Grand Canyon Rafting

8 days
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£2,459
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Culture
Suitable for:
Age 9+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
FGC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
1–28
Min age:
9

Raft the entire length of the Grand Canyon

There are few experiences in life that can compare to white water rafting in the Grand Canyon. It has taken the Colorado River millions of years to create this immense canyon, stretching nearly 280 miles in length and averaging over a mile in depth. You can experience this spectacular geological extravaganza in just eight days on this Grand Canyon rafting trip, and let's not forgot an exciting day exploring legendary Las Vegas at the end. You'll leave civilization far behind as you travel the entire length of the canyon aboard specially designed motorized rafts, embracing the thrill of the whitewater and exploring gigantic caverns, emerald pools and waterfalls that can only be found from the water. This is the ultimate Grand Canyon rafting adventure you've been searching for!

Highlights

  • Raft the entire length of the Grand Canyon
  • Enjoy up to class V white water rapids

  • Spot soaring birdlife

  • The Grand Canyon’s exhilarating trails

  • Camp on the banks of the Colorado River

  • Hike and swim in side canyons

  • Gourmet meals prepared daily on the river

Key information

  • Services of professional rafting guide/boatman

  • Roundtrip transportation from/to Las Vegas & Colorado River

  • Group size: 14 per raft, plus guide. Min age 9 yrs
  • 7 nights basic camping on the banks of the Colorado River 
  • Countries visited: USA

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 7 breakfast, 7 lunches & 6 dinners included plus soft drinks
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Professional rafting guide/boatman throughout

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Las Vegas
to
Las Vegas
  • Day 1

    Start Las Vegas; travel to Lees ferry

    An early 05:00 hrs departure takes you to historic Lees Ferry, where your journey will begin and where you'll have your first taste of the mighty Grand Canyon and the snaking Colorado River. Don't let the calm waters fool you, the rapids aren't far away, and as soon as you see the boats you'll be eager to set off on your incredible voyage of discovery. 

    Accommodation: Camping on the banks of the Colorado River

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Days 2-7

    Colorado River - Grand Canyon (South Rim)

    The Grand Canyon offers the most spectacular geological extravaganza on earth. Despite being a desert setting, plants and wildlife thrive. Cacti, wildflowers, Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, coyotes and Ringtail Cats may be seen along the banks, while overhead many species of bird may be observed, including hawks, Golden Eagles, falcons, Great Blue Herons and egrets.

    You will have the opportunity to hike and swim inside canyons, as well as running class V whitewater rapids. Due to the length of river covered in eight days, specially crafted motorised rafts are used for safety and comfort while rafting in the Grand Canyon. These allow ample supplies to be carried for the entire journey so travellers of all fitness levels can enjoy this incredible experience.

    Not all of your time is spent on the water, and you'll have ample time to hike some of the trails and stretch those legs. A visit to Havasu Creek is a highlight for most travellers on this trip with the incredible contrast of colours from the vibrant turquoise blue waters set against a backdrop of rich red rock, simply stunning.

    There's no need to pack much for our Grand Canyon rafting trips, the climate is mild and just a few changes of clothes are needed. We supply waterproof river bags and camera boxes so you can focus on enjoying the sights and sounds of the river; hidden trails, secluded riverside campsites and stunning canyon sunsets and sunrises.

    A TYPICAL DAY ON THE RIVER

    7:00 AM
    You awaken to the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee. Although the sun will not flood our camp for some time, the tops of the Grand Canyon's walls are already aglow with sunlight. While eggs, sausages and muffins cook, sleeping bags are being packed.

    9:00 AM
    You enter a series of rapids and a great Blue Heron takes off down-river, wings pumping; both bird and its surroundings seem somehow prehistoric. Embrace the coolness of the shadow, tilt your head back and see the sunlight slowly making its way down the epic canyon walls.

    11:00 AM
    South Canyon intersects the river, signalling that Vasey's Paradise is just ahead. A paradise, indeed! Sunlight seems to explode from the fountains of water gushing from the Grand Canyon's walls. Lush growths of moss and ferns seem strangely out of place in this desert setting. You drift close to the gushing water, giving everyone aboard a welcome shower.

    12:00 NOON
    Our boats stop for lunch in the shade of Redwall Cavern. Inside this great cave, there's room enough for a game of softball!

    2:00 PM
    As two Golden Eagles soar lazily overhead, you drift quietly along soaking in your surroundings and your boatman tells you the story of Bert Loper's historic river run in 1949. You feel the heat, but soon a roller coaster rapid refreshes you. We sight moon lilies abloom at the mouth of Saddle Canyon. A hike to explore Saddle is topped off with a cold soda.

    6:00 PM
    You make for Nankoweap, a site of ancient Indian ruins and your campsite for the night. After a dinner of fillet, Dutch-oven potatoes, green salad and cherry cobbler, we hike to the ruins and view the river below.

    9:00 PM
    Those who cannot stay awake find their sleeping bags. Bed tonight is beneath the Milky Way and a canopy of stars that dwarfs even the Grand Canyon. 

    Accommodation: Camping on the banks of the Colorado River

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Las Vegas

    Your Grand Canyon white water rafting trip comes to an end with a thrilling jet boat ride along Lake Mead before transferring back to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dazzled all over again. Perhaps treat yourself to a celebratory drink after what can only be described as an incredible adventure, and slowly ease yourself back into normality.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found on our USA visas page.

Vaccinations

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

7 breakfast, 7 lunches & 6 dinners included plus soft drinks

MEALS
The design of our boats enables us to carry several hundred pounds of ice, which will last the entire trip. Every meal is prepared with fresh meats and produce. All food is prepared by our boatmen, who have mastered the art of Dutch-oven cooking. We provide generous quantities of cold soft drinks, fruit juice and filtered water which are available to you throughout the day. A hearty breakfast of bacon or sausage, eggs with muffins, pancakes or French toast, fruit, cereal, juice, coffee, cocoa and tea is available each morning. Lunches are picnic style. They consist of a selection of delicatessen meats and cheeses, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and olives. You make your own sandwich with a choice of breads. Chips, cookies, fruit, nuts and candy are served and a choice of drinks (juice, soda pop, water) are all available. Included are seven breakfasts, seven lunches and six dinners. Dinners are filling, as they should be after an activity-filled day. Main dishes include filet mignon, halibut, Mexican dinners, shrimp, pork fillet, chicken and pasta. Each night we serve a salad, either tossed, green, fruit or vegetable. We also serve cooked vegetables such as corn, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes and potatoes. Desserts consist of Dutch-oven cakes or cobblers, pound cake, fruit and cookies. A selection of cold beverages is always available. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements at the time of booking. We purchase food in advance so it is extremely important we are made aware well in advance.

ALCOHOL
You are welcome to bring your own beer, wine or spirits (no glass). All beverages should be in either plastic or aluminium containers due to limited space for trash. We suggest that you make these purchases in Las Vegas, the evening prior to your trip. Our representative will have suggestions concerning where to purchase beverages at the evening orientation meeting. Please be aware that the legal drinking age in Arizona is 21.

Weather

CANYON TEMPERATURES
Temperatures in the canyon vary depending on location, season, and year. During the warmest months of the season, you will find that it is extremely hot on our expeditions, but on early and late season departures it may rain and become cooler during the day. The dry climate of the Grand Canyon combined with swimming and frequent rapids will keep you comfortable. The water at Lees Ferry is quite cold (50 degrees) because it is released from the bottom of Glen Canyon Dam (Lake Powell) just 15 miles upstream. Sunny days and incoming side streams help increase water temperatures as you travel downstream. Regardless of the weather conditions, you will not be able to escape during the day so being prepared for all eventualities is extremely important.

FALL TOURS

Before May 15 and after September 15 we recommend bringing a warm jacket and polypropylene long underwear (two pair top and bottom); a hood or warm cap; gloves and wool or neoprene socks. This clothing may not be needed, but it’s better to bring it and be prepared than to wish you had it along. Since spring and fall trips have fewer hours of direct sun and lower daytime temperatures, it is important for your comfort to bring a two-piece rain suit. Waterproof ground cloths as well as two-person dome tents are provided for protection against rain.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is rated grade 2: Leisurely/Moderate 

Rafting and camping along the Colorado River is the ultimate way to explore the Grand Canyon. With a relaxed pace and tranquil surroundings, this tour is perfect for experiencing the great outdoors and observing wildlife in its natural habitat.

No previous rafting experience is required, however we do suggest that you are confident in and around water and that you are willing to live without a mobile phone signal for the duration of the trip!  

CAN'T SWIM?

No problem. Neither can many of the people who raft the Grand Canyon! We will supply US Coast Guard approved life preservers for all participants.

The normal maximum group size is 14 per raft and this tour normally operates with two rafts so the total group size is 28. On our early and late season tours the group size is typically around 20 as opposed to 28.

The entire trip is operated by our trusted partner company. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. 

Unlike shorter Grand Canyon rafting trips down the upper canyons of the Colorado River, the total number of raft trips allowed down the Colorado River are very limited and as such we strongly urge you to book early to avoid disappointment. 

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Basic Camping

An essential part of a camping tour is helping out with the day to day camp duties and everyone will assist with the setting up and packing up of the campsite. Your river guides will provide guidance on what to do, and typically it will only take 15 minutes to set up or break down the tents and camp kitchen. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying ‘home sweet home’ in the great outdoors. Sharing the camp duties is a great way to bond with your fellow travellers and the group camaraderie is all part of the experience.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight
in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on
flights departing from most UK airports. If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you do have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.
Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

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