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Grand Canyon Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • Avg Group Size: 12
  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      Hikes on our Level 2 adventures are considered easy to moderate in difficulty.

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  • Trip Start: Phoenix
  • Trip End: Phoenix
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Explore the world-renowned Grand Canyon from all angles on our Grand Canyon Adventure Tour.

Over 6-days, soak in the splendor of the Grand Canyon and its awe-inspiring geologic features on our Grand Canyon Adventure Tour. There's no doubt the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list, and what better way to tick it off than a fully guided, all-inclusive hiking tour? Starting in Scottsdale and finishing in Phoenix, you'll explore both the hidden gems and famous views of the region. Float down the Salt River, hike through Prescot's Granite Dells, take the train on the Grand Canyon Railway and hike the famous South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Each day brings new awe-inspiring moments, and with guides to take care of the permits, logistics and transport, the only thing you'll need to worry about is trying to take the perfect picture to capture such beauty! Don't let this American gem wait any longer, join our Grand Canyon Adventure Tour and see for yourself the wild vastness of Arizona.

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Grand Canyon Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Phoenix Trip End: Phoenix

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  • Day 1Meet in Phoenix, kayak Salt River

  • Day 2Hike Watson Lake, explore Bearizona

  • Day 3Hop on the Grand Canyon Railway, hike the rim of the Grand Canyon

  • Day 4Hike South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge

  • Day 5See Sunset Crater, explore Sedona

  • Day 6Broken Arrow Jeep Tour & Phoenix

  • Day 1

    Meet in Phoenix, kayak Salt River

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    Meet in Phoenix and shuttle to the nearby Salt River for a float trip by inflatable kayaks. This relaxing morning paddle is the perfect way to cool off on a warm day in Arizona’s desert. You’ll glide along lush green riverbanks and towering red cliffs, keeping alert for sightings of wild horses and bald eagles.

    Following lunch, we transfer to Prescott, nestled at an elevation of 5,200 feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S. Your centrally located hotel is in the perfect location for wandering the streets of this historic destination. Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row and famous saloons of the Old West. Enjoy your first night’s dinner in the Peacock Room with your fellow travel companions.
    Accommodation: Hassayampa Inn, Prescott
    Meals:
    Lunch, Dinner

    Kayaking: 2 hours

  • Day 2

    Hike Watson Lake, explore Bearizona

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    Begin the day with a hike around Watson Lake through Prescott’s beautiful Granite Dells north of town. This oasis is surrounded by beautiful rock formations and unique history.

    After a one-hour transfer to the town of Williams, enjoy lunch at Bearizona. You’ll experience this drive-thru and walk-around wildlife park with your knowledgeable guide who will give you a tour of the exhibits and animals who call this place home. You’ll see bears, bighorn sheep, bison, wolves, and many more animals who once roamed wild across the American West.

    After checking into your hotel, the night is free for you to explore and eat dinner in the funky town of Williams, located on historic Route 66!
    Accommodation: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
    Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch

    Hiking: 3-5 miles (5-8 kilometers)

  • Day 3

    Hop on the Grand Canyon Railway, hike the rim of the Grand Canyon

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    All aboard! This morning, we board the Grand Canyon Railway en route to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. As you cross the Colorado Plateau, be on the lookout for elk, pronghorn, and bald eagles as your knowledgeable train conductor shares with you the history of this fascinating region. Upon arrival, enjoy a delectable picnic lunch prepared by your guides.

    This afternoon, we check out the fascinating architecture of Hermit’s Rest before embarking on a “wow-inducing” hike skirting the rim of the Grand Canyon.
    Accommodation: Kachina Lodge or Thunderbird Lodge, Grand Canyon Village
    Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Hiking: 3 miles (4.8 kilometers)

  • Day 4

    Hike South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge

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    This morning, we hike down the South Kaibab trail to Cedar Ridge. The South Kaibab Trail winds us down into the depths of the Grand Canyon, giving us a much different perspective looking up at the Rim from below. We make our way down to Cedar Ridge, where the views of the Canyon and its colorful walls will leave you in awe. We enjoy our lunch and hike up and out, stopping frequently to catch our breath and take in the magnificent surroundings.

    The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the South Rim Village.
    Accommodation: Kachina Lodge or Thunderbird Lodge, Grand Canyon Village 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Hiking: Up to 5 miles (8 kilometers)
     
     

  • Day 5

    See Sunset Crater, explore Sedona

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    Today you’ll say goodbye to the Grand Canyon heading east stopping along the way for a few last viewpoints. You'll first stop at Cameron Trading Post before discovering the unique terrain and lava flows of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

    From there, it’s onto Sedona where you’ll enjoy lunch in town before having the afternoon to relax and explore. This evening, you’ll gather with your travel companions one last time for dinner at a lovely local spot in town.
    Accommodation: Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble & Creekside Villas
    Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6

    Broken Arrow Jeep Tour & Phoenix

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    Before you say goodbye, say hello to some heart-pumping fun on an exhilarating off-road jeep adventure atop Sedona’s iconic red-rock formations. Explore the past at Montezuma Castle as you observe some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. After a short hike, it’s time to head back to Phoenix for goodbyes.
    Accommodation: Not applicable
    Meals:
    Breakfast

    Scenic Drive: 2 hours

Grand Canyon Adventure Departure Dates

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What's Included

  • Our own highly experienced guides, with you from start to finish
  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)
  • Your own ‘Account’, an online space with everything required for your trip
  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away
  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'
  • All accommodations for the duration of your trip 
  • All meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled
  • Special ‘Wow!’ moments you'll never forget
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities
  • All gratuities for hotels, restaurants, and activities 
  • All park and other entry fees 
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town at 8am or the Hyatt Place Scottsdale Old Town at 8:15am. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at either of these hotels directly or any other hotel in Phoenix, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Phoenix Airport at 1pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Phoenix around 1:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Phoenix/Scottsdale at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Phoenix after 3pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post Accommodation
Optional extra activities
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. All you need to do is show up!

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