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Arizona Sonora bike tour


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Southern Arizona: Azure skies, endless vistas hemmed with 10,000-foot peaks. Names out of a medieval fantasy: the Chiricahuas, the Dragoons, Catalinas, Rincons. This is the land of Geronimo, Cochise and 250-year-old saguaro cactus, where the sweet scent of desert creosote flower fills the air. Wildlife is prolific, from coyote to javelina, desert tortoise and rare birds. Bike sun-drenched roads. Hike through heart-stealing landscapes. Visit boutique wineries. Explore the fascinating Arizona Sonora Desert, Saguaro National Park, the Pima Air & Space Museum, Tombstone, Kartchner Caverns and plenty more.

Road bike
6 days
451 km / 280 mi
$ 2,998.-
  • Meals: all included except one diner.
  • Can be tailored to all levels, there are optional miles that can be ridden on many days.
  • Luggage transfer.
  • Included wine tasting, Kartchner Caverns tour.
  • E-bike rent possible.
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%



Road bike
6 days
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
451 km / 280 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
28 Feb 2021 - 05 Mar 2021
07 Mar 2021 - 12 Mar 2021
14 Mar 2021 - 19 Mar 2021
21 Mar 2021 - 26 Mar 2021
28 Mar 2021 - 02 Apr 2021
03 Oct 2021 - 08 Oct 2021
10 Oct 2021 - 15 Oct 2021
17 Oct 2021 - 22 Oct 2021
24 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2021
31 Oct 2021 - 06 Nov 2021
More 2021 start dates Nov: 7, 14.
Airport at start
Internationale luchthaven Tucson
Airport at finish
Internationale luchthaven Tucson


Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,998.-
E- Bike
Electric bike (e-bike): zoom up the hills for $200 USD for the tour
We request at least 60 days advance notice for one of these below. Please note that e-bikes are not available in all locations.
$ 200.-
E-bike high end
Orbea Avant M20D high-end carbon fiber bike with compact Ultegra gearing.
We request at least 60 days advance notice for one of these below. Please note that e-bikes are not available in all locations.
$ 300.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 809.-


Day 1: Get oriented at the desert museum before cycling through colossal cacti in west Saguaro National Park.

Meet at one of three designated pick-up spots in Tucson. Shuttle to the marvelous Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for a tour while your guides prepare your bikes for the week. After a bike fit, pedal the Tucson Loop along the Rialto Riverbed into the Sonoran Desert, populated by Saguaro - the classic 'cactus' shaped plant one sees in cartoons - are a universal symbol of the American West. Surprisingly, they are rare as cacti go, found only in a small portion of the Sonoran Desert. Bicycle the quiet roads in Tucson Mountain Park and West Saguaro National Park, which protect some of the most impressive 'forests' of these mystical sub-tropical giants. Stay the next 3 nights at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. 40 miles.
Distance:  49 miles, Elevation +2,336 ft / -2,207ft

Day 2: Cycle rural roads, paved paths and the “Cactus loop” in Saguaro National Park .

Today, we begin our ride at Le Buzz Café, a popular staging location and hangout for local cyclists. Follow rural roads on the outskirts of Tucson, stopping here and there to take in views of the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains to the north and east. Explore Saguaro National Park East on the 8-mile Cactus Forest Loop takes you on a cruise through the rare saguaro forests of this area. Some folks say they could do this loop all day long – and indeed, many take the time to ride it in both directions! Following a gloriously gourmet picnic lunch, ride back to Loews on The Loop, or hop in the van to shuttle if you wish. You may want to save time for a visit to the marvelous Tucson Day Spa, located onsite at Loews Resort.
Meals: B, L. 44 miles Elevation +2027 ft /-1604 ft (or less)

Day3: Choose between a hike into Ventana Canyon or a challenging ride up Mt Lemmon.

Ventana Canyon's accessible-but-untouched state is something of a rarity. For years it had few visitors because one had to get permission from private landowners to reach it; only recently has an easement for the general public been acquired. So, today, hike into the Catalina Mountains – through hillsides forested with saguaro, ocotillo, prickly pear and fragrant mesquite trees, high into this gorgeous canyon with its magnificent views. Watch for hummingbirds and bighorn sheep!
If you prefer the cycling challenge, ride all or part-way up Mt. Lemmon – one of the biggest mountain-climbs you can tackle on a road bicycle. The good news is you don’t need to go all the way to the top for great vistas. Some of the best viewpoints occur after just a few miles of the climb! The whole round trip tallies some 76 miles with over 7400’ of climbing. Ouch.
Meals: B, D  60 miles (Mt. Lemmon option) Elevation +6250 ft

Day 4: Cycle the “Sky Islands”to a mountain reservoir. Stay at an Inn known for its diversity of birds and butterflies

Today holds plenty of surprises - the first being Elgin, Arizona, whose rich soils are almost a mirror image of those in Burgundy, France. Elgin was the first local region to engage in commercial wine-making. The wide-open spaces and sparkling skies of the upscale Sonoita area provide rich terroir for saucy Sauvignons, perky Pinots and tasty Tempranillos. Sample a few, then ride on to the beautiful, secluded Casa de San Pedro, where over 355 species of birds and hundreds of butterflies reside. Enjoy a family-style Mexican dinner.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner Lodging: Casa de San Pedro
Distance: 49miles. Elevation: +3,889 ft / -3,759 ft (or shorter)

Day 5: A bicycle “brothel,” a border wall, and bohemian bisbee. .

Today, pedal back in time to Coronado National Memorial for lunch and a tour. In 1540, the expedition led by commander Francisco Vazquez de Coronado arrived, bringing hundreds of Europeans, Aztec/Mexica allies, and scores of servants and slaves. Their arrival left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of this region - and sparked an era of cultural fusion. Explore the park, then after a picnic lunch, ride back for another night at tranquil Casa de San Pedro. 15-30 miles.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner Lodging: Casa de San Pedro
Distance: 48 miles.  Elevation: +2,367 ft / -2,368 ft (or less)

Day 6:Bicycle side roads to Tombstone then on to Kartchner Caverns, a stunning limestone cavern system.

Bicycle side roads to the Old Wild West in Tombstone. Once you've had your fill of this frontier boomtown, continue on to Kartchner Caverns, which boast world-class cave formations considered to be the best of their kind in the entire world. This cave was kept a secret for 14 years to protect it. In 1985, Governor Bruce Babbitt secretly left the state capitol with two bodyguards and spent three hours crawling through the cave's tight passages to reach the cave's showcase chambers, including the Big Room, Echo Passage and Cul-de-sac Passage. Open only since 1988, it is now a fascinating state park. Explore the caves, then head back to Tucson for your re-entry into the real world.
Meals Breakfast
Distance 30 miles Elevation +1,157 ft / -829 ft

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

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