Register with program's group leader in designated area.Dinner: Meet for dinner in hotel dining area from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: 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 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: Evening 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 TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At 10:30, board bus for a trip to White Stallion Dude Ranch. A working cattle ranch, this beautiful 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 will feature some excellent cuisine, nutritous, colorful and delicious!Afternoon: Visit the Arizona Historical Society, the the Arizona State Museum, and the University of Arizona campus.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: This evening, you'll be treated to a performance by a country/Western guitarist/vocalist from 7:30-8:30 PMLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At 9:30 AM, board bus for a visit to the gallery of the late artist, Ted DeGrazia. The studio is located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. You'll be at the studio from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM.Lunch: Lunch today will be at El Charro Café near Sabino Canyon.
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, 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 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 take you there and pick you up, if you don't feel like walking. Just inquire in advance at the front desk for shuttle times.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.Lunch: Lunch at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at the Desert Museum from 11:30 AM-12:15 PMAfternoon: After lunch, the bus departs for a trip to the Flamingo Hotel at 1300 N. Stone Avenue, where you'll visit a special American Indian Expo jewelry workshop. This event is part of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and one of 52 exhibits that make up this annual celebration of the remarkable gems and minerals our world has to offer. This particular show has between 20-35 artists working on their own special jewelry creations - they represent tribes from all over the United States. You'll be able to talk with them one-on-one, ask questions about how they do what they do, and learn about traditional and contemporary jewelry designs.
As a special treat, the director of this show is bringing in a special performer for you to see. You'll meet Tony Duncan, five-time world champion hoop dancer. His father is Apache and his mother has Mandan/Hidatsa and Arikara Nation heritage (Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota). The family performs as the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers when they dance as a group. Tony's father taught him hoop dancing and how to play the Native American flute. He's now passing his knowledge on to his own children. The family performs at the Heard Museum a couple of times a month. Duncan says the significance of the generations of history in his traditional home is clear. "Whenever I'm doing my hoop dancing or playing my native flute music, I feel that strong connection to Mother Earth and Arizona. We are truly native."
The bus will return to the hotel later in the afternoon.Dinner: Dinner from 6:00-7:00 PM at the hotelEvening: 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