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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


Featuring reserved and 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 & Gondola Club
  • Ride the Sandia Peak Tramway
  • Tour the Turquoise and Abruzzo Balloon Museums
  • Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival
  • 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Albuquerque
  • Door to door airport transportation
  • 3600/4000Gold Passport Points



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Albuquerque and enjoy lunch a hosted dinner before checking into your hotel. Marriott Albuquerque – 4 nights (D)

Day 2

Travel on the famous Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway for stunning views of greater Albuquerque. Tour the Turquoise Museum which is housed in a mansion full of antiques, one of Albuquerque's new top attractions - a must-see! Lunch is hosted at a favorite restaurant along the famed Route 66. Finish the day with a visit to Old Town to browse the shops.(FB,L)

Day 3

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, offering private seating on the field. After the balloon ascension lunch will be hosted at a famous Mexican restaurant before taking a docent-guided tour of the Abruzzo Balloon Museum to learn about hot air and gas balloons from their first flight in 1783 to the present. (FB,L)

Day 4

This morning we are watching the balloons from another private venue on the other side of the field, the Gondola Club. Today is Special Shapes Day! This is a very popular ascension with approximately 100 special shaped balloons. You might see Darth Vader and Yoda, a flying cow, maybe Smokey Bear just to name a few. 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) (FB,D)

Day 5

After a sleep-in morning, visit the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival featuring 200 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the US who come together each year for the Fiesta. Take a break from shopping and enjoy ongoing live entertainment and a food court featuring specialty food booths before heading to the airport for the flight home. (FB)

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, 2024 to Saturday, October 12, 2024

5 Days, 8 Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


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