Land Journey

New Mexico – Land of Enchantment

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8
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$3,990 AUD
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
Apr - May, Jul, Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Albuquerque, Bandelier National Monument, Taos, Sante Fe, Ghost Ranch
Land of Enchantment New Mexico Escorted Tour
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo

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Tour Overview

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum & a private artist’s studio in Santa Fe

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

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

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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A colorful journey past bright red pueblos and along the Rio Grande, our New Mexico tour invites feelings of adventure.

Legendary Journeys and Adventures

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!

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The Santa Fe School of Cooking

Day 6

Discover the flavors of the Southwest at the Santa Fe School of Cooking

Set in the heart of historic Santa Fe for close to 30 years, the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally acclaimed, recreational culinary school and online market specializing in foods of the American Southwest. For centuries before Santa Fe was even considered a city, the area enjoyed a unique food culture cultivated by the Native American peoples. Over time, the mix of Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures in Santa Fe created one of the most diverse and exciting "foodie scenes" in North America. Learn some of its secrets through a private presentation by a local chef, followed by an extraordinary lunch at this acclaimed cooking school.

A float trip on the Rio Grande

Day 5

Enjoy a private guided float trip along the mighty Rio Grande... and a traditional Pueblo lunch

One of the great rivers of the American Southwest, the Rio Grande rises in Colorado and flows to the Gulf of Mexico through the states of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and several Mexican states; the mighty river forms part of the border between the US and Mexico. The Rio Grande has long been a popular waterway for rafting, and in the 1960s became one of the first rivers in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Near Taos, board a rubber raft with your native local guide for a private gentle float trip on the Rio Grande, capped by a traditional Pueblo cooking demo and family-style lunch.

International Balloon Fiesta

Day 2

See the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on select departures

What began as a small gathering of 13 hot air balloons in a mall parking lot to help celebrate an Albuquerque radio station’s 50th anniversary in 1972 has grown into the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the 9-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta now attracts almost 600 balloons and 1,000 pilots. Hundreds of thousands of guests visit the Balloon Fiesta each year, and hundreds of thousands more fans watch the balloons from outlying areas and on TV. Guests on early October departures of “New Mexico – Land of Enchantment” can enjoy an optional early morning (5:00 AM) excursion to see the mass ascension of balloons on Day 2; ask for details at booking.

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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

Airport Transfers Included

Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Deposit Protection Plan

Deposit Protection Plan – Tauck provides a “Deposit Protection Plan” at a cost of AUD $75 per person per tour or cruise. The cost is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be paid at the time of booking with your deposit. It only applies when you cancel your tour or cruise prior to final payment date. The deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties in relation to air, rail travel, hotels, transfer or applicable cruise cabins. When booking airfares through Tauck (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply. In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. We will only credit the remainder of deposit to a future tour or cruise booking if you book within 24 months of cancellation of the original Tauck tour or cruise. This offer expires after the 24 months. We will only credit the remainder of the deposit to a future tour or cruise booking Balance Due and it can’t be used as a credit for the initial deposit of a future tour or cruise booking. The Tauck “Deposit Protection Plan” only covers a Tauck tour or cruise and it does not replace Travel Insurance, which we recommend at the time of booking.
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