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Travel through the otherworldly landscape of the Arizona desert with a ride on the historic Grand Canyon Railroad. Settle in to reserved seats on this train that’s been carrying passengers since 1901, and enjoy on-board entertainment and lunch along the way. Hop off near the edge of the magnificent, sprawling canyon for a guided rim tour to learn about the history of this natural wonder while soaking up spectacular views. 

Highlights

  • Full-day ride on the historic Grand Canyon Railroad and canyon tour
  • Ride in comfortable, restored passenger cars and learn about the train's history from entertaining guides
  • Pass through beautiful countryside on your way to the magnificent Grand Canyon
  • Enjoy an onboard lunch while the train chugs through the desert landscape
  • Peer down into the canyon and learn about its formation on a guided rim tour
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Flagstaff

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What You Can Expect

Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion

Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion

Journey through beautiful countryside on your way to the magnificent Grand Canyon, named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World by CNN. Take in the awesome views and have a bite to eat on the train. Sit back as the crew members share engaging commentary about the train, it's history and many journeys. The ride takes you across open countryside with mountain views before reaching the Grand Canyon by noon.

Upon arrival, you'll have free time to explore before your guide meets you for your Grand Canyon rim tour. After the tour enjoy drop-off back at your Flagstaff hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent experience ! The train ride was fun and something different. Our guide picked us up at the designated spot at the Canyon. She drove around the South Rim and East Rim and stopped at numerous overlooks. She was very knowledgeable and knew the best ones to stop at. She also explained a lot of the science and history of the Canyon how it was formed, how old the rocks were, etc. Well worth the price.

Joyce D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was A1 because of our tour guide, Gerry. From the time he picked us up at the hotel exactly on time, to the informative drive to Williams to board the train, which he purchased the tickets for us. He met us when the train arrived at the Grand Canyon with bottled water and a fantastic picnic lunch which we ate on the scenic south rim. He then drove to various spots we would have never been able to find on our own, to experience different views of the Canyon. We then went to the Navajo Indian Reservation which had beautiful hand made jewelry, rugs etc. Our ride back to the hotel seemed to take no time as Gerry held our attention by telling us wonderful exciting stories of the area...thank you Gerry, you made the tour 5s.

copax7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The train ride was very relaxing and enjoyable even though the terrain isn't much to see. The combination of the train excursion, the village at the Grand Canyon and then the Canyon views tour was a great balance of sightseeing. A safe and convenient way to see a lot without doing any driving!

Carol L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Had a brilliant day out on the Grand Canyon Railroad excursion, from the time the guide picked us up at our hotel until the time he dropped us off. Good ride up to williams on mini-bus then transferred onto Grand Canyon Train, where we were entertained by the marshall and a singer/guitarist who also told brilliant jokes At Grand canyon we were met by our tour guide who showed us around the south rim and gave us plenty of information about the history of the Grand Canyon. He was very well informed and took his time explaining everything. Good packed lunch. So all in all it was a thoroughly good day.

Kit F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

I took my son on a father-son trip and it was fantastic! My son was a little disappointed in the speed of the train, but he quickly changed his tune when the various musicians and actors came through our car to entertain. The tour of the Grand Canyon itself is just thorough enough to get you excited about going back. You could spend days there and see something different everyday. Overall, I highly recommend this trip if you have children with you.

vweseloh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

We loved the train trip and bus tour at the rim. The lunch meal left a little to be desired.

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

couldnt have asked for a better first tour of the area! just amazing, the tour guide was very informative and amusing

Angel C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

it was great awsome sites and anjoyed the train ride.

Michael H

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Trip from Canyon to Williams was a little boring...train robbery show was interesting. Conductor was excellent with explanations of area and events.

Ian A

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

GOOD! Too much talking by the tour guide and too much road travel; not enough of the train.

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