THE BEST OF NEW MEXICO
MARCH 7-13, 2018
DAY 1: MARCH 7, WEDNESDAY
Arrival into Albuquerque
Arrive in your gateway city to the Southwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Your local guide will meet you at the baggage claim area and assist with luggage and hotel transfer. We board our waiting motor coach and head to our Santa Fe hotel where we will be spending the night. Bienvenidos, or Welcome to New Mexico. Enjoy dinner before checking into our hotel in Santa Fe.
Meals Included: D
DAY 2: MARCH 8, THURSDAY
All day tour of Las Vegas, New Mexico’s Jewish historical sites.
This morning we depart for Las Vegas, New Mexico for a guided tour of the Jewish historical sites that include the current home of the oldest Jewish synagogue in New Mexico, the building that was once the successful Ilfeld mercantile store and the Masonic and Montefiore Cemetery where many prominent Jewish citizens were buried. We also learn about the movie history of Las Vegas, visit some of the historical sites and meet a Harvey Girl and learn about the Santa Fe Railroad’s influence in the town. We will have an included lunch as part of the tour and return to our Santa Fe hotel early evening.
Meals Included: B, D
DAY 3: MARCH 9, FRIDAY
Santa Fe driving and Jewish History walking tour/Free Afternoon
This morning we tour the city of Santa Fe. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the heart and soul of the Spanish southwest, but also has a rich and interesting Jewish history. We will learn both sides of the story on an easy walking tour of the Plaza. After our tour you are free to explore Santa Fe’s Plaza on your own. You might choose to take in on your own one of the 3 Museums of New Mexico, located right on the Plaza or spend your time exploring the nooks and crannies that make this city such a unique place. Entrance to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum will be included in your program. Group dinner tonight in one of Santa Fe’s many fine restaurants.
Meals Included: B, D
day 4: March 10, Saturday
Bandelier National Monument/ Chimayo/ Rancho de Chimayo Dinner.
We depart this afternoon and head north to Bandelier National Park. Bandelier features the ruins of a 14th century Pueblo village. We will take an easy walking tour to the surface ruins and see the ceremonial rooms, and hear the history of the Ancestral Puebloan people that lived on the Parajito Plateau. Then we have a lunch on your own in the town of Los Alamos before we head down the mesa to the village of Chimayo. Chimayo is noted for its fine Spanish weaving traditions and we will make a stop at Oretega’s Weaving shop to see local artisans at work, and visit the fine arts and crafts shop next door. Our final stop before dinner will be at Santuario de Chimayo and the Santo Nino chapels for photos and to learn the history of these charming village landmarks. Dinner this evening is on your own. We return to our Santa Fe hotel after dinner.
Meals Included: B
day 5: March 11, Sunday
Scenic drive along the Turquoise Trail/ Albuquerque City Tour/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center & Dances.
We leave our Santa Fe hotel this morning and head south along the scenic Turquoise Trail with a stop in the old mining town of Madrid before heading into Albuquerque for our final two nights in New Mexico. We stop at the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center Museum for a visit to the galleries and museum and time to watch the traditional ceremonial dances that are presented each weekend. Then we continue on a driving tour of Albuquerque before a guided walking tour of historic Old Town, founded in 1706. We will check into our Albuquerque hotel with some time to rest and freshen up before a fun dinner in the Old Town area. A guest speaker tonight will give us a talk on the Crypto-Jewish history of New Mexico.
Meals included: B, D
day 6: March 12, Monday
Acoma Pueblo/Sandia Peak Tram/Farewell Dinner.
Our final day in New Mexico begins as we head to the village of Acoma. Often called “Sky City” Acoma is located on a sandstone mesa, 350 feet above the valley floor. We will stop at the Visitor’s Center and take a native-guided tour of the old village. Acoma is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the United States, with artifacts that date back some 900 years. A pueblo tribal member will explain the history and culture of the Acoma people to us as we walk through the village. Points of interest we see on our walk include San Esteban del Rey Mission Church, built in 1629, the Enchanted Mesa, Acoma artisans and their work, hornos or bread-ovens and the homes of the Acoma people. There could also be native vendors selling pottery, artwork and foodstuffs. There is a fee for taking any photographs and cell phones and video cameras are not allowed.
Enjoy an Oyo lunch at Acoma’s Sky City Casino before we head back to Albuquerque. Our final attraction of the tour will be a scenic ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. This tram is the equivalent of driving an automobile from Mexico to Canada in 20 minutes. You will travel through 4 of the 7 life zones in the United States beginning with the Upper Sonoran Desert to the high alpine Canadian Zone. The view from the top is a breathtaking 14,000 square miles or 1/10 of the state of New Mexico. The altitude at the top is 10,674 feet above sea level. After our ride, we return to the base of the tram and head to a lovely restaurant where we enjoy our Farewell Dinner.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Day 7: March 13, Tuesday
Group Transfer to Albuquerque Sunport.
After breakfast this morning we take you to the Albuquerque Sunport for your flight home. Have a safe journey!
Meals Included: B