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Spotlight on Santa Fe Holiday

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
6 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Try your hand at making a tamale at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
  • Delight in an authentic New Mexican lunch in Chimayo.
  • Tour the Loretto Chapel and marvel at its iconic winding staircase.
  • Visit the moving El Santuario de Chimayo, the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the United States.
  • Discover the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and see thousands of works from this prolific artist.
  • Visit the Bandelier National Monument and discover gorgeous canyons and mesas.
  • Amble through the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden.

Short Description

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit of Santa Fe in December as you take in the city’s multicultural atmosphere, natural beauty and profound history.

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See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
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Itinerary

Day 6 Santa Fe - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to an end with wonderful memories of your enchanting wintertime journey in Santa Fe.

Day 1 Santa Fe, New Mexico - Tour Begins

Welcome to New Mexico, the “land of enchantment.” Santa Fe is a delight to experience, especially in December! From the crisp Southwestern air to the soul-warming cuisine, you’ll quickly understand why Santa Fe is “the City Different.” Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome reception at your hotel, located mere steps away from Santa Fe’s iconic Plaza.

Day 2 Santa Fe

This morning starts with a locally guided walking tour of Santa Fe’s Plaza, the historic heart of the city and gathering place for Santa Feans for nearly 400 years. As you amble through the plaza, you’ll undoubtedly feel the festive spirit of a city ready to celebrate the holidays. Your tour will include a stop at some of the city’s landmark sites, like the Santa Fe Indian Market where you can find unique, handcrafted gifts. Later, you’ll visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum where you’ll discover more than 3,000 breathtaking works from the artist many refer to as the “Mother of American Modernism.” Continue on with a stop at the Loretto Chapel, a former Roman Catholic church turned wedding chapel and museum. Here, you’ll find the miraculous staircase, a structure with origins as legendary as its spiral shape. Tonight, try your hand at making a tamale at the Santa Fe School of Cooking and savor Santa Fe’s fusion of Native American, Spanish and Mexican flavors.

Day 3 Santa Fe - Madrid - Santa Fe

Today, travel the scenic Turquoise Trail to the village of Madrid, a charming hamlet stitched into the landscape of the Ortiz Mountains. Once a major coal-mining town, the village is now revered for its thriving artistic community. Finish your day with a visit to the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden to view 80 works by the prolific artist who’s been lauded as one of the most renowned Native American painters and Modernist sculptors of the 20th century.

Day 4 Santa Fe - Bandelier National Monument - Chimayo - Santa Fe

Today’s adventure takes us to Bandelier National Monument, a natural site where the native Pueblo Indians settled in the sculpted canyons and mesa tops west of Santa Fe. The volcanic landscape holds cliff dwellings and ruins of Pueblo villages dating back to the 1500s. On a guided elective walk,* you’ll have the opportunity to discover more of the park’s ancient ruins and thriving wildlife. The park is especially magical after a fresh dusting of snow. Afterwards, savor an authentic New Mexican lunch before visiting El Santuario de Chimayo. Known for the miraculous healing powers of its Tierra Bendita (or Holy Dirt), the chapel is regarded as the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the United States. Later you’ll visit a Chimayo weaver and learn the fascinating process behind this intricate traditional art. The remainder of the day is yours to further explore this intriguing Spanish village.

Day 5 Santa Fe

Today it’s your choice! Use your interest in confectionery creations or in the history of espionage to help you decide. If you have a sweet tooth, visit some of Santa Fe’s chocolate shops for delicious tastings of chocolate treats infused with local ingredients like chilies, pinon nuts and lavender -OR- channel your inner James Bond and opt for a tour featuring Santa Fe’s major spy hangouts; discover drop-off points where KGB spies exchanged top-secret information during the Manhattan Project. This afternoon, enjoy free time to independently explore Santa Fe. Perhaps you’ll take a stroll to admire the festive holiday décor found throughout the city’s downtown area. Tonight, experience the lively scene on Canyon Road as we walk to our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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