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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2023

Plus Santa Fe and Taos
4 Days
Oct 07 to Oct 10

Day 1 —
Saturday, October 7 — Denver to Albuquerque


This morning, meet your Southwest Adventure Tours tour director and depart the Denver area as you begin your journey southward to the "Land of Enchantment" with rest stops and a stop for lunch on your own along the way. In the late afternoon, arrive in Albuquerque and your hotel for check-in and some free time to relax on your own. Then, your Balloon Fiesta experience begins as you drive to Balloon Fiesta Park to enjoy dinner at the Chaser Club with direct access to Fiesta Field for the Twilight Twinkle Glow, and AfterGlow Fireworks Show. The Twilight Twinkle Glow starts when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time. It is perhaps the most spectacular moment in all of the Balloon Fiesta. The Twinkle Glow is followed by New Mexico's most spectacular fireworks display. Together they are Balloon Fiesta's most popular events.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Uptown or similar, Albuquerque, NM

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 —
Sunday, October 8 — Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta; Santa Fe

Today you will learn why Albuquerque is called the Balloon Capital of the World as you experience the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 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 the 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 in a rainbow of colors. 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, 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. After time to explore this relic of the past, continue on to the first state capital 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, scenic, and culinary delights. Check into your hotel with the evening free for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott or similar, Santa Fe, NM


Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 —
Monday, October 9 — Santa Fe

Start the day with a morning tour of Santa Fe. 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. The rest of the day will be free to explore the many wonderful shops and art galleries on your own. Take a chance to stroll through the Indian Market, where native arts and crafts are available directly from the artists who created them. This evening, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant where you can enjoy some of the famous Santa Fe cuisine.  

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott or similar, Santa Fe, NM


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 —
Tuesday, October 10 — Taos; Return to Denver

Depart for another day of exploration as you take the High Road to Taos. Visit Chimayo, where the descendants of Spanish weavers and woodcarvers still ply their crafts. After a stop to observe the artisans, travel the picturesque high road to the world class resort town of Taos. Founded in 1617 by the Spanish, Taos has kept its Spanish and Indian influences. You will visit Taos Pueblo, a village that has been inhabited for more than 800 years, and whose adobe structures have changed little since the first Spanish explorers saw them in the 1540s. Then, arrive at Taos Plaza with free time to wander the streets, enjoying the atmosphere and browsing the offerings of many artists who have come here to capture the allure of this delightful place. Lunch will be on your own today. In the afternoon, travel north with a rest stop along the way. Then, arrive in Denver to end your journey.


Meals: Breakfast

Image by Kyle Hinkson

October 7


October 10



Per Person (Double Occupancy)


Per Person (Solo)



Only one room left!

Image by Esee Hicolave


  • 4 days/3 nights

  • 3 Breakfasts

  • 2 Dinners

  • Hotel accommodation

  • Comfortable full-size motorcoach

  • Tour director

  • Albuquerque Balloon Festival

  • Indian Pueblo Culture Center

  • Tour of Santa Fe

  • Taos Pueblo

  • Gratuities for included meals

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