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.

 

2019 Tours

 

Patagonia Fall Festival

31 years ago, the Town of Patagonia held its first fall festival to showcase extraordinary talent and artistry against the beautiful backdrop of their community, nestled at over 4,000 feet in the mountains of Southeast Arizona. The festival now attracts more than 15,000 visitors to Patagonia’s lovely tree-shaded park in the center of town over a festive weekend each October. The festival hosts top-of-the-line entertainment on each day of the event, representing a great mix of styles. The festival also features food and beverage vendors for every taste along with the offerings of Patagonia’s well-known eateries such as the Velvet Elvis, Gathering Grounds, Wild Horse, Mercedes, Ovens, and the Wagon Wheel Saloon. Tastings in the wine and beer garden are included with your tour. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, beer and wine tastings, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 10:00am and returns at 3:30pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 9/28/19.

Fee: Member $94, Guest $99, GP $104
CR# 45192       10/12 Sa        10AM-3:30PM            DH-PARK

 

Classic Cooking in Scottsdale

Join us for this hands-on tour for all levels of cooking ability! The professional instructors at Classic Cooking will guide us in creating a 3-course meal while offering cooking tips we can use back at home. And of course, we will enjoy the meal on site at this lovely cooking school in North Scottsdale. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, cooking class, 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 5:00pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 9/28/19.

Fee: Member $182, Guest $187, GP $192
CR# 45193       10/21 M         8AM-5PM       DH-PARK

 

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

 

Superstition Mountains Jeep Tour and Mesa Market

This tour takes us to the Phoenix East Valley, near the Superstition Mountains, for some great experiences. First, we’ll take the Apache Trail Jeep Tour, starting at Goldfield Ghost Town and continue along the historic road, where some of the best scenery in central Arizona can be seen. Then we will enjoy lunch at Mammoth Steak House along with a little time for exploring Goldfield before heading to Mesa Market Place Swap Meet, a great place to shop 1,600 boutique merchants with an unbelievable range of merchandise. Close-toed shoes required for the jeep tour. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, jeep tour, 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 7:00am and returns at 6:30pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 10/18/19.

Fee: Member $164, Guest $169, GP $174
CR# 45194       11/1    F          7AM-6:30PM              DH-PARK

 

Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake

This dinner boat cruise on Canyon Lake offers all the grandeur of a Dolly Steamboat cruise with the special, added ambiance of the twilight. Dine in style and complete relaxation during this magical time of day. Observe Canyon Lake wildlife, like bighorn sheep and bald eagles, as they settle in for the evening. A twilight dinner cruise aboard the Dolly is an experience you’ll never forget. You get to enjoy a ‘Mark Twain’ voyage while you relax and admire the breathtaking scenery, with a delicious meal. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, cruise, dinner, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip. Bus departs from the FAR end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 1:00pm and returns at 10:45pm. Deadline to purchase and no refunds after 10/28/19.

Fee: Member $159, Guest $164, GP $169
CR# 45195 11/11 M 1-10:45PM 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