Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Departs: October 5th, 2021 Returns: October 15th, 2021
This 10 day journey starts with an overnight stop in St. Louis,
followed by a night in Oklahoma City. While in Oklahoma City,
we will enjoy dinner in the beautiful Bricktown area with the group before
taking an inspiring nighttime stroll through the Oklahoma City Memorial.
The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a place of quiet reflection which
honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever
on April 19, 1995. It encompasses the now-sacred soil where the
Murrah Building once stood, as well as the surrounding area devastated
by the attack.
The next day, we will follow the same path as the “Mother Road,”
Route 66 with a rest stop along the way. All too soon you will enter
great State of Texas and arrive in Amarillo with free time in the
historic Route 66 District for lunch on own and shopping.
We will then depart Amarillo traveling west on I-40 (Route 66),
making a picture stop at Cadillac Ranch, another iconic Route 66
experience. We will then cross the border into the Land of Enchantment,
New Mexico. Your destination this afternoon is Albuquerque,
where you’ll meet your local Western Leisure tour director.
This evening enjoy the traditional cuisine of the area
and the company of your fellow tour members at a welcome dinner.
Once in Albuquerque, you’ll learn is called the Balloon Capitol
of the World. If there is any problem with weather, we can enjoy
the Balloon Fiesta activities on one of the next two days.
We’ll depart for an early morning transfer from the hotel to see
the Dawn Patrol show in the Chasers Club. Just at dawn when the
winds are calmest, we’ll watch the mass ascension of Special
Shape hot-air balloons (Special Shapes Rodeo) in a rainbow
of colors and a variety of shapes at the world-famous Albuquerque
Balloon Fiesta. After enjoying the ascension, we will 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. Then we’ll continue back to Albuquerque to
enjoy our city tour of Albuquerque, “The Jewel of the American Southwest”
The next day we will make our way into the majestic Sandia Mountains
and climb aboard the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the mountain’s
10,378-foot summit, affording thrilling panoramic views of the city
and the Rio Grande Valley. After soaking in at the top of the Sandia’s
we will make our way into 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! Our next adventure will be at
the fascinating Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which tells the story of
New Mexico’s Pueblo Indian culture, including authentic native
art, craft, and dance demonstrations. We will then venture back to the
Balloon Fiesta grounds, where we will enjoy a buffet dinner before our
evening feature: The AfterGlow Fireworks Show.
Santa Fe awaits you the following morning as you enjoy touring
of this historic city including the Palace of Governors, seat of
government for more than 300 years, St. Francis Cathedral
and the lovely Loretto Chapel, a miniature replica of
Saint-Chapelle in Paris.
On another day of exploration we’ll take the High Road to Taos.
Visit Chimayo, where the descendants of Spanish weavers and
woodcarvers still ply their crafts. You will visit Taos Indian Pueblo,
a village that has been inhabited for more than 800 years, and have a
chance to wander the streets. In the afternoon, we will continue north
into Colorado and arrive Great Sand Dunes National Park for sightseeing.
We will enjoy a scenic drive north to Canõn City to board the Royal
Gorge Route Railroad for a vintage train ride along the legendary
rkansas River deep within the Gorge. Lunch will also be provided on board.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy touring of Garden of the Gods.
Our tour will conclude with a stop in North Platte, Nebraska for sightseeing
of the Golden Spike Tower, then continuing into Kearney for a tour the Great
Platte River Road Archway.
Cost: Double $2,799/Triple $2,459/Quad (Not Avail), Single $3,899
6:00 am Maplewood (Babler Bus)
6:20 am Dykesville (Park & Ride Hwy 57)
6:45 am Green Bay GV & 172 Park & Ride on Hoffman Rd
7:15 am Manitowoc Park & Ride (across from Perkins)