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Taos & Santa Fe Holiday Search Tour Calendar
Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay in Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Chimayo, Albuquerque, Bandelier National Monument

Tour Dates: December 5 - 9, 2023

5 Day Package
7 Meals Included

$1699 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2299 Per Person / Single Occupancy
Land tour prices; see below for optional roundtrip airfare price

Unpack once and enjoy a four-night stay at an upscale hotel in Santa Fe’s historic Plaza while experiencing the holidays in the “Land of Enchantment.” This time of year the Santa Fe Plaza is filled with flickering lights and traditional farolitos – luminous bags of candles that are lit by hand each night. While sightseeing in Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Chimayo and Albuquerque with local guides, we’ll travel the colorful trails of the Southwest, explore ancient cultures, diverse landscapes and renowned museums and taste the world-famous Southwestern cuisine as we ring in the holiday season southwest-style! 

Tour Highlights: 

  • Enjoy a single-hotel stay at an upscale and highly-rated hotel that offers a nightly “Kickback” reception and is located within walking distance of Santa Fe’s Plaza area
  • Join a local guide for a tour of Santa Fe with visits inside Loretto Chapel, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Miguel Chapel, and enjoy time at leisure to explore the unique boutiques, galleries and museums
  • Join a local guide and travel to Taos with visits to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Taos Plaza, and a guided tour of Taos Pueblo
  • Visit the fertile village of Chimayo with a guided tour of El Santuario de Chimayo and an included dinner at Rancho de Chimayo
  • See the petroglyphs and ancient cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument
  • Tour the Los Alamos Historic District, part of Manhattan Project National Historical Park 
  • In Albuquerque visit Old Town, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and enjoy a ride aboard the Sandia Peak Tramway 

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-4: Drury Plaza Hotel - Santa Fe, NM
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Tuesday, 12/5/2023 - Albuquerque, Santa Fe 
Optional transfers from our departure points will have us at LAX this morning for a scheduled non-stop flight arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico this afternoon. Those guests making their own flight arrangements can request the group’s flight schedule to coordinate a flight arrival time that would allow them to join the group in Albuquerque. Upon arrival, we’ll board a deluxe motorcoach and travel to historic Old Town Albuquerque to enjoy time at leisure for lunch and browsing on your own. Since it was founded in 1706 by Spanish Settlers, the Old Town area has remained the center for Southwest culture, architecture, shopping, art and cuisine. We’ll visit the beautiful San Felipe de Neri Church, the beautiful Catholic church built in 1793. This afternoon we’ll continue north to Santa Fe – nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. We’ll enjoy a four-night, single-hotel stay at an upscale hotel that offers a nightly “Kickback” reception and is located within walking distance of the Santa Fe Plaza, the historic heart of the city. This time of year, the historic Plaza is illuminated by silvery lights strung on the trees and farolitos – luminous little bags of candles and sand that are lit by hand each night. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite this evening.  

Day 2
Wednesday, 12/6/2023 - Santa Fe
We’ll be joined by a local guide for a guided tour of Santa Fe this morning. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the oldest seat of government in the U.S. and this capital city reflects its Spanish, Pueblo, and Mexican history. On a walking tour of the historic Santa Fe Plaza we’ll see the Palace of the Governors and the tree-lined streets with buildings of distinctive design, adobe houses and eclectic shops. We’ll go inside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and visit the famed Loretto Chapel to see its miraculous spiral staircase – a true marvel of architectural ingenuity. See the New Mexico Capitol building and go inside the San Miguel Chapel – the oldest church in the U.S. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring this spectacular city and its vibrant Plaza area featuring a variety of shops and museums including the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, home to the largest collection of O’Keefe’s work in the world! Don’t miss The Shop – A Christmas Store, specializing in handcrafted Christmas ornaments, Nativities and Santas by New Mexico artists. Most of the items found here can’t be found anywhere else. 
Day 3
Thursday, 12/7/2023 - Taos, Chimayo 
This morning a local guide will join us onboard as we travel the “Low Road” towards the mountain town of Taos, seated on a high desert mesa within the foothills of the Rocky Mountains (7,000 feet elevation). We’ll stop at the Rio Grande Gorge to see the gorge and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. At 650 feet above the river, the bridge is the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System and the fifth highest bridge in the U.S.! We’ll visit Taos Pueblo, a living Native American community that features multi-storied adobe buildings. Designated a National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this Pueblo dates back to the 14th century and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in North America! On a docent-guided tour we’ll learn about the traditional lifestyle and beliefs of the Pueblo Indians and see the striking San Geronimo Chapel. Should Taos Pueblo be unexpectedly closed due to religious activities or memorial services, we will instead visit the Millicent Rogers Museum, featuring more than a thousand years of Southwestern arts and cultures within 14 galleries. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch and browsing in the charming Taos Plaza before we continue via the Camino Alto, or “High Road,” following the same route taken by the Spanish colonists through the scenic grandeur of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and past villages that date from the Spanish Colonial era. We’ll stop in the village of Chimayo and tour El Santuario de Chimayo, the church known as the “Lourdes of the Southwest” as it’s believed to possess healing powers in its “holy dirt.” This National Historical Landmark is considered to be the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the U.S. We’ll enjoy an included dinner at Rancho de Chimayo, the award-winning restaurant housed in a century-old adobe home known for its traditional northern New Mexico cuisine. 
Day 4
Friday, 12/8/2023 - Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument
This morning we’ll join a local guide and travel the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway, a mountain road that twists through time and terrain, contrasting vermilion desert cliffs and coniferous forests – the road connects 13th century cliff dwellings with the birth of the Atomic Age! Enjoy a guided walk through Bandelier National Monument for a peak into the lives of the ancient Anasazi Pueblo culture that existed here 11,000 years ago. Petroglyphs and dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities. This afternoon we’ll continue to Los Alamos, the American World War II Heritage City established as a secret city during World War II for the development of the atomic bomb. We’ll enjoy an included lunch at a locals’ favorite followed by a walking and driving tour of the Los Alamos Historic District to see where generations of true pioneers have created ground-breaking innovations. We’ll see the Groves and Oppenheimer Statues, the Ice House Memorial, Fuller Lodge and a variety of historic buildings on Bathtub Row including the Oppenheimer House. We return to Santa Fe with the balance of the evening at leisure. 
Day 5
Saturday, 12/9/2023 - Albuquerque, Journey Home 
This morning we’ll pass old ghost towns and beautiful scenery as we travel south towards Albuquerque via the famed Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Weather permitting, we’ll step aboard the Sandia Peak Tramway – the longest aerial tram in the U.S. – for a 2.7-mile journey from the desert floor over the Rio Grande Valley. At the summit of Sandia Crest (elevation 10,378), we’ll enjoy time at leisure to explore and take in the stunning views. This afternoon we’ll enjoy time at leisure for exploration and lunch on own at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which tells the story of New Mexico’s Pueblo Indian culture through authentic native arts, craft, and dance. Our scheduled non-stop afternoon flight from Albuquerque will return us to Los Angeles this evening. Those guests making their own flight arrangements can request the group’s flight schedule to coordinate a flight departure time that would allow them to return to the airport with the group. Back in Los Angeles those guests with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-offs.  

While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary.

Tour Inclusions:  

  • 4 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 7 Meals: 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 4 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:  

  • Maximum elevation: 10,378 feet
  • Roundtrip airport transfers are available from the following departure points: FV, LHS, LBCC-O, & SBL as an optional add-on price of $99 p.p.; or you may meet the group at LAX, the arrival airport or the hotel
  • Full payment due at time of booking
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p.
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: Leisurely (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: Relaxed (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our guests, this tour will operate with additional health and safety measures in place.
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