Balloons and Colorado Colours
4th - 21st October 2009

Tour Cost: £1,875 (Plus flights)

The Albuquerque Balloon Festival is the greatest event of its kind any where in the world and offers a feast of photography. Held over a ten day period the festival boasts the largest single collection of balloons and during the mass ascents this is a truly inspiring spectacle. We will be coupling our tour to the Balloon Festival with a look at the spectacular State of Colorado bathed in the golden fall colour.

We will begin our tour in Denver and travel south the Colorado Springs where we will have the opportunity to visit the amazing Chapel at the United States Air Force Base. This truly amazing building has a roof constructed of stainless steal and interspersed with stained glass. It is among the most fabulous building to photograph the Photoventures has seen in the United States. From here we travel south the Santa Fe for a visit to this wonderful city before we arrive in Albuquerque. We will stay for five days in Albuquerque and access to the launch field is included. Visitors are allowed to walk and photograph freely on the field at all times. With such an amazing number of balloons on show there will be much great photography to be undertaken. We will also offer clients an optional balloon flight during our stay. During our stay in Albuquerque we will also take the opportunity to visit the Old Town, the Route 66 areas of the city and Laguna to photograph the Adobe church.

From Albuquerque we travel north to Farmington to photograph the amazing Shiprock before we head into the heart of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Our journey takes us to Durango terminus of the Durango and Silverton Railroad before we follow the Million Dollar Highway through the aspen covered mountains to the old mining town of Silverton. Those who have never experienced the Rocky Mountains swathed in blankets of golden aspens have missed one of the most memorable autumn experiences to be found any where. This tour will offer access to many wild areas of Colorado where you can get unrivalled photography.

From Silverton we travel over the mountains to Ouray and across the Dallas Divide to Telluride. Returning to Ridgway we continue onto Montrose and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. From here our journey continues past Maroon Bells to Carbonville and Aspen. The journey continues north through Leadville and into the Rocky Mountain National Park where we cross the park over a pass more that 12,000 feet in elevation before we drop down to Estes Park on our return to Denver and the completion of this exciting tour.

The current tour prices reflect the huge drop in the exchange rate of the US Dollar as of November 2008. Should the exchange rate improve in the future then tour prices will be reduced accordingly.