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Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion - From Phoenix

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Duration: Approx. 13 hours
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  • Ride a restored heritage railroad that will bring you back to the early days of the American frontier
  • Enjoy a bus tour and free time in the incomparable Grand Canyon
  • Take scenic drive through the Sonoran Desert on legendary Route 66

Ride the rails of history into the magnificent Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon Railroad is a heritage railroad that began conveying visitors into the heart of the Canyon in 1901. It fell into disrepair in the late 1960s, but it’s been lovingly restored to capture the vintage feel of early American locomotives.

Pass through stunningly diverse landscapes of thirsty stone and lush forest, which are all powerful testaments to the genius of nature.

Enjoy a bus tour of the Grand Canyon and plenty of free time to explore this surreal sculpture garden of stone, which recedes into infinity in all directions.

You’ll also be treated to a scenic drive through the Sonoran Desert along Route 66.


You will be picked up by air-conditioned coach (vans will be used for smaller groups) from your Phoenix/Scottsdale hotel for this Grand Rails tour. You will be accompanied by a guide that knows the area well.

Take a scenic drive on Route 66 early in the morning, through the harsh beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Heed the advice of folk legend Bob Dylan, who crooned “if you ever plan to motor west…Get your kicks on Route 66.”

Arrive in Williams, where you’ll board the historic Grand Canyon Railroad.

Each car of this Arizona railroad - which made its maiden voyage in 1901 - has been restored to its original state, and the crew members all have anecdotes to share about the train and its many journeys.

Enjoy a memorable 2-hour trip through open plains with mountain views and past crystal lakes embroidered with pine forests.

Ride the train into the Grand Canyon, where you’ll have free time to explore this natural wonderland, which stretches for 277 miles, reaches a depth of nearly a mile, and showcases some 2 billion years of geological history. You’ll also have time to lunch on your own (payable direct).

Later, take a bus tour to the Mather Viewpoint for magnificent photo opportunities while your guide fills you in on the ecology and geology of the area.

The stones and sand in the Grand Canyon give off brown, yellow, and red hues that are amplified by a striking blue sky and wayward tufts of clouds. The landscape is otherworldly, like the surface of some distant planet waiting to be discovered.

You will be returned to your Phoenix/Scottsdale hotel at tour’s end

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in air-conditioned coach/van
  • English-speaking guide
  • 2-hour Grand Canyon railway ride
  • Grand Canyon bus tour
  • Meals and gratuities
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Approx. 13 hours
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Meeting point
Your hotel in Phoenix/Scottsale.
(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Ending point
Your hotel in Phoenix / Scottsdale
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The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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