Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

October 8, 2021 to October 13, 2021

Look to the New Mexico sky and feel your spirits lift among hundreds of colorful hot-air balloons as they take flight above Albuquerque. On your guided tour of New Mexico, you’ll be introduced to the art and science of ballooning and witness the early morning mass ascension of the largest ballooning event in the world. Visit the International Balloon Museum, indulge in tequila tasting, and gaze upon the evening’s Balloon Glow and Afterglow Fireworks Show.

Your visit to Albuquerque also includes a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, historic Route 66, and Old Town. Tour the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History and hear about the famed Manhattan Project. Travel along the “Turquoise Trail” through the Sandia Mountains to Santa Fe. Take a guided Trolley Tour to see the San Miguel Mission and the “Miracle Stairway” of Loretto Chapel. You’ll join an excursion to visit Santuario de Chimayo to learn about the miraculous healing powers that attract thousands of pilgrims each year. This escorted tour of the American southwest highlights the enchanted landscapes and legends of New Mexico that will lift your heart.

 

 

 

We depart from Milwaukee for our flight to New Mexico. Welcome to Albuquerque! At 6pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. You’ll also enjoy a short presentation from a local BALLOONIST, who will educate you on the sport of ballooning and what you can expect the next several days.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown (or similar)

Get ready for the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! Experience this morning’s pre-dawn Opening Ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Ascension—where hundreds of hot air balloons take off and turn the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors, all led by a balloon flying the American flag to the music of The Star Spangled Banner. What began as a gathering of 13 balloons more than 47 years ago has grown into the largest ballooning event in the world. While on the balloon grounds, visit the International Balloon Museum, dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, and spectacle of ballooning. Then, visit a traditional New Mexican restaurant for a tequila tasing followed by lunch. Return to the hotel before catching the popular Balloon Glow, where all balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and the amazing After-Glow Fireworks Show.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a fascinating museum and crafts market collectively run by the 19 New Mexico pueblos (villages). Here, you will learn about the history, background, and life of what now comprise the 19 pueblos of New Mexico. Next, see historic Route 66 and Old Town. This afternoon, learn about New Mexico’s legendary covert military projects, including the Manhattan Project, with a guided tour of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The museum provides an objective, accessible window into the past, present, and future of nuclear science from the origins of atomic theory to modern-day advances in nuclear medicine. Tonight, your Tour Director will have dining suggestions for your evening at leisure.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Uptown (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Today, travel along the Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe. This scenic drive passes through the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, past wide-open spaces and dramatic scenery. Arrive in Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the U.S. Experience this city up close as you embark on a guided trolly tour, including the San Miguel Mission, the Palace of the Governors, the State Capitol, and Loretto Chapel’s “Miracle Stairway.” With your afternoon free, why not visit the New Mexico Museum of Art or try one of Santa Fe’s many delicious restaurants?

Hotel: Hilton Buffalo Thunder (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

This morning visit nearby Chimayo which was founded in the 17th century by Spanish settlers. Visit Santuario de Chimayo and learn about the miraculous healing powers that still attract thousands of pilgrims each year. Return to Santa Fe Plaza for lunch at a celebrated restaurant featuring New American West cuisine. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the plaza or return to your resort. This evening enjoy a festive farewell dinner with entertainment.

Hotel: Hilton Buffalo Thunder (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Santa Fe for Albuquerque International Sunport Airport after 11am. An airport transfer is provided.

Meals: Breakfast

*Hotels and tour itinerary are subject to change.


Air-Inclusive Package Transportation

  • Round-trip air from Milwaukee to Albuquerque, New Mexico including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel motorcoach transfers in Albuquerque including baggage handling when purchasing our air-included package (arrival must be between 9am and 4pm for transfers to be included)

5 Night Hotel Accommodations

  • Three nights in Albuquerque
  • Two nights in Sante Fe

All hotel taxes, resort fees, baggage handling for one bag per person. Hotels are subject to change.

Tour Services

  • Professional  local Tour Director
  • Professional driver and guide for transfers and included excursions
  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Included Sightseeing

  • Albuquerque: Balloonist presentation; opening ceremonies; Mass Ascension; Balloon Glow & After-Glow fireworks show at the Balloon Fiesta; International Balloon Museum; tequila tasting and lunch at a traditional restaurant; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Santa Fe: Travel the Turquoise Trail; trolley tour including Loretto Chapel; farewell dinner featuring authentic Southwestern entertainment
  • Chimayo: Visit Santuario de Chimayo
  • Fox Exclusive Optional Tour (TBD)

Included Dining

  • Daily breakfast
  • Two lunches including:
    • Lunch in Albuquerque with a tequila tasting
    • Lunch at a local restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tour Notes

  • The fiesta area is large, and guests should be prepared for easy but sustained walking.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 7,199 feet.

* A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination. Hotels, tour itinerary and tour inclusions are subject to change.

Tour-Only

Arrange your own airfare to New Mexico
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Airfare from Milwaukee
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $657.00
Triple Reduction: Call for pricing
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
No later than July 2, 2021

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $144.10 per person ARE INCLUDED and subject to change. The price outlined above does not include:  gratuities for the coach driver, tour director or guides; meals, other than those specifically mentioned; beverages, other than included dinners; airline baggage fees; items of a personal nature such as internet/phone, laundry, passport fees, optional trip insurance, anything not specifically listed as included in the package price.

Globus Early Booking Discount: Book no later than June 1, 2020 and receive a $205.00 discount per person

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Flight schedules are currently TBD and subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to July 2, 2021: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • July 3 – August 3, 2021: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 4 – September 7, 2021: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 8, 2021 to 0 days prior to travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.        

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