Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque

Dates: November 3-8, 2024

Santa Fe is considered one of the world's greatest art cities with a lot of explore and enjoy, including the Santa Fe Cooking School.  We travel back in time to Taos, the historic home of the Pueblo Indians. And we take the Turquoise Trail to Albuquerque for some history, culture, food and shopping. Join Lori on this fun, escorted group tour!

To request a full brochure – click HERE or call Lori 319-393-1359

Sunday, November 3: Santa Fe

Today fly to Albuquerque, founded in 1706, where we will meet our Tour Director. Transfer to Santa Fe, the upscale resort and artist community with Spanish-Pueblo roots and check into our hotel for a five night stay.  Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with our fellow travelers. Santa Fe is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture, creative arts & great museums. (D)

Monday, November 4: Santa Fe City Tour

After breakfast enjoy a wonderful Santa Fe City Tour including details about the history, culture and unique architecture of this artist’s mecca.  See the Plaza,  the Palace of the Governor’s, a Santa Fe landmark built in 1610, and visit the Loretto Chapel.  Also visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum which opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the namesake artist. The O’Keefe Museum offers insight not only into the artist’s paintings, but also her creative process and the light and landscape that inspired her.   Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your own pace in historic Santa Fe.  During our Santa Fe leisure time maybe visit one of the many museums, stop by a few art galleries, explore the shops or relax at your hotel. (B)

Tuesday, November 5: Taos City Tour and Taos Pueblo

Depart this morning and travel north via the “High Road to Taos” passing through ancient villages founded in the 1700’s.  Stop in the Spanish village of Chimayo to visit El Santuario, revered by pilgrims for the healing power of dirt found inside the chapel.  Arrive in Taos, the historic home of the Pueblo Indians that sits atop a plateau between the Rio Grande and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Visit the Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. Enjoy a brief Taos City Tour and learn about this fascinating city rich in culture and scenery.   Enjoy time and shopping in the Taos Plaza before returning to Santa Fe. (B)

Wednesday, November 6:  Turquoise Trail—Madrid-Albuquerque

Today travel the scenic Turquoise Trail and experience the village of Madrid nestled in a narrow canyon in the Ortiz Mountains. Once a historic coal mining town and ghost town, Madrid is now a thriving artist community with over 40 shops and galleries. Then enjoy a visit to famous Albuquerque. Stop to explore the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center depicting the history and culture of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos. Stop in historic Old Town giving us the opportunity to stroll the historic adobe buildings that house over 150 shops, galleries and restaurants.  Also see the icon of Old Town, the San Felipe de Neri Church.  Tonight enjoy dinner in Albuquerque with  New Mexico fare at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

Thursday, November 7: Santa Fe at Leisure—Santa Fe School of Cooking

Enjoy the day in wonderful Santa Fe at your own pace.  Be sure to visit another museum, grab a bite to eat in downtown, pick up that piece of art your saw earlier in the week or maybe play a round of golf.   An optional excursion will be available featuring scenic Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Bradbury Science Museum.  Bandelier National Monument is known for beautiful canyons and mesas as well as evidence of a human presence dating back over 11,000 years.  Then stop at Los Alamos Bradbury Science Museum to learn about the Manhattan Project and the creation of the world’s first atomic bomb. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.  Located in historic downtown, the school is an internationally acclaimed culinary school and market specializing in foods and flavors of the American Southwest for over 30 years.  (B,D)

Friday, November 8: Return Home

Today travel to Albuquerque for our flight home.  Return with wonderful memories of Santa Fe and the land of enchantment. (B)


  • Albuquerque
  • Santa Fe City Tour
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Georgia O’Keefe Museum
  • Taos City Tour
  • Taos Pueblo
  • Turquoise Trail
  • Madrid
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • San Felipe de Neri Church
  • Santa Fe School of Cooking


  • Escorted by TLDU’s Lori Nietert
  • 6 Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 9 Meals: 6 Breakfasts (B), 3 Dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
  • Admissions per Itinerary
  • Baggage Handling
  • Transfers airport to hotel, hotel to airport

Not included

  • Airfare (available January 2024)
  • Travel Insurance

For more information about this tour and to request a full brochure – call Lori at 319-393-1359 or email:

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