Colorado & the Balloon Fiesta

Colorado & the Balloon Fiesta
Mon, Oct 4th, 2021
to
Thu, Oct 14th, 2021
  • • "Triple" : $2330 Per Person
  • • "Quad" : $2310 Per Person
  • • "Single" : $3350 Per Person
"Double":

$2350 Per Person

Featuring the Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Colorado Springs, Durango, Denver & Clorado's Railroads!

*Riley purchases the Group Deluxe Protection plan with Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption on behalf of all tour passengers*



Trip Highlights:

U.S Air Force Academy
Garden of the Gods
Olympic Training Center
Rosemount Museum
Santa Fe City Tour
City Tour of Albuquerque
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta's Mass Acension & Balloon Glow
Albuquerque Museum
Old Town Albuquerque
Four Corners Monument
Anasazi Heritage Center
Durango & Silverton Railroad
Million Dollar Highway
Mount Rushmore

Day 1 Topeka, KS
We board our deluxe motorcoach this morning to begin our journey to Colorado. We spend the day getting acquainted with our fellow travelers as we make our way to Topeka, KS for our overnight.

Day 2 Colorado Springs, CO
Our travels continue today as we continue across Kansas. This afternoon we cross into Colorado to our accommodations for the next two nights in Colorado Springs. (B)

Day 3 Colorado Springs, CO
This morning we'll head out of town to explore the U.S. Airforce Academy and learn about cadet life here. As we make our way back to Colorado Springs, we’ll visit Garden of the Gods. A naturalist will board our coach and give us a tour of the Park. View 300’ towering sandstone rock formations against the snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. Next, we will tour the Olympic Training Center for walking tour of the campus. We'll return to our hotel after our full day of touring! The rest of the evening is on your own. (B)

Day 4 Santa Fe, NM
This morning we'll head south into New Mexico to Pueblo to visit the Rosemount Museum, a 37-room Mansion that was home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family and named for Mrs. Thatcher's favorite flower. It remained a family residence for 75 years. After our self guided tour enjoy an included lunch in town. We'll continue to Santa Fe, New Mexico for our overnight. (B, L)

Day 5 Albuquerque, NM
Our morning begins a tour of this capital city. A local guide will show us all Santa Fe has to offer including St. Francis Cathedral & Loretto Chapel. Santa Fe is known as the City Different and within one visit, you will know why. The city embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture, the food, the art and on. Later, we'll travel to authentic Albuquerque. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows right through it. We’ll learn about this fascinating city by a local guide. He or she will share the sights, sounds, history, humor, legends, magic, and fascinating facts of America’s oldest and most colorful city. Tonight, we’ll enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 6 Albuquerque, NM
Today we will attend the world’s premier balloon event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with an included Chasers’ Club ticket upgrade. This ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field. Hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park. You will be awestruck by the spectacular beauty of hot air balloons filling the big blue New Mexico sky. Imagine 54 football fields all put together, that is the size of the Balloon Fiesta Park’s launch field. The whole park is the “playing field.” This morning we’ll attend the Mass Ascension. Balloons launch in two waves and the launch directors, also known as zebras because of their black-and-white-striped outfits, serve as traffic cops, coordinating the launch so balloons leave the field in a safe and coordinated manner. The Mass Ascension is led by a balloon flying the American flag to the strains of The Star Spangled Banner. After this awe-inspiring show we’ll head over to the Albuquerque Museum. Discover some of the most remarkable artifacts and works of art from the region, and the world. Tonight, we’ll head to historic Old Town, the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706. Today, Old Town Albuquerque is the city’s cultural center, with five museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants. Dinner will be on your own here. Then, we’ll attend Evening Balloon Glow, invented in Albuquerque in 1979, when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking. (B)

Day 7 Durango, CO
Today we make a stop at the Four Corners Monument, the only place in the United States where four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado) come together at one place. Here you can stand in four states at the same time. Then we continue to the Anasazi Heritage Center to learn about the Ancestral Puebloan Culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region. Then we'll continue to Durango for our overnight this evening. (B)

Day 8 Grand Junction, CO
Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear as we enjoy a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This historic train has been in continuous operation for 127 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives. We travel one way to Silverton. After lunch on your own, we drive the Million Dollar Highway to Ouray, CO. Here we will enjoy some time in the town surrounded by 14,000-foot mountain peaks before traveling to our final destination for the day in Grand Junction, CO. (B)

Day 9 Denver, CO
Today we travel from Grand Junction to Denver passing through the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. We will cross the continental divide and travel along the Colorado River to Denver where we will spend the night. (B)

Day 10 Rapid City, SD
Continuing towards home today, we'll drive north through Wyoming and into South Dakota making a stop at Mount Rushmore. We'll overnight in Rapid City, SD tonight. (B)

Day 11 Home
We’ll travel back home today. Adios Amigos! (B)
2 dinners 
1 lunches and 
10 continental breakfasts

Colorado & the Balloon Fiesta Gallery


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