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Santa Fe Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

5 Days from $1,595 per person
MAR - DEC 2022
Usa New Mexico Santa Fe Red Pepper

Countries Visited

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Locations Visited

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  1. Day 1 Embrace The Santa Fe Landscape

    Welcome to the heart of Santa Fe! Settle in at your hotel—just steps from the plaza and across from the chapel in the center of town—the perfect location to soak it all in. Meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director before we Dive Into Culture, toasting our first night with an inspiring performance by a Lakota Native American Flute Player. Sky Redhawk is a local who not only performs and owns a flute store, but also composes his own music—both Lakota and Santa Fe’s native Pueblo style. Relax and take in the soothing sounds as he shares stories on the importance of the flute in Native American culture. Making plenty of time to chat and answer your questions, Redhawk’s spiritual, evocative music and insight into Native American culture is a perfect welcome to the landscape and energy that will infuse your Santa Fe tour.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Inn and Spa at Loretto
  2. Day 2 Delve Into Santa Fe's Art Scene

    This morning, explore Santa Fe with a walking tour led by a Local Specialist and resident who’ll show you historic downtown through their eyes. The Capitol Building, Loretto Chapel, art galleries, and Native American Pueblo and Spanish Colonial architecture are all on their map and their enthusiasm for Santa Fe is infectious. This afternoon, continue to Dive into Culture with your choice of the city’s museums. Visit the Museum of International Folk Art for the largest collection of folk art in the world, an incredible diversity of cultures right in Santa Fe. Fans of Georgia O'Keefe shouldn’t miss the museum honoring the artist’s signature style inspired by Southwest culture and its impact on American Modernism. Or, learn more about Pueblo culture at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest. Lastly, Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return is an art experience for the ever-curious. This interactive exhibit features non-linear storytelling through multi-sensory exploration. See, touch, and hear it to believe it.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Tour The Art Of Canyon Road

    Start the day with a Dive Into Culture along Canyon Road’s where over 100 galleries, boutiques, and restaurants are packed in a half mile. Next, you’re off to Taos! The scenic road winds past canyons and farms as the Rio Grande gorge flows through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In Taos’ authentic, active Pueblo residence and spiritual hub, you will tour the 1,000-year-old Pueblo with a Local Specialist, resident, and tribe member who’ll share their knowledge for an up-close look at these expertly crafted, complex adobe structure that you may be surprised to learn are still lived in today. It’s no wonder this is the only Native American community that’s both a UNESCO Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark. After exploring the plaza and galleries of iconic downtown Taos, tour El Santuario de Chimayo sanctuary, a beautiful mixture of Spanish and Pueblo styles, active Catholic church since 1816, and pilgrimage site. Generations have traveled to Chimayo to seek healing from the “Tierra Bendita” (holy dirt) found in a hole in a precept off the main altar. You can even take a scoop of this holy red sandstone home to remember your travels long after you return home. Our last stop of the day will fuel your creative side, we visit Ortega’s Weaving Shop for a chance to observe a one-of-a-kind New Mexican weaving technique and maybe purchase a souvenir to take home. The Ortegas are ninth-generation rug and clothing weavers in this Chimayo tradition that mixes Spanish and Pueblo styles. Back in Santa Fe this evening, ask your Travel Director for recommendations for one of the many walkable restaurants offering traditional dishes highlighting the local chiles, corn, and beans.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Sway To That Flamenco Sound

    This morning head south of Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail. At the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden you’ll Dive Into Culture with an exclusive tour of sculptures and paintings depicting Navajo, Apache, and Pueblo tribes from one of the most renowned Native American artists. (Houser’s work is displayed in the Smithsonian and the Oval Office!) Feel small among the massive sculptures in this 50-acre property as your Local Specialist guide and gallery manager leads you through the juniper trees to Houser’s soothing shapes. Then, step back in time into one of the greatest ancestral and still active Pueblo archaeological sites at Bandelier National Monument. An easy guided walk leads you into the gorge, through the canyon past walls of sandstone while learning about the Pueblo people who inhabited this area 1,000 years ago. Amble to the sounds of rivers and birds or climb wooden stairs to see ceremonial rooms, fire markings, and handprints in the well-preserved cliff dwellings. We’ll trade tales and toast to all we’ve seen and done on your Santa Fe tour with an unforgettable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner hosted by Stephanie Ramirez at her Flamenco Cabaret. Greeted by live music to get you in the Flamenco spirit, you’ll enjoy a taste of Spain in Santa Fe (recognized as a focal point of flamenco art within North America) with tapas, an authentic main course, Spanish, wine and dessert followed by a high energy Flamenco performance by world renowned performers.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  5. Day 5 Depart Santa Fe

    Say a fond farewell to Santa Fe and take your transfer to the Santa Fe Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 4 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Historic Downtown Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo, and Bandelier National Monument with a Local Specialist
  • View the Rio Grande gorge and Sangre de Cristo Moutains
  • Visit 1000-year-old Pueblo with an expert, Oretags Weaving shop, and tour El Santuario de Chimayo sanctuary and return home with "Tierra Bendita" (holy dirt) to remember your travels.
  • Connect With Locals Observe a one-of-a-kind New Mexican weaving technique from Ortega’s Weaving Shop, a ninth-generation rug and clothing shop that is done in Chimayo tradition that mixes Spanish and Pueblo styles.
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy Spanish culinary and a passionate performance of music and dance celebrating the Spanish heritage of Santa Fe.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit the 50-acre property on a private tour with local specialist to see some of Allan Houser's most amazing works known for his magnificent sculptures and paintings depicting various Indigenous tribes.
  • Dive Into Culture Enjoy an inspiring performance by a Lakota Native American Flute Player, Sky Redhawk.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit a street dedicated to the country’s finest art. On a road that encourages a pleasant stroll, you will be able to see fine art from artists throughout the United States and the world, all in one place.

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