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Grand Canyon bus tour from Vegas

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Grand Canyon bus tour from Vegas

We are planning to join a one day bus tour to go to Grand Canyon south rim from Vegas. I can see online price ranges from $75 to $150+. Any suggestion on a good tour company? Should we book ahead online? Like from vegastour.com?
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bbcheche wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2017 11:10 pm
We are planning to join a one day bus tour to go to Grand Canyon south rim from Vegas. I can see online price ranges from $75 to $150+. Any suggestion on a good tour company? Should we book ahead online? Like from vegastour.com?
You will be sorely disappointed. Spend 5 hours each way (so 10 hours roundtrip) on the freaking bus and you will have maybe 30 minutes at Grand Canyon, which itself is not that special. On the way, they stop at a mom and pop buffet but the lineups are absolutely HUGE. You literally have time for one plate and forget about getting seconds. It defeats the whole purpose of a "buffet." On the way back, you make a VERY VERY late dinner stop at a Carl's Jr. Imagine the same said lineup length. If I was a first timer in Vegas all over again I would rather not waste my time doing this and just enjoy one more leisurely day in Vegas, or just check out the nearby and much more accessible Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. Just my 0.02
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We did the South Rim Tour with Paradise Found Tours about 2 years ago and it was fine(although I have been to the West Rim before). We booked the day before online while in Vegas:

https://paradisefoundtours.com/
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Rent a car and do it yourself, MUCH cheaper and you can stop when you want for lunch and dinner.
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We did a bus tour to Hoover Dam for $79 for 2. (Groupon)
Well worth the money, they pick you up from any hotels at the strip, the driver tell you stuff along the way to make it entertaining. Admission included to go to the site underneath.
They have bus tour to Grand Canyon too, but we don't want to go and spend a day for it. I already visited few years ago.

We took a lot of pictures and don't have to worry about renting, we didn't rent a car during the trip neither. We uber/lyft to everywhere.
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Rent a car and do it yourself, MUCH cheaper and you can stop when you want for lunch and dinner.
+1. I did this a few years ago, stayed overnight and hiked down the south rim to see the sunrise. on the way there we went to old route 66 to do sitgreaves pass one of the most dangerous drives in the US. Went to Oatman, tha place is worth the drive, google it. We hit some decent restaurants on the way there and the way back.

I am doing this drive (vegas - hoover dam - kingman - grand canyon south rim) and back on a day trip next week. Its about 12 hours of driving in one day and I will be the only driver... got to leave super early, like 5am... I'll let you know how it goes.

but all in all, forget the bus trip, its a tourist trap.
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I loved the Grand Canyon! 1000 times better than Vegas. You can explore it in Google Streetview to get an idea. You want time to walk a bit. Maybe not go all the way down, but at least a few hundred meters.

I'd recommend getting a car rental and spending the night in Flagstaff. Alternatively, you can take a Greyhound to Flagstaff and take a tour from there. If you are going to Flagstaff by Greyhound, consider flying out of Phoenix to avoid backtracking.

They have gambling in Canada and you will be sick of it after 3 days. Arizona and Nevada have breathtaking nature that is worth seeing up close.

Toronto is a very small part of Canada
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Just rent a car. Go to the West Rim if you want to save some time. It's a bit of a tourist trap but sill pretty neat, and far closer. If you want to see the real thing, then drive to the North Rim and stay a day or two. It's a lot more peaceful at the North Rim as opposed to the South.

I always rent a car in Vegas. They're cheap, and by the time you've done the airport round trip, and one trip to the outlet mall, it's paid for itself over taxis. Anything else is a bonus.
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Thank you everyone!
I'm skeptical to book the tour. There are lots of tour companies offering the same trip. The reviews are either extremely good or extremely bad.

Now you guys talk me into renting a car to Grand Canyon.
How is the drive? Is it easy to navigate?
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bbcheche wrote:
Apr 4th, 2017 11:29 pm
Thank you everyone!
I'm skeptical to book the tour. There are lots of tour companies offering the same trip. The reviews are either extremely good or extremely bad.

Now you guys talk me into renting a car to Grand Canyon.
How is the drive? Is it easy to navigate?
Yes. Bring your GPS, or preload maps on your phone, and go for it.
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Grand-adventures.com offer a south rim "express" tour. Straight shot to south rim, 4 hours once there and straight back. 1 stop each way. We were back around 6:30 at night but driver was really good so we had a fullevening to ourselves once back. Pickup is at Bally's which is central(and where we were staying) so no lost time shuttling to a bus depot. 125$ each with Arby's sandwich for lunch included which ypu eat on site. It is a 15 passenger van but we were comfortable the whole way. We reserved day before.

Highly recommend.
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OP are you a couple?

The most romantic thing to do in LV is take a helicopter ride to the Canyon and watch the sunset while having a picnic with champagne down there.

We saw a marriage proposal while having a picnic.
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That's not very nice....and you're missing out on a lot of valuable knowledge if you ignore me. Your loss.
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OP are you a couple?

The most romantic thing to do in LV is take a helicopter ride to the Canyon and watch the sunset while having a picnic with champagne down there.

We saw a marriage proposal while having a picnic.
I thought about it when I went to LV, but the helicopter ride is like 400-500 minimum.
If it's a proposall, it's not bad for that budget, lol
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whampoa wrote:
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OP are you a couple?

The most romantic thing to do in LV is take a helicopter ride to the Canyon and watch the sunset while having a picnic with champagne down there.

We saw a marriage proposal while having a picnic.
did this, minus the proposal, years ago. Was about $800 each but a memory that'll last a lifetime. Also much better/cooler than spending hours on a bus with cheapos.
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I can imagine it's such a perfect place to propose.
It's a good story to share with your grandchildren.

Bf is a first-timer to Vegas. We try to be prepared for a hassle-free trip. Bus load of 50 people, unorganized tour, lineup to bathroom and lunch are not what we are looking for.

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