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Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff

Sedona, United States

From US$207.62

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  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

This Grand Canyon day trip from Flagstaff or Sedona is limited to no more than 14 people, ensuring you enjoy a more personalized Grand Canyon experience. The tour blends ancient ruins, lava fields, majestic volcanoes, and amazing views throughout Grand Canyon National Park and the remarkable Painted Desert. Highlights include a drive along the South Rim and East Rim; visits to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument; and a Southwestern lunch at a historic Navajo reservation.
  • Visit the fascinating ancient Wupatki ruins and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Drive along the East Rim and South Rim, stopping to enjoy the views and explore by foot
  • Enjoy lunch at the historic Cameron Trading Post on a Navajo reservation
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures personalized attention from your informative guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Enjoy entrance to the Grand Canyon through a lesser-known gate with a smaller-than-average tour group.
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What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Sedona & Flagstaff Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Enjoy a complementary lunch on the Navajo Nation, along with visiting historic Cameron Trading Post
  • Bottled water
  • Beautiful Grand Canyon vistas from the East and South Rim
  • Visit remarkable ancient ruins, dramatic lava fields, and majestic volcanoes
  • Amazing photo opportunities all-day
  • Visit the Grand Canyon in a smaller group size, usually no more than 10 guests total
  • Smaller group size allows for personalized attention from your knowledgeable, fun tour guide
  • HOTEL INFORMATION REQUIRED 72 HOURS PRIOR TO TOUR DATE
  • Arizona State Law Requires All Children Eight Years and Younger to be in a Car Seat/Booster Seat.
  • 20% tip for your guide recommended if you enjoyed your tour
  • Guests are required to provide their own car seat/booster seat for their tour.

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

*Complimentary Sedona, Village of Oak Creek & Flagstaff hotel pickup (pickup within city limits only). Minimum 4 guests for tour to operate. HOTEL INFORMATION IS REQUIRED 72 HOURS PRIOR TO TOUR DATE

What To Expect

This tour covers a lot of ground in and around Grand Canyon National Park, so its an early morning pickup from your Flagstaff or Sedona hotel to kick off your day of travel via mini-coach.

Wupatki National Monument is your first major stop. As your guide explains, the ancient Native American civilization of Sinagua lived here for 400 years. Then ancient desert dwellers witnessed the dramatic eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano nearly a millennium ago, which destroyed their homes and forced them out. Your tour includes a visit to the lava fields at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

Take a break from touring with a stop for lunch at the historic Cameron Trading Post. The view of the Little Colorado River Gorge from the deck here is especially striking.

After lunch, re-board your mini-coach to head into the Grand Canyon for an afternoon of exploring this magnificent natural wonder. Stop at lookout points along the canyon's East Rim and South Room for dramatic vistas of gorges below. There's time at leisure for exploring on your own at your own pace.

Throughout the entire day, whether you're exploring by foot or on the mini-coach, your expert guide teaches you about the history, archaeology, geology, and flora and fauna of the Grand Canyon and the surrounding area.

Grand Canyon South Rim

Tour East Rim to South Rim

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Wupatki National Monument

Native American Ruins

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and a hat are strongly advised
  • Layers are suggested for fall, winter, and spring months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • HOTEL INFORMATION IS REQUIRED 72 HOURS PRIOR TO TOUR DATE
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Arizona State Law Requires All Children Eight Years and Younger to be in a Car Seat/Booster Seat. Guests are required to provide their own car seat/booster seat for their tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips


This is a must-do, particularly for those who are visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time.
Riding in a little tour bus is not ideal, but even that wasn't terrible.
I highly recommend the tour though it is a long day.
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Must Do!
Kelly_P, Feb 2023
Outstanding experience. We were told many fun facts and saw the Grand Canyon is winter. Sheldon was great!
Take the tour van to visit the Grand Canyon
Mark_O, Jan 2023
Our guide provided a great narration as we drove from Sedona to the south entrance of the Grand Canyon. Lunch was provided and the selections should match most food preferences. Comfortable tour van and our small group provided a personable experience.
East and South Grand Canyon entrances & surrounding areas
Amy_D, Jan 2023
Sheldon was an amazing storyteller and extremely informative. He took us to some less high traffic, over-populated zones and we got to experience many breathtaking vistas, natural wildlife and listened to amazing history. 100% recommend!!!
The guide gave us an...
Wei_L, Jan 2023
The guide gave us an impressive trip, better than I expected😀 good lunch, great sightseeing, professional guide!!!
Day trip to the Grand Canyon
Jeanette_N, Dec 2022
Stanton was an exceptional guide. He shared many interesting facts about the Grand Canyon as well as surrounding areas and checked in often with participants to ensure their comfort. This trip was well worth it versus attempting to navigate a day trip to the Grand Canyon on my own. Because of this trip, I will definitely be back to the Grand Canyon for an extended trip. Thank you, Stanton!!
To Beautiful to Put in Words!!
Fatima_H, Dec 2022
Meeting great people. The tour guide was awesome and he really knows his history about the Canyon. Great, great tour. Beautiful. Majestic. Awe-inspiring. I had so much fun.
Worth the money and good for family
Kumaresh_S, Dec 2022
This is the best tour to visit Grand Canyon, nice tour guid Andria knows a lot about the place, geography and vegetation. We left Sedona in time from our hotel, it was small group of 10 people. We took a nice drive to Flagstaff, stopped at gas station for a break. Then went to Native American ruins…nice history to about native people…then went to Navajo trade place for lunch their Navajo taco was different and big (vegetarian). Lot of interesting stuff to buy here made by Native American people. Then we went or several view points of grant canyon, Andrea new how to go to these places which is not easy to navigate…as always Grand Canyon is grand…last stop was at the village few block along the canyon, there were nice shops and views. If you have one day this is the best tour to take. Andre have lot of tips and always hydrated us with bottle water. Nice tour for family. Driving and nevigating the place is not that easy ;and finding the parking).
Good day!
Matthew_L, Dec 2022
Our guide, Steve, knew what he was doing and made the entire day great! He was able to provide a day of education and beautiful spots - crater, ruins and the big hole.
Once in a lifetime!! Nothing can compare!!!
James_R, Dec 2022
First view of the canyon. So awesome. Never in my life had I ever experienced the grand size and depth and beauty. However without the knowledge and experience of the tour guide it would not have been the same
Beautiful views ruined by tour guide's racist commentary
Jennifer_S, Dec 2022
Yes, the views were beautiful but I would suggest booking with a different company. Our tour operator, Stanton, provided completely unnecessary commentary about our time driving through the Navajo community that highlighted not only his ignorant opinions but his prejudice beliefs. His comments included: 1. Pointing out a gas station where he claimed the Native Americans purchased all their alcohol since they lived on a dry reservation. (Despite driving past countless distilleries and liquor stores, no other locations were highlighted aside from this one on the reservation.) 2. Highlighting the supposedly glittering highway we were driving on, stating it was shiny from the Native Americans discarding their beer bottles while driving and glass shattering on the road and into the ditches. 3. Stating how the Navajo and other indigenous communities enjoy living without access to running water, near medical facilities, and other basic amenities, conveniently avoiding the facts like colonization and the fact they were resettled to practically uninhabitable land against their will. When the land was discovered to hold valuable minerals, US companies came in and stripped the land of any value without fair compensation to the tribes, leaving behind radioactive waste as evidenced by the large "radioactive land" signs still posted near the Cameron Trading Post. Stanton's statements about most people being unable to reside on the land unless they were born into or married into the tribe came across as condescending and as though the majority of society were the victims for not being able to own this nearly worthless land. 4. Stanton spoke about the local education system and how indigenous families had an opportunity to send their children to indigenous schools to learn farming and how to build homes, or to more traditional schools off the reservation where they could learn science and math. REALLY? Like that isn't being taught in tribal schools? He also pointed out that families had options to send their children to "really nice boarding schools" in the area. Perhaps he should look up recent discoveries made at those boarding schools before being quick to promote those "really nice" options. 5. He made a snarky comment about the Cameron Trading Post, which sits on tribal land, still "claiming COVID" and that we may see people still masking, but assuring tourists we were under no obligation to do so. At a minimum his statements were rude, at most they were downright harmful to a susceptible community that lacks access to medical care. 80% of the facts Stanton shared during the tour were fine. He was knowledgeable about the history and formation of the Grand Canyon. He shared interesting information about the geology of the land. Had he kept to factual information about the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas and not shared his racist views, it would have been an enjoyable day. Nobody should have been subjected to his commentary and I hope his company will take corrective action.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Dear Valued Guest: Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your tour. We also appreciate your acknowledgment of the areas where Stanton succeeded. Stanton is new this season to our team and his feedback for the season has been on his courteous and congenial nature and we are surprised by your commentary. We are ardent in our efforts to be the industry leader in quality tours and we have scheduled a meeting with Stanton to address the issues you have brought to our attention.
Great trip
Jennifer_K, Dec 2022
Great trip to the Grand Canyon. Lunch stop and shopping at the reservation was wonderful treat and views of the canyon were incredible.
Best imaginable
Denise_A, Dec 2022
Loved it all, but the Hopi dwelling/Pueblo ruins and the Grand Canyon were bucket-list items that did not disappoint! Our guide, Jeff was fantastic; incredibly knowledgeable and able to share his knowledge in an interesting, engaging manner. My family and I LOVED this experience!
Good overview
Bogdan_G, Dec 2022
The tour was a great overview of landscape and history! And the Grand Canyon of course! Great thanks to the guide for telling personal stories and perception about this wonderful “THE ROCK “!
WOW!! Tour of Grand Canyon
cathysmith01, Dec 2022
Comprehensive tour of the Grand Canyon, plus stops of interest along the way, ie, Wupatki Pueblo Historic Site. Sheldon, our guide, made the day. He was very, very knowledgeable, friendly, professional & considerate of necessary bathroom breaks & all other matters related to our comfort. Highly recommend this tour.
Fabulous Trip to the Grand Canyon
RuthAnne_W, Dec 2022
Sheldon was an excellent guide! From the time he picked us up to when he dropped us off, he had history and stories to tell, as well as pointing out the rock formations we were passing by. We had a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend this tour to others.
Review group of friends
Georgiana_D, Dec 2022
The tour guide was very kind, approachable and we were impressed with his knowledge. He knew everything about the history of all places, culture and took us to great stops to eat and buy souvenirs.
You will not be disappointed
Michele_N, Dec 2022
Most amazing experience and our tour guide, Al, made it the most memorable. Such a wonderful person to tour with. So much more than what they advertise. Had an incredible day and checked off a couple bucket list items with style!
JR was an amazing guide...
Stephanie_H, Dec 2022
JR was an amazing guide sharing local stories and history. Getting to see many attractions in one day was great.
Amazing Experience with Great Venture Tours
Susan_B, Dec 2022
We took this tour with our 9 year old son and 1 year old daughter to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Our guide Sheldon was great, he shared fun stories, told us the history of each site, and we learned all sorts of neat facts and trivia. Sheldon was also very attentive to our needs, he got our son junior ranger activity booklets and cookies, and he even took photos of our family at each site! Our tour took us through the lava fields at Sunset Crater, we explored the 900 year old ruins of Wukoki Pueblo, shopped and had a delicious lunch at Historic Cameron Trading Post, we saw spectacular views along the South and East rim of the Grand Canyon, and finally we explored the Grand Canyon Village before heading back to our resort in Sedona. I highly recommend Great Venture Tours!
Amazing trips
NoGaming, Nov 2022
Hand’s up to our guide Chip, he is very knowledgeable and know his stuff well … very entertaining for kids with his stone collections.. appreciate his gesture and care… ask for him when you go tour to Grand Canyon!
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