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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (2021)


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 & Gondola Club
  • Ride the Sandia Peak Tramway
  • Tour the Turquoise Museum
  • 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

With over 600 balloons the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest ballooning event on earth! We have upgraded your experience this morning to the Chasers Club Lounge offering private seating on the field. In the late morning take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway to have lunch with a view at TEN 3. Visit Old Town in the afternoon or return to the hotel for some R&R. (FB,L)

Day 3

Watch the balloons from another private venue on the other side of the field this morning, the Gondola Club. It’s Special Shapes Day, an extremely popular ascension with approximately 100 uniquely-shaped balloons. You might see Darth Vader and Yoda, a flying cow or even Smokey Bear! On a docent-led tour of the Abruzzo Balloon Museum you’ll learn about hot air and gas balloons from the first flight in 1783 to the present. (FB)

Day 4

One of Albuquerque’s newest attractions, the Turquoise Museum is housed in a mansion full of antiques – a must see! Re-group tonight for the Fiesta’s “Glowdeo,” a static display of special shape balloons. Dinner will be held in the Gondola Club with live entertainment and an open bar. A spectacular afterglow fireworks show ends the night in style! (All Fiesta activities are weather permitting. High winds could lead to the cancellation of any event.) (FB,L,D)

Day 5

After a sleep-in morning attend the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival featuring the works of over 200 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S. Take a break from shopping and enjoy ongoing live entertainment and 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 5, 2021 to Saturday, October 9, 2021

5 Days, 8 Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner


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