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“Great fun.”

Grand Canyon Railway
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$139.99*
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Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Williams
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic train that takes a 65-mile trip from Williams to the Grand Canyon and offers great views of the Arizona high country.
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We opted for the cheap seats for the day trip to the canyon. Except not having liquor which we could live without for 2 1/2 hrs each way we were very pleased with the trip. Certainly the view is the same from any class! Albeit the entertainment is a little hokey with train robbers and entertainers but we enjoyed it and watching the kids. Highly recommend this outing. BTW the food at the hotel is delicious and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We departed Williams Arizona by train to the Grand Canyon. Before we left we witnessed an old fashioned gun shootout...a little corny I thought...the jokes were borderline, but everyone seemed to enjoy it... We went coach class, and was glad we did. First class, Observation dome, and luxury parlor class was way to high priced for the average person with families. We went to the coach that sold refreshments and sat in some booths and ate a roll with some beverages. The selection is very limited.... We enjoyed our ride, although it is long if you have small children. Each car had a host talking and joking as we went to the canyon. At times this was a little tiring and a little bit of quiet time would of been alright. The train ride was enjoyable, and the robbery was expected after we saw the cowboys from the start of the show riding along the train. This is "tip time" for them. So you give them a couple of dollars and they keep going to the back of the train. The length of time they give you could be shortened by an hour as we had eaten in a restaurant and checked the scenery out and still had about an hour to wait.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was one of our best decisions, and made travelling to and from the canyon for our mule-ride much more pleasant and easier that if we had driven.
We stayed at the GCR Hotel in Williams, took the train to the canyon in the "Dome" car, and returned 3 days later in the first-class car. We should have taken the first -class car on the way up as well, since the seating is rather cramped (think airplane), and the only scenery is prarie-desert, with the view from the first-class cars is just as good. Plus, the seating is much, much more comfortable. We had a great time on the way back with the other passengers in the car, had nice champagne toast, and a couple glasses of champagne.
The food on the train in the dome and first-class cars was very good - an assortment of appetizers, fruits, cheeses, and pastries.
There was never as issue with luggage transfer to and from the train and the hotels, which was very much appreciated, and really simplified the whole process.
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the "train robbery" did not take place as scheduled, but otherwise the trip was very pleasant, comfortable and entertaining.

2  Thank joe s
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Overall this is a pleasant on time experience. Each car has an attendant and there is plenty of
fruit and snacks for the passengers. This is my second ride on this train and there were not as
many "entertainers" this time. I had a very heated exchange with the harmonica "entertainer" (read peddler) on the first ride. Be assured that everyone is looking of a tip.
The most annoying of the "entertainers" are the "Train Robbers". The train is stopped at 5 PM and
these guys run through the cars waiving 6 guns wanting money. How trite! Perhaps if the passengers will stop giving them $$ they'll stop.

3  Thank wfbrx
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

For only a few dollars more you can ride the rails in spacious luxury. We had only 12 people on our morning ride up to the Grand Canyon, and 24 coming back (people who had spent the night at the canyon rode back) in the afternoon. We enjoyed a full-length observation dome above a gorgeous "lounge". No children or other passengers were allowed in this car, so it almost felt like your own personal rail car. The morning service offered a buffet of fruit and pastries, coffee, etc. The afternoon buffet had cheese, veggie, and cracker platters, along with champagne. We also enjoyed full bar service from our dedicated attendant. Absolutely delightful!!!

My only complaint is the number of "entertainers" who came thru the car - seeming to want tips for their antics. There was the sheriff, the pair of young banjo balladeers, an accordian-playing wild west cowgirl, a pair of "robber bandits," . . . and you couldn't avoid them. Perhaps a tip jar for the lot of them would have been a good idea. And, there's the official train photographer who came thru early, then back again with the packets of photos (2 small and 1 large photo) for $35. Yikes.

Ignoring the "entertainment," the F.H. Luxury Dome train ride was outstanding and I'll highly recommend it to friends and family wanting a fun way to visit the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

The G.C. Railway's packages (which include hotel and meals) is a fun and easy way to book a group or family tour.

6  Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
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