New Mexico - Land of Enchantment: a Tauck Escorted Tour
Tauck's fun, fascinating New Mexico vacation paints an intriguing portrait of the Land of Enchantment. 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.
Price per person includes:
Return flights from the UK to Albuquerque
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
Accommodation in sought after locations
Visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Private welcome talk at the Museum of Nuclear Science
Exploration of Bandelier National Monument & Pueblo de Taos
Visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum & a private artist’s studio in Santa Fe
Storyteller tales & a float trip on the Rio Grande, followed by a guided visit to Ghost Ranch
16 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners) service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Please note that this tour departs April to October. Please contact Bon Voyage for the most up to date availability and prices.
Day 1 : Arrive Albuquerque
Tour begins: 6:00 PM at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.An airport transfer is included from the Albuquerque International Sunport to the award-winning Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, sculpted into New Mexico’s spiritually soothing landscapes at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. Join us for a welcome dinner tonight at the resort.
Enjoy a private welcome and talk by a docent at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Following sightseeing in Albuquerque and free time in Old Town, established in 1706, have lunch and a guided visit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Dinner is served at your leisure this evening back at your resort.
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 in a 100-year-old adobe home whets your appetite for the mountain vistas that enhance today’s journey to the Taos region, which has long attracted a thriving and talented community of artists and craftspersons with the scenic beauty of its contrasting forests and deserts. Visit Santuario de Chimayo and the iconic and much-photographed 18th-century San Francisco de Asís Mission Church en route to your resort.
Hotel: El Monte Sagrado Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4 : Pueblo Life, past & present in Taos
Start your day with a private lecture that shares insights on Pueblo life. A guided excursion to continually inhabited, multistoried Taos Pueblo, showcases a unique way of life that has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. Storyteller Roberta Meyer enriches your visit with regional legends before your crossing over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
Hotel: El Monte Sagrado Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 : Landscapes along the Rio Grande to Santa Fe
After leaving your Taos resort, today’s gentle float trip on the Rio Grande with a native guide ends with a traditional Pueblo Indian cooking demonstration and family-style lunch, where you will meet local artisans crafting baskets and drums. Continue on through picturesque desert landscapes for a guided visit to Ghost Ranch, immortalized by artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Arrive at your luxury hotel and spa in historic Santa Fe in time for dinner at your leisure.
Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa Meals: Breakfast, lunch dinner
Day 6 : The many flavours of 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 centre, 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; later, a special private guided tour of the New Mexico History Museum offers a close-up look at the legacy of the Spanish Colonial era that is so prevalent here. Choose from among an amazing array of choices for dinner on your own tonight in Santa Fe.
Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Day 7 : Artistic Inspirations
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, embark on a Tauck Exclusive insider visit to the home and studio of an acclaimed local artist, who you'll meet for a private demonstration, presentation and lecture on the art styles of New Mexico. After time to explore and have lunch on your own this afternoon in Santa Fe, celebrate the close of your remarkable New Mexico vacation at this evening's farewell cocktail party and dinner at the Eldorado Hotel.
Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Day 8 : Journey Home
Your New Mexico holiday ends in Albuquerque. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe to Albuquerque International Sunport. However, your adventure doesn't have to end here, perhaps you may want to extend your stay and travel to the Grand Canyon or maybe fly to the Hawaiian Islands for some relaxation.
Call the USA travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal New Mexico-Land of Enchantment tour.