WISN Great Escapes – Albuquerque & Santa Fe with International Balloon Fiesta

WISN Great Escapes is returning to the Land of Enchantment for the world-renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! Experience the world’s largest balloon festival in VIP fashion in the Gondola Club. Discover Albuquerque’s historic Old Town (steps from our beautiful hotel), learn some fascinating history, take a magnificent ride on the longest aerial tram in the country and enjoy plenty of authentic New Mexican cuisine. We’ll also spend a couple of nights in Santa Fe, the oldest U.S. capital city and a creative arts hotbed. It’s going to be an enchanting experience. But hurry – space is limited!

Per Person Double Occupancy
Only $3699
Single Supplement: $1599
(capacity controlled)

Oct. 3-8, 2022

6 Days / 5 Nights

  • Stay in the Heart of Albuquerque & Santa Fe in Luxurious Accommodations
  • VIP Experience at the Balloon Fiesta
  • Tour Historic Old Town
  • Take a Ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway
  • Explore Santa Fe & Taos


Monday, October 3, 2022

Relax on your flight to New Mexico. Tonight, we’ll gather for an outdoor welcome dinner. A Balloon Fiesta official will join us for a presentation. (D)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

We’ll get right to the highlight of the trip, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It’s the largest balloon festival in the world, with over 500 hot air balloons each year. You’ll get a VIP experience for the Morning Ascension in the Gondola Club, a private area away from the crowds that includes delicious food, an open bar, local entertainment and private restrooms from the most picturesque location in Balloon Fiesta Park. After some free time upon returning to the hotel, we’ll take a tour of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center before a breathtaking ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway, the longest aerial tram in the United States. After the stunning panoramic views, we’ll have dinner at a nearby BBQ restaurant. (B, D)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll explore historic Old Town’s narrow streets and century-old adobe houses on a walking tour. The tour concludes in front of the 18th-century San Felipe de Neri Church, with time for lunch at one of the charming New Mexican eateries and some artisan shopping. This afternoon, step back into the Atomic Age at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Plane and history buffs alike will be wowed by its displays, including New Mexico’s largest aircraft collection. (B)

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Today, after a stunning sunrise rooftop breakfast, we’ll leave Albuquerque and travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital city. We’ll take a walking tour of this charming city to see the State Capitol, San Miguel Mission, Loretto Church and more before some free time for lunch and shopping in the Plaza. Then we’ll check in to our new home, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, and enjoy a fun group dinner this evening. (B, D)

Friday, October 7, 2022

Our final day of touring is a show stopper as we drive the breathtaking “high road” to Taos. Along the way we’ll stop in the historic village of Chimayo to see the National Historic Landmark, El Santuario de Chimayo. In Taos, we’ll see San Francisco de Asis Church before breaking for our farewell lunch. After a delicious meal we’ll tour Taos Pueblo (subject to reopening), a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans for over 1000 years. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight. (B, L)

Saturday, October 8, 2022

After breakfast, head to the “Sunport” for our flight home, with lifelong memories in tow. (B)



  • Roundtrip economy class airfare from Chicago
  • 5 nights of luxurious hotel accommodations
  • Bus transfer from/to Milwaukee
  • 9 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)
  • Balloon Fiesta Gondola Club tickets (1 session)
  • Sightseeing as described in your itinerary
  • All ground transportation in New Mexico
  • Taxes & fees as of 3/1/22
  • Complete services of Cruise & Tour including on-trip host

*The tour operator reserves the right to substitute a hotel of the same class should unforeseen circumstances so require

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Gratuities to local guides
  • Checked baggage fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Increases in taxes, fees or surcharges after 3/1/22

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Final payment due 6/3/22

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