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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Get ready for an unbelievable experience!

October 6-13, 2018





Departure Cities:  Omaha, Council Bluffs, Lincoln, Grand Island, Norfolk, Columbus, & Sioux City


Allied Tour Highlights:

  • 2 Mass Ascensions at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

  • Evening Balloon Glowdeo

  • Local Expert Guides in Santa Fe & Albuqerque

  • Visit an Actual Pueblo (not on any other tour)

  • Cumbrews & Toltec Steam Train Excursion

  • Overnight in Santa Fe

  • 14 Meals:  7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D/LD)

  • Tour Director: Diane Roecker


Featured Hotels:

  • Denver, CO - Drury Inn

  • Alamosa, CO - Holiday Inn Express

  • Santa Fe, NM - Lodge at Santa Fe

  • Albuquerque, NM (3) - Courtyard by Marriottt

  • Lakewood, CO - Courtyard by Marriott


Pricing, per person:

  • $1,929  Double

  • $2,469  Single

  • $1,779  Triple


Pay by Check Savings: $60 per person


Book by May 15, 2018 and save $60 per person!



Day 1

Travel Day

Board your "Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta" ultra coach and get ready for an unbelievable experience when you witness over 900 balloons ascend into the clear, blue, New Mexico sky.
Overnight Denver, CO


Day 2

Garden of the Gods/Old Colorado Springs

This morning visit the beautiful Garden of the Gods with its imposing rock formations. Take time to shop and enjoy lunch in Old Colorado Springs. Continue to Alamosa to get ready for your all-day train excursion tomorrow.

Overnight Alamosa, CO

B, D

Day 3

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Today you're in for a real treat when you ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for an unforgettable journey into the San Juan Mountains of New Mexico. Travel over trestles and through deep gorges where, at times, the train seems pressed in by rock on both sides. It's a train trip you'll never forget.

Overnight Santa Fe, NM

B, L

Day 4

Tour Santa Fe/ Loretto Chapel/New Mexico Capitol

This morning, tour Santa Fe with a local guide to learn about the rich culture of this 400-yearold city. See the Loretto Chapel where an itinerant carpenter built a stairway that defies description and the New Mexico State Capitol building. Then make your way to Albuquerque for the largest hot air balloon festival in the world!

Overnight (3) Albuquerque, NM.

B, D

Day 5

Mass Ascension/Albuquerque Tour/Old Town/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Turquoise Museum

It's the day you've been waiting for - the mass ascension at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Watch as giant beach balls fill the sky. Your local guide will take you on a tour of Albuquerque to point out its rich history to include Rte. 66, Old Town, the Kimo Theater, and more. Take time to stroll Old Town - the original settlement of Albuquerque. Also, visit the Turquoise Museum that features rare turquoise specimens from around the world. This afternoon, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will provide you with an inside look at New Mexico's 19 American Indian Pueblos.

B, D

Day 6

Special Shapes Rodeo/Acoma Pueblo/International Balloon Museum/Evening Glowdeo

This morning, witness the Special Shape Rodeo where hundreds of specialty balloons fill the sky. Imagine a giant pig, a stagecoach, the space shuttle, and even Uncle Sam. Today, visit an actual Indian Pueblo - Acoma (Sky City). Set atop a 357 ft. high mesa, Acoma is one of the largest adobe structures in North America. Native American Indians live in more than 250 dwellings without water and electricity. Visit the International Balloon Museum; it embraces the spirit of adventure through interactive exhibits about balloon flight dating back to the early 1700s. This evening, head back over to the balloon field for the evening Glowdeo. The magic of the New Mexico sky lights up when pilots inflate their balloons that look like giant holiday ornaments.

B, L

Day 7

White Fence Farm

Leave Albuquerque with fond memories of your International Balloon Fiesta experience. Make your way back to Denver where, this evening, you'll enjoy one last meal with your fellow travel mates at the White Fence Farm. Their chicken is out of this world.

Overnight Lakewood, CO

B, D

Day 8

Travel Home

It's time to head home after a trip that's taken you from the rugged terrain of the San Juan Mountains to the heights of the hot air balloons in Albuquerque. Make your way home recalling all the memories with your fellow travel mates.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LD=Light Dinner, D=Dinner

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days, walking up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.


Allied Departure Cities: Grand Island, Lincoln, Fremont, Columbus, Norfolk, Omaha, Council Bluffs &  Sioux City


Included in the vacation package:

  • All attractions listed under Tour Highlights 

  • 14 Meals, as listed in itinerary (7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)) 

  • Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation in our Ultra Coach as stated in the itinerary

  • Home pickup in all Allied Departure Cities

  • Luggage handling at hotel (one piece of luggage per person)

  • Hotel accommodations as listed in itinerary & tax

  • All admissions and meals per itinerary

  • All taxes for included items

  • Gratuities to step-on guides and wait staff (for included meals on Prestige Tours)

  • Refreshments & entertainment on coach

  • Tour Director: Loretta Mills

  • Not Included are meals not listed in the itinerary, optional tours, optional travel insurance, room incidentals, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, gratuities for tour director or driver, possible  fuel surcharges.



Deposit:  To confirm your reservation, a $100 per person deposit is required within 7 days after you make your reservation.


Final Payment Due 45-90 days prior to departure, or as stated on your deposit statement. You may remit by personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.


Cancellation Policy:

Days Prior to Departure ……………….. Cancellation Fee

46 days or more prior to departure ..full refund

45 to 31 days before departure ......30% of tour cost

30 to 16 days before departure ......70% of tour cost

15 days or less to departure ..........No refund


Travel Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask your reservationist for pricing and details


Travel Insurance We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your deposits from cancellation fees. Your trip investment is worth protecting and it's the best way to safeguard against unexpected events that can prevent you from traveling and being assessed significant cancellation fees. Contact Allied Tours for travel insurance information.


Changes in Tour Price Tour prices in this publication are effective as of September 15, 2016 and subject to fluctuation due to the U.S dollar exchange rates and energy rates. Our best effort has been made to publish this information as accurately as possible. The right is reserved to change tour rates as deemed necessary by current currency and fuel price conditions. Due to the volatility of airfares and flight schedules, tour utilizing air transportation are subject to change both in price and routing.


Changes in Itinerary The order of events and hotels scheduled in your tour are subject to change. Every effort will be made to preserve the original quality of attractions and hotels when circumstances necessitate a substitution.


Baggage Allowance Portage for one suitcase (per person) is included in the tour price. Due to limited motor coach capacity, your single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30" x 21" x 11" and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Small carry-on bags are allowed and are your responsibility.


Special Needs Travelers needing special assistance must notify Allied Tours at the time of booking. Persons requiring assistance must be accompanied by a companion who can help with these special needs as tour directors and drivers have obligations to the whole group. See your current tour book for details of customer responsibility.


Church and Faith We encourage you to attend the church of your choice while on tours if conditions allow. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any special provisions or transportation to attend church. Many tour directors share "Thoughts of the Day" verses of inspiration, or a short prayer to start the day.


Tour Provided by Allied Tours.


RESPONSIBILITY: Allied Tours, Inc. (AT) acts only as an agent for suppliers. AT is not responsible for acts or omissions of the suppliers or their failure to provide services or adhere to their own schedules and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity, and can accept no liability for losses or personal injury or property damage, or additional expenses due to delay or changes in bus or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, terrorism or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger. The right is reserved to accept or withdraw any tour if circumstances require it. AT reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary to the benefit of the tour and/or tour members. All rates are subject to change and are based on current tariffs available and current exchange rates as of September 15, 2015. All baggage is at owner's risk. The purchase of baggage and travel insurance covering cancellation, interruption, medical, baggage, etc., is recommended. The issuance and acceptance of tickets/vouchers or the payment of the required deposit or any partial or full payment for reservations on these trips shall be deemed to be consent to the above conditions. No refund of unused portions of the tour can be made unless agreed to prior to the departure of the tour. The usual contract in use by the airlines and other transportation companies when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the purchaser of the tour and/or the passenger. The services of any ARC and/or IATAN carrier may be used on this program. AT has no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the suppliers or unsafe conditions at locations to which you may travel. You assume full responsibility for checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of your destination(s), and all conditions regarding health, safety, security, political stability, and labor or civil unrest at such destination(s). Passengers hereby release AT from all claims arising out of any problem covered in these paragraphs and agree that the courts in Madison Co., NE will be the exclusive jurisdiction for all claims brought by you or AT.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Columbus Columbus HyVee
3010 - 23rd Street -please park SE corner of lot
Council Bluffs BW Council Bluffs Best Western
2216 27th Ave. (I-80, exit 1B)
Drury Inn in Denver Drury Inn in Denver
Grand Island Bosselman * 3335 West Wood River Road Parking in
The Gravel lot by Motel 6. Meeting bus at restaura
Grand Island Quality Inn Grand Island
Quality Inn I-80 & Hwy 281*308-384-7770
Lincoln-Best Western Plus Lincoln-Best Western Plus
I-80, Exit 403, 27th Street Exit, South
Norfolk Norfolk
Allied Tour Office - 720 E. Norfolk Ave.
Omaha - Arrow Stage Lines Omaha -- Arrow Stage Lines Depot
4220 South 52nd St.
Sioux City Sioux City -- New Victorian Inn
3101 Singing Hills Blvd. (I29, Exit 143 east 2 bl)
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