b'Loved it all! Most beautifulscenery Ive every seen. ~ Pam G., Baltimore. MDDay 1 - Depart Chicago aboard theDay 5 - Durango & Silverton NarrowDay 8 - Albuquerque International California ZephyrGauge Railroad Balloon FiestaArrive at Chicago Union Station to meet yourThis morning we board the Durango & We set off to the Albuquerque International Tour Manager and fellow travelers. Board theSilverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Balloon Fiesta early this morning. On arrivalCalifornia Zephyr, settle into your onboardscenery on the route includes the Animasat Balloon Field, look up to the sky to see ifaccommodations, and prepare for your River and the Rocky Mountains. There are nothe Dawn Patrol- a small group of hot airovernight rail journey. Travelers may elect roads that follow these rails, so we are in true balloons that check the weather- is up in the to travel from San Francisco or points wilderness most of the way to Silverton.air. After breakfast in the exclusive Chasers in-between and meet your Tour Manager inThe train arrives in time for lunch beforeClub Lounge area this morning, walk onto Grand Junction. Overnight train.we board our motorcoach and drive up thethe field, talk to the balloonists and takeMillion Dollar Highway and through Redpictures of the balloons as they inflate with Day 2 - Grand Junction Mountain Pass. We return to Durango earlycold air until the referees give permission Spend your time aboard the train admiringthis evening for a night of leisure. Overnightfor lift off. There could be as many as 600 the passing scenery as we travel to GrandDurango, CO. (B)balloons in the air!Junction. Overnight Grand Junction, CO.Day 6 - En Route to Santa Fe After the balloons leave the field, we depart Day 3 - Arches National Park We depart Colorado this morning for Newfor a tour of Albuquerque. We stop at the This morning we follow the Colorado River toMexico. En route, we head through quaintIndian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum for a Moab, UT, with a stop at Arches NationalSpanish towns dating from the 1700s. tour and the ceremonial dances that arePark. We lunch independently in Moab be- Our first stop is the Rancho de Chimayoperformed during the Fiesta time. Then, itfore continuing our journey to the top of theRestaurant for lunch. We continue first tois off to Old Town for festivities and lunch on Mesa Verde. After checking into our hotel,Ortegas Weaving Shop to see the your own. We return to our hotel to restenjoy time at leisure to admire the views ofhandwoven textiles, then to Santuario debefore returning to the Balloon Fiesta forthe Four Corners areas before dinner. Over- Chimayo, an 18th-century church famous forthe Night Glow, when the balloons stay on night Mesa Verde National Park, CO. (D)its curative soil. Our final stop is Santa Fe.the ground and inflate and illuminate onDay 4 - Mesa Verde National Park We spend the night just steps from the Oldthe field. Dinner is on your own at one of the The day begins with a tour of Mesa Verde Na- Santa Fe Trail. Overnight Santa Fe, NM. (B, L)food booths. We return to our hotel after the tional Park to see the cliff dwellings andDay 7 - Santa Fe Sightseeing/fireworks show. Overnight Albuquerque,surface ruins of the ancient Anasazi people.AlbuquerqueNM. (B) The park protects nearly 5,000 known Start the day with a walking tour of Santa FeDay 9 - Tour Conclusionarchaeological sites, including 600 cliffand learn about the history of the SpanishThis day acts as a reserve balloon day ifdwellings. We begin our tour at the Far Viewcolonists who helped found this town in needed. A group transfer to AlbuquerqueMuseum and continue on Ruins Road to1610. Highlights include the Palace of the Airport will accommodate flights departing view some of the other sites in the park. AfterGovernors, Loretto Chapel and San Miguelafter 11:00 a.m. (B) lunch, we head to Durango, CO. Overnight Chapel. This afternoon we drive toDurango, CO. (B)Albuquerque. Overnight Albuquerque,NM. (D) For Vacations By Rails complete collection of vacations, visit www.vacationsbyrail.com or call 877-253-9891 127'