River Rafting & Railroads: The Grand Canyon With Your Grandchild

Share the journey of a lifetime with your grandchild as you visit the Grand Canyon via train, raft the Colorado River and see ancient Indian cliff dwellings at a National Monument.
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Program No. 5831RJ
6 days
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1,349 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
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This was a wonderful trip, but I would not advise starting in Phoenix. Take the shuttle and start in Flagstaff to avoid excessive bus time (your grandchildren will enjoy Bearazonia more than Montezuma’s castle anyway). I loved the rafting, the challenge course, and the train ride to the Canyon. Be ready for some serious heat and some challenging elevation changes on hikes, and you will have a great experience,


So glad we did this! Well organized, everything thought of beforehand. The intergenerational aspect was wonderful, such a special opportunity to spend time with my grandchildren. I want to do another one!


I can not say enough good things about the intergenerational Road Scholar programs. The Grand Canyon: River Rafting and Historic Train Ride is just another of the well organized, very informative and entertaining trips that engage both the adults and children in the experience.

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My first of what I hope will be many Intergen trips with our granddaughter. Terrific group of participants, and the program guides and instructors were wonderful. No white water on our stretch of the Colorado, but gorgeous scenery and a fun guide. Loved watching my kid challenging the older boys to stay in the icy water, and then hearing her trying to convince them that they were getting hypothermia! And she's now talking about having "hiked the Canyon" after her short trip down the Bright Angel Trail. We had a tough start, as she lacked the upper body strength to do the NAU Challenge Course, but she rocked all the other activities. Be sure you can take a heavy dose of kids if you do one of these programs--it's not everyone's cup of tea, judging from at least one adult who decided there would be NO children at the dinner table she had chosen.


Perfect way to introduce this part of the US to our 10yr old European granddaughter. Interaction with American kids was part of our goal, and this exceeded our expectations.


This was my first Road Scholar adventure, but it won't be my last! The program iwas well organized, adventuresome, challenging and the sights we saw were amazing! Our group leaders were top notch and the concept of I tergenerational travel is fantastic! I loved sharing all this with my 2 granddaughters!


The Road Scholar Inter generational Grand Canyon Tour enables grandparents and their grandchildren to experience one of the wonders of the Western US in a fun and safe environment. Children and adults experience the beauty of the location, learn the science of the ecosystem in a fun way, as well as meeting new friends and gaining self-confidence.

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