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.

 

A Holiday Ramble in Phoenix

Wednesday, December 5 – CR# 42922

Join us for a holiday adventure in Phoenix to locations you may not know very well. Given the overactive fire seasons in the west the past few years, it is fitting to pay tribute to the firefighters of our nation. We will first visit the Hall of Flame Museum, where they have firefighting equipment dating from 1725 to the present—a Wildland Firefighting Gallery and National Firefighting Hall of Heroes highlight of this museum. We will then head to the Biltmore area for a delicious lunch at The Capital Grille, followed by a self-guided stroll through the Arizona Biltmore dressed in its holiday finest! We will cap our day by visiting the fabulous Festival of Lights along Chandler Blvd. (PleasureBent has had to insert a replacement event, sorry for any inconvenience.) Bring your cameras for a unique holiday excursion! Fee includes transportation, museum admission, lunch (tax and tip), services of a tour director, bus refreshments, and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 9:00am and returns at 8:45pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 11/21/18. No refunds after 11/21/18.

Fee: Member $127, Guest $132, General Public $137

 

Barleen’s Arizona Opry Show

Saturday, December 15 – CR# 42921

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. 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 transportation, show ticket, lunch (tax and tip), services of a tour director, bus refreshments, and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 9:45am and returns at 6:15pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 12/1/18. No refunds after 12/1/18.

Fee: Member $117, Guest: $122, General Public: $127

 

2019 Tours

 

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum and Tohono Chul Park

Friday, January 4 – CR# 43000

Come with us to two of Tucson’s premier attractions. The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, on the west edge of Tucson, is ranked as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country. With over 1200 types of plants and 230 animal species, you can’t see it all in one day, but you may see desert bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, mountain lions, otters, raptors, hummingbirds and more! We’ll serve lunch, visit the aquarium and gift shop/bookstore before we head to Tohono Chul Park, set on 49 acres in northern Tucson. It was dedicated in 1985, after Richard and Jean Wilson pledged in 1966 that they would preserve the desert beauty surrounding their house. We will begin with a docent led tour, then allow free time to further explore the eleven distinct gardens and nature trail. Art is displayed as well throughout the park, both indoors and outside. Join us to learn more about the beauty and energy of this beautiful desert where we live! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, museum and park admissions, lunch, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:00am and returns at 5:30pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 12/27/18.

Fees: Member $122 Guest: $127 GP: $132

 

Sandhill Cranes and Sonoita Vineyards

Thursday, January 17 – CR# 43001

This tour is a great way to see the birds that make their way to the marshlands in the Sulphur Springs Valley near Wilcox, AZ. We will take you Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, which is a favorite feeding and loafing area for these large, graceful and noisy birds along with a variety of other waterfowl. We will have an experienced birding guide with us as the cranes arrive from miles around and descend from the sky in swirling noisy arcs. While they land, we enjoy a tasty box lunch before we travel to Sonoita Vineyards for a tour and wine tasting. Come along and explore with us! (Bring your binoculars/cameras, and don’t forget your hat, jacket, and walking shoes!) Fee includes: roundtrip transportation via coach, box lunch, wine tour and tasting, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8am and returns at 5:30pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 1/3/19.

Fees: Member $130 Guest: $135 GP: $140

 

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and Fort Lowell Days

Saturday, February 9 – CR# 43003

Join us for a day of exploring in Tucson! We will start at the Time Miniature Museum, whose mission is “to preserve and advance the art of miniatures.” The museum showcases more than 400 antique and contemporary dollhouses and roomboxes constructed between the late 1700’s to today. Featuring three main galleries (History, Enchanted Realm, Exploring the World), this museum is a wonder of precision craftsmanship. Following a delicious lunch, we will attend the 36th Fort Lowell Days, a public celebration of the historic Fort Lowell and neighborhood held at Fort Lowell Park. This United States Cavalry outpost was originally located in 1873 on Sixth Avenue but was moved for sanitary and security reasons to its present location in 1873. Events include the 4th U.S. Cavalry Band playing 19th Century music, traditional Mariachi, nostalgic western and cowboy music, re-enactment cavalry drills, self-guided tours of the 19th-Century officers’ quarters and more. We’ll enjoy that famous Tucson shirtsleeve winter weather and learn about Tucson’s past! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, museum admission, lunch, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:00am and returns at 5:00pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 1/25/19.

Fees: Member $115 Guest: $120 GP: $125

 

Tucson Rodeo and Rodeo Parade

Thursday, February 21 – CR# 43002

Travel with us to see over 200 entries in the world’s largest non-motorized parade! Enjoy the view from grandstand seating as horses, riders and antique buggies and stagecoaches roll by. After, we will have a delicious lunch at the Cattletown Steakhouse. Then we will take our reserved seats at the rodeo, which will celebrate its 93rd year. It features bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Current and former world champions compete in this nationally televised event. “The Fiesta de los Vaqueros” ranks among the top 15 professional rodeos in North America and is honored in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Join us for a day in The Old West! Passengers are encouraged to bring cushions or stadium seats to use at both the parade and the rodeo. Temperatures can be quite cool in the early morning for the parade. Please dress accordingly, and don’t forget comfortable walking shoes, hats, sunglasses and/or sunblock, as both events are outside. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, parade bleacher seating and reserved Rodeo seating, lunch, services of a tour director, bus refreshments, and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 7:15am and returns at 5:30pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 2/7/19.

Fees: Member $146 Guest: $151 GP: $156

 

Rocky Point, Mexico

Friday, February 22 – February 25 – CR# 43023

GVR has partnered with Gray Line to offer you this opportunity to travel to Rocky Point, Mexico with bi-lingual guide Bob. The luxury Gray Line motorcoach will pick you up here at GVR 8:00am on the first day for the Hotel Peñasco del Sol Beach Resort. They offer expedited border crossing and speedy bus check-in service upon arrival at the hotel. On the second day, simply enjoy the beach or local shops or take advantage of some of the optional activities available. The Sea of Cortez is known for its whale watching opportunities in January, February, and March! Tours will be available for you to see fin whales and humpbacks. On the third day, our bus will take us to the Old Port for an afternoon of dining and curio shopping (on your own), sightseeing; and if interested, buying fish to take home, so bring your coolers! Dust off your passports and plan to spend these four days on the beach with us in Rocky Point. Fee includes roundtrip transportation, 3 nights lodging at the Peñasco del Sol Beach Resort, ground transportation to the Old Port in Rocky Point. Your meals, optional activities, and gratuities are not included. This trip is presented by Gray Line/Wake-Up Tucson. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:00am on Friday and returns between 3:30 and 5pm on Monday. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 2/8/19.

Fees: Member Double Occupancy $405 Guest: $415

 

A Hiking Day at Fort Bowie National Historical Monument & Chiricahua National Park Echo Canyon Grottoes

Thursday, February 28 – CR# 43004

Note: Hikers must be able to hike three miles at a moderate pace without stress. Footing will be uneven with rocky stretches the trails (NO walkers or canes). We are far from assistance and in a no-service cell phone area. We supply water before and after the hikes, but recommend bringing an additional one quart minimum for the hikes. Pleasurebent Tours is pleased to present two new moderate hiking opportunities! First, Fort Bowie National Historical Monument, a 1.3 mile (each way) moderate hike with a 200-ft elevation gain. We will ride to the trailhead by motorcoach, hike to the historical site past the Post Cemetery, a replica Chiricahua Apache camp and iconic Apache Springs. At the visitor center, listen to a presentation by the Park Ranger(s), then explore the ruins. We will hike back the way we came, then drive to the top of Chiricahua National Monument and enjoy a tasty lunch from Corner Bakery. We will take our second hike to the Grottoes in Echo Canyon (1.0 mile, rated easy by the National Park service). This is the most moderate way to hike into the amazing rock formations of this park. On our way home, we will stop for a special treat at Apple Annie’s Country Store in Willcox. Fee includes transportation via mini-motorcoach, admissions, box lunch, dessert, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 7:15am and returns at 6:15pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 2/21/19.

Fees: Member $102 Guest: $107 GP: $112

 

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game

Saturday, March 16 – CR# 43013

Kick off the 2019 baseball season with the Cubs vs the Diamondbacks Spring Training game at Salt River Fields. This 11,000 seat ballpark is the 1st major league baseball spring training facility in the nation to be built on Indian land. Enjoy the game and the spectacular landscape of Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks, the Superstition Mountains and Red Mountain, as a backdrop. We will be making a stop at the Tempe Marketplace for you to choose a spot among the many restaurants to enjoy a no-host lunch before we head to the game. Swing for the fences soon – we’ll have a lot of interest in this outing! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, ballgame ticket, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:15am and returns at 6:30pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 3/2/19.

Fees: Member $124 Guest: $129 GP: $134

 

Historical Bisbee Tour

Tuesday, April 2 – CR# 43014

The charming and historic city of Bisbee, Arizona, is a wonderful place to visit. We will begin our day with a view of the Lavender Pit, the eventual successor to the underground shafts honeycombing the hills above it. This was one of the richest copper finds in the US mining history. We’ll then enjoy a docent presentation and self-guided tour of the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, followed by the opportunity for free time to explore the Copper Queen Hotel and the unique galleries and antique shops. After lunch at Bisbee’s Table on Main Street, we will board jeeps to tour the back streets of Bisbee, which boasted a population of 25,000 in the early 1900’s. Did you know that the hodge-podge of streets, alleys and canyons made Bisbee one of the few spots, then and now, without door-to-door mail service for all residents? Come explore Bisbee with us! Note: the sidewalks of Bisbee can be uneven, with sidewalks slopes and unexpected “toe-catchers.” This is a tough environment for using a walker. Jeeps can be a tight fit and utilize narrow, sometimes rough streets. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation via coach, lunch, Lavender Jeep Tour, museum admission, 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 6:00pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 3/19/19.

Fees: Member $179 Guest: $184 GP: $189

 

Fiddler on the Roof – Broadway in Tucson @ Centennial Hall

Sunday, April 14 – CR# 43015

Join us for Fiddler on the Roof, one of the all-time great musicals, which won NINE Tony Awards when it debuted in 1965. Fiddler then followed that with three Oscars, including Best Original Song Score (John Williams)! We will travel first to a delicious lunch at Café a la C’Art, next to the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, before taking our seats at this iconic show Just the mention of the songs will get your toes tapping – “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “If I Were A Rich Man” fill the theater, as a poor milkman tries through a matchmaker to find the best husbands for his five daughters. How he balances this earthly advice with his faith creates one of Broadway’s “richest” musicals. Fee includes transportation via motorcoach, lunch, show admission, services of a tour director, bus refreshments and driver tip. Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 10:15am and returns at 4:30pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 3/14/19.

Fees: Member $189 Guest: $194 GP: $199