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Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2017

Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2017

Up, up and away the balloons go into the New Mexico sky each October! Few spectacles on earth rival the Mass Ascension, as upwards of five hundred balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park to drift in the crisp early-morning high-desert air. This memorable tour also features an evening balloon glow with fireworks, a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, a visit to Santa Fe and the culture and history of the Land of Enchantment.

Package Includes:

Wolf’s Bus transfer from Pennsylvania to your departing airport for your flight to Albuquerque; Roundtrip airfare between the east coast and Albuquerque (Airport/airlines to be determined); deluxe motor coach transportation upon arrival throughout the tour itinerary in Albuquerque; professional tour guide in New Mexico; 4 Night's lodging inclusive of baggage handling (1 bag/person); 4 breakfasts (including one at the Chasers Club); 3 lunches; 3 dinners; round-trip ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway; admission to two Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta events; admission to the Group Hospitality tent for both events; walking tour of Albuquerque Old Town; tour and presentation at the Turquoise Museum; admission to Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Santa Fe walking tour of historic area; admission to Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission; baggage handling for one piece of luggage per person and a welcome gift for each tour member.

 

 

1st Deposit Payment Due within 14 Days of Booking:  $350.00 per person

 

2nd Deposit Payment Due 180 Days Prior to Departure Date (April 6, 2017) - $1,000.00 per person (Non-refundable)

 

Final Payment Due 120 Days Prior to Departure Date (June 6, 2017) – Remainder of Balance (Non-refundable)

 

 

*Prices subject to change closer to departure date - pending airfare cost*

 

***Times, Itinerary and Price (pending airfare) is subject to change. ***

 

*Wolf's will not be implementing seat rotation on this tour*

 

 

 

(NOTE:  BALLOON FIESTA IS A WEATHER-DEPENDENT EVENT.  While early October weather is generally ideal for hot-air ballooning, strong winds or storms may delay or cancel balloon events.  Itinerary and times are subject to change. In the event of bad weather, everything reasonably possible will be done to alter the itinerary to accommodate your trip.  However, if a Balloon Fiesta event cannot be rescheduled, no refund will be issued.)

Day 1

Board your Wolf's coach for transfer to your departure airport and flight to Albuquerque, NM. Bienvenidos, or welcome to the Land of Enchantment! Your local tour guide will meet you in the baggage claim area of the Albuquerque International Sunport and direct you to your deluxe motor coach and transfer to your hotel, which will be home for the next four nights. You will be staying at the Marriott Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico (1-505-881-6800) The hotel is ideally located close to a variety of restaurants, two indoor shopping malls and an upscale shopping center. The hotel features elegantly designed hotel rooms with high-speed internet access, flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, 24-hr gym, outdoor pool, and a restaurant and bar. After getting settled into your room, depart the hotel for a festive welcome dinner.

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Day 2

Awake for an early morning departure for the Morning Mass Ascension at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Few spectacles on earth rival the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as upwards of 500 balloons lift off from Fiesta Park to drift in the crisp high-desert air of New Mexico. Ballooning enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Duke City each year to delight in the amazing range of balloons in every color, size and shape imaginable. This is easily one of the most photographed spectacles anywhere (don't forget your camera), and it is a great place to enjoy delicious foods and shop for souvenirs at a wide range of vendor booths. Enjoy exploring the extensive grounds of Fiesta Park and chatting with the pilots and crews as they prepare the balloons for flight. You will also have access to the Chasers Club so you can enjoy this experience while sitting in a private outdoor patio located next to the launch field. Hot breakfast and other snacks will be provided. (Note: October mornings in the high desert of New Mexico can be chilly, so be sure to dress in layers for warmth and bring sunscreen for when the sun comes up). Afterwards, we will continue to the Turquoise Museum, perhaps the largest private collection in the world. A novel attraction, this small museum focuses on the beauty, mythology and physical properties of turquoise, a semiprecious but widely adored gemstone that many people associate with the color of New Mexico skies. See one-of-a-kind showpieces and examples from more than 60 mines on four continents and enjoy an informative and entertaining presentation that will show you the difference between the "real McCoy" and plastic. Next is a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. The Center has a museum, gallery and gift shop. The museum documents the origins, spoken traditions, arts and crafts, and cultural development of the Pueblo Indians. Afterwards, enjoy lunch planned for you at a popular restaurant located in Old Town. Following lunch, there will be free time to explore hidden courtyards and stroll under covered portals and/or shop on your own at the many fine specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Take a brief walking tour with your guide of the historic Plaza area of Old Town, the original center of Albuquerque, which was founded in the early part of the 18th century and includes San Felipe de Neri church and many historic buildings. We will then return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening to grab dinner on your own and relax after a busy day. (B, L)

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Day 3

Breakfast will be included this morning before we depart the hotel to travel the historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, which links Albuquerque and Santa Fe and encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. Your drive back into history will feature the mining towns of Golden, Madrid and Cerrillos, whose mines once yielded gold, silver, lead, zinc and turquoise. Upon arrival in Santa Fe, you may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the San Miguel Mission, and the Loretto Chapel. Lunch will be included for the group today. Later this afternoon, your coach will transfer you to Balloon Fiesta Park for the evening Glowdeo. During the glow, balloons inflate at dusk, remain tethered and light their burners in a synchronized fashion. The "glow" effect is created by the same burner system used in flight; however, pilots use various means to bypass the "pre-heat" coils on the burner. These coils help the burner work efficiently, but the flame is dull blue and does not emit a lot of light. Tonight you will be guests at the exclusive Gondola Club, where comfortable seating, luxurious bathrooms and buffet-style dinner with full open bar await you. After dinner and the glow, the AfterGlow Fireworks Show will dazzle, delight and complete your day. (NOTE: In case of inclement weather and the glow is cancelled, dinner will still be served at the Gondola Club).

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Day 4

At the conclusion of breakfast included at the hotel, start your day of touring by taking a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, one of the world's longest free-span cable tramways. This 2.7-mile ride to the top will take you through four of the seven life zones found in North America. Once atop Sandia Peak, at an elevation of 10,378 feet above sea level, you will marvel at the thousands of square miles of breathtaking scenery and panoramic views in all directions. (Note: the tram may cease operations due to inclement weather and/or high winds.) It is then West over to the Acoma "Sky City" Pueblo, the mesa-top settlement known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. The Acoma Pueblo is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff that has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. Our final evening will include a special farewell dinner and the opportunity to reminisce with your traveling about your time spent in the "Land of Enchantment".

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Day 5

Following breakfast at the hotel, the group will check out of the hotel and transfer by coach to Albuquerque Airport for your return flight home. Adios Amigos! Upon arrival back on the east coast, find your Wolf's Tours coach for return transfer back to your home area in Pennsylvania.

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*Prices subject to change closer to departure date - pending airfare cost*

***ALL WOLF'S TOURS TIMES & ITINERARY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***


*Wolf's will not be implementing seat rotation on this tour*

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Chambersburg Chambersburg Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East
Park in Wal-Mart Lot behind gas station
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
Highs - Manchester, MD Manchester, MD - 4500 Hanover Pike Manchester, MD
Parking Lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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