Trips and tours

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.

Registration for these trips begins December 4.



All About Frank Tour – Arizona Heritage Center and Taliesin West

Tuesday, March 6

This day trip takes us to the Phoenix Valley to celebrate the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 2017 is Mr. Wright’s 150th birthday and we’ll start our trip off with a tour of a special exhibit honoring the man and his many architectural achievements at the Arizona Heritage Center. This native Wisconsinite had a profound impact on this region with his varied body of work as well as areas from the upper Midwest of the US to Japan. We then treat ourselves to a hearty buffet lunch at The Wandering Horse Buffet located in the Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale. We then visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter architectural studio in northeast Scottsdale, Arizona. Wright’s southwestern masterpiece is located on 600 acres of rugged desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains and the complex of buildings overlooks the entire metropolitan Phoenix Valley. Knowledgeable guides will explain how the architecture relates to the site and provide a general overview of Wright’s theories and designs. Join us for this great tour which is all about Frank! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, buffet lunch (tax and tip), admission to Arizona Heritage Center and Taliesin West, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip..

Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 7:45am and returns at approximately 7pm. Deadline to purchase tickets and no refunds after 2/27/18.

Fee: Member $134; Guest $139; General Public $144
CR# 39247


Barleen’s Arizona Opry Show

Wednesday, March 14

For over 33 seasons the Barleen family has fed and entertained folks at their 500-seat Apache Junction dinner theatre. We will enjoy a hearty, home-cooked lunch (beef and chicken breast entree) and then a Grand Ole Opry style show. Some of your favorite country tunes will fill the theatre along with musical variety, side-splitting comedy, yodeling and just plain fun. This is good, clean family entertainment which will highlight all of your favorite tunes. Come along and enjoy a trip to the Arizona Opry with us! Fee includes transportation, show ticket, lunch (tax and tip), bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip.

Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 9:15am and returns at 6:15pm. Deadline to purchase tickets and no refunds after 2/28/18.

Fee: Member $105; Guest $110; General Public $115
CR# 39251


Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake Tour (on the Apache Trail)

Monday, April 30

Afternoon finds us departing Tucson on board our deluxe motorcoach and traveling to Canyon Lake, which is located north of Apache Junction. We’ll make a break stop in Florence. We board Dolly’s Steamboat for their dinner cruise which offers all the grandeur of their daytime cruise plus the ambiance of the twilight. Observe Canyon Lake wildlife as they settle in for the evening. This dinner cruise route extends another three or four miles upriver from their regular day cruise, allowing for different views and cliffs in excess of 1200’! The sunset, moon and stars and the good food served on board all make for a memorable journey! Join us! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, dinner (tax and tip), boat fare, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip.

Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 2pm and returns at 10:45pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 4/16/18. No refunds after 4/16/18.

Fee: Member $140; Guest $145; General Public $150
CR# 39248