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Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix

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Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix

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icon13 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Travel by small-group vehicle from Phoenix to see two rims of the Grand Canyon in one day.
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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 policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix.
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
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix?
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 Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix.

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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

Reviews

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1,360 Reviews

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star-5
Mesmerising. Unforgettable sight.
Uttam_S
, Jun 2022
The guide Sam was excellent. His knowledge of geology of Grand canyon and his sense of humour made the trip very entertaining. He looked after all of us very well. The view of the grand Canyon from the South rim was mesmerising. I will never forget the experience.
star-5
Great Experience
Orlando_S
, Jun 2022
My first time seeing the Grand Canyon. It was amazing. The tour guide was so nice, funny, and very knowledgable about the Grand Canyon. I recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us! We hope to see you again soon, we've got plenty more Southwest to show off Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Great experience, great tour guide
JannellyD_S
, Jun 2022
Diane, our tour guide was amazing, knowledgeable, kind, funny and a great driver. I was worried about getting sick being in a vehicle for so long, not an issue. There was a few of us solo, two pairs, and a family by the end of the day we were all friends. The Grand Canyon is jaw dropping but we know that already. I have dietary restrictions packed a lunch but it was so early I forgot it. If this is your issue don't forget it! The place we stopped for lunch was a gas station with fast food attached. Gas station salad with chemical dressing, ( I couldn't eat it, I knew it'd make me sick) lucky they had large precut fresh pineapple and I had snacks in my bag from a previous hike. It's a very long day, 2 meals for most most. 6am-7pm. I was ill prepared. Route 66 stop is a small cheesy shopping strip, I spotted a taqueria, they made me tacos even though they were serving breakfast. Day saved by 10am tacos!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
10am tacos save the day once again! We appreciate your kind words, we do our best to ensure every tour is an unforgettable experience! Our guides always allow for that extra personal touch from your tour guide, and we're delighted to hear that Diane was able to deliver that experience! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
The views of the Grand...
Donna_B
, Jun 2022
The views of the Grand Canyon were awe-inspiring and the whole experience was brought to life by our guide, Tracy.
star-5
A great tour if you don’t want to drive
Patrick_Y
, Jun 2022
Sam, who grew up in the GC area, is an expert tour guide and he knows so much about GC including its history, geological formation and features, folklore etc. He is most friendly, helpful and accommodating.
star-5
Great!
Letitia_B
, Jun 2022
Nice and convient way to view the grand canyon from Phoenix............Would definitely choose this option
star-5
Wow!
Mario_S
, Jun 2022
Dan was our guide and he did an excellent job. We learned a lot during the 7 hours of drive time. He also knew where to take us to get phenomenal views. The AC froze up on the van, but we all still had a great time.
star-5
Best way to visit for a day trip
Andrea_G
, Jun 2022
We have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon in person and found this day trip while searching options in the Phoenix area. We decided to do this for our anniversary this year instead of gifts. With the gas prices at an all time high this trip by far is the best way to travel Into Unknown territory. Our tour guides name was ALDO. He was very knowledgeable on the history of Arizona and full of good jokes. He definitely took the best routes to avoid the traffic and road construction. With the weather being hot this time of year the van was kept plenty cold for us. I'm so glad I didn't have to do any driving and could sit back and enjoy the scenery and I took a few naps. We will definitely book another trip thru this company our next visit.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We appreciate your kind words, we do our best to ensure every tour is an unforgettable experience! Our guides always add an extra personal touch to your tour, and we're delighted to hear that Aldo was able to deliver that experience. From the moment you call into our office to the moment your guide drops you off, DETOURS indeed delivers! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Wonderful canyon experience
Cassie_V
, Jun 2022
Very long drive from Phoenix bit well worth ot to see the canyon. Absolutely stunning. Definitely a bucket list trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We agree that the long drive is well worth it! Thanks for joining us. We're glad to have helped cross something off your bucket list, and we're sure we could help with even more! Hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Amazing Experience
Khadijah_G
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Aldo, was great! He was very knowledgeable about Arizona and shared fun facts along the way. The scenery was gorgeous. 10/10 - I would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Our guides always provide a treasure trove of an experience. We're delighted to hear Aldo delivered an unforgettable tour experience! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Grand Canyon Experience.
Norman_T
, Jun 2022
Overall we had a wonderful day. The Canyon was absolutely beautiful. Our tour guide Mark was very professional, knowledgeable and patient. He gave us great tips regarding the pathways around the south rim. I don’t know if it was a fluke or experience that put our group ahead of the vast amount of large busses that arrived as we left for our next destination. He also made a couple of spectacular stops outside of the heavy tourist areas. Mark was truly passionate about our experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We appreciate your kind words, we do our best to ensure every tour is an incredible experience! Our guides always ensure that your tour is unforgettable. We are delighted to hear that Mark was able to deliver that experience! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
star-5
Day trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon
Debora_P
, Jun 2022
The trip was exciting! My first time going to the Grand Canyon and it was beautiful! Steven was very nice and he got us there and back safely!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us! We were delighted to have you and we hope to see you again soon Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Stunning Vistas with a Fantastic Driver/Host
Michael_P
, Jun 2022
An incredible experience seeing such a beautiful natural wonder! Great driver and small group enabled us all to connect. You pack a lot into the day, so ensure you wear comfy shoes!
star-5
A grand time at the Grand Canyon
Phyllis_W
, Jun 2022
A great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and semi-humorous. The time frame given was adequate.
star-5
Great tour
Lanier_L
, Jun 2022
Detours stepped up and was able to get us in last minute after the original company called less than 24 hrs. ahead. Viator also didn’t do a great job accommodating this last-minute switch, but thankfully Detours stepped up. The Grand Canyon was breathtaking and our driver/guide did a good job. Be prepared with a jacket as the van can get chilly, but other than that it was great.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun experience.
aletheastennett
, May 2022
Great experience. Your was very informative and fun. Got to see different views of the Grand Canyon as well as Williams.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us! We were delighted to have you and we hope to see you again soon Best, Nathan DETOURS
star-5
Robert was a...
Susan_V
, May 2022
Robert was a knowledgeable guide Grand Canyon was breathtaking and not crowded The weather was perfect
star-4
Well described trip. ...
Rita_P
, May 2022
Well described trip. I learned a lot about the flora and geology of the areas we drove by. Our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
star-5
Nice trip, beatifull the...
VINCENZO_C
, May 2022
Nice trip, beatifull the Grand Canyon, the driver, Aldo, was a superb and friendly guide for us. A trip to remember forever.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Our guides always provide a treasure trove of an experience. We're delighted to hear that your Aldo delivered their very best! We hope to see you again real soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS
star-5
Great Trip
David_C
, May 2022
Great trip! The tour guide was very informative and the views were absolutely amazing. We were able to spend a good amount of time at the Canyon.

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