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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Native American statue, hot air balloons, and art gallery storefront

Dates: September 29–October 4, 2022
Registration: Full (Waiting list available)

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination. For more than four decades, the first week in October has brought the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. This signature event, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and one of the largest annual international events held in the United States.


Highlights of the trip include:

  • Santa Fe
  • Open-Air Tram Tour
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Santa Fe School of Cooking
  • Turquoise Trail
  • Balloon Fiesta
  • Old Town Albuquerque
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

View more details on the Colette Travel site

Additional Information

COVID-19 vaccination required. Effective immediately and until further notice, Collette Travel requires all guests to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in this tour. Although destination entry requirements may differ, if you are unvaccinated, you will not be able to join us on this tour. All guests are required to bring proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper) on tour.

Activity level: The overall activity level of this tour is a level 3. This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1–2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, Zodiac, etc.), and can adapt to changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free-time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. This tour also involves traveling at high altitudes (approximately 7,000 feet/2133 meters) and may not be suitable for some travelers. We suggest that you consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

To request a printable version of this information, please contact the OLLI office at 814-867-4278 or email at

How to Book Your Trip

This trip is currently full, but we invite you to join our waitlist by calling 1-800-581-8942. If a reservation is canceled, individuals on the waitlist will be contacted in the order they were added.