2-Day Grand Canyon Tour from Phoenix - Reviews

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jodeja3

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Our tour to the Grand Canyon with Wayne Parker was incredible! He is the best tour guide we've ever had! He is a knowledgeable, energetic, and experienced guide. He navigated some narrow, twisty, climbing roads with skill while providing interesting commentary and caring for the groups needs and comforts. He is very familiar with the area and knows great spots to eat, to view the sights and to get great photos.
The tour included a scenic drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon with an overnight stay. Since it was our first visit to the Grand Canyon, we weren't quite prepared for how dark and cold it gets at night. If you'll be walking around after sunset, bring a flashlight and something warm to put on.
We had a different driver for our ride back to Phoenix. This time we took the freeway no scenic route and it was just a ride without the commentary. The freeways in this area can be a bit nerve-wracking at times, with people following too close for comfort at 75-80 mph. But, we got there without incident.

Judith K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

The overnight tour of the Grand Canyon out of Phoenix was fantastic. Including transportation to the Grand Canyon with a stop in Sedona, one night's lodging at the Maswik Lodge, a tour of awesome views along the canyon rim, and transportation back, it was also a great value. The tour ran smoothly. Our guides, Manny, JR, and Ray, all provided personalized, warm, friendly, and informative guiding. I found them all to be caring and concerned as well as entertaining. Lodging at Maswik was simple but clean and adequate, and the lodge provided a good cafe with many choices, as well as help in setting up other activities. Everything worked together to provide a troublefree and seamless experience, and I felt that I had time to really see and absorb the wondrous Canyon. I'm so glad that I had my first experience of this awesome natural wonder with this tour, run by Ma and Pa Tours. Excellent experience.

Carmen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

We would recommend staying over night at the Grand Canyon, this enabled us to view and tour more of the Grand Canyon at our leisure. The accommodations were very nice. Our driver/guide was very nice and informative.

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Surpassed our expectations. The drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon was wonderful. Great guide. Loved the stop at the Navajo reservation where we stopped to eat the lunch that we bought in a lovely restaurant/bakery in Sedona. Overnight accommodations at the Canyon were terrific. We able to watch elk out the window of our room. Highly recommend this tour.

kathleen r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Awesome!!!!!!!

Amei Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

the tour was great! friendly driver/tour guide. My husband and I met Chris on the first day of the tour. We stopped in Sedona for 20 minutes (really short time) and we had lunch (not included on the trip) in Canyon Market. Also, the 2nd day we have Smokey it was fun as well! worth it.

Kelsey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great experience!

Alan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Excellent tour of the Grand Canyon!

Kimberly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

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

Angela H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

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.

Marcela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Everything was perfect!! It was a really good choice.

Shirley J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

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.

Dellie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2011

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.

Clare H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Fantastic staff, knowledgeable and friendly. Good tour!

Michael M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

The actual visit to the Canyon was a once in a life time trip and words cannot explain this wonderful experience.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2008

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.

Claire B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2008

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!

Sheila S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The hotel was not great but OK. Clean and decent bed, food was awful. Guides were great, very professional. Your staff was very cooperative!

Michele H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

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!

PIETRO E South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2008

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!

lissymuse2

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2017

We would have liked a little more time in Sedona. We had about 40 minutes to walk around, which included a rest room break. And we arrived and left early in the morning, before the shops were open not that we would have had time to shop. We realize the main point of the trip was the Grand Canyon, and that was great, which is why we rated it highly. However, since there is a stop in Sedona, it would have been nice to actually feel we had seen a bit of Sedona. There is a great variation in the tour guides, and it is the luck of the draw. The driver/guide we had from Phoenix to Sedona was great--lots of info, very personable. The driver/guide we had to the Canyon was a bit of a character, who told us lots of stories about himself and his life, name-dropping lots of people, but not quite giving us the info we were expecting to get about the area. The driver we had all the way back gave too much info, identifying every restaurant as we passed it on the road! The accommodations at the Grand Canyon were comfortable Maswik Lodge. We were lucky to have great, clear weather. They picked us up for the trip back earlier than we were originally told. So you may have slightly less time on that second day than you had planned.

Beata P

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2017

This tour was great, we could see a lot and it was well organized. staying over night it is a very good idea, it allows experience canyon on your own, see the sunset, sunrise, take a long walk. The only thing what we were not happy about was the ride back home, the driver was crazy and people got really scared inside the bus.

hlt54

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2017

Really enjoyed the trip. Stayed in a great hotel in Grand Canyon. Would have liked more time in Sedona and less at the trading outlet. The tour guides were informative and helpful but one guide was way too pushy about tipping. Suggesting the amount per person and putting up a sign. Tips are optional and should be what a person can afford, for some people the cost of the tour is expensive enough. Please combine the tip in the tour price. Would have liked more information and contact from the tour company. We contacted them to confirm pick up but were never given any information regarding where we would be lodging or pick up time.

Jasbir Singh Bhatia India

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

It was well organized. The guides on both the days were very nice and explained a lot about all the attractions on the way.

Ada United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

The trip was fantastic. We got the information we needed on time. I had some questions about accommodation that were responded in a very informative and accurate way. The guides were excellent. The hotel at the Grand Canyon was very good. Everything went well. The only exception was the transportation on the way back to Phoenix. It was a small mini bus the passengers that had booked for the day had taken the best seats. We were uncomfortably seated. This lasted for half of the trip. Fortunately we changed vehicle at midway. Apart from this everything went really well. Thanks.

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