TOUR #1 Santa Fe “The City Different”: Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $81.00 pp
This morning travel north to historic and picturesque Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail. Upon arrival in Santa Fe, take a guided walking tour visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the heart and soul of the Southwest and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. You may continue to explore on your own or indulge in a southwestern shopping spree at the many unique specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Nearly all of the city’s main cultural attractions are also within walking distance of the Plaza, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors.
PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation; professional tour guide; walking tour of historic Santa Fe with admission to the Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission; bottled water on coach; gratuities; all applicable taxes.
TOUR #2 Acoma “Sky City” Pueblo: Friday, May 9, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $99.00 pp
Your destination today is Acoma Pueblo, known as “Sky City”, located in the spectacular West-Central Plateau of New Mexico. Acoma Pueblo, situated 350 feet above an outstretched valley atop a massive sandstone mesa at 7,000 feet above sea level, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States. Archeologists put the initial occupation of the pueblo around 1150 AD. The first Europeans, led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, visited Acoma in 1540. A pueblo member will take you on a 3/4 – mile leisurely guided tour of the village, explaining the culture and history of the tribe. The 360-degree views from Acoma are breathtaking and offer many photo opportunities. The tour includes a camera permit, but note that the use of tripods, video cameras, digital video cameras, binoculars and audio recording devices is prohibited.
After the tour, enjoy a buffet lunch at Sky City Casino’s Huwaka Restaurant before heading back to Albuquerque.
NOTE: Due to unpaved and uneven terrain, Acoma is not wheelchair accessible. Acoma Pueblo reserves the right to schedule closures for tribal and ceremonial purposes.
PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation; professional tour guide; admission to Acoma Pueblo and guided tour with camera permit; lunch at Sky City Casino; bottled water; gratuities; all applicable taxes. ^Does not include alcoholic beverages with meal.
Cancellation Policy: Please note that a minimum of twenty participants is required for the tours to run. Destination Southwest reserves the right to cancel a tour if pre-registration does not meet the minimum number. A complete refund will be offered in that event. Registrations must be received by April 25, 2014. Pre-paid tours are refundable (less a $6.00 per ticket handling charge) if attendee cancels by April 15, 2014; no refunds after that date. Destination Southwest will not be responsible for tours that are not available due to construction, renovation, acts of God, weather, or closures. The tours will depart from the Albuquerque Convention Center.