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Arizona Bike Tour

Tucson & Sonoran Desert—Red Rock & Blue Sky

From $2,598 - $2,998 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$500 to $550 for sgl. occ.)

Is this a mirage? Vast skies above the Sonoran Desert. Towering saguaro cacti bursting to life in the spring. Splashes of color across the earthy terrain. Roadrunners—and cyclists!—revitalized by cooler fall temperatures. Luxurious resorts and quaint artists' towns. It's not a mirage. It's Arizona.

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Tucson, Arizona

Tucson and Sonoran Desert Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Mingle with creative souls in artsy Tubac and explore historic Tumacácori Mission, a National Historic Monument
  • Admire the otherwordly towering saguaros, “jumping” chollas and organ-pipe cacti in Saguaro National Park
  • Taste distinctive Sonoita wines amid a serene landscape of oak glades and native yucca in Arizona's wine country, set at 5,000 feet
  • Meet Gila monsters and prairie dogs at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—a one-of-a-kind experienc
Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson and Sonoran Desert Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Journey to the rolling grasslands of Sonoita, Arizona's wine country, at an altitude of 5,000 feet | Bike the scenic road around “vineyard alley” to Italian-inspired Kief-Joshua Estates for an exclusive tasting | There's an eclectic vibe in Patagonia, a former mining and railroad town | Spin along quiet riverside roads past adobe houses and ranches   

Day 2  Pedal in the high desert, perhaps spotting javelinas, jackrabbits or roadrunners | Visit the Spanish mission of Tumacácori, a National Historic Monument |  Browse Tubac's distinctive art galleries and studios

Day 3 Marvel at high-desert flora as you bike on the Old Spanish Trail | Explore Saguaro National Park, home to the long-armed saguaro cactus, which grows nowhere else on Earth | Horse ranches line a route that skirts the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. 

Days 4-5 Visit the unique Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum | Pedal iconic Gates Pass with a breathtaking climb over rainbow-colored mountains | In Tucson, treat yourself to tacos and a cold drink at Mercado San Augustín | Immerse yourself one last time in the quintessential Arizona landscape, punctuated by massive saguaros | Walk from the hotel into the stunning Tortolita Mountain foothills, following trails through a land once occupied by the Hohokam people.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2017 November

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,598 - $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$500 to $550 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

Tubac (2 nights)

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Marana (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Arizona

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

Tubac (2 nights)

Enveloped by mountains, this sophisticated oasis is nestled in the lush Santa Cruz River Valley. (pool, spa)

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Marana (2 nights)

A lavish high-desert resort built in harmony with the land's majestic saguaro cacti. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 16* 700 36* 1100
2 20* 1000 29* 1800 59 2800
3 19* 900 32* 1500 52 2400
Saguaro National Park Walk (30 Minutes)
4 29* 1500 41* 2100 53 2200
5 Tortolita Mountain Foothills Hike (3 Miles; 1,200' elevation gain)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners 

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accessing the Best Rides & Shuttle Time

To access the very best biking routes, we'll often bypass busy roads and repetitive scenery by starting and ending our bike rides with strategic shuttles. Expect shuttle times of 1–2 hours on most days.

Electric-Assist Bikes (ebikes)

The city of Tucson prohibits motorized devices (including ebikes) on bicycle pathways. On this trip we utilize these pathways for a small portion of our routes on Day 3 and Day 4. Ebike users will have to pedal their bike without the battery in these sections. Your trip leaders will help facilitate the removal and return of your batteries.

Why Travel with Backroads in Arizona

The Best Leaders in Arizona

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Arizona, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Arizona trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Arizona you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Navigate Your Way in Arizona

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Arizona. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Arizona has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Photo Gallery

Biking - Arizona Bike Tour
Pool at Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Cactus flowers - Arizona Bike Tour
Cow - Arizona Bike Tour
Tubac Golf Resort Bar - Arizona Bike Tour
Cycling on Backroads Arizona Bike Tour
Margaritas - Arizona Bike Tour
Sunset - Arizona Bike Tour
Arizona Bike Tour
Road runner - Arizona Bike Tour

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accessing the Best Rides & Shuttle Time

To access the very best biking routes, we'll often bypass busy roads and repetitive scenery by starting and ending our bike rides with strategic shuttles. Expect shuttle times of 1–2 hours on most days.

Electric-Assist Bikes (ebikes)

The city of Tucson prohibits motorized devices (including ebikes) on bicycle pathways. On this trip we utilize these pathways for a small portion of our routes on Day 3 and Day 4. Ebike users will have to pedal their bike without the battery in these sections. Your trip leaders will help facilitate the removal and return of your batteries.
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