Southwest Native Trails End Albuquerque with Balloon Fiesta

Southwest Native Trails End Albuquerque with Balloon Fiesta

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Southwest Native Trails End Albuquerque with Balloon Fiesta

12 Days Starting and ending in Albuquerque

Visiting: Albuquerque, Petroglyph National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Gallup, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

DPTBAM19

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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$3992 (USD) Operator discount: $445 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $113 -12%
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Tour Overview

This complete immersion in Native American Cultural Heritage will delight anyone who is interested in this rare opportunity to delve deeper into the captivating culture, traditions and history of the Ancestral Puebloans who once thrived in America's Southwest landscapes. This itinerary will include the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, the largest hot air balloon festival in the U.S., and end in Albuquerque.

Highlights

  • 4 Dinner (D)

  • 11 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • Santa Fe: Visit Nambé Pueblo, a Native American community in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains famous for its public ceremonies and traditions, strong agriculture, traditional textiles and world-renowned pottery. Once the primary cultural and religious center for the northern New Mexican pueblo communities, Nambé Pueblo has existed at this site since the 14th century. Take in the sprawling land of nearly 20,000 acres of towering cottonwoods, junipers, scrub oak and an occasional outcropping of sandstone on your cultural visit including lunch with the community elders.

  • 2 Lunch (L)

  • : Visit Trujillo's weaving shop and admire the New Mexico weaving tradition that dates back to Spanish Colonial times. Learn about the Trujillo family, whose members have been weavers in the Chimayo tradition for eight generations.

  • Albuquerque: Over nine days in October, the much-anticipated sight of colourful balloons punctuate Albuquerque's skyline. During this season, the sky is bluer, the days are gentler and the mornings crisper, and on the desert’s warm breath sails the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

  • Albuquerque: Home to one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.

  • Albuquerque: Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, gateway to the 19 Pueblos. Learn about the pueblo from ancient times to modern day through the museum and art galleries.

  • : See the graceful red sandstone arch geological formation for which the capital is named Tségháhoodzání (Window Rock). The small Memorial Tribal Park is not only home to Window Rock, but also to the Veterans Memorial, built to honour the many Navajo people who served in the U.S. military.

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Day 1: Kick Start Your Trip At Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta
Location: Albuquerque
Accommodation: Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Meals Included: Dinner

You're in for a wild time at Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta. Explore Old Town Albuquerque if you like before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Day 2: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Location: Albuquerque
Accommodation: Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Reception

This morning gaze upwards as hundreds of colourful balloons take to the sky. This evening, attend the exclusive and private Chasers' Club to view the mesmerizing Balloon Glow. Afterwards, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

Day 3: Uncover The History Of Acoma Pueblo
Location: Albuquerque, Petroglyph National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, Albuquerque
Accommodation: Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Trace centuries-old stories etched in stone by Ancestral Puebloan peoples and early Spanish settlers at the Petroglyph National Monument. Marvel at the designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks 400 to 700 years ago, a valuable record of cultural expression and of profound spiritual significance for Native Americans and the descendants of the early Spanish settlers. Continue to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center as you appreciate insights into the pueblo from ancient times to modern day through the museum and art galleries. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps join an optional visit to Sandia Peak Tramway to ascend one of America’s most stunning urban peaks where an 11,000 square mile panoramic view awaits.

Day 4: Explore Chaco Canyon Stays With Stories Make Travel Matter
Location: Albuquerque, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Gallup
Accommodation: El Rancho Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll love this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®  Experience along your Southwest Journey as you visit the Chaco Canyon inside Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Head on a field trip with your Local Specialist to Pueblo Bonito, an important “Great House” in modern day culture. This evening you will have dinner on historic Route 66 (Should weather conditions render the dirt road to Chaco Canyon unsafe, your Travel Director will arrange visits to more accessible destinations of historical and cultural significance.) Tonight, your Stays With Stories is historic El Rancho Hotel, home to many starlets in the 'Westerns' genre during the 1930s - 40s.

Day 5: Delve Into The Legacy Of The Navajo Make Travel Matter
Location: Gallup, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, stop at Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation, where you'll see the Window Rock geologic formation and the World War II Navajo Code Talkers' Memorial and learn how Navajos helped the United States win WWII. Take a step back in time and visit the Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site, and learn how the Navajo and settlers once traded. Delve into the story of Lorenzo Hubbell, who had a major influence on Navajo rug weaving and silversmithing. After a visit to the Canyon de Chelly Visitor Center, meet your certified Navajo Local Specialist and board your 6X6 vehicle to marvel at the stunning scenery with sandstone cliffs, canyons, and beautiful artwork in the forms of pictographs, petroglyphs and ruins in this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

Day 6: Marvel At Canyon De Chelly National Monument Make Travel Matter
Location: Chinle, Monument Valley
Accommodation: Goulding's Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast

See an ancient community built into a sandstone cliff as you peer over the edge of the White House Overlook to see the mastery of Ancient Puebloan construction. Watch nature defy gravity when you encounter Spider Rock and hear the legend of the mythical Spider Woman who is said to live in this towering stone spire. Enter Monument Valley National Tribal Park, a symbol of the American West with its iconic landscape of enormous rock features, including mesas, cliffs, and buttes made famous as the location for dozens of films stretching back almost a century. Meet your Navajo Local Specialist for a private guided excursion of Monument Valley in this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®  Experience. Continue deeper into the valley while experiencing the sights of Monument Valley through the eyes of your Navajo guide. Travel along backroads and trails unavailable to the public while learning the history and local culture of the Dineh people. Visit an authentic hogan, the primary, traditional dwelling of the Navajo people. Other traditional structures include the summer shelter, the underground home, and the sweat house.

Day 7: Time Hop To Prehistoric Settlements In The Southwest Stays With Stories Make Travel Matter
Location: Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango
Accommodation: Strater Hotel, Durango
Meals Included: Breakfast

Head to Hovenweep National Monument, an intriguing prehistoric settlement. As you travel through the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, stop at Southwest Colorado's leading archeological museum at the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Then have an insightful viewing of the Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites at Mesa Verde National Park. From the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, you can see the park's third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House. This evening your Stays With Stories is at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango.

Day 8: Dive Into Durango
Location: Durango
Accommodation: Strater Hotel, Durango
Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend your day at leisure exploring the historic town of Durango. Choose to go farther afield taking an optional scenic drive on Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway (U.S. Route 550), from the town of Ouray, known as the Switzerland of America, to the historic mining town of Silverton. Enjoy the panoramic views of one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. as you reach the summit at Red Mountain Pass at over 11,000 ft. Take time to explore and have lunch in Silverton before heading back to Durango. You can even choose to book a ride back onboard the historic Silverton narrow gauge steam train, an unforgettable step back in time aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered train. Chug along rails originally laid at the end of the 19th century winding through a spectacular wilderness (dependent on availability and season). If you are feeling more adventurous, opt for a white water rafting trip on the Animas River.

Day 9: Discover Taos Pueblo Dive Into Culture Connect With Locals
Location: Durango, Taos
Accommodation: Don Fernando De Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way through the mountains and into New Mexico, arriving at the Rio Grande Gorge, a geological feature where the watercourse of the Rio Grande follows a tectonic chasm. Cross the Taos Landmark Site of the Rio Grande Bridge, a steel arch bridge that stands roughly 600 feet above the Rio Grande. This afternoon, Dive Into Culture in charming Taos beginning at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark and artist colony in the heart of the Taos Historic District, home of 65 galleries, shops, restaurants and 21 landmarks. Tour Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Center and National Historic Landmark, with a Local Specialist. Connect with Locals who call the Pueblo home and learn about these iconic, multi-storied adobe buildings, built roughly 1,000 years ago. A piece of the past in the present, about 150 Puebloans still live within the pueblo today. Gain insight into likfe in the pueblo and leave with stories one can only hear from locals.

Day 10: Uncover The High Road From Taos To Santa Fe
Location: Taos, Santa Fe
Accommodation: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Start the day taking the High Road from Taos to Santa Fe and visit Trujillo's weaving shop. Learn first-hand how these eighth-generation weavers use one of a kind handwoven techniques. Visit Nambe Village, an active indigenous community at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along the Rio Grande River, for a traditional feast day meal prepared by elders at the Robinson Property. During this Be My Guest experience, learn more about Nambe culture over lunch and conversation. Continue to Bandelier National Monument and delve into the history of the people that inhabited this area 1,000 years ago. These fascinating cliff dwellings have been designated as one of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, City of Design and City of Crafts and Folk Art.

Day 11: Savour The Culture Of Santa Fe Make Travel Matter
Location: Santa Fe
Accommodation: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that takes you to Allan Houser Sculpture Garden, where you will meet with the museum’s director. The 50-acre property on a private tour with local specialist to see some of his most amazing works surrounded by juniper trees. This afternoon you’ll love this eye-opening MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you'll meet Emigdio Ballon, the agricultural director at the Tesuque Pueblo Community Farm. Learn about this Indigenous community and their efforts to achieve food sovereignty by preserving heirloom seeds and growing their own food. Then we make our way to a Nambe Village where you will enjoy a traditional feast day meal at the Robinson Property prepared by elders, which include traditional stews and deserts. Learn more about Nambe culture and enjoy a meal with an active indigenous community located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along the Rio Grande River.

Day 12: Depart Albuquerque
Location: Santa Fe, Albuquerque
Meals Included: Breakfast

Say a fond farewell to Santa Fe and make your way to Albuquerque Sunport International Airport at your leisure.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • All transport and transfers shown

  • Optional Experiences and free time

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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