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  • Taos

    Geographically the town of Taos New Mexico combines the high desert southwest with the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop to culture, art and history. Taos NM is an art mecca with over 100 galleries and museums.

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    Its rugged beauty, majestic mountains, wild Rio Grande river and unique blend of cultures have historically drawn artists and photographers, evidenced by the plentiful galleries, museums and festivals.

    Historic Taos Plaza and its side streets have old abode buildings, once the homes of some of the Taos’ leading ciitizens and today renovated into galleries, boutiques and restaurants with many hidden treasures.

    Taos Pueblo is the ancient town of the northern Tiwa tribe, located just one mile north of modern Taos. The Pueblo’s reddish-brown adobe housing, built between 1000 and 1450 AD is a National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Site and it remains occupied to this day. Be sure to taste the delicous Inidan bread baked in the traditional earthen oven and drink the cold locally made root beer.

    Ride everything from a llama to a hot air balloon to get the best views of the Rio Grande Gorge and the Taos Plateau volcanic field. Take a ride on the « Taos Box » on the Rio Grande on a spectacular guided raft trip and admire the spectacular views from the Rio Grande Gorge bridge at sunset.

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    • Top Tip 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.

    • Top Tip 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.

    • Top Tip 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.

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      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.

    • Top Tip 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.

    • Top Tip 6

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

    • Top Tip 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

    Begins and ends in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April, May, July, September and October

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    Your escorted tour 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
    • Classic tour
    • Santa Fe


    • Taos


    • Rio Grande


    • Market in Sante Fe


    • Albuquerque Skyline



    Arrive Albuquerque

    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.

    Hotel: Hotel Chaco (Dinner included)


    Sandia Peak

    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.


    Hotel: Hotel Chaco (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)


    Bandelier National Monument

    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.

    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (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.


    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (Breakfast included)


    Rio Grande

    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: Inn and Spa at Loretto (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)


    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: Inn and Spa at Loretto (Breakfast and lunch included)


    Santa Fe

    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: Inn and Spa at Loretto (Breakfast and dinner included)


    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.


    From £3870 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.