Trips and Tours: Sponsored by SunBird & Sun Lakes Activities Directors

For more information or reservations please contact Free Spirit Vacations and Events at 480-926-5547 or [email protected]

Heard Museum and Pueblo Grand

January 9; price is $99 per person

Visit two of the Valley’s premier Native American museums. Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art. Pueblo Grande Museum is located on a 1,500 year old archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture located just minutes from downtown Phoenix.

Domingo DeGrazia and his Spanish Guitar Band

January 21; price is $99 per person

At the 1929 historic restored Paramount Theatre, Domingo DeGrazia, son of famed artist Ted DeGrazia, blends Spanish guitar style with the passion and flair of Flamenco guitar technique. Lunch is included.

Verde Canyon Railroad

February 4; price is $125 pp (coach), $175 pp (first class)

Board the Verde Canyon Railroad for a four hour diesel train journey to places only accessible by rail. See crimson cliffs, eagle nests, white water rapids and abandoned gold mines.

Need 4 Speed

February 8; price is $99 per person

The Penske Racing Museum showcases an amazing collection of cars, trophies and memorabilia chronicling the career of one of the most successful dynasties in all of sports. Then enjoy thoroughbred racing at its finest at Turf Paradise; includes lunch.

Parada del Sol

February 11; price is $79 per person

Since its start in 1953, this parade has grown to be one of the world’s largest horse drawn parades and boasts more than 150 parade entries. Special seating is included for the parade. Afterwards visit the Trails End Celebration. Enjoy the live music, delicious food, and shop among the vendors.

Bisbee Chocolate and Wine

February 11-12; price is $275 pp/double, $375 pp/single

Travel from the Valley to Bisbee, a free-spirited place with a thriving arts/music/hospitality scene amid a remarkably well-preserved historical architectural setting. Enjoy chocolate tasting to benefit the Copper Queen Library. Also included is a tour of the Queen Mine and wine tasting in Sonoita.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

February 12; price is $69 per person

Tucson becomes playground number one for the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, bargains and bragging rights. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show pulls in thousands of treasure hunters from every corner of the globe.

Tubac Arts and Crafts Festival

February 12; price is $79 per person

Every February, the Tubac Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the Tubac Festival of the Arts. The major event of the year for Tubac showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists.

Florence Agri-Tour

February 15; price is$99 per person

Begin at the Queen Creek Olive Mill with a tour and included lunch before traveling to Florence for wine tasting and fresh vegetables. Meet the grower and discuss the aspects of farming in the Southwest.

Tucson Rodeo VIP Access

February 18-19; price is $299 pp/double, $350 pp/single

Chicks and Chaps is a nonprofit organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, research and patients in local communities while teaching about the sport of rodeo. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at the Tucson Rodeo, including clinics with rodeo professionals, cowgirls, and cowboys, behind-the-chutes tour, mimosa brunch and entertainment in the chick pit, reserved rodeo seating, and a tax-deductible donation to breast cancer research.

CA Presidents and Heroes

February 18-21; price is $575 pp/double, $775 pp/single

This President’s Day weekend, travel to Southern California to celebrate the lives of America’s presidents and heroes. Tour the Reagan Library, the Nixon Library and the George Patton Museum. Also meet four-legged American heroes at the Guide Dog of America facility. Learn how the loving partnership between dog and human develops.

Yuma Lettuce Days

February 24-26; price is $425 pp/double, $575 pp/single

Yuma, AZ is the world’s sunniest destination as well as the nation’s winter vegetable capital. The annual Lettuce Days Feastival celebrates the area’s agricultural abundance. Also tour the University of Arizona’s Yuma Agricultural Center (YAC), a working research farm. There will also be time to shop ‘til you drop in Algodones before returning home.

San Diego Deluxe

February 24-27; price is $695 pp/double, $875 pp/single

Upgrade your hotel and include an extra day along with the world famous San Diego Zoo. Your tour will include everything on the value tour (see above), plus an additional night accommodations and admission to the San Diego Zoo.

Winter Break – The Next Generation

February 27–March 1; price is $299 pp/double, $350 pp/single

Winter break in Laughlin is a recreation of spring break, except for the 55 plus age group. Flirt with Lady Luck, Rock ‘n Roll on the river to the sounds of ABBA Fab and December ‘63. There will be non-stop entertainment and fun at the Tropicana Laughlin.

Copper Canyon Mexico

Departs March 12-19; price is $1450 pp/double, $1750 pp/single

For those who love the unusual and seek adventure, the Copper Canyon is the answer. The Copper Canyon, the largest canyon in North America at an altitude of 8000 feet, is home to the least acculturated Native Americans in North America, the Tarahumara Indians, who are semi-nomadic cliff dwellers. The train ride in the sky provides the only access this wilderness and is probably the most dramatic railway journey in the Western Hemisphere as it travels through 86 tunnels and over 37 trestles.

Princes Cruise California Coastal

March 18-25; price is $1175 pp/double (inside), $1425 pp/double (outside) and $1625 pp/double (balcony

Price includes roundtrip transportation from Phoenix to Los Angeles. Hug the scenic shores of the sun-kissed California coast, where inviting beaches, fascinating cities and exciting attractions await. Sail along the Pacific Coast and visit ports of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada.

Springtime Magic – Central CA Coast

March 18-22; price is $895 pp/double, $1250 pp/single

This almost ethereal experience features the central California coast. Explore Channel Island, Arroyo Grande, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Hearst’s Castle and the quirky Madonna Inn.