Our tours are organized and escorted by Pleasurebent Tours of Tucson. Green Valley Recreation has had a long term and very positive relationship with Pleasurebent Tours. Our tours leave from Desert Hills Social Center upper parking lot at the advertised time. The tours can be purchased at any office or online.
The tour fee includes motor coach transportation, tour director, admissions, advertised meal (tax and tip) and driver tip. Because of the necessity of the tour company to pre-arrange and pre-pay for bus accommodations, admission tickets and meals, no refunds will be issued after the cancellation date stated on the reservation confirmation. All trips are open to GVR Members and their guests.
Be sure to pick up a course catalog and check out all of the tours!
Please note the last date for cancellation of a trip. Because of contractual commitments, refunds can not be made after the cancellation date.
Glass and Galleries
Take a day to explore Tucson art, beginning downtown with a tour and glass-blowing demonstration at the Sonoran Glass School. Our art-inspired lunch will be at Café à la C’Art, located in the historic 1865 Stevens House. After lunch we visit another gem-the Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. Once known only for antique and Native American art, it now houses the finest in Early American and Western paintings. The works of over 30 well-known contemporary artists and sculptors are represented. Works range from the ethereal realism of Peter Nisbet paintings to the cubist works of Ed Mell to the western sculpture and paintings. Contained within the gallery is a museum dedicated to works by renowned western artist Maynard Dixon. We will enjoy a presentation on Native American rugs and basketry. Our final stop is the Madaras Gallery, featuring the largest collection of Tucson art by Diana Madaras and 26 other guest artists. Madaras’ bold, colorful artwork recently earned her Tucson’s Best Visual Artist for the 9th time. This day is just a glimpse into the rich creative scene in Tucson, but is full of memorable, not-to-be-missed experiences. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, admissions as described, lunch, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 9:00am and returns at 5:30pm Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 11/11/19.
Fee: Member $112, Guest $117, GP $122
CR# 45196 11/25 M 9AM-5:30PM DH-PARK
OdySea Aquarium & Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
On this tour we have two fantastic nature experiences in store for you! First, we visit the OdySea Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Southwest. After free time for an independent lunch at your choice of the Talking Stick Resort restaurants, we will continue to the Desert Botanical Gardens to experience the vibrant tranquility of desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Sonoran Desert. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, admissions as described, lunch, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:00am and returns at 7:30pm Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 11/26/19.
Fee: Member $144, Guest $149, GP $154
CR# 45197 12/10 Tu 8AM-7:30PM DH-PARK
Home for the Holidays at Barleen’s Opry
Join us for terrific music and food at Barleen’s Arizona Opry – a perfect holiday combination. For over 30 years, the Barleen family has fed and entertained folks in their 500-seat Apache Junction dinner theatre. We will enjoy a hearty, home cooked lunch (savory chicken and beef entrees) and then a Grand Ole Opry style show titled ‘Home for the Holidays.’ Some of your favorite holiday tunes will fill the theatre along with musical variety, side-splitting comedy, yodeling and just plain fun. Their entertainment will get you in the mood for the upcoming festive season! Come join us and enjoy a trip to the Arizona Opry! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, show ticket, lunch, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:45am and returns at 6:45pm Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 12/4/19.
Fee: Member $110, Guest $115, GP $120
CR# 45198 12/18 W 8:45AM-6:45PM DH-PARK
Desert Belle Cruise & River of Time Museum
Join us for a relaxing day in the busy holiday season! We will board the Desert Belle for a 90-minute narrated cruise on Saguaro Lake east of Phoenix. You’ll learn about the history, geology, geography, and plant life of the Sonoran Desert, and have a chance to see desert bighorn sheep, wild horses, bald eagles and more! Afterward, we will stop by the River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills to explore exhibits from the canal-building Hohokam to the explorers, miners and ranchers who all settled the beautiful lands around the Lower Verde River Valley. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, admissions as described, lunch, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:30am and returns at 6:30pm Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 12/16/19.
Fee: Member $122, Guest $127, GP $132
CR# 45199 12/30 M 8:30AM-6:30PM DH-PARK