Register with program's group leader in designated area from 4:00 - 5:30 PM.Dinner: Meet for dinner in hotel dining area from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: From 7:00-8:30 PM in hotel meeting room, our group leader will give you a brief orientation to the program and we'll meet all of the program participants.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
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.
Bus returns to the hotel at 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: This evening, we will be treated to a performance by a well-known country/Western guitarist/vocalist from 7:30-8:30 PMLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus will depart at 9:30 AM for a field trip to the Arizona State Museum on the campus of Arizona State University/Tucson.
We'll walk to a restaurant near the Museum for lunch.Lunch: Lunch will be at at selected restaurant near Arizona State Museum from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.Afternoon: At 12:45 PM,. bus will depart for short trip to the Steward Mirror Laboratory, where a team of scientists and engineers are making giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical and infrared telescopes.
We'll have a bus ride around the campus of University of Arizona after we see the Mirror Lab. The campus is huge and has some very interesting historical buildings as well as many new and architecturally interesting sites.
The bus will return to the hotel about 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.Evening: Evening discussion/lecture about famous movies filmed in Tucson from 7:00 - 9:00 PM; a list of these movies will be provided for future reference!Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Board bus for trip to lunch destination at 11:30 AM.Lunch: Lunch today will be at El Charro Café near Sabino Canyon from 11:45 AM to - 1:15 PM.
Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson is the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family, featuring traditional Sonoran-style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food. They have several locations thoughout Tucson.Afternoon: After lunch, board bus at you'll have a Sabino Canyon Tram excursion followed by some free time on your own.
This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come to visit 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 which
provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment. A 45-minute shuttle excursion will be taken upon arrival, followed by some time for your personal exploration.
Bus returns to the hotel about 5:00 PM
Dinner: Dinner will be on our own this evening. There are several restaurants nearby; the hotel van will, if available, transport if walking there is not appealing. Also, there are taxis available to travel to restaurants of choice elsewhere in the city. The hotel does serve dinner in the evening, so we might want to stay at the hotel and have dinner there. Our group leaders will have some ideas as to where to dine.Evening: Evening at leisureLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
At 9:15 AM, the bus will depart for a field trip to the Arizona-Sonora 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 we find ourselves looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more!
We'll see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.
Although we don't have to walk all of them, there are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.
Our visit will be from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Bus departs for lunch destination at 12:15 PM.Lunch: Lunch at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at the Desert Museum from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.Afternoon: At 1:30 PM, bus will take us to Old Tucson Studios, a movie studio and theme park built in 1939 for the movie "Arizona," it has since been used for filming several movies and television westerns, such as "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and "Little House on the Prairie." It was opened to the public in 1960. We will have an exploration of the site, learn of its history, the movies filmed there, and live cast entertainment featuring stunt shows and shootouts.
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 201l and more movies can now be filmed here.Dinner: Dinner from 6:00-7:00 PM at the hotel, followed by program closing.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 TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner