50th Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
October 1, 2022 thru October 4, 2022
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest balloon event in the US, with some amazing New Mexico scenery that serves as the backdrop for this celebration. This year will be the 50th annual celebration and it promises to be a great time! The Fiesta creates an enchanted world of special shape balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumnal mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of the most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Balloons. We also visit Santa Fe for lunch and shopping.
4 days, 3 nights
Activity Level 2
7 meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included
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Roundtrip livery service included.
All taxes and gratuities are included.
- Ascension of balloons
- Santa Fe
- Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
- Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
- Balloon Glow and Fireworks Show
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Pickup/livery service
- 3 nights lodging
- 7 meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included
- Baggage handling
- Coach refreshments
- Services of a Tour Director
- Admissions as described
- Taxes & gratuities for included items
Day 1 - Travel to Albuquerque
We board our motorcoach and travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival we check into the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque for three nights. Unpack once, settle in, and prepare for this colorful adventure! (L)
Day 2 - Balloons and Santa Fe
We rise early and head out to the Balloon Fiesta grounds where we will view hundreds of hot air balloons involved in a mass ascension. The array of color that fills your eyes when these magical balloons lift off is truly amazing! We visit the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum to learn about the worldwide history, science, and art of all types of ballooning.
Late morning, we travel to Santa Fe. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy an independent lunch, followed by free time on the famous Santa Fe Plaza to discover the rich history and celebrated spirit of this wonderful city, filled with historic architecture and famous characters. This afternoon we return to our hotel in Albuquerque.
This evening we will be back at the Fiesta grounds for the Balloon Glow, Team Fastrax Skydiving, and Fireworks Show and to enjoy more awesome balloons! (B, D)
Day 3 - More Balloons and Albuquerque
This morning we visit The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. From the moment you enter this center you will feel as if you are in an ancient world. The Center houses exhibits all of New Mexico’s nineteen Indian Pueblos. We’ll enjoy lunch at El Pinto Restaurant, one of Albuquerque’s favorite eateries and and then take in panoramic views of Albuquerque from the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. After free time on the top of the Sandia Mountains, we return to our hotel for a quiet evening before our trip home tomorrow. (B,L)
Day 4 - Travel Home
We travel back to Southern Arizona with wonderful memories of the celebration of this special 50th annual event! (B,L)
Itinerary subject to change. Balloon take off is dependent upon weather conditions - balloons will not take off with winds over 12mph or inclement weather.
Movies filmed in New Mexico
The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Easy Rider (1969), Every Way but Loose (1978), Superman (1978), Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (1989)
Albuquerque was founded in 1706
Spain established a military presidio as the Spanish colonial outpost of Ranchos de Albuquerque
Crowne Plaza Hotel
$1,638 per person
$1,962 per person
Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
3 nights lodging
7 meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner) included
Admissions as described
Taxes & gratuities for included items
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ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 2: Relaxed
Expectations: This tour requires light physical activity combined with shorter travel days. Tour members should expect intermittent walking, with occasional slight inclines and stair climbs, including boarding the motorcoach. Activities may include an occasional city or nature walking tour, stopping along the way. Guests should be able to climb a set of stairs, walk up or down slight slopes and navigate some uneven terrain or cobblestone.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are somewhat physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events and hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport sky cap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers.
For your convenience we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Albuquerque is typically in the middle to upper 70’s and the average night-time temperature is usually upper 50’s. Please be sure to bring a sweater and / or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. It can be cold the morning of the balloon ascension so we recommend a winter coat, hat and gloves. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you to on this tour.
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