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Colourful Trails of the Southwest with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Immerse yourself in native American culture on this trip, taking in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.

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Colourful Trails of the Southwest with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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    • Balloon Fiesta Special Departures: (Ref: DCTB) The 27 Sep 2019, 03 Oct 2019 and 04 Oct 2019 departures include admission to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and an additional night in Albuquerque.
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      About this trip

      Journey past the Grand Canyon, ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and natural arches near Moab, exploring the Old West as the sun sets against a sandstone backdrop.


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      Trip code: DCTB

      9 Nights

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      13 Meals
      • 8 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners

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        • Scenic Drive through Sedona, along the Million Dollar Highway, through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, along Oak Creek Canyon

        • Visit Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park, Moab, Silverton, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe


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        • 8 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Colourful Trails of the Southwest with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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      Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

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      Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

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      Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Bluff

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      Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights)

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      Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

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      Moab – Ouray – Silverton – Durango

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      Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)

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      Day 1

      Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale Day 1 - Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

      Welcome to the capital of Arizona. Check into your hotel and explore a city "reborn from the ashes" in the midst of the Sonoran Desert. This evening, we'll meet our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park Day 2 - Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

      The Valley of the Sun shines brightly as you traverse desert landscapes, passing sanguaros and red rock formations en route to the artists' enclave of Sedona. Consider an optional jeep adventure into Red Rock Country, then admire the epic natural beauty of Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. We arrive at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon this afternoon where we'll meet a Local Specialist who will share insights into the canyon's geological marvels. Skirt the South Rim, staring into its depths to see the Colorado River, and watch how the light plays on its layered cliff-face.

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      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      National Park Lodges

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      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Easy On The Asphalt

      A “Sedona snapshot” with great photo opportunities! Join us on this informative and relaxing, yet breathtaking, tour of some of Sedona’s most magnificent overlooks including Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. On-road tour. Approx. duration: 1 hour

      Adult Price: US$54.00
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      Old Bear Wallow

      An exclusive experience as our jeep tour operator is the only company permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to take you on this historic trail - climb this early stagecoach route along Schnebly Hill Road through Bear Wallow Canyon, just below the Mogollon Rim to enjoy stunning views of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon 2000ft below. Step onto Munds Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona's early pioneer days. Approx. duration:1 hour.

      Adult Price: US$54.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Bluff Day 3 - Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Bluff

      Rise early for a bird's-eye view over Grand Canyon during an optional sunrise flightseeing tour. Continue to Monument Valley where we'll board open-air vehicles to navigate the iconic landscape immortalised in such classics as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Journey past towering sandstone buttes and mesas that rise up from the red valley floor before joining your Navajo hosts for a traditional cookout Regional Meal against the surreal backdrop of Monument Valley.

      Hotel

      Desert Rose Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Desert Rose Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight, Bell Aircraft (April 1 - October 31)

      Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.

      Adult Price: US$220.00
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      Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

      Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

      Adult Price: US$310.00
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      Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Tour Fixed Wing Aircraft

      The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

      Adult Price: US$160.00
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      Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights) Day 4 - Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights)

      We continue east through a mesmerising desert landscape before arriving at UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park at the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Delve into the history and culture of the once-flourishing community of the Ancestral Puebloan people whose well-preserved dwellings we will see first-hand today. See how these homesteads were hewn from the sandstone cliffs centuries ago and look down at the massive Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Our final stop today is in the outdoor mecca of Moab where our Stay with a Story is also home to a winery and the Moab Movie Museum, revealing the region's film-making history.

      Hotel

      SpringHill Suites Moab

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      SpringHill Suites Moab

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Arches National Park Excursion and Moab Day 5 - Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

      Witness the effects of wind erosion on the natural stone arches of Arches National Park and, if you like, take a short hike to the iconic Delicate Arch view point for an up-close and personal look. Enjoy a free afternoon, then Connect with Locals during an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in Moab at a local grill.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Moab – Ouray – Silverton – Durango Day 6 - Moab – Ouray – Silverton – Durango

      Journey to the San Juan Mountains and into a small-town wonderland that deserves its status as the "Switzerland of America". Soak up friendly Ouray vibes as you admire this outdoor recreation hub's classic Victorian architecture and exquisite views. We'll embark on a road-trip along the Million-Dollar Highway next, winding our way along tight hairpin turns that reveal scenic snow-capped peaks. Stake your claim in Silverton, a former silver mining camp turned centre for extreme sports. Consider an optional steam train ride from Silverton to Durango, chugging your way along the Narrow Gauge Railroad route through the wilderness. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your Stay with a Story, built in the 1800s as a winter retreat.

      Hotel

      The Strater

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      The Strater

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Durango And Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

      This historic train constructed in 1882 has been in continuous operation for 135 years. The Durango train winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable adventure. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours.

      Adult Price: US$102.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights) Day 7 - Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)

      Head south to UNESCO-listed Taos Pueblo this morning displaying the traditional lifestyles and beliefs of the local Taos people, members of the Native American Pueblo Indians. Visit the striking adobe chapel of San Geronimo, whose walls reveal the remnants of tumultuous conflicts that shaped the state of New Mexico. We'll continue travelling along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the colourful artists' retreat of Santa Fe. Enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up its humble surroundings, sampling sizzling Southwest flavours at your leisure. Our Stay with a Story is built in the local adobe style and reflects the true spirit and history of the city of Santa Fe.

      Hotel

      Inn and Spa at Loretto

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Inn and Spa at Loretto

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 8

      Santa Fe Sightseeing Day 8 - Santa Fe Sightseeing

      Join your Local Specialist this morning on a private trolley tour to see the iconic and unexpected sights and sounds of Santa Fe. Immerse yourself in its warmth and the richness of its heritage, arts and culture. Delve into the mysteries of the spiral staircase in Loretto Chapel. Then, enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore old downtown, including the Eldorado Hotel and St. Francis Cathedral. Admire the local artwork as you stroll along the quaint streets. This evening, we'll toast to our Southwest sojourn over a festive Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 9

      Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Day 9 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

      You're in for a wild time at the colourful aerial extravaganza that is Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta. But first, you'll have an opportunity to explore Old Town Albuquerque with its narrow brick lanes and adobe architecture. This evening, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the exclusive Chasers' Club, featuring guaranteed private seating, deluxe views of the colourful balloons and dinner. Witness the Balloon Glow when the festival balloons light their burners under the moonlight, a magnificent prelude to Albuquerque's spectacular fireworks display. 

      Hotel

      Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Depart Albuquerque Day 10 - Depart Albuquerque

      Gaze upwards as hundreds of balloons take to the sky like vividly coloured lanterns hanging from thin air. We'll return to our hotel and bid a fond farewell to New Mexico, transferring to Albuquerque International Airport or consider extending your stay at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown.

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • STAYS WITH STORIES
        Stay at Red Cliffs Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River, the Strater Hotel located in the heart of the Rockies and the Inn and Spa at Loretto, built in Santa Fe's local adobe style. (Days 4, 6, 7)

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Enjoy an exclusive dinner in spectacular Red Rock country. (Day 5)

      • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
        For included sightseeing at the Grand Canyon and in Santa Fe. (Day 2, 8)

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        • Scenic Drive through Sedona, along the Million Dollar Highway, through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, along Oak Creek Canyon

        • Visit Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park, Moab, Silverton, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


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