I took this tour over the Labor Day weekend. Though it is a very long day, the views and the tour guides are worth it! Because I was staying out of the local pick up area, I met my driver at the Mesa Hilton, where Dan picked me up right as scheduled. We picked up the other tour group members and hit the road. We hit Sedona first, where there was quite a bit of Labor Day foot traffic, but we still got great opportunities to view the Red Rocks. We were left on our own for approximately 30 minutes or so, while Dan picked up our delicious lunch from Wildflowers Bread, Co. Yum! Once we were back in the van, we headed off to the Grand Canyon. Tour Guide Dan offered lots of knowledge on AZ history - especially when it came down to Native American history, which I personally found interesting!
After he dropped off the passengers who chose to do the helicopter flight, he brought the remaining visitors to the Blue Angel Lodge at the South Rim, where we had approximately 1.5 hours to explore on our own. We met back at the bus, and began riding through the park, where he drove us to other much less crowded lookouts. Of course, this is Monsoon Season in AZ, so we got to experience a heavy rainfall, but it didn't last too long, and we got breathtaking views once it passed.
Once we exited the park, we drove through Navajo Nation, and stopped at a trading post, where we had some time to purchase snacks, watch Navajo rugs being made, and shop to our heart's content. I was the first pick up and last drop off, and the tour took a total of 14 hours for me, so yes, it IS a long day, but the tour guides are accommodating, and allow for stops to stretch out your legs. It was a wonderful, adventure filled day, and I can't wait to use Viator for another tour on my next trip! Thank you, Dan!
What a fantastic day! This tour really allows you to take in the breath-taking scenery of Sedona, The Grand Canyon, as well as Northern Arizona in a relaxing environment. Our tour guide, Mark, was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. He picked us up at our hotel right on time, enthusiastically interacted with us the entire trip, and gave us tons of information on the areas we passed by and stopped at. He is truly passionate about his job which is refreshing to see. Even the lunch we received was excellent. If you are staying in the Phoenix area and want to see the Grand Canyon, this tour is the only way to go!
Mark led us on this tour. He did a really good job, visiting Sedona was a highlight. He was able to accommodate my wish to do an off road 4-wheel drive in the middle. Comfortable seats and knowledgeable guide, I would recommend to anyone.
Giving it a 4 star only because tour should be named Grand Canyon, Sedona should not be mentioned.
You only get a drive through Sedona, with one short stop at a shopping center which was closed since it was so early in the morning. Plus a stop at a Starbucks to take pictures of the landscape in front. Would have loved to take pictures before arriving in Sedona where you can see all 3 large rock formations. In Sedona, the view is very limited.
You also drive through a Navajo Reservation, and get to have lunch at a Navajo-operated restauarant. I guess foreigners are not welcomed to visit the reservation itself as it's fenced.
The visit to the Grand Canyon is spectacular. The driver was awesome he is the one who used to work in Hollywood, and knew a lot about local history and rock formations.
If you want to visit Sedona, take ANOTHER tour.
Doing what: Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation
We had a terrible experience on this tour. Our group included 9 people who spent almost $1,500 to be rushed through a super fast paced day. We had 3 drivers, all who had to be tipped according to the sign on the bus; the first one picked us up at the hotel and dropped us off at Sedona. He indicated another driver would be taking over. He recommended that we buy lunch but bring it on the bus because we would have 1.5 hours at the Grand Canyon to each lunch and go on our own to take pictures. This was a trip of a lifetime for all of us. We got together for this trip as a reunion after almost 40 years of not seeing each other since HS graduation. We were rushed throughout the journey, stopping for a few minutes for restroom breaks and never getting that 1.5 hours we had expected to receive. They added another 4 people to the bus making it a "snug" ride for the entire 16 hours we were on the road. Not at all en enjoyable experience. This is the second time I am asked to review this trip and our reactions have not changed. We expected Viator to provide much better service and considerations to a full busload of ladies. What we received was definitely not worth what we paid for. Upon our return, we again stopped at Sedona where we got a different driver, now #3, who was not familiar with Phoenix at all and got lost on our way to the hotel!!
Doing what: Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation
Well worth the money, the van was comfortable with leather captains seats and our tour guide was very informative! Having an experienced driver allowed us to take in all of the breathtaking stops without concerns of navigating winding roads and figuring out best places to stop or obtain necessary services. Tour guide was very organized, very familiar with all stops, had parking, drop-off, frequent bathroom stops and eating locals all preplanned and running smoothly. This is a great trip for those who want a highlight tour, just be aware that Sedona and Red Rocks stops are necessarily very brief, 20 min-1 hr, since there is so much to cover in one day. Our only mild complaint was that the air-conditioning on our van was not working well, somewhat of a problem for those unaccustomed to AZ heat. I trust this issue was addressed after our tour. Everything else about the trip was perfect and worth the cost!
The trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon was a wonderful experience. Chad was an excellent tour guide.
Great trip the guide was friendly and knowledgable we got to see a lot of Arizona on the way to Sedona and the Grand Canyon and had a great time. It was worth the long ride from Phoenix. We had been to the Grand Canyon before but we would have missed a lot by ourselves.
We had an amazing going up to the Grand Canyon through the Sedona and there were many stops for bathroom breaks and stretch out your legs. The points our tour guide took us was not crowded so we had opportunities for nice shots. Bring a jacket and dress in layers. It gets cold.
This trip far exceeded any possible expectations. As excited as I was to see Sedona and the Grand Canyon in person, Jason M.'s narrative and history and geological facts really fleshed out the experience. And, of course, seeing the Grand Canyon in person is BEYOND WORDS I am SO glad I booked this tour! Thank you, tour company, and especially thank you, Jason M.!
Amazing trip. The driver was very knowledgeable: he shared a lot of useful historical / geological facts about grand canyon and sedona. The meal was super nice... overall perfect....
Excellent tour for those staying in Phoenix or Scottsdale and not wanting to drive. I highly recommend doing a tour as driving will mean you will miss out a lot on taking pictures or just taking in the landscape. Everything was right on time. The tour buses are small - max. 13 people - and have comfortable leather seats. The tour guide is really knowledgeable and there were plenty of stops with more than a couple of hours for lunch and a walk around Sedona. The landscape is truly impressive and can't be missed if you come out to this part of the world. Recommended
The trip was too long, and we ended up spending 14 long hours driving over 500 miles in one day in a dilapidated vehicle whose shocks were shot and whose air conditioning was barely passable. We felt every bump. We spent most of the tour in the vehicle, barely stopping at the sites we were supposed to visit. Instead, it felt as if I visited every restroom in Arizona. Richard, the 2nd tour guide, seemed spaced out and had a nervous laugh. He tried to pressure the tour group to skip the itinerary and visit the sites he was interested in. He spoke about himself and promoted his friends who owned a nearby vineyard. We had little time to stop and enjoy the sites we were supposed to see. Instead, I found myself taking pictures of Sedona and the desert through the window as he drove 75 MPH while he was talking on his cell phone. Wayne was the 1st tour guide and gave a more informative history of what we were seeing. The company needs to update their vehicles to make them more comfortable. The sites themselves were of interest. The Grand Canyon is magnificent. I wish we had spent more time in Sedona. We only got to visit the Navajo gift shop and were not told much about the history of the Indian tribe and their history.
Doing what: Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation
Our driver Jason B. was awesome he was so well informed about our adventure. We learned a lot from him about Grand Canyon and Sedona. We really liked the small group, and the van with the big windows. Next time we go, or anyone we know that will go, we will recommend viator and to ask for Jason B. Thank you it was so much fun.
Fantastic tour. Our guide Dan was extremely knowledgable and shared lots of historical and botanical information throughout the trip. Just enough stops for breaks. Would have liked a bit longer in Sedona and the Canyon but trying to fit it all in makes it tough. Prep for a long day but one that's enjoyable.
This was an excellent way to see Sedona and the Grand Canyon on one day plus learn a lot about the region with a knowledgeable driver/host. Nice size of group to get to know each other better. Very well organized and we were well looked after
Jason was phenomenal! He was full of knowledge and passion for Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Despite unruly passengers, he always remained calm and positive. I highly recommend this trip to everyone. Worth every dollar!
Les was a great tour guide. A most enjoyable trip. Of course the Grand Canyon was spectacular, and it was wonderful to have seen it from many varied views. Not sure that the stop at the trading post at the end was worthwhile, more time in Sedona would have been more fun, but overall had a great time.
The tour guide, Dan, was great. A wealth of knowledge. Loved hearing about the history of the area. He knew the local names for places as well as the geological names. The Grand Cayon and Sedona were just beautiful. I would definitely recommend This tour, as well as go on another! thanks for a great experience.
Pick up from hotel was very punctual.Sedona City tour guide Al very informative.And lastly ,we had a blast with the jeep tour.Highly recommend it!
Doing what: Sedona Red Rock Adventure including Jeep Tour
Pros: The bus for this trip was brand new! We each had our own captains chair and bottled water was provided. We made 2 planned stops the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon and two nice detours Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona and the Cameroon Trading Post for lunch in the Navajo Nation. Our tour guide, Chad, gave us lots of time to shop and stop for bathroom breaks.
Cons: One significant downside to this trip. Not everyone spends the same time on the bus. We were picked up first at our hotel around 6:20 am and dropped off last around 9pm. That means my tour included 3 extra hours of sitting on the bus during pick-ups and drop-offs for others. Before you book this tour, ask which hotel has the last pick-up/first drop-off. Around 7:30pm I was seriously considering getting off and just taking a taxi back to my hotel. My butt was really sore! It might have made more sense for the first people picked up to be the first dropped off.
Enjoyed every moment of our trip, the Sedona stop and desert surroundings, but most of all the awesome canyon. Special thanks to our tour guide Megan for sharing her knowledge of the region!!
Trip was fantastic! Each tour representative (driver and coordinator - Donna in Sedona) clearly was there to help us get the most out of our short visit. The accommodations provided through the company were conveniently located in Sedona and the Grand Canyon Park allowing us to make the most out of seeing each area using walking and the free bus in the Grand Canyon. The Yavapai Lodge in the Grand Canyon Park had a reasonably priced cafeteria with good food and was conveniently located to a general store with moderately priced souvenirs and a post office that enabled us to package and sends a multitude of misc. souvenirs from the trip back home. Recommendations by a tour representative in Sedona to the Cowboy Club restaurant for lunch were on the money. We had the "Sampler" that included bison bits, cactus fries, cilantro flat bread, prickly pear fruit sauce and a southwestern peanut sauce. A tour person in the GC Yavapai Lodge recommended a breakfast in the fancier El Tovar lodge. The decor, service and menu were well worth the morning visit. (I had blackened trout for breakfast plus all the other regular breakfast items). We passed on their fancy breakfast sweet pastries.
We did not realize when we got picked up in Phoenix (on time!) that the other people in the minivan were not necessarily on the same "tour" as us. The tour should be recognized as three legs...one to Sedona, at Sedona and to and at Grand Canyon and returning to Phoenix. Sedona is actually a brief stop on the one day trip to the Grand Canyon. We were actually returned to Phoenix from the Grand Canyon by another one day trip minivan. You will have multiple driver guides AND many different guests on each leg. The tour company is used to it and does an excellent job of taking care of its clients by coordinating the pickup and drop off times. One item to note, many of the Sedona galleries closed early (in October) making visits to them in the early evening somewhat limited.
Doing what: 3-Day Sedona and Grand Canyon Traveler
This was by far one of the best tours that we have taken! It was well organized and executed. Our tour guide, William, was outstanding. He shared his incredible knowledge of the flora and fauna, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon with us with enthusiasm and a genuine desire to facilitate our enjoyment of the experience. He provided music appropriate to the venues intermittently and was most willing to answer all questions. He should be commended for his sterling presentation. The lunch provided by Viator was gourmet fare. We have recommended this tour to our friends and we always note that they should request William as their tour guide. ~ SCH, Mesa, AZ
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Arizona. The guide picked us up right on time and kept us entertained for the long drive to the canyon. The lunch stop in Sedona picked up a delicious sandwich. Everything was just so easy and we're so glad we used a tour and didn't make the long drive from Scottsdale on our own. A long but great day!
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