Photo tour of the southern arizona desert and spanish missions
Join us for an instructive Photo Tour of the Southern Arizona Desert and Spanish Missions, a one-day tour. We'll be joined by International Master Photographer and Guide, Stephen Gittins. We'll visit the Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, San Xavier Mission, Tumacácori National Monument, and Tubac.
Mr. Stephen Gittins
Phone: (602) 819-1480
Stephen Gittins has a Bachelor's Degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom, and a Master's of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University. He owns and manages Capture 12 Photographic Education in Downtown Phoenix. Stephen also teaches Digital Photography at Mesa Community College.
Saguaro National Park – The Saguaro Cactus is the symbol of the desert Southwest. Here, you will see the majestic Saguaro Cactus for as far as the eye can see. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these cacti that can reach 20 feet in height. This is an excellent place for picture taking.
San Xavier Mission -The San Xavier Mission is one of the most beautiful examples of mission architecture in the United States. Built in the 1700's, this mission features exquisite mural paintings and unique statuary. San Xavier Mission is the oldest standing European structure in the country with its design originating in Spain. Well over 200,000 visitors make San Xavier Mission a stop every year.
Tumacácori National Monument – The National Park Service has preserved three Spanish colonial missions in the Tumacácori National Monument, all of adobe construction. These missions were established in the late 1600's and early 1700's. A visitor's center provides excellent information about the history of all of these beautiful missions.
Tubac – Historians believe that the Tubac area has been inhabited for over 11,000 years. Native Americans from the Pima and O'odham tribes were among the inhabitants and were the ones who welcomed the Spanish to the area. Today, Tubac is an historic State Park that features displays of the many ruins of the area. Tubac is Arizona's first State Park and is the location of Arizona's first European settlement.
Tour Departs: First and Third Saturday of Each Month
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Pricing: $246.00 per person, includes sales taxes. Lunch and optional guide gratuity are extra.
Tour Departs: Second Saturday of Each Month, from most hotels and resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa Arizona.
Approximate pick up time: 7:00-8:00am
Approximate return time: 6:00pm
Across Arizona Tours is not responsible for viewing conditions at the sites visited and reserves the right to alter tour itinerary due to road or weather conditions. Across Arizona Tours reserves the right to require a minimum number of passengers and may cancel or use an alternate vehicle if minimum is not met. Cancellations within 24 hours of departure will be charged full price.
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