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BALLOON WONDERS & CULTURAL GEMS:
AN EXCLUSIVE JOURNEY THROUGH NEW MEXICO

October 4 - 14, 2024

Sisterhood under the Skies:
A Curated New Mexico Adventure for Women

Welcome to an extraordinary journey designed exclusively for women, where the enchantment of New Mexico’s skies meets the warmth of sisterhood. Introducing the “Balloon Wonders & Cultural Gems” tour through New Mexico, a luxurious, small-group experience that promises to be as exclusive as it is exhilarating. Discover the magic of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the cultural richness of Santa Fe, the historic charm of Taos, all while forging unforgettable bonds with a close-knit group of like-minded women.

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Begin your adventure in the vibrant heart of Albuquerque, perfectly timed with the opening day of the world-renowned Balloon Fiesta. Experience the majesty of the Mass Ascension from the comfort of our exclusive Gondola Club package, offering prime viewing and a taste of luxury. As the balloons paint the sky, feel the spirit of camaraderie growing stronger among your newfound sisters. Your days will be filled with cultural explorations from the historic streets of Old Town Albuquerque to the artistic soul of Santa Fe, where the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum awaits to inspire.

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Venture further into the enchanting landscapes of New Mexico, from the sacred grounds of Taos Puebloto the awe-inspiring Sandia Peak Tramway.

Each destination is carefully selected to offer a blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural immersion. Indulge in local cuisine, embrace the tranquility of our handpicked accommodations, and enjoy the freedom of leisurely days. Your journey concludes with a return to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta’s mesmerizing Evening Glow Event, a perfect finale to reflect on a journey filled with wonder, connection, and the exclusive experiences that only this tour can provide.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore, connect, and revel in the splendor of New Mexico’s landscapes and culture, all in the company of an intimate group of adventurous women. This exclusive odyssey is not just a trip: it’s a celebration of female spirit, luxury, and the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.

OUR ITINERARY

October 4, 2024

Welcome to New Mexico! This evening, we’ll meet our Tour Director at 5pm for a brief orientation and introductions to each other. Then, we’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner to kick-off our Hot Air Balloon Festival and New Mexico adventure! (Dinner included)

Hotel: Hotel Chaco, Albuquerque

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October 5, 2024

Our adventure begins by spending the day enjoying the opening day festivities at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Our Gondola Club package gives us access to prime seating for the Mass Ascension balloon launch! After taking in the amazing hot air balloon scenery, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the festival grounds, food vendors and join in celebrations. (Dinner)

Hotel: Hotel Chaco, Albuquerque

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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October 6, 2024

Today, we’ll explore Albuquerque by starting our day in Old Town for a taste of history and culture. First, our Tour Director will guide us on a walking tour of the city’s public art and murals. Then, we’ll visit the Pueblo Cultural Center to learn about Pueblo culture from ancient times to the present. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner together at a restaurant featuring local cuisine. (Dinner)

Hotel: Hotel Chaco, Albuquerque

Albuquerque Old Town

October 7, 2024

This morning, we’ll begin our journey to Santa Fe, a city known for its art, culture, and history. We’ll spend the day by visiting the Georgia O’Keefe Museum to see the works of the famous artist. Later, we’ll take a guided walking tour of Santa Fe’s Historic Downtown. This evening, we’ll dine together with our Sisters at a local restaurant. (Dinner)

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, Santa Fe

October 8, 2024

We’re going to make an early start as we spend our morning at the Santa Fe Railyard Park, a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike! Then, we’ll enjoy the scenic drive to Chimayo, a town known for its traditional weavings and the Santuario de Chimayo, a holy site and pilgrimage destination. During our visit, we’ll experience a local weaving demonstration. Later, we’ll gather together for another delicious group dinner.  (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, Santa Fe

October 9, 2024

Today, we’re on to our next stop, the charming town of Taos! We’ll visit Taos Pueblo for a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only living Native American Community designated as such as well as a National Historic Landmark. Afterwards, we’ll have some time to explore the art galleries and shops of the historic Tao Plaza. Tonight, we have a fantastic Sisterhood dinner arranged at a local restaurant. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, Taos

Taos Pueblo

October 10, 2024

Today, is a free day just for you and your Sisters! Enjoy some time to relax using your $100 spa voucher, shop, or enjoy a nice lunch in town. It’s a great opportunity to pamper yourself at the resort and have some downtime. We’ll meet tonight for a wonderful group dinner and share our memories from the day. (Dinner)

Hotel: The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, Taos

October 11 2024

This morning, we’ll pack up for our check-out and begin our journey back to Albuquerque to enjoy some more hot air balloon festivities; but first, we’ll stop at the Sandia Peak Tramway for an amazing ride to the top of the peak. From the top, take in the views and enjoy our group lunch at the mountaintop restaurant. Once we return from the 10,300 ft. peak, we’ll get checked into our hotel and enjoy some time to relax before our group dinner. (Lunch and Dinner)

Hotel: The Clyde Hotel, Albuquerque

October 12, 2024

Welcome back to the Hot Air Balloon festivities. Enjoy the first part of your day enjoying the fiesta as you wish with your Sisters from our Hospitality Tent. Later on, we’ll join together for the closing ceremonies in the Gondola Club where we can watch the balloons light up the night sky during the Evening Glow Event. (Dinner)

Hotel: The Clyde Hotel, Albuquerque

October 13, 2024

Today is a free day in Albuquerque for you to relax, shop, eat, or culture with your Sisters! We’ll meet tonight for our delicious Farewell Dinner to share our memories of the day and to reflect on our last nine days in New Mexico. (Dinner)

Hotel: The Clyde Hotel, Albuquerque

October 14, 2024

Sadly, our time in New Mexico has come to an end. We’ll be transported back to the airport to being our journeys home, but not without incredible memories of New Mexico and the connections we’ve made with each other.

GONDOLA CLUB PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

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OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES

rainbow riders optional

The festival only has one company authorized to give hot air balloon rides:  Rainbow Ryders 

Bookings through their website do not begin until January or February 2024.

Trip Inclusions

pricing

PRICING

Double Occupancy
$ 7499
00
per person
  • BALLOON WONDERS & CULTURAL GEMS: AN EXCLUSIVE JOURNEY THROUGH NEW MEXICO

PRICING

Single Occupancy
$ 9799
00
per person
  • BALLOON WONDERS & CULTURAL GEMS: AN EXCLUSIVE JOURNEY THROUGH NEW MEXICO

important information

PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY

  • There will be a maximum of 12 Sisters on this tour, including your Sisterhood Travels Group Leader
  • Airfare is not included in your pricing
  • You will fly roundtrip into/out of Albuquerque (ABQ)
  • You should arrive on October 4, 2024, no later than 3:00 pm, and can depart at any time on October 14, 2024.
  • Check-in time at your arrival hotel is at 3:00 pm.
  • All flight arrangements must be submitted to Sisterhood Travels on or before July 1, 2024. If you need help making flight arrangements, or to submit your independent flight arrangements, please click here for Airfare Information.
  • Arrival transfers are provided only on October 4th from the Albuquerque airport to our Hotel. Departure transfers are only provided on October 14th from our Hotel to the Albuquerque airport. If you arrive or depart outside these days and/or you’re needing transfers or hotels elsewhere, you are responsible for making your own arrangements at your own expense.
  • Transportation throughout the tour will be provided in a private, 13-passenger sprinter van. Frequent restroom stops will be made as needed.
  • Please don’t schedule any optional excursions on your own for this trip, as we cannot promise that you will arrive in time at any location to make your independent excursion. Sisterhood Travels won’t be liable for any expense you incur because of this.
  • Individual gratuities for your Tour Director and coach driver are not included in your pricing. We will provide you with tipping guidelines for your trip.
  • Optional Travel Insurance is not included in your pricing. We will send you a quote via email.
  • We cannot accommodate wheelchairs or assistive mobility devices on this trip.
  • There are no refunds for unused portions of this tour.
  • Dates and times of itinerary as well as hotels listed are subject to change without notice due to operational or logistical reasons.
  • Any optional expenses or expenses related to anything not specifically listed in this itinerary are not included.

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Activity Level:

Moderate

This is a moderately paced itinerary that involves some longer days and more activities. Expect some early hotel departures, and limited time for day time rest and rejuvenation as the itineraries are designed to ensure that you see as much as possible in these wonderful destinations. This may include longer coach journeys and guests should be able to join a walking tour lasting 1-2 hours with stops possibly over uneven terrain. Guests should have reasonable health and mobility and be comfortable with standing for longer periods of time with no difficulty.