Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta highlights New Mexico culture and Balloon flight

Trip Includes: Airport Transfers, Air Fare, Motorcoach Transportation, 4 Nights Lodging, 2 visits to Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque Tour, Rt 66, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Turquois Trail, Santa Fe Tour, Sandia Peak Ariel Tramway, Balloon Museum, 3 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, Escort, Taxes and Meal Gratuities.

Day 1

Depart BWI for Albuquerque. Arrive in New Mexico, Check into the Marriot Albuquerque
Check into the Marriott Albuquerque. Freshen up and rest before departing for your 1st experience of the Balloon Fiesta. The Balloon Glow ~ The sight of balloons lit from within at night is breathtaking. Balloon Fiesta launched its Balloon Glow, the world's biggest, in 1987. Balloon Glow all burns, when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time are perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta. Tonight you will also see the Fastrax sky diving team and a fireworks show. Enjoy the Food vendors and artisans as well.

Day 2

Breakfast included at hotel. Today your guide will meet you at the hotel and introduce you to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and enjoy the galleries full of local and national Native American artists. A focus on Pueblo artists helps to preserve their local culture. This afternoon explore Old Town Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Savor the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages and rake a ride along the eclectic Route 66. Enjoy and included local dinner tonight. (B,D)

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Day 3

Breakfast included at hotel. Today, venture off the freeway and onto the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. The Scenic and Historic Area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Along Highway 14, enjoy a breathtaking view from atop Sandia Crest, travel through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, alive with art, crafts, music, museums and restaurants. Arriving in Santa Fe we will enjoy a tour of the Historic Santa Fe to include The Historic Loretto Chapel, Canyon Road and its colorful art galleries, Santa Fe's Museum Hill area, the historic Santa Fe Plaza and the Palace of the Governors. Afterwards take time to shop and grab a bite to eat before we depart for the Sandia Peak. Take the Aerial Tramway to the top. Ascend one of America’s most stunning urban peaks. Reaching the 10,378-foot crest of the Sandia Mountains in 15 minutes, an 11,000 square mile panoramic view awaits you. Take some time to explore the top before returning to the bottom. Return to the hotel and freshen up before dinner. (B,D)

B, D

Day 4

Up early and off to the highlight of your trip—Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta. Watch with excitement as the hot air ballooning begin to lift with the sunrise. As one of the world’s most photographed events, you must be ready to get that once in a lifetime shot! Watch as the balloons fill the sky during the balloon ascension. This spectacular display in one of the most amazing in all of aviation. Later this morning you can see the Competition Flying, Chainsaw carving and grab the ’must have from a local artisan. Shuttle service available back to the hotel at 9:30AM and 11:30AM. Take a guided tour of the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum this afternoon. Explore the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight. Discover how human aviation began with ballooning in 1783 and the many advancements that have followed. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight with your group. (D)


Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Return flight home today. (B)


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Carlisle - Weis 351 East High Street Carlisle, PA 17013
Park away from store, closer to Taco Bell
Mechanicsburg - WEIS 5140 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA
Park along Simpson Ferry Road side of the lot
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