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7 Days The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (End at Los Angeles)USNM08002P-LA

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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2021 Special Tour! Experience the majestic scene of hundreds of balloons rising to the sky at the same time. This only happens once a year during Balloon Fiesta!



A well-designed spiritual journey made for you. Immerse yourself into the experience when our professional tour guide shows you the true meaning of nature in Native American’s passionate desert.

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  • day 1 City of Departure > Las Vegas

     

    Depart from Bay Area, all the way through Mojave Desert to the shining star of the desert-Las Vegas.

     

    Note: We will arrange for you to take the VegasExpress to Las Vegas for the Grand Event! Please get off at Harrah's Hotel (the second stop after Tropicana Hotel stop), then go to the hotel on your own. You can check-in by yourself with your ID after 4:00PM. Or wait for the tour guide to get the room key for you after the tour bus arrive to Las Vegas from Bay Area.                

     

    *** Those Tour Members who join 7 days trip depart from Greater L.A. Area will finish this unforgettable dream tours at the hotel which close to Ontario Mills Mall. Kiss and say good-bye!       

     

    ***You can also choose to take flight to Las Vegas from your hometown (*the tour fare does not include the cost of air tickets). After arrival, go to the hotel on your own. You can check-in by yourself with your ID after 4:00PM. Or wait for the tour guide to get the room key for you after the tour bus arrive to Las Vegas from Bay Area.                                                                    

     

    We do appreciate your patient and understanding!   

    Hotels : Resort World Hotel & Casino or similar
  • day 2 Historic Route 66 > Meteor Carter > Petrified Forest National Park – Painted Desert

    Meteor Crater-Ancient meteorite impact site with a modest interpretive center, theater, gift shop & concessions 

    > Petrified Forest National Park-Picturesque natural attraction with many petrified tree trunks, a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. Rainbow Forest Museum-Giant Log Trail-0.4-mile (0.6 km) loop, features some of the largest and most colorful logs.

    > Painted Desert is known for its brilliant and varied colors, these include the more common red rock, but also shades of lavender.

    Hotels : Best Western Plus Gallup or similar
  • day 3 Navajo Indian Nation – Window Rock Tribal Park > Acoma Pueblo-Sky City > San Felipe de Neri Church – Old Town Plaza > Santa Fe Plaza – Historic Distric-Canyon Road Arts/Gallery Street > San Miguel Chapel > New Mexico State Capitol

     

    Window Rock Tribal Park was established in 1936, features the graceful red sandstone arch, looks like a big nature eroded window, adjacent to the capital of the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President building. Navajo Code Talker Monument honor to many Navajo soldiers used the native Diné language to create a code that was never broken by the enemy. Historians credit the Navajo Code Talkers for helping to win World War II. 

    > Acoma Pueblo-Sky City-Dwellings on the mesa, established in the 11th century, with brick buildings as early as 1144, one of the earliest continuously inhabited communities in the U.S. 

    > San Felipe de Neri Church, a adobe church founded in 1706 & rebuilt in 1793 is one of the city's oldest buildings. 

    > Old Town Plaza -Spanish Governor Cuervo y Valdes officially founded Albuquerque in 1706. 

    > Santa Fe Historic Distric - Old Santa Fe Trail - Heritage Inspirations plus Canyon Road Arts  Walking Tour : Santa Fe Plaza known as "The Heart of Santa Fe", with benches, a bandstand & ethnic markets, plus festivals & community events.

    > Palace of the Governors began construction around 1610, is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the U.S. 

    > Old Santa Fe Trail End Marker - Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    > The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi-Stately 1800s-era cathedral featuring colorful stained-glass windows & plenty of history. > Canyon Road Arts-Iconic, tree-lined gallery street 

    > San Miguel Chapel-Originally built around 1610, the oldest church in the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico), which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. As of 2020, Sundays Mass is still offered at the chapel. 

    > New Mexico State Capitol-The only Round State Capitol in the U.S., is known informally as "The Roundhouse”, featuring a central hall with a stained-glass ceiling, plus sculpture-dotted grounds.

    Touch the country of New Mexico and you will never be the same again!

    Hotels : Best Western Albuquerque or similar
  • day 4 The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta >Taos Pueblo-World Heritage Site >Taos Historic District >El Santuario de Chimayó >UFO Capital-Roswell

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest balloon festival in the world. Mass ascension, a launch of all the participating balloons has been a feature of Balloon Fiesta and is the most spectacular display of sound and color in all of aviation.

    > Taos Pueblo was built around 1000 A.D., with some later expansion, and the pueblo is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US. It was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. 

    > Taos Downtown Historic District, "played a major role in the development of New Mexico, under Spanish, Mexican, and American governments." It a key historical feature of the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway of northern New Mexico. 

    > Taos Plaza-Charming public plaza & community focal point known for its craft shops, cafes & laid-back vibe. 

    > Santuario de Chimayo - Colonial-style 1816 adobe church & a popular Catholic pilgrimage site known for its "healing dirt".  It has been called "no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States." 

    > Roswell, featuring a flying saucer hovering at one corner, shows how enthusiastically Roswell has embraced its image as the UFO capital of America.

    Hotels : La Quinta by Wyndham Roswell or similar
  • day 5 Alien Zone > Carlsbad Caverns National Park > White Sands National Park-Sunset View

    Roswell is renowned as the site of an alleged 1947 UFO crash. Downtown Main Street filled with alien-related art, just like Alien Zone ! Enjoy ! > Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Well-known national park famous for its limestone caves, calcite formations such as column and array of stalactites and stalagmites. The Big Room is the largest chamber in North America, with a floor space of 357,469 square feet. > speleothem /ˈspiːliəˌθɛm/; from Greek 'deposit', is a geological formation by mineral deposits that accumulate over time in natural caves. > White Sands National Park-Scenic park featuring a striking landscape with white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. This gypsum dunefield is the largest of its kind on Earth, covers 227.8 sq. mi in the Tularosa Basin, with a depth of about 30 feet (9.1 m), dunes as tall as 60 feet (18 m).

    Hotels : La Quinta Las Cruces or similar
  • day 6 Tombstone > The World's Largest Aircrafts boneyard "Graveyard" >Pima Air & Space Museum > Saguaro National Park

    Tombstone is known for its Wild West history. Exhibits at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park include a replica gallows. On historic Allen Street, the O.K. Corral outdoor theater - Old Tombstone Western Theme Park re-enacts an 1881 cowboy gunfight. Resident ghosts are said to haunt the bullet-riddled Bird Cage Theatre. 

    > Davis-Monthan Air Force's role in the storage of military aircraft began after World War II. It has evolved into the largest aircraft boneyard in the world". Looking over the fence ,you might find C-130 Hercules aircraft, A-10 Thunderbolts, B-29 Superfortresses, C-47 Skytrains etc. in storage. Hundreds of surplus B-52 Stratofortress bombers have been dismantled at the facility. 

    > Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. Over 300 air- & spacecraft are on display like Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is a long-range, high-altitude, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft. Since 1976, the world's fastest air-breathing manned aircraft ,The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is an American heavy bomber during World War II and the Korean War. The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling outsize cargo components used by NASA, and more... 

    > Saguaro National Park preserve Sonoran Desert landscapes, fauna, and flora, including the giant saguaro cactus.Scenic views, hiking trails & picnic areas are offered at this home of the country's largest cacti.
    The saguaro /səˈwɑːroʊ/ is a tree-like cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea that can grow to be over 12 meters (40 feet) tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Its scientific name Carnegiea gigantea is given in honor of Andrew Carnegie.

    Hotels : Baymont by Wyndham Tucson or similar
  • day 7 Arizona State Capitol-Phoenix > Hole-in-the-Rock > Shields Date Garden > Ontario Mills

    The Arizona State Capitol was the last home for Arizona's Territorial government, until Arizona became a state in 1912. The design is optimized for the desert climate of Arizona. The buildin

    g is topped with a weather vane similar to the Winged Victory of Samothrace, visible through a skylight from within the rotunda. 

    > Hole-in-the Rock in Papago Park /ˈpæpəɡoʊ/  is a series of openings (tafoni) eroded in a small hill composed of bare red arkosic conglomeritic sandstone. The openings and main chamber, are easily accessible via a smoothly ascending path that passes behind the hill. The chamber provides a good view of the city of Phoenix west of th park.

    >Shields Date Garden is a historic date palm orchard and tourist attraction in Indio. It's a 17-acre date farm with a lush garden path past Biblical-themed sculptures, plus a shop & restaurant. Date crystals - Shields was also the inventor of date sugar and the date crystal, are a unique, dry blend of dates for use in cooking on cold cereals and in date

    Hotels : Ayres Hotel Ontario Mills Mall or similar
  • day 8

Price Included/Not Included

  • Bus/10-person Van Transportation
  • Driver and Tour Guide / Driver-Guide (Depending on No. of Travelers)
  • Hotel
  • National Parks Entrance Fee
  • International or domestic airfare
  • Meals are not included. However, your tour guide will be happy to arrange meals as you desire
  • Gratuities for the tour guide/driver
  • Tickets for mandatory activities that must be booked in advance***.
  • ***Mandatory Tickets Fee: $110.00/person (Meteor Crater, Sky City, The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, World Heritage-Taos Pueblo, Old Tombstone Western Theme Park, The Pima Air & Space Museum)
  • Insurance of all types
  • Hotel incidentals (laundry, valet, drinks, long distance telephone usage, movies, etc.)
  • Shopping and any spending during free time (bars, nightclubs, taxi service, etc.) are not included
  • Optional Activities

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