If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.Dinner: At the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Then sit back and enjoy a performance by popular Western singer Bill Ganz.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
First established in 1924 as the Tucson Fine Arts Association, the Museum made its home in the Kingan House on Franklin Street in the El Presidio Historic District. In 1954 the association was officially renamed the Tucson Art Center.
In 1975 the Center moved to its present location and became the caretaker of five historic properties – La Casa Cordova, Romero House, Edward Nye Fish House, Stevens/Duffield House and the J. Knox Corbett House – and the name was changed to the Tucson Museum of Art. Today the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown Tucson, and features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art.Lunch: This meal has been excluded from your program cost so that you can dine at leisure in the museum's Café a la Carte.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our coach and depart for Mission San Xavier del Bac.
A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.
The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Its Baroque architectural style and masonry vaulted roof make it unique among Spanish Colonial buildings in the United States.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Tucson has been a popular film location for decades, and tonight we'll learn about the history of movie-making in the area and about some of the films that have been shot here.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We'll embark on a walking exploration of the University of Arizona campus following the museum visit, then return to the hotel.Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. The hotel's Breeze Patio Bar and Grill will be open for those who prefer to remain at the hotel.Evening: Free eveningLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
The 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 we find ourselves looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more! There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert with more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.Lunch: At Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at the Desert MuseumAfternoon: After lunch, our coach will take us to Old Tucson Studios, a movie studio and theme park. Originally constructed in 1939 as a film set for the movie "Arizona," the site has since been used for filming movies and television westerns, including "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and "Little House on the Prairie." The main street at Old Tucson appears prominently in 1990s westerns such as "Tombstone." The Heritage Square Project, a 5,000 square-foot spread with three new streets lined with 12 new buildings was completed in 2011.
We will have an exploration of the site, learn about its history and the movies filmed there, and enjoy live-cast entertainment featuring stunt shows and shootouts.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Free evening to relax or socialize with your fellow participantsLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson is the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family, and features traditional Sonoran-style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to Sabino Canyon. This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come to the Southwest, this area provides their first close encounter with the Sonoran Desert and the fascinating variety of plants and animals that make it their home. There is a self-guided Desert Nature Trail at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center that provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment.
On arrival, we'll take a shuttle excursion through the property, then have some time for independent explorations on our own.
We'll return to the hotel by 4:30 PM.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Program closing and departure for the Music Hall at the convention center, where we'll enjoy the Tucson Symphony's concert featuring the Canadian Brass.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner