YOUR RAFTING THEN WINE TOUR DAY
Picking everyone up with complementary door to door service departing Santa Fe at 7:30 am. (NO LATER)
Traveling North close to Taos to New Mexico River Adventure's headquarters, where we will drop you off to begin your river rafting.
This rafting trip is such a beautiful experience floating down the Taos canyon on the Rio Grande.
Upon arrival at New Mexico River Adventure's Headquarters, you will meet your guides for the day who will outfit you with all the gear necessary for the day on the river.
You'll find clean restrooms, changing rooms, shaded picnic tables on their patio rooms and any last minute items you might
have forgotten including sunscreen, water shoes, hats and much more.
Then it's off to the river to challenge the Rio Grande's most popular section of whitewater, The Racecourse.
After your river adventure NM Wine Tours will pick you up at the rafting headquarters at 12 pm.
We do give you time to change and freshen up.
Then off we go for lunch, wine tasting at some of New Mexico's award winning wineries and experience New Mexico's wine country!
We'll visit 3 to 4 wineries, where you will have the opportunity to taste & purchase wines.
After our visits to the local wineries, you will be returned to your accommodations, usually around 5:30 or 6:pm
You can't get a more enjoyable relaxing day, this day tour of rafting then wine is perfect!
FYI - Wine tasting after your 2 hour rafting trip is not to much to fit into one day it actually goes together quite well.
The Racecourse Rafting is the perfect trip for first timers.
This is a fun, beautiful and very enjoyable day.
The Racecourse is the most popular trip on the Rio Grande, discovering Northern New Mexico.
With rapids that range in difficulty from class 2 to 3, it is a truly a great trip for the entire family!
Minimum age for the Racecourse is 5 (13 at higher water levels).
Your rafting trip is a couple hours long.
New Mexico River Adventures guides are the best in the business, focusing on safety and guest service as a top priority.
All are extremely knowledgeable about the area's geology, ecology and history and just love being on the river.
Many with experience on rivers all over the country and across the globe.
One of the most common questions we receive "What should I wear?"
The best bet for staying comfortable in the cooler times on the river is to wear as much synthetic clothing as possible.
During spring time and high runoff, we recommend that our guests wear a bathing suit under the provided wetsuit and splash gear.
If you prefer to skip the wetsuit, capilene or polypropylene long underwear on top and bottom is the best bet along with fleece on the colder days.
In the height of summer, swim trunks and a t-shirt or rash guard work really well.
We do wear helmets on our trips and some people find that a baseball caps offer further sun protection underneath.
One of the most important aspects of what to wear rafting is footwear.
All of our guests are informed that flip flops are a no-no and we prefer if you wear aqua socks, any sandal with a heel strap or an old pair of tennis shoes.
Don't worry if you forgot any necessary items for the trip, we've got you covered in our outfitter store.
After you've received and properly fit your river gear, we'll cover a detailed safety orientation in the comfort of our Headquarters porch.
Most of our guests love to bring a waterproof camera along on the trip.
Many brands come equipped with an elastic strap that can hook onto the top latch on your life jacket, making it easy to access throughout the trip.
We do not recommend bring non-waterproof cameras or phones on the river with you.
New Mexico River Adventures has a private photographer that will snap your hilarious expressions as you come through the last rapid and are available for purchase
once you are back at our headquarters.
Whitewater Rafting then Wine Tasting Day Trip
Groups, couples & single travelers come join the fun on one of our public tours or your own private adventure.
This is the perfect combination adventure for everyone!
Included in your tour:
Wine tour, rafting trip down the Rio Grande 2 1/2 hours.
Transportation, with complementary door to door service from your accommodations from Santa Fe & surroundings areas!
Including Buffalo Thunder Resort & 4 Seasons Resort.
A very informative tour guide/driver that will be your host or hostess for your full day of wine tasting!
Lunch & bottled water.
Guests must be 21 and have valid photo ID with you to taste wine!
Please no drinking before rafting or during rafting, plenty of that after your rafting trip!
We can not except bookings from guests that will be driving after their wine tour, must have a designated driver.
This tour is not a drunkathon, it is a relaxing, enjoyable day adventure of FUN!
How will I get my wine home?
You may ship wine from all of the wineries – All the wineries we visit are able to ship to almost any state.
Please check your state shipping laws if you plan to have wine shipped from the wineries.
Or you can buy a wine shipper box from one of the wineries or New Mexico Wine Tours at check out (holds 6 to 12 bottles), fill it up and check it on your return flight like luggage.
Or just wrap your bottle of wine up and put in your check in baggage.
You may also go on line after you are home and order wine from the wineries on their web site.
All establishments visited take all major credit cards so you may purchase wine to take home or have it shipped.
What's Not Included:
All alcoholic beverages, entrance fees to attractions, tasting fees, & gratuity for your guide/driver.
When booking your tour, there is a questionnaire where you will choose your lunch choice, type of bread, cheese and side.
Your lunch is made to order and picked up the morning of your tour date by your driver/guide and will be enjoyed at one of the wineries. A cheese, salami, cracker platter and plenty of bottled water are supplied by New Mexico Wine Tours.
Rafting then Wine Tours operate April through September.
Celebrate a birthday, work party, fun day out with your friends & family.
There are clean modern restrooms & changing rooms for beautifying after your rafting trip.
Cost of your wonderful day of rafting then wine tasting tour $172.00 per person
Includes Tour, rafting trip, tax's, your lunch & gratuity for your servers at the wineries.
Does not include gratuity for your guide/driver. 15% is standard but if you feel they have done an exceptional job you can always tip more.
Tasting fees are NOT INCLUDED they are pay as you go, some guest like to share their tastings with their travel partner or even skip a winery.
Fees range from $4 to $10 (3 wineries $24.00) We make sure your servers are tipped at least 15%.
Please when booking your tour to note an alternative date that you might be able to book a tour, we might not be able to accommodate just two guest for that date, it is very very costly for us to do a tour for just two to four guests.
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Where do we meet and what time for the rafting then wine tour?
Complementary door to door service from your accommodations provided by NM Wine Tours or where ever you are the morning of your tour!
Please no driving after your wine tour with out a DD!
Departing at 7:30 am, if you are located beyond the Santa Fe Plaza expect an earlier pick up time.
If you have a private group tour and located in a different city or town other than Santa Fe, extra charge will be calculated for time and gas.
We pick up all guests from Buffalo Thunder Resort, Four seasons or other locations in reason on our way to the rafting headquarters.
Each winery visited on our wine trail are all different with their own unique wines, architecture and charm.
Large assortment of different wines to please your pallet, tasting up to six different wines at each winery.
You will be pleasantly surprised with all the different and well crafted wines by our local wine makers.
New Mexico is the oldest wine producing state in the country dating back to 1629.
Sip many award winning wines - Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto,
Syrah, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Viognier and much more.
A distillery & winery with excellent crafted spirits, Vodka's, Bourbon, Gin, Grappa, Whiskey, Brandy & more if time.
Two of our wineries serve local craft beer for you beer lovers & across the street from the rafting headquarters is the Blue Heron Brewing Co.