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Program #20397RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The city of Tucson is 2,389 feet above sea level

Itinerary for Apr 13 — Apr 18, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Radisson Suites Tucson features 299 two-room suites with separate living and sleeping areas, and an extra-large bathroom with two vanities. Private balconies present a glimpse of the famed mountain scenery of the Southwest. Refrigerator and microwave in rooms. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and eight miles from the University of Arizona, the hotel is situated in an upscale neighborhood on the city's east side. Guests have access to over 50 restaurants along the famed Restaurant Row, a wealth of museums to visit, and a nearby world-class golf course. Hotel will tranport participants via van to any attractions within a three-mile radius.

Contact info:
6555 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710 USA
phone: 520-721-7100
web: www.radissontucson.com

Room amenities: Bathrooms include two vanities, a separate tub and shower, and a dressing area. Separate living and sleeping quarters each feature their own TV and phone. Plush feather and down pillows. Most suites have private balconies. Complimentary Wireless high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makes, hair dryers, sleeper sofas, oversized desks with executive chairs, two phones with cordless speaker option and voice mail, flat screen televisions in both rooms, controlled HVAC. Room service available.

Facility amenities: Hotel features oversized temperature-controlled pool with hydro-spa, onsite fitness room featuring Life Fitness equipment, courtyard-style garden settings, full-service business center, coin-operated laundry facilities, complimentary high-speed Internet available throughout the hotel, recreation room, complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, free onsite parking, poolside meal and cocktail service, valet laundry service, free passes to nearby Gold's Gym, hotel shuttle service to and from Tucson International Airport ($15 per person each way), beautifully landscaped courtyard, stunning mountain views. The hotel is in the process of "going green" and has made many changes to become more energy-efficient. A recycling program is in place, fruit-bearing trees are located throughout the property and in the orange groves and guests are encouraged to pick and consume as much fruit as they like. There are many more improvements to mention, but you'll receive a listing of how the Radisson is "going green."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Hotel will extend the Road Scholar group rate to participants wishing to come in early or stay late. This rate extends to three nights before the program begins and to three nights after the program ends. Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 13 - Orientation and Introductions
Note: You may request assistance with getting luggage to your room at the front desk if needed; the hotel is large, and you may need assistance.

Afternoon: Check into hotel between 3:00-5:30 PM.

Register with program's group leader in designated area. If you wish help with your luggage, you need to ask at the front desk.

Dinner: Meet for dinner in hotel dining area from 6:00-7:00 PM

Evening: From 7:00-8:30 PM in hotel meeting room, your group leader will give you a brief orientation to the program and you'll meet the rest of your fellow program participants.

Lodging: Radisson Suites Tucson

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Radisson Suites Tucson features 299 two-room suites with separate living and sleeping areas, and an extra-large bathroom with two vanities. Private balconies present a glimpse of the famed mountain scenery of the Southwest. Refrigerator and microwave in rooms. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and eight miles from the University of Arizona, the hotel is situated in an upscale neighborhood on the city's east side. Guests have access to over 50 restaurants along the famed Restaurant Row, a wealth of museums to visit, and a nearby world-class golf course. Hotel will tranport participants via van to any attractions within a three-mile radius.

Contact info:
6555 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710 USA
phone: 520-721-7100
web: www.radissontucson.com

Room amenities: Bathrooms include two vanities, a separate tub and shower, and a dressing area. Separate living and sleeping quarters each feature their own TV and phone. Plush feather and down pillows. Most suites have private balconies. Complimentary Wireless high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makes, hair dryers, sleeper sofas, oversized desks with executive chairs, two phones with cordless speaker option and voice mail, flat screen televisions in both rooms, controlled HVAC. Room service available.

Facility amenities: Hotel features oversized temperature-controlled pool with hydro-spa, onsite fitness room featuring Life Fitness equipment, courtyard-style garden settings, full-service business center, coin-operated laundry facilities, complimentary high-speed Internet available throughout the hotel, recreation room, complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, free onsite parking, poolside meal and cocktail service, valet laundry service, free passes to nearby Gold's Gym, hotel shuttle service to and from Tucson International Airport ($15 per person each way), beautifully landscaped courtyard, stunning mountain views. The hotel is in the process of "going green" and has made many changes to become more energy-efficient. A recycling program is in place, fruit-bearing trees are located throughout the property and in the orange groves and guests are encouraged to pick and consume as much fruit as they like. There are many more improvements to mention, but you'll receive a listing of how the Radisson is "going green."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Hotel will extend the Road Scholar group rate to participants wishing to come in early or stay late. This rate extends to three nights before the program begins and to three nights after the program ends. Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 14 - Tucson's history; field trip to Mesquite Valley G...
Tucson's history; field trip to Mesquite Valley Growers and Desert Survivors plant nurseries, evening talk about movies made in Tucson area and Southwest

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved, even terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining area

Morning: From 8:00-11:30 AM, you'll learn about the fascinating development of what is now modern-day Tucson from the archeology of the area to the history of the Old Pueblo. Breaks included.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Afternoon: Board bus 1:00 PM for an hour-long driving exploration of the city of Tucson. Your group leader will be your guide.

Arrive at approximately 2:00 PM at the first of two Tucson nurseries, where you'll begin to learn about the adaptive characteristics of plants that do well in desert climates. First you'll visit Mesquite Valley Growers, specializing in shade trees, house plants, cacti and succulents - and a huge selection of citrus trees. Next we'll take you to Desert Survivors, a native plant nursery is located on the banks of the Santa Cruz River in Tucson. They grow well over 400 species of bioregional plants and have chosen to define bioregional as plants which are native to within 500 miles of Tucson. This allows them to grow plants from the Sonoran Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, and Mohave Desert, although their primary focus is on plants native to southern Arizona. Over the years, plants of various desert origin have been offered at Desert Survivors, but they now have decided to grow only plants indigenous to our region. As Arizona is the 3rd most biodiverse state in the United States, the nursery is not at a loss of species to choose from. In fact, over 600 species are native to the Tucson Mountains, over 1,000 species are native to the Rincon Mountains and over 1,250 species are native to the Santa Catalina Mountains. All are found within 50 miles of the Nursery, not to mention the rest of southern Arizona. Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery also feels that is important to being as ecologically sensitive as possible, and thus they use organic gardening practices and only certified organic fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides in the production and maintenance of the plants that grown onsite. The bus will return to the hotel at approximately 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM

Evening: This evening, participate in a discussion/lecture about famous movies filmed in Tucson. You'll receive a list of movies you might want to view when you get home.

Lodging: Radisson Suites Tucson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Radisson Suites Tucson features 299 two-room suites with separate living and sleeping areas, and an extra-large bathroom with two vanities. Private balconies present a glimpse of the famed mountain scenery of the Southwest. Refrigerator and microwave in rooms. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and eight miles from the University of Arizona, the hotel is situated in an upscale neighborhood on the city's east side. Guests have access to over 50 restaurants along the famed Restaurant Row, a wealth of museums to visit, and a nearby world-class golf course. Hotel will tranport participants via van to any attractions within a three-mile radius.

Contact info:
6555 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710 USA
phone: 520-721-7100
web: www.radissontucson.com

Room amenities: Bathrooms include two vanities, a separate tub and shower, and a dressing area. Separate living and sleeping quarters each feature their own TV and phone. Plush feather and down pillows. Most suites have private balconies. Complimentary Wireless high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makes, hair dryers, sleeper sofas, oversized desks with executive chairs, two phones with cordless speaker option and voice mail, flat screen televisions in both rooms, controlled HVAC. Room service available.

Facility amenities: Hotel features oversized temperature-controlled pool with hydro-spa, onsite fitness room featuring Life Fitness equipment, courtyard-style garden settings, full-service business center, coin-operated laundry facilities, complimentary high-speed Internet available throughout the hotel, recreation room, complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, free onsite parking, poolside meal and cocktail service, valet laundry service, free passes to nearby Gold's Gym, hotel shuttle service to and from Tucson International Airport ($15 per person each way), beautifully landscaped courtyard, stunning mountain views. The hotel is in the process of "going green" and has made many changes to become more energy-efficient. A recycling program is in place, fruit-bearing trees are located throughout the property and in the orange groves and guests are encouraged to pick and consume as much fruit as they like. There are many more improvements to mention, but you'll receive a listing of how the Radisson is "going green."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Hotel will extend the Road Scholar group rate to participants wishing to come in early or stay late. This rate extends to three nights before the program begins and to three nights after the program ends. Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 15 - White Stallion Dude Ranch lunch and guided explor...
White Stallion Dude Ranch lunch and guided exploration; Saguaro National Forest West for guided nature hike; western music performance in evening

Note: Walking up to a mile over unpaved, packed dirt terrain at Ranch

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture with Sandra McMahan in a hotel meeting room about the unique climate of the Tucson and how plants and critters adapt - and there are some interesting stories here!

At 10:30, board bus for a trip to White Stallion Dude Ranch. A working cattle ranch, this amazing facility offers many wonderful programs to people of all ages. You'll love seeing the beautiful setting and landscaping, and will hear a short presentation about the Ranch's history.

Lunch: Lunch at White Stallion Ranch from 12:30-1:30 PM will feature some excellent cuisine, nutritous, colorful and delicious!

Afternoon: At 1:30 PM, bus will depart for the Saguaro National Forest West for an easy hike, guided by Sandra McMahan. Fifteen miles west of the city of Tucson, the Tucson Mountain region of Saguaro National Park is smaller, lower and biologically younger than the east section but the saguaros are just as large and extensive. The north and west areas are generally flat with uninterrupted forests of the huge cacti, while the land becomes more mountainous towards the south and east, rising to a high point of 4,687 feet (Wasson Peak) where the saguaro are replaced by scattered bushes and sparse grassland. There, the temperatures are lower and the environment more moist. You'll learn a lot about saguaro cacti as you wander along the trail (this is a fairly easy hike!). Return to the hotel about 4:30 PM - free time to rest and relax prior to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PM

Evening: This evening, you'll be treated to a performance by a country/Western guitarist/vocalist from 7:30-8:30 PM.

Lodging: Radisson Suites Tucson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Radisson Suites Tucson features 299 two-room suites with separate living and sleeping areas, and an extra-large bathroom with two vanities. Private balconies present a glimpse of the famed mountain scenery of the Southwest. Refrigerator and microwave in rooms. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and eight miles from the University of Arizona, the hotel is situated in an upscale neighborhood on the city's east side. Guests have access to over 50 restaurants along the famed Restaurant Row, a wealth of museums to visit, and a nearby world-class golf course. Hotel will tranport participants via van to any attractions within a three-mile radius.

Contact info:
6555 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710 USA
phone: 520-721-7100
web: www.radissontucson.com

Room amenities: Bathrooms include two vanities, a separate tub and shower, and a dressing area. Separate living and sleeping quarters each feature their own TV and phone. Plush feather and down pillows. Most suites have private balconies. Complimentary Wireless high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makes, hair dryers, sleeper sofas, oversized desks with executive chairs, two phones with cordless speaker option and voice mail, flat screen televisions in both rooms, controlled HVAC. Room service available.

Facility amenities: Hotel features oversized temperature-controlled pool with hydro-spa, onsite fitness room featuring Life Fitness equipment, courtyard-style garden settings, full-service business center, coin-operated laundry facilities, complimentary high-speed Internet available throughout the hotel, recreation room, complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, free onsite parking, poolside meal and cocktail service, valet laundry service, free passes to nearby Gold's Gym, hotel shuttle service to and from Tucson International Airport ($15 per person each way), beautifully landscaped courtyard, stunning mountain views. The hotel is in the process of "going green" and has made many changes to become more energy-efficient. A recycling program is in place, fruit-bearing trees are located throughout the property and in the orange groves and guests are encouraged to pick and consume as much fruit as they like. There are many more improvements to mention, but you'll receive a listing of how the Radisson is "going green."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Hotel will extend the Road Scholar group rate to participants wishing to come in early or stay late. This rate extends to three nights before the program begins and to three nights after the program ends. Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 16 - Field trip to Tohono Chul Park; special event fie...
Field trip to Tohono Chul Park; special event field trip to Desert Botanical Garden; dinner on your own

Note: Walking up to two miles on paved/packed dirt terrain over the course of the day and standing for up to 1/2 hour at a time several times during the day

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 - 8:00 AM.

Morning: At 8:30 AM, bus will depart for Tohono Chul Park. Award-winning Tohono Chul Park is where nature, art and culture connect. Named one of the World’s Great Botanical Gardens by "Travel & Leisure" and listed by "National Geographic Traveler" as one of the top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada, there is something for everyone here. This oasis in the desert offers a respite from the hectic pace of daily life, provides an informative look at the region’s fascinating cultural traditions and its even more interesting flora and fauna. You'll discover an absolutely magical site here, and will want to come back again!

Lunch: Lunch today will be at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro. Each dish is plated to look as lovely as the gardens surrounding the Bistro and the flavors are truly amazing. The menu changes seasonally, and even daily, based on what local, organic fresh ingredients are available.

Afternoon: After lunch, our bus will take you to the Desert Botanical Garden for our special event/field trip for this particular program. The Garden's commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United states. Located on 145 acres, with 65 acres under cultivation, 50,000 plant displays are showcased in beautiful outdoor exhibits. This is one of only 24 botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Volunteers first created the Garden and volunteers keep it humming today. Along with the staff, they work closely to maintain the Garden's status as a premier plant research institution. We think you'll love being at this facility, and will truly be overwhelmed by its size and the number of beautiful plants and exhibits you'll see. We'll depart the Garden at approximately 5:00 PM. The bus will drop you off at Restaurant Row, where you'll have dinner on your own.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own tonight.

Located just a few blocks from the hotel is Restaurant Row, where many different kinds of restaurants will lend themselves to your dining pleasure. The hotel van will pick you up there if you don't feel like walking (after a long day, you may not!). We'll let you know what time the shuttles will pick up.

Evening: Free evening after dinner.

Lodging: Radisson Suites Tucson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Radisson Suites Tucson features 299 two-room suites with separate living and sleeping areas, and an extra-large bathroom with two vanities. Private balconies present a glimpse of the famed mountain scenery of the Southwest. Refrigerator and microwave in rooms. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and eight miles from the University of Arizona, the hotel is situated in an upscale neighborhood on the city's east side. Guests have access to over 50 restaurants along the famed Restaurant Row, a wealth of museums to visit, and a nearby world-class golf course. Hotel will tranport participants via van to any attractions within a three-mile radius.

Contact info:
6555 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710 USA
phone: 520-721-7100
web: www.radissontucson.com

Room amenities: Bathrooms include two vanities, a separate tub and shower, and a dressing area. Separate living and sleeping quarters each feature their own TV and phone. Plush feather and down pillows. Most suites have private balconies. Complimentary Wireless high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makes, hair dryers, sleeper sofas, oversized desks with executive chairs, two phones with cordless speaker option and voice mail, flat screen televisions in both rooms, controlled HVAC. Room service available.

Facility amenities: Hotel features oversized temperature-controlled pool with hydro-spa, onsite fitness room featuring Life Fitness equipment, courtyard-style garden settings, full-service business center, coin-operated laundry facilities, complimentary high-speed Internet available throughout the hotel, recreation room, complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, free onsite parking, poolside meal and cocktail service, valet laundry service, free passes to nearby Gold's Gym, hotel shuttle service to and from Tucson International Airport ($15 per person each way), beautifully landscaped courtyard, stunning mountain views. The hotel is in the process of "going green" and has made many changes to become more energy-efficient. A recycling program is in place, fruit-bearing trees are located throughout the property and in the orange groves and guests are encouraged to pick and consume as much fruit as they like. There are many more improvements to mention, but you'll receive a listing of how the Radisson is "going green."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Hotel will extend the Road Scholar group rate to participants wishing to come in early or stay late. This rate extends to three nights before the program begins and to three nights after the program ends. Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 17 - Mission San Xavier del Bac; Sonoran Desert Museum
Note: Walking up to 1.5 miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved terrain. Standing for up to an hour at a time at museum and at Mission.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:30 - 8:30 AM. We'll be starting the morning programs a little later today, so you can have some time to enjoy the hotel's pool, watch a morning news program, or visit with new friends.

Morning: Board bus at 9:30 AM for a field trip to Mission San Xavier del Bac. You'll arrive there at approximately 10:00 AM. Your docent tour will be scheduled for 10:30 AM. The celebrated Jesuit missionary and explorer, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, first visited 'Bac" in 1692. Eight years later in 1700, Father Kino laid the foundations of the first church, some two miles north of the present Mission site. He named it San Xavier in honor of his chosen patron, St. Francis Xavier, the illustrious Jesuit "Apostle of the Indies." In 1768, Fray Francisco Hermengildo Garces, a man of outstanding personality and prodigious accomplishments among all missionaries in Arizona, established his headquarters at San Xavier. From here, this Franciscan Friar set forth on his many missionary explorations. The bus will depart the Mission between 12:00 and 12:30 PM to travel to the Sonoran Desert Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at The Desert Museum from 12:30 - 1:30 PM.

Afternoon: At 1:30 PM, you'll begin your exploration of the Sonoran Desert Museum. This Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one location. Exhibits depict the natural landscape of the Sonora Desert region so realistically that you find yourself looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more! You'll see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. Although you don't have to walk all of them, there are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert. The bus will depart for the hotel at 4:00 PM, arriving at approximately 4:45 PM.

Dinner: Dinner from 6:00-7:00 PM at the hotel

Evening: Following dinner, we'll have our program closing and question and answer time in a hotel meeting room with your group leader.

Lodging: Radisson Suites Tucson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 18 - Breakfast at the Hotel/Hotel Check-out and Depart...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Check out of the hotel by 12 noon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

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