Join us and bicycle through stands of giant saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park. Hike in stunning Sabino Canyon where red rock cliffs tower above the stream that sustains this desert oasis. Bicycle to the renowned Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Our route to a small artist enclave takes us by towering red rock mountains and sweeping vistas that extend to Mexico. We'll also enjoy a layover day at a remote guest ranch, where a wrangler-led horseback or mountain bike ride provides a different perspective of this unique southwestern landscape.
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Day 1: Welcome to Tucson
Highlights: Bike fitting, welcome dinnerYour bicycle trip begins with an early afternoon airport pick-up at the Tucson Airport. Enjoy a warm-up ride before settling into your room and enjoy the pool and grounds. Daytime temperatures are typically in the mid 60's to low 70's and the weather is wonderful for outdoor activities. Following an introductory meeting, get acquainted with your fellow travelers during a private welcome reception and Sonoran dinner. (6 -15 miles)
Day 2: Saguaro National Park
Highlights: Saguaro National ParkThis morning you'll have a spectacular introduction to the Sonoran Desert. The giant saguaro along with dozens of other types of cacti, are ever-present along our quiet route through the Park. During the afternoon you can choose between a 2 to 8-mile walk through a gorgeous nearby canyon, relax by the pool or indulge in a spa treatment. The canyon walk follows a creek that provides an oasis for wildlife. Dinner is together. (8 - 41 miles)
Day 3: Tuscon Mt. Park and Arizona Desert Museum
Highlights: Gates Pass, Desert MuseumToday's ride winds through stunning Gates Pass to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. This amazing museum houses more than 300 animal species and more than 1200 varieties of plants in a beautiful natural setting. Broad sweeping vistas reach to Baboquivari and Kitt Peaks during your afternoon ride to a guest ranch which is one of the last remaining Spanish Haciendas in the country. Refresh yourself in the pool or enjoy a cocktail in the Cantina before a delicious meal. Lunch is on your own today. (18 - 82 miles)
Day 4: Patagonia
Highlights: Wine tastingThe scenery changes as you ride south through sweeping grasslands and into Arizona's wine country. Relax and unwind during a private luncheon and wine tasting where the first of Arizona's vines were planted in 1973. This evening kick up your heels during country line dancing at the inn.
Day 5: Bicycle to a small artist enclave
Highlights: Scenery AboundsThe faded storefronts and local watering hole are sure to summon your camera from your bag as you explore this tiny town. You're more likely to encounter cattle than cars today as you ride through miles of open range. Enjoy beautiful views of jagged red rock peaks of distant mountain ranges as you traverse the valley. Our destination for the evening provides an intimate setting for our final dinner together. (12 - 56 miles)
Day 6: Vistas & the Arts
Highlights: Coronado National Forest, TubacOpt for an invigorating and scenic ride through the Coronado National Forest to a viewpoint high above the valley floor or visit the Tumacacori National Historic Park to explore the remains of an early Spanish Mission. Play a round of golf on the Resort's 18-hole course, or indulge in one of their spa treatments or massages. Visit the town of Tubac - named one of the top small cities and towns for the arts. This afternoon, we'll transfer you to the Hyatt to prepare for an amazing evening of star gazing at worldfamous Kitt Peak Observatory! (10 - 46 miles)
Day 7: Tucson
Highlights: TucsonFollowing a leisurely breakfast, take the hotel shuttle to the airport or extend your stay in Tucson.
HighlightsSonoran Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, Tubac, Hike in Sabino Canyon, Horseback riding
IncludesUse of a quality 30-27 speed bicycle; 6 nights lodging; all meals except two lunches; Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum; horseback riding; shuttle to and from the airport in Tucson
Arrive/DepartTucson Int'l Airport (TUS) (Shuttle provided to and from the airport)
Total Distance54 - 240
Daily Distance25 - 45
What to ExpectGreat winter getaway! Pack your shorts and ride with us in February and March.
The terrain is mix of level and gently rolling terrain with a few longer hills.
|Oct 27 - Nov 02, 2013||$2395||$595||Book It|
|Nov 03 - 09, 2013||$2395||$595||Book It|
|Nov 10 - 16, 2013||$2395||$595||Book It|
|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|