Flourishing Arts and Culture of
New Mexico

  • 5 Days
  • 7 meals
  • City Discoveries
  • Culture
  • UNITED STATES
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Program Overview

Immerse in the creative arts and cultural heritage of New Mexico in Santa Fe and Taos with a visit to the Turquoise Trail. In Santa Fe, get inspired by the beautiful backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the thriving local communities. On Canyon Road see the sculptures that decorate the yards of the adobe buildings and explore hundreds of art galleries during free time. See why the famous painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, found the landscapes of New Mexico so enthralling. Journey along the Turquoise Trail for truly majestic views and spend a day exploring the flourishing cultural arts scene in Taos. Discover the rich cultural roots of Taos Pueblo, which is the only living Native American community that is both a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Santa Fe

Welcome to Santa Fe

Travel to Santa Fe and meet the Tour Director who provides ongoing guidance for the duration of the trip. Start with an introductory sightseeing tour and then take free time to explore Canyon Road’s sculptures, art galleries and boutiques. Settle in at nearby accommodations and get to know one another in a welcome dinner.

Activities
  • Introductory TD tour of Santa Fe
  • Free time to explore on Canyon Road
  • Welcome dinner
  • Dinner

Day 2

Santa Fe

Inspiring Experiences

Begin the day at the Museum of International Folk Art for a guided tour of cultural arts exhibits. During a guided tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, see how the landscapes of Santa Fe inspired her modern art. Take a narrated trolley tour in the heart of Santa Fe with an opportunity to see the mysterious staircase at the Loretto Chapel. Continue discovering more arts and culture around Santa Fe with free time to explore this evening.

Activities
  • Guided tour of the Museum of International Folk Art
  • Guided tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Narrated trolley tour, featuring Loretto Chapel
  • Free time to explore this evening
  • Breakfast

Day 3

Santa Fe

Cultural Arts

Experience a unique take on environmentally conscious art on a stop to see Ethyl the Whale, a life-sized sculpture of a blue whale crafted from recycled plastic. Learn from local artisans in a Paseo Pottery class, getting a little muddy with clay on the pottery wheel in the process of crafting two beautiful pieces to bring home. Continue the multifaceted sensory exploration with a chocolate tour and tasting, featuring single-origin chocolates from all over the world. Gather for dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Activities
  • See the sculpture of Ethyl the Whale
  • Paseo Pottery class, crafting two art pieces
  • Chocolate tour and tastings
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Santa Fe and Taos

Taos Pueblo

Take a slight detour along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway for picturesque views. Journey to Taos for the rest of the day and discover the artist colony in New Mexico’s high desert region. Visit the Native American community of Taos Pueblo to experience the rich cultural heritage of the adobe buildings that have more than 1000 years of continuous history. Return to Santa Fe to talk over all the events of the last few in a farewell dinner.

Activities
  • Journey to Taos via the Turquoise Trail
  • Visit Taos Pueblo
  • Farewell dinner back in Santa Fe
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Santa Fe to Home

Travel Day

Depart Santa Fe after building new friendships through a mutual enjoyment of cultural arts, and begin the journey home.

  • Breakfast

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Meals

Daily breakfast with a mix of lunches and dinners, as stated in the itinerary.

Ground Transportation

All transportation is provided for activities included in the trip itinerary.

Curated Experiences

Curated experiences developed by travel experts.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included as listed in the itinerary.

Audio Headsets

Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip.

Gratuities

Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting travelers every step of the way.

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Not Included

Porterage services, housekeeping, airport transfers on the first and last day of the trip if not traveling with a group (unless previously arranged).

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