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Colourful Trails of the Southwest with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

10 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

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

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10 Days, 1 Country, 7 Cities

Colourful Trails of the Southwest with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Phoenix (AZ), USA

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Albuquerque, USA

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    • Balloon Fiesta Special Departures: (Ref: DCTB) The 28Sep and 04Oct departures include admission to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and an additional night in Albuquerque.
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About this trip

Follow the rusty red Colorado River as its gives life to the desert and guides your journey past the Grand Canyon, ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and natural arches near Moab where you will explore traditional ranch life and dine on the riverbank as the sun sets behind its imposing sandstone cliffs.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: DCTB

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Scenic drives 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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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

    • 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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Santa Fe Sightseeing

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Depart Albuquerque

Day 1

Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale Day 1 - Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Welcome to the Valley of the Sun. Check in to your hotel and spend some time relaxing. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

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

Leaving behind the Saguaro cacti of the Sonoran desert, ascend into the stunning red rock formations announcing your entrance to the artists' enclave of Sedona. If you like, trade your motorcoach for a rough-and-ready jeep on an optional adventure into Red Rock Country. Get a taste of the old cowboy days where you encounter stunning landscapes. Travel onward and be sure to have your camera ready as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. At the Grand Canyon, meet a Local Specialist who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon.

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 2

Day 3

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

Rise early for an optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon or spend more time in the National Park. You might experience a feeling of deja vu when you enter the wide-open expanse of Monument Valley-this scenic location has been preserved forever in classic films such as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Get up close and personal with the magnificent landscape of towering sandstone buttes and lovely desert vistas in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Later, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal dinner in Monument Valley.

Hotel

Desert Rose Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Desert Rose Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 3

Day 4

Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights) Day 4 - Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights)

Travel east this morning through a mesmerising desert landscape before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park at the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Between 600 and 1300 A.D., the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Look down at the massive Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America. End your day's journey in the outdoor mecca of Moab.

Hotel

Red Cliffs Lodge Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Red Cliffs Lodge Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

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

In magnificent Arches National Park, the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches; wander through a kaleidoscope of geologic time as you watch the morning light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Explore the shops and outfitters in Moab as you enjoy an afternoon on your own. This evening, venture along the Colorado River for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner at a sand beach along the water. The fading sunlight is framed by towering red sandstone cliffs.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 5

Day 6

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

Depart America's outdoor recreation capital for the "Switzerland of America." Friendly Ouray boasts classic Victorian architecture, awe-inspiring views and a homey, small-town vibe. Then it's time to take to the highway-the Million-Dollar Highway, that is-with its priceless views of snowcapped peaks and shimmering alpine lakes. Stake your claim in Silverton, a former silver mining camp that now occupies a spot on the National Registry of Historic Landmark Districts. If you like, take an optional ride from Silverton to Durango on the Narrow Gauge Railroad, which operates coal-fired steam engines through the San Juan National Forest. Later on, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Hotel

The Strater Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

The Strater Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

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

Today, head south toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo, an ancient site that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years by members of the Native American Pueblo people. Learn about the traditional lifestyle and beliefs of the Pueblo Indians and visit the striking adobe chapel of San Geronimo. Continue travelling along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the foothills of the Rockies, to the colourful artists' mecca of Santa Fe. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights. Your evening is free to visit some of the many galleries, sample some renowned Southwest cuisine or just admire the adobe architecture of the vibrant plaza.

Hotel

Inn and Spa at Loretto Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Inn and Spa at Loretto Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

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Day 8

Santa Fe Sightseeing Day 8 - Santa Fe Sightseeing

Embark on a private trolley tour with your Local Specialist to see the sights of Santa Fe and soak up the atmosphere in one of the West's most interesting towns-unparalleled in richness of history, heritage, arts and culture. Hear the story about the two mysteries surrounding the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel as you see them for yourself. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore old downtown, including the Eldorado Hotel and St. Francis Cathedral. Perhaps do some shopping at a local gallery, follow in the footsteps of Kit Carson on a walking tour or pamper yourself in one of Santa Fe's elegant spas. This evening, gather with your Travel Director and travelling companions for 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

Today, explore quaint Old Town Albuquerque with a guided walking tour. This evening, witness the breathtaking Balloon Glow when the festival balloons light their burners simultaneously under the moonlight before a spectacular fireworks display.

Hotel

BW Plus Rio Grande Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

BW Plus Rio Grande Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Albuquerque Day 10 - Depart Albuquerque

This morning, gaze in awe as each of the balloons participating in the Balloon Fiesta ascend into the air with a burst of colour and sound. You'll enjoy this once in a lifetime experience in the exclusive Chasers' Club featuring guaranteed private seating, deluxe views of the launch and hot food. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and bid farewell to New Mexico as you board your transfer to Albuquerque International Airport. 

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    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
    Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah, USA This ranch and Authentic Accommodation includes both a lodge and a museum documenting the property's history. In the late 1940s, legendary director John Ford discovered the rugged beauty of Moab's Canyonlands and filmed the first of many movies here.Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado, USA Opened in the late 1800s, this Authentic Accommodation became a popular winter retreat for townsfolk who would close their homes for the winter and move in. Many noted personages called the Strater home, including renowned Western author Louis L'Amour. Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA A fixture in the Santa Fe community, this Authentic Accommodation shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel and has an ideal location only one block from Santa Fe's historic Plaza. The property embodies the culture of the region with its adobe-style architecture and reflects the true spirit and history of the city of Santa Fe.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy an exclusive dinner at a sand beach along the Colorado River with Jose Tejada and friends in the red rock country near Moab

  • Hidden Treasure
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing at the Grand Canyon and in Santa Fe

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Scenic drives 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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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

    • 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


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    Very good itinerary, excellent guide and driver, good group. We loved the scenery and national parks, shame the grand finale didn't happen due to bad weather at the balloon festival.

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    Service rating : Great tour.... Fantastic guide and driverProduct : Itinerary was varied. Visits to national parks as well as cities

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    Service rating : Randy, the tour director was outstanding. He was completely organized and ready if Plan A was unavailable he was ready with Plan B. Extremely knowledgeable of the area, kept us entertained and made sure everyone received his full attention.Product : Would have liked to gone to

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    Service rating : I have traveled "T" before but I felt Greg was the best and always looking out for us - and making this trip a wonderful experience for all. He even changed a jet boat tour to a better time of day so it would not be chilly. Where can I get his Book of Jokes by Greg???Product :

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    Service rating : Exceptional help from our tour guide. Be my Guest dinner, very special. Nice treats (wine) on the coach. I felt very pampered. Best trip ever.Product : Just

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