10 Best Grand Canyon South Rim Tours from Las Vegas [New Guide]

Grand Canyon South Rim is where the National Park is located and is the most visited area of the canyon.

This area has the highest concentration of restaurants, accommodation options, and attractions that will make your visit an exciting one – whether you go during the daytime or stay through the night.

Are you looking for an adventure in the Grand Canyon?

Check out this list of best Grand Canyon South Rim tours from Las Vegas for ideas!

1/ Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour

Travel by luxury bus from Las Vegas on the way to the Grand Canyon South Rim and have a lunch stop at the National Geographic Visitors Center, where you can also view the fascinating photo gallery.

After this, it’s time to head to the two lookout points offering breathtaking views – Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge.

You will spend around 1.25 hours at each location, and another hour at the Grand Canyon IMAX Theatre should you choose to include this option.

You can upgrade your tour to include an IMAX screening of The Grand Canyon Discovery and Adventure, a 2-hour adventure aboard a Hummer, a 2-hour exploration of the rim on a jeep with an IMAX movie viewing, and a helicopter ride upgrade.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most Las Vegas hotels.
  • Narrated bus tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim.
  • National park fees & taxes.
  • Free Hoover Dam tour.
  • Option to include IMAX movie, 2-hour adventure in a Hummer, Jeep tour or helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

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2/ Grand Canyon South Rim VIP Tour

This fun-filled VIP tour begins in Las Vegas with a professional guide sharing stories about the history of Las Vegas, on the way to a stop at the Hoover Dam and its majestic views.

You will also pass by Eldorado Canyon, and the stunning rock formations of the Santa Fe Railroad Train on Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona.

Spend 3 hours exploring the Grand Canyon National Park, where you will be given the option to have some privacy as you walk around without your guide.

You can even have an intimate picnic on one of the most beautiful locations to take a walk on – the scenic rim trail spanning 2.5 miles.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from a hotel in Las Vegas Strip and downtown.
  • Professional guide.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks & bottled water.
  • Hoover Dam stop.
  • Option to walk without the guide, with a romantic picnic.

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3/ Fly to Grand Canyon South Rim by Plane

Take your first peek at the Grand Canyon from the air as you cruise on a deluxe airplane flight from Las Vegas.

You can then spend a few hours discovering the magic of the Grand Canyon South Rim by foot and enjoy lunch with scenic views from the Bright Angel Lodge.

You have the option to upgrade and include a 25-minute helicopter ride with the most jaw-dropping views, as you glide over the deepest and widest part of the Grand Canyon.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Deluxe airplane ride to Grand Canyon South Rim.
  • Gourmet boxed lunch.
  • Option to upgrade and include a 25-minute helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon’s deepest & widest portion

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4/ Grand Canyon South Rim by Tour Trekker

Get to see the amazing views of the Grand Canyon South Rim while relaxing in the plush exterior of a Tour Trekker.

The custom-built 10-passenger vehicle is equipped with huge viewing windows.

This will let you see the scenic views unobstructed.

Also, the soft leather chairs are built to give you complete comfort while on the road.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip transportation via a luxurious, custom-built Tour Trekker.
  • Professional guide.
  • Lunch & bottled water.
  • Entry/admission to Grand Canyon South Rim, Bright Angel Point, Yavapai Observation Station, and Mather Point.

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5/ 2 Day Tour: Zion, Bryce & Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend & Grand Canyon

Go on a 2-day VIP tour that lets you visit three national parks at an unhurried pace.

Check out the scenic viewpoints at Zion National Park and the fascinating rock formations at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Take a leisurely journey through Antelope Canyon and stop for photo sessions with the most awesome views.

Marvel at the vista of the Horseshoe Bend from your vantage point atop a cliff that’s 1300 meters high.

On the tour’s second day, take in the unforgettable sights as you pass through Williams – the town where the movie Cars was situated in – via Route 66 on your way to Grand Canyon South Rim.

You will have short stops for viewing and taking photos at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, the lovely Lake Powell, on to the South Rim where you will stay for 3 hours enjoying the view – ending with a breathtaking sunset vista.

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned transportation.
  • Overnight accommodation.
  • Breakfast (on the 2nd day only).
  • Entry/admission to Grand Canyon South Rim, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend.

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6/ 3 Day Tour: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon

Go on a 3-day camping adventure to see three national parks – Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon – situated on the beautiful American Southwest.

You can choose to stay in a relaxing hotel instead if you’re not in the mood to camp out under the stars.

Get to experience Monument Valley on a Jeep with a Navajo guide, go hiking to explore the national parks, and simply take the opportunity to breathe in the sheer beauty of nature in this tour.

You have the option to include a helicopter ride to fly over the Grand Canyon South Rim.

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned minibus transportaton.
  • If camping option is selected – tent with inflatable mat, sleeping bags, and camping equipment.
  • Option for lodging accommodations if camping is not preferred.
  • Light breakfast (if camping option is chosen) & lunch.
  • Navajo-guided tour of Monument Valley in a Jeep.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Option to include a helicopter ride over Grand Canyon South Rim.

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7/ 3 Day Tour: Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Zion

Experience the beauty of the Southwest on a 3-day tour from Las Vegas, starting with a first-day adventure to the Grand Canyon South Rim.

Enjoy lunch as you gaze at the magnificent views of this natural world wonder

Hike down to the canyon to feel the awesome power of Mother Nature surrounding you.

You can go for an optional helicopter ride over the canyon for truly unforgettable views.

A comfortable overnight hotel accommodation awaits you in Williams or Tusayan, Arizona.

The next morning, get the chance to shop for local crafts at a traditional Navajo trading post, before going to Monument Valley – through the enchanting Painted Desert – where a Navajo-guided 4×4 vehicle will take you on a fantastic adventure.

After lunch, you will continue to take in the views of Lake Powell; you have the option to explore Antelope Canyon (fees not included in this tour) before recharging with an overnight stay at a hotel in Page, Arizona.

On the 3rd day, head on to Horseshoe Bend on the way to Lake Powell, before starting to explore the fascinating Zion National Park for the whole day.

The 3-day adventure ends with your journey back to Las Vegas in the evening.

Inclusions:

  • Air-conditioned minibus transportaton.
  • Professional guide.
  • Lodging accommodations.
  • Breakfast & lunch.
  • Navajo-guided tour of Monument Valley in a Jeep.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Option to include a helicopter ride over Grand Canyon South Rim.
  • Option to include a tour of Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.

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8/ 4 Day tour: Six National Parks Zion, Bryce & Arches Canyon & Grand Canyon

This 4-day group tour will give you ample time to fully experience the American Southwest.

From Las Vegas, you will head straight to Zion National Park, which is home to a wide array of animals and plants as well as the awe-inspiring Zion Canyon.

The next stop will be at the Bryce Canyon National Park where several amphitheaters shaped like horseshoes await you before you stay overnight at a hotel in Richfield.

On the 2nd day of this tour, you will get to explore the Arches National Park and the Canyonlands National Park.

You’ll then stay overnight at the Monticello Hotel.

The third and fourth days of this adventure will take you to popular tourist spots.

This includes the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon South Rim, and Williams Depot – before concluding the adventure with your trip back to Las Vegas.

Inclusions:

  • Air-conditioned transportation.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Lodging accommodations.
  • Entry/admission to Grand Canyon South Rim, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Lake Powell.

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9/ 7 Day Tour: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon South Rim

Take all the time you need to enjoy the beauty of natural wonders with this 7-day tour, which takes you to some of the most scenic national parks in the US.

Prepare to hike and take stunning photos as you get up close and personal with these popular attractions – Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and also including Monument Valley.

You can choose between camping accommodations (including 6 breakfasts, 7 boxed lunches, and 6 dinners), or hotel accommodations in 3-star or higher quality lodgings (including 6 boxed lunches and meals partaken at local restaurants).

You have the choice to upgrade the tour with a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

Inclusions:

  • Air-conditioned minibus transportaton.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Camping accommodation option: includes a two-person tent for travelers of the same sex (kindly advise if you are traveling as a couple, or a group of 4 or more), 6 breakfasts, 7 boxed lunches, and 6 dinners.
  • For lodging accommodations: hotel room for 2 travelers of the same sex or for couples (kindly advise if your group has 3 or 5 travelers for appropriate accommodations), 6 boxed lunches, and other meals at local restaurants.
  • 7-day tour to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches national parks, and Monument Valley.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Jeep tour with a Navajo guide.
  • Option to include a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

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10/ One Way Shuttle between Grand Canyon South Rim and Las Vegas

This one-way shuttle service between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon National Park is ideal if you have plans to explore the park but don’t want the hassle (and exhaustion) of bringing your own vehicle.

Taking this service is also a great idea for those who want to go on a tour for several days exploring the American Southwest.

The air-conditioned coach has enough space for your luggage as well.

From Las Vegas, you will be dropped off in Tusayan, just outside the Grand Canyon National Park gates where you will have to purchase the tickets for admission (not included in the shuttle service fee).

The pick-up point for the service going back to Las Vegas is in Tusayan, or inside the park at the Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center/Mather Point.

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Things to do at Tusayan

45 Minute Helicopter Flight

Your adventure starts at the Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, Arizona.

As you board the luxurious helicopter, you’ll be rewarded with views of the stunning landscape.

The 45-minute helicopter ride will take you over the Kaibab National Forest, which spans 1.6 million acres.

It is home to the largest ponderosa pine trees in the world.

From the Grand Canyon South Rim, you will also cruise over the North and East rims.

This is followed by the Colorado River, Marble Canyon, Point Imperial, Painted Desert, and the Dragon Corridor – the Canyon’s deepest & widest section.

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Grand Canyon South Rim Jeep Tour

Veer away from the usual and explore the Grand Canyon South Rim in an open-air Jeep Wrangler with an experienced guide who will entertain you with fascinating information about the area.

This 2-hour adventure in a rugged 4×4 vehicle begins with a drive along the rim, giving you the chance to look down into the Colorado River and the canyon’s depths.

You will get to pass horseback riding & hiking trails, tranquil lakes, and several panoramic spots where you can just take in the superbly beautiful scenery.

The tour concludes with a stop at the tallest point of the Grand Canyon South Rim – Grandview Point.

At the end of the tour, you will be provided with a ticket to the Grand Canyon IMAX Experience, which you can enjoy at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan.

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Skydive at the South Rim

Take your Grand Canyon South Rim experience to the next level by doing tandem skydiving!

This offers you the thrill of a lifetime.

Get to see the spectacular Grand Canyon views from up above as you feel the adrenaline rush of freefall conditions.

This unforgettable adventure gives you a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon as you soar like a bird!

No prior skydiving experience is required; training and safety instructions are given prior to the jump, and you will skydive in tandem with an experienced & licensed instructor.

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IMAX Movie

Relax and experience the Grand Canyon from indoors with an IMAX movie shown on a huge 6-storey screen.

Get to know more about the canyon’s history.

Floor-shaking effects and 12,000 watts of digital surround sound will bring the movie to life.

Discover the mysteries of Grand Canyon in just 34 minutes of screening time in air-conditioned comfort.

This can be upgraded to include a meal and drink.

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Grand Canyon South Rim offers numerous options for you to explore the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

You may find it difficult to choose which attractions or activities should be enjoyed first in the area.

It’s best to take your time and explore the South Rim for a couple of days on a tour.

This way, you can make the most out of your unforgettable Grand Canyon experience in an unhurried manner.

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