Trail of the Ancients

Come and explore thousands of years of culture, history, and traditions of the Ancients who dwelt in this region prior to the creation of the United States. Starting with the Archaic period, then the Ancestral Pueblo or (Anasazi), then the Pueblo and Navajo Indians still living on these lands today, you will have the opportunity to follow their trails and discover them again on this seven day adventure throughout the Southwest.

Tour Highlights:

  • Acoma Sky City Pueblo and Cultural Center
  • Canyon De Chelly & Monument Valley
  • Natural Bridges National Monument & San Juan River Goosenecks
  • Hoovenweep National Monument, Aztec Ruins National Monument
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Chaco Canyon National Monument
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Bandelier National Monument, Tent Rocks National Monument

Inclusions:

  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Comfortable Transportation
  • 8 Nights Lodging
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Applicable Taxes and Fees

Terms and Conditions

Itinerary:

  • Arrive Albuquerque, NM anytime today and transfer on own by complimentary airport shuttle to your pre-night hotel. Evening free on own.

    Lodging – Fairfield Inn Airport, Albuquerque, NM

  • Depart Albuquerque, NM at 8:00 am and travel to Acoma Pueblo, one of the oldest continuous pueblo communities in the Southwest. Explore Acoma Sky City Pueblo on a guided tour. Learn about the history of the pueblo from when they first came to the Mesa to their interactions with the Spanish to their current day lives. Visit El Morro National Monument and walk on the same trails of the Spanish Explorers who traveled through here in the 1540’s, including their signatures carved into the rocks.

    Lodging – Hilton Garden Inn 
    Meals: B, L

  • Experience Canyon De Chelly on a guided tour with a local Navajo. Learn about the history and traditions of those who live in the canyon currently and those who lived in this area anciently. After lunch travel to Monument Valley and enjoy a guided Back Country Tour of Monument Valley. Along with enjoying the timeless landscape with its views and vistas, you will continue to learn about the Navajo culture with a visit to a Hogan and a discussion with one of the locals still living inside the valley.

    Lodging – Desert Rose, Bluff, UT
    Meals: B, L

  • This morning you will explore Valley of the Gods and the historic Moki Dugway enroute to Natural Bridges National Monument. Here you will explore three of the 10 largest natural bridges in the world located within 1 small area. After a picnic lunch, you will travel to Hovenweep National Monument to explore and learn about the ruins of the Ancestral Pueblo people and culture that inhabited this region over 1000 years ago.

    Lodging – Holiday Inn Express, Cortez, CO
    Meals: B, L

  • Explore Mesa Verde National Park today. Visit the many ruins, overlooks, and the Spruce Treehouse Museum while there. Afterwards travel to Aztec National Monument and explore those ruins including a fully restored giant kiva and learn about its significance to the Ancestral Pueblo Culture.

    Lodging – Fairfield Inn- Farmington, NM 
    Meals: B, L

  • Today you will travel south to Chaco Canyon National Monument to the heart of the Ancestral Pueblo culture and explore ruins like Chetro Ketl, Pueblo Bonito or Pueblo Alto. You will learn first-hand about the massive influence this area had on the entire southwestern US and see the different architectural influences that started here and spread throughout the area.

    Lodging – Presidential Inn & Suites, Aztec, NM
    Meals: B, L

  • Enjoy the morning at Tent Rocks National Monument and the afternoon and evening relaxing and exploring historic Santa Fe.

    Lodging – LaFonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
    Meals: B, L

  • Visit Bandelier National Monument for your final day before returning to Albuquerque by 1:00 for lunch at El Pinto! Arrive at your post-night hotel by 5:00pm, evening free on own.

    Lodging – Fairfield Inn Airport, Albuquerque, NM
    Meals: B, L

  • Transfer to the Albuquerque Airport on own by hotel shuttle.

    Meals: B

Tour Details:

Not included

  • Items of a personal nature (alcohol, room service, etc.)
  • Meals (both lunch and dinner)
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities for the tour director

Arrival / Departure Information

  • Arrival Location: McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Arrival Time: Any time on the Sunday prior to the tour
  • Departure Location: McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Departure Time: Any time after 8:00 PM on Friday Night (Day 5)

Physical Requirements

  • Clients should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain for an average of 1 to 3 miles at a time.
  • Elevation gain and loss averages between 50 to 300 ft over the course of the areas visited during this tour.
  • Touring and overnight locations are above 6,000 to 8,000 ft above sea level
  • Deboard and board van each time at a viewpoint – a portable step will be available
  • Please let us know if you have any other physical/health limitations or requirements

Other Details

  • Comfortable transportation in Mercedes Sprinter vans or similar
  • Solo Travelers: $250 Single Occupancy Fee.
  • Accommodations: Double Occupancy Hotel, 2.5 to 3 Star Hotels

Pricing:

  • $2,599.00 Per Person Double Occupancy
  • $3,329.00 Per person Single Occupancy
  • $2,359.00 Per person Triple Occupancy
  • $2,189.00 Per person Quad Occupancy

A minimum of 6 passengers is necessary to operate this tour.

 

2022 Departure Dates:

April 16 April 23
April 30 May 7
May 14 May 21
September 10 September 17 
September 24 October 1
October 8 October 15
October 22  

 

 

 

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