New Mexico Soars!
February 3, 2020 thru February 6, 2020
Travel with our expert guide as we take you on a tour to explore the wildlife and skies of New Mexico! New Mexico’s species list encompasses birds that dwell in desert scrub, riparian woodland, and high-elevation coniferous forest, among other habitats. It’s majestic landscape and remote location provide access to amazing vistas and wide-open skies. We witness morning and evening ascents of Sandhill cranes and geese, see the world’s premier astronomical radio observatory, and learn about the future of space travel. Come explore New Mexico with us this winter.
4 days, 3 nights
Activity Level 3:
7 meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) included
Livery service from/to home included
- Sandhill Cranes & Snow Geese
- Very Large Array
- Spaceport America
- Las Cruces
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 3 nights lodging
- 7 meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Admissions as described
- Baggage handling
- Bus refreshments
- Services of a tour director
- Driver tips
We depart Tucson in the morning and stop for lunch in Lordsburg, New Mexico, before continuing to Socorro, known for its “enchanted skies,” history, and culture. We check in to our hotel for a 2 night stay, and have a group welcome dinner.
It will be an early morning to catch “liftoff,” the morning ascension of the majestic Sandhill cranes and pure white snow geese at the beautiful Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. We then go to the Very Large Array for a tour to discover the role played by radio astronomy in current research, as well as the history of the site. After some rest in the afternoon, we will go back to Bosque del Apache to view the breathtaking return of the cranes and geese.
We’re off to the stars! Spaceport America is the world’s first spaceport designed specifically to launch commercial space-bound aerospace vehicles. After this amazing one-of-a-kind tour, we will end the day in Las Cruces, New Mexico where we check in to our hotel for the night and have a dinner in Old Mesilla Village.
Our last visit will be the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science to delve deeper into understanding Southern New Mexico. This museum focuses on looking up to the stars, looking out to the desert, and looking down to see ancient fossils. After our visit, we travel home to Tucson.
New Mexico is the nation’s fifth largest state.
About 75% of New Mexico’s roads are unpaved.
Holiday Inn Express
Socorro, New Mexico
Hampton Inn & Suites
Las Cruces, New Mexico
$1,058 per person
$1,285 per person
• Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
• Pick-up/livery service
• 3 nights lodging
• 7 meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
• Admissions as described
• Baggage handling
• Bus refreshments
• Services of a tour director
• Driver tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits
360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$105 covers trip costs $1,001-$1,500. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email email@example.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
Activity Level Rating
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
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, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the 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 skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
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 an 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 New Mexico is similar to Tucson, typically in the upper 60's/middle 70’s and the average night-time temperature is usually lower 40’s. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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