For nine days in October, the Albuquerque skies are colorfully painted as more than 500 balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park. Plan now to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest balloon festival, and be part of an amazing hot air balloon experience. Walk among the moving picture show of hot air balloons lifting gently through the crisp, fall air. It'll feel like you're in a dream!
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
Hotel Accommodations & Luggage Handling
14 Meals & Gratuities
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
National Route 66 Museum - Elk City
Route 66 District in Amarillo
Balloon Fiesta with Dawn Patrol, Twilight Twinkle Glow & AfterGlow Fireworks Show
Historic Old Town Albuquerque
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Acoma Pueblo with guided tour of the Sky City Cultural Center
Ghost Town of Madrid
Guided Tour of Santa Fe including the Loretto Chapel
High Road to Taos & A Visit to Chimayo
Taos Indian Pueblo
Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home
$2700 per person Double
$3650 per person Single
Non-members add $75
This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground or unpaved trails. This tour covers areas of higher altitudes including overnight locations above 6,000 ft. and touring above 8,000 ft.
Deposit & Final Payment: A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by July 1, 2021. No refunds after July 1, 2021. Travel protection is available, please call to inquire. A policy from Travel Insured can help protect your travel investment at a very affordable group rate when traveling.
Day 1: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Travel to Topeka, KS
Board one of our luxury motorcoaches this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly on-board Trailways host, then begin your southwest adventure. We depart Iowa traveling west through Des Moines with a stop for lunch, on your own. Then turn south on your way to Missouri passing through Kansas City and heading west to Topeka for an overnight stay. This evening, join your fellow Trailways Travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Topeka // Oklahoma City
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning, depart Topeka and continue southward through Kansas with rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed. Then, enter Oklahoma and make your way to Oklahoma City where you will meet your Tour Director and enjoy touring the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. With more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world. From fine art, pop culture and Halls of Fame to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, shopping and dining, the Museum is a must-see destination. Depart Oklahoma City and travel west on the “Mother Road” Route 66. As you drive along an original stretch of this road, pass through the “Ghost-town” of Foss followed by Canute before arriving in Elk City for touring at the National Route 66 Museum. Here, take a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through from Illinois all the way to California. See quirky roadside attractions that lured people to stop, and get a feel for the experience of traveling down Route 66. Walk through displays of antique cars and historical documents detailing the narrative of America’s highway. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner, on your own, this evening.
Day 3: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Amarillo // Albuquerque
After breakfast this morning, continue west on the “Mother Road,” entering Texas and arrive in Amarillo for a rest stop in the historic Route 66 District with a little time to explore and do some shopping. Depart Amarillo traveling west on I-40 (Route 66) with a picture stop at Cadillac Ranch, another iconic Route 66 experience. Then, cross the border into the “Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico with a stop for lunch on your own in Tucumcari. After lunch, you will pass through small iconic towns along the Old Road, your destination this afternoon is Albuquerque where you will check in for a three night stay after a day of travel. This evening, enjoy the traditional cuisine of the area and the company of your fellow Trailways Travelers at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Friday, October 8, 2021
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Today, you will learn why Albuquerque is called the Balloon Capital of the World. Depart for an early morning transfer to the Fiesta Field to witness the Dawn Patrol and have breakfast at the Chasers Club. The Dawn Patrol began at Balloon Fiesta in 1978, when two California balloonists developed position lighting systems that allowed them to fly at night. Dawn Patrol pilots take off in the dark and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites. Just at dawn when the winds are calmest, watch the mass ascension in a rainbow of colors at the world-famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Later this morning, take a drive through Albuquerque, “The Jewel of the American Southwest,” on your way to historic Old Town with some free time to explore hidden courtyards, stroll under covered portals and shop at the many fine specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza, on your own. Old Town’s tree-lined plaza and charming adobe buildings and churches are sure to delight the sightseer and the shopper! In the afternoon, visit the Turquoise Museum where you will enter the museum through a mock mine tunnel and see the veins and nugget formations just as if you are a miner. Learn about rare specimens and the process of grinding and shaping the stones before time at leisure in the gift shop. After an exciting day, return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free to relax and have dinner, on your own.
Day 5: Saturday, October 9, 2021
After breakfast this morning, experience a fascinating introduction to the way of life enjoyed by America’s first “apartment dwellers,” the Pueblo tribes of the Southwest. At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, you’ll see their artifacts and crafts, and learn a little about the cultural and religious customs that have helped preserve this society for over 1,000 years. Next, travel to Acoma Pueblo for an included lunch and touring. The Pueblo offers a window in time where Native people carry on the customary traditions of their ancestors through Native American pottery making and tribal celebrations. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sky City Cultural Center followed by a visit to Haak’u Museum to view the exhibits, stunning Pueblo pottery and Southwest Indian art created by renowned Native American artists. Return to Albuquerque and your hotel with a little time to relax and refresh. Then, drive to Balloon Fiesta Park to enjoy dinner at the Chaser Club with direct access onto Fiesta Field for the Twilight Twinkle Glow, and AfterGlow Fireworks Show. The Twilight Twinkle Glow starts when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time. It is perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta. The Twinkle Glow is followed by New Mexico’s most spectacular fireworks display. Together, they are Balloon Fiesta’s most popular events.
Day 6: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Santa Fe // Taos
After enjoying breakfast, you’re off to Santa Fe! The Turquoise Trail, named for the exquisite mineral that was once mined here, leads you to your first stop of the day, the real-life ghost town of Madrid. Madrid looks exactly like a ghost town should, with its rows of empty, ramshackle houses that once were the homes of three thousand miners and their families. The only sign of life now is the artists who come to paint this picturesque place, and who display their wares to the interested buyer. After time to explore this relic of the past, continue on to the first state capital in the United States, “The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis,” better known as Sante Fe. Founded in 1609, the city offers many historic and scenic delights. Your tour will be a combination of driving and walking to the many famous sights including the historic Santa Fe Plaza with a view of the Palace of the Governors, the Loretto Chapel, a miniature model of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and the oldest church in New Mexico and more. There will be free time to explore the many wonderful shops, art galleries and restaurants for lunch, on your own. Take time to stroll through the Indian Market, where native arts and crafts are available directly from the artists who created them. Then, continue north as you take the High Road to Taos. Visit Chimayo, where the descendants of Spanish weavers and woodcarvers still ply their crafts. After a stop to observe the artisans, travel the picturesque high road to the world class resort town of Taos. Founded in 1617 by the Spanish, Taos has kept its Spanish and Indian influences. Dinner will be included this evening at a local nearby restaurant.
Day 7: Monday, October 11, 2021
Taos // Dodge City
After breakfast today you’ll visit Taos Indian Pueblo, a village that has been inhabited for more than 800 years, and whose adobe structures have changed little since the first Spanish explorers saw them in the 1540’s. You’ll have a chance to wander the streets, enjoying the atmosphere and browsing at the offerings of many artists who have come here to capture the allure of this delightful place. Then, depart Taos and begin your eastward journey home as you make your way to the small town of Clayton for lunch, on your own. This afternoon, cross through the very northwest corner of Texas as you return to Kansas and get the heck into Dodge! Visit the Boot Hill Museum before checking into your hotel to overnight. This evening is free to enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 8: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Abilene // Kansas City
Continue east across Kansas after breakfast this morning, with rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed. Arrive in Abilene for lunch, on your own, followed by touring at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. The Visitors Center and Museum exhibit the life and accomplishments of this president as well as the pivotal history during his time of service. In the late afternoon, continue east to Kansas City for an overnight stay in the beautiful Country Club Plaza area. This evening, join your fellow Trailways Travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Kansas City // Travel Home
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel this morning, say goodbye to your tour director and depart Kansas City for your final day of travel. Travel north to Des Moines and then east through Davenport with rest and refresh breaks along the way, as needed. Sit back, relax and reminisce on what a wonderful experience you’ve had in the Land of Enchantment!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, IA CASI|| 1035 W Kimberly Road |
Center for Active Seniors
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Drop-off Time|