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Grand Canyon bus tour from Vegas

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bbcheche wrote:
Apr 6th, 2017 9:32 pm
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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.
How long do you two plan to stay in Vegas?

If just for two to three days, I would suggest skip the Grand Canyon and stay in Vegas. There are a lot of thing to do and see.

Or rent a car (very cheap in Vegas) and visit Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon about 30 min drive. While there visit the outlet mall and casino.
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Another closer option to Vegas is Valley of the Fire State Park. We loved it - its about an hour north of Vegas.

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Love the Valley of Fire! It is so beautiful there, especially in the late afternoon.
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cocreg wrote:
Apr 5th, 2017 10:38 pm
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.
+1 for Grand Adventures.

They have small tour groups (about 8-10 people), and their tour guides are top notch.
A little on the pricier side, but definitely worth the money in my opinion!
We took the sunrise tour the last time we were in town and it was a fantastic experience!
They pickup from all sorts of locations on the Strip, and they provide breakfast at McDonalds and sandwiches.
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It wasn't cheap at like $330 US after fees and taxes but this is what I did last year which is basically take a small single engine plane (http://www.gcflight.com/product/grand-c ... ound-tour/). Helicopter is the fastest but its also the priciest. The thing with Vegas is most people aren't there a long time, like 3-4 days in which you go hard, so in my view is better to spend the money to save time and maximize your experience. You could save on Uber/cabs by taking the Deuce, but you waste time waiting for the bus and walking further to where you need to go. You could save money staying off strip, but then again you waste time traveling to where everything is.

Anyway, back to the Grand Canyon, I enjoyed the experience but I wasn't blown away as most other people seemed to be. I actually had a lot more fun going to Red Rock Canyon and doing the Calico Tank trail. http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/hikes-tr ... ico-tanks/


Sample Tour Itinerary (approximate times)
Note: Flights depart multiple times daily

7:00 A.M. – VIP pick up for our guests from their hotel (round trip transport included for Las Vegas “Strip” and downtown hotels).
7:30 A.M. – Guests will then check-in at the Boulder City airport terminal.
8:00 A.M. – Flight departures begin with views of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge and the Grand Canyon.
8:45 A.M. – Airplane arrives at Grand Canyon West Airport.
9:00 A.M. – Depart by shuttle into the park.
9:15 A.M. – 9:30 am – (depending on lines getting into the national park), arrive at Bright Angel Lodge. Scenic overlooks, historic lodges, hiking trails and Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
12:45 P.M. – Return by shuttle to Grand Canyon Airport.
1:15 P.M. – Airplane flight back to original terminal.
2:00 P.M. – Airplane arrives back to the original flight terminal.
2:30 P.M. – Guests will arrive back to their hotel.
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The Grand Canyon is awesome. If I were to go back only for a few hours I would be disappointed. If you ever get the chance to hike the canyon, do it - within your physical capabilities. Remember, if you go down you gotta be able to go back up! Definitely try to spend more time there than just a pit stop OP.
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wirebound wrote:
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Another closer option to Vegas is Valley of the Fire State Park. We loved it - its about an hour north of Vegas.

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Rented a Mustang gt for the run to tha park . Can't remember what road I took to the Hoover dam . During the week it's empty and speed limit is flexible . Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes

As for the grand Canyon . I sucked it up payed for a flight/ helicopter package . Just think when you will be back again . If it's years or never . Do it right .
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Apr 9th, 2017 10:03 am

As for the grand Canyon . I sucked it up payed for a flight/ helicopter package . Just think when you will be back again . If it's years or never . Do it right .
Fairly easy to fly over the Canyon for "free" on flights back to Canada. There is only one way to get all your senses going, and that is to walk in the Grand Canyon. Although admittedly the visuals are the best part. You can virtually walk down using Google Streetview.

It is so easy to see stuff nowadays. There isn't a huge advantage of in-person scenery vs HD video or an IMAX/OMNIMAX movie. You really want to make the effort of somehow interacting with the places you visit. Smell, taste, touch. You can't do that from a plane.

As much as we like to mock the people going to Vegas, no video of Vegas or online gambling site is going to come anywhere close to the experience, good or bad.



A staggering 43 million people visit Las Vegas annually. Only 5 million visit the Grand Canyon.
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We rented a car. It was fairly easy drive, other than some possible traffic around Hoover Dam.

We booked a room at the Bright Angel Lodge. Park right by it. In the early morning, wake up just before sunset. Make a coffee. Walk about 30 seconds (yes, 30 seconds) to the rim, to see the sunset.

It's fairly easy driving around Grand Canyon. It's very well established with many lookout points, easy driving, easy walking, lots of explanations every where. They also have free shuttle buses to take you places (to different lookout points), some only allow shuttle buses and no other vehicles.

You can also stay outside the Grand Canyon village for a little cheaper. If you have more time, on the way there or back, can stay around Flagstaff, also cheaper. We got a room for about $60/n a few years ago, included breakfast.
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MonctonMan wrote:
Apr 11th, 2017 12:39 am

A staggering 43 million people visit Las Vegas annually. Only 5 million visit the Grand Canyon.
A shame really!
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When I went to LV couple months ago, one of the Uber drivers asked me if I wanted to do Grand Canyon tour. I didn't ask how much as I already reserved a car. You can explore that option if you want.
If you rent a car, then book one night at Grand Canyon. Leave LV early morning, visit Hoover Dam and/or any other attractions, come to Grand Canyon in the late afternoon or evening and have next day for Grand Canyon.
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I am travelling to LV end of Nov. I would love to visit Grand Canyon ( god knows when will we be back ). I am still indecisive about which tour to chose from Grand Adventure ( if I can cover Hoover Dam on the way that will be a bonus ).
Is renting a car saving lots of money ( 2 travellers) ? I am sure its an exhausting trip to be completed in same day. Is it really worth to rent or go with the bus tours offered by Grand Adventures ?
https://www.grand-adventures.com/

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cocreg wrote:
Apr 5th, 2017 10:38 pm
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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newlyborn wrote:
Sep 19th, 2018 12:22 pm
I am travelling to LV end of Nov. I would love to visit Grand Canyon ( god knows when will we be back ). I am still indecisive about which tour to chose from Grand Adventure ( if I can cover Hoover Dam on the way that will be a bonus ).
Is renting a car saving lots of money ( 2 travellers) ? I am sure its an exhausting trip to be completed in same day. Is it really worth to rent or go with the bus tours offered by Grand Adventures ?
https://www.grand-adventures.com/

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If you are determined to only do one day, I would stick with the bus tour unless you really like driving. Renting a car and driving would be cheaper, but also more stressful.

Either way we are talking 8-9 hours on the road.

The real advantage of doing it without a bus tour would be if you are looking at spending more time. If you stayed overnight, it would be easier to actually look around Hoover dam on the way, and spend more time at the Grand Canyon when you got there. The bus tours will get there in early afternoon, and you'll have time to hike a bit and look around, but you're not going to be watching a sunset or any such thing.

But it sounds like you want to knock it off the bucket list in a day, and doing that, you are talking minimal savings and the only thing you really get out of driving is perhaps a bit more flexibility to stop around the dam for pics, or to leave/arrive Vegas on a somewhat later schedule.
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Thank you for your input. I am inclined to take this tour : https://www.grand-adventures.com/grand- ... set-tours/
It covers Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon with Sunset.
Tour duration is 15 hours. The only downside so far I see is leaving at 6:30 A.M. ( Never have been an early bird ).
I will certainly avoid driving if savings are not significant which in this case is true.
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That one seems cool in that it stops at the Dam, and sees the sunset, but be ready for a very long day.

Usually these bus tours send buses around for hotel pickups, meet and organize at a rallying point, and then depart. Based on their winter timeline, they could be picking you up at your hotel as early as 5:30 to have buses leaving by 6:30. And getting back to your hotel 10-11pm. If those times work for you that is a heck of a tour.


A couple other things to keep in mind:

1) Generally on bus tours a tip is expected for the driver (~20 pp). Just so you are not surprised. As with all tips, not mandatory, but bear in mind.

2) In late november early december, you still often get pleasant daytime temperatures in Vegas, but it can be quite cool at night. And the Canyon can often hit bigger extremes I believe. Point being if your tour is at the Canyon for the sunset, make sure you have appropriate clothing layers. Especially if windy, it could get quite nippy.

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