ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA
Oct. 1st – 5th
5 Days – 4 Nights
Don’t miss this fantastic trip on October 11-15, 2018 that takes us to the wonders of New Mexico. Watch hundreds of balloons ascend at daybreak and then feel the excitement of the balloon festival at night. Take an optional ride yourself! Travel through the picturesque Jemez mountains, see the views on the Sandia Peak Tramway and explore the wonderful shops, galleries and historic districts of Santa Fe and old town Albuquerque.
Day 1: Albuquerque
Your Singles Vacation begins when you arrive in Albuquerque and are transferred to the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Albuquerque. Meet your Singles Host at 6:30 pm in the lobby for a meet and greet and dinner at the hotel (not included).
Day 2: Santa Fe
After breakfast at hotel, we head to Santa Fe. We’ll head north along the picturesque Turquoise Trail and stop in the artist colony, Madrid. In Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in Albaquerque shoppersthe United States, you can visit one of the wonders of Santa Fe’s historic district, Loretto Chapel. Constructed in 1873, this striking Gothic chapel houses the Miraculous Staircase, a marvel of architectural ingenuity that some claim was designed and built by St. Joseph himself!
For the shoppers, Santa Fe is a South Western haven. Governor’s Plaza is home to various shops and artists’ studios. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the motor coach to Albuquerque where the evening is at your leisure. Order a pizza or walk to a local restaurant for dinner.
Day 3: Albuquerque Balloon Festival
Wake Up Early! Today we attend the Balloon Fiesta Opening Ceremonies and “Mass Ascension” at sunrise. A sight not to be missed.
Up, Up, and Away! imagine a blue sky filled with a kaleidoscope of dazzling colors and shapes. That’s what you’ll experience at the world’s largest balloon event, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Your spirits will soar as you watch more than 700 balloons from all over the world ascend into the skies over Albuquerque.
After the balloons are gone…we will ride the Sandia Peak Tramway! Sandia Mountain dominates the east-side of Albuquerque with its 5,000’ vertical rise. The tram ride itself is 15-minutes and travels through a few biological life zones, revealing deep canyons and an awe-inspiring at the peak.
Notes: Due to the elevation, 10,378’, individuals with heart conditions or respiratory problems should consult their doctor before riding the tram. Dress in layers; the temperature can be 20 degrees cooler than in the city.
The fun continues at the nearby Sandia Resort where we will enjoy an included buffet lunch, then S-I-E-S-T-A! We’ll rest before attending tonight’s balloon glow, a signature Fiesta event that sets the night sky ablaze. The balloons are tethered on the fiesta grounds, in unison, the pilots set their burners aglow, creating a luminous, magical display, followed by a spectacular fireworks show. It’s a pyrotechnical display you’ll not soon forget. You can also get your fill of junk food at the festival.
Day 4: Old Town Albuquerque
Morning free to take a hot air balloon ride, relax or explore on your own. Then it is time to journey back in time in old town, established as a colonial farming village in 1706, Albuquerque’s Old Town neighborhood still bears the mark of its Spanish founders. Through narrow brick pathways to Spanish-style plazas and 18th-century adobe architecture, explore the heritage of Albuquerque’s varied past. It’s a festive time at Albuquerque Plaza!
We’ll enjoy an early dinner at Garduño’s of Mexico before we attend tonight’s glow.
Attractions are added to Balloon Fiesta every year. Most recent additions are the Balloon Discovery Tent, the Haunted House and Team Fastrax Skydivers with fireworks on their heels that land with pinpoint precision!
Day 5: Depart Albuquerque
Time for breakfast before our wonderful singles weekend in Albuquerque comes to an end. You will transfer to the airport according to your indiviual flight schedules. Have a safe flight home.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Double Occupancy: $1650.00
Single Supplement: $600.00
Balance Due: August 1st
4 Nights Accommodations
2 Breakfasts – 1 Lunch – 1 Dinner
Balloon Fiesta and Glow Admission
Group Travel Leader
Activities and Admissions per Itinerary
Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
All Taxes and Surcharges