Fly high at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Photo of a hot air ballon with the words "Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta."

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, at Casper College has joined up with Collette for a fun-filled adventure to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct. 7-12, 2020. The trip is open to anyone, and membership in OLLI is not required.

The cost for the trip is $2,749 per person for double occupancy, $2,719 for triple occupancy, and $3,449 for single occupancy. The cost of the trip includes round trip airfare from the Natrona County International Airport, hotel accommodations at the Albuquerque Marriott and the Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe, motor coach accommodations, seven meals, select gratuities, and admission to the balloon fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Turquoise Trail, an open-air tram tour, the Loretto Chapel, and the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

A Collette tour manager, who is a destination expert on the people, places, history and culture, will accompany the group as well as local guides who have a deep understanding of the people and culture of New Mexico.

For an additional $50 per person, a trip to the Taos Pueblo is also available and will include transportation and feature a guided tour conducted by a Native American tribe member. According to Collette, Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.

Registration and a deposit of $500 for the trip are due by Thursday, April 30. For more information or to register, contact Jeaneece Schmidt, lifelong learning specialist, at 307-268-2099 or

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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