Enchanted New Mexico: A Deluxe History & Heritage Adventure ~ September 17 - 23

On September 17, 2017 - 19:30 - September 23, 2017 - 20:30
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“The moment I saw the brilliant proud morning rise high over the desert of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul. New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I ever had. It certainly changed me forever.” – D. H. Lawrence

New Mexico is rightly named “The Land of Enchantment.”  The Anasazi and Pueblo Indians settled it thousands of years ago, Spaniards more than 400 years ago, and American frontier folk more than 200 years ago. The convergence of these three cultures and the multi-textured history of the area make New Mexico enchanting and unique. Indian cave dwellings, the Santa Fe Trail, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War battle of Glorieta Pass – all of these meld together against the backdrop of high desert country ringed by towering mountains.

After a welcome reception at the charming Hotel Albuquerque on Sunday night of our program, we will begin our adventure on Monday morning by exploring Albuquerque. Aboard our luxury air-conditioned coach, we’ll travel first to Acoma Pueblo, built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths. 

After lunch, we’ll take a leisurely walk through the streets of the Old Town Plaza, founded in 1706. We’ll see old homes and churches notable for their distinct architecture, and we’ll stand where Confederate soldiers entered the Plaza in 1862. (During this walk and others throughout the tour, our support vehicle will always be nearby in case someone wants to catch a breather - and for special needs).

On Tuesday morning, we’ll check out of the Hotel Albuquerque and head toward Santa Fe on the Turquoise National Scenic Byway. We’ll visit quaint villages along the way – Cerrilos, Golden and Madrid where we’ll tour the Old Coal Town Museum. At the top of Sandia Crest we’ll board the tram and marvel at the breathtaking views as we ride to the bottom of the mountain and back.

After lunch in Santa Fe, we’ll visit the Museum of Indian Art and Culture, and then check into The Lodge at Santa Fe where we will be based for the next four nights. After a group dinner at the hotel we’ll discuss briefly our itineraries for the next four days.

On Wednesday, we’ll drive to Bandelier National Monument and view the mesas, sheer-walled canyons and some of the thousands of ancestral Pueblo dwellings to be found there. Then, after lunch, we’ll drive to Los Alamos and visit the Bradbury Science Museum which chronicles the history of the WWII Manhattan Project. 

On Thursday, we’ll travel north to Taos, established in 1615, although the Taos Pueblo, which we will visit, has been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years. We will also visit the Kit Carson Home & Museum and the Hacienda de los Martinez, one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period “Great Houses” remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804, this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern reaches of the Spanish Empire, and was the final terminus for the Camino Real which connected New Mexico to Mexico City. In the afternoon, we’ll take free time to browse about the Taos Old Town and its many shops, galleries and museums that showcase the outstanding regional artwork. We’ll partake of an early dinner together and then head back to Santa Fe.

On Friday, our destination is Abiquiu, best known for the Ghost Ranch, where artist Georgia O’Keeffe drew inspiration for much of her work. We’ll take the O'Keeffe Landscape Tour and see the actual scenes and locations of O'Keeffe's paintings and hear the stories of her fifty years at the Ghost Ranch. We’ll also visit the museum there that features anthropology and paleontology exhibits of ancient artifacts from the Paleo Indian culture, 10,000 years ago through ancestral Puebloan times.

Also on Friday we’ll drive out to see the spectacular Rio Grande Royal Gorge Bridge, 650 feet above the Rio Grande, and the fifth highest bridge in the United States. The bridge has appeared in several films, including She's Having a Baby, Wild Hogs, and Terminator Salvation.

On Saturday, we will check out of The Lodge at Santa Fe, and embark upon a leisurely stroll through old Santa Fe. We’ll visit Loretto Chapel, San Miguel Chapel and the Palace of the Governors, originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain’s seat of government for the American Southwest. Today, it houses the New Mexico state history museum and is the oldest public building in the U.S. Every day dozens of artists from around the Southwest sell their work under the long portal that fronts the Palace of the Governors. After a leisurely lunch in downtown Santa Fe, we’ll drive back to Albuquerque and we’ll check in again to the Hotel Albuquerque. That evening, during a group dinner in the hotel, we’ll share our thoughts about our adventures together. On Sunday morning, we will depart for the airport, or drive away as we wish.

We will be led by several very experienced tour guides who are expert and engaging interpreters of the history and heritage of New Mexico. We will announce information about them soon. We hope you’ll join us in the Land of Enchantment on this fascinating adventure – you’ll truly marvel at many of the things you’ll see – bring a camera for sure – and we promise you that we’ll feed you very well!

 

 

Registration Fees:

SINGLE: $2495

DOUBLE per person (2 staying in one room): $1935

What is Included in your Registration:

  • the services of expert historians chosen for their knowledge and experience       
  • luxury charter bus transportation to sites as described
  • 3 nights lodging in Albuquerque and 4 nights lodging in Santa Fe
  • five lunches               
  • three dinners
  • admissions to sites as described above
  • refreshments and snacks during the tour  
  • extensive information package 

Cancellation Policy for this tour:

  • Before August 1, 2017 – we will return 100% of your fees paid
  • Between August 1, 2017 and September 1, 2017 – we will return all that we can recover from per-head pre-payments we’ve made
  • After September 1, 2017 – we will return 50% of your fees paid unless we can find a replacement for you in which case we will refund as much of your fee as possible but with no guarantee of refunding any of it.

TO REGISTER:

Please pay online with your credit card via AHF's PAYPAL account for fast & secure registration.

(You need not have a PAYPAL account to do so.)

Or CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration; Or download and complete the registration form on the Printable document found on the "Overview" page, & & FAX to 800-550-1347

or MAIL with payment to:

CWEA

Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604

 

 

    

Sunday, Sept. 17

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Welcome and Orientation – Hotel Albuquerque

Monday, Sept. 18

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tour of Albuquerque sites

Tuesday, Sept. 19

8:00 AM Check out of Hotel Albuquerque

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tour of Turquoise Trail and Santa Fe sites

4:30 PM Check into Lodge at Santa Fe

6:30 PM Group Dinner

Wednesday, Sept 20

8:30 AM-5:00 PM Tour of Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos

Thursday, Sept 21

8:00 AM-7;30 PM Tour of Taos (dinner in Taos)

Friday, Sept 22

8:00 AM-5:00 PM Tour of Abiquiu and Rio Grande Royal Gorge Bridge

Saturday, Sept 23

8:00 AM Check out of Lodge at Santa Fe

8:30 AM-5:00 PM Tour of additional Santa Fe sites and travel back to Albuquerque

5:00 PM Check in to Hotel Albuquerque

6:30 PM Group Dinner and Farewell

Sunday, Sept 24 Check out of Hotel Albuquerque and Depart at leisure

 

Lodging: Your registration fee covers your lodging during this tour as follows:

Sunday and Monday nights (September 17 & 18) – Hotel Albuquerque

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights (September 19, 20, 21 & 22) – Lodge at Santa Fe

Saturday night (September 23) – Hotel Albuquerque

New Mexico 2017

Your registration fee covers your lodging during this tour as follows:

 

Sunday and Monday nights (September 17 & 18) – Hotel Albuquerque

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights (September 19, 20, 21 & 22) – Lodge at Santa Fe

Saturday night (September 23) – Hotel Albuquerque

 

Locations

Hotel Albuquerque
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM
United States
800-237-2133
750 N St Francis Dr
Sante Fe, NM
United States
(505) 992-5800