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The fabled “White Dove of the Desert”, San Xavier Mission, was founded by Father Kino, a Jesuit missionary, in the early 1700’s. Regarded as the best example of Spanish Moorish architecture in the United States, San Xavier was completed by local Indians under the direction of Franciscan friars. Standing stark white on the desert landscape, the Mission still serves as an active spiritual center and resides on the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation.

Your next stop will be the beautiful town of Tubac. According to archaeologists and anthropologists, peoples of many cultures have dwelled along the Santa Cruz River for over 10,000 years. The Hohokam Indians were here between 300 and 400 A.D., the Pima and Papago Indians arrived in the 1500's, and the Spaniards later arrived with Father Kino in 1761. Tubac became part of the United States, thanks to the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. The village is rich in art and history, and with over 80 unique businesses and working studios, Tubac offers a wide variety of shopping possibilities. From sterling silver, western apparel, gourmet gifts, Native American jewelry and crafts, to original fine art and prints by popular southwestern artists, these nationally known shops will delight your guests.

This tour is approximately 6 hours and is inclusive of round trip transportation, admissions where applicable, bottled water on board, and a JW Marriott Starr Pass Destination Services Guide throughout. This tour is a rain or shine event.

* Lunch at Shelby’s Bistro—price range from $20.00-$28.00 per person ++

* 25% facilitation fee will be added to lunch meal when applied to the master bill