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Comparing Tour Types: What’s the Best Grand Canyon Tour for You?

So you’re thinking about adding a trip to the Grand Canyon to your Las Vegas vacation. If you’ve decided to avoid the hassle of driving yourself and have opted to take a guided tour instead, your next decision will be to choose exactly what kind of tour you want to take. From bus tours that traverse the Mojave desert and airplane tours that fly high above the Southwest to adrenaline-pumping rafting tours deep inside the Grand Canyon, there are guided tour options to suit any adventurer.

Keep reading to get to know your options:

Bus Tours

On a Grand Canyon bus tour from Las Vegas, you’ll travel by luxury motorcoach over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and through historic Southwest towns like Kingman, AZ en route to the Grand Canyon. All of our buses are air-conditioned, and feature sightseeing windows so you can soak up every inch of the Southwest while you make your way to the Grand Canyon.

Bus tours are available to:

Destination
Time from Las Vegas Strip
Grand Canyon South Rim5-6 hours
Grand Canyon West Rim2-3 hours
Death Valley2.5 hours
Hoover Dam45 minutes

Some bus tours include in-depth, guided and narrated tours of the Rim. You can also book a bus tour that includes other tour features, such as helicopter rides, sunset flights or floor landings, and Colorado River cruises:

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Helicopter Ride

Travel over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and stop in Kingman, Arizona before your 30 minute flight over the widest & deepest part of the Grand Canyon.

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Floor Landing

Fly through 20 miles of the Grand Canyon in a state-of-the-art helicopter before descending 3,200 feet to the Canyon floor for a breathtaking champagne toast.

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 Grand Canyon West Rim Deluxe Bus, Helicopter & Boat Tour With Hoover Dam Stop & Optional Skywalk
Colorado River Cruise

Begin your Grand Canyon adventure on-board a luxury motorcoach before descending 4,000 feet to the Canyon floor and taking a relaxing ride the Colorado River in a pontoon boat!

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When to take a bus tour:
  • If you don’t have time constraints, such as dinner reservations or show tickets.
  • If you want to save some money—bus tours can be more economical.
  • If you want to see the Southwest up close and personal.
  • If you want to explore different attractions along the way, such as the Hoover Dam, Kingman AZ, or the National Geographic Center in Tusayan.
How much do Grand Canyon bus tours cost?

Grand Canyon bus tours range in price from $79-$395, depending on whether the tour includes a helicopter flight or other special features.

Bus tours to the Hoover Dam cost $58-$175, while our Death Valley bus tour costs $204.

Popular Bus Tours

Grand Canyon South Rim Tour Overlook

South Rim Bus Tour

Marvel at the South Rim’s breathtaking views on our most popular guided and narrated luxury bus tour to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim National Park.

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Grand Canyon West Rim Deluxe Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop and Optional Skywalk

West Rim Bus Tour

Enjoy 3-4 hours to explore the West Rim, including an authentic Indian barbecue lunch. Tour includes Hoover Dam stop and optional Skywalk.

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grand canyon south rim deluxe bus helicopter tour

South Rim Bus + Helicopter Tour

Travel over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and stop in Kingman, Arizona before your 30 minute flight over the Grand Canyon!

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Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours are available to the South, West, and North Rims. You can choose to fly to the Grand Canyon, along the Rim, and even into the Canyon if you opt for a tour that includes a floor landing. Some tours also include limousine pickup and drop-off, if you’re looking to add some luxury and prestige to your Grand Canyon adventure.

All of our helicopter tours will have you flying in style in a luxury “flightseeing” helicopter designed specifically for sightseeing in comfort. They feature:

  • Air conditioning
  • 180 degrees of unrestricted viewing
  • Forward-facing seats
  • Digital audio narration in multiple languages
When to take a helicopter tour:
  • If you want to see the Grand Canyon from above.
  • If you want to include a floor landing.
  • If you want to add a little excitement to your adventure—there’s nothing like that moment when you crest the Rim of the Canyon and the ground drops out from underneath you!
  • If you have less time to explore. Some helicopter tours fly to the Grand Canyon, as well as over or into it. In this case, a helicopter tour will be quicker than a bus tour, unless you’re taking a combination tour (INTERNAL LINK).
How much do helicopter tours cost?

Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon range in price from $254-$617.

Popular Helicopter Tours

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West Rim Helicopter Tour

Experience 180 degree views as you fly over the West Rim. Keep your camera ready for views of the Colorado River, Guano Point, and Eagle Point!

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South Rim Bus + Helicopter Tour

Travel over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and stop in Kingman, Arizona before your 30 minute flight over the Grand Canyon!

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Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour over Colorado River

Floor Landing with Limo Upgrade

Travel to and from your helicopter in a limousine before you land on the Canyon floor at a private ramada overlooking the Colorado River.

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Airplane Tours

On an airplane tour, you can either fly to the Grand Canyon (and arrive much quicker than you would by bus), or you can fly over the Grand Canyon, all in the comfort of a twin engine airplane designed for sightseeing, with high wings and panoramic windows for maximum viewing. All of our airplane tours are also air-conditioned with multi-lingual narration. If you fly to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, you’ll enjoy views of Lake Mead and the Hoover on the way.

Airplane tours are available to:

  • Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Grand Canyon West Rim
  • Grand Canyon North Rim

Most of our airplane tours are combined with other adventures, such as:

  • Guided bus tours along the Rim, so you can still access those iconic viewpoints and snap your #CanyonSelfie.
  • Helicopter tours along the Rim or into the Canyon. Airplanes don’t make floor landings, so if you want to journey into the Grand Canyon, opt for a helicopter or combination tour (INTERNAL LINKS).
  • Boat cruises on the Colorado River.
  • Skywalk admission at the West Rim.
  • ATV tours (North Rim only).
When to take an airplane tour:
  • If you want more time at the Rim, or need to get back to Vegas for your evening plans. Flying is the quickest way to get to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas.
  • If you’re looking for a tour for a larger group.
  • If you want to see the Grand Canyon from above, but aren’t comfortable flying in a helicopter.
How much do airplane tours of the Grand Canyon cost?

Airplane tours of the Grand Canyon range in price from $142-$459.

Popular Airplane Tours

Bright Angel Point - Grand Canyon South Rim

South Rim Deluxe Air + Ground Tour

Fly directly to the South Rim in a twin-engine airplane, then embark on a three hour Grand Canyon South Rim excursion.

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Grand Canyon West Rim Air & Ground Freedom Tour

West Rim Air + Ground Tour

Soar over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and more before enjoying 3.5 hours to explore the West Rim.

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Grand Canyon Super Deluxe Airplane & Helicopter Tour

Super Deluxe Airplane + Helicopter Tour

Fly to the Grand Canyon in a sightseeing airplane, then soar over the North Rim before exploring the South Rim and Grand Canyon Village.

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ATV Tours

The only place to ATV at the Grand Canyon itself is on the North Rim. On our North Rim Airplane & Ground Tour, you’ll travel to the Grand Canyon by airplane, then embark on an all-terrain Polaris Ranger adventure through Whitmore Canyon and the Lake Mead Recreation area before returning to Las Vegas by airplane.

Alternatively, you can journey deep into Eldorado Canyon—the site of the biggest mining boom in early Nevada history—on a four-wheel, fully automatic ATV. You can also kick your Grand Canyon adventure up a notch by adding an ATV tour of Eldorado Canyon to your West Rim helicopter tour.

ATV tours are available to:

When to take an ATV tour:
  • If adventure and excitement is your #1 priority.
  • If you want to see the Southwest off the beaten path. Eldorado Canyon is a hidden gem of the southwest, with significantly fewer visitors than the Grand Canyon, while our North Rim Airplane & Ground Tour takes you into limited access areas.
How much do ATV tours cost?

ATV tours cost between $199 and $414.

Popular ATV Tours

eldorado canyon atv gold mine tour

Eldorado Canyon ATV + Gold Mine Tour

See historic gold mines, try panning for gold, and experience the colorful history of the Old West before driving through the desert on an ATV!

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West Rim Helicopter Explorer Tour

Begin with a helicopter ride over the West Rim, then choose from 2 adventures: off-road in a Baja Jeep, or ride into Eldorado Canyon on an ATV!

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North Rim Airplane & Ground Tour

North Rim Airplane + Ground Tour

Fly to the rugged North Rim in a flightseeing airplane before embarking on an all-terrain adventure on a 4×4 Polaris Ranger.

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SUV Tours

If you’re looking for a ride that’s a little more exciting than a tour bus but a little less hair-raising than an ATV, hop on an SUV tour. You’ll still venture off-road and see the Southwest up close and personal, just from the comfort of an air-conditioned, four-wheel vehicle!

SUV and Hummer tours are available to:

  • The Hoover Dam
  • Red Rock Canyon
  • Grand Canyon West Rim – combine with airplane, helicopter, and boat tours, or with a Hoover Dam tour.
  • Valley of Fire

Our customized Tour Trekker SUVs feature:

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Air-conditioning
  • Available to Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Grand Canyon, and the Hoover Dam
When to take an SUV tour:
  • If you want to see the Southwest up close, but prefer the safety and comfort of a closed vehicle.
  • If you want to visit Red Rock Canyon or the Valley of Fire.
  • If you have less time to explore—SUV tours are primarily available to destinations closer to Las Vegas, such as Red Rock Canyon.
How much do SUV tours cost?

The cost of your tour depends on your destination:

Grand Canyon
Red Rock Canyon
Valley of Fire
Hoover Dam
$269-$475$102$175$99-$309
Popular SUV Tours

West Rim + Hoover Dam SUV Tour

Get up close and personal with the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon from the comfort a luxury Tour Trekker SUV!

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red rock canyon suv tour

Red Rock Canyon SUV Tour

See the scenery of the famous Red Rock Canyon on this unique tour, including a 13 mile tour of the iconic red hills.

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Valley of Fire SUV Tour

Journey deep into the incredible Valley of Fire – the hottest place in North America – in an air-conditioned Tour Trekker SUV.

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Boat Tours

Looking for a relaxing Southwest adventure? Look no further than a boat tour! If you’re seeking a tour that’s a little more exhilarating than a cruise down the Colorado River or around Lake Mead, you can also combine your boat tour with an airplane or helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.

If you want to take a boat tour, you have three options:

  1. A pontoon boat cruise down the Colorado River through the heart of the Grand Canyon. (NOTE: the only way to get to the river bed is by helicopter, so if you want to a boat cruise through the Canyon, your tour will also include a helicopter floor landing).
  2. River raft cruise down the Colorado River.
  3. Paddlewheel boat cruise of Lake Mead, featuring two climate-controlled enclosed decks, and an open sun deck.

Boat tours are available to:

  • Colorado River and the Hoover Dam
  • Lake Mead
  • Grand Canyon West Rim

For a little added adventure, combine your boat cruise with:

  • An airplane or helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.
  • A Hoover Dam tour.
  • A Grand Canyon floor landing.
  • Lunch on the Canyon floor, or on board your boat.
When to take a boat tour:
  • If you want to explore inside the Grand Canyon.
  • If you’re looking for a more relaxing adventure, or for that perfect combination of adrenaline-pumping floor landing and scenic river cruise.
How much do boat tours cost?

Boat tours at the Grand Canyon cost between $420-$617. They also include helicopter floor landings, which accounts for their higher price tag.

Lake Mead and Colorado River boat cruises cost between $109 and $161.

Popular Boat Tours

Grand Canyon Voyager West Rim 4 in 1 Tour

West Rim 4 in 1 Tour

Experience the Grand Canyon’s West Rim from 4 perspectives – airplane, helicopter, boat, and bus – on one convenient tour!

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Grand Canyon Colorado River Voyage

Fly to the Canyon in a helicopter, descend to the Canyon floor, and enjoy an 11 mile cruise down the Colorado River starting at the Hoover Dam.

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Lake Mead Cruise + Hoover Dam Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Hoover dam before embarking on a 90 minute cruise of Lake Mead on board a paddlewheel boat.

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Rafting Tours

Whitewater rafting tours are the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure. You’re sure to get your heart pumping as you navigate 40 miles of the Colorado river and traverse class 3 and 4 rapids, including Dragon Tooth Rapids. You’ll also stop at Travertine Canyon and enjoy lunch and refreshments along the way.

There are three ways to take a rafting tour from Las Vegas:

  1. Drive yourself. Driving yourself to the West Rim will save you about $200. You must arrive by check in by 7:30 AM, so you’re in for an early morning-it takes about 3 hours to drive to the West Rim from the Strip.
  2. By luxury van. If you don’t want to drive yourself, travelling to the West Rim by luxury van can save you a bit of money as well.
  3. By helicopter. Helicopter is the fastest way to get there, but it’s also the most expensive.

We offer the only one-day rafting tour from Las Vegas. All single-day rafting tours depart from the Grand Canyon West Rim.

NOTE: Our one-day rafting tours operate seasonally from March 15-October 31.

When to take a rafting tour:
  • If you’re seeking the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure.
  • If you want to whitewater raft in the Grand Canyon, but don’t want to spend thousands on a multi-day tour.
  • If you’ve already been to the Grand Canyon and want to experience it in a different way.
How much do whitewater rafting tours of the Grand Canyon cost?

The cost of your Grand Canyon whitewater rafting adventure depends on how you choose to travel to the Grand Canyon:

Drive Yourself
Luxury Van
Helicopter
$390

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$519

Upgrade your adventure and
return to the Rim by helicopter
for an additional $80
(total price $599).

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$790

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PLEASE NOTE: Grand Canyon rafting tours require payment on the day of booking and have a 30-day cancellation policy.

Popular Rafting Tours

Self-Drive Grand Canyon White Water Adventure

Self Drive Adventure

Drive yourself to the West Rim and experience the same thrilling rafting adventure, but save more than $200 per person!

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The only one-day Grand Canyon white water rafting adventure available!

Luxury Motorcoach

Navigate Class 3 and 4 rapids as you ride down the Colorado River on the only one-day white water rafting trip available in Las Vegas!

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Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Adventure By Helicopter

Helicopter

Depart from Boulder City airport and fly to the River Runner Lodge by helicopter. Return to Las Vegas by helicopter after your rafting adventure!

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Tour Packages

Can’t decide which kind of tour is right for you? Our tour packages combine bus, helicopter, airplane, SUV, ATV, and boat tours in just about any configuration.

When to take a combination tour:
  • If you want to experience the Grand Canyon from multiple perspectives.
  • If you want to combine your visit to the Grand Canyon with other Southwest adventures.
Popular Combination Tours

Grand Canyon West Rim Deluxe Bus, Helicopter & Boat Tour With Hoover Dam Stop & Optional Skywalk

West Rim Bus, Helicopter + Boat Tour

Enjoy 3-4 hours to explore the West Rim, including an authentic Indian barbecue lunch. Tour includes Hoover Dam stop and optional Skywalk.

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West Rim 5 in 1 Tour

Tour includes return airplane flight, helicopter floor landing, Colorado River cruise, luxury motorcoach tour, and Skywalk admission.

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grand canyon south rim deluxe bus helicopter tour

South Rim Bus + Helicopter Tour

Travel over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and stop in Kingman, Arizona before your 30 minute flight over the Grand Canyon!

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Book your Best Grand Canyon Tour

If you’ve decided to add a guided Grand Canyon tour to your Las Vegas adventure, we can help you find the best tour for your vacation.

View our full selection of guided tours.