The Best of Tucson: Cuisine, Cactus & Culture in the High Desert

Dive deep into Tucson’s colorful history as you learn about Native communities, Spanish colonization, pioneer settlements and rich traditions of art, education and cuisine.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20397RJ
7 days
Starts at

At a Glance

In a high-desert valley surrounded by four mountain ranges, Tucson has emerged from a landscape inhabited by Native Americans 12,000 years ago to become a cosmopolitan city of a half-million — alternately shaped by Spanish invasion, Mexican jurisdiction, Old West settlers and the founding of a major university in 1885. Discover this fascinating evolution during a remarkable city adventure that delves into the area’s archaeology, desert landscapes, arts and music, museums, sumptuous local cuisine and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Getting on/off motor coach, walking up to three miles over the course of the day, standing for a few hours, navigating stairs and uneven surfaces.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit several of Tucson's best museums, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: a world-class zoo, natural history museum and botanic garden.
  • Enjoy a farm to table experience & cooking demonstration that will show you why Tucson has been designated UNESCO's first city of gastronomy in the US.
  • Explore the Tohono O'Odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum and visit Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Bill Ganz
Bill Ganz is a natural musician, and he’s been singing and playing western music for the last 25 years. Whether playing at campfires, guest ranches or major resorts, he always brings the authentic feel of Arizona to his music. He has performed for the last 20 years with his band, The Bill Ganz Western Band, which has appeared for a series of concerts with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Bill teaches private lessons and has been involved in many independent recording projects.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image
Bill Ganz
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 9 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback