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New Mexico

New Mexico – the land of enchantment. It is a land of amazing beauty, extensive outdoor recreation opportunities and a truly warm welcome.

You’ll discover a host of attractions as varied as the stunning surroundings, which feature high mountains and deserts, glistening lakes, spectacular canyons, hot springs, lava flows and mysterious rock formations. Visit the White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, explore Billy the Kid Byway travelled by New Mexico’s most famous outlaw or take the glorious Jemez Mountain Trail amongst the Red Rocks.

Check out Santa Fe, America's oldest state capital and home to some of the best galleries in the country. Surrounded by millions of acres of forest, it is the place for numerous outdoor activities. Albuquerque, the largest city in the state, is full of exciting attractions. Explore its historic Old Town, fascinating museums and city zoo. Catch the Sandia Peak Tram to the top of Sandia Mountain and look out over 15,000 square miles of stunning landscape.

OUR TOP TIPS

1. Catch the Sandia Peak Tram to the top of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque from where you can look out over 15,000 square miles of stunning landscape.

2. Explore Billy the Kid Highway; it’s an 84 miles scenic loop road trail following in the footsteps of New Mexico’s most famous (or is that infamous?) outlaw. There’s so much to see en route so allow a full day.

3. If you are interested in North American Indian culture, visit Salmon Ruins Historic Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument. The Chaco Culture World Heritage Site is well worth the bumpy ride - check local conditions first as there are 15 miles of unpaved road to get there.

4. Take the Cumbres and Toltec Steam Railway out of Chama. It’s a scenic, and wonderfully nostalgic day out, taking you up to the border with Colorado.

5. Try a short white water rafting experience on the Rio Grande River near Taos or an early morning hot air balloon ride high above Albuquerque.

6. Don’t miss the quaint town of Santa Fe with its great eating places, shops and lots of local Native American artefacts.

7. Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park. From the end of May through to mid October you can experience the spectacular sunset bat flight from the Caverns.

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment


8 Days/7 Nights

Begins and ends in Albuquerque

Departures
April, May, June, September and October

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:
• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
• 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 Arrive Albuquerque

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival, transfer to the award-winning Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, sculpted into New Mexico’s spiritually soothing landscape at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. Tonight you join your fellow Tauck companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Dinner included

DAY 2 Sandia Peak

Today your fascinating New Mexico itinerary explores the state's myriad cultural influences, from Pueblo tribes to innovations of the Atomic and Nuclear ages. Take a closer look at the history and accomplishments of the Pueblo people, from pre-Columbian to modern day, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. You'll also visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science, where a private welcome and introductory talk by a museum docent provides insight on New Mexico’s unique role in the history of the Nuclear Age. The height of discovery continues when you board our private tram car for a ride 1,000 feet up over the canyon floor to Sandia Peak, where lunch is served accompanied by amazing views. The afternoon is free to enjoy the many activities available at your hotel. You may choose dinner from a choice of restaurants at your resort tonight.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 3 Bandelier National Monument

Discover 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 talented community of artists and craftspersons to its scenic beauty of contrasting forests and deserts. There are visits to Santuario de Chimayo and the iconic 18th-century San Francisco de Asís Mission Church en route to your Taos resort. Dinner this evening is at your leisure tonight.
Hotel: El Monte Sagrado
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 Pueblo life, past and present in Taos

Start your day with a private lecture sharing insights on Pueblo life, culture and arts. A guided excursion to continually inhabited multi-storied Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases a unique way of life that has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. A storyteller enriches your journey with regional tales and legends as you cross Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. The remainder of the day is yours to explore or relax.
Hotel: El Monte Sagrado
Breakfast included

DAY 5 Rio Grande float trip and Ghost Ranch

Today’s gentle float trip on the Rio Grande, accompanied by a native guide, ends with a traditional Pueblo Indian cooking demonstration and lunch at the side of the river. Watch local artisans weaving baskets and crafting drums, before continuing your journey alongside the mighty Rio Grande waterway to Santa Fe. En route there is a memorable guided visit to Ghost Ranch, immortalized in the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe; where you'll 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 at your leisure.
Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 A 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, including America's oldest public building, the Palace of the Governors; your hotel is just steps from the city's historic plaza, terminus of the storied Santa Fe Trail. 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. Next its a private guided tour of the New Mexico History Museum, for a guided look at the legacy of the Spanish Colonial era.
Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 7 The artists of New Mexico

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 you'll visit the home and studio of an acclaimed local artist, for an in-depth understanding of the art styles of New Mexico. This evening a farewell reception and dinner brings your journey to a close.
Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 8 JOURNEY HOME

There may be time for some last minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Breakfast included

Prices

From £2751 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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