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Arizona: Saguaro National Park & the Sonoran Desert

Get ready to experience the art, tranquility and stunning natural beauty of America’s Southwest!

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 4 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.7 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation Only

$2,745

(per person, double occupancy)

Arizona: Saguaro National Park & the Sonoran Desert

Get ready to experience the art, tranquility and stunning natural beauty of America’s Southwest! From the saddle of your custom VBT bicycle, you’ll set out across the open desert, surrounded by magnificent mountains and the wide Arizona sky. Along the way, you’ll visit one-of-a-kind museums and art galleries, savor a wine tasting at a family-owned Arizona winery, and witness firsthand the region’s unique plant and wildlife, including the iconic Saguaro cacti. Your Southwest vacation will also afford you tremendous opportunities for Arizona birding. Your lodgings at a charming B&B, a historic ranch, and a serene resort ensure that your experience of southern Arizona is authentic from start to finish.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills, ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who would like assistance This tour includes strategic shuttles on most days in order to access the best cycling routes, avoiding busy roads and repetitive scenery.

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 4 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Bus Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Delight in a wine tasting and picnic lunch at a family-owned vineyard.
  • Dig into the region's mining legacy at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.
  • Spend time exploring the highly regarded Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
  • Join a Harris's Hawk (or other raptor) free flight demonstration
  • Take in local art at galleries in Bisbee and Tubac.
  • Peer up at the mighty Saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park.
  • Relax with a game of golf or at the luxurious spa facilities of the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.
  • Enjoy delicious food in a region that draws its culinary inspirations from Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences.

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (℉):

Feb68º/41º

Mar73º/44º

Apr81º/51º

Oct84º/57º

Nov73º/45º

Average
Precipitation:

Feb.07 in

Mar0.7 in

Apr0.3 in

Oct0.9 in

Nov0.6 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation Only

6 nights in a distinctive Southwestern B&B and two historic guest ranches Check
13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Sun, Oct 13 to Sat, Oct 19 - 2019

Show Itinerary:

Make your own arrangements for travel to Arizona and to our first inn. VBT offers a shuttle that departs from Tucson International Airport at 1:00 p.m., you are welcome to use it. Please make a reservation at https://www.stagecoachexpressshuttle.com/vbt.php. Once at the airport, meet your Stagecoach Express driver near baggage claim #7. The travel time to Casa San Pedro is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

If you are scheduled to arrive at the airport after the shuttle’s departure or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi at your own expense. For guests driving to the tour, we recommend that you park your vehicle at the Tucson International Airport and make reservations with Stagecoach Express, as our tour ends in Tucson. Parking at the airport costs approximately $10 a day in the garage, or $4.50-$6 a day in the economy lot offsite. Or you can park at Casa de San Pedro B&B for the week. Please contact the first inn if any travel delays or changes occur; they will inform your VBT Trip Leaders.

Take time to settle in and change into your biking clothes. At 3:00 p.m., meet your group and your VBT Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a short warm-up ride. At 5:30 p.m., get to know your fellow travelers during a tour orientation and welcome reception before your transfer to Bisbee for dinner.

Hotel: Casa de San Pedro B&B
Meals: Dinner
Daily Option: 6 miles

This morning, your Arizona vacation continues as you cycle to the historic mining town of Bisbee. Nestled among the Mule Mountains, Bisbee was founded in 1880 and remained a thriving community until large-scale mining operations ceased in the 1970s. Today, Bisbee is flourishing as an artists’ colony. Upon arrival in Bisbee, begin exploring; make sure you stop in at the Bisbee Bicycle Brothel (“the best little wheelhouse in Arizona”). The Brothel does offer bicycles and other items for sale, both vintage and current. However, it serves as more of a museum than a bicycle shop. Don’t forget the mining history of Bisbee, and take some time to visit the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. After exploring, you will gather at a local restaurant for an included lunch. Afterward, there’ll be more time to explore the historic town.

At your leisure, cycle back to the inn, where you will have dinner.

Note: Casa de San Pedro does not have a liquor license and welcomes guests to provide their own. Your hosts will be happy to help you purchase something should you not have the opportunity to procure your choice of beverage prior to your arrival.

Hotel: Casa de San Pedro B&B
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Daily Options: 31 or 54 miles

Today, shuttle from Hereford to Sonoita and then cycle through beautiful open range to a local winery, where you enjoy a picnic lunch and a tasting. Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business in beautiful Elgin, Arizona—right in the middle of what has become known as “winery row.” The vineyard’s first planting was in 2005, and its first harvest was in the fall of 2008. The winery practices traditional winemaking methods and eliminated the use of herbicides and pesticides in the vineyard in 2006.

In the afternoon, cycle into Patagonia, where you can visit eclectic local shops. Be sure to stop for “the best cup of coffee in Arizona” and a tasty treat at Gathering Grounds. Of course, if something cold is more to your liking, you will find plenty of options. In the late afternoon, board a shuttle from Gathering Grounds to Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. Settle into your private hacienda and enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.

Hotel: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Daily Options: 16 or 36 miles

After a leisurely breakfast, cycle a scenic ride into the town of Tubac then across the Santa Cruz River for a leisurely ride in the beautiful countryside. On your way back, you’ll stop at Tumacacori National Historical Park, a mission dating to the 17th century, and enjoy a self-guided visit of the mission, museum, orchard, garden and trails. You can also visit the family-owned and -operated Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company. Afterward, you’ll have time to explore Tubac, an artists’ colony with an array of talented sculptors, painters, potters, artisans and jewelers.

After lunch on your own, the afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure. Relax at the resort, enjoy golf, or take advantage of the spa. If you desire a tee time or spa appointment during your stay, we recommend that you contact the resort prior to traveling.

Enjoy dinner this evening at the resort.

Hotel: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Daily Options: 24 miles

Today, shuttle from Tubac Golf Resort & Spa to Saguaro National Park. Visit the remarkable Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where you will have a chance to walk through the desert, see wild animals and desert plants, attend a live animal presentation, lectures and visit an art show. This unusual museum houses more than 300 animal species and more than 1,200 varieties of plants in a beautiful natural setting. Take a self-guided tour along the two miles of walking trails. You will have a chance to enjoy lunch on your own in either of the museum’s two restaurants. In the afternoon, take an exhilarating ride through Saguaro National Your ride continues to stunning Gates Pass and then along The Loop, Tucson’s new multi-use path, on to the hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Hotel: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch
Meals: Breakfast
Daily Options: 33 miles

Today, after a shuttle from the ranch, you cycle a scenic route into Saguaro National Park. Here, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch while gazing at the universal symbol of the American West, the stunning Saguaro cactus, which can only be found in this region. Saguaro National Park, located on the edge of the modern city of Tucson, protects some of the most impressive forests of these subtropical, giant cacti. After lunch, you cycle to Broadway Bicycles and back to Hacienda del Sol. Be sure to leave time to stop and purchase an Arizona cycling jersey.

Tonight, celebrate with the group during a farewell dinner at Hacienda del Sol’s renowned restaurant, The Grill.

Hotel: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Daily Options: 14, 22 or 34 miles

The tour concludes after breakfast at your hotel. A shuttle to the Tucson airport will be provided to guests at 9:00 a.m., arriving approximately 40 minutes later. If you are flying out of Tucson, we suggest a flight no earlier than 12:00 p.m. Guests who need to get to the airport earlier or later must make their own arrangements. The VBT shuttle is also available to shuttle guests whose cars are parked at the first inn. It will arrive at the inn by noon.

Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

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