Travel Opportunities

Travel Opportunities
Piedmont Opera goes to Santa Fe!

Price: $2,900 per person based on double occupancy, $800 single supplement (parts of the agenda are subject to change)

Spend 6 days and 5 nights with Piedmont Opera as we travel to the great southwest! We leave on Sunday, July 29th and return on Friday, August 3rd.

Please call Mariedith at Piedmont Opera for more information.

 

Sunday, July 29th

Arrive in Albuquerque, NM (roundtrip airfare from Charlotte is included)

Transportation from the airport to the hotel will be included

Arrive at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe

Check in

Enjoy a free cocktail in the bar and relax with your fellow travelers!

Monday, July 30th

Breakfast is included.

Meet at 10:00 am in the lobby to walk to the Georgia O’Keefe museum. (217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM) An 8 minute walk.  Cost of admission and tour is included (2 hours will be spent at the museum)

This small museum houses a fine permanent collection of O’Keeffe’s work that represents the many periods of her career. We will have a guided tour of the museum and a special opportunity to visit the O’Keefe warehouse.

Lunch on your own at one of many surrounding restaurants

Meet in lobby at 5:30 to leave for dinner at the opera (dinner and transportation included)

Dinner and pre-opera discussion at Santa Fe Opera (included)

Performance Madame Butterfly (8:00 PM)

Transportation back to the hotel is included

Tuesday, July 31st

Breakfast is included.

Included today is a journey north of Santa Fe to get a taste of the rich cultural and natural history of this unique region.  We’ll travel across the Rio Grande Valley and up the side of a collapsed Super Volcano for a glimpse of the early cliff dwellings that the ancestors of today’s native Pueblo Indians created and lived in for many years.

We’ll then journey deeper into the river valley to visit the Spanish American village of Chimayo at the base of the mountains that dates to the early 1700s.  We’ll visit the Sanctuario de Chimayo, a beautiful adobe church that is a significant Catholic Pilgrimage site, known for its miraculous healing dirt.  We’ll also visit a highly acclaimed Spanish weaving studio that houses work of local artists and is a colorful feast for the eyes. After our explorations, lunch (included) will be at historic Rancho de Chimayo, famous for its authentic and delicious northern New Mexican cuisine.

Return to the hotel by 2:00 PM

5:30 Leave for dinner at the opera (transportation included)

Dinner and pre-opera discussion at Santa Fe Opera (included)

Performance Candide (8:00 PM)

Transportation back to the hotel is included

Wednesday, August 1st

There is a lot to do in Santa Fe and much depends on your mobility. We have arranged several optional day trips. Today you can tour of Bandelier or visit Abiquiu

Optional tickets that night to Ariadne auf Naxos. PO will help you secure tickets and will help you arrange your transportation.

Thursday, August 2nd

Free day to take in an optional tour of Taos or Bandelier

Optional opera tonight is Dr. Atomic

Friday

Travel back to airport for return to NC

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL SIGN UPS

Wednesday, August 1

Georgia O’Keeffe Country & Abiquiu Home & Studio                                            

6 – 7  hours

 
This is a spectacular trip for natural scenery, truly a trip into the essence of the American Southwest where we immerse in the landscape that captivated artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s heart and palate for much of her life.

We’ll travel up the Chama River Valley to Abiquiu, a Spanish/Indian settlement where O’Keeffe had her winter home.

We’ll continue along the cottonwood-lined Chama River to Ghost Ranch where she spent her summers painting the yellow and red cliffs that tower over the colored sands of the valley below.

At the Ghost Ranch, a former Dude Ranch, and now a conference center, we’ll see one of New Mexico’s best dinosaur exhibits where fossils from the local red cliffs are displayed. Options for walking and photography abound.

We’ll have lunch out in the beauty.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a special docent led tour of O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu.

$ 175 per person includes: guide, transportation, entrance to Ghost Ranch and O’Keeffe house tour, water, snacks, lunch

Bandelier National Monument

5 hours

Nearly everyone has heard of the Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indians who left interesting village sites scattered across the Southwest in such places as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelley and Bandelier.

This trip offers our guests a voyage into the past and the fascinating world of the Ancestral Puebloan people. As we travel north from Santa Fe, your guide will give an introduction to the geography and people of New Mexico.  We cross the Rio Grande valley and travel up into the Jemez Mountains, an unusual volcanic mountain range.  We make a stop at a spectacular overlook then proceed to Bandelier National Monument, a 34,000-acre park managed by the National Park Service at the heart of what was one of the largest population centers for the Pueblo people.

Once at Bandelier, your guide will lead a walk through what was once a thriving community. You’ll see cliff dwellings up close, the remains of a large village with its ceremonial structures, and rock art drawings, all beside a lovely creek running through large trees below sculpted volcanic ash cliffs. For the adventurous, there are ladders to explore the cliff dwellings.

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch from a local bakery in a delightful shady spot along the creek.

$115 per person includes: guide, transportation, entrance fees, water, snacks, lunch

 

Journey to Taos

8 hours

 
A day trip to Taos offers a vivid experience of the Southwest; stunning scenery, rich artistic traditions, and Taos Pueblo; the oldest inhabited building in the United States. The Taos tour is as much about the journey as about the actual visit to the town of Taos and the Taos Indian Pueblo.

We’ll travel through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the scenic “High Road” with breathtaking views as we climb to over 9,000 feet in elevation. Picturesque villages dot our route where long time settlers and more recently arrived artists reside in the beauty of the landscape.

Once in Taos, you’ll have time on your own to enjoy lunch in one of several downtown restaurants and to explore a bit of local color. Taos is the original center of New Mexico’s art world. We’ll proceed to Taos Pueblo to visit a Pueblo Indian village that has stood largely unchanged since prehistoric times and has been designated a UNESCO site. A native guide will provide a walking tour of the village.

We will also stop at Ranchos De Taos, once of the most beautiful and photographed churches in the US.

We’ll return to Santa Fe via the Rio Grande Gorge and the Espanola Valley.

Price: $125 per person includes: transportation, guides, entrance to Taos Pueblo, water, snacks