Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – October 12-17, 2017

balloonfiesta_4725253_fotoliarf_1777_1777_960x380Thursday – Tuesday
October 12-17, 2017 

$2,649.00 per person double
$2,619.00 per person triple
$3,249.00 per person single

Includes roundtrip air from Indianapolis, touring & admissions per itinerary, 5-nights hotel, hotel taxes, luggage handling at hotels, 8 meals and Imperial Escort. 

$500.00 per person deposit is due within 7 days after reservations are booked. Due to the requirements of the airline & tour company, full payment is due by August 10, 2017. Trip insurance is available for an additional $240.00 per person. 

Our group space is on hold until April 11, 2017. Please book your reservations prior to this date to secure space with our group. Any reservations made after that date are subject to availability and possible price increase. Roundtrip transportation from Lafayette to the Indianapolis Airport may be available for an additional $49.00 per person. 

Up, up and away! This is an experience not to be missed! The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world’s most photographed events. Set in New Mexico, a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty, the Fiesta is simply one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color you are ever to witness. This exciting journey also includes time in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, two culturally rich cities. Visit the unique shops and restaurants of Old Town Albuquerque. Wind through the stunning Turquoise Trail. Set out on a walking tour of Santa Fe that highlights the St. Francis Cathedral and the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Experience the Santa Fe School of Cooking. 

Ground arrangements by Collette Vacations. 

Thursday – October 12, 2017 Indianapolis – Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Our flight departs from Indianapolis Airport today. New Mexico is a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty. In both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, discover cities rich in multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history. Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta has grown into one of the world’s most photographed events. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with our fellow travelers. 

Friday – October 13, 2017 Santa Fe 

A local guide joins us as we tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city. Enjoy time to discover the many shops and numerous art museums that Santa Fe is known for. A special treat awaits at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. It’s your favorite cooking show come to life as we watch an expert chef create a delicious meal before our eyes. Everything is made with a southwest theme and is simply delightful. 

Saturday – October 14, 2017 Santa Fe – Albuquerque 

Today we set out for Albuquerque. Traveling via the historic Turquoise Trail, you are sure to enjoy the stunning views. Prehistoric peoples made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area and many battles were fought over this land. Next, we’ll stop in the quaint old coal mining town of Madrid. This is followed by what is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip…Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta. Join in the excitement of this annual hot air ballooning extravaganza. See balloons launch in two remarkable waves. It’s one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color in all of aviation. 

Sunday – October 15, 2017 Albuquerque 

Experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta at dawn as the balloons ascend in the early light. After your early morning, you have some time to relax. Later this afternoon, enjoy a tour of Old Town Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Savor the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages. Experience a “must-do” as you thrill to a ride along the eclectic Route 66. Take some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants. 

Monday – October 16, 2017 Albuquerque 

Since before the Cold War started, New Mexico has been known as a hub for covert military projects. Today, this fascinating history unfolds at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History where a docent takes us on an intriguing journey that includes details of the Manhattan Project. Next, visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. See the ever-changing galleries that highlight local and national Native American artists. With a focus on Pueblo artists, the center strives to preserve their culture. 

Tuesday – October 17, 2017 Albuquerque – Indianapolis 

Our tour comes to an end with wonderful memories of the spectacular Balloon Fiesta.