Gardens of Arizona

Gardens of Arizona

The Garden Series - Gardens of Arizona & the Grand Canyon

Trip Included: Airfare, Motorcoach transfers, 8 nights Lodging, Luggage Handling, 8 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners, All meal gratuities, George & Sue Weigel as your Guide & Host, San Xavier Mission, Arizona - Sonora Dessert Museum, Tohono Chul, Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon Sky Center Observatory, Tucson Botanical Garden, Tucson food tour, University of Arizona, Mini Time Machine Museum, The Gaslight Theatre production (TBA), Desert Botanical Garden, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taleisin West, Red Rock State Park, Walnut Canyon National Monument, M Diamond Ranch and Cowboy cookout, Grand Canyon Railway, Grand Canyon, South Rim, Local Coach transportation, and Taxes.

Day 1

Morning flight into Phoenix
Enjoy a visit to San Xavier Mission and lunch before checking into the hotel .
West Ward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
Enjoy some time to explore and freshen up before our welcome dinner (L,D)

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Day 2

Enjoy your included breakfast at the hotel this morning.
Depart for Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum located in the Tucson Mountains. This
Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. The docents will conduct tours for those who want one or else wonder the grounds on your own as you encounter animals, birds and vegetation of the desert. Next we will head to Tohono Chul  Park for both lunch and time to explore the 49 acres of public gardens. We will enjoy the ‘Connecting Plants and People’ Tour—Discover the useful and edible plants of the Sonoran Desert and how indigenous peoples have made use of them over the millennia for food, clothing, medicine and building materials. Dinner tonight is “on your own” (B,L)

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Day 3

Enjoy your included Breakfast at the hotel this morning.
Board the coach for Saguaro National Park  East located in the Rincon Mountains
You will travel on the coach to the lower loop of the park and visit the visitor’s center.
Enjoy Lunch at El Charro’s East Side, this is thought to be home of the Chimichanga, more impressive is that El Charro is the nation’s longest running Mexican Restaurant.
Next is Sabino Canyon. Where you will ride the tram up the three miles to top of the loop and then walk down if chose. Later we will head up to Mount Lemmon (the southernmost ski resort in the USA – when it had snow)  Attend a lecture, dinner and an evening of star gazing through the University of Arizona telescope. (B,L, D)

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Day 4

Enjoy your included breakfast at the hotel this morning.

We will spend the morning roaming the groups of the Tucson Botanical Gardens located in the heart of Tucson.  Docents will be on hand for those interested or self-pace for those who are not. Then we will split into smaller groups and explore :Gastronomy through the Ages. This Gray Line Tour was created when Tucson became the first city to be awarded the UNESCO World City of Gastronomy designation. Dinner is ‘on own’ tonight, but you may not be very hungry! (B,L)

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Day 5

Enjoy your included breakfast at the hotel this morning.
Board the coach for the trip to the University of Arizona for a guided tour focusing on the vegetation on campus. 
Our tour will focus on the Sonoran Native plants.
Lunch on own at many of the unique restaurants within walking distance  
After lunch we will head to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures which houses and displays over 275 miniature houses and roomboxes, spanning over 250 years, displayed in three galleries; The Enchanted Realm, The History Gallery and the Exploring the World Gallery.  Though this had nothing to do with gardens it’s a little hidden gem of Tucson. We will then head back to the hotel to freshen up before heading to the Gas Light Theatre for dinner and a show. (B,D)

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Day 6

Enjoy your included breakfast at the hotel this morning. Check out of your Tucson hotel and head to Phoenix.
Visit the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix’s botanical garden. 140 acres features agaves, cacti, and other
Southwestern species, collections of plants from Australia, Baja California, and South America, several trails, and the Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science. We’ll have an included lunch before we depart for Frank Lloyd Wright’s
Taleisin West. This is the famous architect’s “desert laboratory,” Wright’s winter home and headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship. It was designed, built and maintained by Wright and his apprentices, making it the most personal of his creations. It’s now a National Historic Landmark in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains and home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
This evening we arrive in Sedona and check in at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. (B,L)

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Day 7

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel before departing for Red Rock State Park. This is a 286-acre nature preserve that’s home to one of the most iconic natural formations of the American Southwest, Cathedral Rock. Then move on to Walnut Canyon National Monument. This is another impressive rock formation near Flagstaff that once was the site of cliff dwellings. In Flagstaff, we will give you time to shop and grab lunch “on your own”.
Next we will head south for a ranch experience at the M Diamond Ranch near Rimrock, Az. This is a century-old, family-owned, authentic western ranch where we’ll enjoy an evening “Ranch Rendezvous,” featuring a horse-drawn wagon tour, and a cowboy cookout as the sun sets. (B, D)

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Day 8

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we depart for the Grand Canyon. Take a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway to see the South Rim, Travel like a rail baron in the plush parlor car. Step out on the rear platform and see the landscape from a different and unique perspective. Enjoy a private bar featuring exclusive cocktails, and morning and afternoon snacks provided. You will have from approximately 12-3PM at the Grand Canyon to explore as you like. With its ever-changing and dramatic scenery of enormous proportions, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its pine and fir forests, painted deserts, sandstone canyons, mesas and plateaus, volcanic and geologic features, the Colorado River, perennial streams, and waterfalls breathtakingly combine to form one of Earth’s greatest landmarks. The only one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World to be located in North America, more than 4,000,000 people visit the canyon each year, making it the most visited national park in the United States. Two optional tours work seemly with the railroad schedule—The Freedom Tour and the Grand Tour—see
www.thetrain.com/plan/grand-canyon-tours/ to schedule your tour.

Return to the hotel after tour. Dinner will be on own. (B)

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Day 9

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you check out
Transfer from Hotel to Phoenix airport
Fly home from Phoenix today (B)

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Harrisburg 4300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg PA 17112
Out from Weis Markets - Closest to Sheetz
Mechanicsburg - Sams 6520 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg PA 17050
Sam Club Lot closest to Silver Spring Diner
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