Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, Santa Fe

Up, up and away! This is an experience not to be missed! The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world's most photographed events. Set in New Mexico, a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty, the Fiesta is simply one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color you are ever to witness. This exciting journey also includes time in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, two culturally rich cities. Visit the unique shops and restaurants of Old Town Albuquerque. Wind through the stunning Turquoise Trail. Set out on an open-air tram tour of Santa Fe with a local guide. Experience the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Our prices start from

$ 1,799 LAND ONLY

6 Days • GUIDED • 7 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • On some dates alternate hotels may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Albuquerque, New Mexico - Tour Begins

Albuquerque Marriott, Albuquerque, NM

Dinner Included

Welcome to a true "land of enchantment." As we explore Albuquerque and Santa Fe, a rich blend of multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history await. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.

Day 2 - Albuquerque

Embark on a bucket-list drive along the eclectic Route 66.

Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM or Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

Breakfast Included

Today 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. This is your chance to experience one of the world's most photographed events. Watch as the balloons launch in one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color in all of aviation. After your early morning, enjoy some time to relax. This afternoon, visit Old Town Albuquerque. Savor the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages. Experience a "must-do" as you embark on a bucket-list ride along the eclectic Route 66. Then enjoy some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants. Tonight, return to the fiesta grounds to experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta by moonlight. The breathtaking event of balloons lit from within at night is known as "Balloon Glow." There will be plenty of time to stroll the grounds, shop for a memorable Balloon Fiesta souvenir or grab a bite to eat. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 3 - Albuquerque

See the ever-changing art galleries at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM or Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

Breakfast Included

Since before the Cold War, 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. Later this afternoon, 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. With a focus on Pueblo artists, the center strives to preserve their culture. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4 - Albuquerque - Santa Fe

Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM or Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

Breakfast Included

Today we set out for Santa Fe. Traveling 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. Once in Santa Fe, a local guide joins us on an open-air tram 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. Tonight, enjoy a reception at the hotel. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5 - Santa Fe

Your favorite cooking show comes to life at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM or Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today is yours to explore Santa Fe independently. With so much to see and do in this Southwestern city, perhaps you will visit a museum or one of the many art galleries on Canyon Road. A special treat awaits at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. It's your favorite 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - Santa Fe - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Your tour comes to an end with wonderful memories of the spectacular Balloon Fiesta.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on September 29, 2021 travel date.

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