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.
Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park and the Heard Museum
Thursday, November 1 – CR# 42918
Today we travel to the Phoenix Valley to visit two popular attractions. Our morning stop will be at The Pueblo Grande Indian Museum and Archeological Park. Since 1929, Pueblo Grande preserves the history of the ancient Hohokam Indians who once inhabited Central and Southern Arizona. You will be able to follow an interpretive trail, which travels around the remains of the prehistoric Hohokam people’s ball court, and see a variety of plants, walk-in replicated dwellings and garden. You can also visit a hands-on gallery that explains the process of archeology and explore the Hohokam people and their relationship with the environment. We will then make a stop for an included lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Heard Museum. Founded is 1929, the museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, history and culture. The Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of contemporary and traditional art. Fee includes transportation, admissions, 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 9am and returns at 6pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 10/18/18. No refunds after 10/18/18.
Fee: Member $118, Guest: $123, General Public: $128
Pima Air and Space Museum and the Titan Missile Museum
Friday, November 16 – CR# 42919
Join us as we highlight two very special space attractions. Our first stop is the world-famous Pima Air and Space Museum—we discover this area by tram and enjoy a docent-led tour. This museum came about with the recognition that the historic World War II and 1950’s era aircraft stored at Davis-Monthan were rapidly disappearing into smelters and that the flames were consuming not just the metal, but the aviation heritage of our country. The museum is now one of the largest aviation museums in the country with over 120,000 square feet of indoor display space and a collection of more than 320 aircraft. After an included lunch, we will travel to the Titan Missile Museum. This preserved Titan II missile site is all that remains of the 54 Titan II sites that were on alert across the U.S. from 1963 to 1987. We will take a one-hour guided tour, descending 35 feet into the underground missile complex. You’ll visit the launch control center and experience a simulated launch. You can also journey down to level 2 of the silo to get an up-close look at the Titan II missile itself. **Note: this is a walking-intensive tour at Pima Air and Space; it also includes many steps (55 each way) at Titan Missile Museum. Fee includes transportation, admissions, box 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 9am and returns at 5:30pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 11/1/18. No refunds after 11/1/18.
Fee: Member $126, Guest: $131, General Public: $136
Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens and the Eddie Basha Collection
Wednesday, November 28 – CR# 42920
Today we take in a unique area of the Phoenix Valley and make a special visit to the Phoenix Botanical Garden, which has world’s finest collection of arid-land plants in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert and desert wildflowers. After a no-host lunch at the Tempe Marketplace, we will then travel to Chandler to tour the world-famous Eddie Basha Collection of Western American and American Indian Art. This is one of the world’s largest private collections, with famous Western artists and extensive Native American artists and artifacts. This 11,000-square-foot gallery is located at the company headquarters — at the site of the first Basha’s store in south Chandler. Here about 3,000 pieces, between the paintings, the drawings, the watercolors, the sculptures, the Katsina carvings, the jewelry collection, the miniature pottery, the seed pot collection, the gun collection. In addition, there are also about 400 handmade baskets from Southwestern indigenous peoples, many made between the late 1800s to the early 20th century. Fee includes transportation, admissions, 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 8:15am and returns at 6:15pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 11/14/18. No refunds after 11/14/18.
Fee: Member $109, Guest: $114, General Public: $119
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 lights and nativity displays at the historic Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Temple in Mesa. 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