• 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 31, 2016
  • From $2,798 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,238 to $2,518

Grand Canyon Family Vacation Package

All aboard! Discover the spectacular geology and rich history of the desert southwest from the historic Grand Canyon Railway to ancient Native American cliff dwellings on this custom, all-inclusive Grand Canyon Family Vacation Package. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to the awe-inspiring vastness of Grand Canyon, the glowing red rocks of the charming town of Sedona and even the funky wildlife park of Bearizona. Stand-up paddle board, hike, bike and cruise by train through the iconic scenes of the wild, wild west as you keep on the lookout for condors, pronghorn and elk before kicking back and ooh-and-ahh-ing over the changing colors on the walls of Grand Canyon at sunset. All the while, enjoy western hospitality and regional cuisine from luxury hotels of a bygone era and iconic park properties complemented by Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. An unforgettable journey awaits!

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  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

The breadth and beauty of the mile-deep chasm of Grand Canyon is one of many marvelous scenes to take in on this six-day, action-packed family adventure as you and yours uncover the best of Arizona's magnificent high-desert country. From the refreshing waters of Lake Pleasant to the rim of one of the world's greatest natural wonders, find inspiration, rejuvenation and loads of fun on this trip of a lifetime through America's colorful desert southwest with our Grand Canyon Family Vacation Package.

  • Try your hand at stand up paddle-boarding on beautiful Lake Pleasant
  • Hop on a bike and follow an old railroad through Prescott's Granite Dells, a winding "rail to trail" conversion through large granite boulders and exposed bedrock
  • Discover Montezuma Castle where you find some of the world's best preserved cliff dwellings that took the Sinagua people over 500-years to build
  • Cross the Colorado Plateau on the Grand Canyon Railway, keeping an eye out for elk, pronghorn and bald eagles
  • Explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and look up to espy the 9.5-foot wingspan of the soaring California Condor
  • Delight in gourmet barbecue at the beautiful El Tovar restaurant, enjoying the view from your private dining room overlooking the canyon
  • Cool off and take a "dip and slip" at Slide Rock State Park before arriving in the charming town of Sedona, known for its mystical red rocks
Hiking Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge Grand Canyon Family Vacations
Photo: Hiking Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge Grand Canyon Family Vacations
Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Phoenix, Arizona

Day 1: Lake Pleasant / Montezuma Castle / Prescott
Lake Pleasant / Montezuma Castle / Prescott
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hassayampa Inn

Meet in Phoenix and shuttle to the nearby Salt River for kayaking. 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’re off to Agua Fria National Monument, an expansive mosaic of semi-desert area where we’ll get our feet wet hiking along the Badger Springs Trail. After which, we transfer to Prescott and check into our hotel just off of main street. Enjoy your first night’s dinner in the Peacock Room with your fellow travel companions.

About Hassayampa Inn
Since 1927, when writers and artists were drawn to the stunning landscapes of the American Southwest, the Hassayampa Inn has been the "Grand Jewel of Prescott," a fashionable resort for the well-heeled.

Guests of today continue to feel right at home at the historic Hassayampa Inn near Courthouse Square. Modern amenities combined with a long tradition of friendly service make the Inn your ideal base from which to explore all that Prescott has to offer—its Wild West legacy, and vibrant culture of music, art, hiking and—
all in the comfortably mild climate of "Everybody's Hometown."

Day 2: Granite Dells / Bearizona / Williams
Granite Dells / Bearizona / Williams
Meals Included:  B, L

Begin the day with a bike ride on the Peavine / Iron King Trail through Prescott’s beautiful Granite Dells north of town. This crushed stone and dirt converted rail-trail travels through an oasis in the sunbaked desert.

After a picnic lunch, we’ll head north one hour to the town of Williams, the Gateway to the Grand Canyon.

While in Williams, you have to check out Bearizona. It may sound cheesy, but we’ll experience this drive-thru and walk-around wildlife park with a knowledgeable expert who will give you a behind-the-scenes 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 our hotel, the night is free for you to explore and eat dinner in the funky town of Williams, located on the historic Route 66!

About Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
Experience the luxury of a bygone era at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Designed to resemble the century- old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel, this hotel is a relaxing retreat in a picturesque Western setting. The 297-room hotel is just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route 66.

Combined with a variety of amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and hot tub, delicious dining options, and ideal location in “the Gateway to the Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is the perfect place to stay before embarking on your grandest of journeys.

Day 3: Grand Canyon Railway / South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Railway / South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Kachina Lodge

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, a short hike and a picnic lunch await.

This afternoon, you won’t want to miss the Grand Canyon Visitor Center before a walk back to our hotel along the educational “Trail of Time” skirting the rim of the Grand Canyon.

About Kachina
Built in the late 1960’s Kachina Lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. For guests seeking a more contemporary lodging option, Kachina lodge is a great choice. The guest rooms have a comfortable modern ambiance and are all similar in size and amenities. Many guests choose Kachina due to its prominent location in the center of the historic district.

It’s a great choice for active guests as it is located directly on the Rim Trail. This trail spans from Hermits Rest to the Kaibab Trailhead, approximately 12.8 miles. From your room you can hike in either direction.

Day 4: Greenway Trail / South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge
Greenway Trail / South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Kachina Lodge

This morning, we hop on our bikes to pedal a short distance via the Greenway Trail to the start of our trek.

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.

After a hearty snack and break, we begin our hike up and out, stopping frequently to catch our breath and take in the magnificent surroundings. Upon reaching our bikes, you may choose to pedal back to the hotel or opt to ride in the van.

The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the South Rim Village. We’ll meet back up for an early dinner in the Canyon room of El Tovar.

Day 5: Watch Tower / Wupatki Ruins / Sunset Volcano Crater / Sedona
Grand Canyon Vacation Rim Photo
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today we say goodbye to the Grand Canyon as we head east out of the Park.

We’ll stop at Indian Watchtower, modeled after ancient ancestral Puebloan watchtowers and designed in 1932 by Mary Colter. After heading out of the Park, we’ll take a slight detour to Wupatki Ruins, a Monument set aside in 1924 to preserve Citadel and Wupatki pueblos.

Along the same route, we’ll happen across Sunset Crater Volcano where we’ll hike through lava flow and cinders amongst towering Ponderosa pines.

To end our day, take a quick dip in the cool waters of Sliderock State Park. Tonight, we’ll celebrate a great week with a barbeque along the banks of Oak Creek.

About the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble & Creekside Villas
An award-winning Sedona Hotel with 600 feet of private Oak Creek frontage, awesome red rock views, plus uptown Sedona at your doorstep! The Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villages is family owned and operated. With three pools, a steam room and sauna, pool tables and a game room on site, the kids (and their parents) are sure to stay busy for the duration of their stay.

All of the rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, 46” LED televisions with cable, luxurious oversized bath towels, pillow top mattresses and 300 thread-count sheets. You’ll love the sitting among the ancient sycamore trees down along the banks of Oak Creek!

Day 6: Sedona / Phoenix
Sedona / Phoenix
Meals Included:  B

Sleep late or enjoy a leisurely morning strolling the streets of Sedona.

Late morning, we leave Sedona for a two hour transfer to Phoenix.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 31, 2016
  • From $2,798 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,238 to $2,518

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 31, 2016
  • Aug 7, 2016
  • Jul 9, 2017
  • Jul 16, 2017
  • Jul 23, 2017
  • Jul 30, 2017
  • Aug 6, 2017

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:20 am, depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Phoenix Airport (1:00 pm) or your Phoenix hotel (1:30 pm).
  • Please make flights for 3:00 PM or later.
Activities
  • Hiking: 2 to 3 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain. We would consider the uphill to climb out of the Grand Canyon via the South Kaibab Trail to be strenuous as you will be hiking up 1,000 feet over 1.5 miles. Don’t worry, we’ll take lots of breaks!
  • Biking: 5 – 10 miles per ride on easy to moderate terrain. The Peavine / Iron King Trail near Prescott is crushed gravel and dirt, mostly flat. The Greenway Trail at the South Rim is slightly rolling paved bike path.
  • Standup Paddleboarding: This sport is a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. Good balance is not required as paddleboards are sturdy and designed to keep you upright and afloat.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on own your own.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner during your trip.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

Regions we visit in Southwestern US: , ...

  • 1. Geologic wonders: ancient sea beds, packed sand dunes and volcanic remnants are just a sampling of the various rock layers you'll discover in the country's most awe-inspiring geologic display.
  • 2. Pictographs and iron horses: discover the legends, adventure, culture and mystery of the wild, wild west as you explore castles, cliff dwellings, railways and museums in Arizona's historically complex canyon country.
  • 3. Elk, Condors, Bears, Oh My! During these action-packed days, keep your eyes open for the prolific wildlife roaming the grasslands, mesas and skies above Grand Canyon.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: with lodgings like Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, indulge in classic Western comfort and the best gourmet dining in northern Arizona with our Grand Canyon Family Vacation Package.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to building group camaraderie, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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