Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix

Scottsdale, United States
  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This Grand Canyon day trip combines sights from both land and sky. After departing Phoenix, take a scenic drive including a stop along Route 66. Enjoy a exciting helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, which follows the Colorado River. After your flight, enjoy free time at the South Rim where you can walk to scenic lookout points before returning to Phoenix by luxury van.
  • Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix
  • Brief photo stop along hidtoric Route 66 including a rest break
  • Helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon
  • Free time to explore the viewpoints along the rim of the Grand Canyon

What's Included

  • 45-minute helicopter tour
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select Phoenix area hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Scottsdale
    Scottsdale, AZ, USA

    Hotel pick up is not guaranteed. There is a chance you may need to meet at a nearby location for pick up. The supplier will contact you.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 1/1/2022 - 3/22/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Please note: We do not pick up at private residences and we do not guarantee pickup for all hotels. Even if your hotel is on the list, there may be a chance you'll need to meet at an alternate location. If need be, the supplier will determine a location you can meet to be picked up for your excursion. Tour supplier contact details will be provided on your pre-paid voucher.

What To Expect

After hotel pickup in the Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale and Mesa, get comfortable in your luxury van for the drive to Grand Canyon National Park. Make a photo stop along Route 66 where you can stretch your legs and snap views of this historic highway.

Reaching your destination at the South Rim, the crown jewel of your day trip begins with your Grand Canyon helicopter tour. After a saefty briefing, board a state-of-the-art chopper and buckle up for the scenic flight, following the Colorado River toward the canyon’s eastern end. Your pilot soars above the Kaibab National Forest and through the Dragon Corridor—the widest and deepest part of this incredible natural wonder.

Upon landing, soak up more scenery at a lookout point. After, enjoy free time to explore the various lookout points along the rim as you snap photos and learn about the Grand Canyon's natural history.

After ample time at the national park, you’re driven back to Phoenix.

Route 66 (Pass By)

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 Depot

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.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The maximum weight limit per person is 300 pounds. Guests over the weight limit (300+ lbs) will be required to purchase 2 seats. This is payable direct to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
  • Arizona state law requires children under 8 years to have either a child seat or booster. Child seats are available upon request.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Foldable wheelchairs are acceptable to fit in the vehicle
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Hotel pick up is not guaranteed, even if your hotel is on the list. We must limit the number of pick ups so there is a chance you may need to meet at a nearby location. The supplier will contact you.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

When there's an opportunity to get something to eat along the way, do so or bring your own meal with you.
We would definitely recommend the helicopter tour as it offered a spectacular way to view the canyon.
358 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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LouisPhilippe_G, Jan 2023
EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL!! The helicoptere trip, the Grand Canyon is wonderfull. the geology is wonderfull.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
THANK YOU! We appreciate you taking the time to share about your experience with us. The Colors & Canyons trip with the helicopter is quite the ride. We're delighted to have had you! Best, Nathan DETOURS
Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix | Unforgettable Experience
Duresa_L, Jan 2023
This was an impressive experience.🥰🙏 The walks around the Grand Canyon were wonderful 🤩 + we were lucky to have a perfect weather on that day ☀️. Thus, we were able to fully enjoy the fascinating views 🏔️ ✨ and took lots of photos 📸. The tour guide Diane was very kind and offered helpful instructions that made the trip very efficient with 11 passengers. 😊 Diane shared interesting facts about nature, history and Arizona's development. 👍 In addition, Diane gave great tips about food and stops along the way. 😻 This was very much appreciated. ☺️ The helicopter ride was intriguing. 🚁 😍 The views over the Gran Canyon, Colorado River and the San Franciso Hills were breath-taking and a wonderful experience because you could see so much diversity in nature - sun, snow, cacti etc....🗻❄️☀️ This tour is 100% recommended and I would repeat it anytime. Thank you for this unforgettable experience! 👏 You guys are awesome 🙏😊🥰. Best wishes, Duresa
Beautiful experience!
Swapnil_D, Dec 2022
I booked a ‘Detour’ touring service through Viator. I had a very positive experience with Detours, Diane was the tour guide, she is not only an amazing tour guide but such a lovely person. She gives you details on the AZ landscape, information about Grand Canyon and AZ history. It was an amazing experience Thank you, Diane for making my tour easy and fun!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We're delighted to hear about your experience with us here at DETOURS. Our guides, Diane especially, share such a vast knowledge about our beautiful Southwest. They all are able to provide an element of personality and history that provide a unique experience to each and every tour Best. Nathan DETOURS
Grand experience pun intended
Barry_C, Dec 2022
It was truly GRAND and our tour operator Tracy Guss was great - very knowledgeable, ingurnative and accommodating. Thank you!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks for sharing your GRAND experience with us! We hope to see you again soon - we've got plenty more Southwest to share with you. Best, Nathan DETOURS
Just do it!
Larissa_T, Dec 2022
The entire experience was incredible. Aldo was so fun and really brought the long day vibrant energy. Definitely upgrade to the helicopter view. It was an amazing experience!
Grand Canyon Helicopter and Full Day Tour from Phoenix
Navatha_D, Nov 2022
Mark has a good knowledge of the places and he had been explaining and entertaining us all the way through the journey to the Grand Canyon. It was a great experience all together; last but not the least, the View from the helicopter is just worth watching it live, great tour !
Adventure of a lifetime
Lindsay_F, Nov 2022
This trip was magical! I have dreamed of getting to see the Grand Canyon since I was a kid--the helicopter experience is a MUST! I will never forget this adventure. I also can't say enough about our driver/tour guide Aldo--so incredibly warm, personable, charming and full of really interesting info about Arizona! Aldo made this trip a 100/10--could not have asked for a better guide. Everything ran smoothly and everyone was well taken care of! Book now--you won't regret it.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Magical is a significant word to describe our Grand Canyon Helicopter tours indeed. There is nothing quite like seeing the Canyon from a bird's eye view... and to experience the dream? Miraculous. Our guides also add such a personal touch to our experiences, truly the cherry on top of a perfect excursion. We're delighted that you had such a wonderful time with us! We hope to see you again soon, and thank you for sharing your experience with us. Best, Nathan DETOURS
An amazing wonderful day!
Joanie_E, Nov 2022
We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. Staying in Scottsdale Arizona. Aldo our driver, picked us up we did the Grand Canyon tour and the helicopter ride. The whole experience was perfect. How does enthusiasm toward life country and nature is contagious I couldn’t imagine anyone else being our driver thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The helicopter ride was overwhelming with beauty and serenity I actually cried it was so breathtaking. Mike and I have high regards for Aldo in your company thank you for such a great experience. Mike and Joanie English
Worth the money!
Jana_P, Oct 2022
Highly recommend this tour! Diane was our tour guide - she was excellent. Highly knowledgeable of the area, helped us take some amazing photos, and had a great sense of humor. Our helicopter tour was breathtaking. Alex, our pilot, did an awesome job - very safety conscious. It’s worth every dime!
one of the best tours in my life!
Claudia_W, Sep 2022
this trip was just amazing: the Nature is absoluety great and we could see a lot of the Grand Canyon, as well as from the state Arizona (incl. the route 66 and a few cowboy towns) - the tourguide was Aldo, he did a fantastic job: safe driving, good tours and he shared so much of his huge knowldge with us! i would love to come back soon... :)
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We appreciate your kind words. We do our best to ensure every tour is an unforgettable experience! Aldo always allow for that extra personal touch from your tour guide, and we're delighted to hear that they could deliver that experience! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
Absolutely stunning!
Elaina_N, Aug 2022
Absolute breathtaking experience! In order to see the full canyon, this is a must do! I would recommend to everyone! I would do it all over again!
Do the helicopter ride and request Aldo!
Daniel_D, Aug 2022
The tour was absolutely fantastic especially because of our driver Aldo. He was knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour, made plenty bathroom/ rest breaks, as well as carried his great sense of humor through out the whole trip. He is very big on family/ community, so traveling with him for 13 hours is everything you want if you want to fully be immersed in a type of tour like this! Easily the other best part of the trip was the helicopter ride; you see the entire canyon, top to bottom, nothing close to what everyone else sees on the ground. A high recommend for anyone wanting a bucket list checking experience, there’s no other way to be seeing the canyon. The day was long but nothing but enjoyable and fun traveling through Northern Arizona. You see lots of wildlife, hear tons of AZ history and most important, don’t have to drive!
Might be worth it.
Terrell_J, Aug 2022
Booked the trip for helicopter ride over Grand Canyon. CANCELED. Do to weather. Remaining activity of the trip was great but hate missing the helicopter ride.
Great way to get there from Phoenix
AMY_D, Jul 2022
Victoria worked really hard to find a pick up spot that was accessible to me without a car. Turned out to be right at my hotel, which was super fantastic. Steven was a great guide and driver. Brought us to a good lunch spot. Many "comfort" stops/"bio breaks" and chances for snacks. My group was nice and quiet. Everyone was on time to the meeting spot, mostly. My helicopter ride was cancelled due to weather. I was refunded that portion immediately.
Amazing day!!
Michaelann_J, Jun 2022
We enjoyed Williams, AZ on route 66. The helicopter flight was absolutely amazing. Our driver, Tracy was so friendly and informative. Tracy took us to two different parts of the south rim and it was so beautiful! I recommend this tour to everyone considering going to the Grand Canyon!
Bucket List ✅
Melody_D, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was awesome. This whole excursion was a great experience. Our guide made sure we were informed and comfortable. We knew when and where bathroom breaks would be as well as food. Nothing was left to chance. No regrets 😎
Well worth it!!
Crystal_K, Jun 2022
From start to finish, excellent tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Showed nice points of interest!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us! We were delighted to have you and we hope to see you again soon Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
Breathtaking views and an amazing tour!
Cheri_J, Jun 2022
Absolutely stunning views from the helicopter! Great pilot- he was friendly, helpful, entertaining and made me comfortable throughout the whole experience! Our tour guide Steven was exceptional! The entire tour was fabulous. Perfect amount of time at each location!
Good vacation
Yaneira_L, Jun 2022
It was a great experience and people were so friendly. We took two tours and both were fantastic. I will come back to Phoenix.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us! We were delighted to have you. Hope to see you again soon Best, Nathan
By far the best way to...
rhonda_s, Mar 2022
By far the best way to see the Grand Canyon. The views are spectacular. The amount of time spent in the air was perfect.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
We couldn't agree more, a guided tour is the best way to ensure you get to see precisely what you need, and you've got a guide to answer any questions and fill you in on the not-so-common knowledge! We hope to see you again soon. Take care! Best, Nathan DETOURS