A Traditional Taos Christmas
December 24 -26, 2021 (3 Days)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
2 nights’ lodging at La Fonda de Taos
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
Your SUN TOURS Tour Director
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$945 double occupancy, per person
$1,225 single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $200 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: October 20, 2021
None - Through October 20
$200 - October 21 - November 16, 2021
$450 - November 17 - December 20, 2021
100% - After December 20, 2021
TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $70
Join us for all the beautiful traditions of New Mexico at Christmas in Taos. We’ll enjoy wonderful New Mexican food, see some of the artwork that made Taos a center for artists in the early 20th Century, and be moved by the processions and dances of the Taos Pueblo. A stop at the Santuario de Chimayo on our way home fills us with the warmth of the holiday.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 D
We depart Albuquerque and begin heading northeast towards Taos. We visit the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, where we come face to face with the heritage of the American Southwest with over 20 exhibits and galleries to explore. In Taos Plaza, we experience the golden flicker of farolitos lining streets and adobe rooftops and the crackling glow of piñon wood burning in a kiva fireplace, scenting the air with its distinct aroma. The food, traditions, decorations and events of Taos transport visitors to another time and place. We check in to the Hotel La Fonda de Taos where we lodge for two nights. After a short rest, we depart for Taos Pueblo where we observe the Christmas Eve event, a stunning contrast between massive bonfires and the Procession of the Virgin with rifle salutes from the rooftops of the 1000-year-old adobe pueblo building. We conclude our night with a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at The Gorge Bar & Grill.
DAY 2 B,D
After a leisurely Christmas morning, we arrive in Taos Pueblo in the afternoon for the Matachinas Dance or the Taos Pueblo Deer Dance, Native American ceremonial dances honoring the depths of winter. Be advised, no cell phones, cameras, or video cameras allowed for this highly sacred and religious ceremony. We end our day with a festive Christmas dinner.
DAY 3 B,L
We begin the morning at San Francisco de Asis Church, a vibrant Roman Catholic parish that has stood since construction began, possibly as early as 1772. The parish’s unique architecture has made it one of the most photographed churches in the United States, and it is a designated National Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage Site. Feast your eyes on the Spanish Colonial style reredos and gorgeous interior art. Then we settle in for a filling lunch at Rancho de Chimayo, world renowned for its signature New Mexican dishes. We stop at Santuario de Chimayo for a tour of the shrine, famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. Then we depart back to Albuquerque, full of memories and sights of a traditional New Mexican Christmas.
Itinerary subject to change