April 18, 2021
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.