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Tours

While attending FMCA’s 83rd International Convention, consider taking one or more of the optional sightseeing tours around Albuquerque designed specifically for FMCA members by Destination Southwest Tours. A variety of tours will be offered to appeal to many interests.

Reservations are required for all tours and may be made prior to the convention. Register online through Destination Southwest or download the Tour Registration Form and mail it in.

A Destination Southwest representative will be available at the tour desk located in the FMCA Information Center (Creative Arts Center) on Sunday, March 21, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as well as on Monday through Wednesday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to take reservations on a space-available basis. All tours are subject to change.

CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Chaco Culture National Historic Park is the site of the extensive ruins of the greatest architectural achievement of the northern American Indians. It was the main social and ceremonial center of the Anasazi culture and flourished about 1,000 years ago. Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning “Ancient Ones” and is the term archaeologists use to refer to the culture that began about 2,500 years ago and was centered in the Four Corners region. The Anasazi farmed the lowlands around Chaco Canyon, built multistory stone and mud villages, and traded as far south as Mexico. The complex system of homes and roads at Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Una Vida, Peñasco Blanco, Hugo Pavi, and Kin Bineola, an abundance of turquoise jewelry, and cryptic petroglyphs are the intriguing legacy of a people whose disappearance 700 years ago is forever shrouded in mystery.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, professional tour guide, admission fees, box lunch, and soft drinks. This tour involves walking, and due to uneven terrain, Chaco Canyon is not wheelchair accessible.

Price: $88.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 11 hours

Tour #1
Monday, March 22, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


QUILTING SHOP HOP

This fun outing takes you to two of the major quilting centers in Albuquerque where you will have the opportunity to see the work of local quilters, exchange ideas, see fabric and pattern books, and learn more about how this wonderful art form is different here from other parts of the country. New Mexico has a rich tradition of quilting and you will find vibrant colors, patterns, fabrics, and textures here that are unique to the state and the Southwest. Quilters here have also been inspired by a unique range of traditional Hispanic and Indian symbols and patterns. Your tour guide will pass out valuable coupons for the quilt stores on the coach.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, Destination Southwest escort, and all applicable taxes.

Price: $35.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 4 hours

Tour #4
Monday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tour #17
Thursday, March 25, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


SANTA FE VIA THE TURQUOISE TRAIL SCENIC BYWAY

The historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway links Albuquerque and Santa Fe and encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. You will drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, whose mines once yielded gold, silver, lead, zinc, and turquoise. During its heyday in the 1880s, Cerrillos boasted 21 saloons, and four hotels. A renewed spirit has brought art, crafts, theater, music, museums, and restaurants to these towns.

Upon arrival in Santa Fe you may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting points of interest such as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe was the last stop on the Camino Real, the fabled Royal Road that stretched from Mexico City to the northernmost reaches of the Spanish Empire. Today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer.

Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, admission to Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission, professional tour guide, and bottled water.

Price: $48.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 8 hours

Tour #2
Monday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tour #11
Wednesday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


TRINITY SITE

Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. on July 16, 1945. The 19-kiloton explosion ushered the world into the atomic age. All life on Earth has been touched by the event that took place here. The 51,500-acre area was declared a national historic landmark in 1975. Included on the Trinity Site tour is Ground Zero where the atomic bomb was placed on a 100-foot steel tower. A small monument now marks the spot. Visitors also see the McDonald ranch house where the world's first plutonium core for a bomb was assembled.

NOTE: Trinity Site is located on Federal land that is part of the White Sands Missile Range. This tour is subject to cancellation with full refund in the event the missile range is closed for testing. All visitors must bring a photo ID. Non-U.S. citizens must provide their passport number and country of issue one month prior to tour. Limited to the first 150 people who register.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, guide, box lunch, and all applicable taxes.

Price: $62.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 7.5 hours

Tour #8
Tuesday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to  4:30 p.m.


ALBUQUERQUE ON ROUTE 66

Spend an afternoon hunting for treasures and collectibles in the historic Nob Hill district, located on a significant stretch of Route 66, America’s most celebrated highway, which carried the people and energy that shaped the modern Southwest. The area is a fascinating blend of roadside architecture that mixed tourist services with locally oriented businesses. Many antique stores are clustered in this neighborhood and offer a wide array of memorabilia, Native American and Old West historical items, jewelry, and more. You also will have a chance to shop at Maisel's where “Albuquerqueans” shop. Built by Morris Maisel in the late 1930s on old Route 66, it is now considered a city landmark. Maisel’s is an emporium of Native American arts with everything from ceramics to animal skin drums, dolls to arrows. It also has the largest selection of Indian jewelry in the Southwest.  There also will be a stop at Gertrude Zachary’s ra jewelry manufacturing facility in downtown Albuquerque. Each piece of jewelry is created through a collaborative process between Gertrude and the Native American silversmiths who make each by hand. Gertrude begins with a drawing of her idea and then shows it to one of the silversmiths. It is then left in the skillful hands of master artisan to make the designs take shape.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, Destination Southwest escort, and all applicable taxes.

Price: $35.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 5 hours

Tour #13
Wednesday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


ACOMA “SKY CITY” PUEBLO

Visit Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," located in the spectacular west-central plateau of New Mexico. Acoma Pueblo, situated 350 feet above an outstretched valley atop a massive sandstone mesa at 7,000 feet above sea level, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States. Archeologists put the initial occupation of the Pueblo around 1150 AD. A Pueblo member will take you on a guided tour of the village, explaining the culture and history of the tribe. Points of interest include San Estevan del Rey Mission, built in 1629, the largest and most remarkable of all the Spanish Colonial mission churches in New Mexico. This tour includes a box lunch and camera permit at Acoma (no video recorders).

Due to unpaved surfaces and uneven terrain, Acoma is not wheelchair accessible. The Pueblo reserves the right to make unscheduled closures for tribal and ceremonial purposes.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, professional tour guide, admission fees with camera permit, box lunch, soft drinks, and all applicable taxes. Other: Video recorders and cell phone cameras are prohibited. Dress casually and wear comfortable walking shoes. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended.

Price: $65.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 5 hours

Tour #7
Tuesday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tour #14
Thursday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


THE JEMEZ MOUNTAIN TRAIL TO LOS ALAMOS AND BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

This tour takes you along one of the Southwest’s most spectacular routes – the Jemez Mountain Trail, a National Scenic and Historic Byway. Your first stop will be the Walatowa Visitors Center at Jemez Pueblo, one of the 19 Native American pueblos of New Mexico, situated against the deep red rocks of the Jemez Mountains. The center provides visitor information about the pueblo and displays a selection of arts and crafts created by Jemez artisans. You then continue along the Jemez River as it cuts through canyons with fantastic geological formations whose colors change dramatically from brown to brilliant red and orange. Climbing east out of Jemez Canyon you enter Valle Grande, at 8,500 feet, one of the largest volcanic craters in the world. Stop in Los Alamos, selected by the Federal Government in 1942 as the site of the top secret Manhattan Project, for a visit to Bradbury Science Museum, which is operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). At the museum you will learn how LANL scientists are using the latest technologies to deal with the complex challenges of today’s world, including issues of national security, energy, transportation, and commercial applications of military technology. Bandelier National Monument is best known for its mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and the ancestral pueblo dwellings found among them. The park was designated in 1916 and named for 19th century anthropologist Adolph Bandelier. Frijoles Canyon is famous for its extensive Anasazi ruins and cliff dwellings that date back to about 1100 AD.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, professional tour guide; admission fees, box lunch, and soft drinks. Other: Wear comfortable walking shoes. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended.

Price: $68.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 10 hours

Tour #3
Monday, March 22, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tour #9
Wednesday, March 24, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


SANDIA PEAK TRAMWAY AND ARTISAN WINERY

Start at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains for a ride on the Sandia Peak Tram, the world’s longest free-span cable tramway. The 2.7-mile tramway ride to the top will take you through four of the seven life zones found in North America. Traversing these zones is equivalent to taking a trip from Mexico City to Alaska! Once atop Sandia Peak, at an elevation of 10,375 feet above sea level, you will marvel at the thousands of square miles of breathtaking scenery and panoramic views in all directions. Next, you head to one of Albuquerque's artisan wineries for a tour and wine tasting. New Mexico's sun-soaked soil and cool high desert nights are nearly perfect for the cultivation of grapes and have contributed to the recent revival of wine-making in one of the nation’s oldest wine regions.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, professional tour guide, boarding pass and admission fees at the winery, cheese tray, and all applicable taxes. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway reserves the right to suspend service due to severe weather conditions.

Price: $69.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 5 hours

Tour #12
Wednesday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tour #16
Thursday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


MEET ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque is the site of a significant stretch of Route 66, America’s most celebrated highway, which carried the people and energy that shaped the modern Southwest. Enjoy a brief driving tour of Route 66 landmarks, from the historic Nob Hill business district to downtown and see the cafes, gas stations, motels, and stores that are part of the history and local color of this region. Visit the Turquoise Museum and learn about New Mexico’s state gemstone and the popular mineral most often associated with the Southwest and Native American jewelry, and how to tell the real McCoy from a fake. After this stop you will continue to Old Town and a brief walking tour of the early part of the 18th century and includes San Felipe de Neri church and many historic buildings that form an architectural record of this city‘s unique past. There will be time to explore hidden courtyards and stroll under covered arcades and shop on your own at the many fine specialty stores and galleries around the plaza. Finally, a visit to one of the Duke City’s most unique attractions: the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, which is dedicated to preserving and presenting to the visitor the history and artifacts that tell the story of the Atomic Age.

The permanent displays and constantly changing special exhibits present the history, science and diverse applications, pioneers, and future developments of nuclear energy. These exhibits range from Madame Curie and the Manhattan Project to Nuclear Medicine and the ZOOMzone, based on the popular PBS show "ZOOM."

Includes: Round-trip transportation, professional tour guide, admissions, and all applicable taxes. Lunch on your own in Old Town.

Price: $49.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 6 hours

Tour #6
Tuesday, March 23, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tour #10
Wednesday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


CHIMAYO AND SANTA FE

Travel north to the historic village of Chimayo, which dates from the 17th century. Its most famous landmark is a venerable religious shrine, the Santuario de Chimayo. Don Bernardo de Abeyta erected this beautiful adobe chapel with twin bell towers in 1816 over sand that is said to have miraculous healing qualities. The weavers of Chimayo have produced the colorful and decorative Rio Grande textiles for centuries. You will visit an artisan weaving workshop and see the weavers at work. Continue to Santa Fe for an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe was the last stop on the Camino Real, the fabled Royal Road that stretched from Mexico City to the northernmost reaches of the Spanish Empire. Today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, professional tour guide, admission fees, and all applicable taxes. Lunch on your own in Santa Fe.

Price: $49.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 9 hours

Tour #5
Tuesday, March 23, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


COOKING CLASS AT EL PINTO RESTAURANT

Tucked away behind high adobe walls under the shade of ancient cottonwood trees, El Pinto Restaurant is regarded by locals and visitors alike as the place for the finest in traditional New Mexican cooking. An authentic New Mexican chef will demonstrate the techniques of successfully mastering the region's specialties, including the finest guacamole, green chile stew, red chile enchiladas, and flan. For the adventurous, there will be an opportunity for some hands-on participation. El Pinto grows and bottles its own chile and salsas and you will have the added pleasure of partaking in a chile-roasting demonstration. You will also receive a pamphlet of El Pinto recipes.

After the demonstration you will be able to enjoy eating the prepared food, as well as choosing dishes from the daily luncheon buffet that includes a taco bar, fresh fruit, salads, chile con carne, posole, sopapillas, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Includes: Round-trip transportation, professional tour guide, cooking demonstration, lunch buffet, and all applicable taxes.

Price: $99.00
Minimum 40 people
Duration: 4 hours

Tour #15
Thursday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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