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This Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Phoenix takes you on a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon with vistas of the Red Rocks of Sedona prior to your 50-minute helicopter flight, which follows the Colorado River. Spend three hours at legendary Grand Canyon National Park, including a canyon rim driving tour and gourmet picnic lunch. Returning to Phoenix by luxury van, you’ll travel through the Painted Desert with a stop at a Navajo Nation trading post.

Highlights

  • Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix
  • Brief tour of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon with a photo stop and rest break
  • 50-minute helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon
  • 30-mile drive along the rim of the Grand Canyon showcasing the best rim views
  • Photo stop at the Navajo Nation trading post
  • Gourmet lunch included

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What You Can Expect

Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix

Grand Canyon Day Tour From Phoenix

After hotel pickup in the Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale and Mesa, get comfortable in your luxury van for the drive to Grand Canyon National Park. Make a photo stop in Sedona where you can stretch your legs and snap views of its renowned Red Rocks while your guide procures a gourmet picnic lunch, which you’ll feast on later at the canyon rim.
Back in your vehicle, continue on one of the most scenic drives in America via Oak Creek Canyon — a river gorge featuring 2,000 vertical feet (600 meters) of red-walled canyon that emerges into a forest of towering ponderosa pines — commonly referred to as the smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. 
Reaching your destination at the South Rim, the crown jewel of your day trip begins with your Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Board a state-of-the-art chopper for a safety briefing, then buckle up for the 50-minute flight, following the Colorado River toward the canyon’s eastern end. Your pilot soars above the Kaibab National Forest and through the Dragon Corridor — the widest and deepest part of this incredible natural wonder.
Upon landing, soak up more scenery and enjoy your picnic lunch at a lookout point. After, relax on a driving tour along a 30-mile (48-km) section of the rim as you snap photos and learn about the Grand Canyon's natural history.
After a total of three hours at the national park, you’re driven back to Phoenix via the the Navajo Nation. Browse for authentic Navajo goods at a trading post before your 13-hour tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Please note: The listed price does not include a USD $15 per person fuel surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. The fee is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.

Customer Reviews

newman_tony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip, not to be missed. Memo our tour guide and driver was very knowledgeable and provided a constant summary of information on the surrounding area. Stops were well timed, food was probably the biggest sandwiches we have ever seen! We took the Maverick helicopter tour with pilot Patrick. He was very smooth in the air and the flight out over the forest lulled us just enough for our hearts to jump out of our chests as we went over the rim to the canyon. Wow what an experience! After the flight we had time for photos with the pilot and copter before joining the rest of the tour group for additional stops along the south rim before making our way home.
The tour company, Detours, were very flexible in allowing us to change our schedule at the last moment. A tour not to be missed, great value for money.

Chris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent experience! Knowledgeable and pleasant driver. Helicopter was a great way to see the canyon. Saw wild Boson, Elk, and wild horses on the excursion. Really something.

Wai Kwan Paul Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour is highly recommended!

For starters, everyone helicopter riders or not is traveling on the bus from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon, yet non-helicopter riders are forced to wait on us for up to 2 hours at the Grand Canyon Village. Also, we were told non-helicopter riders could only get to see about 10 of the Grand Canyon on the ground, while helicopter riders get to see up to 60 of it!!

Our tour guide / driver, Jason, is very knowledgable with a great sense of humor! The pit stops at Sedona and later at the Cameron Trading Post inside the Navajo nation were GREAT!! In all, this tour is totally worth it!!

James P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour guide. Fun and extremely knowledgeable. Van was very comfortable. Helicopter ride was awesome. Wouldn't do the tour any other way. Worth every cent. Much better view and understanding of the canyon

Patricia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Mac was a fantastic guide. Very informative and so nice. We loved our pilot Jeff. They were both the best!

Tiffany J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to see Sedona, the Grand Canyon and the painted desert all in one day! Helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon is a must! Our tour guide, Mack, was great also!

Marieliz A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Long day but the tour was excellent . The best was the helicopter ride. Everybody was very nice especially our tour guide Montana and the pilot

Marieliz A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Long day but the tour was excellent . The best was the helicopter ride. Everybody was very nice especially our tour guide Montana and the pilot

Henry P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was very informative. Our guide, Mac was very interesting and well informed. The helicopter tour is certainly a can't miss.

SHEREE S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I gave this as a gift for my parents for their anniversary and they had the best experience and would love to go again in the future! they loved everything from the tour guy and the tour and the helicopter tour to all the way back to the motel I set them up in and the still in awe since arriving back home just a day ago! I myself would love to attend this in the near future and I highly recommend to anyone who would love to try this experience out themselves!

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