Tucson AZ – Feb. 25th – 29th 2020

With 350 days of sunshine a year… Tucson is the place to vacation! A bit off the beaten path… Tucson’s unique attractions beckon you to discover and explore… The beauty of the Sonoran Desert is what first pulls you in… then surprises you at how verdant and diverse a living desert can be, truly an oasis from the unoriginal and pretentious… Let Tucson inspire the free spirit in you!

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Day 1 – Tuesday, February 25th – Home to Tucson
Welcome to Tucson, a southwest oasis… Our home for the next four nights is the Marriott University Park, nestled next to the sprawling campus of the University of Arizona. You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before our welcome dinner at the hotel.  Marriott University Park (D)

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 26th – Tucson Local Touring
Meet our wonderful step-on guide Terry who will enlighten us on the history of the area and more. Tucson dates back to 1775 when Spanish soldiers founded Presidio San Augustin del Tucson… since then many different cultures have occupied the city. We will also visit Mission San Xavier del Bac… It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe. Enjoy some free time for lunch in Old Town before our next adventure at The Pima Air & Space Museum it is one of the largest non-government funded aviation and space museums in the world! We’ll start with a tram tour… the museum is the exclusive operator that tours a 2,600-acre “Aircraft Boneyard”/U.S. military and government aircraft storage facility. We will also take in the 3 hangers that feature over 350 historical aircrafts, from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner. Enjoy some time to freshen up before dinner. It will be one to remember as we indulge at the Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails… They create menus with flavors as diverse, varied and wonderful as America itself. Marriott University Park (B, D)

Day 3 – Thursday, February 27th – Bisbee & Tombstone
After breakfast we’ll depart for Bisbee… Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson and nestled among the Mule Mountains, Bisbee is the picturesque county seat of historic Cochise County. The community was founded in 1880, and quickly became a thriving urban center, driven by a booming mining industry that thrived on the area’s rich reserves of copper and precious metals. Today, Bisbee’s extraordinarily well-preserved early-twentieth century downtown draws visitors from around the world, who appreciate the historic architecture, welcoming spirit, and cool climate. We’ll tour this fun downtown before we head to the mine for a tour. Lunch is at the historic Copper Queen Hotel… Built in the late 1800’s it was one of the most modern hotels in the American West. Its most notable design flourish was the mosaic tile from Italy installed throughout the lobby, a feature that can still be seen today. The cathedral ceiling in the Palm Room was fitted with Tiffany glass. Nobody knows when it came down or what happened to it. The front desk was fabricated out of Tiger Oak and surrounded with a wrought iron security cage. The unique safe behind the desk was once used at the Copper Mine until it became too small for the company payroll, which Phelps Dodge cleverly always paid in cash, to ensure that the money quickly came back to them when the employees splurged on goods and drinks. After lunch we’ll head to Tombstone… where we’ll have a walking tour with historian Dr. Jay… his animated and humorous way of spinning history into a wonderful story will transport us back in time to the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It is generally regarded as the most famous shootout in the history of the American Wild West. The Original gunfight took place October 26, 1881. It was the result of a long-simmering feud, with Cowboys Billy Claiborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury on one side and town Marshal Virgil Earp, Special Policeman Morgan Earp, Special Policeman Wyatt Earp and temporary policeman Doc Holliday on the other side of town. Billy Clanton and both McLaury brothers were killed. Ike Clanton, who had repeatedly threatened to kill the Earps, claimed he was unarmed and ran from the fight, along with Billy Claiborne. Virgil, Morgan, and Doc Holliday were wounded, but Wyatt Earp was unharmed. The fight has come to represent a period in American Old West when the frontier was virtually an open range for outlaws. You’ll have some free time before we head back to Tucson… your evening is free to explore and enjoy our great downtown location. Marriott University Park (B, L)

Day 4 – Friday, February 28th – Tucson Local Touring
You’re in for a real treat today as we visit the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum… Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world due to its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in our case this is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems). This represents a significant achievement, as the museum’s collections and size are smaller than many of its counterparts. Not a “museum” in the usual sense, it is an unparalleled composite of plant, animal, and geologic collections with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. Today, this approach can be most easily understood by noting that the Museum’s living animal collection contains 4,892 specimens of 242 species. Plants number 56,445 specimens of 1,100 taxa; mineral and fossil collections include 16,853 specimens. Represented in the living collections are 110 to 120 species considered to be of conservation concern. Your afternoon is free to soak up some sun or to explore more of Old Town. Later this afternoon we will meet up for a Jeep Tour where we’ll experience the desert first-hand! Their knowledgeable guides will lead us through the plants, animals, and history that make the Sonoran Desert unique. We’ll also learn about the life of the giant Saguaro cactus, visit a thousand year old Hohokam occupation site, and see desert wildlife. We’ll top off our tour… with a picnic dinner in the desert! Marriott University Park (B, D)

Day 5 – Saturday, February 29th – Tucson to Home
We’ll be heading home today but the fun isn’t over… First stop Tohona Chul Park… the mission of the Park is to enrich people’s lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature, art and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and stewardship of the natural world. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch here before we head to the airport and home with great memories of this desert oasis. (B)

$2,588 Double $2,958 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by December 27th 2019