Santa Fe & Taos
August 5th-8th, 2019 Monday-Thursday
$799 (Double Occupancy) $200 (Single Supplement)
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley headed towards Payson, where we’ll stop for coffee and goodies. Back on the bus, we’re headed for the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert Diner. Nothing fancy, The Painted Desert Diner’s menu offers burgers and sandwiches, homemade soup & cornbread, and so much more. After lunch, it’s back on the bus, and we’ll make our way to Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, just 15 miles north of Santa Fe—our headquarters for the next three nights. We’ll check into our rooms, refresh and then enjoy a free evening and dinner on self. With 9 eateries at Buffalo Thunder, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Buffalo Thunder also offers a complimentary shuttle from the hotel to the Santa Fe Plaza, that departs hourly.
Day Two: A full breakfast is included at the hotel. After breakfast it’s back on the bus headed for the Santa Fe Plaza. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Plaza is the heart and soul of the city, surrounded by landmarks, shops and restaurants. We’ll board a comfortable open-air trolley to enjoy a brilliantly narrated tour. We’ll cover an eight-mile loop that includes the most important historical areas in Santa Fe, including Canyon Road with its colorful art galleries, Santa Fe’s Museum Hill area, the Palace of the Governors, and other notable locations in the heart of the oldest capital city in the United States. Back in the plaza we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the restaurant of your choice, and the Plaza is home to many fabulous restaurants. We’ll take some time to explore the Plaza and meet up again later in the afternoon to visit the Georgia Okeefe Museum, an essential New Mexico experience. Late afternoon we’ll return to our hotel to enjoy dinner on self and a free evening.
Day Three: A full breakfast is included at the hotel. After breakfast it’s back on the bus headed for Taos, where we’ll begin with a fascinating tour of Taos Pueblo—multi-storied adobe buildings that have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. Ancestors of the Taos people lived in the Taos Valley long before Columbus discovered America and hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages. After this fascinating tour we’ll head to the historic Taos Plaza to explore the old mercantile stores turned galleries, shops and restaurants, and enjoy lunch on self. Late afternoon we’ll head to San Francisco de Asis Church, the “Ranchos Church”. Once surrounded by a u-shaped Spanish military garrison, San Francisco de Asis now sits in the heart of San Francisco Plaza, where shops, galleries and restaurants have replaced the old adobe stables, barracks and living quarters. We’ll end our Taos tour with a drive north of town to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, spanning 650 above the Rio Grande, offering the most breathtaking, heart-stopping views. Early evening we’ll travel back to our hotel for dinner on self and a free evening.
Day Four: A full breakfast is included at the hotel, then it’s bags out and we’re headed for home with a stop for lunch on self in Holbrook. Don’t miss out on this remarkable tour–call in your reservations and come with us!