2023 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Indulge Your Nostalgia & Inner Child with a Magical and Overnight Rail Trek from Chicago to Albuquerque
This scenic tour takes you through the southwest in autumn, one of the most beautiful times of year to see the splendid colors and formations of Arches and Mesa Verde National Park, and of course, to gaze in awe at the hundreds of colorful balloons contrasting Albuquerque's blue skies during the International Balloon Fiesta.
Your journey begins in Chicago, Illinois. Fly, with included air from the Washington, DC area, to the windy city for your 3D/2N Chicago Pre-stay. Visit the Chicago Field Museum, take selfies at the Bean, learn about Chicago's varied history during a city tour. And of course, no visit to Chicago would be complete without a stop at Second City!
Depart Chicago on Day 3 aboard the California Zephyr. After a night aboard the train to Grand Junction, you'll continue by motorcoach to the breathtaking red rock landscapes of Moab, Utah. The geography here is like nothing else in the country. Visit Arches National Park, featuring more than 2,000 natural stone arches. Continue to Mesa Verde National Park, where you'll explore the more than 600 ancient cliff dwellings dating back to A.D. 600.
Next, aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, you'll journey along the Animas River and through the stunning Rocky Mountains, bursting with fall colors this time of year. In Santa Fe, you'll learn about the Spanish colonists that formed the city and saw the oldest building in the United States.
Finally, you'll head to Albuquerque where you'll join visitors and locals alike to watch as hundreds of hot air balloons are launched into the sky, floating into the sunrise in the perfect photo moment. Tour Albuquerque and enjoy ongoing festivities around the city before gathering again to watch the balloons at sunset, complete with a fireworks show. A spectacular southwest adventure you'll remember for years to come!
Scenic rail excursion on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Arches and Mesa Verde National Park touring
Santa Fe walking tour
Admission to Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta, including Dawn Patrol, Mass Ascension or Special Shapes and Night Glow
Albuquerque city tour
Hotel, Air, Meals as specified, scenic train rides, comfortable tour bus, sightseeing tours - all INCLUDED in this final days of summer getaway.
- R/T Airport Transfers
- 3 days/2 nights Accommodation - Chicago
- Breakfast and 2nd meal daily in Chicago
- Overnight Rail from Chicago (upgrades to sleeper cars available)
- Meals as specified
- Santa Fe
- Balloon Fiesta
- Convivial adult company
- Commemorative Trip Item
- And More!
$6950 Single/$5750 Double - Deposit $500. Equal monthly payments due thereafter until final payment date of
ALL PAYMENTS NON-REFUNDABLE & NON-TRANSFERABLE. INSURANCE HIGHLY ADVISED. Activities are rain or shine and many will take place outdoors. Dress comfortably for weather vagaries.
Book early! Spaces are limited and this trip will fill quickly! Bring layers & comfy walking shoes.
29 Sep to 9 Oct 2023
DAY 1: 09/29 Depart Maryland (D)
DAY 2: 09/30 Chicago Sightseeing (B,D)
DAY 3: 10/01 Overnight Train (B)
DAY 4: 10/02 Grand Junction, CO
DAY 5: 10/03 Moab, UT (D)
DAY 6: 10/04 Mesa Verde, Durango, CO (B)
Day 7: 10/05 Silverton, CO (B)
DAY 8: 10/06 Santa Fe, MM (B, L)
DAY 9: 10/07 Albuquerque Balloons (D)
Day 10:10/08 Albuquerque Balloons (B)
Day 11:10/09 Albuquerque to MD (B)