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Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix

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icon13 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Journey through stunning Arizona landscapes on this full-day tour from the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Visit the Grand Canyon and explore Route 66 with an expert guide who handles all the driving and logistics, leaving you free to soak in the incredible scenery. Explore highlights of the Grand Canyon, and drive through the Sonoran Desert on this small-group tour. With numbers limited to 13 participants, you can enjoy a more intimate experience of the Southwest's natural beauty. Choose between a small-group or private option.
  • Small-group, full-day tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Explore the Grand Canyon National Park with your knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Sonoran Desert
  • Enjoy a photo stop in Williams along Route 66
  • Transport by custom, luxury, air-conditioned van
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Professional guide
Small-group tour (up to 13 passengers)
Transport by air-conditioned van with luxury captain's chair seating
Hotel pickup *Select hotels - Even if your hotel is on the list, we may need you to meet.
Bottled water
Fuel surcharge
Gratuities
Lunch

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6:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Please note: We do not guarantee pickup for all hotels. Even if your hotel is on the list, there may be a chance you'll need to meet at an alternate location. If need be, the supplier will determine a location you can meet to be picked up for your excursion. Tour supplier contact details will be provided on your pre-paid voucher.
After morning pickup at select locations in Phoenix or Scottsdale, relax on your drive through the Sonora Desert, en route to some of the American Southwest's most beautiful highlights.

Your drive brings you through the expansive Sonoran Desert filled with the native saguaro cactus. The scenery begins to change as you increase in elevation and views of the cactus fade into pine trees. As you continue further into northern Arizona, travel the outskirts of the Route 66 town of Flagstaff and from the highway, see the San Francisco Peaks among the seemingly endless Ponderosa Pine Forest, one of the largest contiguous forests of ponderosa pines in the world.

Williams is the first stop along the tour for a chance to experience Route 66, the iconic American highway steeped in rich tradition.

Your van climbs up to 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) before you reach your first stopping point in Grand Canyon National Park. Expect ample time to explore the features around the deepest and widest part of the canyon, which measures 277 miles (445 km) in length. Visit the El Tovar Hotel and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village, multiple scenic lookout points along the East Rim Drive, and have time to shop, go for a walk, grab lunch (own expense), and visit cultural exhibits along the rim.

Your tour ends in the evening upon your return to your starting point in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Route 66
After departing the Phoenix metro area, our tour travels through the expansive Sonoran Desert filled with the native saguaro cactus. The scenery begins to change as we increase in elevation and views of the cactus fade into pine trees. As we continue further into Northern Arizona, we will travel the outskirts of the Route 66 town of Flagstaff and from the highway, see the San Francisco Peaks among the seemingly endless Ponderosa Pine Forest, the largest contiguous forest of ponderosa pines in the world.
Stop At:  
Williams Depot
Williams will be our first stop along the tour for a chance to experience Route 66, the iconic American highway steeped in rich tradition. While in Williams, guests will have the opportunity to “get their kicks on Route 66” with walks along the original route, explore the local shops and capture souvenir photos highlighting a bygone era in classic American history. Also known as the Will Rodgers Highway, Route 66 is the most recognizable road in the United States and stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to California upon completion.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon South Rim
You’ll experience approx. three hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Visit the historic El Tovar Lodge, Hopi House, Mather Point or Yavapai Point, the Geology Museum and more incredible viewpoints! While at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, you will have opportunities to walk the rim, shop, capture an unlimited number of photographs, or enjoy lunch (own expense) and relax with the best seat in the house.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Arizona state law requires children under 8 years to have either a child seat or booster. Child seats are not provided, please bring your own
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Wheelchairs are acceptable as long as they fold up and can be slid into the vehicle.
  • We do not guarantee pickup for all hotels. Even if your hotel is on the list, there may be a chance you'll need to meet at an alternate location. Any guest staying outside of Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tempe will be required to meet at an alternate location to be determined by supplier. Tour supplier contact details will be provided on your pre-paid voucher.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Detours of Arizona
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "When I called a day prior to the tour I was advised to wear closed-toe shoes and that there was a chance of rain." See review
  • "If you’re short on time, make this tour one of your choices to take." See review

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star-5
Go ahead and book this trip- don’t even hesitate!
Danyel_P
, Aug 2022
This was a great day trip to the Grand Canyon. The bus was nice and comfortable and our guide Tracy made it a great day! He knew exactly where to stop and where to go and gave suggestions throughout the day that helped keep the day moving along smoothly. He was also very entertaining! Would highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We had a great time. The...
Michael_W
, Aug 2022
We had a great time. The Grand Canyon was Magnificent! Our guides, Tracy and Luke, did an excellent job getting us there and giving us some great history. They guided us to the best spots using our time in the best way. Although I must say a longer stay is a must next time!Thanks, Detours for a memorable trip!
star-5
Great time at the Grand Canyon
Shelby_C
, Aug 2022
It was an amazing trip with wonderful views. Aldo was friendly and informative. If you only have a day to see the Grand Canyon from Phoenix this is the way to go.
star-5
Great Experience
Danielle_P
, Aug 2022
Derrick was our driver/guide. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. I felt safe traveling with him.
star-5
Highly recommend!!!
Erin_D
, Aug 2022
From start to finish this trip was amazing!! Bruce was our tour guide. He was prompt upon arrival and he was very knowledgeable about all of Arizona. He gave us a ton of history and fun facts the entire trip to the canyon. He stopped at four stops once there and gave the group fantastic photo, hiking, and food opportunities. All in my group of four had an awesome time!
star-5
Arizona ia a place to know put in your list
Regeane_R
, Aug 2022
Was a amazing experience, I recommend with 10 stars ⭐️ Jennifer was a wonderful guide , small group is the best, we learned everything about this amazing place Grand Canyon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for our first 10-star review! We cannot thank you enough for joining us, we're delighted to hear you had such a wonderful time with Jennifer. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Nathan DETOURS
star-4
Good time
Luisa_S
, Aug 2022
All the amazing views of the canyon, it was cloudy but the pictures came out great! Also the ride there was good, you could see how the landscape change as we drove up; seeing all cactus and dryness to the green of the canyon
star-5
Awesome
AkeenaJeffries
, Jul 2022
The scenery was beautiful, we stopped at rt 66 and to get food. The driver was nice, provided details about the area, was very knowledgeable of the history. Great trip!!!
star-5
Grand Canyon Beautiful
Yvonne_S
, Jul 2022
Tracy was fantastic, air-conditioning had a hiccup on the way back, Tracy resolved quickly. Beautiful!
star-5
Wonderful time at the Grand Canyon
maria_w
, Jul 2022
We had an awesome time and felt like the driver let us stay at each site just enough time to take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon . I am going to do it again with other members of the family .
star-5
GC Trip
MaryJo_S
, Jul 2022
Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time was spectacular. We took the helicopter ride over the canyon too. So worth the money if you can afford it Our guide Aldo was awesome. He made sure we were all comfortable on the van and was quite knowledgeable and entertaining along the way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Professional
Yudy_L
, Jul 2022
Very professional. We enjoyed the tour. The shuttle was cool and the guide explained the places around
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for joining us! We do our best to keep our vehicles at a nice temperature, especially during the Arizona summertime. We think they are pretty radical, too. We were delighted to have you and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-3
Not what I was hoping for.
Khalila_S
, Jul 2022
Sadly, I had quite a negative experience from the start. The agent I spoke to called the tour operator, who advised if I stayed at a particular hotel, they could pick me up so I changed my hotel in order to meet that guarantee. As the Viator representative spoke to the tour operator while I was on hold then returned to my call to confirm, I didn’t think there would be a problem but after I paid, and to my surprise, someone from the company called me to advise they cannot pick me up, and they do not guarantee pick ups, as per their listing. I completely understand that, but why tell me to stay at another hotel? That caused a huge inconvenience for me. To make up for this, they offered to pay for my Uber back to my hotel at the end of the trip but advised I would need to find my way to the meeting point at 06:00am. On the way back they started dropping people home and I noticed they passed my hotel. The next stop was about 15 minutes away, and there were 2 more people that needed to be dropped off, so they were driving me further and further away from my hotel and didn’t think that was a problem for me because they promised to get me an Uber back. It made no sense at all for me (having to spend way longer on the bus than necessary after a 12 hour day) or them (because the cost of the Uber would’ve been higher). I made the mistake of sitting directly behind the driver which meant I had 3 out of 4 air conditioning vents blasting in my face for the 3.5/4 hour drive. When I asked the tour operative to turn it down, I received comments like “move to the back” (while the bus was driving at 100mph on a motorway) and “I am hot, I have the engine right besides me”. I put my light jacket on, but was still freezing. It’s super cold in the front and warm at the back and more people are sitting at the back so they have a ‘tough luck’ sort of attitude so please be mindful of where you sit. Now that I’ve been on the tour I would say it’s probably better to just drive there yourself as you’re not provided with any particularly useful information about the tour and it’s super easy to find your way around the canyon because they’ve made touristic pathways to follow with museums, restaurants, etc within it which is very close to the car park. I contacted the tour company directly to provide feedback in hope that they would take this on board for other passengers but I didn’t receive a response so I decided to write this public review in hope that it saves someone else from having the same experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Khalila, I spoke with you regarding this booking. A few things: Your guide did not pass your hotel. He tried to tell you that but you would not believe him. We offered to Uber you back to your hotel but you insisted to be dropped off at another hotel that was not at all closer to your hotel. Tempe is south of Scottsdale, so once again, I can assure you we did not pass your hotel. We are very familiar with the metro area, as is your guide, so I'm not quite sure why would would't believe him and let us Uber you back to your hotel as we had promised. Also, I do not see where you tried to contact us directly to provide feedback. We did not get any emails or phone calls from you. In regards to the miscommunication about the hotel pick up, we are working with Viator to understand how you were guaranteed a pick up when no one from our office confirmed that. As far as the air conditioning, I'm not quite sure if you would have been comfortable at all, as you seem to have had issues no matter where you sat. it's unfortunate that you didn't see the value in having a guided tour to the Grand Canyon. I've spoken with several of the other guests on your tour and they all had an amazing time with Aldo, as have many of our previous guests, as you can see from our many positive reviews. We do hope you got some great photos of the Grand Canyon. Thank you, Rachel
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Making memories
Kristy_B
, Jul 2022
Seeing the grand canyon with my son was priceless. Will always remember this trip. Our tour guide was amazing
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for joining us! We were delighted to have you and we hope to see you again soon Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Excellent
Catherine_D
, Jul 2022
Robert was a great guide! He was informative and helpful - it was a great experience and convenient pickup from hotel.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for joining us! We hope to see you again soon, we've got plenty more Southwest to show you. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Perfect day perfect trip.
Dorothy_J
, Jul 2022
The different stops at the southern rim were beautiful. Mark our tour guide was great! Great way to see Grand Canyon
star-5
Awesome Experience
Adam_Y
, Jul 2022
Absolutely Awesome Experience!!!! Would Do Again, Our Guide Was Absolutely Off The Charts!!!! He’s Fantastic
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for joining us! Absolutely Awesome Experience is our middle name. We are delighted to hear your guide was able to deliver you such a great experience! We hope to see you again soon Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Our guide Robert was very...
Sangeeta_C
, Jul 2022
Our guide Robert was very informative and generally nice. He made our first time at a National Park very delightful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for joining us! We were delighted to have you and we hope to see you again soon Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-4
Driver provided good...
Peter_J
, Jul 2022
Driver provided good narration of the trip and took us to good locations. Williams was an added bonus.
star-5
Detours tour guide Robert...
Tonya_S
, Jul 2022
Detours tour guide Robert was the Greatest. He was very accommodating to my parents who having limited walking abilities.

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