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Marana Gastronomy Tour

Experience an epicurean journey illuminated by 4,000 years of agriculture.

The Marana Gastronomy Tour will take you to ancient archaeological sites and exclusive tastings of ancient Sonoran wild foods creatively reimagined, in an unforgettable afternoon.

You will discover wild Sonoran Desert flavors that inspire chefs, gourmet foragers, brewmasters, artisanal bakers, and distillers; including a multi-course tasting of small plates with a paired cocktail at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, presented by Chef David Serus, Maître Cuisinier de France (Master Chef of France). 

You will learn about the cultures that farmed and foraged in this area for thousands of years and built the oldest agricultural irrigation canal system found in North America.

The Marana Gastronomy Tours are the first tours approved by UNESCO's Creative Cities Network member, Tucson City of Gastronomy, the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S.

For additional tour information please contact Laura Cortelyou at 520-382-1988 or lcortelyou@maranaaz.gov.

To make reservations now, click below on the "Make Your Reservations" button.

For questions about reservations please contact Gray Line Tours at 520-622-8811 / 800-276-1528 or info@graylinearizona.com. This tour can only accommodate up to 13 people at a time.

Get close enough to the Sonoran Desert to taste it.

Highlights

* Learn about ancient foodways through a guided archaeology adventure led by Dr. Suzanne Fish, University of Arizona Emerita Professor and Arizona State Museum Curator. Dr. Fish is one of the world’s experts on Hohokam foodways.
* Exclusive tastings, including a multi-course small plate tasting at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana.
* Depart from and return to the Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center, right off the I-10 freeway at Twin Peaks Road in Marana

Inclusions

* Food and beverage tastings

Essentials

* Wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes.
* Plan to walk on flat desert for about one hour total, and make sure to bring a hat or parasol.
* Water will be provided on the tour van.
* This tour requires a minimum of 8 and is limited to 15 people.
* Please contact Gray Line Tucson to confirm the operation of this tour.

Upcoming Tour Dates (dates in February, March, and April will be added soon)

  • Friday, December 1, 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, December 15, 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, January 12, 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, January 19, 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm





About Gray Line Tours

Locally owned and operated by the Morgan family for 100 years! Since 1916, Gray Line of Tucson has been showing the world Tucson and all its wonders. Gray Line has also been a pioneer in charter transportation, working with area schools, churches, associations, and hotel groups.

About the Town of Gastronomy Logo

The Town of Gastronomy logo image is inspired by the Hohokam stirrup vessel (ca. A.D. 1025-1080) in the collection of the Arizona State Museum in Tucson. The vessel was found at an archaeological site in Marana. It represents one of many sophisticated cultures that occupied the area. Special thanks to Darlene Lizarraga, Marketing Director, and Arthur Vokes, Senior Curatorial Museum Specialist at the Arizona State Museum, who made it possible to photograph the vessel for this project.

The Marana Gastronomy Tours are the first tours approved by UNESCO's Creative Cities Network member, Tucson City of Gastronomy, the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S.