Old West Christmas

7 Days - Departs December 22

Highlights

- Albuquerque Luminaria Tour
- Indian Pueblo Dances
- Santa Fe
- Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center
- 11 Meals

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Mesa, Arizona
Travel to Mesa, Arizona located in the desert called “The Valley of the Sun.” Meet new friends at the Welcome Dinner and spend the night at The Holiday Inn. (D)

 

Day 2: Las Cruces
Enter New Mexico and the town of Las Cruces, bordered by the rugged Organ Mountains. Visit Mesilla, an adobe-style village which was a major stop for the Butterfield Stage. Dinner is planned at the historic Double Eagle Restaurant on the Old Plaza. Overnight at the Hotel Encanto. (B, D)
 

Day 3: Albuquerque

Travel to Albuquerque and check into the Hotel Albuquerque Old Town where you will spend the next two nights. Following dinner at a local restaurant, experience the annual luminaria tour as you travel by motorcoach to see the many glittering displays around town. The world takes on a soft yellow glow as the “little lights” outline streets, houses and windows, symbolically showing the way for the Christ Child. (B, D)
 
Day 4: Feliz Navidad!
The Pueblo tribes have been able to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle, despite conversion attempts by white settlers over the years. There are now some 35,000 Pueblo Indians, living mostly in New Mexico and Arizona. Celebrate Christmas Day like never before as you travel to a local pueblo and marvel at Indian dances and cultural celebrations. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel for a holiday dinner. (B, L, D)
  
Day 5: Santa Fe & Gallup
Travel to Santa Fe, the third oldest European settlement in the United States. See the Palace of the Governors, Mission San Miguel, St. Francis Cathedral and the Capitol. Also visit the Loretto Chapel, and its miraculous staircase constructed without nails or visible support. The trail then winds to Gallup, the "Indian Capital of the World," which serves as a trading center for more than 20 different Indian groups. Every August, it is the site of the famed Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Spend the night at the Hampton Inn. (B)
 
Day 6: Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Park
Travel West into Arizona and make a brief stop at the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center. Continue on to Scottsdale, Arizona in the “Valley of the Sun." Spend the night in Scottsdale at your hotel, the Holiday Inn Express. End the day with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

 

Day 7: Return Home
 

Pricing 

$1723 Share-basis
$364 Single Supplement
$300 Deposit, with balance due November 22

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