Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

This tour of destinations around Albuquerque, New Mexico, is tailored to attend the 2022 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is its 50th anniversary! After attending the festival, our tour will immerse you into the Puebloan Cultures of New Mexico, spend a day in the Southwest art mecca of Santa Fe, and visit Chimayo and Taos.

Go on this tour to enjoy the rich, diverse and vibrant cultures of New Mexico as you experience one of the greatest visual spectacles on Earth. During this 6-day journey, you will not only be thrilled by the Balloon Fiesta, you will also be touched by the enduring Pueblo Cultures that has existed for centuries and continues to thrive today. It is truly a Land of Enchantment!

Logo for the 50th annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.


  • The "Land of Enchantment" welcomes you, as you arrive in beautiful Albuquerque today *(please arrive by 3:00pm). Meet your Southwest Adventure Tours tour director and transfer to your hotel. After some time to settle in, join the group for a fun welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, Albuquerque, NM

    Meals: D

  • Today you will learn why Albuquerque is called the Balloon Capitol of the World as you experience the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Depart for an early morning transfer to the Fiesta Field to witness the Dawn Patrol and have breakfast at the Chasers Club. As dawn breaks when the winds are calmest, witness the Mass Ascension, a rainbow of colors as hundreds of balloons lift into the air, a sight to behold! After a unique experience, take a short drive to historic Old Town and enjoy some free time to explore the many specialty stores, shops and galleries around the Plaza. After lunch on your own in Old Town, visit the Turquoise Museum to learn about the gem stone including how it is processed and shaped for jewelry. Of course there will be time to visit the gift shop. After an exciting day, return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free to relax and have dinner on your own.

    Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, Albuquerque, NM

    Meals: B

  • Today will be focused on the ancient Puebloan Cultures of New Mexico. First visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center where you can see artifacts, learn about the cultural and religious customs that have helped preserve this society for over 1,000 years and see craftsmen at work. Next travel to Acoma Pueblo for an included lunch and touring. The Pueblo offers a window in time where Native people carry on the customary traditions of their ancestors through Native American pottery making and tribal celebrations. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sky City Cultural Center followed by a visit to Haak’u Museum to view the exhibits, Pueblo pottery and Southwest Indian art created by renowned Native American artists *(Acoma Pueblo is subject to closure on short notice due to tribal ceremonies or events, a similar experience will be substituted if a closure occurs). Return to your hotel in Albuquerque with free time to relax on own. Later, return to Balloon Fiesta Park to enjoy dinner at the Chaser Club with direct access onto the field for the Twilight Twinkle Glow™, and AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show. The Twilight Twinkle Glow starts when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time. It is perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta. The Twinkle Glow is followed by New Mexico's most spectacular fireworks display.

    Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, Albuquerque, NM

    Meals: B, L, D

  • This morning you will follow the Turquoise Trail on your way to Santa Fe. Named for the exquisite mineral that was once mined in the area, the Turquoise Trail takes you on the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains leading to the real-life ghost town of Madrid. Madrid looks exactly like a ghost town should, with its rows of empty, ramshackle houses that once were the homes of three thousand miners and their families. Now it is an artist’s community with those who come to paint this picturesque area and who display their wares. After time to explore this place from the past, drive on to the "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis," better known as Santa Fe. Founded in 1609, the city offers a treasure trove of history and culture. Visit the most famous sights including the historic Santa Fe Plaza with a view of the Palace of the Governors, the Loretto Chapel, a miniature model of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and the oldest church in New Mexico. After an included lunch, there will be free time to explore the many wonderful shops and art galleries on your own. Check into your hotel with the evening free for dinner on your own.

    Hilton of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

    Meals: B, L

  • Depart for another enchanting day as you take the High Road to Taos. Visit Chimayo, where the descendants of Spanish weavers and woodcarvers still practice their crafts. After a stop to observe the artisans, travel the beautiful high road to the resort town of Taos. Founded in 1617 by the Spanish, Taos has kept its Spanish and Native American influences. Visit Taos Pueblo, a village that has been continuously inhabited for more than 800 years. The adobe structures found here have changed little since the first Spanish explorers saw them in 1540s. Enjoy some free time at Taos Plaza with its shops, restaurants, local artists and wonderful New Mexico atmosphere. On the way back to Santa Fe, stop for a scenic view of the Rio Grande, a legendary river that holds such an important role in the history of the Southwest. Return to Santa Fe with some time to relax, then join the group for a special farewell dinner with wonderful entertainment at La Casa Sena.

    Hilton of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

    Meals: B, D

  • After breakfast, transfer to the Albuquerque Airport for your departure home.

    Meals: B

Tour Details:

Tour includes

  • Knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • Comfortable Transportation via Motor Coach
  • 5 Nights Lodging
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Applicable Taxes and Fees

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e. Room service, telephone, liquor, etc.)
  • Customary gratuities for the tour director, driver, local guides and outfitters


  • $2,299.00 Per Person Double Occupancy
  • $2,999.00 Per Person Single Occupancy
  • $2,049.00 Per Person Triple Occupancy
  • $1,899.00 Per person Quad Occupancy


2022 Departure Dates:

September 29 - October 4
September 30 - October 5
October 5 - 10
October 6 - 11



2023 Departure Dates:

September 29 - October 4
October 2 - 7
October 5 - 10


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