FAQ Grand Canyon Tours
FAQ Grand Canyon Tours

Yes, and Todd takes it even further.  Todd, being the perfectionist his is, isn’t happy with simply “passing”.  He strives to be “the best”, and has the awards to prove it.  A VERY small percentage of transportation companies have a “perfect compliance inspection” from the AZDOT.

What does it mean?  Simply, you can trust having your family in one of our vehicles.

Cancellations: Tours;

  • 48hrs before start time, ZERO cancellation fee will be charged.
  • 48hrs – 24hrs before Tour, 50% of the confirmation amount will be charged (to include Guides 15% gratuity).
  • 24hrs to start of Tour, the full amount on the confirmation will be charged (to include Guides 15% gratuity).

Why Cancellations Fees?

If you cancel within 48hrs of your tour, the odds are very poor that your assigned Guide will be assigned another tour.  Simply, they lost income.  If you cancel within 24hrs of your tour, your Guide has zero opportunity.  In both of the above situations, Todd compensates his Guides, passing along this fee to you.

NOTE:  We have the BEST Guides in Arizona partly because Todd looks after his Guides in a professional and personal manner.  Each have families, bills and have committed to Todd and Todd’s Amazing Tours.  They deserve Todd’s support when cancellations take place.

The base fare you’ll see on your reservation confirmation includes;

  • The Vehicle
  • Guide
  • Entry Fee into the Grand Canyon National Park, additional Fees and any State/Local Taxes.

What’s NOT included?

  • Your Guides tip (Guests typically find 15% is popular).
  • Extra Tours; such as a helicopter tour, jeep tour, walking tour.
  • Entry Fees into National Monuments, State Parks and Local Attractions.
  • Lunch.

Your Guides tip is not included in your tour fee.  Most of our Guests find a 15% tip is perfect, but of course you’re free to give whatever you feel is appropriate.  Todd, the Owner, STRONGLY believes tips should be earned, not simply added to the bill.  An example of a 15% tip on our $995 SUV tour would be $150.

We understand that if you’re enjoying a snack or beverage it’s nearly impossible to keep track of every crumb.  Our cleaning fee kicks in when the mess at the end of the day requires “extra” time.  Nuts are a HUGE challenge, since the shells can easily get away from you while traveling.  The nut shells then take their own tour of the interior, lodging in all the hidden crack and gaps.  I pop spilt on the floor would be another example.  Our typical fee is $150.

Absolutely!  We are certified through the great State of Arizona to legally allow our Guests to enjoy an adult beverage.  The only rule, no glass containers and those that drink must be seated behind the driver (no drinking in the front passenger seat).

Absolutely!  It’s a long day.  However, we suggest food that doesn’t make a above every mess.  Example: If you have peanuts, and the shells for 12+ hours get tossed on the floor of the vehicle, you’ll end up being charged a cleaning fee.  We HATE doing this (and it’s only happened twice), but tracking down nut shells, cracker crumbs and potato chips takes a ton of extra time.  The vehicle needs to be perfect for the next Guests.

Simple, one.  The only exception is if you request to make a second stop to pick-up family/friends from a different location.

The remote overlooks are often never explored by those visiting the Grand Canyon.  We’ve discovered most tourists simply don’t know they are there.  Also, many of the tour companies that visit the Park, don’t have the time to visit them.  Our goal is to have each of our Guests visit as many remote overlooks as possible.  They offer a very different perspective of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River below.

Simple answer; yes.  There are walks/hikes for every fitness level.  The Rim Trail, which follows the edge of the Grand Canyon is paved.  There are few uphill sections, and can be as short/long as you feel comfortable.  Keep in mind, the South Rim is at 7,500 feet in elevation (almost 1.5 miles).  The air is a bit thin, so you will get fatigued quicker.

First, there is NO additional charge to do a quick stop in Sedona.  We encourage it.  However, if you’re looking to maximize your time at the Grand Canyon, you will sacrifice about over an hour and a half making a stop in Sedona.  This still leaves you about 3.5 hours inside the Grand Canyon National Park.

We have done 1000’s of tours, and can count on one hand the cancellations.  If the road are safe, we suggest you go.  Rarely is the Grand Canyon socked in, however it can happen.  At 7500 feet in elevation, clouds typically “roll” into the Canyon.  Think of a punch bowl full of dry ice.  The clouds spill into the Canyon, blocking the view.  We have excellent luck finding a clear spot.

BOTTOM LINE:  We will call and tell you if we feel the tour should be canceled.  Ultimately it’s your choice if the road are clear and safe.

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Helicopter Tour Option

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Our Advantage – We tailor your helicopter tour around your ground tour, MAXIMIZING your experience.

Our Approach – Todd setout to perfectly blend the ground tour with the helicopter adventure, making BOTH BETTER.  

We’ve discovered that by seeing the remote overlooks FIRST (East end of the National Park), it elevates your helicopter flight to yet another level.  Now when your Pilot points out a landmark below, we’ve already seen it from the ground.

We actually modify your ground tour to heighten your helicopter tour experience.  Rather than go into the Park through the busy South entrance, we’ll swing around the East entrance.  Starting at the East entrance allows us to start with the remote overlooks, ending at the Grand Canyon airport.

The Other Guys – The odds are someone in your mixed group isn’t doing the helicopter tour, tossing a wrench in everyone’s day.  You’ll be dropped off at the airport, while the rest go into the park.  Both groups end up waiting, wasting valuable time.

Sunset and Stargazing Option

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The National Park Service has announced that the Grand Canyon National Park has officially received its International Dark Sky Park certification. 

Our Approach – We adjust our pick-up time, so you leave later.   

SUMMER: From the Phoenix area, Approx. 1PM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 12:30AM return.  Sedona area, 3PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

WINTER:  From the Phoenix area, Approx. 11AM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 10:30PM return.  Sedona area, 1PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

todds amazing tours arizona toursDeparture times VARY throughout the year.  We will contact you by email with your actual departure time.

While there are several places to take in the dark, glowing sky, we focus on the more remote overlooks.  Typically, they’re less crowded.

While the entire Park is “Dark Sky” certified, we’ve found that the further away from the historic village, the better.  Many of the remote overlooks don’t have a light bulb within 20 miles.  However, it’s incredible the intense glow that can emanate from a cell phone… 

The remote overlooks offer seclusion, which is perfect for stargazing.

The Other Guys – Simply, most tour companies don’t offer a tour after dark.  Also, the mixed group tours depend on “seat volume”.  Simply, filling seats.  While AMAZING, most visitors want to go during the day.

Of course your family/group isn’t restrained by these limitations.