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Our experience with Arizona Luxury Expeditions was unprecedented. My boyfriend and I were planning a weekend at the Grand Canyon and Amex had recommended ALE and from our first interaction discussing the initial details with Don, he was friendly and helpful. We arrived Friday at 1pm and Don took us to our first view of the Canyon and was extremely knowledgable about the history, geology, flora, fauna, etc. He made the tour a highly informative experience. We also did a short hike on Bright Angel Trail and a prickly pear margarita at El Tovar Lounge. He then took us to various landmarks and look out points for sunset. We arrived to the camp which was a well-executed compound. Don and his team had thought of everything, not a detail was missed. They had a fire pit going and poured us wine while we waiting for our first gourmet meal prepared by Mark. We had our own private dining tent fitted with table cloths, silverware, heaters, music, and Mark served fresh bread and butter, brook trout, fresh green beans, and a flavorful rice pilaf. All were restaurant quality and delicious. This was followed by a cast iron skillet brownie and ice cream. Overall the food and service were impeccable and we were highly impressed. Wine was flowing and we were able to enjoy a private dinner followed by some alone time by the fire. Our sleeping tent was roomy and warm and they had provided a large air mattress, lots of blankets, a seating area, towels, and bathroom necessities. Flashlights, chargers, etc - all the modern conveniences as well.
The next day we awoke to a huge gourmet breakfast including coffee, juice, yogurt, granola, fruit, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, sausage - food galore. We were definitely ready to start our day, as we embarked on a bike tour to Hermit’s rest. We then got ready to do the helicopter tour, the operator recommended by Don. Highly recommend the splurge for the helicopter as it is a vantage point you do not want to miss.
This trip was particularly special for my boyfriend and I as he had planned a surprise proposal that Don and Mark had organized! They picked an amazing and secluded spot for him to pop the question and had a fantastic bottle of champagne as well as cheese and charcuterie ready for us at the edge of the cliff. They captured this special moment and we are extremely grateful. They then planned a special dinner including filet mignon and a special “wedding” cake dessert. Truly impressive.
Overall, Don and team went above and beyond to make this trip the most unforgettable experience for us. Our every wish was catered to, beyond imagination. Being a worldly traveler and staying at some unbelievable 5 star properties, this was truly one of the most catered to and thought after experiences of our lives.
You cannot go wrong with this team, they are highly-skilled professionals who work tirelessly to provide for their guests.
Bravo to ALE!!
Thank you ALE for making our first trip to the Grand Canyon both memorable and comfortable! Coming from Florida, we were unprepared for the chilly nights. ALE provided additional heaters to keep us warm. Most notable was how attentive ALE was to our diverse food, exercise, and general needs. Nothing was too difficult to address including tracking down items lost during a hike. Well done Team ALE. The food was delicious, the hikes were beautiful, and the side excursions were a bonus. We can't wait to see you again at another beautiful park.
We stayed with ALE with our three kiddos during part of our spring break. Don met us the first afternoon and we did an easy hike along the South Rim. That night we settled into the camp site and enjoyed Filet Mignon dinner in our 'dining room" tent followed by smores at the fire. All of the meals were amazing. While our kids are not necessarily picky eaters I don't remember ever seeing them eat as much as they did during our stay. The second day we did a hike along the Kaibab Trail into the canyon with Mark as our guide. The hike was fantastic and Mark is an expert at managing both the canyon and the hikers. We were going to do another hike in the afternoon but my five year old daughter was out of gas so we opted to hit a local attraction instead. Don and Mark and the rest of the staff made everything happen seamlessly. during the drive Mark mentioned a tree up ahead that housed a large eagle's nest. A few minutes later, there was the nest and the eagle. Mark then suggested we might see some antelope. Sure enough, a dozen or so antelope were right along the side of the road. Each day our kids woke up much earlier than we expected but ALE was always ready with a camp fire and breakfast shortly thereafter. Of course the Grand Canyon is breathtaking but the people at ALE really made this trip special. Just great people. Thank you Don, Lorraine, Mark, Ken, Sam and Skylar!!!! We are already planning our next trip.
We just returned from a 4 night glamping trip to Grand Canyon with ALE. The trip was for my daughter’s 16th birthday/spring break so I wanted it to be a special trip for her. Don, Mark and Ken did a fantastic job of making the experience fun and interesting. The food Mark made was great (and not just great for camp food, it would have been great restaurant food). My daughter is an athlete and she really wanted to hit the trails hard and explore. She really enjoyed all the hikes, even the one that ended in a snow storm. When the weather turned cold and it snowed, we were still able to have a great time and make the most of it. We did the side trip up to Paige for the rafting, Antelope canyon and Horesehoe bend. Really recommend that, it is definitely worth it. Thanks to everyone at ALE, we loved the birthday trip and our experiences at the Grand Canyon.
Our family of four (two adults, two teens) loved our vacation with Arizona Luxury Expeditions in March 2019. We were fortunate to see the Grand Canyon in the snow, which is not a common experience. Don and the crew kept us warm with two heaters in our tent, lots of blankets and always had the fire going. When we mentioned that our feet were cold, he had foot warming packets ready in an instant. Don organised lots of great outings, and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of local history, flora and fauna.
The best aspect of this tour was Don and the crew.... Ken and Mark. They are such interesting people..... great conversationalists and very hospitable. We really enjoyed exchanging travel stories with them. The food was awesome; we have omnivores, a vegetarian and a vegan in our party and all were attended to well.
In short, we highly recommend a trip with Arizona Luxury Expeditions.
Our party of 10 (4 adults and 6 kids) spent 2 nights glamping with ALE at the Grand Canyon. We were completely spoiled, and there is simply no better way to experience this park! The trip was fun and relaxing. Don and his crew really took any stress out of the trip with their top-notch service. The tents and beds were clean, warm and comfortable. The food was incredible - and incredible from restaurant standards - not 'camping' food. The campfire was always ready upon our return to camp, complete with hot chocolate or adult beverages. They accommodated every request. Don and Mark's knowledge of the Grand Canyon is expansive and added so much to our hikes. They also ensured we hit the trails at good times, had plenty of drinks and snacks, and that the kids (and adults) were safe. Everyone in our group was ready to plan our next trip with ALE! I seriously can't say enough about this crew. They made our trip unforgettable.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this company!!! 5 of us spent 3 nights with them glamping at the Grand Canyon for my 50th birthday. Don, Mark and Sam made this truly a once in a life time experience. This was the best parts of camping without any of the downsides. The tents were amazing and spacious. The beds were very comfortable. The food was outstanding!!! (Thank you Mark, you are truly gifted!!) One of our group was gluten free and that was accommodated easily. It was amazing to have a fire built for us every night! And on top of that to have guided tours into and around the Grand Canyon by Don was AMAZING!!! He is so knowledgeable and accommodating it made this trip even more special. Thank you gentleman for making my 50th birthday celebration fantastic!!!
We recently spent three nights with this group “Glamping” at the Grand Canyon in November. Don and Mark are awesome guys who have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Grand Canyon and many other topics due to a myriad of life experiences. They took wonderful care of us. Nothing was too big or too small to ask of them. Don acted as our concierge and guide and took us to wherever we wanted to go and made great suggestions. Mark prepared the most delicious meals. I would go with them again in a heartbeat.
We just returned from our incredible adventure to the Grand Canyon. Don met us at our arrival to the park and guided us through 3 amazing days and nights. Don's knowledge about the park - from history to wildlife to geology helped us learn a ton and get so much out of our visit. He also knew all of the great hiking trails and vantage points for views, not to mention for sunset. The campground was amazing. Mark and Sam cooked us delicious meals (not easy for our finicky crew) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The whole ALE team was great company too and all took pride in ensuring that we had the best possible experience. The campfire was burning every night with chairs and blankets to help us enjoy the s'mores. We highly recommend Arizona Luxury Expeditions for families, groups or couples!!
We can’t thank the ALE team enough for our fantastic three night glamping experience at the Grand Canyon. Big thanks to Mark, Shaun and Sam!
The tent was really comfortable, the food was outstanding, the hikes were really enjoyable (and pitched perfectly to our family’s capability) and the guides were knowledge and fun to be with. Mark and Shaun’s passion for The Grand Canyon is infectious! We definitely got the experience that we wanted! The kids (9 year old twins) loved it.