Southwest Native Trails End Santa Fe

Southwest Native Trails End Santa Fe

Start: Albuquerque Finish: Santa Fe (NM)

Visiting: Albuquerque, Acoma Pueblo, Gallup, Nageezi, Chinle, Bluff (UT), Monument Valley, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Taos, Santa Fe (NM)


Duration: 10 Nights

Tour code: DPTSN17

Tour operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

This immersive Native American heritage tour will delight anyone who wants to delve deeper into the captivating culture and traditions of the Southwest. From Chaco Canyon’s Pueblo structures to Hovenweep National Monument’s villages through local historians, you’ll embrace history of the Ancestral Puebloans as well as current thriving Native American cultures of the Southwest.

Highlights

  • iconConnect With Locals Tour Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World's Heritage Center and National Historic Landmark, and meet people who call the Pueblo home learning about these iconic, multi-storied adobe buildings, built roughly 1,000 years ago. A piece of the past in the present, you'll leave with stories one can only hear from locals.
  • iconExplore Pueblo Bonito "Great House" and the North Rim scenic drive with a Local Specialist
  • iconStays With Stories Lodge at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, an authentic Southwestern adobe boutique hotel
  • iconVisit Petroglyph National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Taos Pueblo, Santa Fe, Tesuque Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument
  • iconMAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Meet Emigdio Ballon the agricultural director at the Tesuque Pueblo Community Farm. Learn about this Indigenous community and their efforts to achieve food sovereighty by preserving heirloom seeds and by growing their own food.
  • iconView Square Tower Unit at Hovenweep, Chaco Canyon's White House, Bandelier National Monument
  • iconScenic Drive along Colorado's Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway
  • iconDive Into Culture Experience 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.

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Arrive in Albuquerque

Location: Albuquerque

Accommodation: Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

Meals: Welcome Reception

Start your cultural encounter with New Mexico in its warm heart - Albuquerque. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

icon Day 2: Uncover The History Of Acoma Pueblo

Location: Acoma Pueblo, Albuquerque

Meals: Breakfast

Trace centuries-old stories etched in stone by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers when you visit the Petroglyph National Monument this morning. Continuing your journey to Acoma Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum for a guided insight into one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and the 28th Historic Site designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Head back to your hotel in Albuquerque where the rest of the evening is yours.

icon Day 3: Explore Chaco Canyon

Location: Gallup, Albuquerque, Nageezi

Accommodation: El Rancho

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One of the highlights of your Southwest journey will be the visit to Chaco Canyon inside Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Chaco Canyon is one of America's most significant and fascinating cultural and historic centers of ancestral Puebloan culture. See Pueblo Bonito, one of the most important “ Great Houses” representing the apex of Anasazi, renamed Ancestral Puebloan, in modern day culture. With its 5 stories high and almost 700 rooms it stood as the largest structure in North America until the 18th century. Dinner this evening will be served on historic Route 66. (Should weather conditions render the dirt road to Chaco Canyon unsafe, your Travel Director will arrange visits to other safely accessible destinations of historical and cultural significance.) Tonight, your Stays With Storiesis historic El Rancho Hotel, home to many movie stars filming Westerns in the area throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

icon Day 4: Delve Into The Legacy Of The Navajo

Location: Chinle

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

icon Day 5: Marvel At Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Location: Bluff (UT), Monument Valley

Accommodation: Desert Rose Resort

Meals: 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. 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.

icon Day 6: Time Hop to Prehistoric Settlements in the Southwest

Location: Durango, Mesa Verde National Park

Accommodation: The Strater

Meals: Breakfast

Head for Hovenweep National Monument, one of the most intriguing pre-historic settlements in the Southwest, known for its six major villages and more than 300 additional sites within the National Monument. Travel across Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and wind along the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway. Visit the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum formerly known as The Anasazi Center. Visit Mesa Verde National Park and see some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites as you explore. Visit the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, where you will also see from above the parks third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House. This evening your Stays With Stories is at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango.

icon Day 7: Dive Into Durango

Location: Durango

Accommodation: The Strater

Meals: Breakfast, Your Choice Dining

Spend your day at leisure and explore the historic town of Durango. Perhaps, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time on an optional ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered, narrow-gauge train. The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century. Winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you are feeling more adventurous opt for a white water rafting trip on the Animas River. This evening, dinner is Your Choice Dining all steps away from your hotel.

icon Day 8: Discover Taos Pueblo

Location: Taos, Durango

Accommodation: Don Fernando De Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Meals: Breakfast

Head East this morning through the historic town of Pagosa Springs surrounded by the rugged San Juan Mountains and vast areas of dense national forest. Make a brief stop in the enchanting village of Chama for photo ops. You'' continue through Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras to arrive at the Rio Gorge, a geological feature where the watercourse of the Rio Grande follows a tectonic chasm. Cap off your morning tour by crossing the Taos Landmark Site of Rio Grande Bridge. Standing roughly 600 feet above the Rio Grande, this steel arch bridge is one of the highest in the United States. Your afternoon Dive Into Culture in charming Taos begins at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark an artist colony in the heart of the Taos Historic District, home of 65 galleries, shops, restaurants and 21 landmarks. You will tour Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World's Heritage Center and National Historic Landmark, with Local Specialists. Connect with Locals who call the Pueblo home learning 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 full time. You will leave with stories one can only hear from locals.

icon Day 9: Uncover the High Road from Taos to Santa Fe

Location: Taos, Santa Fe (NM)

Accommodation: Inn and Spa at Loretto

Meals: Breakfast

Start the day by taking the High Road, from Taos to Santa Fe. Along the way, stop at the Chimayo Sanctuary, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the United States due to the curative powers of the “Tierra Bendita” or “holy dirt”. Next visit Ortega's weaving shop. You’ll see and learn firsthand how these eighth-generation weavers use one of a kind handwoven techniques. You'll the continue to Bandelier National Monument. Learn about the history of the people that inhabited this area 1,000 years ago. Designated as one of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, City of Design, and City of Crafts and Folk Art. This evening your Stays With Stories overnight will be at the Inn and Spa at Loretto which you’ll learn sits on the former site of the historic Our Lady of Loretto Academy and is adjacent to the famed Loretto Chapel. Now one of the most photographed buildings in the state, the inn is a Santa Fe icon and testament to the city's modern history.

icon Day 10: Savour The Culture Of Santa Fe

Location: Santa Fe (NM)

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

A Local Specialist reveals the secrets of Santa Fe, starting at the historic Santa Fe Plaza. 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. After an inspiring afternoon, the dining capital of the Southwest puts its best foot forward with an unforgettable Farewell Dinner featuring Santa Fe's Southwestern cuisine.

icon Day 11: Depart Santa Fe

Meals: Breakfast

Say a fond farewell to Santa Fe and take your transfer to the Santa Fe Airport Airport.

What's Included

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    1 Your Choice Dining

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    All transport and transfers shown

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    2 Dinners

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    10 Breakfasts

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

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    1 Lunch

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    1 Farewell Dinner

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    1 Welcome Reception

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