Tucson - Behind the Scenes Tour

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Tucson Behind the Scenes

From $50.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore Tucson with a guide who will take you behind the scenes for a closer inspection of this wonderful city. You will travel by private car to each location, and then do some gentle walking. There will be places to stop for food- like Mexican hot dogs and tacos (at your own expense) along the way. Other stops include Barrio Historico, El tiradito Shrine, and more.
  • Be guided through Tucson and visit several historical and foodie spots
  • Stop at Hotel Congress and see stuff that makes Tucson a little weird and interesting
  • Make several other stops along the way that explain the history of the city
  • Try a Mexican hot dog or taco along the way to keep your energy up

Sample Menu


Carne Asada Tacos (grilled beef tacos)

We will end the tour with delicious authentic Sonoran Tacos at a "hole in the wall" taco shop recommended by Food and Wine Magazine in Spring 2022.

What's Included

  • A printed list of recommended places and restaurants to visit for the rest of your trip.

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Mercado San Agustin
      100 South Avenida del Convento, Tucson, AZ 85745, USA

      COVID SAFETY CHANGES: -you will be driving your own car to each location. You will be given a list of locations with addresses for your GPS. -we will all be wearing a mask and keep out distance NOTE: this is an outdoors tour. Very safe and lots of social distancing and fresh air.

    End point

    • Hotel Congress
      311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA

    What To Expect

    Mercado San Agustin

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Barrio Historico

    30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    El Tiradito Shrine

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Hotel Congress

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Presidio San Agustin Del Tucson Museum

    7 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

    Pima County Historic Courthouse

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Kelly_D, Mar 2024
    Priscilla was our guide and she was wonderful! She is very passionate about Tuscon, it's history, and all it has to offer! She was very informative, answered all our questions and was a lot of fun! My husband and I highly recommend this tour!
    Great tour of Tucson area and history .
    Jennifer_F, Mar 2024
    Priscilla was fun and personable . She has great knowledge of the history and area and is excited to share it with others. She also shared her own personal stories that made it even better! I’d recommend.
    Thorough, interesting
    Mary_S, Mar 2024
    Our guide's enthusiasim! Only suggestion is to put a small cooler of water bottles to be available. Otherwise everything was great.
    Great Tour!
    Theresa_B, Jan 2024
    Priscilla is a wonderful tour guide! She brings her own background and knowledge of Tucson's history together to create an engaging walking/driving tour. My whole family enjoyed her insight into the history of Tucson - it's people, homes, vegetation and fun facts. We loved her sense of humor and her love of the city she was so excited to share with us. She left us with lots of great recommendations for fun things to do and great places to eat in Tucson!
    Response from Host, Jan 2024
    Thanks so much for your great review! I also had lots of fun :)
    Our group ranged in age...
    Rick_L, May 2023
    Our group ranged in age from 24 - 84. Priscilla was able to adjust the pace of our tour as needed to meet everyone's needs and level of activity. The tour was very well planned and she was very eager to share her knowledge of Tucson and the area. We would highly recommend this tour and any tour offered by Priscilla.
    Response from Host, Jan 2024
    Loves your group! Had a great time, thanks for recommending it :)
    My guide is Priscilla is...
    Yiling_L, May 2023
    My guide is Priscilla is very informative and kind.She told me many Tucson’s culture and also where to find good food! I really loved it and if I visited here in the future I’ll definitely choose her private tour again.
    Take the time… you won’t regret it!
    James_R, Mar 2023
    We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Raquel and learning about her city. Tucson is a colorful town with culture and a zest for living life to its fullest. We highly recommend you carve off the time to get to know Tucson from behind the scenes.
    Knowledgeable and...
    Paul_S, Mar 2023
    Knowledgeable and personable guide.And an interesting tour with fun facts. Just be aware you are expected to do a fair amount of driving in your own car. And on my tour participants had to pay for parking at one stop. Also the meeting place was outside street number 120. Not 100 as directed on the web site.
    One of the best tours I've been on
    Barbara_P, Mar 2023
    The whole tour was amazing. Our tour guide knew a lot of the history as well as the best places to eat...She really loves the City's history and it shows. She also showed us things that I don't think would be on an average tour. You see a lot in the few hours of the tour. Also wear comfortable shoes because there is A LOT of walking.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    I’m glad you got to learn and see many things! Hopefully you also loved Tucson during our time together ❤️
    Best tour ever!
    Catherine_R, Feb 2023
    Priscilla was a delight, and a joy! She was knowledgeable, fun, and attuned to the spontaneous opportunities that made this tour memorable!!
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    We got to be a part of a ceremony for Cuauthemoc the Aztec King and a home tour! a lucky fun day!
    My husband & I recently...
    Therese_M, Feb 2023
    My husband & I recently took The Behind the Scenes Tucson Tour & thoroughly enjoyed it. In large part, the tour guide, Priscilla, made the experience so enjoyable. She is very proud of her city & the enthusiasm she shows is infectious. This was our first visit to Tucson, and Priscilla took us to spots we would not likely have seen on our own. She is very knowledgeable & also provided us with written recommendations for restaurants and things to do on our next visit. We would recommend The Behind the Scenes Tucson Tour to anyone considering it. Therese M.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks Therese! you guys made it extra special :)
    No response on canceling my reservation
    Geldelize_M, Feb 2023
    I asked for a cancelation in the 24 hrs time frame and never got a confirmation or the refund for the tour I signed up for
    Yes, this one is worthwhile!
    Rochelle_E, Jan 2023
    I went along on this trip with some friends not expecting much as I've spent a lot of time in Tucson. But I learned a lot and had a blast! It was a very entertaining morning due to the knowledge and the personality of our guide Prescella. I saw parts of Tucson I'd never seen, learned some history, and increased my cactus knowledge with some fascinating tidbits. We tasted the best tacos and I am anxious to try some of Priscella's other restaurant recommendations. I felt like I spent the morning with a good friend and I could have spent the whole day with her! Great tour. Highly recommended.
    The walking tours. Having...
    Robert_G, Jan 2023
    The walking tours. Having a drink in the same hotel John Dillinger frequented. Everything was great. Our guide was wonderful. Highly recommend.
    Wonderful tour
    brenda_s, Jan 2023
    Priscilla gave an amazing tour!! Very informative and fun!! Highly recommend if you are looking for some Tucson information 👍
    Fascinating and Lively Introduction to Old Tucson History and Culture”
    Kathleen_C, Nov 2022
    Our tour guide, Priscilla, took our family group on a delightful walking tour of historic Tucson neighborhoods. With energy, good humor, and expertise, she helped us understand the history and cultural traditions that shaped—and continue to inform—these iconic areas. Whether peeking into the charming interiors of beautiful old courtyard homes or explaining fascinating facts about local plants, Priscilla’s love of this fascinating part of the city was contagious! We highly recommend this tour!
    Response from Host, Nov 2022
    Awww Kathelen thanks for the kind and VERY true words! You guys made the tour more fun. It was a great and fun tour ;)
    Priscilla was an excellent and fun guide . We totally enjoyed our whole morning with her and learned so much ! Thank you
    Kristine_B, Oct 2022
    Loved seeing all the architecture of Old Town Tucson and the revitalization. One of the families even invited us in to see their very unique homes . Enjoyed eating the local Sonoran hot dogs . Everything was fun and we laughed a lot !
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Ahhh the house tour! What a lovely home ❤️ Thanks for being so much fun it was a beautiful fun day!
    Tina_K, Aug 2022
    She found out that my family were one of the founding families of Tucson and decided to go out of her way to show me where my family directly lived and our history after the regular tour. Thank you so much for this!!! I'll never forget it. She was so friendly, knowledgeable, and truly listened to us what we were looking for. I completely recommend this. Thank you again for a memorable time!!!
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    It was such a wonderful experience! It was a special tour for sure. I’m so glad I I helped and that my tour made your trip memorable :) Ps. Sorry for the late response. I wasn’t getting notifications and just realized I have a bunch of beautiful reviews waiting for me to read them! It’s Christmas in Halloween :)
    Another side to Tucson
    BAK11200, Mar 2022
    We had a wonderful tour with Raquel. She was warm, friendly and enthusiastic! Loved the Mexican bakery treat and exploring the beautiful Tucson neighborhoods and homes.
    This trip made Tucson fun for us.
    Sue_M, Feb 2022
    Priscilla was energetic, fun, informative and organized. Despite rainy cold weather she adjusted smoothly and she got everything in for us. Loved the lovely old homes and the Sonoran hot dog redtajrant.

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