From the enchanting canyons and cultural traditions of New Mexico to the pueblos and plateaus of Arizona, you'll be enchanted at every turn on this vacation in the American Southwest. Taste the tradition of the Albuquerque desert in the kitchens and cliff dwellings that preserve the ancestral cultures of Native peoples and early settlers. Lose yourself in the artisan streets of Santa Fe and find yourself enthralled with the Painted Desert landscapes of Georgia O'Keefe. Enter a rugged world of spectacular sandstone canyons that dress in the changing light of each new day. A stunning Southwest America vacation to rewrite your history for years to come.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2022
- 6 Days
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|Day 1||Albuquerque||Welcome to Albuquerque! At 6 pm, meet your travel companions for a welcome drink. TOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURE & TRADITION Exquisite desert landscapes, soaring snowcapped mountains, steamy hot springs, and enthralling national monuments make New Mexico a land of wonders. Add the enticing cultural richness of its Native American and Mexican heritage, and you'll soon see why this stunning state is called the 'Land of Enchantment.' |
|Day 2||Albuquerque||The Land of Enchantment This morning, tour Albuquerque's Old Town before visiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Then enjoy [LF] lunch at the Indian Pueblo Kitchen for an unforgettable Indigenous dining experience. Tonight your Tour Director will have dining suggestions for your evening in Old Town at leisure. (B,L)TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORY & HERITAGE Visit Albuquerque's enthralling Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a fascinating look at its museum and crafts market, collectively run by the 19 New Mexico pueblos (villages). Here, you'll learn about the history, background, and life of the 19 pueblos of New Mexico. Top off your visit with a lunch at the Indian Pueblo Kitchen to enjoy indigenous dishes loved through generations. |
|Day 3||Taos||High Desert Dreams Travel through the New Mexico high desert to Jemez Pueblo, one of the remaining 19 pueblos of New Mexico. On an interpretive tour, learn of the Towa culture and ancestral traditions. Then, meet with a [LF] local artist for a demonstration. Then travel to historic Taos, long known as a bona-fide art colony and home to hundreds of years of rich culture from Spanish explorers to Native Americans to American immigrants making it a diverse and welcoming community. Visit the Taos Art Museum in the historic home of Russian artist Nicolai Fechin. After free time on the historic plaza, continue to your hotel for a free evening. (B)LOCAL FAVORITECULTURE & TRADITIONS Visit Jemez Pueblo (Walatowa) between red rocks and mesa tops graced by cedar, cottonwood and aspen trees that blanket the enchanting mountains where fragrant juniper and white pine trees grow. Nestled just below the mountains is the village of Walatowa. The people of Walatowa take pride in the preservation of an ancient native language where over 90% of its people speak the Tanoan language of Towa.|
|Day 4||Santa Fe||Missions & Masterpieces Visit the San Francisco de Asis, a great example of a Spanish Colonial Mission Church and a modern art icon made famous by Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe. Continue to Santa Fe for a guided trolley tour that includes San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors, Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and the famed Loretto Chapel. Later, visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum for a guided tour to view her spectacular works of art. The rest of the day is free - visit one of the many restaurants, art galleries, or shops on the historic plaza. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTLEGENDARY LIVES Georgia O'Keefe is synonymous with Santa Fe since it is here the legendary artist lived and worked in her own inimitable style. Painting the dramatic landscapes and lush plant life of the mesas, O'Keefe forged her own path as a female artist with a fiercely independent spirit that gained her the name of Mother of American Modernism. Visit the Georgia O'Keefe Museum to discover the stunning works of art created by this 20th-century trailblazer. |
|Day 5||Santa Fe||The Ancient Ways This morning, travel to Bandelier National Monument to view an ancient way of life. With 10,000 years of cultural history, the monument is home ancient to Anasazi Puebloan cliff dwellings dating back to 1150 AD. Spend time exploring the museum and visit an ancient pueblo. Return to Santa Fe for a free afternoon. Then enjoy a tasty farewell dinner while learning how to cook with southwestern flair at [LF] Santa Fe School of Cooking. (B,D)LOCAL FAVORITELOCAL TASTES Santa Fe is a rich culture of cherished traditions of the Native Southwest. A food-lover's paradise, this vibrant culinary scene preserves the heritage of the pre-Columbian peoples, the influence of the Hispanic culture (both recent and hundreds of years old), and the contemporary elements of delicious eating for which this desert destination is known. Right in the heart of beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally acclaimed, recreational culinary school and market specializing in foods of the American Southwest. Up your chef game with a cooking class to learn the art of southwestern cooking with traditional recipes and techniques.|
|Day 6||Albuquerque||Safe travels until we meet again! This morning, return to Albuquerque where your vacation ends at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport. Schedule departing flights after 11 am. (B)|
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