Z-Z-Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

October 10 – 14, 2017


Special Features:

  • Balloon Fiesta Museum
  • Traditional Mexican Dinner
  • Fiesta Park – Albuquerque, NM
  • Covered VIP area for seating, buffet & cash bar
  • Morning Special Shapes Ascension
  • Evening Glowdeo
  • Flying Competitions
  • Fireworks shows
  • Free time for Old Town Albuquerque and other attractions

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is unmatched anywhere else with the multitude of delightful shapes and sizes and the brilliant colors against the blue sky.  With or without balloons in the sky, October is the ideal time to visit Northern New Mexico.   You’ll delight in peaks and rivers on fire with golden aspen and cottonwood trees, warm Indian summer days under shock-blue skies and crisp, starry nights scented with pinon smoke.


Double:  $1,075/pp
Single:  $1,375
Triple:  $1,025 pp
Gold Trip Protection:  $144 for all categories

Early Booking$100/pp if booked by April 28, 2017

Deposit:  $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  Monday, August 28, 2017


Day 1, Tuesday, October 10

Depart Springfield, Missouri for Amarillo, Texas.  Tonight we will enjoy a light get acquainted dinner at our hotel.  (D)

Day 2, Wednesday, October 11

Today we head to Albuquerque and Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. At the museum we will learn about the earliest ballooning and how it has progressed throughout history.  Will will find out what types of weather it takes to fly these massive and complex balloons.  Dinner we will have a traditional Mexican dinner. (B D)

Day 3, Thursday, October 12

This morning we arise early and we’re off once again to Fiesta Park to watch the mass ascension of nearly 800 hot air balloons.  The magnificent colors against the endless expanse of blue sky is totally awesome.   After the launch, we will pick up our step on guide for a tour of Old Town Albuquerque.  After our tour we will head back to our hotel for free time to rest, shop in Old Town Albuquerque, visit many of the nearby museums or take a dip in the year round pool.  This evening we are back at Fiesta Park for the Balloon Glowdeo.  You will be able to walk among the balloons and talk with the operators.  Learn how they inflate their balloons and what it takes to keep the balloons from leaving without the driver.  Dinner will be in the Chasers Club VIP that offers a buffet, seating and rest rooms.  A fireworks show concludes the evening. (B, D)

Day 4, Friday, October 13

We’re off once again to Fiesta Park to watch the hot air balloon Dawn Patrol, another Mass Ascension and a Flying Competition.  After the last balloon has made its way across the horizon, we will depart Albuquerque and begin our journey back home.  Our lodging will be in Elk City, Oklahoma tonight where Sunnyland will treat you to a Farewell Dinner as a way of saying “Thank You” for traveling with us.  (B, D)

Day 5, Saturday, October 14

We return to the Ozarks by late afternoon with fond memories of magnificent vistas, brightly colored balloons and a new appreciation for the complexities of hot air ballooning. (B)

Note regarding weather:

Albuquerque is a prime location for a balloon festival because of its dry conditions, locations in the mountains and mild wind conditions.  However, sometimes weather simply does not cooperate.  Safety is of the utmost concern for the balloon operators and if weather conditions are not appropriate some activities may be delayed or even canceled.  Sunnyland schedules multiple days for the balloon fiesta to account for this contingency.  We can not guarantee the balloon activities and there will be no refunds should balloon activities be canceled due to weather conditions.