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.
Just before entering the Grand Canyon National Park, you will be checked in for your 45 minute helicopter flight, spanning over 90 miles of the Grand Canyon. After your flight, your guide will bring you back into the National Park to discover more by foot. 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.
Duration: Full day (approx. 12-13 hours)
Departs: Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe area; tour departs between 6:00am and 7:00am.
Includes: Ground transportation, 45 minute helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon, entry fees & bottled water. You can add lunch for $12/person; options below. All options include Sun Chips, seasonal whole fruit & cookies.
Season: This tour is available year round weather dependent.
Skill level: N/A
Notes: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Fuel surcharges may apply. Guests weighing over 300 pounds are required to pay an additional $230 for a 2nd seat since aircraft capacity is based on weight, not just the number of passengers. Every passenger is weighed prior to boarding. Sunscreen and hats are recommended. Don't forget your camera! Body weight is required at the time of reservation.
Cancellation Policy: All half and full day tours have a 7-day cancelation policy. If your plans change for any reason, please be sure to call at least 7 days prior to the day of your tour to avoid charges.