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

October 3 - 10, 2021

Waitlist only, please call for details.

Your tour price includes:

  • Deluxe and First Class accommodations in great locations
  • Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab
  • Hilton Double Tree Hotel Durango
  • Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel
  • Deluxe Hampton Inn just a couple miles from the Balloon Fiesta grounds
  • Fully escorted from Salt Lake City by Brian Judd Tours
  • Five Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta events
  • Deluxe pre-reserved open air seats on the Durango-Silverton Train
  • Entrance fees to all the National Parks
  • 12 Meals: 7 Full Cold/Hot Breakfasts, 1 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
  • Sandia Tram ride
  • 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 $2365.00 per person, double occupancy.
* Includes return flight home to Salt Lake City

$3285.00 one person room. (Limited triple/quad rooms available). 
* Pay by check prices.    Credit cards + 3%

 

Itinerary

Day One – Sunday, October 3       * SALT LAKE CITY * ARCHES  * 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 spend time in spectacular Arches National Park. We will have several photo stops with incredible views and wonderful scenery. Enjoy a nice welcome dinner tonight with the group. Our hotel in Moab is the #1 rated deluxe Red Cliffs Lodge!       (D)

Day Two – Monday, October 4      * MESA VERDE * 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 Archeological 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 in the #1 rated hotel, the First-Class Hilton DoubleTree Durango. You’ll have some free time for shopping and dinner on your own this evening.  (B)                                                                                                                     

Day Three – Tuesday, October 5     * 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 at Durango around 5:30pm and rest at our hotel before enjoying dinner tonight with the group.   (B,D)          

Day Four – Wednesday, October 6        * DURANGO * 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 Santa Fe. After a lunch break on your own at fast food restaurants, we continue our drive into Santa Fe where our Deluxe Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel is ideally located just a two-block walk from the Santa Fe Plaza Historic Landmark. After a nice rest break at the hotel, we have a short walking orientation tour of the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants near our hotel, or you might want to enjoy more time in the Plaza.    (B)    

Day Five – Thursday, October 7           * SANTA FE    * ALBUQUERQUE

After breakfast we’ll 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. Later, we head south to Albuquerque. Tonight, enjoy a delicious 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! (B,D)  

Day Six – Friday, October 8               * BALLOON FIESTA EVENTS

This morning we get our first look at the World-Famous Balloon Fiesta. First we’ll see the amazing Special Shape Rodeo. This event is one of the Fiesta’s most popular! Then, another 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 the Cibola National Forest, affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. After a rest break at the hotel, we visit Historic Old Town ABQ. This evening we return to the Balloon Fiesta 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 included dinner at the Festival.    (B,L,D)                           

Day Seven – Saturday, October 9  * BALLOON FIESTA EVENTS

Enjoy breakfast this morning before we depart for the “Mass Ascension” Balloon Fiesta event. This is one of the main highlight events at the Balloon Fiesta. Over 500 balloons take flight! Enjoy the event and amenities in our special group tent. 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. Dinner on your own tonight at one of the many restaurants right next to our hotel.   (B) 

Day Eight – Sunday, October 10     * ABQ * SLC

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

* Questions - Please 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, 12 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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