Perfect blend of history, culture, art, shopping and dining!
Santa Fe and Taos, with their expansive histories, have many stories to share with you. Hear these stories while enjoying breathtaking scenery, fine Southwestern cuisine, eclectic art galleries and unique boutique shops! Stay mere steps from the Central Plaza near many museums, shops and restaurants. It’s the right balance between city and nature with a splash of decadence. Go ahead and indulge yourself!
- 3 nights in the city center of Santa Fe
- Discover Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors on a guided tour
- Visit Chimayo, Taos and the Taos Pueblo
- Enjoy shopping in Madrid, New Mexico
- Roundtrip air to/from Albuquerque
Fly to Albuquerque arriving in the early afternoon. The Standard Diner, featured by Food Network star Guy Fieri, is your lunch spot. Cruise iconic Route 66 right through the heart of downtown to Old Town Albuquerque. Shop the numerous eclectic boutiques, or just grab an ice cream cone and listen to the soothing music of panflutes. At the San Felipe de Neri Parish, dating back to the early 1700s, take a moment for reflection. Travel the Turquoise Trail, named for the mines producing the signature gem of the Southwest, stopping in Madrid where you might just find yourself a little bauble…or two! Arrive at your hotel in time to take advantage of the nightly complimentary cocktails and buffet spread. Drury Plaza Hotel – 3 nights (L)
Get an overview of town during a trolley tour. Take notes and create a plan of action to explore the unique boutiques and galleries. Retrace Santa Fe’s history on a guided tour of the Palace of the Governors. Just outside the door handmade Native American jewelry and pottery are for sale by the local artisans. Enjoy free time in the plaza or an optional visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. What a fascinating lady! Tonight’s dinner is at a local favorite, La Casa Sena, featuring imaginative Southwestern cuisine. (FB,D)
After a brief visit to New Mexico’s oneof-a-kind capitol to view its extensive art collection, head north to the small town of Chimayo. With a local guide, you’ll discover the Santuario de Chimayo, a famous healing shrine. Visit a small textile shop and learn about centuries-old weaving techniques, still widely practiced today. Visit the Taos Visitors Center and take a short walking tour before free time for lunch on the plaza. Inhabited for over 1,000 years, the Taos Pueblo residents welcome you to learn about their ancient traditions still in practice. Return to Santa Fe in the evening. Enjoy dinner at your leisure at one of the many superb restaurants. (FB)
Ascend the Sandia Peak Tramway this morning. Be sure to have your cameras ready to capture the stunning desert landscape! After an included lunch at the peak, board the motorcoach and return to Albuquerque. At the award-winning Pueblo Cultural Center, join a docent-guided tour with time for last minute shopping in the top-notch museum shop before your flight home. (FB,L)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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