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Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk

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Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk
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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 12 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting air tour, with an optional helicopter ride and boat float along the Colorado River. Enjoy a scenic flight from Boulder City to the Grand Canyon. Then land at Eagle Point for a West Rim tour. Additionally, if you've upgraded, swoop down to the canyon floor in a helicopter and enjoy a pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River. As an added bonus, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk (own expense).
  • Grand Canyon West Rim tour by airplane from Las Vegas
  • Admire the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River from above
  • Upgrade for a helicopter ride to the canyon floor and pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River
  • Capture amazing photos from the Guano Point and Eagle Point overlooks
  • Opt to add on admission to the glass-bottomed Skywalk jutting out over the canyon
  • Pickup and drop-off from Las Vegas hotels included
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35-minute (approx.) flight each way by fixed-wing airplane to Grand Canyon's West Rim
Helicopter flight to floor of Grand Canyon (if option selected)
15-minute (approx.) pontoon boat ride on Colorado River (if option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
All local taxes and fees
Gratuities
Helicopter flight to floor of Grand Canyon (if option not selected)
15-minute (approx.) pontoon boat ride on Colorado River (if option not selected)
Skywalk ticket (if option not selected)

Departure Point

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This sightseeing tour to the Grand Canyon begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas. Then enjoy the trek east before arriving at the Boulder City Municipal Airport to begin the flight.

Start with a pilot meet and greet, then climb aboard and buckle up in the fixed-wing Vistaliner plane, featuring panoramic windows for the ultimate sightseeing adventure.

Begin by flying over the aqua waters and sandstone shorelines of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, and its place of origin, the famous Hoover Dam, a modern marvel of engineering on the border between Nevada and Arizona. Fly high above the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, passing over West Rim attractions like Guano Point, Eagle Point, and the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway nearly 4,000 feet above the canyon floor.

Upon landing, take the West Rim Shuttle to Guano Point. Enjoy a light meal along the West Rim while admiring the panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. Additionally, visit Eagle Point at leisure for more incredible scenery.

Upgrade your tour to take a helicopter ride to the canyon floor and float along the Colorado River. Climb aboard a state-of-the-art helicopter and swoop down before landing on the canyon floor. Walk around, get an up-close look at the many layers of the interior of the canyon and gain an even greater appreciation of the immensity of this natural wonder. Then enjoy a pontoon boat ride along the Colorado River, looking up at the canyon’s many beautiful colors and stunning rock formations. 

Experience the breathtaking view from the Grand Canyon Skywalk (own expense), a glass walkway nearly 4,000 feet above the floor of the canyon.

The tour ends with a return flight to Boulder City and a hotel drop-off in Las Vegas.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Las Vegas
After being picked up from your hotel, you will be transported to the Airline Terminal to check in for your flight and tour.
Pass By:  
Hoover Dam
After departing, you will fly over the Hoover Dam on your way to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon
Pass By:  
Lake Mead
You will also enjoy views of Lake Mead from above on your way to the Grand Canyon
Pass By:  
Colorado River
Enjoy a birds eye view of the mighty Colorado River as you make your descent to the Grand Canyon West Airport.
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon West
Spend time exploring all that the west rim of the Grand Canyon has to offer. Shuttle service to multiple lookout points is included.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon Skywalk
If you choose this option, you can add the Skywalk to your booking and experience walking 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above the Canyon floor on a glass bottom U-shaped bridge that juts out 70 feet from the Canyon's edge.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Individual passenger weights, including infants, MUST be advised at time of booking
  • For comfort and weight/balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 300 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour
  • Infant children are considered a lap child if they are under the age of two and have proof of age, such as a passport or a copy of their birth certificate
  • Please note: seat assignments are determined on the day of the tour and are based on the total weight and balance of the aircraft.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Grand Canyon Airlines

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Is there a minimum age to fly on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:No, children under the age of two with valid paperwork are considered lap children and fly at no cost with proof of age, such as a passport or a copy of their birth certificate.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can my child sit on my lap during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Yes, children under the age of 2 years old are considered lap children by the FAA.
Jun 2021
Q:
Do you accommodate seating requests on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:A window seat request is offered for a fee-only payable if granted at check-in. Passengers can request a window, however, no request is guaranteed prior to flight time as all seats are determined by the weight and balance of the aircraft.
Jul 2021
Q:
What do I need to bring with me for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Guests must bring valid photo identification for check-in. Cameras are highly recommended, as well as sunglasses.
Jun 2021
Q:
Do I need a photo ID for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Yes, a Government-issued ID is required at check-in.
Jun 2021
Q:
How should I dress for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Layered clothing is recommended from March to September as the area regularly experiences temperature changes. Winter clothing should be worn from October to mid-March. Sturdy, toe-covering shoes are highly recommended (sneakers or hiking boots.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my camera with me on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Cameras and phones are welcome and encouraged, but please be aware that the use of selfie sticks and extending camera poles are strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft. Such items must be stored until after disembarking at your destination.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any special considerations for pregnant women on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:No, but consult a doctor if you are in your last trimester.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long before the scheduled flight time will I be picked up from my hotel for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:It will depend on which hotel you are being picked up from but can range between 40 min – 2 hours prior to flight time.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the terminal for self-driving customers on the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:Yes, there is parking at no cost for self-drive customers. Guests can also arrange to park at the nearest major hotel in Las Vegas and be picked up from there.
Jun 2021
Q:
What happens if I am over the weight limit at check-in for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:All guest weights are required upon booking to avoid issues. Passengers weighing over 300 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
May I bring food/drink on board with me for the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:Only bottled water is permitted, however, it must remain closed for the duration of the flight.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I eat before the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk or wait until afterward?
A:That is totally up to you. Snacks are available for purchase at the airport as well as upon arrival at the Grand Canyon.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long do we stay at the Grand Canyon during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:You will have approximately 4 hours to explore the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long are we in the air each direction during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:The flight lasts approximately 35 minutes in each direction.
Jun 2021
Q:
How deep into the Grand Canyon do we go in the helicopter (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon West Rim Tour?
A:The helicopter will descend approximately 4,000 feet to the Canyon floor, just a short walk from the Colorado River.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there fuel surcharges or other fees required during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:No - The surcharge is already included in the price.
Jun 2021
Q:
How many people does the West Rim Shuttle carry during the Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour?
A:The West Rim Shuttles are Hop On & Hop Off Shuttles within the site to explore Eagle Point, The Skywalk, and Guano Point. Buses can hold up to 40 guests.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take my phone/camera to take pictures on the Skywalk (if option selected) during the Grand Canyon West Rim Tour?
A:Personal items, including cell phones, cameras, purses, backpacks, etc. are not allowed on the Glass Bridge. Complimentary lockers are available for use while you are on the Skywalk.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Flightseeing Tour with Optional Heli, Boat & Skywalk.

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  • "Get passengers on same flights and be clear about where to return so we don't have as much wait time." See review
  • "Had a fantastic time - definitely recommend getting up early to beat the crowds and beat the heat." See review

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star-4
Grand Canyon Air- Heli- Boat - Skywalk
Diane_H
, Aug 2021
Seemless transfers from airplane to helicopter to boat! Nice change from the Vegas dining, gambling and shopping. Beautiful views ~ just a fantastic adventure. Skywalk was closed upon our arrival at Grand Canyon due to lightening. That was a bummer!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for flying with us, Diane!!
star-3
Great Grand Canyon experience but better planning & communication needed
Ragini_S
, Aug 2021
The flight, heli and boat rides were really great, but the reason I'm giving it a 3 is because the trip wasn't organized to go be is enough time to go to both Eagle and Guano points and get some lunch. We were told that we would be back by 9 PM, and we were back before 7. I understand that the plane that had to return before sunset, but there just wasn't enough time to see all the things that were in the agenda.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are sorry that you had a bad experience with us. We want 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.
star-5
Unforgettable Experience!!!!
LUIS_B
, Aug 2021
Amazing Tour!!!! We don’t take the Skywalk but everything was a spectacular experience for me and my family. 🚐✈️🚁🚤🚁🚎🚁✈️🚐
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are so thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your tour! It was a pleasure serving you and your family! Thank you for flying with us!
star-1
Trash
Kyle_H
, Jul 2021
It was horrible save the money and don’t waste the time it over crowded and disgusting I would never recommend this trip
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are sorry that you had a bad experience with us. We take these matters seriously and want to look into the matter further. Could you please email us at guestrelations@papillon.com and provide us with a detailed account of your experience so we can research this matter further. Please include the date you flew and the specific dates/times that the issue(s) occurred so we can investigate this on our end. Thanks in advance!
star-4
Best day of my vacation!!!
Martha_D
, May 2021
It was a great experience. Could have used another hour or 2 at Grand Canyon. Get passengers on same flights & be clear about where to return so we don't have as much wait time. Overall awesome experience!!! Would recommend to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you so much for your support. We cannot wait to fly with you again! Delete
star-4
Would everyone please stay home, so I can visit? Lol
Vince_D
, Mar 2021
We had a great time. The only issue we experienced was the extremely large crowd and the limited time we had made impossible to see everything that we wanted to. The restaurant was so crowded that by the time we waited 45 minutes to get our 6 digital photos for $65, we didn’t have time to eat.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. First, we are glad that you enjoyed the tour portion of your tour. We understand that the restaurants and crowds can get large at Grand Canyon. Again, thank you for sharing your feedback!
star-5
Grand Canyon helicopter boat ride and skywalk
Julio_M
, Feb 2021
Must do the boat ride! What an awesome experience. Pilots were friendly the entire staff from beginning to end was amazing. What an amazing experience and our trip 😍
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
It sounds like you had an incredible adventure at Grand Canyon! The boat is such a great add-on to really capture the beauty of the canyon. I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.
star-5
Grand Canyon - a must visit place
Darran_D
, Mar 2020
An excellent trip from the moment we were picked up at our hotel until we were dropped off. The aeroplane ride took in a great view of the Hoover Dam on the way to the West Rim. The helicopter ride to the bottom of the canyon took in some breathtaking views and the short boat trip gave a different perspective of the canyon from the bottom. The Skywalk was great once you got used to drop beneath your feet but it would have been nice to be able to take your own photos. A well run and professional operation so I would recommend this trip. It is also about 5 hours shorter than the bus trips which leaves more time in Las Vegas.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Early start with little notice
EarlyDay
, Feb 2020
The trip was great EXCEPT that the pick-up time changed from 8 to 6:30 am which was very early. We were notified too late to cancel the trip. I'm glad we powered through because it was a beautiful day and we had a good time, but it was all a bit rushed and I would have loved even just a half hour longer to explore the vistas. We felt like we were running to each.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-1
$600 plane/bus ride to go see guano
coheynen
, Feb 2020
I bought the air tour from Vegas to go INTO the Grand Canyon on a helicopter cuz I’ve always wanted to go down there. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine. We showed up on time (which they changed on us) and didn’t find out until we got there that the “air tour” includes a plane and bus ride only. So we literally got there, got dropped us off in a place with zero cell reception, and we spent all day waiting for everyone else to get done with their helicopter tour. Not ONE TIME on any tickets, receipts, calls, or in any of their emails did they EVER specify that the helicopter was not part of the “AIR” tour. Not sure what planet these guys live on where a bus ride is part of any “AIR” anything! The only explanation we got is that “it happens all the time” because customers are told “it’s optional,” but it doesn’t specify what you’ve booked until it’s too late, apparently. I spent a fortune to do what I could have done driving. Cost us almost $600. These guys are scam artists!
2 travelers found this review helpful

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