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.
2020 Winter Tours
Hummingbirds & Arizona History
Join Pleasurebent Tours and our expert birding guide as we explore Southern Arizona. We start the day at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, in Patagonia. Visitors come from around the world to observe hummingbirds in a backyard made world-famous among birders by Wally and Marion Paton. Afterwards we visit The Empire Ranch, established in the 1860’s as a homestead ranch of 160 acres. After a tasty box lunch, we will travel to Fairbank, a ghost town along the San Pedro River established in 1881 which was so strategically located among the mines and forts and communities in the Arizona territory that it grew to 15,000 people before being slowly abandoned over decades in the 1900’s. We’ll end our day at Murray Springs Clovis Site near Sierra Vista – one of the Smithsonian’s ‘Great Clovis Sites’ – discovered in 1966 and excavated for four years. Prehistoric Paleo-Indians hunted large mammals here, such as mammoth, bison and early relatives of horses and camels. These people became known by their advance fluted spear points first found near Clovis, N.M. Fee includes transportation, admissions, lunch, tour director, bus refreshments, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot. Deadline to purchase tickets 3/12/20. No refunds after 3/12/20.
Fee: Member $120; Guest $125; GP $130
CR# 45613 3/20 F 8AM-6:15PM DH-PARK
Chiricahua National Monument – Light Hiking
The Chiricahua National Monument, located in the Southeastern corner of Arizona, is a stunning landscape with a vibrant history and wonderful rock formations. We travel into the National Monument where we take in their small but informative visitor’s center. We then make our way up a winding mountain road to the 6000-foot summit at Massai Point. We’ll enjoy and photograph the spectacular views in this Wonderland of Rocks while we eat our tasty box lunches from Corner Bakery. Two short hikes to check out the amazing forest of rock spires are planned there. After descending from the mountains, we tour of the historic Faraway Ranch House. On our way back to Green Valley we detour to Apple Annie’s in Willcox for delicious pie a la mode! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, lunch, dessert, admission, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:15 am and returns at approximately 5:30 pm. Deadline to purchase tickets and no refunds after 3/25/20.
Fee: Member $115; Guest $120; GP $125
CR# 45606 4/9 Th 8:15AM-5:45PM DH-PARK
Chandler & Mesa
Today we journey to Chandler and Mesa to explore the East Valley of the Phoenix area and to visit two wonderful museums. We start with a stop in downtown Chandler for free time to explore shops and select from a variety of options for a no-host lunch. The Chandler Museum is a cultural destination unlike any other with engaging, world-class traveling exhibits. The MCA is the exciting visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, MCA Museum showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. We end the day with dinner and a concert at Organ Stop Pizza, whose Mighty Wurlitzer has come to be known as one of the biggest and best organs in the world. Fee includes transportation, tour director, admissions as described, dinner, bus refreshments, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot. Deadline to purchase tickets 4/17/20. No refunds after 4/17/20.
Fee: Member $118; Guest $123; GP $128
CR# 45612 4/24 F 10AM-8PM DH-PARK
Registration Begins March 1st for the Following Tour
A smash-hit musical and a rockin’ classic car show are just two great reasons to head to Fountain Hills & Scottsdale. We start with a group lunch at S & V Italian Restaurant in Scottsdale known for their outstanding food and delicious cannoli. Next, we drive over into Fountain Hills to see a performance of Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony® Award Winning musical set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, this show is performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians, featuring songs such as: ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘Fever,’ ‘Walk the Line’, ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ ‘Hound Dog,’ and more. After the show, we’ll stop by the Talking Stick Pavilions Classic Car Show. Set in and around the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s’ in Scottsdale, this is the perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles. An average night showcases anywhere from 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles. So hit the road with us back to the Fabulous 50’s. Fee includes transportation, tour director, admissions as described, dinner, bus refreshments and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot. Deadline to purchase tickets and no refunds after 4/2/2020.
Fee: Member $157; Guest $162; GP $167
CR# 45809 5/9 Sa 9:30AM-9PM DH-PARK
Wine Tasting Tour
Join us for a day of Southern Arizona wine! We start our day with a trip to Sonoita Vineyards for a wine presentation and tasting from their knowledgeable staff. Sonoita is the oldest commercial vineyard and winery in Arizona and consistently creates award winning wines. You’ll receive a souvenir glass and we’ll enjoy a catered lunch on site. Next, another hosted tasting of five wines at Kief Joshua Vineyards. Upon entering this tasting room, guests immediately feel the warm Italian Gothic ambiance of this elegant setting in an area that has become known as ‘Winery Row.’ Most tastings are hosted by Kief Manning, Winemaker. Our final stop will be Arizona Hops & Vines where we taste five wines and a cocktail in the delightful tasting room of Sonoita’s coolest winery.’ Fee includes transportation, wine tasting, lunch, bus refreshments, driver tip and services of a tour director. Bus departs from the Desert Hills Center FAR end of parking lot. Deadline to purchase tickets or no refunds 04/13/20.
Fee: Member $156; Guest $161; GP $166
CR# 45783 5/15 F 9:15AM-4PM DH-PARK
Shades of Ireland – Collette
Introducing the Shades of Ireland tour offered by Collette. From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of Ireland’s charm on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal or tour the renowned Medieval Museum. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See sheepdogs in action on a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide – either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone! This Special Travel Presentation, hosted by Nichole Alberg of Collette, will include all the ins and outs for this tour. Shades of Ireland will depart October 7th and returns October 16, 2020. A $500 deposit will be due upon reservation, with final payment due August 8, 2020. Please join us for this informative meeting where registration will be available. Pick up the Shades of Ireland brochure at any major GVR center.