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“Unique transporatation into the Canyon”

Grand Canyon Railway
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Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Williams
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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 June 9, 2013

I utilized their 800# to make reservations April 1st for a mid-May trip. Their website would not accommodate reservations for both the train and the South Rim Motorcoach Tour and apply our AAA discount. Total for two adults $425. Northbound train was in the luxury dome and the southbound train was in first class. Tickets identify the train car by name (i.e. FRED HARVEY) and your seat number.
The station has a large souvenir shop, restrooms and a restaurant. Prior to boarding the train, everyone is herded to bleachers in front of an old western town background where a half dozen "cowboys", a "sheriff" and of course, a "volunteer" from the audience perform a very corny skit which includes a gunfight. This is merely to distract everyone while the train pulls into the station.
The luxury dome car had a partial glass dome-type window, but nothing like the Alaskan railroad glass domed cars, so if you have experienced those, this will disappoint. There was a mini-buffet continental breakfast (complimentary) and a cash-bar. Our car attendant was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions on what to see at the Grand Canyon (for those who didn't plan ahead) and the afternoon re-boarding procedures.
The first class car had spacious seating. There were complimentary trays of veggies, cheese, crackers and dip along with lemonade, along with a cash bar. Just about an hour outside of Williams, the same "cowboys" and "sheriff" "robbed" the train. We arrived back into the Williams station around 530pm.
Upon disembarking the train, we walked a short distance next to the track where we boarded our motorcoach. We opted for the no-buffet-lunch motorcoach tour so we had time to explore El Tovar Hotel and the Verkamp's Visitor Center after the tour. The motorcoach tour was approximately 1.5 hours with two stops with 15-20 minutes at each stop.
Due to the high cost, I would recommend this to only die-hard train buffs, like my hubby!

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Pay little attention to the few negative reviews. We had a good time - especially me, a railroad buff. Sure, the pre boarding cowboy show is a little corny, but it's all in fun. We rode a 50's dome car going north to the rim and a plain old chair car for the ride back to Williams - all right on schedule. Some pretty good cowboy/Native American entertainment along the way. Try walking the entire length of the train to experience yester
year. Plenty of time to lunch at El Tovar hotel with canyon view and walk the Rim as far as the Bright Angel trailhead. Checked this off my Bucket List.

4  Thank CarpenterBoy
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This isn't just transportation to and from the Grand Canyon. The entertainment on the train is constant and first-rate. Our car attendant was very knowledgable and helpful about how to spend our limited time at the Grand Canyon.

1  Thank Mark J
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The train leaves at 9:30 AM, but before you leave there is a fun old western shoot out at 9:00. This was my first experenice riding a train. We took the coach car which I thought was very comfortable with lots of room in between seats. Water is provided on the train and was nice and cold. We had a great time. We had my four year old nephew with us and he was entertained the whole time. The trip to the canyon takes about 2.5 hours. They have old western singers that keep you entertained. On the way back there was a old fashioned train robbery. My nephew was a little scared, but we kept telling him it was just for fun. The train staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a wonderful day and a great way to see the Gran Canyon. The trip was well worth the money.

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Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

The entire staff from hotel check in to the restaurant staff, cowboy actors to the train personal went out of their way to be polite and hospital. Would highly recommend.

1  Thank Otus3247
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