After morning pickup in Phoenix, travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with large viewing windows, beginning your journey to the Grand Canyon by crossing the Sonoran Desert into the red rock country of Sedona.
Take a break in Sedona for morning coffee, photo ops and a stroll through town before getting back on the road, taking a 17-mile scenic route through Oak Creek Canyon. Climb into the San Francisco Mountains around Flagstaff and roll along parts of historic Route 66, arriving arrive at the Grand Canyon around mid-day.
Take a break to eat (own expense) at a restaurant on the South Rim and enjoy your first glimpse of the majestic canyon landscape. Then have time for a short nature walk, take photos from great overlooks, or browse the souvenir shops. Afterward, rejoin your guide for the big event: a 23-mile driving tour along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Be amazed by sweeping views at every twist of the road, with plenty of stops for photo ops along the way.
After your driving tour along the South Rim to the East Rim, which lasts approximately two hours, depart from the canyon via the Navajo Nation, where your driver stops on the reservation at the historic Cameron Trading Post. There, learn about the Navajo people and have time to shop for an authentic Navajo jewelry, arts and crafts. Back on the road, your guide points out views of the Painted Desert and Little Colorado River Gorge in the distance.
Relax on the return drive, which takes you back through the Flagstaff and Verde River Valley. Stop for snacks en route, before your tour ends with drop-off at your Phoenix hotel in the evening.