Event description

Arizona Desert Escape, featuring a five-night resort stay in Tucson.

Revel in the scenic splendor of the Sonoran Desert and saguaro cacti as we explore the history, cuisine, and culture of Tucson and surrounding regions.

Itinerary highlights:

  • • Tucson — Old Tucson Studios
  • • Mission San Xavier del Bac
  • • Prima Air and Space Museum
  • • Bisbee
  • • Queen Mine Tour
  • • Tombstone
  • • Saguaro National Park
  • • Sonoran Desert Museum

Package includes:

  • • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh/Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • • Five nights resort stay
  • • Five breakfasts and three dinners
  • • All sightseeing and admissions as listed
  • • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • • Professional tour guide and driver
  • • Our State host
  • • Baggage handling and transfers

Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Meet your tour director upon arrival. Transfer to Tucson and check into your resort for a five-night stay. The afternoon is your time to settle in and explore the resort at your leisure. Then, enjoy a wine & beer reception followed by a welcome dinner with your fellow Our State travelers. (D) Overnight: Tucson

DAY 2: TUCSON SIGHTSEEING — MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC — PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Enjoy a Tucson Area City tour and tour Barrio Historico, the finest collection of adobe homes in the Southwest! Wander through other historic areas of downtown such as Snob Hollow. See the historic University of Arizona Campus and University District, followed by free time for lunch and shopping at the Old Town Artisans Tucson district. Located on the site of El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson, the fort built by the Spanish in 1775, the 150-year-old adobe building has six distinctive shops and galleries featuring fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists. Next, visit the Pima Air & Space Museum for a self-guided tour of the numerous hangars and exhibits. Experienced docents are on hand to answer any questions, and there is a one-hour narrated tram tour covering the 80 acres with more than 150 airplanes. Later, discover the origins of Tucson with a tour to the famous Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark. San Xavier del Bac Mission is also known as “The White Dove of the Desert” and was founded as a Catholic mission in 1692. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, this church has an interior filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. In the evening, enjoy a dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D) Overnight: Tucson

DAY 3: TUCSON — BISBEE — TOMBSTONE

We will take a trip back to the Old West as we head to historical Bisbee. Whimsical, colorful, and perhaps a little haunted, Bisbee is anything but an ordinary destination. Following the discovery of gold, lead, zinc, and copper in the nearby Mule Mountains, Bisbee grew to a population of 20,000 residents, was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco in the early 1900s, and was voted the “Best Historic Small Town in America.” Upon arrival we will don hardhats and slickers and experience the “Queen Mine Tour” 1,500 feet below ground. Following the tour you will have time to explore the colorful and well-preserved architecture, winding streets, and alleys. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many local restaurants. Next we travel to Tombstone, which, in its early days, was a rough and tumble silver-mining town made famous by the O.K. Corral Gunfight. Today, you can walk where Wyatt Earp walked, see where the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place, visit American Old West historical places such as the Tombstone Courthouse, Bird Cage Theatre, and more. ‘Mosey’ in to one of the many Old West-style saloons & restaurants for lunch. We will also stop at the historic Boothill Cemetery, just outside of Tombstone, before traveling back to Tucson. Dinner is at a popular local restaurant featuring Southwest cuisine. (B,D) Overnight: Tucson

DAY 4: TUCSON & LOEWS VENTANA CANYON RESORT, AS YOU WISH 

Today is your day to relax at the pool or enjoy all that this fabulous resort has to offer. Enjoy the serenity of the desert oasis and the outdoors, explore miles of hiking trails, play a round of golf, or perhaps make a reservation in the spa. For those that want to explore, an optional tour is available to Kartchner Caverns State Park. In the evening you can enjoy a leisurely dinner on your own at the resort. (B) Overnight: Tucson

DAY 5: TUCSON — SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK — SONORAN DESERT MUSEUM — OLD TUCSON STUDIOS

After breakfast we will depart for the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum to explore more than 90 acres of museum offerings, including exhibits, vignettes, and collections illustrating the beauty & diversity of the native environment. With 85 percent of the museum being outdoors, you will get to experience over 1,400 native plant and animal species, naturally. Next, we will head over to Old Tucson Studios, one of Arizona’s top Wild West attractions where the spirit of the old west comes alive! Old Tucson is the perfect location to take a step back in time. Modeled after an Old West town, this living history site is full of Western experiences, from gun fights & saloon musicals to history & film tours. Walk the same streets made famous by movie legends such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, and more than 400 films and productions. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Saguaro National Park. The iconic and giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west, and, found only in a small portion of the United States, lives protected in the Saguaro National Park. We will stop at the visitor center and head into the west end of the park to view large stands of saguaro cacti. A farewell dinner is included this evening with your newfound friends. (B,D) Overnight: Tucson

DAY 6: TUCSON — PHOENIX — FLIGHT HOME

Following breakfast, depart the resort for the airport and fly home with memories of Tucson and your Arizona Desert Escape adventure. (B)

For more information, please contact Melissa Grant from Premier World Discovery by email at mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com.

 

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For reservations and more information:
Premier World Discovery
Melissa Grant
877-953-8687 x 238 (Pacific Standard Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com

Regular Rate: $2,999 pp based on double occupancy
Booking Discount: $2,799 pp based on double occupancy
Single supplement: $950

Please ask about the “No Risk Deposit” plan.

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What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.