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Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk

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Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk
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icon7 to 8 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting air tour, with an optional helicopter ride and boat float along the Colorado River. Enjoy a scenic flight from Boulder City to the Grand Canyon. Then land at Eagle Point for a West Rim tour. Additionally, if you've upgraded, swoop down to the canyon floor in a helicopter and enjoy a pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River. As an added bonus, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk (own expense). ** Please note: Effective for bookings made from March 21, 2022, the price displayed does not include a USD15 per person fuel fee. This fee is payable direct to the supplier on the day of your tour **
  • Grand Canyon West Rim tour by airplane from Las Vegas
  • Admire the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River from above
  • Upgrade for a helicopter ride to the canyon floor and pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River
  • Capture amazing photos from the Guano Point and Eagle Point overlooks
  • Opt to add on admission to the glass-bottomed Skywalk jutting out over the canyon
  • Pickup and drop-off from Las Vegas hotels included
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35-minute (approx.) flight each way by fixed-wing airplane to Grand Canyon's West Rim
Helicopter flight to floor of Grand Canyon (if option selected)
15-minute (approx.) pontoon boat ride on Colorado River (if option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Helicopter flight to floor of Grand Canyon (if option not selected)
15-minute (approx.) pontoon boat ride on Colorado River (if option not selected)
Skywalk ticket (if option not selected)
USD20 per person fuel surcharge (for bookings made from March 21, 2022)
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This activity will end right where it started.
This sightseeing tour to the Grand Canyon begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas. Then enjoy the trek east before arriving at the Boulder City Municipal Airport to begin the flight.

Start with a pilot meet and greet, then climb aboard and buckle up in the fixed-wing Vistaliner plane, featuring panoramic windows for the ultimate sightseeing adventure.

Begin by flying over the aqua waters and sandstone shorelines of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, and its place of origin, the famous Hoover Dam, a modern marvel of engineering on the border between Nevada and Arizona. Fly high above the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, passing over West Rim attractions like Guano Point, Eagle Point, and the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway nearly 4,000 feet above the canyon floor.

Upon landing, take the West Rim Shuttle to Guano Point. Enjoy a light meal along the West Rim while admiring the panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. Additionally, visit Eagle Point at leisure for more incredible scenery.

Upgrade your tour to take a helicopter ride to the canyon floor and float along the Colorado River. Climb aboard a state-of-the-art helicopter and swoop down before landing on the canyon floor. Walk around, get an up-close look at the many layers of the interior of the canyon and gain an even greater appreciation of the immensity of this natural wonder. Then enjoy a pontoon boat ride along the Colorado River, looking up at the canyon’s many beautiful colors and stunning rock formations. 

Experience the breathtaking view from the Grand Canyon Skywalk (own expense), a glass walkway nearly 4,000 feet above the floor of the canyon.

The tour ends with a return flight to Boulder City and a hotel drop-off in Las Vegas.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Las Vegas
After being picked up from your hotel, you will be transported to the Airline Terminal to check in for your flight and tour.
Pass By:  
Hoover Dam
After departing, you will fly over the Hoover Dam on your way to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon
Pass By:  
Lake Mead
You will also enjoy views of Lake Mead from above on your way to the Grand Canyon
Pass By:  
Colorado River
Enjoy a birds eye view of the mighty Colorado River as you make your descent to the Grand Canyon West Airport.
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon West
Spend time exploring all that the west rim of the Grand Canyon has to offer. Shuttle service to multiple lookout points is included.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon Skywalk
If you choose this option, you can add the Skywalk to your booking and experience walking 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above the Canyon floor on a glass bottom U-shaped bridge that juts out 70 feet from the Canyon's edge.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Individual passenger weights, including infants, MUST be advised at time of booking
  • For comfort and weight/balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 300 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour
  • Infant children are considered a lap child if they are under the age of two and have proof of age, such as a passport or a copy of their birth certificate
  • Please note: seat assignments are determined on the day of the tour and are based on the total weight and balance of the aircraft.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Grand Canyon Airlines
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Is there a minimum age to fly on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:No, children under the age of two with valid paperwork are considered lap children and fly at no cost with proof of age, such as a passport or a copy of their birth certificate.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can my child sit on my lap during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Yes, children under the age of 2 years old are considered lap children by the FAA.
Jun 2021
Q:
Do you accommodate seating requests on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:A window seat request is offered for a fee-only payable if granted at check-in. Passengers can request a window, however, no request is guaranteed prior to flight time as all seats are determined by the weight and balance of the aircraft.
Jul 2021
Q:
What do I need to bring with me for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Guests must bring valid photo identification for check-in. Cameras are highly recommended, as well as sunglasses.
Jun 2021
Q:
Do I need a photo ID for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Yes, a Government-issued ID is required at check-in.
Jun 2021
Q:
How should I dress for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Layered clothing is recommended from March to September as the area regularly experiences temperature changes. Winter clothing should be worn from October to mid-March. Sturdy, toe-covering shoes are highly recommended (sneakers or hiking boots.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my camera with me on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Cameras and phones are welcome and encouraged, but please be aware that the use of selfie sticks and extending camera poles are strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft. Such items must be stored until after disembarking at your destination.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any special considerations for pregnant women on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:No, but consult a doctor if you are in your last trimester.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long before the scheduled flight time will I be picked up from my hotel for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:It will depend on which hotel you are being picked up from but can range between 40 min – 2 hours prior to flight time.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the terminal for self-driving customers on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:Yes, there is parking at no cost for self-drive customers. Guests can also arrange to park at the nearest major hotel in Las Vegas and be picked up from there.
Jun 2021
Q:
What happens if I am over the weight limit at check-in for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:All guest weights are required upon booking to avoid issues. Passengers weighing over 300 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
May I bring food/drink on board with me for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Only bottled water is permitted, however, it must remain closed for the duration of the flight.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I eat before the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk or wait until afterward?
A:That is totally up to you. Snacks are available for purchase at the airport as well as upon arrival at the Grand Canyon.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long do we stay at the Grand Canyon during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:You will have approximately 4 hours to explore the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long are we in the air each direction during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:The flight lasts approximately 35 minutes in each direction.
Jun 2021
Q:
How deep into the Grand Canyon do we go in the helicopter (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon West Rim Tour?
A:The helicopter will descend approximately 4,000 feet to the Canyon floor, just a short walk from the Colorado River.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there fuel surcharges or other fees required during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:No - The surcharge is already included in the price.
Jun 2021
Q:
How many people does the West Rim Shuttle carry during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:The West Rim Shuttles are Hop On & Hop Off Shuttles within the site to explore Eagle Point, The Skywalk, and Guano Point. Buses can hold up to 40 guests.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take my phone/camera to take pictures on the Skywalk (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon West Rim Tour?
A:Personal items, including cell phones, cameras, purses, backpacks, etc. are not allowed on the Glass Bridge. Complimentary lockers are available for use while you are on the Skywalk.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk.

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  • "Get passengers on same flights and be clear about where to return so we don't have as much wait time." See review
  • "Had a fantastic time - definitely recommend getting up early to beat the crowds and beat the heat." See review

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star-5
Great experience
Amanda_P
, Jul 2022
There was a lot to see ! Plane was much faster option then doing a bus tour. guano point was amazing, and the skywalk was super cool
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review. We appreciate your support!!
star-2
Who wants to feel stranded in the desert ??
Cheryl_R
, Jul 2022
Unacceptable, Poor communication by this company! They left all of us from our flight hanging ! At the onset of this tour, we (approx 15 people) were told to Promptly be back at the terminal for our return flight at 11:30am. They repeated drilled this point. They also wrote it on all our paperwork to be sure we knew ! I mean they made a big deal of this. So, per instruction, Every single tour member finished their tours and self walk portions and returned to the terminal at 11:30. However, there was no plane, no pilots, no flight. And, NO one to ask. There was a counter, however, the woman there was quite intentionally avoiding all of us. I went to the counter two times and could never get her attention (neither could others). So, we all waited and waited and waited. Tried calling the company - No phone Service ! All of us tried - no one had service. Mind you - we were in the desert, no one will talk to us, we have no way back, no one to call and no way to find out what was happening. It was the worst feeling. Finally a flight arrived inbound, the pilots came in but didn't say a word about what happened. This trip cost a LOT of money ! How they can get away with not communicating to us when we felt stranded and helpless there is beyond me. All they had to do was Communicate with us, tell us so we could get food (after an early morning of hikes, etc we were starving), or go to the gift shop, something. Don't leave us hanging ! I would never use this company again. I would never trust this company. The sights were great, as expected, it's the grand canyon. The bus driver was great during our self walk stops, the helicopter ride was also good. I would just NEVER use this company to organize this. Happy to talk with viator or this company specifically if they would like.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We appreciate your detailed review. Please accept our sincerest apologies for your experience onboard your tour. We encourage you to follow up with our Guest Relations department so they may assist you -- please email the department at guestrelations@grandcanyonscenicairlines.com.
star-2
Manager Mistake
Gabrielle_S
, Jun 2022
The check in process was very easy. They scanned our pass, checked our weight, gave us wristbands for all our attractions. Well that’s what we thought. Upon arrival to skywalk they didn’t give us the correct wristband. My phone didn’t have service so I wasn’t able to pull the original booking email up with all that I paid for. Luckily our tour guide Cody let me use his phone. I called my wife who then looked for the email and sent a screenshot of it to Cody’s phone. I’m very thankful for him. The reps at the skywalk weren’t going to let us go without that information. After we finished the manager came and said that another group had the same problem after us. They said it would be a problem that they’ll have to fix with the plane company.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We appreciate your detailed review. Please accept our sincerest apologies for your experience onboard your tour. We have forwarded your feedback and will address this situation at GCW, tour vendor, and we encourage you to follow up with our Guest Relations department so they may assist you -- please email the department at guestrelations@grandcanyonscenicairlines.com.
star-5
Just do it!
Nigel_W
, Jun 2022
Possibly the best value excursion I have ever taken. Early morning pick up from our hotel, 45 minute bus ride, scenic fixed wing flight to the Canyon, helicopter down to the river, boat ride and a spectacular helicopter back up. Time to go on the skywalk and visit Eagle Point. I cannot emphasise just how thrilling this whole package is.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review! It was a pleasure flying with you.
star-5
Awesome experience!
Gayle_S
, Jun 2022
Guano point is an amazing view! Spend more time there than skywalk! Better views! Most importantly, take it a cooling neck wrap , water bottle & very comfy shoes for walking on rocky surfaces!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review. We appreciate your support!!
star-5
Once in a lifetime
Phoebe_G
, Jun 2022
The helicopter ride was amazing and the scenery was out of this world. The tour was well organised and not much waiting around
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Once in a lifetime experience
EmmaLucy_C
, May 2022
Treated like VIPs for the majority of the day, taken straight past the lengthy queue at the Skywalk to walk straight on.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review. We appreciate your support!!
star-5
Amazing views and...
Wendy_S
, May 2022
Amazing views and experience. All the staff so friendly and helpful. All parts of the trip is worth the wait and certainly the experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-4
Easy pick up and flight...
Callum_C
, May 2022
Easy pick up and flight to the canyon! Had around 3hours to explore on our own. Free shuttle was easy to check out the different points. Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Grand Canyon without sitting on a coach for hours!!!
Wendy_S
, May 2022
This was a great tour. Small planes with friendly pilots. Made friends with the other passengers. Flew over the Hoover Dam on the way out so got some great pictures. Pick up from the hotel was on time. Papillon staff at the airfield were well organised and friendly. Did not manage to book the Heli and Boat package which would have been our 1st choice but enjoyed the Skywalk. Had plenty of time at each of the stops. Transportation between the different points was well organised. Whole day was a great experience. Well worth paying the extra to avoid hours on a coach.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review. We appreciate your support!!
star-5
Memorable highlight of our Las Vegas holiday
Jayne_M
, Apr 2022
This trip was £££ but did deliver…. On time pick up from hotel Flight the Canyon was in a small plane, a wee bit bumpy though. Pilot was excellent and reassuring. Flight was about half hour, amazing views of hoover dam and lake mead. 17 people on flight. Next was the chopper down to the canyon floor. Totally awesome. 6 people. Flight was about 10 minutes, literally landed on a small flat patch and let out and then handed to the boat people who were from the indigenous people. The boat trip was short, maybe about 20 minutes, but felt very connected with nature. 8 people on boat. Then did the whole thing in reverse. Overall was away from hotel about 8 hours. Some previous reviews complained about the time between each piece of the trip. We liked that, as it did not feel rushed, and had time to chat with folk and take everything in around us. Also, my husband has limited mobility, and at every stage the team we were with were helpful and supportive and made it happen. No complaints at all.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review. We appreciate your support!!
star-5
A must do
Marc_T
, Apr 2022
Fantastic experience from pick up to drop off. Our most memorable moment of our trip to Las Vegas. Great staff, great day.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Helicopter ride was amazing
Anna_Y
, Apr 2022
Great combo tour. Got picked up right from our hotel. Then took a small plane to the canyon. Got on the helicopter and flew down in the canyon. Short boat ride down the Colorado.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
WOW OMG WOW
Michelle_J
, Apr 2022
OMG amazing, they had changed it slightly so we didn’t get the sky walk but we got flown up to the canyon by helicopter instead front seats OMG. Pilot she was very informative and extremely knowledgeable. The boat ride was just fantastic the view from the river is just WOW. We did have time for the skywalk which was another WOW. And coming back from the canyon in the plane was great the pilots did an amazing job as it was quite windy by then. Over all this is DEFINITELY a must, you’ll never see anything like it, pictures don’t do it justice. Every member of staff we dealt with was friendly and very helpful. Outstanding service *****
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Amazing Adventure!
Vanessa_P
, Mar 2022
The drivers, pilots and guides were all delightful. The views from the plane, helicopter and pontoon were unforgettable! It was all I had hoped for...and more!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Seeing is believing!!
FERMAN_R
, Mar 2022
Everything was great. The boat ride thru the canyon was the best! The view was spectacular. Had a great time!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review. We appreciate your support!!
star-5
Fabulous trip!
Alicia_S
, Mar 2022
This trip was recommended to us by a friend. We are SO glad we listened! The flight allows you views you would not normally get. Hoover Dam was beautiful and we saw glimpses of the Grand Canyon before landing. The pilots were very friendly and the check-In staff was very efficient. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-4
Lots of down time
Elizabeth_S
, Mar 2022
Flying up to the rim and down into the canyon was awesome. The boat float was wonderful too, but far too short especially given how much time we had to wait afterwards. Waiting at airplane terminal outside of Vegas for over 45 minutes, at helipad for another 45 minutes, and at river base for another 45 minutes meant we had no time to enjoy the rim walks and overlooks.
star-5
Can't even describe just amazing
Lauren_B
, Mar 2022
Absolutely brilliant I know its cliche to say must do but it really is a must the short flight across with the pilots was brilliant seeing the hoover dam from above and arriving swiftly at the grand canyon. . Getting around was so easy with the shuttle busses. When we arrived at the skywalk everyone was so friendly you can get photos taken on the skywalk by the haluipi (I hope I spelt that right) and the proceeds from the pics go to them so we bought our pics after he posed us in some hilarious poses he was soooo lovely then when we got the bus to guano point we had a look around and by this point we were hungry and there was a little place where you could grab some American bbq style food and sit by the edge of the canyon. Don't think I have ever had a more picturesque lunch of pulled pork mashed potatoes corn on the cob overlooking the canyon and the colorado River it was just indescribable and absolutely fantastic and the food was delicious! We also bought some handmade jewellery from the tribe at one of the stops where they design and make jewellery and again to help them. They are such warm and welcoming people and if you can go do! And go and support them
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-4
Grand Canyon tour
Martin_A
, Mar 2022
Great experience's flying in light aircraft and helicopters Views awesome skywalk cancelled but t people on it when we got there?
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review. We appreciate your support!!
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