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Southwest Native Trails with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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This complete immersion in Native American heritage will delight anyone who is interested in this opportunity to delve deeper into the captivating culture.

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Southwest Native Trails 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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      • 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.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      This complete immersion in Native American heritage will delight anyone who is interested in this rare opportunity to delve deeper into the captivating culture, traditions and history of the Ancestral Puebloans who once thrived in America's Southwest landscapes.


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: DPTN

      11 Nights

      accommodation

      18 Meals
      • 10 breakfasts

      • 2 lunches

      • 6 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • VISIT Albuquerque, Petyroglyph National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, Gallup, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Bluff, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe

        • VIEW Square Tower Unit at Hovenweep, Chaco Canyon's White House, Mesa Verde's Cliff Palace

        • SCENIC DRIVE along Colorado's Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 6 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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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

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • 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


      1. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

      You're in for a wild time at Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta. Explore Old Town Alburquerque if you like before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

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      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

      2. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

      Gaze upwards as hundreds of colourful balloons take to the sky. This evening, attend the exclusive and private Chasers' Club to view the mesmerising Balloon Glow. Then, the following day, join the Southwest Native Trails trip on Day 2.

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      Breakfast

      3. Petroglyph National Monument and Acoma Pueblo

      Trace centuries-old stories etched in stone by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers when you visit the Petroglyph National Monument this morning. Continuing your journey to Acoma Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum for a guided insight into one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and the 28th Historic Site designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Head back to your hotel in Albuquerque where the rest of the evening is yours.

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      Breakfast

      4. Albuquerque – Chaco Canyon National Historical Park – Gallup

      One of the highlights of your Southwest journey will be the visit to Chaco Canyon within Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Chaco Canyon is one of America's most significant and fascinating cultural and historic centers of ancestral Puebloan culture. It was the central hub for ceremony, trade and administration for the entire Southwest area. See Pueblo Bonito, one of the most important " Great Houses" representing the apex of Anasazi, renamed Ancestral Puebloan, in modern day culture. With its 5 stories high and almost 700 rooms it stood as the largest structure in North America until the 18th century. This evening, in Gallup, a special culinary treat awaits with dinner at Badlands Grill on old Route 66. (Should weather conditions render the dirt road to Chaco Canyon unsafe, your Travel Director will arrange visits to other safely accessible destinations of historical and cultural significance.) Tonight, your 'Stay with Story' is historic El Rancho Hotel, home to many movie stars filming Westerns in the area throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Regional Dinner
      Hotel
      El Rancho

      5. Gallup – Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site – Canyon de Chelly National Monument

      This morning, stop at Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation, where you'll see the Window Rock geologic formation and the World War II Navajo Code Talkers' Memorial and learn how Navajos helped the United States win WWII. Take a step back in time and visit the Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site,and learn how the Navajo and settlers once traded. Delve into the story of Lorenzo Hubbell, who had a major influence on Navajo rug weaving and silversmithing. After a visit to the Canyon de Chelly Visitor Centre, meet your certified Navajo Local Specialist and board your 4X4 vehicle to marvel at the stunning scenery with sandstone cliffs, canyons, and beautiful artwork in the forms of pictographs, petroglyphs and ruins.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Holiday Inn Chinle

      6. Canyon de Chelly National Monument – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

      See an ancient community built into a sandstone cliff as you peer over the edge of the White House Overlook to see the mastery of Ancient Puebloan construction. Watch nature defy gravity when you encounter Spider Rock and hear the legend of the mythical Spider Woman who is said to live in this towering stone spire. Enter Monument Valley National Tribal Park where your Local Navajo Specialists will accompany you on a 4X4 adventure. Enjoy and authentic Navajo lunch prepared alfresco. You'll also have the opportunity to visit an authentic Navajo hogan.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Hotel
      Desert Rose Resort

      7. Hovenweep National Monument – Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – Mesa Verde National Park

      Head for Hovenweep National Monument, one of the most intriguing pre-historic settlements in the Southwest, known for its six major villages and more than 300 additional sites within the National Monument. Travel across Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and wind along the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway. Visit the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum (formerly known as The Anasazi Center), known as Southwest Colorado's leading archaeological museum, displaying exhibits on archaeology, local history and Native American cultures. Continue onto Mesa Verde National Park.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Far View Lodge

      8. Mesa Verde National Park – Durango (2 Nights)

      This morning see some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites as you explore the park. Visit the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, where you will also visit the park's third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House. This evening, your 'Stay with Story' is the historic Strater Hotel and dinner is your choice dining in Durango.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Your Choice Dining
      Hotel
      The Strater Hotel

      9. Durango Free Time

      A full day at leisure in Durango to pursue your own interests. Perhaps take a trip aboard historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. Return by coach via the spectacular San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway. Other options include mild to wild white water rafting along the Animas River or a visit to the outstanding Southern Ute Museum.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      10. Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)

      Drive on to Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark, where you'll enjoy some free time before we visit the Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both as a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Meet your native Taos Local Specialist who will share insights about the Pueblo. Stop at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church, a historic and architecturally significant church and one of the finest examples of a Spanish Colonial New Mexico mission church. Continue to the colourful artists' retreat of Santa Fe.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

      11. Santa Fe Sightseeing

      A Local Specialist reveals the secrets of Santa Fe, starting at the historic Santa Fe Plaza. A special treat awaits at Del Charro where you'll 'Dive into Culture' and enjoy the rich flavours of a local favorite-Natillas. The afternoon is free. This evening, the dining capital of the Southwest puts its best foot forward with an unforgettable Farewell Dinner at one of Santa Fe's most iconic settings.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      12. Depart Santa Fe or Albuquerque

      Say a fond farewell to Santa Fe and take your transfer to the airport. A group transfer to Albuquerque is also available and will take approximately 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Please be aware when booking your flights.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-nz/tours/southwest-native-trails-with-albuquerque-balloon-fiesta?tripcode=dptn for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Taste the rich flavours of Natillas, a local speciality of Santa Fe. (Day 10)

      • STAYS WITH STORIES
        Lodge at the El Rancho Hotel like Western movie stars and stay at The Strater Hotel, Durango's Historic Landmark Hotel, showcasing stories of the old west and mining times. (Days 3, 7)

      • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
        in Chaco Canyon Culture National Historic Park, Code Talker Veterans Memorial, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Taos Pueblo, Santa Fe (Day 3, 4, 5, 9, 10)

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • VISIT Albuquerque, Petyroglyph National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, Gallup, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Bluff, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe

        • VIEW Square Tower Unit at Hovenweep, Chaco Canyon's White House, Mesa Verde's Cliff Palace

        • SCENIC DRIVE along Colorado's Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 6 dinners


      SouthwestNativeTrails DiningHighlights Getty May2022 1019494532

      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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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

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • 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


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