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Desert Winter Sunshine

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This tour offers great cycling on quiet roads. Experience the Sonoran Desert with giant cacti, vast grassland prairies, pine forests and rugged rock formations. Experience the rich history of Hispanic architecture, food and culture and the cowboy culture.

Recreational, Road bike
7 days
475 km / 295 mi
$ 2,495.-
  • Excellent meals and accommodations with a local character.
  • Meals included: all breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Snacks and sport-drinks during the day.
  • Experienced cycling guides and support van.
  • Including entrance fees to selected attractions.
  • Option to shorten or extend the daily distances.

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
7 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
Total distance
475 km / 295 mi
Climbing
3260 m / 10695 ft
Lodging
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
Bicycle
Rental
Dates
03 Nov 2018 - 09 Nov 2018
10 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
17 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
03 Mar 2019 - 09 Mar 2019
10 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019
Start
Tucson (15.00)
Finish
Tucson (15.00)
Transfer
Tucson airport. Transfer not included.
Airport at start
Tucson Int. Airport (TUS)
Airport at finish
Tucson Int. Airport (TUS)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,495.-
rental hybrid bike
$ 200.-
Optional
rental road bike
$ 200.-
Optional
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.
$ 495.-

Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday: Arrival in Tucson
Day one of the bike tour we meet for bike fitting and introductions at the Lodge on the Desert at 4 PM. Our hacienda style boutique hotel is situated in Tucson framed with the majestic backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Guides and guests will meet again in the lobby at 6:15 PM and dinner will follow at the hotel at 7:00 PM.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2

Monday: The Western Sonora Desert and Desert Museum
Day two of the bike tour we bike through the magic of Saguaro National Park with majestic cacti of all shapes and sizes. We will stop for lunch at the fabulous Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. There are several restaurants at the museum including the Ocotillo Café for a great Southwestern lunch from locally grown foods. After lunch we bike to the beautiful Madera Canyon and our lodgings, the Santa Rita Lodge, in the Coronado National Forest.
Daily Mileage Options: 30 to 67 with various drop points available
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Tuesday: Madera Canyon to Sonoita
We bike from Madera Canyon in the morning and, after a picnic lunch, bike the Nogales Highway to Sahuarita Road. The last part of the route we bike through the Santa Rita foothills to the grassland prairies near Sonoita. We will stay at the Sonoita Inn.
Daily Mileage Options: 30 to 58 with various drop points available
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Wednesday: Sonoita to Sierra Vista
Today we will bike to Fort Huachuca, an army base established in 1887. The buildings of the old army post have been declared a National Historic Landmark and one is now a museum dedicated to the many forts that dotted the Southwest in the latter part of the 19th Century. We will bike through Sierra Vista and then enter Ramsey Canyon road, which is a beautiful gradual uphill pedal to the lovely Ramsey Canyon Inn located immediately next to The Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve. There are world-famous bird watching and hiking trails here for those who are interested.
Daily Mileage Options: 28, 43
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Thursday: Sierra Vista to Tombstone
Day five of the bike tour is a relaxing day with a lovely ride to Tombstone and a chance to explore this interesting and historic town. We will lunch in Tombstone and then guests will have the afternoon to explore this unique Western town. Bikers will stay at the Tombstone Bordello.
Daily Mileage Options: 26, 42, 70
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Friday: Tombstone to Bisbee
Today our bike route traverses desert, rangeland and plenty of quiet countryside. We will enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Entering Bisbee, you will get a good view of the copper mine, the great traditional industry of this part of the world. Bisbee is perhaps one of the best-preserved, western towns in America. We will stay at the famous old Copper Queen Hotel.
Daily Mileage Options: 33, 45, 52, 71
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Saturday: Saguaro Park East to Colossal Caves
For our final ride of the bike tour we start off from Saguaro Park East and head out the Old Spanish Trail to Colossal Caves Park. We will celebrate with a wrap-up picnic in the park and say our farewells.
Daily Mileage Options: 20
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Map & Routes

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