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Trail of the Ancients in the Southwest
October 11-19, 2020 - Eight Nights


Experience the rewards of Small-Group Travel – 8-12 guests

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Day 1 - Albuquerque
Arrive in Albuquerque and get checked in at your hotel. The evening is free to explore Albuquerque on your own.

Day 2 - Acoma Pueblo
This morning, travel to Acoma Pueblo, one of the oldest continuous pueblo communities in the Southwest. Explore Acoma Sky City Pueblo on a guided tour. Learn about the history of the pueblo from when they first came to the Mesa to their interactions with the Spanish to their current day lives. Visit El Morro National Monument and walk on the same trails of the Spanish Explorers who traveled through here in the 1540’s, including their signatures carved into the rocks. (B/L)

Day 3 - Canyon De Chelly-Monument Valley
Experience Canyon De Chelly on a guided tour with a local Navajo. Learn about the history and traditions of those who live in the canyon currently and those who lived in this area anciently. After lunch travel to Monument Valley and enjoy a guided Back Country Tour of Monument Valley. Along with enjoying the timeless landscape with its views and vistas, you will continue to learn about the Navajo culture with a visit to a Hogan and a discussion with one of the locals still living inside the valley. (B/L)

Day 4 - Natural Bridges National Monument
This morning you will explore Valley of the Gods and the historic Moki Dugway enroute to Natural Bridges National Monument. Here you will explore three of the 10 largest natural bridges in the world located within one small area. After a picnic lunch, you will travel to Hovenweep National Monument to explore and learn about the ruins of the Ancestral Pueblo people and culture that inhabited this region over 1000 years ago. (B/L)

Day 5 - Mesa Verde
Explore Mesa Verde National Park today. Visit the many Ruins, overlooks, and the Spruce Treehouse Museum while there. Afterwards, travel to Aztec National Monument and explore those ruins including a fully restored giant kiva and learn about its significance to the Ancestral Pueblo Culture. (B/L)

Day 6 - Chaco Canyon National Monument
Today you will travel south to Chaco Canyon National Monument to the heart of the Ancestral Pueblo culture and explore ruins like Chetro Ketl, Pueblo Bonito or Pueblo Alto. You will learn first-hand about the massive influence this area had on the entire southwestern US and see the different architectural influences that started here and spread throughout the area. (B/L)

Day 7 - Tent Rocks National Monument
Enjoy the morning at Tent Rocks National Monument and the afternoon and evening relaxing and exploring historic Santa Fe. (B/L)

Day 8 - Bandelier National Monument
Visit Bandelier National Monument for your final day before returning to Albuquerque for lunch at El Pinto. The evening is free to relax and explore on your own. (B/L)

Day 9 - Albuquerque
Head home today with memories of your spectacular southwest adventure. (B)

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Price Includes:

Not included:
Gratuities for drivers and guides

A $1,350.00 nonrefundable deposit per person is due at the time of booking.

Hotels (subject to change):
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn Old Town, Albuquerque, NM - 2 nights
Thunderbird Lodge, Chinle, AZ - 1 night
Desert Rose, Bluff, UT - 1 night
Holiday Inn Express, Cortez, CO - 1 night
Presidential Inn & Suites, Aztec, NM - 1 night
LaFonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM - 2 nights


Final Payment:
August 28, 2020

Cancellation Policy:
$1,350.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after August 28, 2020 and the entire tour is nonrefundable unless supplier(s) provide a refund.

Travel Insurance:
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.


Pricing Table

AAA Member Price - per person:

  Single Double Triple Quad
Buffalo $3,799.00 $3,099.00 $2,899.00 $2,699.00
Cleveland $3,599.00 $2,899.00 $2,699.00 $2,499.00
Columbus $3,599.00 $2,899.00 $2,699.00 $2,499.00
Louisville $3,699.00 $2,999.00 $2,799.00 $2,599.00
Philadelphia $3,599.00 $2,899.00 $2,699.00 $2,499.00
Pittsburgh $3,599.00 $2,899.00 $2,699.00 $2,499.00


Non-Member Price - per person:

  Single Double Triple Quad
Buffalo $3,919.00 $3,219.00 $3,019.00 $2,819.00
Cleveland $3,719.00 $3,019.00 $2,819.00 $2,619.00
Columbus $3,719.00 $3,019.00 $2,819.00 $2,619.00
Louisville $3,819.00 $3,119.00 $2,919.00 $2,719.00
Philadelphia $3,719.00 $3,019.00 $2,819.00 $2,619.00
Pittsburgh $3,719.00 $3,019.00 $2,819.00 $2,619.00

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