The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. Day one the tour begins in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception. Day two a local guide joins you on an open-air tram as you tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza and the surrounding city, including the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel. After leisure time, a special dinner is prepared before your eyes by an expert chef at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Day three travel along the Turquoise Trail where prehistoric peoples made their homes and Spanish missionaries explored the area. Later, arrive at the highlight of the trip – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Watch as the balloons launch in two remarkable waves during the Mass Ascension. Day four visit the Balloon Fiesta at dawn and marvel in watching the balloons ascend in the early light. After leisure time at the Fiesta, a tour of Old Town Albuquerque awaits you. Experience the fusion of Mexican, Native American and Spanish heritages. After a ride along Route 66, enjoy leisure time to explore on your own in Old Town. Day five visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History on a docent led tour that includes the Manhattan Project. Next, visit the gateway of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The center strives to preserve Pueblo culture and present it with dignity and respect. Tonight enjoy your farewell dinner with fellow travelers. Day six the tour ends and you head home.