COLORADO & NEW MEXICO
With Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
October 1st – 9th, 2017
9 Days 8 Nights
Eight-night first class accommodations
14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Guided tours and/or admissions to:
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension Balloon Ride
NOTE: Balloon Events are subject to weather conditions.
DAY 1 – light dinner – Fly into Denver International Airport. Tour through downtown Denver on the way to Colorado Springs and a tour through the beautifully located US Air Force Academy (if the threat level allows). We spend 2 nights in Colorado Springs. You can enjoy a complimentary light supper and drinks at the hotel or walk to one of the nearby restaurants.
Day 2 – breakfast, light dinner – Enjoy a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railroad to the top of World Famous Pikes Peak at 14,110 above sea level, one of Colorado’s “14’ers”. Then we will have a guided tour of the red rock formations known as the Garden of the Gods’ where you can have a lunch on your own. We will take in some of the sights of Colorado Springs, home of the US National Olympic Committee and the Historic Broadmoor Hotel.
Day 3 – breakfast, dinner – Today we head into the center of the Rockies, to our first stop, a ride through the amazing Royal Gorge Canyon on the Royal Gorge Railroad. Back on the bus we go up and over the golden Aspen studded mountains to one of our newest national parks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Viewpoints of the Canyon reveal the spectacular geology exposed by the Gunnison River below. Burgers and brats with all of the fixin’s will be served by our hotel for dinner.
Day 4 – breakfast – As we leave the historic farming community of Montrose, we will drive into the fantastic San Juan Range of the Rockies to Ouray, the Switzerland of America, and over the breath taking “Million Dollar Highway” on our way to Baker’s Park and the town of Silverton. You will have time for “end of season bargain” shopping and lunch on your own before we board the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for the journey of a lifetime. We follow the path of the Animas River, as we head through one of the most remote mountain ranges in the lower 48. The scenery will have you awe struck! Upon arrival in Durango we will take the short walk to our hotel. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Durango and its many shops and restaurants.
Day 5 – breakfast – In 1929, the Caravan of cars traveling for the first time on the newly proposed “National Park to Park Highway” arrived at its final national park, Mesa Verde. Today, you also can visit these prehistoric villages of the ancestral Puebloans. We will visit the mesa top ruins, museum, and have a chance to walk to one of the fantastic cliff dwellings. These archaic communities used advanced architectural technics to build the structures that remain for us to visit after several hundred years! The evening is free for you to enjoy in Durango.
Day 6 – breakfast, lunch – Travel today into the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico. We will take in the beautiful autumn scenery on the way to Chimayo and see some of the villages that remain from the time when the Spanish ruled this area. We will also pay a visit to the Miraculous Sanctuario de Chimayo where you can take away some of the miracle soil that has healed so many believers. Then we will go to the World renowned Rancho de Chimayo for an authentic New Mexican meal. No worries, there is something that everyone can eat. We will arrive in Santa Fe, the Capitol of New Mexico in the afternoon after an enchanting day. Our hotel is in the Old Town area, an easy walk to the historic Old Town Plaza. The hotel has restaurants or there are many nearby.
Day 7 – breakfast, light dinner – This morning we take a walking tour of Santa Fe. (It is no place for a 45’ bus). Along the way we will see the Palace of the Governors, the Old Town Plaza, the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and the miraculous Loretto Chapel. You will have free time to visit the many museums, shops, and Indian Market before we move on to our final destination, Albuquerque. Before going to our hotel we will visit the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center and view an Indian Dances. Get to bed early tonight- we get up early tomorrow for Balloon Fiesta.
Day 8 – breakfast – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon event in the world. The mass ascension will see between 600 and 800 hot air balloons rise into the sky over you with a riot of color and designs. You will take many photos!!! You will see cows fly along with houses and bees and Darth Vader and….all the special shapes. You are surrounded by balloons. When the mass ascension is over we will go back to the hotel for a quick nap and then down to Old Town for shopping and lunch and history. This evening, its back out to Balloon Fiesta Park for dinner time on your own and the evening balloon glow where the balloons are tethered to the ground and are all lit up at one time. Beautiful! We end our day and our Journey with fireworks. (FAA controls flights depending on weather)
Day 9 – breakfast – Today you head for home with special memories and new friends from your Journey West! Via Con DiosNOTE: Balloon Events are subject to weather conditions.
This video gives you a good idea of the number of balloons that you may see and the evening balloon glow as well as a small idea of what it would feel like if you decided to take the optional Mass Ascension Balloon Flight. Enjoy!
|Date||Departure or Other Info||Starting Price|
|October 1, 2017||Land Only – Single||$2,909.00|
|October 1, 2017||Land Only – Double||$2,409.00|
|October 1, 2017||Land Only – Triple||$2,139.00|
|October 1, 2017||Land Only – Quad||$1,371.00|
Rates are per person, subject to availability, and may change at any time. Addtl restrictions may apply. For single rates please contact us or your Boscov’s Agent for a quote.