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Ride the train to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Update: Due to the COVID 19 restrictions worldwide, member concerns have risen about the accessibility of the Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The bus tours of the rim have been cancelled at this time due to social distancing hurdles. But the hotels and the train are still operating. They are trying to get things open asap. The Grand Canyon Train website (thetrain.com) has great info available about walking tours and accessibility.  If you still have questions about what is available there, you can call them (1-800-843-8724) or Carol Beck (510-604-0111).  She is in frequent contact with the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel company.  We will continue to keep you updated in these uncertain times.

More info can be found at thetrain.com/plan/brochures-downloads/


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Carol and Ron Beck have graciously organized this drive to see the Grand Canyon.

Make your Reservations Now for the tour.


Corvette Caravan –

  • We’ll start with a Corvette caravan to Williams, AZ.
  • Details on the drive will follow later.

September 27, Sunday night – Golden Nugget Hotel, Las Vegas (In negotiations)

  • Carol is working on a contract for Sunday night at the Golden Nugget Hotel, Las Vegas.

Ride the Rails + to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon- The cost of the hotel/train package per couple is around $1,300.

September 28 to October 1st, 2020

  • Cost for the Rails to the Rim + package is about $1,300 per couple and includes 2 nights in Williams, AZ, 1 night in the Grand Canyon Lodge, train rides in a Luxury Parlor car to and from the South Rim, a bus tour at the South Rim, and 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and 1 lunch.
  • 3-night Rails to the Rim + package to spend one night in Williams
  • 2-hour train trip in the Luxury Parlor car to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Spend the night at the Grand Canyon Maswik Lodge
  • Tour the area and take the train back to Williams
  • Spend the night in Williams again and then head home.
  • Fun, fun, fun!
  • But get your reservations for the tour NOW!! 

Reserve soon (like Jan or Feb) as they might fill up.

We are asking each person to register for themselves either by phone 1-800-843-8724 or online thetrain.com. If you call, you can easily link to the reservation  #3614354 of Ron and Carol Beck and they will group us together. 


To make your Reservations

Have your AAA number and National park pass number available to decrease the price. (They also offer AARP discount)

This tour is called the AAA Rails to Rim Package Plus leaving from Williams, AZ.  Choose the Luxury Parlor car on the train.

Give them Ron and Carol Beck’s reservation number, and they will group us together– #3614354. If you book online, you can add the link by phone after you’ve made the reservation by calling 1-800-843-8724.

If you don’t have AAA, you can use the AARP or Discovery discounts.  If you go that way, make sure that you upgrade your bus tour from the “Freedom Tour”  to the “Grand Tour “ in order to stay with our group.  This tour includes a buffet lunch at the Lodge. The “Grand Tour” is included with the AAA packages already.


Here is the Itinerary –

TBD – Caravan will leave for Las Vegas.

September 27 – Carol is negotiating a contract – Spend the night at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas.


September 28 – Arrive in Williams, AZ. 

Check-in after 6 pm for a one night stay in the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.  The standard room included, but you can upgrade if you prefer. Dinner is included in the package at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. 


September 29 – Board Train for the Grand Canyon

6:30 to 9:30 am – Breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant included in the package.

9:30 am – Train ride to the Grand Canyon leaves at 9:30 am MST. Our group will be sitting in the Luxury Parlor car.

12 pm to 2:30 – “Grand Tour” bus tour of the South Rim is included with a 1-hour buffet lunch at the Maswik Lodge. This tour may be prior to the buffet lunch or after the buffet lunch.  You will be notified of the exact time of your bus tour when you get to the Maswik Lodge.

There is also a sunset Tour available for an additional $52.80 per adult. This bus will leave later because you will end up at the rim for a spectacular sunset picture!  The lunch is included in this tour also, but it is upgraded to a sit-down steak house in the Arizona room at the Bright Angel Lodge. If you prefer, book this upgrade instead of the day tour when you buy your tour package.

6:00 pm – Check-in at the Maswik Lodge Hotel 


September 30 – Spend the day at the Grand Canyon

3:30 pm – Train back to Williams leaves at 3:30 pm MST, so enjoy your day on the Rim.

6:00 pm – Check-in and spend the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.

After 6:00 pm – Dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant included.


October 1

6:30 to 9:30 am – Breakfast is included at the Fred Harvey Restaurant.

Drive home or wherever you want, but you can’t stay here!! 


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