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Enchanted New Mexico with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Whoever said “Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows” never visited the enchanting state of New Mexico or attended the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Artists, writers, and poets have long been inspired by the hues of hot pinks, deep purples, and flaming oranges that dance daily across the mystical southwestern sky. But for one week in October, chasing rainbows becomes even easier as hundreds of hot air balloons take flight and turn the already stunning atmosphere into a kaleidoscope of dizzying color. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the largest balloon event in the world, yet its Mass Ascension, fiery Balloon Glow, evening fireworks, and other beloved rituals aren’t the only highlights on this vibrant New Mexico vacation. Visits to artsy Santa Fe, and the Miracle Stairway are equally uplifting.

Countries Visited

United States

Cities Visited

Albuquerque, NM , Santa Fe, NM

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
    Welcome to Albuquerque! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. You’ll also enjoy a special presentation from a [LF] local Balloonist, who will educate you on the sport of ballooning and what you’ll experience.

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CULTURE & TRADITION Enjoy a presentation from a special guest that has been a balloon pilot since the 70’s. Hear the history of the fiesta, his experience, and what special things to look for during the next day’s Mass Ascension.


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  2. Day 2
    ALBUQUERQUE
    Up, Up & Away! Get ready for the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! Experience this morning’s pre-dawn Opening Ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Balloon Ascension. Then, visit a [LF] traditional New Mexican restaurant for a festive lunch and margaritas. This evening, catch the popular Balloon Glow, where all balloons fire up their burners and light up at the same time, and the amazing After-Glow Fireworks show. (B,L)

    NOTE:
    Schedule of activities vary from year-to-year and can be impacted by weather. Your Tour Director will be able to confirm the exact schedule of activities on tour.

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES Be treated to an authentic New Mexico experience with a traditional southwestern lunch and margaritas served in a popular Albuquerque restaurant. New Mexican dishes, from enchiladas and chili rellenos to salsa and sopapillas are served in a festive atmosphere in true local style.

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    INSPIRING SIGHTS Look skyward as hundreds of hot air balloons lift off and turn the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors, all led by a balloon flying the American flag to the music of The Star-Spangled Banner. What began as a gathering of 13 balloons more than 47 years ago has grown into the largest ballooning event in the world. While on the balloon grounds, enjoy breakfast at the Chasers Club followed by a visit to the International Balloon Museum, dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, and spectacle of ballooning.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    ALBUQUERQUE
    Ancient Arts & Modern Sciences This morning, learn about New Mexico’s legendary covert military projects, including the Manhattan Project, with a guided tour of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The museum provides an objective, accessible window into the past, present, and future of nuclear science from the origins of atomic theory to modern-day advances in nuclear medicine. Then, visit the fascinating museum and crafts market of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Tonight is at leisure. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORY & HERITAGE Explore the inspiring crafts and museum exhibits collectively run by the 19 New Mexico pueblos (villages). Here, you will learn about the history, background, and life of what now comprise the 19 pueblos of New Mexico.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    ALBUQUERQUE–SANTA FE
    Southwestern Jewels Today, travel along the [LF] Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway to Santa Fe. This scenic drive passes through the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, past wide-open spaces, and dramatic scenery. Arrive in Santa Fe, the oldest seat of government in the U.S. Experience this city up close as you embark on a city sightseeing tour, including the San Miguel Mission, the Palace of the Governors, the State Capitol, and Loretto Chapel’s “Miracle Stairway.” Next, take a captivating glimpse into the diversity of folk art from around the world. The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe allows you to explore a vast collection of traditional textiles, ceramics, paintings, and other unique objects that showcase the rich cultural heritage of different regions and communities. (B)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LEGENDARY LIVES The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway covers 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos along this historic trail named for the aqua-hued turquoise first mined by the early Pueblo people.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    SANTA FE. EXCURSION TO BANDELIER
    Santa Fe Tastes and Sounds This morning, visit to explore the ancient Anasazi Puebloans and their cliff dwellings, and the museum at Bandelier National Monument. Return to Santa Fe Plaza for lunch at a celebrated local restaurant. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the plaza. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner with live [LF] entertainment. (B,L,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CULTURAL GEMS Enjoy a wonderful dinner to celebrate your Southwestern adventure along with the joyous sounds of traditional Mariachi music. Hear the voices of traditional singers and musicians who perform this beautifully rich music in the tradition of celebrating the joys, struggles, and triumphs of the Mexican people.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    SANTA FE–ALBUQUERQUE
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport. Schedule departing flights after 11 am.(B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Guests should be prepared for sustained walking and standing. Schedule of Fiesta events are subject to change and will be confirmed on tour. The Albuquerque Airport is approximately 1.5 hours from Santa Fe depending on traffic. Schedule departure flights accordingly.

The Globus Family of Brands insurance does not allow us to arrange hot air balloon rides for our guests. There is an opportunity while on tour for guests to make their own arrangements at the balloon field. Guests will need to make their own way to/from the grounds via ride-share or taxi as riders are generally required to be there prior to the Opening Ceremonies. You can recommend that they use the information provided by the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s website to make arrangements prior to their tour: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/balloon-rides. Hot air balloon rides should be scheduled on Day 2 of the tour and any missed sightseeing will not be refunded. Tour Operations must be advised in advance by August 1st at the latest as alternate entry passes may be required.
Meals:
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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Accommodations

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Albuquerque: DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque
Hospitality is number one at the DoubleTree in Albuquerque, where you're welcomed by the signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie, comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and a superb location. Situated downtown, it's the closest hotel to the Albuquerque Convention Center and is connected by underground concourse. Complimentary shuttle service is available to shopping, dining and entertainment within a three-mile radius. Offering stunning views of the Sandia Mountains, this Albuquerque hotel provides a unique, relaxing setting in the heart of the city.
Address:
201 Marquette Ave NW
Albuquerque NM, United States
Santa Fe: Hilton of Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Housed in a landmark 300 year old hacienda, the Hilton captures the magic of the Southwest and its rich cultural heritage in a luxury boutique hotel experience featuring modern amenities in the heart of Santa Fe's historic downtown.
Address:
100 Sandoval Street
Sante Fe NM, United States

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 9 reviews with comments only

Globus tour director exceeded all our expectations and made arrangements to ensure full satisfaction of the program despite weather conditions beyond her control. Much appreciated extra effort.

Everything was wonderful except was not impressed with Doubletree hotel. They did not seem prepared for the number of guests who were there to sttend the baloon festival.

What a wonderful way to experience the Balloon Fiesta! Matt, the tour director, made the journey so enjoyable as did Trevor, our driver. I would highly recommend this as an option.

The hotel was acceptable, however, their staff was unprepared for this group of people, although the Fiesta has been held for 40 years. The first night for our meeting they didn't have the room set up, people didn't have chairs, although they had the entire day to get it set up. The front desk tried to give us another type of room, although we paid for 2 double beds. The scheduled day 2 was great, no issues, except our bus had to be scheduled for the Tram ride to day 4 - that was no problem. Day 3 - After Glow & fireworks were rained out - but no backup plan for the evening was available. Day 4 - to Santa Fe - due to the number of buses and people tours were staggered - bus 3 did not eat dinner until 9:00 PM , which is unacceptable. We were told to walk around for 3 hours, however, all the shops closed. Another alternative should have been provided to bus 3, as many of the people had early flights the next morning as well as being too old to eat this late. You need to plan the meal, perhaps each bus goes to their own restaurant - getting back at 11:30 PM is too late. Take Madrid off your tour, not worth the stop.

Thanks so much, it was a wonderful trip. Loved the balloon festival. It was so nice not to have to worry about driving, making arrangements, etc. Everything was taken care of. Had a great tour guide, wonderful bus and driver. We would definitely travel with Globus again.

Fairly good except for the change made on Monday. Our bus visited the Tram in Abq making our departure late leaving. The stop in Madrid should be eliminated. Not worth the trouble. Our bus could not find a parking spot that locals would allow us to use, so we drove on to Sante Fe. Most everyone agreed that the stop should be eliminated. Our bus had a late dinner (8:30 PM) which was too late for everyone. Most shops etc. were closed after 5PM. This was not the tour directors fault.

This tour with Globus did not seem to be well organized. Although our tour director has been doing this for 7 years he said, he had a very casual take on everything. They did not collect our emergency information until the 2nd day, they had no back up plans when the fireworks were cancelled due to rain on the third day. They could have at least mentioned some nearby restaurants as the plan had been to eat at the balloon fiesta. The last day because they oversold the tour we did not have dinner till 830 in Santa Fe and then drove back to the hotel and did not arrive till after 11pm. Many of us had early flights and still had to pack. In addition I found out they had me on the wrong flight home and then the wrong shuttle so if I had not checked I would have missed my flight home. The hotel was clean but again very disorganized. Being that the balloon fiesta is the biggest event of the year there, they were poorly staffed and the staff was not trained well., The food at the hotel was so so and most of the time just lukewarm. They need a different hotel for us to stay at. I did love the Balloon Fiesta, just found it not well coordinated. Our fellow travelers did say they had done many Globus tours before and they had never had any run this poorly.

The hotel restaurant wasn't very prepared for our large group (150 people) and the ballroom for our welcome meeting was not prepared for the people, did not have enough chairs set up and took several trips to get enough chairs, then we went down to the restaurant to eat, and ordered the taco bar and was told OK, but was not told to go and help ourselves til one of the other waitress' came by our table, we had no silverware, water, silverware til the new waitress came by, everyone waited a long time to get their food, even ordering off the menu. They seems overwelmed. Our tour guide and bus driver were fantastic. Overall it was a very good trip. balloons were beautiful. Our afterglow and fireworks (on Sunday night) got rained out and the free time in Santa Fe was extra long (abt 4 1/2 - 5 hrs) for us older folks, or for us it was anyway. But overall we really enjoyed this trip. Would do it again. Meet some really nice people.

this was the worst trip we have ever taken. The tour guide was not personable or organized. The 3 tour guides didn't take us to see the Mass Ascension of the balloons on Sunday after the ascension was canceled on Saturday due to high winds. One of the buses in our group of 120 got lost going to the tram and that group had to wait 3 hours to ride the tram. That is inexcusable. The tour guides and drivers should be knowledgeable about where we're going and no one should get lost. I will not travel with Globus ever again.

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