Arizona 2-Centre Holiday

(Tucson and Phoenix)

Tour Highlights

Arizona is legendary for its deserts and Wild West heritage, but it’s not all cactus and cowboys in the Grand Canyon State. 
The endless sunshine, warm and dry climate, and unrivalled natural beauty make Arizona one of North America’s most popular vacation destinations. On this 2-Centre holiday we spend 7 nights in Phoenix and 7 nights in Tucson. Both cities have an abundance of history, culture, arts and entertainment. A wonderful diversity of food, galleries and shopping are available wherever you turn in these charming ‘Old West” towns.

Phoenix is located in the “Valley of The Sun”, so called because there are more than 300 days of sunshine every year. The beautiful climate here makes it the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. The city is rich in arts and culture, with a wide array of sumptuous restaurants and culinary delights. In addition the desert, lush with Saguaro and Prickly Pear cactus, and the nearby Superstition Mountains offer an incredible diversity of wildlife.

In Phoenix, we will stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, Midtown. Situated in the heart of Phoenix, it is a short walk to world-class shopping, art galleries, dining options and the Light Rail system enabling easy access to all parts of the city.

Tucson, the “City of Sunshine”, is a fascinating mix of Wild Western, Spanish, Mexican and Indian cultures. It is known for the flourishing beauty of the surrounding Sonoran Desert, and nearby is the Wild West town of Tombstone - home to Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral.

Our hotel in Tucson will be the Embassy Suites by Hilton - an all-suite hotel. The spacious suites are tastefully decorated and contain a separate bedroom with either two Double beds or one King. The living/dining area in the suites have a wet bar with microwave, coffee-maker, refrigerator and sink.  

Both hotels offer on-site restaurants, heated outdoor pools, beautifully landscaped courtyards, fitness centre, complimentary WiFi and buffet breakfasts. 

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Phoenix, and upon arrival transfer to our hotel. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
This area is known as the “Valley of the Sun” because of the vast amount of sunshine hours. Today’s tour includes the beautiful campus of Arizona State University and Camelback Mountain. We enjoy a walking tour of Old Town Scottsdale - a great place to revisit on a free day. Dinner this evening will include live entertainment!
A guided visit of the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum, rich with the Native heritage of the southwest. Lunch is included at the famous “Organ Grinder”, with its mighty Wurlitzer!
Morning at leisure. This afternoon we will enjoy spectacular scenery as we take a boat ride on Canyon Lake, known for its interesting rock formations that resemble people and animals. Listen to the tales and legends of the area told by the captain.
Enjoy the sun, swimming pool and resort facilities of our hotel. You may want to visit the largest flea market in the American southwest, or explore the many wonderful attractions that Phoenix has to offer. Consider taking an optional tour to the majestic Grand Canyon, or stunning Sedona - famous for it dramatic red rock mountains and canyons.
We visit the Musical Instrument Museum - a unique state-of-the-art museum that allows one to hear and feel the sounds of more than 10,000 instruments from all over the world! This evening we enjoy a BBQ feast at Rustler’s Roost, including live country and western music!
We travel (2 hours) through the scenic desert to Tucson and check in to our all-suite hotel.
This full-day tour in and around Tucson begins with a tram ride in the Sabino Canyon - a desert oasis in the foothills of the mountains. Our guided tour will take us to the “Old Main", Presidio San Agustin del Tucson (an 18th century Spanish fort), the Railroad Station (where Wyatt Earp and "Doc" Holliday gunned down Frank Stilwell), Hotel Congress (where gangster John Dillinger was captured), Sentinel Peak (where Tucson was born) and more. Our day ends with a visit to the beautiful baroque Mission San Xavier del Bac - the “White Dove of the Desert” - built by Spanish Jesuits in the 18th century, today it is used by the Tohono Indians as a spiritual center.
Today we concentrate on the cultural, historic and culinary aspects of the downtown area. The “Taste of Tucson” - a guided culinary walking tour, offers pre-selected tastings at downtown eateries with up front personal conversations with chefs and restaurant owners! What better way to enjoy the history of this area with food tastings along the way!
A day at leisure to soak up the sun, swim, shop or explore Tucson on your own. Your Tour Manager will be at hand with suggestions. This evening we enjoy a theatrical production at the Gaslight Theatre.
We take an excursion to Tombstone – the “Town Too Tough to Die”. We will get a glimpse of the glory days of the “Old West” in this frontier silver mining boomtown. Perhaps watch a “shoot-out” with Wyatt Earp and the gang at the OK Corral or visit the historic landmark of the area - the Bird Cage Theatre – a building once used as a theater, saloon, gambling parlor as well as a brothel! Boot Hill Graveyard will entertain you with its witty epitaphs! On the way back to Tucson we will stop in the copper mining town of Bisbee.
A day to relax or explore more of the town. Perhaps visit the Old Tucson Studios, where many westerns were filmed, or the Pima Air and Space Museum - one of the world’s largest aerospace museums. You can also visit the famous Biosphere or the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
We travel through the beautiful Saguaro National Park to the Sonora Desert Museum. This museum is a zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden all in one. Displays of living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert include some endangered species. There are over 40,000 plants representing 1,200 species. Afternoon at leisure. Our Farewell Dinner will be at Pinnacle Peak - a western-themed steakhouse with a vintage cowboy atmosphere!
We return to the Phoenix airport for our flight home.

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