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

October 10-17, 2019

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 seats on the Durango-Silverton Train
  • Entrance fees to all the National Parks
  • 13 Meals: 7 Full Cold/Hot Breakfasts, 2 Lunches 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 Salt Lake to Albuquerque included! Saves two days of very long driving.

Pricing

All for only $2265.00 per person, double occupancy.
* Includes return flight home to Salt Lake City

$2985.00 one person room. (Limited triple/quad rooms available). 
* Pay by check prices.    Credit cards + 3%

Itinerary

 

Day One – Thursday, October 10       * SALT LAKE CITY * ALBUQUERQUE

Depart this morning for your fun filled tour to see the sights of the “OLD SOUTHWEST”. Get acquainted with your traveling companions today as we fly from Salt Lake City to Albuquerque. Tonight, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner with a Brazilian style dinner at “Tucanos”, before checking into our brand new Award Winning, Deluxe Hampton Inn 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 at 4:00am to get to the morning events. We are only a 10 to 15 minute drive for all our Balloon Fiesta events!    (D)

 

Day Two – Friday, October 11       * ALBUQUERQUE BALLON FIESTA EVENTS

This morning we get our first look at the World Famous and largest Balloon Fiesta. This morning we’ll see the amazing Special Shape Rodeo. This event is one of the Fiesta’s 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, right near the launching area for the Balloons at the exclusive Chasers Club. This is the best way to see these fantastic balloons and enjoy a fun dinner at the Festival.   (B,D)  

Day Three – Saturday, October 12     * ALBUQUERQUE BALLON FIESTA EVENTS

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 highlight events at the Balloon Fiesta. Over 600 balloons take flight! Enjoy the event and amenities 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. After a nice rest break at the hotel we visit Historic Old Town Albuquerque. Dinner on your own tonight at one of the many restaurants right next to our hotel. (B,L)         

Day Four – Sunday, October 13        * ALBUQUERQUE * SANTA FE

After breakfast we’ll travel north about one hour and have a sightseeing tour of 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 lunch on your own and time for shopping we’ll check into our Deluxe Hilton Hotel which 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, or you might want to enjoy more time in the Santa Fe Plaza!   (B)

Day Five – Monday, October 14           * SANTA FE * LOS ALAMOS * DURANGO

Our journey this morning takes us from New Mexico to Colorado. We’ll enjoy a beautiful drive with a photo stop at Chimney Rock before making our way to Durango. First, 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. After a lunch break on your own, we’ll continue into Durango where we stay for the next two nights.    (B)          

Day Six – Tuesday, October 15               * DURANGO * SILVERTON TRAIN

This morning we board the narrow-gauge Durango-Silverton Train in our pre-reserved 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!” Arrive back into Durango around 5:30pm and rest at our hotel before enjoying dinner tonight with the group.  (B,D)                                                    

Day Seven – Wednesday, October 16  * DURANGO * MESA VERDE * MOAB

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 Archeological Museum that depicts the story of the people who once thrived on this 8,000-foot plateau. Later we travel through Monticello to Moab, where we’ll stay for the night in the #1 rated hotel, the deluxe Red Cliffs Lodge! Enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions tonight.   (B,D)

Day Eight – Thursday, October 17     * ARCHES NATIONAL PARK * SLC

Enjoy breakfast this morning at our hotel before spectacular Arches National Park. We will have several photo stops with incredible views and wonderful scenery. Enjoy a box lunch on the bus as we make our way home through Price. Arrive in Salt Lake with many wonderful memories of the “Old Southwest” and the World’s largest Balloon Festival. (B,L)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             * Questions: Call Steve Judd at Brian Judd Tours: (801) 288-1100

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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