Trips/Tours

Interested in traveling? SVE is pleased to partner with Kindred Tours for all of your travel wishes. Below are their upcoming travel opportunities and contact information: 
 
Sunland Village East Tour Offerings
 
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Barleen’s Dinner Show
February 8th, Wednesday…………….$119
This affordable local tour includes so much, beginning with a delicious luncheon of slow cooked roasted beef complete with all the trimmings, topped off with a decadent slice of chocolate cake. After lunch it’s time to kick back and enjoy a fabulous matinee performance, brought to you by masterful musicians. We’ll enjoy Rock & Roll Through the Years featuring the early hits of Elvis, The Everly Brothers, and Buddy Holly. Take a trip down memory lane with those doo-wop hits we heard on the radio like Duke of Earl and At the Hop, and let’s not forget The Angels, The Chiffons and The Ronettes. This show also transports you into the 60's with Roy Orbison, The Tokens and the great sound of Motown. Get your toes tappin' and sing along as the Barleen Band cruises through the early years of Rock and Roll!
 
The 64th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts
February 10th, Friday……….................$110
Nestled at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains, on the Santa Cruz River, Tubac has enjoyed a rich history of festivals dating back to 1959. The February Tubac Fine Arts Festival, with its 64-year tradition, is the longest running art festival in Southern Arizona, drawing more than 200 artists and thousands of visitors from all over the world. The artist’s tents compliment the 100 shops, fine art galleries and working artist’s studios that grace The Village throughout the year. While the show is juried for quality, it is not pretentious—serious paintings share the street with whimsical sculptures and New Age music. We’ll also enjoy lunch on self, and there are many fine restaurants in Tubac, along with an international food court packed with fun vendor’s booths. This is a Kindred Tour’s annual trek that always fills very quickly. Don’t wait to make your reservations.
 
37th Annual Florence Historic Home & Building Tour
February 11th, Saturday………………..$99
Travel more than 150 years back in time on the Florence Historic Home & Building Tour—an exciting opportunity to explore one of Arizona’s oldest towns.  Established in 1866, Florence’s early economy was based in agriculture, but a mere nine years later silver was discovered at the Silver King Mine and Florence became the government seat of the newly formed Pinal County. Over the ensuing years Florence played an important role as a regional administrative center for all federal land transactions for Southern Arizona. The Arizona State Prison moved to Florence in 1908, replacing the Territorial Prison in Yuma. Inmates were shipped from Yuma by train to build the prison and lived in the surrounding desert during its construction. Throughout its history Florence’s architecture evolved from rustic Sonoran adobe brick buildings to the Modern Movement and all the architectural styles that existed in Territorial Arizona can be found along the streets of Florence today. We’ll stroll charming downtown Florence and enjoy the hop on, hop off trolley ride to outlying historical structures offered on the tour. Lunch is on self, with several great little restaurants to choose from. This fun annual trek should not be missed!
 
An American in Paris at Phoenix Theatre
February 25th, Saturday………………$138
Romance, dance, and the soaring melodies of George and Ira Gershwin – who could ask for anything more? This matinee performance, offered on the Mainstage of Phoenix Theatre is full of grandeur! Set to the exhilarating music of George and Ira Gershwin, this new hit musical inspired by the 1951 film includes the timeless favorites, “’S Wonderful,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “You Can’t Take That Away From Me.” The story follows a young American soldier and French girl each yearning for a new beginning in the most romantic city in the world – amongst breathtaking ballet, sweeping scores, and decadent dance. This modern and theatrical telling will make your soul soar with awe-inspiring beauty – prepare to be swept away. We’ll also enjoy lunch on self at the Miracle Mile Deli, prior to the show. A Phoenix landmark since 1949 the Miracle Mile serves the best deli sandwiches and homemade soups, along with great daily specials including a roast turkey plate, Hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls, meatloaf, mac & cheese, and so much more. We hope you’ll join us!
 
Tombstone & Bisbee
February 17th, Friday………………..$105
We’re headed south to “The Town Too Tough To Die!”  Tombstone, with its rowdy, drunken, bullet riddled past, is home to several great little restaurants, including the world-famous Big Nose Kate’s Saloon. Lunch is on self at the restaurant of your choice and afterwards we’ll take a little time to stroll the very same blood-soaked streets as Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo, and Wyatt Earp—just to name a few! Later we’ll jump back in the Transits headed for Bisbee.  Founded in 1880, driven by a booming mining industry, Bisbee became a thriving community nearly overnight. Now a living ghost town, Bisbee is home to interesting shops and galleries, terrific restaurants and neighborhoods full of artfully restored Victorian and European-style homes. We’ll spend some time exploring the downtown area and the Brewery Gulch District, before visiting some of Bisbee’s most notable sites, including St. Patrick’s Catholic Church—a magnificent monument to Bisbee’s early residents who wanted to transform a mining camp into one of the largest commercial centers in Arizona. Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson in the Mule Mountains, Bisbee draws visitors from around the world! 
 
Two Gun McGraw at the Gaslight Theatre
February 26th, Sunday………………………$132
Cheer the hero and boo the villain at the Gaslight Theatre, where musical comedy melodramas have been on the menu since 1977. Times are hard for the good folks in the frontier town of San Pecos, Texas. It seems no one can stop the local cattle rustlers and crooked officials. Until one man, with his six shooters at his hip and guitar on his
back, rides into town on his trusty horse, Ranger, and vows to clean up the town. That man is none other than Two-Gun McGraw, a rootin', tootin', singin' cowboy who faces down desperados when he is not wooing the ladies with song. Saddle up for musical western adventure as The Gaslight Theatre presents Two Gun McGraw! Located in the old Jerry Lewis Theatre in Tucson, the Gaslight is also home to the award-winning Little Anthony’s Diner, where we’ll enjoy lunch on self. Voted Tucson’s Best Diner, Little Anthony’s famously serves great sandwiches, pizza, fresh salads and so much more. Enjoy diner-style milkshakes, adult beverages, fantastic desserts, served throughout the show. The Gaslight Theatre experience is a BLAST! Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Don’t wait to make your reservations for this very popular tour.
 
The 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Faire
March 11th, Saturday…………………...$85
“For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March.” Thomas Augustine Daly
We’ll be “wearing the green” and celebrating the day at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, conveniently located next to the Irish Cultural Center. We’ll enjoy Irish music, Irish step-dancing and bagpipers. Lunch is on self, with bars throughout the faire, serving delicious corned beef and cabbage, as well as diverse food options from Arizona local vendors. Pop into the Cultural Center to research your Irish ancestry, explore Irish arts & crafts—just don’t miss out on the fun!
 
South Mountain Horseback Ride & Cowboy Cookout
March 13th, Monday………………..$196
How fortunate we are that the nation’s largest city park is in our own backyard! South Mountain Park covers over 50 miles of trails—unchanged Arizona backcountry—offering spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert. We’ll begin our adventure at Ponderosa Stables, nestled in the foothills of South Mountain, where we’ll kick off the experience with a fantastic Cowboy Cookout, including chargrilled burgers, dogs, cowboy beans, salads and more. Later our knowledgeable guides will introduce us to our gentle trail horses, a horse for every level of rider, from first timers to seasoned equestrians. Experienced trailhands will lead the way, discussing points of interest, local history, and wildlife, as we slowly rise in elevation while enjoying the beauty of the American Southwest. Do not miss this remarkable one-hour ride!
 
Madera Canyon & The Longhorn Grill
March 20th, Monday……………….$110
Visitors to the Longhorn Grill, one of southern Arizona’s most iconic landmarks, still walk through the main entrance famously sculpted to look like a gigantic cow’s skull leaning against a boulder. Step inside to discover an all-new interior and a fabulous menu that runs from chargrilled burgers to slow smoked brisket sandwiches, big fresh salads topped with pollo asado chicken or grilled salmon, and imaginative rice bowls. Lunch is on self. Later we’ll head to beautiful Madera Canyon, located on the northwestern face of the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. Madera Canyon and Madera Creek traverse four life zones, and many habitats between the desert floor and the mountaintops, making it one of Arizona’s most famous “Sky Islands.” With fifteen species of hummingbirds, and over 256 species of birds documented, it is a "required" site for all serious birders. You will not spend time in Madera Canyon without seeing plenty of wildlife. White-tailed and mule deer, rabbits, wild turkeys, and squirrels are regularly observed. Other animals like black bear, coati, foxes, ring-tailed cats, raccoons, bobcats, and mountain lion are more reclusive and only occasionally seen, and sixteen species of bats have been recorded in the Canyon. Madera Canyon is a perfect springtime destination!
 
Grand Falls on the Little Colorado River
March 28th, Tuesday …………………....$110
Experience the drama of Arizona’s best kept secret! Taller than Niagara Falls, the Grand Falls are thunderous mid-March to early April—the springtime runoff from the White Mountains. Often called the “Chocolate Falls” due to the muddiness of the Colorado River, the Grand Falls are dry throughout most of the year. With no signs to direct us, and only a dirt road to get us across scenery that looks a lot like the Painted Desert, the Grand Falls on the Little Colorado River is not a popular tourist destination, but well worth the journey. We’ll enjoy lunch on self in Flagstaff before arriving at the Falls. Historic downtown Flagstaff is home to many restaurants, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Don’t wait to call in your reservations—these tours fill fast!