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I highly recommend this Tour! I chose this tour because I wanted to see the Sedona Red Rocks, the Navajo Reservation, and the Grand Canyon. I was picked up at my hotel in Phoenix. The morning of, the driver called me on my cell phone to let me that he was on his way and the exact time (down to the minute) that he was going to be at my hotel. I found that to be very helpful and courteous. On the drive through the desert to the Sedona Red Rocks via the scenic route, the tour guide was highly informative and friendly. I learned a lot about both the city of Phoenix and the surrounding desert. We viewed the beautiful Sedona Red Rocks (= mountains that look like red rock formations) from the bus windows. We stopped for 30 minutes at the Sedona Red Rocks "tourist strip", a one block street of touristy shops. (If you want to spend a lot of time in Sedona, this tour is not for you. If I ever go back to Phoenix, I will take an all-day tour of Sedona from the same tour company. Or I will take a shuttle to Sedona and stay at a local hotel with a beautiful view of the Red Rocks. A friend of mine who took the 3-hour Sedona Jeep ride told me it was very hot and bumpy; and not the tour for me. To be truthful, I would rather see them from a tour bus). While at Sedona, a couple on the same tour bus as me took the time to purchase food that they said was just ok. In other words, don’t waste valuable time at Sedona purchasing food!! Our stop at the "Navajo Reservation" was a 30-minute stop at an over-priced store selling native items that is not even owned by a Navajo!! (The store employs many Navajo, so I was happy to purchase items there). We had to take valuable time (out of our 30-minute stop) to order our Take-Out food and wait in line to pick up the food. It’s not native food, so I don’t recommend wasting the time – bring food on this tour if possible. (ie. Buy a sandwich to go at Denny’s. You are allowed to eat food on the bus). Then we drove to the Grand Canyon. We st
Our two day Grand Canyon tour was great. Our first guide Cory was passionate about the area, and obviously loved his job. He made the trip up informative and fun. Really appreciated all the little anecdotes that all the guides shared with us. The accommodations at the canyon were excellent...first class actually. Glad we chose this company. They are totally consumer friendly and experienced. We even had a change in scheduling and that worked out easily. Would use Viator again for sure.
Both tour guides were well versed in the sights we saw, plus history of the region. The slight stop in Sedona was disappointing, because we could not stop on the highway to photograph any of the scenic views. However, the Navaho Indian reservation was a nice stop at their trading post. Once we arrived at the Grand Canyon things slowed down and we were treated to several stops to take photos, prior to making a late lunch stop at Bright Angel restaurant, then on to Masswick Lodge where we spent the night. The next day we enjoyed time to explore on our own, until we were picked up at the Lodge for the return trip back to Scottsdale and our condo.
it was wonderful the our guide Tom gave us a history lesson not just of the canyon but of the Arizona territory as well. He made a point of stopping at great places for pictures and souvenirs. So much to do next time we will take the three day tour.
Fantastic staff, knowledgeable and friendly. Good tour!
The actual visit to the Canyon was a once in a life time trip and words cannot explain this wonderful experience.
I really enjoyed the trip. Staying overnight was definitely worth it; I had a full day to explore the canyon after a good night's sleep. The only problem I had was getting back into the canyon the second morning--the shuttle driver told me he was not supposed to honor the pass I had, and it would've cost $25 to get a "valid" one. Otherwise great trip, got to see and learn a ton! Our guide on the first day was outstanding too.
Both days we had wonderful tour operators. Very knowledgeable, and made the trip there and back to Sedona/Grand Canyon a lot more enjoyable with their jokes and trivia of everywhere we passed through. I'm so glad we took the 2 day trip after reviewing the 1 day trip being too short by everyone. The hotel Grand Hotel was very clean, there's a cheap continental buffet for about $7 per person in the morning for breakfast before heading back out to the Grand Canyon, or you can just go literally a 2 minute walk to plenty of other restaraunts/fast food places. We avoided the helicopter ride due to the additional cost 160.00 per person for the 20-30 minute ride, but the 4 from our 12 team that did go had a good time.
This tour made the perfect trip for myself and my husband, we had no real interest in hiking or riding the rapids at the Little Colorado river at the bottom of the Canyon, so the 2 days were more than enough time to enjoy ourselves. The second day we had from dawn until 3.15pm to enjoy the sights by ourselves without feeling like we were there too long. I would give 5 stars, but the top rating is 4 stars, so that will have to do! If you're trying to decide between 1 or 2 days, 100% go with the 2, the 1 day simply doesn't have enough legal driving hours to take in everything that you'll want to!
The hotel was not great but OK. Clean and decent bed, food was awful. Guides were great, very professional. Your staff was very cooperative!
This tour was definitely worth the price. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I am so glad that I didn't attempt the drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. I would have missed so much of the scenery and history info provided by the driver, not to mention being stressed out by a difficult and long drive. The stop in Sedona was timed just right. I must go back there again for a longer stay. Sedona is just beautiful! The Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation provided great refreshments and the gift shop was wonderful. I purchased most of my gifts there. The staff made you feel very welcome. Even though our tour bus had a flat tire there in the parking lot, our driver still managed to get us up to the canyon in plenty of time. The 2-Day tour was all I had time for on this trip to Arizona and it worked out well for me. But I am definitely going back for a much longer stay at the Grand Canyon. It is just too awesome for words to do it justice!
I loved the unforgettable overnight in the Grand Canyon so much! I felt lost at Angel Lodge the first time, trying to get back to the Grand Canyon Hotel, as I didn’t know that taxis were not yellow with strange names; I missed two, but would have stayed longer. My tour guides were fantastic - thanks a lot! I’ll come back next year with Sedona and Monument Valley at the top of my list. I love Arizona!
Long trip but not enough time spent in Sedona enroute,such a beautiful town, if had known would have stayed 1 night there instead of 1 night at Canyon. Could have caught the same tour the next day, less driving, and then come home late that same day. Canyon was majestic, so beautiful whets your appetite to return .
The trip overall was very good. I lucked out and had great weather up at the Canyon, which allowed for me to experience sunrise and sunset at various locations along the south rim. Having a meal at the El Tovar is a must but is not cheap.
The drivers were very knowledgable about the northern Arizona area and had great insights into things that may not be known by the average person. Only thing I would caution if staying over at the canyon is taking a flashlight. It is not well lit due to the attraction of animals. I am going back again in the future as I want to hike further down into the canyon as the 1.5 mile hike only allowed for so much of an experience.