Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines

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Grand Canyon Airlines is the world's oldest, most experienced air tour company in continuous operation since 1927. Proudly owned since 1967 by Elling Halvorson, who has been credited with truly developing and shaping the Grand Canyon air tours industry.
Tusayan, Arizona

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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Tours and Tickets by Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines
Bus Tours
6+ hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 93% of travelers
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$599.00
per adult
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4.5
616 reviews
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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theyoussefs
New York City, NY100 contributions
Mar 2020
Our family of 5 did the Antelope Canyon & River Adventure tour, a 12 hour tour that leaves just after sunrise from the Tusayan airport, flies over the canyon in a fixed wing aircraft for about 45 minutes, then arrives in Page AZ. From there you do a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, and then take a smoothwater motorized river raft ride on the Colorado, followed by a bus ride back to the Canyon South Rim.
We had a partly cloudy day but the flight over the canyon was awesome! What a great way to see the Grand Canyon. There were unfortunately a number of nicks and scratches on most of the windows so that made it a little more challenging to get great photos but the flight was smooth (we got lucky there as the currents were calm) and the views were terrific.
We then were met at the Page airport by our Native American guide for the Antelope Canyon tour, and that was a real highlight. Our guide (unfortunately I forget her name) was terrific, not just sharing interesting information but also showing us how to get some spectacular photos that we would have never thought to take.
We then went on to the raft ride, which was just under four hours. Unfortunately we got there about an hour before the scheduled start time of the ride so we had to wait for a bit, but we were comfortable. The ride itself is about a 15 mile ride that takes a bit less than four hours, with a stop to see some petroglyphs. Saw some cool sights, as you can tell from the pace it's far from a thrill ride, but was a very laid back, casual ride down the Colorado, and our guide was excellent.
After that, it was a bus ride back with a 40 minute stop at a trading post.

A pretty laid back but enjoyable day. Everything was done well. If you're looking for more of a thrill just do one of the air tours, but if what I described sounds good then you'll enjoy this tour.
Written March 17, 2020
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We're so happy you enjoyed your tour and appreciate you taking the time to write about it! This tour is definitely one of the most inclusive, offering sights of both Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in one day with a relaxing river float. Thank you again for flying with us! Sincerely, GCSA Management
Written March 24, 2020
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Jan V
Rochester, NY31 contributions
Mar 2022
This is not actually a review of the airline, but of the car hire service offered by the general manager, Monty Parsons. We wanted to give Monty a double five star review. He met us at the airport with a clean, cool car (he had run the a/c to cool it off) and was so wonderful - giving us directions, tips on local eateries and a warm, friendly welcome. The rate for a day was very reasonable, and it made our stay so much better to not rely on the shuttles for everything. If you need a car to tour the area, please use Monty!
Written April 18, 2022
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Monty is a STAR!! Thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review! It was a pleasure flying with you.
Written June 2, 2022
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Gary K
1 contribution
May 2022
Flying over one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is amazing and worth every penny spent.
Our pilot Andrew C. was amazing from pre-flight instruction and throughout our flight.
There are no words to describe the beauty of flying over the canyon and viewing all the amazing sights.
Written May 27, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service our pilot and staff provided. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to fly you again in the future.
Written June 2, 2022
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mfreilly1
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Terrible. Beautiful day, clear sky’s and they cancelled our 10am flight because the plane had not arrived yet, even though there was a plane sitting outside. We rescheduled for 1pm and an hour later they cancelled that flight. I guess all the planes they show on the website are just photoshopped. Totally undependable. I’m thinking since it was only 4 of us it wasn’t worth it for them to fly.
Written October 6, 2022
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We are sorry that you had a bad experience with us. Planes on the website are not photoshopped and we would like to look into the matter further. If you could email us your reservation number and full name to guestrelations@papillon.com, we would appreciate it.
Written October 13, 2022
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Drew
Los Angeles, CA242 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Super professional, friendly, an amazing experience and a really great value.

I was a little hesitant at first cause this seemed like a lot of $$$ for a tourist experience that was pretty quick. But after doing it, I’m so glad to have done it. Totally worth it to see how big the Grand Canyon is and to see it from a different POV.

Recommend this to family and friends without hesitation!!
Written September 18, 2021
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It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to fly you again in the future.
Written September 29, 2021
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dorecopilot
Sheffield31 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Fantastic flight over the Grand Canyon in a 10 seater Cessna Caravan. Only two of us on board with the pilot, Capt Jack. The other couple booked on the flight went to the wrong airport 3 hours away. Airline went anyway with just the 2 of us. Read the paperwork people! I got to sit next to the pilot and got absolutely fantastic views. That said everyone in Caravan gets a window seat anyway. As a PPL it was great to see the pilot in action in a strong crosswind when taking off and landing. No problems at all. Got to say it again - fantastic!
Written March 12, 2020
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Sounds like you had a perfect experience at the Grand Canyon! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for touring with us -- we would love to fly with you again! Sincerely, GCSA Management
Written March 13, 2020
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Michele739
Lexington, SC1,762 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
In my photos you can see the plane tire and wing. The views were spectacular!!! Captain Jack was an amazing pilot great visibility and the flight was narrated (in different languages)

Amazing and awesome. A must. I would do this before the Pink Jeep-this tour was the best with the most sights.
Written October 7, 2020
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Hi Michele, We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service your pilot Jack provided. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Thank you for flying with us! Sincerely, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Management
Written October 9, 2020
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larryw4405
Cookeville, TN238 contributions
Oct 2020
We saw the signs in town and decided to take a plane in lieu of helicopter. Well worth it considering the difference in price. We have taken numerous heli tours in Hawaii and the Smokey's. Airplane covers a lot more ground and as big as the Grand Canyon is it was a good decision. Captain Jack was our pilot, he made the trip well worth it, he was knowledgeable, friendly and skilled. Our children had not flown in prop plane before, the ride was very smooth. This was my wife's idea, "if you are going to Grand Canyon you need to see it all". Pay the extra. it will build memories they will never forget.
Written October 25, 2020
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We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service your pilot provided. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Thank you for flying with us!
Written November 20, 2020
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Victoria D
4 contributions
Nov 2021
From the moment we walked into the building, we were treated as long lost friends by the staff. Friendliness, knowledge and eagerness to make your trip the best it can be was their foremost goal! Thank you so much!

The flight was so unbelievable! The beauty of the canyon, the smooth ride, and the narrative about the canyon were more than one could envision. Perfection!
Written November 16, 2021
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I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. I'm glad you experienced great customer service from our team!
Written February 15, 2022
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Lauren
Oak City, NC38 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We took the plane tour from Grand Canyon airport, right outside of the South Rim, over Grand Canyon, landed in Page, Az, went by an open sided off road type vehicle to Antelope Canyon, then short bus ride to get on raft at Glen Canyon Damn and smooth raft ride through the entire canyon to Lee’s Ferry then bus ride to Cameron Trading Post then back to South Rim. I give plane ride 100%, Antelope Canyon 100% (our guide was FANTASTIC forgot her name 😩) the raft tour 90%. Loved seeing canyon from the water, but it could have been 30/45 minutes shorter, in my opinion. The lunch provided was very good. All guides were knowledgeable. It is an ALL day trip. If you can’t do it all, Antelope Canyon is a must!
Written April 13, 2022
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Sounds like you had a perfect experience at the Grand Canyon! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for touring with us -- we would love to fly with you again!
Written June 2, 2022
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