Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel Chaco, an 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. Tonight you join your fellow Tauck companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
New Mexico: Land Of Enchantment
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- April to October
- 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
- Classic tour
From £3735 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.
After lunch,Today your fascinating New Mexico itinerary explores the state’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. Visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science, a private welcome and introductory talk by a museum docent provides insights on New Mexico’s unique role in the history of the Nuclear Age. After lunch, 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. Dine at your resort tonight.
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 is held in a 100-year-old adobe home, enhancing today’s journey to the Taos region, which has long attracted a thriving and talented community of artists and craftsmen with the scenic beauty of its contrasting forests and deserts. Visit Santuario de Chimayo and the iconic 18th century San Francisco de Asís Mission Church en route to your Taos resort, where you’ll spend the next two nights and enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight.El Monte Sagrado, Living Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
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.El Monte Sagrado, Living Resort & Spa (Breakfast included)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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