Spending time in this upscale and interesting resort and artist community will satisfy your weary soul. From the wonders of Sante Fe to the inspirations of Georgia O’Keefe, this Interlude packs a fulfilling punch. Daily, you will be surrounded by fascinating culture, history and unique architecture with plenty of time to explore what most interests you.
A planned visit to the historic home of the Pueblo Indians provides access to the only living Native American community in Taos and a chance to learn the fascinating culture while enjoying the distinctive scenery. Travel then takes you onto the scenic Turquoise Trail and the thriving artist community of Madrid. Once again, you have the unique opportunity to stroll historic streets that house over 150 shops, restaurants and galleries. Truly a Southwest treasure-trove.
Lots of time for leisure and sightseeing in this unique part of the country before savoring a delicious dinner at the famed Santa Fe School of Cooking, where you will enjoy and celebrate the distinctive techniques and flavors of regional Santa Fe cuisine.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING*|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1 Fly to Albuquerque / Coach to Santa Fe
Today fly to Albuquerque (altitude 5,000’), founded in 1706, where you will meet your Tour Manager. Transfer to Santa Fe (altitude 7,000’), the upscale resort and artist community and check into your hotel for a five night stay. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Inn of the Governors or Hilton, Santa Fe (D)
Day 2 – Santa Fe City Tour
After breakfast enjoy a wonderful Santa Fe city tour including details about the history, culture, and unique architecture of this artist’s mecca. See the Plaza, the Palace of the Governors, a Santa Fe landmark built in 1610, and visit the Loretto Chapel. Also visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum which opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the namesake artist. The O’Keefe Museum offers insight not only into the artist’s paintings, but also her creative process and the light and landscape that inspired her. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your own pace in historic Santa Fe. During your Santa Fe leisure time maybe visit one of the many museums, stop by a few art galleries, explore the shops, or relax. (B)
Day 3 – Day Trip to Taos
Depart this morning and travel north via the “High Road to Taos” passing through ancient villages founded in the 1700’s. Stop in the Spanish village of Chimayo to visit El Santuario, revered by pilgrims for the healing power of dirt found inside the chapel. Arrive in Taos (altitude 7,000’), the historic home of the Pueblo Indians that sits atop a plateau between the Rio Grande and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. Enjoy a brief Taos city tour and learn about this fascinating city rich in culture and scenery. Enjoy time and shopping in the Taos Plaza before returning to Santa Fe. (B)
Day 4 – Turquoise Trail / Madrid
Today travel the scenic Turquoise Trail and experience the village of Madrid nestled in a narrow canyon in the Ortiz Mountains. Once a historic coal mining town and ghost town, Madrid is now a thriving artist community with over 40 shops and galleries. Then enjoy a visit to famous Albuquerque. Stop to explore the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center depicting the history and culture of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos. Stop in historic Old Town giving you the opportunity to stroll the historic adobe buildings that house over 150 shops, galleries, and restaurants. Also see the icon of Old Town, the San Felipe de Neri Church. Tonight enjoy dinner in Albuquerque with New Mexico fare at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5 – At Leisure / School of Cooking
Enjoy the day in wonderful Santa Fe at your own pace. Visit another museum, grab a bite to eat, pick up that piece of art you saw earlier in the week, or maybe play a round of golf. An optional excursion will be available featuring scenic Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Bradbury Science Museum. Bandelier National Monument is known for beautiful canyons and mesas as well as evidence of a human presence dating back over 11,000 years. At Los Alamos Bradbury Science Museum learn about the Manhattan Project and the creation of the world’s first atomic bomb. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Located in historic downtown, the school is an internationally acclaimed culinary school and market specializing in foods & flavors of the American Southwest for over 30 years. (B,D)
Day 6 – Albuquerque / Home
Today travel to Albuquerque for your flight home. Return with wonderful memories of your Santa Fe & the Land of Enchantment tour. (B)
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.