Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Oct 7, 2021 - Oct 11, 2021
Oct 7, 2021 - Oct 11, 2021
Includes air flights from Hartford! The 'Land of Enchantment' welcomes you to Albuquerque for this spectacular event. Let the Balloon Fiesta begin!
Fly from Hartford to Albuquerque … The "Land of Enchantment" welcomes you. Meet your tour director and transfer to your hotel. After some time to settle in, join the group and drive to Balloon Fiesta Park to begin your Balloon Fiesta experience. Enjoy dinner at the Chasers Club with direct access onto Fiesta Field for the Special Shape Glowdeo™, and AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show. The Special Shape 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 Shape 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 (D)
This morning visits 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. Then we’ll 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 l,000 years. Next enjoy a driving tour of Albuquerque, “The Jewel of the American Southwest.” You will see the downtown area as well as the University of New Mexico before stopping in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Old Town’s tree-lined plaza and charming adobe buildings and churches are sure to delight the sightseer and the shopper! While in Old Town, enjoy shopping and lunch on your own. Next visit New Mexico’s famous Sandia Peak, home to the tram that will whisk you 10,680 feet into the air for an unsurpassed view from the summit. On a clear day, you can easily see the wonderful New Mexico landscape in a 100-mile circle at your feet. This evening joins the group for dinner. Hyatt Place Uptown *or similar, Albuquerque, NM (B, D)
Today you will learn why Albuquerque is called the Balloon Capitol 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. Next 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 the hotel with the evening free. Hyatt Place Uptown *or similar, Albuquerque, NM (B. L)
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 before a delightful farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Hyatt Place Uptown *or similar, Albuquerque, NM (B, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the Albuquerque Airport for your departure home. (B)
DOUBLE - PER PERSON
SINGLE - PER PERSON
If a passenger cancels from deposit to June 4, 2021 fee of $500 pp; June 5, 2021 to Jul 1, 2021, fee of $1300 pp; no refunds if canceled after Jul 1, 2020. Air cancel fees may be additional.
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
Trip Protection Coverage with CANCEL FOR ANY REASON coverage is available through Travel Insured when purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit—ask Friendship Tours/The Ship Shop for more information