20397
Tucson
Signature City Tucson
Dive deep into Tucson’s colorful history as you learn about important monuments, Spanish colonization, pioneer settlements and rich traditions of art, education and cuisine.
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Program No. 20397RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Program Registration, Orientation, Introductions, Dinner
Tucson, AZ
D
Radisson Suites Tucson

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome 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. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel 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.

Dinner: In our meeting room, enjoy a plated meal with coffee, tea or water; additional beverages available for purchase in the hotel bar.

Evening: Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Tucson History, Arizona State Museum, San Xavier del Bac
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
Radisson Suites Tucson

Activity note: Standing for up to 1 1/2 hours and walking up to 1/2 mile over pavement and level terrain at Mission.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet including oatmeal, granola, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, milk, coffee and juice.

Morning: This morning a local expert will tell us about the prehistory and history of the area, from its archeology to the development of modern-day Tucson. We'll then board our motorcoach and depart on a field trip to the Arizona State Museum led by our Group Leader. The Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, holding a comprehensive collection of Native American basketry and the world's largest whole-vessel collection of Southwestern Native American pottery.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the museum, we’ll choose from a select menu; coffee, tea and water included (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll embark on a field trip to Mission San Xavier del Bac for a docent-led visit. 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-style 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 hotel we will have a special Western BBQ buffet; choices include flat-iron steak, chicken, salad, coleslaw, ranch beans corn-on-the-cob, cornbread, fruit cobbler, lemonade, iced tea and coffee; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: This evening, we'll be treated to a performance by a local Western guitarist/vocalist.

DAY
3
Contemporary Tucson, Sabino Canyon, Ted DeGrazia Gallery
Tucson, AZ
B,L
Radisson Suites Tucson

Activity note: Walking up to a mile over the course of the day over varied terrain and standing for up to one hour during gallery visit.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll enjoy a lecture by a local expert on contemporary issues facing Tucson followed by a visit to the gallery of the late artist, Ted DeGrazia. What started as a small construction project in the 1950s developed into a 10-acre National Historic District designed and built by DeGrazia. Visitors are treated not only to the art displayed in the gallery, but to the colorful grounds and sculptures surrounding the property.

Lunch: At El Charro Café near Sabino Canyon, the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. We’ll choose from a select menu of traditional Sonoran-style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food with water, iced tea and soft drinks.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Sabino Canyon and board a shuttle for a narrated scenic tram excursion through the canyon, followed by independent self-guided explorations of the property. There is a self-led 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. This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson. For many visitors 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. We will return to the hotel at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. There are a number of restaurants near the hotel, and taxi service is available for transportation to restaurants in other parts of Tucson. The hotel's Breeze Patio Bar and Grill will be open for those who prefer to dine in.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Downtown Tucson, Museum of Art, Tohono Chul Park
Tucson, AZ
B,D
Radisson Suites Tucson

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on on paved level terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we'll travel to the historic downtown area of Tucson for walking exploration led by a local expert. This will include the fabulous Tucson Museum of Art. The museum's permanent collection includes art of the American west and Latin America, as well as modern and contemporary art and rare books and manuscripts.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost so that you can enjoy what you wish at the museum's Cafe à La C'Art or a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore more of the museum or the surrounding area on your own. Nearby sites of interest include the Tucson Museum of Art’s block of historic properties, located on the northwest corner of what was once the Presidio of San Augustin del Tucson, established in 1775. The Museum’s historic block represents five houses built between the mid-1850s to 1907 surrounding the museum building. The coach will depart for the Tohono Chul Park at a designated time and location. Tohono Chul Park is a botanical garden, nature preserve and cultural museum located in Casas Adobes. The 49-acre site forms a backdrop for the natural desert habitat, and its location within existing migratory tracks provides a temporary home for many species of birds.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Flora and Fauna, Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
Radisson Suites Tucson

Activity note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over varied terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll start out the morning with an expert-led class about the fascinating flora and fauna of the Sonora Desert. We'll then depart for a field trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, accompanied by our Study Guide. The Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden, all in one location, with exhibits depicting the natural landscape of the Sonora Desert region. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert that is home to more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.

Lunch: Order from a limited menu at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at the Desert Museum, including your choice of wraps, chips, cookie and a soft drink.

Afternoon: We'll have time for more explorations at the Museum before departing for Saguaro National Park. The giant saguaro cactus is the iconic image of the American west, and the park protects the largest population of saguaro cacti in the country. We'll enjoy an orientation program at the Red Hills Visitor Center and see some of these remarkable plants.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells during a closing program in the hotel meeting room.

DAY
6
Breakfast
Tucson, AZ
B

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!