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Testimonials from Fiesta Visitors

“The Mass Ascension was seriously one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

“Awesome. That’s the only word to describe the Balloon Fiesta.”

Why Albuquerque for the Fiesta?

Part of the reason for the success of the Fiesta is the cool Albuquerque morning temperatures in October and the Albuquerque box. The “box” is a set of predictable wind patterns that can be exploited to navigate the balloons. At low elevations the winds tend to be southerly (from the south), but at higher elevations they tend to be northerly. Balloonists use these winds to navigate in a vertical box: they ascend slightly from the launch park, move south, ascend further, move north, descend, and repeat the box or land back in the launch park or quite nearby.


Balloon Fiesta Balloon Rides are available!

Rainbow Ryders — Official Balloon Ride Concession

Price: $299.00 per person 

Make this reservation, by June 1st, with R & J Tours. Full payment must be included with the reservation. 

ALL SEATS FIRST CLASS! So come join the fun, embark upon a journey of uniqueness!

The New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque’s 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There’s something for everyone to enjoy…whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air & wonder; the smell of roasting chiles; and the thrilling roar of hundreds of burners simultaneously igniting at nightfall, turning the Park into a huge lighted Christmas tree of colorful balloons. The Balloon Fiesta, with its modest beginnings in 1972 with only 13 balloons, is now the most photographed event on earth as hundreds of balloons color the sky! Imagine 54 football fields all put together, that’s the size of the launch field! Guests are privileged to walk the field & be part of the action.


Day 1 – Home to Albuquerque, NM

We board our morning flight excited and full of anticipation to experience first-hand and up-close one of the world’s most spectacular and colorful events. To get ourselves adequately prepared for the adventure of the next few days, we visit the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. Let your imagination soar as you discover the world of ballooning. This world class museum showcases a vast collection of balloons, art work, and aerial artifacts. The exhibits show the history of ballooning and highlights the science that has thrilled human imagination for more than a century. Our comfy home the next four nights is the beautiful Drury Inn, carefully selected for its convenient location just a short distance from the Balloon Fiesta Park. This evening our included welcome dinner is proudly served at El Pinto Restaurant, voted Best New Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico according to the “Best of City” annual survey conducted by Albuquerque the magazine. Come see why el Pinto is the local favorite for authentic New Mexican Cuisine! They use the recipes of the owners’ grandmother, Josephina Chavez-Griggs. Their family was the first to differentiate their cuisine as “New Mexican.”

Included Meals: Dinner

Hotel: Drury Inn of Albuquerque (4 nights)

Day 2 – Albuquerque

We arise early this morning! Breakfast is ready! This year’s theme is “Spirit of the Winds” and we have to be settled in our reserved viewing spots by sunrise. R & J has arranged for the best way to experience this amazing even with reservations at the “VIP” Gondola Club. This reserved area gets you away from the crowds with private seating indoors and out, delicious food and luxury bathrooms just for the Gondola Club members. Just imagine being able to have a private seat complete with wonderful food while looking out over a Mass Ascension, Special Shapes Rodeo, A Balloon Glow or balloon competitions. The Gondola Club is located next to the launch field on the southeast end of the field. Club membership includes gourmet buffet meals and shuttle transportation to and from Main Street. This morning session features the largest exhibition of Custom Shaped Balloons in the world at the Special Shape Rodeo. Get out on the field and experience not only the excitement but the actual process of inflating the balloons. We depart the Fiesta and head to the Route 66 Diner for lunch! The Route 66 Diner is full of nostalgia, history and great food! We head back to our hotel for some relaxing time before we return to the Fiesta and our Gondola Club reservations for a once in a lifetime evening with an included dinner buffet. Tonight’s feature is a Special Shapes Glowdeo! Fiesta Glow is when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time! This is perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta, plus it’s followed by New Mexico’s most spectacular Afterglow Fireworks Show!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3 – Albuquerque

Another early morning with the same routine as yesterday with the exception of our location! Today’s visit to the Fiesta will be at the Chasers Club. The Chasers Club is located in the North end of the launch field. Here we will again have private seating in an outdoor patio located next to the launch field. Once inside the Chasers Club you can enjoy a hot food item along with refreshments. The Mass Ascension of hundreds of colorful hot air balloons in the early morning New Mexico sky is one of the most awe-inspiring scenes you will ever experience. Words are incapable of describing this. You will have the freedom to “walk the field,” observing the balloonist crew prepare for flight and feel the power and thunder of their mighty burners. This afternoon the Albuquerque Museum enriches our visit to this beautiful area. The museum’s regional art collection focuses on the Amercian Southwest and its history & photo archive collections primarily relate to the life and culture of Albuquerque and the middle Rio Grande Valley. The museum is also perfectly located in Old Town where we will have extended time to explore this interesting, historic area. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since it was founded in 1706. Centered around the plaza, Old Town encompasses about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings. On the north side of the plaza is the San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city, built in 1793. Surrounding the church, settlers built their homes, shops and government offices, many of which have since been converted into the restaurants, art galleries, and shops that comprise Old Town today, leaving it look much like it did when it was built centuries ago. Its Pueblo-Spanish style architecture with flat-roofed buildings and soft contours of adobe mirror the Southwestern landscape. Long portals (porches) line the fronts of most buildings, offering shade from the New Mexican sun. Bancos (benches) are often found built into the back walls of the portals, providing the perfect place for weary walkers to sit and watch the world go by. For almost three centuries, Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest. Enjoy dinner in Old Town at the High Noon Restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4 – Sante Fe

Following hot breakfast at our hotel, we board the motorcoach for today’s destination, Santa Fe, New Mexico – a magical, exuberant, colorful journey at any time of year. Its legendary history & culture will fascinate and inspire you. The city of Santa Fe was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages, with founding dates between 1050 to 1150. One of the earliest known settlements, in what today is downtown Santa Fe, came sometime after 900 CE. A Native American group built a cluster of homes that centered around the site of today’s Plaza and spread for half a mile to the south and west. This is some of the oldest living history in all of America! There will be time for shopping & exploring. We make the restaurant choice easy however, as we host lunch at a popular venue noted for its superb and authentic cuisine. We return to Albuquerque via the scenic route.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5 – Albuquerque to Home

Our last breakfast in the Southwest fairyland is appreciated at the hotel before our City Tour of Albuquerque! Our Step-on-Guide will take us around the city of Albuquerque and show us the sights before dropping us at the airport for our direct flight home.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Flyaway Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,899
Single: $2,199
Triple: $1,799
Quad: $1,749

Flyaway Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $129
Single: $164

Travel Bucks

$30 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$200 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 45 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed


Tour Pace

Moderate Walking at your own pace

Price Includes

Roundtrip Airfare including taxes, fuel surcharges, & baggage fees! 9 Meals, Hotels & Activities as stated, Luxury Motorcoach

The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 71°
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Tour Highlights

Direct flights to & from Albuquerque
Three visits to the Balloon Fiesta
Exclusive reserved hospitality at the Fiesta
Special Shapes Rodeo & Glowdeo
Mass Ascension
Balloon Fiesta Fireworks
Anderson-Abruzza International Balloon Museum
Day trip to Santa Fe with Step-on Guide
Albuquerque Museum
El Pinto Restaurant
Old Town Albuquerque
Four nights at the Drury Inn in Albuquerque
Albuquerque City Tour with Step-on Guide
9 Meals Included

Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
Minneapolis, Mn
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: Tour Full-Call to be on Waitlist: 1-800-758-6877
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 71°
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