Arizona: Saguaro National Park & the Sonoran Desert

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Desert meets artistic heritage on this unique Arizona cycling vacation. Spin through southern Arizona’s high desert landscape as you pedal the Arivaca Road toward Buenos Aires National Wildlife Rescue Park. There, discover the ciénega, an unusual desert oasis with spring-fed pools, graceful willows, and rich bird life. Experience the vibrant artists’ communit...
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Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
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    • Explore the walking trails and fascinating exhibits of the highly regarded Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.
    • Bike and picnic among the beautiful saguaro cacti of Saguaro National Park.
    • Visit the Tumacácori National Historical Park for a self-guided tour, home to three Spanish mission communities and beautiful orchards and gardens.
    • Cycle on The Loop, named the number one bike path in America by USA Today, through vibrant Tucson, along the Santa Cruz and the Rillito Rivers.
    • Savor local cuisine infused with Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American influences.

What's this trip about?

    Desert meets artistic heritage on this unique Arizona cycling vacation. Spin through southern Arizona’s high desert landscape as you pedal the Arivaca Road toward Buenos Aires National Wildlife Rescue Park. There, discover the ciénega, an unusual desert oasis with spring-fed pools, graceful willows, and rich bird life. Experience the vibrant artists’ community of Tubac—and the remarkable golden light that has inspired generations of local artisans. Learn about the natural history of the region as you explore the remarkable Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—discovering the plants, land animals, and aquatic species that call this region home. Cycle sections of “The Loop” in Tucson, rated as the #1 bike path in America. As you pedal through fields of towering succulents at Saguaro National Park, you’ll see why there’s no other place like this on Earth.


Itinerary focusActive and Outdoor Sports
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 20 people
Age range13 to 80 years
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityTucson
End CityTucson

Travel Themes

  • Birding
  • Cultural
  • Cycling & Biking
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • North America


  • Arizona


  • Bird watching
  • Culture
  • Cycling
  • History
  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Guided Group

Trip includes

    • Custom VBT Bike and Helmet
    • Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders
    • Support Vehicle
    • Luggage Transportation
    • Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes
    • Welcome Reception
    • Facilitated Cultural Experiences
    • Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure


Travel Map
DAY 1: Arrive in Tubac / VBT Bicycling Vacation begins / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception and dinner

Make your own arrangements for travel to Arizona and to our first hotel. VBT offers a shuttle that departs from Tucson International Airport at 1:30 p.m. The shuttle works on a “show and go” basis. Reservations are not required. Your Top Shelf Transportation driver wi...

DAY 2: Discover Tubac / Visit Tumacácori National Historical Park

After breakfast, a scenic cycling route delivers you to the town of Tubac, crossing the Santa Cruz River for a leisurely ride in the beautiful countryside. On your way back, you may stop to visit the family-owned and -operated Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company. Nex...

DAY 3: Shuttle to Arivaca / Cycle Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge to Amado / Shuttle to Tucson

Today, shuttle from Tubac to South Ruby Road near Arivaca Lake for a ride experience in the southern Arizona Sonoran high desert. Pause at Arivaca’s Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and wander the trails through semi-desert grasslands, cottonwoods, and willow-lin...

DAY 4: Shuttle to Saguaro National Park West / Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

This morning, shuttle from Hacienda del Sol to Saguaro National Park West, home to the remarkable Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This unusual museum boasts more than 300 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants in a beautiful natural setting. There’ll be ample time...

DAY 5: Saguaro National Park East / Farewell dinner

For the final ride of your Arizona bike tour, cycle from the hotel. Today’s ride is a scenic route first on The Loop for 15 miles along the Rillito River and Pantano Wash and then along the Old Spanish Trail into Saguaro National Park East. Once in the park, follow th...

DAY 6: VBT Bicycling Vacation ends / Departure

Your Arizona bike tour concludes after an included breakfast at your hotel. VBT’s complimentary shuttle is available to take departing guests to the Tucson International Airport at 9:00 a.m., arriving approximately 40 minutes later. If you are flying out of Tucson, we...

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Price per day$524
Last Updated: 3/1/2024
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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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VBT Bicycling Vacations

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Since 1971, VBT has crafted immersive and authentic biking vacations for active travelers. When you travel with VBT, you’re not just another tourist—you’re a traveler. With us, you’ll experience your destination with the help of a local, bilingual trip leader with a passion for sharing their home with you. You’ll eat in local restaurants, stay in accommodations that have been family-owned for generations and cycle through vineyards, olive groves, and medieval villages. 

With VBT, you won’t just visit a place—you’ll immerse yourself in it. You might follow a centuries-old pasta recipe while taking a cooking class in Rome—or learn a folk dance in Croatia, followed by sharing a bottle of locally-produced Grk wine with your new friends. Exploring the world on two wheels lets you experience your surroundings on a deeper level.


VBT offers exceptional value without compromising on quality. Simply put, no other US-based active travel company offers an experience this rich for such a reasonable price. On our tours, you can see more sights, have more local experiences, and enjoy more delicious, authentic meals—all while staying in high-quality, boutique hotels and charming, family-run inns.


All you have to do is show up at the airport—we’ll handle the rest! From tour consultants who help you find the perfect vacation to expert local trip leaders who show you the best place for gelato, we take care of all the little details that make your trip memorable. We book your flights, arrange all your transportation and accommodations, and move your luggage between hotels. Our support vans are available to give you a lift up a hill or quickly fix a flat tire. VBT takes care of your travel details and creates unique itineraries so you can relax and enjoy your small-group vacation from start to finish.


Friendly camaraderie, cultural immersion, and casual comforts are the hallmarks of our vacations. Discover delightful people, beautiful hotels, foreign cultures, and fascinating lifestyles that will enrich your life and provide memories for years to come.

Why we love this operator
Their unique emphasis on immersive cultural experiences combined with active exploration with personalized cycling experiences.
What they’re known for
VBT Cycling are renowned for offering exceptional guided and self-guided bicycle tours worldwide.


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Meals Included

10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Age Requirements
13 to 80 years
Additional Information
This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills, ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support vehicle is always available for those who would like assistance. This tour includes strategic shuttles on most days in order to access the best cycling routes, avoiding busy roads and repetitive scenery. Please note that it can be windy in February, and temperatures are colder at night and in the morning. Desert flora generally begins blooming in late March to early April. Daily Mileage: 9 - 42 miles| Biking: 2 - 4 hours| Group Size: 20
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