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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Oct 7, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020

Includes air flights from Hartford! The 'Land of Enchantment' welcomes you to Albuquerque for this spectacular event. Let the Balloon Fiesta begin!

5 Day(s) | 8 Meals


  • Round trip flights from Hartford to Albuquerque, NM
  • 4 nights hotel accommodations
  • 8 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 3 dinners including a dinner at the Chaser Club with direct access onto Fiesta Field for the Special Shapes Glowdeo and Afterglow Fireworks Show
  • Watch the Dawn Patrol - lighted balloon takeoff in the dark until they can spot landing sights
  • Watch the Mass Ascension of rainbow colored balloons for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
  • Visit to Santa Fe, the Ghost Town of Madrid, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Turquoise Museum & More
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation through New Mexico
  • Professional Tour Director upon arrival in Albuquerque


Day 1

Flight from Hartford/Bradley to Albuquerque. The "Land of Enchantment" welcomes you as you arrive in beautiful Albuquerque today. Meet your tour director and transfer to your hotel. After some time to settle in, join the group a fun welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Hyatt Place Uptown (or similar), Albuquerque, NM (D)

Day 2

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. Next, we travel to Acoma Pueblo for an included lunch and touring. The Pueblo offers a window in time where Native people carry on the customary traditions of their ancestors through Native American pottery making and tribal celebrations. Enjoy 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. Then drive to Balloon Fiesta Park to enjoy dinner at the Chaser Club with direct access onto Fiesta Field for the Special Shapes Glowdeo™ (weather permitting), and AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show. The Special Shapes Glowdeo 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 Special Shapes Glowdeo is followed by New Mexico's most spectacular fireworks display. Together they are Balloon Fiesta's most popular events. Hyatt Place Uptown (or similar), Albuquerque, NM (B,L,D)

Day 3

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 on 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 late afternoon, with some time to relax and have dinner on your own. Hyatt Place Uptown (or similar), Albuquerque, NM (B)

Day 4

Today you will learn why Albuquerque is called the Balloon Capital 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 (weather permitting) in a rainbow of colors at the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 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! In the afternoon, visit the Turquoise Museum where you will enter the museum through a mock mine tunnel and see the veins and nugget formations just as if you are a miner. Learn about rare specimens and the process of grinding and shaping the stones before time at leisure in the gift shop. After an exciting day, return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free to relax before a delightful farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Hyatt Place Uptown (or similar), Albuquerque, NM (B,D)

Day 5

After breakfast, transfer to the Albuquerque Airport for your departure home. (B)







Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $900 pp due with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: June 4, 2020

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to June 4, 2020 fee of $700 pp; June 5, 2020 to Jul 1, 2020, fee of $1300 pp; no refunds if canceled after Jul 1, 2020.

Trip Protection Policy

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered. Premium is non-refundable once paid. Three ways to enroll:

1. Website: https://nta.aontravelprotect.com Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.

2. Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.

3. Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

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