Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Bandalier Nat'l Monument

Witness the Mass Ascension, as hundreds of balloons lift off into the crisp early-morning high-desert air.

Our prices start from

$ 2,129 LAND ONLY

5 Days • GUIDED • 10 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Services of a AAA host
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 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

Albuquerque Marriott Uptown

Dinner Included

Welcome to Albuquerque, the Land of Enchantment! Transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your tour manager along with your fellow travelers and enjoy a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant known for its fine New Mexican cuisine.

Day 2 - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

Enjoy the exclusive viewing area at the Morning Mass Ascension. The Mass Ascension at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is one of the most photographed spectacles anywhere and it is also a great place to people watch, sample delicious foods and shop for souvenirs at a wide range of vendor booths.

Albuquerque Marriott Uptown

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Leave the hotel bright and early for the Morning Mass Ascension at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. This is one of the most photographed spectacles anywhere and it is also a great place to people watch, sample delicious foods and shop for souvenirs at a wide range of vendor booths. Enjoy this wonderful experience while sitting in a private outdoor patio at the Chaser's Club located next to the launch field. Hot breakfast and other snacks will be provided. Next, discover the history and culture of the Pueblo with a visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Enjoy a buffet lunch during your visit. Continue on an optional visit to Old Town, where we'll take a brief walking tour of the historic Plaza area of Old Town, the original center of Albuquerque. There will be time to explore hidden courtyards, stroll under covered portals and shop on your own at the many fine specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Return to the hotel with the remainder of the day and evening at leisure.

Balloon Fiesta is a weather-dependent event. While early October weather is generally ideal for hot-air ballooning, strong winds or storms may delay or cancel balloon events.

Day 3 - Albuquerque - Santa Fe - Albuquerque Glowdeo®

*During the Glowdeo®, balloons inflate at dusk, remain tethered, and light their burners in a synchronized fashion. Enjoy this spectacular sight from the exclusive Gondola Club, where a buffet-style dinner with full open bar await you. After the glow, the AfterGlow Fireworks Show will dazzle and delight you.

Albuquerque Marriott Uptown

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Travel the historic and scenic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, which links Albuquerque and Santa Fe. You will drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos. Upon arrival in Santa Fe take a guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous "miraculous" staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Lunch will be served at a local favorite restaurant. Return to Balloon Fiesta Park for the evening Glowdeo®.* During the glow, balloons inflate at dusk, remain tethered, and light their burners in a synchronized fashion. Enjoy this spectacular event from the exclusive Gondola Club, where comfortable seating and buffet-style dinner with full open bar await you. After the glow, the AfterGlow Fireworks Show will dazzle and delight you.

In case of inclement weather and the glow is cancelled, dinner will still be served at the Gondola Club.

Day 4 - Albuquerque - Bandalier National Monument - Albuquerque

Albuquerque Marriott Uptown

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Travel to Chimayo Village, one of the most famous landmarks in New Mexico, dating back to the seventeenth-century. This venerable religious shrine is built over earth that is said to have miraculous healing qualities. The church interior and altar screens are exquisite examples of early 19th century religious folk art masters. After you'll enjoy a hosted lunch before heading to Bandelier National Monument. Best known for mesas, sheer-walled canyons and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them. The Anasazi farmed this canyon for over 400 years and lived in multi-storied stone and mud structures or in caves carved out of the volcanic cliffs. Later this evening you'll enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions at a local favorite.

Day 5 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Breakfast Included

After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to your spectacular Balloon Fiesta experience. Transfer to the Albuquerque airport for your flight home.

2021 Tour Dates

October
1, 5
|
$2,129

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on October 1, 2021 travel date.

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AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Buffet dinner during Glowdeo®.

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