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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


Featuring reserved upgraded seating in the Chasers Lounge and Gondola Club


  • 3 balloon events: Balloon Glow, Special Shapes and Mass Ascension
  • Ride the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram
  • Upgraded seating in the Chasers Lounge & Gondola Club
  • Tour the Turquoise Museum Mansion
  • Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Albuquerque and enjoy lunch and a group before checking into your hotel. Albuquerque Marriott – 4 nights (L)

Day 2

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with over 600 balloons is the largest ballooning 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 Ten 3. This afternoon visit Old Town for shopping or head back to the hotel. (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. Take a docent tour of the Abruzzo Balloon Museum and learn about hot air and gas balloons from the first flight in 1783 to the present. (B)

Day 4

Tour the Turquoise Museum which is housed in a mansion full of antiques; one of Albuquerque new top attractions, a must see! 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 possible cancel any events) (B,L,D)

Day 5

After a sleep in 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 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 5, 2021 to Saturday, October 9, 2021

5 Days, 8 Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner


Final itinerary and pricing will be available late January or early February

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