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Overview

Take the time to enjoy an in-depth experience of Arizona’s natural beauty on a 3-day tour with overnights in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Admire the red rock country of Sedona and explore the shops and galleries in town. Then marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon as you approach the South Rim and stop at spectacular viewpoints. This semi-independent tour includes some planned activities with a local guide, and includes transportation and accommodation. Enjoy ample free time to explore on your own and customize your experience.
  • 3-Day Sedona and Grand Canyon tour
  • Travel through the Sonoran Desert and Arizona's red rock country
  • Choose from a variety of optional activities in Sedona and Grand Canyon Village
  • Take a 23-mile driving tour along the Grand Canyon's South Rim with stops at lookout points
  • Personalize the tour with optional activities or free time at each destination
  • Includes transportation, two nights of accommodation, and hotel pickup and drop-off
Learn about the natural and human history of Sedona and the Grand Canyon as you travel to top sites with your knowledgeable guide. Stay the first night in Sedona and see a Navajo trading post, the Painted Desert, red rock country of Arizona, Oak Creek Canyon and many great spots in town. The second day, continue to the Grand Canyon and have ample time to soak up the majesty of this natural wonder. Travel in a climate-controlled van with a guide who shares informative commentary about the places you visit. Includes two nights of accommodation, transportation, and seamless transfers between locations. In addition, have time at your leisure to see the sights that most interest you.

Please note: Luggage Policy - One standard size suitcase and one carry-on bag per person ONLY.  This policy is strictly enforced. Space is at a premium for guest comfort.  Extra luggage cannot be transported.  Any bags larger than 9" x 14" x 22" should be left at your hotel.

Itinerary

Day 1: Phoenix — Sedona
After morning pickup at your hotel in Phoenix, drive north for about two hours, traveling through the Sonoran Desert and into the red rock country of Sedona. See highlights of the area as you approach Sedona, where you have free time in the afternoon and evening explore the town’s shops, galleries and restaurants at your leisure. Also available (own expense): optional tours such as a wilderness excursion by Jeep or a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour by minivan. If you enjoy hiking, many excellent trails start nearby.

Overnight: Kings Ransom Sedona or equivalent

Day 2: Sedona — Grand Canyon
In the morning, your guide picks you up at your Sedona hotel and takes you to the Grand Canyon on a scenic route that winds through Oak Creek Canyon, considered the ‘little cousin’ to the Grand Canyon. Continuing on, passing through the Ponderosa Pine Forest and San Francisco Peaks and perhaps stopping at a Navajo trading post. Expect to reach Grand Canyon Village around noon and be amazed by your first views of the vast canyon. Your guide informs you of optional activities that you can select for the early afternoon, such as a scenic flight over the canyon (own expense), stopping at the Visitor Center, taking a walk on the South Rim and watching the changing colors of the canyon landscape. You can check in to your room later in the afternoon, and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.

Overnight: Grand Canyon Maswik Lodge or Yavapai Lodge

Day 3: Grand Canyon — Phoenix:
Plan your morning and afternoon as you like, with optional activities such as a Grand Canyon helicopter tour or taking the West Rim shuttle to various viewpoints (seasonal). In the late afternoon, meet your driver and head back to Phoenix, a drive that takes approximately 3.5 hours. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Phoenix hotel in the evening.

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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r
, Oct 2018

Upon arrival at Phoenix airport on Sunday we already had a text that Grand Canyon was cancelled for Tuesday due to predicted bad weather resulting from Hurricane Rosa. Contacted them and they made some changes and had us stay two nights in Sedona instead of one, and did the Grand Canyon the next day instead. We had a perfect day for Grand Canyon and our guide Lynn was wonderful. Enjoyed it all immensely. We recommend Arizona Tours, great guides and no complaints.

C
, Jul 2018

We had a relaxing and enjoyable trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Our tour was run by Ma Pa Travels of Arizona, for Viator. The accommodations were good, the transportation was comfortable, and we got to see a lot. The tour guides in particular were great. We had Mr. Wayne for pick-up and drop-off from Phoenix; Al for a short tour of Sedona, and Kris for our day from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. Each one of them was friendly, obliging, and a wealth of information! They were always on time (earlier even) and considerate of our needs (we were two women traveling). We didn't always get a whole lot of time at locations along the way to the main destination (Grand Canyon), but the guides needed to accommodate both the one-day and 3-day travelers, so it was understandable.

I am glad that we were able to do the 3-day trip, which gave us plenty of time to take in the sights, hike, shop, eat, and relax, at both Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Had we done the day-trips, I imagine it would have felt a bit rushed (particularly at the Grand Canyon) and would have been a lot of driving.

Overall, a very good experience.

L
, Feb 2018

The tour was great! The scenery was spectacular and the supplier, Ma and Pa Tours, were friendly, helpful and efficient in contacting us. It would have been helpful to have a little more detail upfront as to what all was involved - ie. an extra side bus tour in Sedona which was awesome, and the fact that the drivers 4 in all expected tips for these tours - one, aggressively so! The bus drivers were good drivers and had lots of information to share.

In Sedona, we stayed at the Arabella Hotel which was very clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. One staff member recommended the Javalina Cantina a Mexican-American restaurant within walking distance and it was EXCELLENT!

The Grand Canyon was spectacular and on the last day, we decided to take in the IMAX theatre. Here again, it would have been helpful to know ahead of time that it was even a possibility during the trip. We Googled it the night before and were surprised by the very reasonable rates, Seniors were 10.50 if booked online. It cost 14 each way to take a taxi. One glitch was the fact that on the return taxi ride, the driver asked if we had a voucher from our bus driver stating that we had been on a bus tour. We did not receive any such voucher and she informed us that we might have to pay an additional 6 fee because the IMAX theatre was outside the park in Tusayan. We were questioned at the toll booth and convinced the person that we had been on a Ma and Pa tour better known as Red Rock tours and they let us through. So heads up, ask the bus driver for a voucher to let you get back into the Grand Canyon National Park area without additional cost. The IMAX was a must see - a 34 minute amazing show and a super gift shop outside that sells DVDs of the show!

These 3 days were the highlight of our Arizona stay.

E
, Jan 2018

For the most part, the Viator trip was excellent. The hotels in Sedona and the Grand Canyon were great. The tour guide on Day 2, JR was very knowledgeable. He made many stops throughout the day to let us see the sights. The guide the 3rd day, Wayne? was also excellent. The guide in Sedona was not good. He basically had a script and didnt want to or know how to answer our questions.
My main criticism was that the drivers far exceeded the speed limits and although we arrived safely I felt that their driving was reckless.

P
, Nov 2017

Apart from a few problems prior to the trip with communications, the organisation, reliability and quality of guides and information were outstanding. I also used your organisation to see the Muir Woods and the same thing applied. I will use you again, and have recommended you to friends. Pip

M
, Oct 2017

This could have been a great tour except for details. Our included tour of Sedona was late arriving, and the vehicle provided had terrible air conditioning on a very hot day. The tour lady was very kind in offering us ice cream money while we waited, but we missed a good part of the day.
Our tour from Sedona to Grand Canyon was excellent. Roger, our driver was a native Hopi Indian, and was very knowledgeable and shared a great deal of information. At the end of the day, he dropped us off at our hotel, Yvapai Lodge. It was late in the afternoon, and we were exhausted. We were told that our room unit was several city blocks down the road. We protested, and he moved us to a closer unit, but it was still a good several hundred yards and they had no way to convey us there. We hiked that with our bags ourselves. The hotel clerk told us that we might be able to catch the sunset if we walked 15 to 20 minutes to the rim. We literally had to run, and it took us 25 to 30 minutes, and we just barely caught the final rays.
On the other hand, I rose early the next day, and did get to the rim in time for the sunrise, which was not to be missed. It made everything worth while.
We had a full day on the rim, and took the shuttle bus back to our hotel. We were picked up again by another Ford van with inadequate air conditioning. 4 warm hours later, we were deposited back in Scottsdale.

C
, Sep 2017

An outstanding trip. Having never been to Sedona or Grand Canyon, this was a trip that I won't soon forget. Each guide was thorough and communicative, especially a Navajo guide, Brian. I learned more about Native American History in 7 hours than I have in all my years of education. He was genuine, smart and funny. This trip provides a good balance of guides and time on your own. I had plenty of time to hike, eat the local cuisine and do plenty on my own. Sedona and the Grand Canyon were a dream. Truly grateful we have such an amazing landscape and history to enjoy. I recommend this tour!

T
, Jul 2017

I really enjoyed this tour of Sedona, the Grand Canyon and the many beautiful landscapes you see as you drive north through Arizona. The tour combined guided sightseeing with plenty of free time, and I found several hours to view various points along the Grand Canyon at my leisure. Thanks to our excellent tour guides.

C
, Jan 2017

We all really enjoyed our tour. Everything went as planned on day 1. We were picked up at our hotel and driven to Sedona. Our guide was nice and knowledgeable and engaging. When we arrived in Sedona she dropped our luggage off at our hotel and told us she was taking us to the site of our prearranged jeep tour. After the red jeep tour which was awesome! we had to find our way back to our hotel. We did not have a town map so we started walking and asking directions. We are 3 women, aged 67, 68 and 72. The walk proved to be much longer than we thought and strenuous. The next morning I was called and told the other drivers forgot to pick us up but not to worry, JR was on his way. He was only about 10 - 15 minutes late and was a great tour guide. Lots of stories and information. He dropped us off at our hotel in Grand Canyon Nat. Park after a great day of driving the South Rim and stopping for pictures. We spent the night and were on our own until 3:15pm the next day. We were told to meet our driver in front of the hotel at 3:15. He arrived at 3:00. First he had me paged then he called me. He rushed us claiming we were holding up the rest of the tour. Our bus left the hotel at 3:20pm and we felt rather hurried and pushed but settled in for the long ride home.
My suggestions to improve your tours... 1Give specific directions and transportation options to your clients rather than leaving them on their own to get around town in Sedona. We were not even sure which directions to start walking to get to our hotel. 2 Please make sure your drivers are told the same pick up times as your clients. 3 Finally, the bus we took to go home was uncomfortable. The seats were short, not well padded and there were no arm rests. If I had not been seat belted in I would have fallen out of the seat into the isle several times. The bus we were on for the longest leg of the tour was the least comfortable.
That being said... We loved the tour and would do it again. Now that we know what to expect we can prepare for it.
I would definitely recommend this tour.

G
, Oct 2016

Our tour guide on Thurs. was Cory and she was great. Need to give her a raise.


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