FAMILY TRIP

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
    • Activity Level 3

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  • Trip Start: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Trip End: Phoenix, Arizona
grand canyon tour

Kayak, hike, and cruise by train to discover the spectacular geology and the rich history of the southwest on our Grand Canyon family vacation.

An unforgettable journey awaits you and your family. Standing before the mile-deep chasm of Grand Canyon is one of the marvelous moments on this six-day, action-packed family adventure in Arizona. Behold the awe-inspiring vastness of the Grand Canyon, explore the glowing red-rock formations of Sedona, and find yourself wowed by the changing colors on the walls of the Grand Canyon at sunset. All the while, enjoy southwestern hospitality and regional cuisine from comfortable hotels of a bygone era and iconic national park properties.

From the refreshing waters of the Salt River and Colorado River to the history at Montezuma Castle and the wildlife-rich lands along the Grand Canyon Railway, you’ll find inspiration, rejuvenation, and loads of fun for everyone on this Grand Canyon family vacation.

Grand Canyon Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Phoenix, Arizona Trip End: Phoenix, Arizona
  • 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 Ooh Ahh Point

  • Day 5See Sunset Crater, explore Sedona

  • Day 6Broken Arrow Jeep Tour & Phoenix

  • Day 1

    Meet in Phoenix, kayak Salt River

    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 in the perfect location for wandering the streets of this historic destination, where you can follow in the tracks of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Enjoy your first night’s dinner in the Peacock Room with your fellow travel companions.

    Hassayampa Inn, Prescott (Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Hike Watson Lake, explore Bearizona

    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 behind-the-scenes 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! 

    Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Day 3

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

    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. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the Arizona Steakhouse at Bright Angel Lodge.

    Kachina Lodge, Grand Canyon Village (All Meals)

  • Day 4

    Hike South Kaibab to Ooh Ahh Point

    This morning, we hike down South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Ahh Point. 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. The views of the Canyon and its colorful walls will leave you in awe. After a trailside lunch and break, we begin our hike up and out, taking in the magnificent surroundings The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the South Rim Village. We’ll meet back up for an early dinner in the restaurant of the famous El Tovar Hotel.

    Kachina Lodge, Grand Canyon Village (All Meals)

  • Day 5

    See Sunset Crater, explore Sedona

    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.  

    Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble & Creekside Villas (All Meals)

  • Day 6

    Broken Arrow Jeep Tour & Phoenix

    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. 

    (Breakfast)

     

Grand Canyon Family Vacation Departure Dates

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  • 1 year
USD $3999/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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Useful Info

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 22 guests, plus 2-3 experienced guides. We tend to average between 12-18 guests on this trip.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town 8am at or at Hyatt Place Scottsdale Old Town at 8:15am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Phoenix for your pre-night, 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.

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 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.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 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.

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benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

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

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

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

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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