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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


One of our most popular fall trips, this incredible vacation sells out early every year. Featuring reserved upgraded seating in the Chasers Lounge and Gondola Club.


  • 3 balloon events: Balloon Glow, Special Shapes and Mass Ascension
  • Upgraded seating in the Chasers Lounge and Gondola Club
  • Ride the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram
  • Tour the all new Turquoise Museum Mansion
  • Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival
  • Door to door airport transportation • Roundtrip air to/from Albuquerque

Please Note: In our 2019 Dream Book this tour was advertised as 4 days. We have made several changes to the itinerary resulting in a superior 5 day tour! We have upgraded two balloon viewing events to the exclusive Gondola Club with an onsite chef, open bar and private flush toilet! This is a big deal at any festival event. And finally, we have added a visit to the all new Turquoise Museum housed in a mansion in downtown Albuquerque. This is the best Balloon Fiesta itinerary we have offered.



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Albuquerque and enjoy lunch and a group orientation before checking into your hotel. The Marriott is located across from WinRock Center, an outdoor dining and shopping mecca. Albuquerque Marriott – 4 nights (L)

Day 2

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with over 600 balloons is the largest ballooning event and the most photographed event on earth. We have upgraded your experience this morning to the Chasers Club Lounge which offers private seating on the field. Travel on the famous Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. Enjoy the view and lunch on top of the mountain at their new restaurant opening this coming spring. This afternoon set off on a guided city tour to include RR 66 and Old Town Albuquerque. (B,L)

Day 3

This morning we are watching the balloons from another private venue on the other side of the balloon field, the Gondola Club. Today is Special Shapes Day! This is a very popular ascension with approximately 100 special shape balloons. You might see Darth Vader and Yoda, a flying cow, maybe Smokey Bear just to name a few. Tour the Abruzzo Balloon Museum; before lunch at the RT 66 Diner and an afternoon visit to the Turquoise Museum. The Museum has relocated; now housed in a mansion full of antiques. This is one of Albuquerque’s newest top attractions, a must see! (B,L)

Day 4

Today visit Old Town for shopping and lunch on your own. Tonight we re-group for the Fiesta’s “Glowdeo” a static display of the Special Shape balloons. Dinner will be held in the private Gondola Club with live entertainment and an open bar. Following dinner is the spectacular afterglow fireworks show! (Weather permitting, high winds could possibly cancel any event.) (B,D)

Day 5

After a leisurely morning attend the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival; 200 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S. come together each year for two weekends. Take a break from shopping and enjoy ongoing live entertainment, a food court and specialty food booths. The Festival takes place outside the Sandia Casino. Not a shopper? Then head inside the Casino for lunch and game play before heading to the airport for our flight home. (B)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to Saturday, October 12, 2019

5 Days, 8 Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner


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