Take in the amazing sights and smells of The American Southwest! Our tour heads east through Arizona. From the cliffs to the canyons, you will marvel at the magnificent geological formations, that nearly define this area. Your sensory adventure continues as you cross into New Mexico.
Take in the brilliant colors of hot air balloons at the International Balloon Festival, savor wonderful food at the Santa Fe School of Cooking and take in the panoramic views from Sandia Peak! Along route 66, we will stop and admire the art at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and reflect at the peaceful Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
2022 will mark the 50th golden anniversary of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!
- Three comfortable nights at the charming Little America Hotel
- Telescope viewing at Lowell Observatory
- Guided tour of the scenic East Rim Drive, Grand Canyon
- Guided tour of Riordan Mansion
- Enjoy a guided tour and dinner at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
- Experience the dazzling 2022 International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s premier balloon event
- Take a hot air balloon ride
DAY 1: FLY INTO LAS VEGAS, NV
Fly into Las Vegas and enjoy free time on the “strip” or take a walk through the Fremont Street Experience. Overnight in Las Vegas. D
DAY 2: WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT, AZ
Explore Walnut Canyon National Monument, filled with remarkable geological formations and ancient cliff dwellings. Continue to Flagstaff and unpack for three comfortable nights at the charming Little America Hotel. Enjoy dinner and evening entertainment before telescope viewing at Lowell Observatory, weather permitting (optional, at your own expense). B, D
DAY 3: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Marvel at the canyon’s sheer majesty and its powerful and inspiring beauty where the unique geologic colors change throughout the day. Join our local expert for a guided tour of the scenic East Rim Drive, stopping for breathtaking photos and learning more about the biological diversity of this World Heritage Site. Enjoy Lunch right on the South Rim before an afternoon to explore at leisure. B, L
DAY 4: OAK CREEK CANYON & SEDONA, AZ
Pass through Oak Creek Canyon on your way to Sedona, AZ. USA Today called this canyon the “most scenic drive in North America.” Take a narrated trolley ride through Sedona with a stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Enjoy lunch in Sedona with time to browse the local galleries and shops. Return to Flagstaff for a guided tour of Riordan Mansion, one of the finest examples of American Arts and Crafts-style architecture open to the public today. B, L
DAY 5: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Travel east across New Mexico to Albuquerque, host to the dazzling 2022 International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s premier balloon event! Enjoy a guided tour and dinner at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center which showcases the traditions, art and craftsmanship of the 19 New Mexican Pueblos. Settle in for three nights at the Drury Inn located near the Fiesta Park. B, D
DAY 6: BALLOON FIESTA MASS ASCENSION & SANTA FE, NM
Rise and shine! The Dawn Patrol Show and glorious Mass Ascension are a thrilling experience as hundreds of vividly colored hot air balloons fill the morning sky. Watch it all from your reserved seats right on the launch field or walk amongst the balloons. Lunch at the Santa Fe School of Cooking will educate and entertain, as you sample the unique flavors of New Mexico. Discover the many charms of Santa Fe with our local Step-on guide. Do you know the mystery that surrounds the construction of the miraculous staircase at the Loretto Chapel? B, L, Hot Apps
DAY 7: SANDIA PEAK & FIESTA BALLOON GLOW
This morning, take a hot air balloon ride (at your own arrangement; expense details will be provided with your confirmation) or relax at the hotel. After lunch, board the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, the world’s longest tramway, and ride 2.7 miles above the Cibola National Forest to the Sandia Peak to experience a panoramic vista of the great Southwest. Your adventure continues at the Balloon Fiesta. Stroll amongst the balloons on the launch field, and as the sun sets, enjoy the dazzling evening Balloon Glow. What a sight as the balloons glow in the evening desert sky! Witness the Fiesta’s spectacular AfterGlow Fireworks show from your reserved seats right on the launch field. B, L, D
DAY 8: BALLOON MUSEUM & ROUTE 66
Learn about the history of the world-class Balloon Fiesta during a morning visit to the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Continue your travels along iconic Route 66 for a unique lunch stop at the Kix on 66 before arriving in Amarillo, TX for our overnight stay. B, L
DAY 9: NATIONAL COWBOY MUSEUM & OKLAHOMA CITY MEMORIAL
Your adventure continues along Route 66. Tour the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. Enjoy a delightful lunch in the Museum, then tour the contemplative Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Overnight in eastern Oklahoma. B, L
DAY 10: RETURN HOME B
- Departure: September 26, 2022
- Return: October 05, 2022
- Double: $2799
- Triple/Quad: $2529
- Single: $3519
*Per person rates
* Includes airfare from STL or MCI (one way airfare and then we drive back)
On this tour we are at elevations that range from 5312ft to 10,678 ft. Be mindful of how increased elevation may effect your body.
For early wakeup times on this tour, do not rely on a wake up call from the hotel or the alarm clock in your room. Consider setting an alarm on your phone and/or bringing your own alarm.
Las Vegas, NV: 83° / 46°
Flagstaff, AZ: 63° / 32°
Albuquerque, NM: 72° / 46°
Amarillo, TX: 72° / 45°
Tulsa, OK: 74° / 51°
Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.
New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.
Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.
Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.
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