Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Encore

The Greatest Spectacle in Aviation

  • Date

    October 9-13, 2019 | Wed / Sun – 5 Days

  • Location

    Albuquerque | Santa Fe | Madrid

Overview

Imagine hundreds of hot-air balloons rising over the desert until the blue sky becomes a myriad of bright, dancing colors. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta delivers this display every year, and it’s been called the “greatest spectacle in aviation.” Some 500 balloons are part of the 10-day show, which has grown into the world’s premier ballooning event, complete with its own specially designed 200-acre park on Albuquerque’s north side. It’s also the most photographed event in the world, so be sure to bring your camera!

Enjoy the local sights and events, plus a day in Santa Fe visiting the art galleries and historic Santa Fe Plaza. Ride the tram to the top of Sandia Peak for an expansive view of Albuquerque and the heavily wooded backside to the east, and enjoy delicious local fare.

Hear what past guests have to say about traveling with Ambassadair

“The balloon ascensions were amazing. The other activities on the tour were well chosen and enjoyable. Every detail was well planned and went smoothly.”

“It was simply amazing, I felt like a little kid again getting so excited to see what shape the balloons would become!”

“It surpassed my expectations! The itinerary was great and the tour director was terrific!”

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Special Shape Ascension balloon launch
  • Access to Chaser’s Club hospitality tent
  • Evening Balloon Glow and Fireworks
  • City tour of Albuquerque
  • Santa Fe day trip
  • Tramway to the top of Sandia Peak with spectacular views
  • Historic Old Town hotel location with a southwestern flair

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Two (2) lunches and two (2) dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

Itinerary

Wed, Oct 9: Depart in the morning for Albuquerque, New Mexico . Upon arrival, stop for lunch at the exciting Route 66 Diner Feel like you’ve stepped back into the 50’s with the eclectic décor including vintage neon signs, juke box, and classic soda fountain. Take a guided tour of Albuquerque and see the University of New Mexico, Route 66, Country Club, Nob Hill, downtown, and other historic areas. End with an Old Town Plaza orientation walking tour. Check in to the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, which is nestled in the Old Town Plaza and museum district. A Welcome Dinner is included at the hotel. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Thu, Oct 10: Rise and shine early for the Dawn Patrol Show and Morning Glow , a choreographed inflation and launch set to music, followed by the Balloon Fiesta’s most popular event, the Special Shape Rodeo™. See all of the unique special shaped balloons launch and fill the sky! You’ll have access to a hospitality tent for breakfast. Across the 200 acres of the Balloon Fiesta Park are booths selling balloon memorabilia and other merchandise, such as local art and jewelry as well as food vendors with many options. Don’t miss the Chainsaw Carving Invitational where professional chainsaw artists turn wood into works of art. Following the event and free time on the grounds, head to Sandia Peak overlooking Albuquerque for an included lunch and tram ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway . Ride the tram to the top of the peak, which rises to 10,000 feet and offers a spectacular view. Take some stunning pictures at the top before returning to the hotel to enjoy the remainder of your day on your own. (B,L)

Fri, Oct 11: The morning is free to spend as you please, a good time to take an optional hot air balloon ride or an optional visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. This afternoon, depart to nearby Santa Fe . Upon arrival, get acquainted with New Mexico’s state capitol on a narrated orientation tour , passing “museum hill,” Canyon Road, the historic rail yard and a walk through the plaza — all to prepare you for a full afternoon of free time. Consider visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Palace of Governors (the oldest municipal building in the United States), or the many art galleries and boutiques. Enjoy dinner with the group in Santa Fe before returning to Albuquerque. (B,D)

Sat, Oct 12: Late morning, travel the scenic Turquoise Trail to Madrid . Once a booming coal mining town, then ghost town from 1953-1973, Madrid is now a creative community with over 40 shops and galleries as well as the Old Coal Town Museum.  The town gained more popularity when the 2007 movie “Wild Hogs” featured Madrid as home to Maggie’s Diner. Spend some free time here for shopping and lunch. Stop at Tinkertown , a museum of miniature wood carved figurines that has been featured on PBS’s Antiques Road Show. Inside, the magic of animation takes over as the inhabitants of a raucous little western town animate to hilarious life. Spend the evening at the balloon grounds for spectacular views of the Balloon Night Magic Glow and After Glow ™ Fireworks Show! Return to the hotel following the events. (B)

Sun, Oct 13: The morning is at leisure for another opportunity to take an optional hot air balloon ride, visit a museum, or spend more time in Old Town. Transfer to the airport to fly back to Indianapolis. (B)

Hotel

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
A landmark hotel located adjacent to the Old Town Plaza, near shops, restaurants and museums. Recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the top stylish hotels, the hotel has a comfortable Southwestern flair. Highlights: guestrooms appointed with genuinely crafted Southwestern furnishings with seating area • in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar/lounge • large outdoor pool • hot tub • spa • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $2,299
  • Triple P/P – $2,199
  • Single – $2,699
  • Children (under 12) – $1,719
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $1,539
  • Triple P/P – $1,439
  • Single – $1,939
  • Children (under 12) – $959

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