Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Plus Santa Fe and the Acoma Pueblo
4 Days | October 5-13, 2019
Starting At $CUSTOM
The world’s largest hot air ballooning event. Every October hundreds of colorful balloons float above the city as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains. It’s a marvelous tour whether your group flies to Albuquerque, includes this in a large Southwestern Bus Tour, or travel across the west by Amtrak. This is one great time.
All Tours are Custom Priced for Group Leaders.
Motorcoach Transportation and Professional Tour Managers are available.
Day 1 – Albuquerque – Today, you arrive in Albuquerque, NM. Check into your local hotel for a three night stay and time to freshen up. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant before heading to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world.
This evening you have reserved seats for the Balloon Glow and the After Glow Fireworks Show. The Balloon Glow happens when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time. It is probably the most spectacular single moment in all of the Balloon Fiesta. That is followed by the After Glow Fireworks. New Mexico’s most spectacular fireworks displays – now among Balloon Fiesta’s most popular events.
Day 2 – Dawn Patrol – Mass Ascension – Santa Fe – It’s an early morning today. You will begin before dawn at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The Dawn Patrol Show is a choreographed inflation & launch set to music. Following the morning glow is the Mass Ascension, when more than 500 balloons from all over the world, rise together in a harmonious lift off.
After the Mass Ascension, you will travel the scenic Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the United States. Famous for its unique mix of Spanish and Indian cultures, the rows of streets of Santa Fe are lined with buildings of distinctive design, adobe houses and interesting shops. Your visit to this historic city also features the Palace of the Governors, oldest continuously used public building in the United States and Historic Square. Returning to Albuquerque for the evening, dinner is included tonight at an authentic Mexican restaurant.
Day 3 – Albuquerque – Acoma Pueblo – You have a beautiful day trip scheduled this morning to the Acoma Pueblo & Sky City Cultural Center. It is built high atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff towering above a beautiful valley. Continuously occupied since 1150 A.D., Sky City is the oldest inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture, and it is truly one of the most magnificent vistas in the Southwest. You may feel like an Archeologist by the time your visit is over.
Returning to Albuquerque this afternoon, you enjoy a city tour including Old Town, San Felipe de Neri Church. Next you will enjoy a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, as it transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain at a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature’s more dramatic beauty unfold before you! Dinner is included this evening at another nice restaurant.
Day 4 – Depart for Home – Your last attraction in Albuquerque is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, owned and operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico, it showcases the history of the Pueblo people through art, artifacts, and dance. After this morning’s visit you depart for home.