUR INCLUIONS: Roundtrip transportation from Independence, Newark and Wilmington to Philadelphia Airport * roundtrip air Philadelphia/Albuquerque - Albuquerque/Philadelphia * airfare taxes and fees (subject to change until ticketed) * hotel accommodations for 5 nights based on double occupancy * meals include 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners * a guided tour in Santa Fe and Albuquerque * taxes and gratuities for hotels and included meals * luggage handling at hotels * services of a Collette Tour Manager throughout tour * an accompanying Tour Manager from 4 Seasons Tours with a minimum of 15 passengers *
Conditions and cancellations : a deposit of $250 is due with each reservation. Final payment is due July 25, 2017. Insurance is available at a cost of $240 per person and must accompany your deposit. With insurance you may cancel for any reason. Without insurance your deposit is nonrefundable after April 5, 2017. Insurance does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. Insurance is highly recommended.
Responsibility: B & B Travel, Inc, d/b/a/ 4 Seasons Tours and Travel acts only as agent for Collette. 4 Seasons Tours is not responsible for loss, damage, injury or expense on account of delay, failure or accident of any conveyance or service or from any cause whatsoever, whether or not due to or caused by negligence of any company or person.
Day 2 - SANTA FE
A local guide joins you for a tour of the Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city. Leisure time to discover the many shops and numerous art museums that Santa Fe is known for. A special treat awaits you at the Santa Fe School of Cooking as you watch an expert chef create a delicious meal before your eyes. Everything is made with a southwest theme and is simply delightful! Meals:B,D
Day 4 - BALLOON FESTIVAL!
Rise early to experience the grandeur of the Balloon Festival at dawn as the balloons ascend in the early light. It’s a colorful site you’ll never forget! Time to relax before your afternoon tour of Old Town Albuquerque and the surrounding area. The turquoise mines of New Mexico produce some of the finest turquoise and silver in the world. You’ll have time here and later at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for some fine shopping for silver jewelry and to have a great meal at one of the many restaurants. Meals:B
Day 5 - ALBUQUERQUE
New Mexico has long been known for its military projects. Today this fascinating history unfolds at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History where a docent takes you on an intriguing journey. Next visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. See the ever-changing galleries that highlight local and national Native American artists. Dinner included this evening. Meals:B,D