New Mexico - Land of Enchantment

Explore the Native American, Spanish and Old West influences in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and visit Taos Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument, the National Museum of Nuclear Science, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Ghost Ranch, a private artist's studio and more as you make your way across New Mexico.



Step back in time to centuries of Pueblo culture... at Bandelier National Monument where echoes of ancient American Indian lifestyles live on today... at Taos Pueblo, ten centuries strong and along the Rio Grande where storytelling, a raft trip and a family-style lunch inspire the imagination... stroll through the spirited landscapes of Ghost Ranch and gaze at the vibrant works of Georgia O'Keeffe... Today, let the enchantment begin.

Spend two nights at a resort at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, and three nights in fabulous Santa Fe. Enjoy a private visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, a private presentation by a local chef (with lunch) and a visit to a private artist's studio in Santa Fe... be treated to a private welcome and talk at the National Museum of Nuclear Science... discover Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center... visit 1,000-year-old Pueblo de Taos, enhanced by a storyteller's tales... explore ancient dwellings at Bandelier National Monument... take a float trip down the Rio Grande, and a guided visit to Ghost Ranch. It's New Mexico vacation magic at its best!



Step back in time to centuries of Pueblo culture... at Bandelier National Monument where echoes of ancient American Indian lifestyles live on today... at Taos Pueblo, ten centuries strong and along the Rio Grande where storytelling, a raft trip and a family-style lunch inspire the imagination... stroll through the spirited landscapes of Ghost Ranch and gaze at the vibrant works of Georgia O'Keeffe... Today, let the enchantment begin.

Spend two nights at a resort at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, and three nights in fabulous Santa Fe. Enjoy a private visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, a private presentation by a local chef (with lunch) and a visit to a private artist's studio in Santa Fe... be treated to a private welcome and talk at the National Museum of Nuclear Science... discover Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center... visit 1,000-year-old Pueblo de Taos, enhanced by a storyteller's tales... explore ancient dwellings at Bandelier National Monument... take a float trip down the Rio Grande, and a guided visit to Ghost Ranch. It's New Mexico vacation magic at its best!



Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - A visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum & a private artist's studio in Santa Fe
  • Multiple-night stays in Albuquerque, Taos and Santa Fe ensuring in-depth cultural discoveries
  • Visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and private welcome and talk at the National Museum of Nuclear Science offer an insider look at life in Albuquerque, past, present & future
  • Exploration of Bandelier National Monument & Pueblo de Taos
  • Storyteller tales & a float trip on the Rio Grande, followed by a guided visit to Ghost Ranch
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed

  • Call 561 703 0064 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14896908

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2020
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1AlbuquerqueArrive Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel Chaco. A transfer is included from the Albuquerque International Sunport to Hotel Chaco. Join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner tonight at your new ultra-modern hotel - inspired by the ancient local Chacoan culture and nestled between Albuquerque's historic Old Town and the vibrant Sawmill district, against a backdrop of New Mexico's mesas and the Sandia Mountains.



    Lodging: Hotel Chaco

    Meals: D
    Day 2AlbuquerquePueblo culture & the Nuclear Age in Albuquerque

    Today you'll explore New Mexico's myriad cultural influences, from Pueblo tribes to innovations of the Atomic and Nuclear ages. A guided sightseeing tour of Albuquerque includes historic Nob Hill, the University of New Mexico, downtown districts and Old Town Albuquerque. On a visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science, a private welcome and introductory talk by a museum docent provide insights on New Mexico's unique role in the history of the Nuclear Age. After lunch, get a closer look at the history and accomplishments of the Pueblo people, from pre-Columbian to current times, with a visit to the unique Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a showcase of puebloan history and culture operated by 19 Native American pueblo communities. Return to your hotel late afternoon; dine tonight at the resort. Note: The largest hot air balloon festival in the world, the annual 9-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in early October. Guests on the October 2, 4, 5, 6, & 9 tours can enjoy an optional early morning (5:00 AM) excursion today (day 2) to see the mass ascension of balloons; ask for details at booking.



    Lodging: Hotel Chaco

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 3TaosBandelier National Monument and on to Taos

    Depart Albuquerque this morning and stop at Jemez State Monument to see the ruins of its 17th-century mission church before peeking into the lives of the ancient Anasazi Pueblo culture at Bandelier National Monument, one of North America's oldest human settlements. Lunch in a 100-year-old adobe home whets your appetite for the mountain vistas that enhance today's journey to the Taos region, which has long attracted a thriving and talented community of artists and craftspersons with the scenic beauty of its contrasting forests and deserts. Visit Santuario de Chimayo en route to your Taos resort, where you'll spend the next two nights and enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight.



    Lodging: El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4TaosPueblo Life, past & present in Taos

    Start your day with a private lecture that shares insights on Pueblo life. A guided excursion to continually inhabited multistoried Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases a unique way of life that has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. Storyteller Roberta Meyer enriches your visit with tales of regional legends before your crossing over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge; enjoy the rest of the day and evening as you please in Taos.



    Lodging: El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa

    Meals: B
    Day 5Santa FeLandscapes along the Rio Grande to Santa Fe

    After leaving your Taos resort, today's gentle float trip* on the Rio Grande with a native guide ends with a traditional Pueblo Indian cooking demonstration and family-style lunch, where you will meet local artisans crafting baskets and drums. Continue on through picturesque desert landscapes for a memorable guided visit to Ghost Ranch, immortalized in the work of artist Georgia O'Keeffe; explore the area's stunning landscapes, and view trees and mountains as O'Keeffe saw and painted them. Arrive at your luxury hotel and spa in historic Santa Fe in time for dinner.



    Lodging: Inn and Spa at Loretto

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6Santa FeAn authentic taste of Santa Fe

    As the crossroads of the historic Southwest, Santa Fe's unique culture and ambiance are a blend of Spanish, Native American and Old West influences. Experience this diverse cultural mix on a guided walking tour of Santa Fe's centuries-old center, on which you'll see the city's historic plaza, terminus of the storied Santa Fe Trail, and America's oldest public building, the Palace of the Governors; and visit St. Francis Cathedral, the Manhattan Project site, and famous Loretto Chapel, adjacent to your hotel. Discover the tasty secrets of southwestern cuisine at a private presentation by a local chef, followed by lunch highlighting the city's diverse heritage at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Later, a special private guided tour of the New Mexico History Museum offers a close-up look at the legacy of the Spanish Colonial era that is so prevalent here. Choose from among an amazing array of choices for dinner as you please tonight in Santa Fe.



    Lodging: Inn and Spa at Loretto

    Meals: B, L
    Day 7Santa FeGeorgia O'Keeffe's Southwest & a visit with a local artist

    Enjoy an exclusive, private morning visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe - revealing the sensuous landscapes and other works by this renowned 20th-century artist, who so loved this part of the Southwest that she made it her home later in life. The collection contains over 1,100 paintings, sculptures and drawings by O'Keeffe herself, and nearly 1,800 works by her contemporaries, including many photos chronicling her life and career. Later, embark on a Tauck Exclusive insider visit to the studio of an acclaimed local artist, who you'll meet for a private demonstration, presentation and lecture on the art styles of New Mexico. After time to explore and have lunch as you please this afternoon in Santa Fe, celebrate the close of your remarkable New Mexico adventure at this evening's farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your spa hotel.



    Lodging: Inn and Spa at Loretto

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8Santa FeJourney Home

    Tour ends: Albuquerque. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe to Albuquerque International Sunport. Allow a minimum of 2 hours for your flight check-in. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    09/11/2020$3,990.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/18/2020$3,990.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    10/02/2020$3,990.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    10/09/2020$3,990.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

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