Special interpretive programs and Native American speakers who lend insight to the sights on this uncommon 9-day cultural heritage program enhance ancient ruins, living pueblos and the incomparable beauty of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Three distinct cultures influence this unique area: The Spanish, Anglos and Native Americans. New Mexico: Land of Enchantment helps bring into focus this fascinating cultural mix.
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his expedition of some 1200 men spent the winter of 1540-41 at a 200-year-old pueblo that now bears his name. Learn of the resulting clash of cultures, and visit other pueblo ruins, including Canyon de Chelly, plus the living pueblos of Taos, and the famous Sky City, Acoma. Meet modern-day Native Americans, who share their insights and cultural heritage, visit historic trading posts and tour Gallup's famous "pawn row".
Day 1: Arrival
Albuquerque. Welcome reception. Overnight: Albuquerque.
Day 2: Albuquerque Museum
Old Town, Albuquerque Museum, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Overnight: Albuquerque. (D)
Day 3: Santa Fe
Santa Fe, free time to explore historic Plaza shops and galleries, interpretive program. Overnight: Santa Fe. (D)
Day 4: Taos Pubelo
Guided tour of Taos Pueblo, free time to explore historic Plaza shops and galleries. Overnight: Taos. (L)
Day 5: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Tierra Wools. Overnight: Farmngton.
Day 6: Aztec Ruins
Aztec Ruins, Hogback Trading Post, travel. Overnight: Chinle, AZ. (L)
Day 7: Canyon de Chelly
Jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly, guided tour of Gallup's "pawn row", interpretive program. Overnight: Gallup. (D)
Day 8: El Morro National Monument Acoma
El Morro National Monument Acoma Pueblo. Farewell Dinner. Overnight: Albuquerque. (D)
Day 9: Departure
8 nights' lodging, deluxe motorcoach & driver, professional tour director, baggage handling, 5 evening meals, 3 luncheons, admission fees as noted, park entrance fees, Jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly, step-on guides in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, and Gallup, special speakers and programs, and also airport transfers.
Airfare is not included but available upon