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Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the Grand Canyon National Park on this guided, full-day sightseeing adventure tour around the South Rim. Travel to the South Rim and the National Geographic Visitors Center. See panoramic views from various lookout locations while learning about the history and geology of the canyon from your guide. Upgrade to include an IMAX movie and/or tour of the canyon rim by Jeep or a scenic helicopter flight. Lunch and Las Vegas hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Narrated bus tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim from Las Vegas
  • Upgrade to view the IMAX movie, 'The Grand Canyon Discovery and Adventure'
  • Only South Rim Bus tour that stops at the National Geographic Visitor Center
  • Time to explore the Grand Canyon at your own pace
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your driver/guide
  • Upgrades include an IMAX movie, Jeep tour, helicopter flight, and lunch
  • Pickup and drop-off from Las Vegas hotels

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This Grand Canyon South Rim tour lets you customize your experience with add-ons like an IMAX film, Jeep tour, and helicopter flight.
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Narrated bus tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim and National Geographic Visitors Center
Hotel pickup and drop off from most Las Vegas Strip and Downtown hotels
Box lunch at the Grand Canyon (if helicopter option selected)
Meal voucher provided (if tour only or IMAX option selected)
Helicopter Flight over South Rim (if option selected)
Gratuities
IMAX Movie The Grand Canyon Discovery and Adventure (if option not selected)
Helicopter Flight over South Rim (if option not selected)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Tour w/ 2-Hour Hummer Tour
7/1/2020 - 2/10/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:45 AM - 07:50 AM
Tour Only
11/1/2020 - 2/10/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:45 AM - 07:50 AM
Tour & IMAX
11/1/2020 - 2/10/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:45 AM - 07:50 AM
Tour & Helicopter
7/1/2020 - 2/10/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:45 AM - 07:50 AM
This sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas. Make the trek east in an air-conditioned, luxury motor coach, passing through the Mojave Desert and the Black Mountains and Grand Wash Cliffs of Arizona along the way.

Arrive at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center for lunch and souvenir shopping, then proceed to Grand Canyon National Park for several hours of exploring at the South Rim. Make scenic stops at Bright Angel Lodge, one of the original hotel destinations at the Grand Canyon South Rim and Mather Point, with the most popular overlook and trails lining the edge of the canyon. See the widest and deepest point of the Grand Canyon at over 8,400 feet deep and 21 miles across.

Upgrade to include the most-watched movie in IMAX history, 'Grand Canyon Discovery and Adventure,' and/or a guided Jeep tour along the rim, complete with stunning views and an education on the canyon’s history, geology, and wildlife. Another option would be to take a scenic helicopter flight over the South Rim of the canyon (this replaces the visit to Mather Point and Visitors Center).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Las Vegas Strip
After hotel pickups are finished we depart immediately to the Grand Canyon. Travel time between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon is around three hours each way. Your driver will provide an expert commentary along the way, returning you to Las Vegas in time for a night out on the town. All vehicles are climate controlled and equipped with, reclining seats, video monitors and over-sized windows.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon Imax Theater
Optional Upgrade: You'll get a spectacular taste of the Grand Canyon if you attend a screening of the most watched movie in IMAX history, The Grand Canyon Discovery and Adventure. The footage captured by airplanes, helicopters, hang gliders and canoes is truly incredible.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon Visitor Center South Rim
On your exclusive stop at the National Geographic Visitors Center you'll enjoy lunch (included) before viewing National Geographic's exhibits of the Grand Canyon, including the amazing photo gallery.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon South Rim
Jeep Tour w/ IMAX Option: Meet your guide at the entrance to the park for a 2-hour jeep tour along the rim. Your guide will tell you are the canyon’s history, dramatic geology, wildlife and the extraordinary landscape of this natural wonder which are revealed through stories, facts and legend. Travel along the stunning South Rim, ending at Grandview Point, and witness some of the most expansive, gorgeous and magnificent vistas! Your tour finishes at the IMAX theater for your movie viewing.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon National Park
Helicopter Option: Why not upgrade your tour to include an approximate 25-minute helicopter flight over the amazing Grand Canyon. There really is no better way to experience the magnitude of this wonder of the world. With this option you will not visit Mathers Point.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mather Point
Next, it's on to the National Park where you will visit the two most spectacular lookouts. Take a hike along the various trails to lookouts such as Mather Point.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bright Angel Point
Gaze at the awe-inspiring beauty of this seventh wonder of the natural world. Also visit the historic El Tovar Lodge where you can shop for souvenirs!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants 23 months and under are considered a lap child.
  • Children ages 2 years and up require a seat
  • Adult pricing applies to all passengers
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark the bus.
  • Buses equipped with a lift are based upon availability and might not be available. Should a bus equipped with a lift be required, a three day advanced notice is required, and you must contact the local tour operator immediately after booking to confirm your request.
  • Motor coaches are climate controlled and equipped with restrooms, reclining seats, video monitors and over-sized windows
  • Please be advised that there may be waiting periods at any point or attraction due to weather or passenger volumes
  • Hotel pickup is available for this tour/activity. Please note: depending on the hotel, buses may not be able to access or enter every property. In this case, pickup may be redirected to a central bus stop or nearby hotel. Exact pickup details will be provided to the guest upon reconfirmation with the local tour operator.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Las Vegas
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:
Do you offer hotel pickup for the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Yes! Pickup is available from most Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas hotels in a luxury air-conditioned motorcoach. When booking your tour, please advise where you are staying in order to schedule a pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.
Apr 2021
Q:
How can I arrange pickup if I'm not staying on the Strip or Downtown?
A:Hotel pickup is only available from the hotels listed in the "Tour Details" section at checkout. Please select the closest hotel to your location. Once confirmed, call the phone number on your ticket to confirm your pickup details.
Apr 2021
Q:
How do I know when and where to meet for my Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades pickup?
A:Be sure to call the phone number on your voucher 24-72 hours prior to your departure date to confirm your exact pickup time and location.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child on the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Yes, children under 2 years old can join for free as a lap child.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring a stroller on the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Yes, baby strollers are allowed on the bus. However, storage is limited, so please notate your request in the "Special Requirements" field at checkout. Also, be sure to re-confirm your request when calling to confirm your pickup details.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades handicap accessible?
A:Yes, there are wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts, however, not all vehicles are equipped. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my dog with me on the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Service dogs are allowed to travel with the correct and current paperwork. Pets are not allowed on board.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there a restroom on the bus during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Yes - there is a restroom on the tour bus for your convenience.
Apr 2021
Q:
How long do we stay at the Grand Canyon during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:You will have approximately 3.5 hours to explore the South Rim including the lunch stop.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there vegetarian options available during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Yes - There are vegetarian options. Please advise of any dietary restrictions in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own snacks/food on the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Yes, however, coolers and alcohol are not permitted on the bus.
Apr 2021
Q:
What will we see at the Imax theater (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:A giant six-story movie screen and digital surround sound allow you to literally experience the Grand Canyon as if you were actually there. Fly like an Eagle, raft the Colorado River, and experience the Grand Canyon right from your seat.
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the Imax movie (if option selected)?
A:"Grand Canyon Hidden Secrets" is a 34-minute film on the Grand Canyon and its history.
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the Hummer tour (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:The 2-hour scenic Hummer adventure includes stops along some of the most popular lookout areas the Grand Canyon National Park has to offer.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there a weight limit for the helicopter (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour?
A:There is no specific weight limit for the helicopter ride.
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the helicopter flight (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades
A:The helicopter flight is approximately 25 mins of flying over the widest and deepest parts of the Grand Canyon, which include the north and south rims and the Dragon Corridor.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there a restroom onboard the bus during the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:Yes - There is a restroom on the tour bus for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades.

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  • "You will need to call the day prior to get your pickup time and location." See review
  • "So better pack it, food and drinks are allowed inside the coach." See review

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star-2
Bad weather was ignored
NVSudarsanRao_V
, Dec 2021
Without even an inkling of the bad snow storm, the tour was sold putting everyone at risk. These were the words of the driver himself.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear NVSudar, Thank you for being a Gray Line customer and we are sorry that we missed your expectations. For over 100 years safety has been the number 1 priority at Gray Line and we never knowingly put anyone in harms way. Starting a few days prior to a schedule tour we begin checking with both the Arizona highway department and the National Park Service to make sure travel conditions are safe. Our company has been taking visitors on day excursions from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon National Park for over 40 years and during that time our valued guests have made it abundantly clear that if it appears that travel conditions are safe, they want the tours to proceed. For many visitors this may be their only opportunity to see the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon presents some unique challenges were attempting to forecast weather conditions. It's unique structure and size create its own weather microsystem and the conditions at the National Park can change very rapidly and in unanticipated ways. There is no way to know when our coaches leave Las Vegas what the exact conditions will be upon arrival- this is why we rely on both Arizona and the National Park Service, as they are best resources available. After all, the Grand Canyon National Park is over 570 miles round trip from Las Vegas, so it is impossible to extrapolate weather conditions in Las Vegas to what may transpire either along the route or at the Grand Canyon. Snow and wintery conditions, while obviously not optimal, should not be an unexpected event when visiting remote wilderness areas (such as a National Park) in the middle of winter. In closing, I want to wish you well in your future travel experiences. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-4
Very good experience,...
JOSE_H
, Dec 2021
Very good experience, thank you !! A little out of schedule . That’s all I have to say . Merry Christmas and happy new year!!😊
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hello JOSE_H, Thank you for leaving Gray Line such a nice 4 star review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day with us and our driver/guide Tommy. Since 1910 the Gray Line family of nearly 200 worldwide sightseeing companies have been seeking out the best guides in every destination we serve, so it's nice to know our guide did such a great job and had great suggestions. On behalf of everyone at Gray Line around the globe, I want you to know that we all hope to see you on another adventure sometime very soon. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-2
Save your money & time!
Edda_N
, Dec 2021
Ot all started when the South Rim tour was canceled due to bad weather, Grey Line called to offer the option of taking the West Rim tour instead. We agreed (eventhough it was $30 more pp). They confirmed pickup would be at 7:25a from the hotel lobby. We had to wait for 4 different buses because they were all full. After an hour wait, we get on the bus and head out. The only seats available were at the end of the bus and the tourguide didn’t use the microphone so we didn’t hear any instructions or any info when passing Hoover Dam ( we and others asked for her to please talk through the mic). Once we arrived to the West Rim Center, she only mentioned the tickets for the Skywalk & helicopter tours, never said anything about general admission, so the groups that didn’t have any of those activities stayed seated for almost 45 mins waiting for instructions. Then I went to ask her what would the rest of the groups do while waiting and that’s when she said we had to get general admission tickets for the buses to the viewpoints. She handed some and sald to be back at 2:30p and we left. After multiple long lines we barely got to see the Eagle & Guano point as we had to head back to the bus. Once we arrive to the bus at 2:15p, she sald she meant Arizona time, therefore we had another hour to spare. Thing is tickets are only valid for one use, we couldn’t go in again. Had to wait 2 hour at the bus just because she forgot to mention there was time difference. At the end we lost 3 hours of tour just seating in a bus. Wouldn’t recommend this tour with Grey Line.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Edda_N, Thank you for being a Gray Line customer and I want to apologize for both the actions of our driver/guide and the delay in responding to this post. The delay was due to the serious points you made your post, as we had to take some time to investigate the situation. Based upon your feedback, as well as some other guests, we have now made sure that this driver will no longer be taking our valued guests on any of our tours. Normally we like to deal with staff issues through retraining, yet we believe this was too important. In closing, I want to once again apologize for the issues and wish you all the best in your future travel experiences. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Beautiful experience but...
Jennifer_R
, Dec 2021
The Grand Canyon was beautiful and I would definitely like to go again someday. My only complaint is that by the time that my group of 4 got on the bus, it was already packed and I wasn't able to sit with the people that I came with and I felt that wasn't right. So 3 plus hours there and back and the only time that I got to see my friends were during stops. I paid for it and me being able to sit with my party is part of this experience. I felt like there should have been another bus to make sure of that and more importantly because we're still in a pandemic and in one bus everyone is cramped and on top of each other.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Jennifer, Thank you for being a Gray Line customer and we are very sorry that we missed your sightseeing expectations. At Gray Las Vegas, while we do try to make sure everyone in a party gets to sit together, we never guarantee seating arrangements. We are sorry that this affected your day. I also want to assure you that we are following all the government protocols for safe travels during COVID. On behalf of everyone at Gray Line around the globe, I want to wish you all the best in your future travel experiences. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-1
Grand Canyon
Fernie_D
, Dec 2021
Unfortunately I cannot review this because the trip was canceled to the South, we went West and it was beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Fernie_D, Thank you for being a Gray Line customer and we are sorry that an operational imperative required us to cancel your scheduled South Rim Grand Canyon tour. We are happy that you enjoyed the West Rim tour we switched you to and found it to be beautiful. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-5
The definition of scenic!
Christine_W
, Dec 2021
The view the awe, the bus ride through AZ was just as scenic , which I had no idea it would be.Amazing. Bus driver Ozzie was wonderful!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Christine, Thank you for leaving Gray Line such a nice 5 star review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day with us and our driver/guide Ozzie. Since 1910 the Gray Line family of nearly 200 worldwide sightseeing companies have been seeking out the best guides in every destination we serve, so it's nice to know our guide did such a great job and had great suggestions. On behalf of everyone at Gray Line around the globe, I want you to know that we all hope to see you on another adventure sometime very soon. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-4
the trip to behold. it was a great trip for me. Only one problem for me was the pick info i also missed the trip
John_E
, Dec 2021
seeing it in all it’s beauty. what ah seight. and for me one of the highlights was the majestic evening sunset. thanks to phil he gave us the opportunity to take it all in. he was great!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi John, Thank you for leaving Gray Line such a nice 4 star review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day with us and our driver/guide Phil. Since 1910 the Gray Line family of nearly 200 worldwide sightseeing companies have been seeking out the best guides in every destination we serve, so it's nice to know our guide did such a great job and had great suggestions. On behalf of everyone at Gray Line around the globe, I want you to know that we all hope to see you on another adventure sometime very soon. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-5
Great way to see more of the Grand Canyon
Carol_B
, Nov 2021
I booked this tour before our visit to Las Vegas. The Grayline bus was big which was great for the long drive. Our bus driver Ozzy was AWESOME! Very funny and did a great job of giving us history as we traveled to the Grand Canyon. The Buck Wild Hummer Tour was great, very timely. Our tour guide Trey was very patient, took pictures of our group and was a wealth of information about the canyon. Even the box lunch was good! I would recommend this tour as it is a great way to see more of the Grand Canyon.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Carol, Thank you for leaving Gray Line such a nice 5 star review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day with us and our driver/guide Ozzie. Since 1910 the Gray Line family of nearly 200 worldwide sightseeing companies have been seeking out the best guides in every destination we serve, so it's nice to know our guide did such a great job and had great suggestions. On behalf of everyone at Gray Line around the globe, I want you to know that we all hope to see you on another adventure sometime very soon. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-5
Love take the tour
Sweet_T
, Nov 2021
Experiencing the grand canyon.And Arizona with my friend's. It was cold but the best trip ever and history
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Sweet_T, Thank you for leaving Gray Line such a nice 5 star review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day with us and our driver/guide. Since 1910 the Gray Line family of nearly 200 worldwide sightseeing companies have been seeking out the best guides in every destination we serve, so it's nice to know our guide did such a great job and had great suggestions. On behalf of everyone at Gray Line around the globe, I want you to know that we all hope to see you on another adventure sometime very soon. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service
star-4
Amazing but couple things to keep in mind
Maunish_S
, Nov 2021
It was a long trip to the Canyon but we did not feel bored as the tour guide kept us entertained- Grand Canyon was amazing. They do let you go on our own so there is a slight chance of getting lost , which we did. If you are not good with directions or have a tendency to get lost I would advise keeping up with the group or getting good at asking people where to go. Keep in mind that they may not know either. Listen to directions and keep your eyes and ears open. Not one of those tours where you don't have to think about anything and the guide does all the work for you and you just follow them.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Maunish, Thank you for leaving Gray Line such a nice 4 star review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day with us and our driver/guide. Since 1910 the Gray Line family of nearly 200 worldwide sightseeing companies have been seeking out the best guides in every destination we serve, so it's nice to know our guide did such a great job and had great suggestions. On behalf of everyone at Gray Line around the globe, I want you to know that we all hope to see you on another adventure sometime very soon. Sincerely, GL Vegas Customer Service

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