Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Tours from Phoenix

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Experience sunrise and sunset at your leisure at the most majestic section of the Grand Canyon, the South Rim.

This 2-day tour offers a chance to experience historic Route 66 to enjoy a bygone era in American History as well as spend 24 hours at Grand Canyon National Park.

This overnight tour departs Phoenix/Scottsdale between 6:00am and 7:00am the first day and returns between 7:00pm and 8:00pm the following day.

*Beginning in 2019, lunches on day one will be offered as an option for additional cost. We highly recommend purchasing your lunch through us prior to your tour so you have optimal time to experience the amazing views of the Grand Canyon.

Packages with lodging start at $608

Grand Canyon South Rim Scenic View - Group
Grand Canyon South Rim Scenic View

TRAVEL INFO

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Bright Angel Trail Grand Canyon South Rim

Departure Location:
Most hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe

Cancellation Policy
Immediate non-refundable deposit of $150.00 is due at time of booking and will be applied to the final balance. The final balance is due 7 days prior to tour departure. The final balance is non-refundable. Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to tour departure will forfeit $150.00 deposit.

Private Tour Option
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.

Group size
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers on individual captains’ seats, and groups range from 8-13 passengers.

Accommodation/Lodging
The hotel at the Grand Canyon will be 3-4 stars. The accommodation has been chosen to give passengers the best access to the National Park area. For those traveling alone there are single occupancy rates available.

Activity Levels
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.

Baggage Allowance
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 50 pounds or one daypack less than or equal to 40 litres. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sunblock, and clothing. Most hotels can arrange to store bulky items pre-tour. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.

Temperature/Weather
Temperatures in Grand Canyon are typically 15-30°F cooler than Phoenix and vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

Notes
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.

TOUR ITINERARY

Route 66
Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Tour

Departs: between 6:00am and 7:00am

Returns the next day: between 7:00pm and 8:00pm

Day 1:
To see Arizona’s rich history, the Grand Canyon tour with an overnight stay gives you a chance to marvel at the spectacular landscapes of the Grand Canyon and explore local artisans. After departing the Phoenix metro area, our tour travels through the expansive Sonoran Desert filled with the native saguaro cactus. The scenery begins to change as we increase in elevation and views of the cactus fade into pine trees. As we continue further into Northern Arizona, we will travel the outskirts of the Route 66 town of Flagstaff and from the highway, see the San Francisco Peaks among the seemingly endless Ponderosa Pine Forest, the largest contiguous forest of ponderosa pines in the world.

Williams will be our first stop along the tour for a chance to experience Route 66, the iconic American highway steeped in rich tradition. While in Williams, guests will have the opportunity to “get their kicks on Route 66” with walks along the original route, explore the local shops and capture souvenir photos highlighting a bygone era in classic American history. Also known as the Will Rodgers Highway, Route 66 is the most recognizable road in the United States and stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to California upon completion. While you are enjoying Route 66, your guide will pick up your gourmet picnic lunch made fresh that morning.

You’ll experience about three hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to visit the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. While at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, you will have opportunities to walk the rim, shop, capture an unlimited number of photographs, or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house. Your guide will assist you with your hotel check in and you will have the remainder of the day on your own to relax overlooking one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Lodging upgrades are available for an additional cost.

Overnight at Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Day 2:

During the morning hours, you will have ample time on your own to relax, take sunrise photographs overlooking the Grand Canyon, or even do a morning hike. At approximately 2:00pm, your DETOURS guide will greet you at the front lobby of your Grand Canyon hotel to further explore the Canyon.

A $150 non-refundable tour deposit is due at the time of booking. This deposit is included in the tour’s final price.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lunch on day one (for tours in 2018)
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, tribal parks, or other named activities
  • Experienced and professional tour guide

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Lunch on day one (for tours in 2019)
  • Incidental hotel fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

TRAVEL TIPS

Temperatures in Grand Canyon are typically 15-30°F cooler than Phoenix and vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

ADD-ON AN AMAZING HELICOPTER TOUR!

Helicopter Tour over Grand Canyon DETOURS

INCREDIBLE AERIAL VIEWS

Enhance your Grand Canyon experience with a helicopter tour that departs from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon taking you over the beautiful Kaibab National Forest. Upon reaching the edge of the canyon, the South Rim gently drops away as the North Rim and eastern end of the canyon come into view – one of the most spectacular views in the entire canyon. In the distance, it is possible to see the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower designed by Mary Colter. Your journey continues as you follow the Colorado River upstream to where it merges with the Little Colorado River.

PHOTO GALLERY

FAQ

Will we visit the Skywalk?

No, the Skywalk is at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Our tour covers the South Rim only.

What hotel will I be staying at?

We book rooms at Maswik Lodge or Yavapai Lodge. For an additional cost, you can upgrade to Thunderbird Lodge or Kachina Lodge.

Will I be able to hike into the canyon?

You will have about 24 hours of free time during your overnight tour. The trails into the canyon can take over 4 hours to reach the bottom and take twice as long to come back out. HOWEVER, it is not recommended to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially during the months of May to September.

What type of lunch is provided?

For tours in 2018, we provide a boxed lunch on the first day of your overnight tour with choices of different sandwiches and side options. Meal options given morning of the tour.

For tours in 2019, a boxed lunch is an add-on option on the first day of your overnight tour for an additional cost. We highly recommend purchasing your lunch through us prior to your tour so you have optimal time to experience the amazing views of the Grand Canyon. We provide a boxed lunch on the first day of your overnight tour with choices of different sandwiches and side options. Meal options given upon booking.

What is my pick up time on the first day of my tour?

Pick up times range from 6am-7am. We will contact you between 4-6pm the evening before the tour to confirm your exact pick up time.

What is my pick up time on the second day of my tour?

Pick up times range from 2-2:30pm. Your guide on the first day of the tour will let you know what time to be ready the next day for pick up and our office will contact you between 4-6pm the evening before the tour to reconfirm your exact pick up time.

How long does it take to get there?

The Grand Canyon is approximately 4 hours from the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. With stops made along the way though, we typically arrive around noon.

How long do we spend at the Grand Canyon?

Approximately 3 hours with your guide, approximately 24 hours total.

What is the weather like?

These are all approximations, please check the weather prior to your tour. Winter temperatures at the Grand Canyon can range from 0-40 degrees fahrenheit. Spring and fall temperature range from 40-70 degrees fahrenheit. Summer temperatures range from 70-90 degrees fahrenheit.

What should I wear?

We recommend closed-toed shoes year round. During the winter, we recommend layers, long pants, winter coats, gloves, and hats. During spring and fall, we recommend jackets.

What should I bring?

Weather appropriate clothing, camera, snacks, government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

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