Grand Canyon Family Vacation

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

6 Days From



Grand Canyon Family Vacation

6 Days Starting and ending in Phoenix, AZ, USA

Visiting: Prescott, Phoenix, Salt River, Bearizona Wildlife Park, Watson Lake, South Rim, Cedar Ridge, South Kaibab Trail, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Sedona, Montezuma Castle National Monument

Tour operator:

Active Adventures

Tour code:


Specialist Group:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 18

Physical rating:

Medium, 3: Step It Up

Age range:


Special diets catered:


Tour operated in:



History, Wildlife Tours


4WD, Canoeing-Kayaking

From: $4499 $4357 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$142

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Kayak, hike, and cruise by train to discover the spectacular geology and the rich history of the southwest on our Grand Canyon family vacation. An unforgettable journey awaits you and your family. Standing before the mile-deep chasm of Grand Canyon is one of the marvelous moments on this six-day, action-packed family adventure in Arizona. Behold the awe-inspiring vastness of the Grand Canyon, explore the glowing red-rock formations of Sedona, and find yourself wowed by the changing colors on the walls of the Grand Canyon at sunset. All the while, enjoy southwestern hospitality and regional cuisine from comfortable hotels of a bygone era and iconic national park properties. From the refreshing waters of the Salt River and Colorado River to the history at Montezuma Castle and the wildlife-rich lands along the Grand Canyon Railway, you’ll find inspiration, rejuvenation, and loads of fun for everyone on this Grand Canyon family vacation.


  • Explore Salt River for a float trip by inflatable kayaks.

  • Hike through explore The Grand Canyon rim and South Kaibab.

  • At Bearizona drive-thru and walk-around wildlife park.

  • Enjoy heart-pumping fun on an exhilarating off-road jeep adventure atop Sedona’s iconic red-rock formations.


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Day 1 : Meet In Phoenix, Kayak Salt River

Location: Prescott, Phoenix, Salt River

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hassayampa Inn, Prescott

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner,

Meet in Phoenix and shuttle to the nearby Salt River for a float trip by inflatable kayaks. This relaxing morning paddle is the perfect way to cool off on a warm day in Arizona’s desert. You’ll glide along lush green riverbanks and towering red cliffs, keeping alert for sightings of wild horses and bald eagles. Following lunch, we transfer to Prescott, nestled at an elevation of 5,200 feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S. Your centrally located hotel is in the perfect location for wandering the streets of this historic destination. Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row and famous saloons of the Old West. Enjoy your first night’s dinner in the Peacock Room with your fellow travel companions.Kayaking:2 hours

Day 2 : Hike Watson Lake, Explore Bearizona

Location: Bearizona Wildlife Park, Watson Lake

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,

Begin the day with a hike around Watson Lake through Prescott’s beautiful Granite Dells north of town. This oasis is surrounded by beautiful rock formations and unique history. After a one-hour transfer to the town of Williams, enjoy lunch at Bearizona. You’ll experience this drive-thru and walk-around wildlife park with your knowledgeable guide who will give you a tour of the exhibits and animals who call this place home. You’ll see bears, bighorn sheep, bison, wolves, and many more animals who once roamed wild across the American West. After checking into your hotel, the night is free for you to explore and eat dinner in the funky town of Williams, located on historic Route 66! Hiking:3-5 miles (5-8 kilometers)

Day 3 : Hop On The Grand Canyon Railway, Hike The Rim Of The Grand Canyon

Location: South Rim

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Kachina Lodge or Thunderbird Lodge, Grand Canyon Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

All aboard! This morning, we board the Grand Canyon Railway en route to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. As you cross the Colorado Plateau, be on the lookout for elk, pronghorn, and bald eagles as your knowledgeable train conductor shares with you the history of this fascinating region. Upon arrival, enjoy a delectable picnic lunch prepared by your guides. This afternoon, we check out the fascinating architecture of Hermit’s Rest before embarking on a “wow-inducing” hike skirting the rim of the Grand Canyon.Hiking:3 miles (4.8 kilometers)

Day 4:Hike South Kaibab To Ooh Ahh Point

Location: Cedar Ridge, South Kaibab Trail

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Kachina Lodge or Thunderbird Lodge, Grand Canyon Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning, we hike down the South Kaibab trail to Cedar Ridge. The South Kaibab Trail winds us down into the depths of the Grand Canyon, giving us a much different perspective looking up at the Rim from below. We make our way down to Cedar Ridge, where the views of the Canyon and its colorful walls will leave you in awe. We enjoy our lunch and hike up and out, stopping frequently to catch our breath and take in the magnificent surroundings. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the South Rim Village. Hiking:Up to 5 miles (8 kilometers)

Day 5 : See Sunset Crater, Explore Sedona

Location: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Sedona

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble & Creekside Villas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Today you’ll say goodbye to the Grand Canyon heading east stopping along the way for a few last viewpoints. You'll first stop at Cameron Trading Post before discovering the unique terrain and lava flows of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. From there, it’s onto Sedona where you’ll enjoy lunch in town before having the afternoon to relax and explore. This evening, you’ll gather with your travel companions one last time for dinner at a lovely local spot in town.

Day 6 : Broken Arrow Jeep Tour & Phoenix

Location: Montezuma Castle National Monument, Phoenix

Meals Included: Breakfast,

Before you say goodbye, say hello to some heart-pumping fun on an exhilarating off-road jeep adventure atop Sedona’s iconic red-rock formations. Explore the past at Montezuma Castle as you observe some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. After a short hike, it’s time to head back to Phoenix for goodbyes. Scenic Drive:2 hours

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation throughout your trip.

  • Meals

    All meals as listed in itinerary.

  • Guide

    Professional guides.

  • Transport

    Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

  • Our own highly experienced guides, with you from start to finish

  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)

  • Your own ‘Travel Wallet’, an online space with everything required for your trip

  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away

  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'

  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled

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What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

    Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides not included.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Airport Transfers pick up and drop off service are not included.

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance

  • Optional

  • Alcoholic beverages

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Activity Level 3: Step It Up, I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings. Hiking: Typically, 3-6 hours per day on well-formed backcountry trails. Expect some significant gradient inclines and declines. Altitude: Your trip may include some moderate altitude areas, though these don't form the focus of the trip and are generally manageable. Biking: 1-3 hours on well-formed paths or roads where you can expect some hills with moderate climbs and descents. Kayaking: 1-3 hours, entry-level sea kayaking with specialist guides and stable boats. Other activities (i.e. caving): Always optional and very little exertion required. A highlight for many!

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 18 peoples.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, All park and other entry fees are included.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking guide on this tour.

  • What is the minimum group size?

    The max group size is 6 peoples.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport pic and drop off transfer are not included.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1996

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our trips attract a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, countries and ages, which makes our small group adventures all the more interesting and fun. All our people tend to enjoy active lifestyles, great food, good company and new experiences. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be in good company

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We send online booking information via our club page you’ll gain access to your trip notes, destination information, a detailed gear list and all the information you need for your trip. There are a few things to fill in – medical and dietary information, extra accommodation requests, gear hire requests etc. – to ensure you are well prepared for your adventure vacation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Travellers Against Plastic

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?


  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?


  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    When it comes to the safety of our guests, it has always been our number one priority. We’ve introduced strict protocols to adhere to current Covid safety guidelines that are relative to the destination, country and location of your adventure – these are dependent on the current rules and restrictions that are in place at the time of your trip.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Health and safety are just as important as the amazing places in the most stunning parts of the world we travel. Another focus of ours is having a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy day, and to make sure we are fully charged for the next day’s activities, so you’ll always find yourself in a clean, comfortable room.

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Reviews from travellers on this tour


Grand Times In The Grand Canyon


Honestly, we were not sure what to expect: as time drew closer, we were starting to get concerned about our plan of going to the desert in the middle of the summer. There were heat warnings and advisories and even news of a lady that died of heat in the Grand Canyon! We had never done a guided trip before with the kids and there was going to be plenty of hiking in 100+ heat. Our trip started off with a long day in Scottsdale after our airline moved us to a very early morning. It was a scorching day in Scottsdale waiting for our tour to start. The next morning, our guides, Joel and Bob, showed up promptly and ready to go. They greeted us and the kids and we set out. We got used to seeing the Austin Adventures van and trailer for the next week! On day 1, we headed down to the Salt River and got ready to kayak. Joel joined us on our adventure while Bob drove the van to the pick up spot. We had an REI guide with us who lead the group, but having our AA guide with us was great too. They were all very diligent in our need of water, sunblock, and snacks all week. The kayak trip was very nice. The weather was very hot, but the water was cold. We got to paddle and even take turns jumping off of a rock into the channel. It was a very fun way to get things rolling, esp. for the kids. Bob had lunch waitin for us and it was great. All of the guide lunches we had were very good and plentiful. After the kayaking, we headed to Prescott. Day 2- we started off with a fantastic breakfast at the Hassayampa Inn. The pancakes were huge! My daughter loved her parfait and rest of the crew had tasty omelets. I loved getting Joel's advice on what was good on the menu at each place. After a big breakfast, we headed to Watson Lake outside Prescott. What a beautiful place! Yes, it was hot... But, Joel and Bob always had plenty of water and lots of info about local plants, wildlife, and geological formations. . After the hike, we headed to "Bear"-izona. That's the most bears I've ever seen. We got to feed the grizzlies which was cool. Then we headed to Williams. We would be on our own for the afternoon. Joel gave us several recommendations for what to try for supper. Day 3-after breakfast the next morning in Williams, we watched a wild west show at the train depot. It was pretty "meh", but we didn't have anything else to do while waiting for the train. The train ride was fun. I enjoyed looking for wildlife as we rode along. After we got to the Grand Canyon, they picked us up and took us to another tasty lunch, except this time it was on the rim and our first glimpse of the GC. We hiked along the rim back to our hotel. What a magnificent sight! It's such a beautiful place. That rim hike was a good warm-up to our canyon hike the next day. We rested up, did a little souvenir shopping, then had a great supper at the El Tovar. Day 4-This was the big day--into the Grand Canyon! We had a good breakfast at El Tovar. Joel had recommended the avocado toast. I'd never had it before and it was very good. After that we headed to the South Kaibab trail head. We were going to head some miles into the canyon and then back out. Like the guides said, "into the canyon, optional. Out of the canyon, mandatory!" We loaded up lunch and plenty of water. We went all the way down to Cedar Point. The trip out was tough, but not as bad as we thought. We rested a bit then headed to supper outside the park. Day 5-We headed out of the park to the watch tower and lunch in Flagstaff. The pizza there was great! After that, a beautiful drive to Sedona. It was hot again, but another great place. We got to spend some time in the pool watching the bats fly around. Day 6-The last day. The Pink Jeep tour was a fantastic way to see the Sedona area. We had a good time doing that. We saw Montezuma's Castle which was a very interesting look at some American history. Then back to the airport and home! It was a great trip!


Great Family Trip


The views were breathtaking, the variety of travel and experiences were interesting, and the guides friendly and knowledgeable.


Great Experience


Great experience. Everything taken care of, wonderful.


Great Family Vacation


We took our two grandchildren on the Grand Canyon family trip and it was a wonderful way for us to bond with the kids and enjoy the company of the other families. The guides were great with kids and very knowledgeable about the geology, plants, and animals in the desert areas that we visited.

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  • Low Deposit

    Active Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 500 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of active adventures charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Testing For trips in the United States:?Vaccination is not required. All guests must adhere to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations and guidelines.

    For all International trips (all destinations except the United States):?All guests aged 13 years and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of travel.? We accept vaccines authorized or recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Adults who cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical exemptions will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result (official paper or official electronic record) showing the test was carried out no later than 72 hours before the trip starts. Testing must be performed by an approved entity.Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test (where applicable) must be provided prior to the start of your trip (only official vaccination card or electronic record will be accepted). Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test must include identifying information (full name), as well as the vaccination or the test dates.Proof of Vaccination must demonstrate the final dose of the vaccine was administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of your trip.You will be required to upload Proof of Vaccination into your Travel Wallet prior to departure. If Proof of Vaccination or a Negative Test is not produced at the commencement of travel with us, you will not be allowed to travel. You will not be eligible to receive a refund of any sums paid to us if this occurs.?? Guests must comply with any additional vaccination or testing requirements and/or additional health and safety measures that are required to travel in their chosen destination. We recommend using?CIBT for up-to-date requirements.? We do not grant any exceptions to this vaccination and testing policy.?

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