Starting in Tucson, we’ll tour the city to get a bit of local color while getting used to our bikes, and then enjoy a welcome dinner. The next day we’ll make our way south through historic and Mexican-flavored neighborhoods before entering the San Xavier Indian Reservation. We’ll stop at the magnificent Mission San Xavier del Bac, founded in 1700 by Father Kino. From the mission, we’ll pedal through the Indian village of Bac, with its picturesque graveyard, and then plunge into the stark and sometimes startling landscape of the Sonoran desert on quiet Mission Road.
Our route follows the beautiful Santa Cruz River, a linear oasis in the desert. From the artists’ village of Tubac (Arizona’s oldest town) to the Tumacacori National Historic Park, there is plenty to see. We’ll learn of the cultural clashes between Spanish settlers and local Apaches, and see the beautiful remnants of the old, failed mission. Continuing southward we head to the border town of Nogales with its laid-back atmosphere and plenty of sights and shopping, and we’ll walk across the border for dinner. We’ll return to Tucson via an alternate route which will include a ride through Saguaro National Park. From the lush green grasslands to the sea of sand and desert, from cosmopolitan Tucson to honky-tonk Nogales, our Cycling Arizona tour offers plenty of variety, great rides and a chance to experience the Southwest like no other tour.
Most of our riders have found that road bikes (with drop-down handlebars, narrower seats and thinner tires) are most suitable for this trip. Therefore, if you rent bikes through us, these are the bikes we will rent for you. If you prefer a hybrid or other kind of bike, we will try to rent one in Tucson, but we cannot guarantee the availability of any particular type of bike.
April 06, 2019 to April 13, 2019 – US $3,398.00
Duration: : 8 Days
Optional Tour Choices: $900 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
Comfortable hotels and bed-and-breakfasts that typify the region’s variety; Road bike and repair kit for the week; Services of a local gay guide and support van driver; All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners, with snacks and water refills along the way; Luggage transportation between hotels; Map and route instructions. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Transportation to and from Tucson; Transfers between Tucson airport and our hotel; Helmets and water bottles; Souvenirs, admissions; Gratuities for guides; Personal expenses such as phone, fax and beverages not included with meals.
From the mission we’ll pedal through the Indian village of Bac, with its picturesque graveyard, and then begin a climb into the arid landscape of the Sonoran desert on lonely Mission Road. After passing some enormous copper mines, our route slopes down to Green Valley, a town of retirees with wide bike lanes that also accommodate golf carts. Perhaps Green Valley’s most interesting attraction is the Titan Missile Museum, where you can see the only remaining missile of its kind – a full ten stories tall – and get a guided tour of the launching facility.
We’ll spend two nights in the sleepy cowboy village of Amado, but there will be plenty of things to keep us moving.
The next day offers several options, depending on the group. There’s great hiking in the nearby Santa Rita Mountains (which top off at well over 9000 feet); mountain biking on the famous Elephant Head trail, or up to the top of Mt. Hopkins with a visit to its observatory; horseback riding in nearby Rio Rico; or just doing some bird-watching from a hammock on the patio.
Hard-core cyclists will love the quiet, undulating road to hippyesque Arivaca and the tiny border town of Sasabe (the whole trip makes a perfect century). And you can even learn to cook for your dog at Dog Chefs of America, just down the road.
Nogales, USA is probably the most appealing town along the US-Mexican border, with a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of sights and shopping. We’ll stay on the American side of the border but have plenty of time to explore the shops along Avenida Obregon before dinner at an old mansion on the Mexican side, complete with margaritas and mariachis.
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