Deluxe Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta,
Durango, Mesa Verde & Santa Fe

October 8-15, 2017

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Your tour price includes:

  • Deluxe and First Class accommodations in great locations
  • Fully escorted from Salt Lake City by Brian Judd Tours
  • Three Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta events
  • Deluxe pre-reserved open air tickets on the Durango-Silverton Train
  • Entrance fees to all the National Parks
  • 11 Meals: 7 Full Cold/Hot Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation- restroom and DVD equipped
  • Baggage handling throughout
  • All sightseeing and admissions paid! NO OPTIONAL ADD ONS
  • Santa Fe Sightseeing with local guide
  • Top quality and service throughout
  • Taxes on all services paid
  • Experienced Tour Guides who take very good care of you!
  • Flight from Albuquerque to Salt Lake included! Saves two days of very long driving.

Pricing

All for only $2085.00 per person, double occupancy. Includes return flight home to Salt Lake City

$2780.00 one person room. (Limited triple/quad rooms available). 
* pay by check prices.

Itinerary

 

Salt Lake City to Arches National Park to Moab

Depart this morning for your fun filled tour to see all the amazing sights of the "OLD SOUTHWEST". Get acquainted with your traveling companions today as we travel to Moab where we'll spend time is spectacular Arches National Park before a nice welcome dinner with the group. Tonight we stay at the very deluxe Red Cliff Lodge where you'll experience the beauty of Southern Utah.(D)

Moab to Mesa Verde National Park to Durango 

Today we visit Mesa Verde National Park, a fascinating National Park established by Theodore Roosevelt to "preserve the works of man". Stop at Spruce Tree House, one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings and the amazing Cliff Palace. Also, we visit the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum that depicts the story of the people who once thrived on this 8,000-foot plateau. Later we travel to Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era, where we'll stay for the next two nights. (B)

Durango/Silverton Train

This morning we board the narrow-gauge Durango-Silverton Train in our pre-reserved Roundtrip Open Air seats for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. This legendary steam train winds its way through beautiful Rio De Las Animas Canyon with breathtaking scenery and steep canyon walls. Enjoy free time this afternoon in Silverton, once a major mining town named after the bragging statement by an early miner who said, "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!" Later this afternoon we re-board the Silverton Train back to Durango for dinner and time to relax and enjoy on your own. (B)

Durango to Los Alamos to Santa Fe

Our journey this morning takes us from Colorado to New Mexico. We'll enjoy a beautiful drive with a photo stop at Chimney Rock before making our way to Los Alamos. After a lunch break on your own we'll visit the wonderful Bradbury Science Museum. Here you'll have time to explore over 35 hands-on exhibits and learn about the Manhattan Project in the museum's three galleries. Then it's a short drive into Santa Fe where our Deluxe Hilton Hotel is ideally located just a two block walk from the Santa Fe Plaza Historic Landmark.  Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants near our hotel. (B)

Santa Fe to Albuquerque

After breakfast we'll then travel to Santa Fe with a local guide. See the Modern State Capitol, Loretto Chapel with its beautiful spiral staircase, St. Francis Cathedral and the Historic Town Plaza, which marks the end of the Santa Fe Trail. After free time for shopping and lunch on your own, we head south to Albuquerque. Tonight enjoy a fabulous Brazilian Buffet before checking into our brand new First Class Hampton Inn and Suites for the next three nights. Our hotel is located just a couple of miles from the Balloon Fiesta grounds which is a fantastic location! Most groups stay further away which means they spend at least an hour or more in traffic going to and from the events and have to wake up by 4:00am to get to the morning events.  We are only a 5 to 10 minute drive for all our Balloon Fiesta events!  (B,D)

Albuquerque * Balloon Fiesta Events

This morning we get our first look at the World Famous Balloon Fiesta as we see the Special Shape Rodeo. This event is one of the Fiestas most popular. This afternoon we explore the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is owned and operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico and dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian Culture, History and Art. The center includes a 10,000 sq ft museum of the authentic history and artifacts of traditional Pueblo cultures and their contemporary art. You'll also see Pueblo Indian Tribal dances. This evening we return again to the Balloon Festival to see the Special Shape Glowdeo and the "AfterGlow" fireworks show with dinner included! This is the best way to see these fantastic balloons and enjoy a fun dinner at the Festival. (B,D)

ALBUQUERQUE * Balloon Fiesta Events * Sandia Tram 

Enjoy breakfast this morning at our hotel before we depart for the "Mass Ascension" Balloon Fiesta event.  This is considered to be one of the main highlights of the Balloon Fiesta. Over 700 balloons take flight!  Enjoy the event and amenitites in our special group tent. After a rest break at our hotel we depart for some local sightseeing in Albuquerque. A highlight of the tour will be the Sandia Tram. Enjoy a fabulous ride on the world's longest aerial tramway which transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature's more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in Cibola National Forest, affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Dinner on your own tonight at one of the many restaurants right next to our hotel. (B)

ALBUQUERQUE to SALT LAKE CITY

Enjoy breakfast this morning at our hotel before transferring to the ABQ airport for our flight home to Salt Lale City. (Other cities available, please call for details). Flying home saves two very long days of driving by bus back to Salt Lake City. We arrive in Salt Lake l with many wonderful memories of the "Old Southwest" and the World's largest Balloon Festival (B)

About this tour

We invite you to join us on this outstanding tour and once-in-a-lifetime Southwest experience plus the World Famous Balloon Fiesta. We are excited about this well planned, well organized deluxe itinerary taking you to all the sights and special points of interest in Southern Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. You will appreciate the top quality service, first class hotels, 11 delicious meals and complete sightseeing. The National Parks are just some of the highlights of this tour to the
LAND OF ENCHANTMENT!

Tour Includes:

  • Arches National Park
  • Moab
  • Monticello
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango
  • Silverton
  • Durango-Silverton Train
  • Chimney Rock
  • Los Alamos
  • Bradbury Science Museum
  • Santa Fe
  • Loretto Chapel
  • San Miguel Mission
  • Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Balloon Festival
  • Special Shapes Ascension
  • Mass Ascension
  • Afterglow Fireworks Show
  • Special Shape "Glowdeo"
  • Sandia Tram
  • Pueblo Museum
  • and More!

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