Day One: Late October is the perfect time to head to Tucson, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the American Southwest. We’ll stop first for coffee & goodies on our way to explore Mission San Xavier del Bac. A National Historic Landmark, “The White Dove of the Desert” was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692, making it the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. The church’s interior is filled with incredible statuary and mural paintings, allowing visitors to experience an 18th Century space. Afterwards we’ll head to Casino Del Sol—our headquarters for the night—a five-time recipient of a AAA Four-Diamond rating, and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. We’ll take some time to check into our rooms, and after a refresh, we’ll head out to enjoy lunch on self, with several lovely restaurants to choose from, including Festa International Buffet, offering live-action cooking stations, serving Asian wok stir-fry and sushi, delicious Italian pastas and pizzas, a roast carving station, huge salad bar, an amazing spread of desserts and so much more. Late afternoon we’ll gather again to head for Kitt Peak National Observatory to enjoy their famous Nightly Observing Program, an opportunity to learn about astronomy and viewing the night sky. We’ll discover how to view hidden objects in the sky with binoculars and view the deep sky objects with telescopes. It is a remarkable evening experience and it includes a light sandwich dinner.
Day Two: Breakfast is on self at the hotel, with a few food outlets to choose from. Later it’s back on the bus, and we’ll head for Biosphere 2, the world’s largest earth science laboratory, named one of the 50 must-see wonders of the world. Biosphere 2 serves as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. Biosphere 2 derives from the idea that it is modeled on Earth, the first biosphere. This 3.14-acre facility offers the most remarkable tour, with 7,200,000 cubic feet under sealed glass; housing biomes that include: ocean with coral reef, mangrove wetlands, tropical rainforest, Savanna grassland, and fog desert. Our private tour involves moderate walking and stair climbing. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch on the lovely grounds of the facility, included. This two-day tour into the Tucson region to explore Kitt Peak and Biosphere 2 is going to be incredible. Make your reservation to join us!