Tucson & the Sonoran Desert
February 18, 2024 thru February 23, 2024
The scenic Sonoran Desert and the city of Tucson, a UNESCO designated City of Gastronomy, awaits you as our expert guide shows the areas gems. Towering Saguaro cactus, mountain ranges and the lush high desert are our playground for 4 nights. Our resort in the Santa Catalina Mountain foothills is divine. There’s a wide variety of activities: an 18-hole course, tennis and hiking.
5 Days, 4 Nights
6 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 dinners) included
Activity Level 2
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 4 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- 6 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 dinners)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Guided tours at selected attractions
- Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
We drive south from Albuquerque along the Rio Grande, and head west to Tucson. Surrounded by five mountain ranges and located in a fertile valley, Tucson uniquely displays the glories of the Sonoran Desert, with one of the worlds most diverse and abundant supplies of flora and fauna. We lodge four nights at the Loews Resort at Ventana Canyon. Tucson’s spectacular ‘Ventana’ – or ‘Window’ – to the Soul of the Sonoran desert is Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Situated on 100 acres in the lush Sonoran Desert, indulge in our nature lover’s paradise. Discover a magical perspective nestled into Tucson’s Catalina Mountains, where this stunning natural retreat offers a variety of activities and signature services to relax, energize and inspire guests. Our playground of visitor delights includes: two Tom Fazio designed PGA golf courses, the luxurious Lakeside Spa & Tennis Center, two swimming pools, canyon hiking; an 80-foot natural waterfall, nearby riding & cycling trails, and more. Each guestroom is equipped with a large soaking tub and private balcony, perfect for taking in the view. Flying V Bar & Grill features upscale, regional cuisine and a large outdoor patio overlooking the lake and golf course.
Meals included: (D)
We tour the renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – everything you could want in a Sonoran Desert adventure! Mostly outdoors and comprised of an AZA-accredited zoo, extensive botanical garden, two art galleries, and a natural history museum, the Desert Museum sits on 98 acres of pristine desert landscape. The Museum showcases the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert region (with over 55,000 plants!) featuring wildlife such as coyotes, javelinas, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep in naturalistic habitats. Bird lovers delight in visiting the Museum’s two aviaries, one dedicated to hummingbirds! Tour Saguaro National Park. Tucson is home to the nation’s largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Visit Mission San Xavier del Bac. Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful frescoes, sculptures and carvings.
Meals included: (B)
This morning tour Kartchner Caverns State Park. Boasting the world’s longest stalactite formation, Kartchner Caverns introduces visitors to the mysterious world of caves. Explore the bowels of a living cave and marvel at Arizona’s tallest natural column formation. Located in Southern Arizona, this ADA-accessible park is just a short hop from Tucson in nearby Benson. Discovered in 1974, Kartchner Caverns is a massive limestone cave that’s home to many outstanding features, including remarkable minerals and formations as well as some winged friends. Enjoy at tour and wine tasting at Rune Winery. They are the only solar powered and off-grid tasting room and vineyard in Arizona, and strive to run the business sustainably and with minimal impact. Visit their tasting room to discover award winning wines and a view that can’t be beat! The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy one of the many activities at the Resort, before meeting up tonight for a group farewell dinner.
Meals included: (B)
Tour Biosphere 2. Biosphere 2 is an American Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. It is a 3.14-acre structure originally built to be an artificial, materially closed ecological system, or vivarium. It remains the largest closed ecological system ever created. Visit DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. On the National Register of Historic Places, this legendary landmark of Southwestern art and architecture was designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. The 10-acre foothills site includes the adobe gallery with permanent and rotating exhibits, mission with interior murals, gift shop, cactus courtyard, the artist’s home, and his grave.
Meals included: (B, D)
Today we’ll make our way back to Albuquerque but enjoy a few stops and a delicious lunch on our way. We return home with great memories of southeastern Arizona and its amazing history and beautiful scenery.
Itinerary subject to change.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
$1,775 per person
$2,375 per person
Final Payment Due:
November 18, 2023
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 4 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 6 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Guided tours at selected attractions
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: November 18, 2023
- None through November 18, 2023
- $200 – November 19 – December 11, 2023
- $950 – December 12, 2023 – January 6, 2024
- 100% after January 6, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 2: Relaxed
Expectations: This tour requires light physical activity combined with shorter travel days. Tour members should expect intermittent walking, with occasional slight inclines and stair climbs, including boarding the motorcoach. Activities may include an occasional city or nature walking tour, stopping along the way. Guests should be able to climb a set of stairs, walk up or down slight slopes and navigate some uneven terrain or cobblestone.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are somewhat physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The temperature and weather in Arizona in February is generally pleasant with average highs around 70 and lows in the mid 40's. Storms can come through the area. Prepare yourself by bringing clothing for a lot of sunshine and the possibility of precipitation. There are no dress codes where we dine or visit on this tour.
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