Tusayan, AZ, Tours
All tours of the South Rim take off from the airport in Tusayan, Arizona, which is near the main gates of the National Park. You can book a basic tour or upgrade to the deluxe version.
If you take a basic tour, you will ride on a bus for the 2.5 hour trip to the river at Glen Canyon Dam. While the bus ride is a scenic experience, the purpose of it is to get you to the launch point for your floating tour. The raft tour itself covers 15 miles of the river and comes to an end at Lee's Ferry.
Luxury Coach Tours
After your river tour, you'll get back on your air conditioned sightseeing bus and complete the land portion of your adventure. You'll be given the chance to shop for souvenirs and crafts when your bus makes a stop at the Cameron Trading Post.
You could opt for a deluxe tour if you'd prefer a more 'VIP' experience at the Canyon. Instead of going to the Glen Canyon Dam by bus, the deluxe upgrade flies you there on an airplane, and in addition, you get an air tour of the South Rim and Vermilion Cliffs while you're in the air. The flight takes around an hour, and it is a great complement to the views of the Canyon you'll get from the ground.
The deluxe tour also comes with a ride on a Jeep before the boat tour begins. With 8 other passengers, you will see the Slot Canyons, as well as Horseshoe Bend. It allows for some extra adventure so if you can afford the additional fee for a deluxe ticket, it is highly recommended.
Touring Along The River
The deluxe and basic tours all take you to the same river experience. The river tour is an experience you don't want to miss. The water in this portion of the Colorado River is smooth, so you can focus on the scenery and not have to worry about your safety. There are also numerous stop off points where you can land at rocky beaches and take in the full beauty of the Grand Canyon. These tours are ideal for seniors and families since they stay on tame waters.
Just be aware that tours sell out fast, especially over the Spring Break. So, buy your tour ahead of time, by booking it online. Buy your tour when you finalize your hotel stay, or at least try to get your seats about two weeks in advance. Buying online gives you the lowest price and you'll have your seats reserved and waiting.
One way to ensure you have an exciting Spring Break is to head to the Grand Canyon and spend time on the Colorado River. Upgrading to the deluxe tour is recommended if you want the most comprehensive experience. However, the basic tour is fun too and you won't miss out on a thing when it comes to the river portion of your tour. Either tour will give you an awesome view of one of America's most loved natural landmarks. Don't forget to buy your tour as soon as you can so you won't lose out on the chance to have a day of fun!
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