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Palace of the Governors

September 25 - 30, 2022

Spotlight on Santa Fe

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

Booking Deadline: July 13, 2022

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Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $2,919
Single $3,609
Triple $2,889

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change.  All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 15 passengers.

Desired pick-up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Philadelphia International Airport
  • Roundtrip airfare - Philadelphia, PA to Albuquerque, NM
  • Roundtrip transfers - airport/hotel
  • Five night hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of a professional AAA Member Choice Vacations driver/guide
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager


  • Walking Tour of Santa Fe Plaza
  • Open-Air Tram Tour
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Santa Fe School of Cooking
  • Turquoise Trail
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • El Santuario de Chimayo



Sunday, September 25: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Motorcoach from Central PA to the Philadelphia International Airport for your flight to Albuquerque. 

Welcome to New Mexico, the "land of enchantment."  Here you'll explore Santa Fe, a city with a rich blend of multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history.  Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome reception at your hotel, located mere steps from Santa Fe's iconic Plaza.  Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe

Monday, September 26: 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, enjoy stops at some of the city's landmark sites like the Santa Fe Indian Market, Palace of the Governors and Palace Avenue.  Later, embark on an open-air tram tour of Santa Fe and learn more about the history, architecture, and art of the oldest capital city in North America.  Continue on with a visit to 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.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tuesday, September 27: Santa Fe & Madrid

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.  Then, visit the Allan House 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.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

Wednesday, September 28: Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument & Chimayo

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.  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.  Dinner is on your own tonight.  Perhaps you'll use your included Uber voucher** and dine at a restaurant on Canyon Road.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

*While there is an opportunity to hike at Bandelier National Monument, all hiking is elective and should only be undertaken by people who are physically fit and have prior hiking experience, especially at high elevations.  If weather is a concern, this tour will be replaced.

**As an added feature on this program, each guest will receive an Uber e-voucher (valued for $20 US Dollars) to use when you want, while on tour.

Thursday, September 29: Santa Fe

Today it's your choice!  Experience one of Santa Fe's unique museum's including the New Mexico Museum of Art, OR, the Museum of International Folk Art OR, the Wheelwright Museum. This afternoon, enjoy free time to further uncover Santa Fe on your own.  Perhaps you'll visit some of the colorful art galleries sprinkled throughout the downtown area.  Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

Friday, September 30: Depart for Central PA

Today your tour comes to an end with wonderful memories of your Southwestern sojourn to Santa Fe.  Transfer to the Albuquerque Airport for your flight home and transportation back to Central PA.


Tour Activity Level: 3

This tour includes moderate physical activity.  The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time.  Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

Hotel and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.



General Information

 Travel Documents

U.S. State Department and destination specific travel regulations at time of brochure printing require the following documents for your travel.  A government-issued photo ID is required for airport security.  Travel regulations and state compliance requirements are subject to, and have been known to change.  For the most current requirements, which due to potential changes may be other than listed here, please consult with your travel advisor.

As of the writing of this brochure, all travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the last dose having been administered at least 14 days prior to departure to travel with AAA Member Choice Vacations. Additional COVID-19 related requirements including a pre-tour test may be required. As travel policies are rapidly changing the final requirements will be communicated prior to departure. 

This tour involves traveling at high altitudes (approximately 7,000 feet/ 2,133 meters) and may not be suitable for some travelers.  We suggest that you consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

When reserving a triple room, please note that it will have two double beds.  Due to fire safety regulations, a rollaway bed cannot be brought into the room.


Deposit of $600 per person will confirm your reservation.  Final Payment is due to AAA by July 13, 2022.
Solo Travelers Reward Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/ Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure            $25 per person, plus...

From March 26 - July 26, 2022            $600 per person, plus additional suppliers' fees
From July 27 - September 9, 2022      30% per person, plus additional suppliers' fees
From September 10 - 24, 2022            50% per person, plus additional suppliers' fees
After September 24, 2022                    NON-REFUNDABLE

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.


Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator.  Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases the names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure.  Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed.  Some flights contain code share agreements.


For your protection, AAA recommends travel insurance.  Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only.  Other conditions may apply; ask your travel advisor.  AAA recommends Allianz.


Temperatures for New Mexico in September average in the 70s with cooler evenings.  Pack for a variety of temperatures.  Casual clothes that can be layered work best.  Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.


One suitcase per person will be allowed.  You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat.  Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip.  Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing needed assistance.



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