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Journey through stunning Arizona landscapes on this full-day tour from the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Visit the Grand Canyon and explore Sedona with an expert guide who handles all the driving and logistics, leaving you free to soak in the incredible scenery. Explore highlights of the Grand Canyon, admire the Red Rock landscape around Sedona, drive through the Sonoran Desert and visit part of the Navajo Nation on this small-group tour. With numbers limited to 13 participants, you can enjoy a more intimate experience of the Southwest's natural beauty.


  • Small-group, full-day tour of the Grand Canyon and Sedona
  • Explore the Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with your knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Sonoran Desert
  • Admire views of the Sedona Red Rock landscapes, the Oak Creek Canyon and the Painted Desert
  • Visit the Navajo Nation Trading Post
  • Gourmet picnic-style lunch included
  • Transport by custom, luxury, air-conditioned van

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon and Sedona Day Trip

Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon and Sedona Day Trip

After morning pickup at select locations in Phoenix or Scottsdale, relax on your drive through the Sonora Desert, en route to some of the American Southwest's most beautiful highlights.

Travel in a climate-controlled van with your knowledgeable guide, who shares a wealth of information throughout the day. Drive north to Sedona, home to the iconic saguaro cactus, then marvel at the desert landscape as you head to Red Rock country. There, stretch your legs and have time to snap photos of the otherworldly scenery before continuing on to see a superstar of the region: the Grand Canyon.

Wind along Oak Creek Canyon as you take in stunning views of the Ponderosa Pine Forest and San Francisco Peaks. Your van climbs up to 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) before you reach your first stopping point in Grand Canyon National Park. Expect at least three hours to explore the features around the deepest and widest part of the canyon, which measures 277 miles (445 km) in length. Visit the El Tovar Hotel and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village, multiple scenic lookout points along the East Rim Drive, and have time to shop, go for a walk and visit cultural exhibits along the rim.

Departing the Grand Canyon, marvel at the Painted Desert before entering the largest native American reservation in the United States: the Navajo Nation. Soak in views of the Little Colorado River Gorge, and stop at a Navajo trading post that sells items such as Navajo textiles, handmade ceramics and art. Afterward, continue across the Colorado Plateau as you return to the Phoenix-Scottsdale area.

Based on time, your picnic lunch will either be served either in Sedona or at the Grand Canyon. Your tour ends in the evening upon your return to your starting point.

Customer Reviews

Jennifer D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

the guide made it so much fun and it never felt like a long bus ride. I enjoyed the small group, so it felt like we were all in this together. We had such a great day!!!

Dina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was fantastic! The guide was informative and entertaining. Wish i had the time to take more trips with Detours but I had a very short stay in Phoenix. I am looking forward to returning and going on some more day trips.

Cecilia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

As a first time visitor to Arizona I wanted to make it out to the Grand Canyon. This day trip was perfect! Our van driver/tour guide was super nice, very knowledgeable, and always willing to take pictures for us! The sites were absolutely breath taking and the lunch was good too! The only downfall of this trip was the long drive back to our hotel in Phoenix.

Jef S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One of the best trips we've ever done! Great guide and the seats in the van were very comfortable! Also the cooled water was great!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Detours of Arizona is simply the best, especially Jason, our driver and guide. He was knowledgeable and it was obvious he loved his job. He shared lots of information that he didn't have to. He was patient to answer lots of questions. Great experience.

Terrie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a fantastic tour. Matt our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative.
He took us off the beaten path and allowed us to see some areas we would not normally
see on a typical tour. He was great! The whole experience was great!

Nancy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It's the perfect day tour for folks like me who are just passing through Phoenix for a meeting ... Jason was knowledgeable and attentive. He took us to all the best views of the Grand Canyon. The long day is broken up by the Sedona visit on the way up and the Trading Post visit on the way back. The ride is comfortable. Good sandwiches at lunch however needed a fork to eat it with chicken salad!!.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour! Very informative trip, our guide Dan was wonderful. I highly recommend this trip for any age.

Donald S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour driver, Mark, was very knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon and Sedona. He anticipated the questions that people would have. His love of the Canyon, it's history, and his tourists, was very evident.

Stacy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was a great day trip to see the highlights of the Grand Canyon. We were picked up in Phoenix and then made several stops, one in Sedona to shop, one in the Navejo Reservation to shop and then multiple along the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Lunch was provided and I have never seen such a huge sandwich, it was delicious and more than enough for a hungry hippo. There was a lot of driving on this trip but plenty of stops to get out and move around.

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