Organised tours from Los Angeles to Vegas and the Grand Canyon
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 31, 2012 10:00 AM Last Post By: moongoddess
Jul 30, 2012 12:14 PM
Organised tours from Los Angeles to Vegas and the Grand CanyonHi. I’m planning on going on holiday to Los Angeles with some friends for a couple of weeks next year. I’ve noticed that a few companies offer excursions to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon from L.A. This would be ideal, considering we would be uncomfortable driving long distances to Vegas and the canyon ourselves.
We would love to make the most of this opportunity while in the US and visit these places, so I would like to know if anyone has any experience with these organised tours. Are they good value for money (average price seems to be roughly $300)? Are they reliable and trustworthy?
Thanks for any advice you can give!
Jul 30, 2012 12:36 PM
1How are you going to get around on your trip to the Los Angeles, etc area? Are you going to rent a car or be dependent on buses?
Not having any other information from you, maybe you should consider a Green Tortoise tour:
There are other tours that are more giant bus tours. It's not that difficult to find one that leaves from Las Vegas. There is no need to pay someone to put you on a plane to Las Vegas. If you can post on a forum board, you can buy a ticket and make the flight from LA to Las Vegas.
There are umpteen ways to visit GC from Las Vegas. The consensus here is that driving is the best. However, there are bus tours. The Grand Canyon is best seen at sunset and sunrise. However, the bus tours are generally one-day round trips and don't allow you to see sunset or sunrise.
Be wary of the airline or helicopter trips that only take you over the western end of the Grand Canyon. They don't fly to the park itself, and the western end is not as spectacular as the park is.
Jul 30, 2012 12:58 PM
2OP, you'll have to tell us more about the "tour" you have found. There are all sorts of "bus tours." A lot of them are marketed to specific groups rather than the general public. Both Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon National Park are easy drives. Renting a car and driving to either or both Las Vegas and Grand Canyon may still be your simplest, cheapest, and fastest option.
Jul 30, 2012 4:14 PM
3Sorry, I should’ve been clearer in my original post. The tours last 3 days and include coach pick up to/ from L.A. It also includes two nights at a hotel in Vegas along with a bus journey from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon south rim. One of the companies offering this sort of package was called Starline Tours, if that helps. We would most likely be renting a car while in L.A but the tour just seemed more convenient and so I was interested to know if anyone had been on a tour like this.
Jul 30, 2012 4:16 PM
Jul 30, 2012 5:00 PM
5Is this the Starline Tour you were considering?
Did you note the price? It is $300 to $400 per person if you stay at the Imperial Palace. How many friends are you taking with you? You could do this trip in one of those rented Mustang convertibles that seem to fascinate everyone from overseas and stay in one of the better Las Vegas resorts for the same money. For the record, The Imperial Palace has only two advantages. It is on The Strip and it is CHEAP. I also suspect that it will "implode" as soon as the economy improves.
Trust me. The drives between Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon are a piece of cake. You put the roof down, apply sun block, point the car in the right direction, turn the radio all the way up, set the brain on autopilot, and stand on the gas for the requisite number of hours. Your biggest worries will be dehydration, ticket-happy cops, and falling asleep. If that makes you "uncomfortable," you will be catatonic after a day or two of Los Angeles traffic in a rental car.
Have a great time whatever you do.
Jul 30, 2012 5:10 PM
6I agree ... the gods made Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon NP for driving to. For two people it is economical, and for more than two it is by far the cheapest and best way to do it. The roads are easy like this. And there is cheap accommodation in Las Vegas (especially Sun - Thur) and in/near the Grand Canyon Village.
You could compromise and get to Las Vegas by air or public transport, and then take a Grand Canyon bus tour something like this. Take an overnight tour, not a day-trip.
Jul 30, 2012 5:55 PM
7Another vote for driving yourself. It's an easy drive (especially compared to navigating LA freeways) and you'll appreciate the flexibility and cost savings. Oh, and the Imperial Palace is, let's just say, not the greatest place to stay in Vegas. But it is cheap.
I highly recommend spending the night at the Grand Canyon to catch sunrise and sunset.
As mentioned above, for $300 per person, you can easily afford a car rental (and gas), a night at the Bellagio (two rooms), a night at a lodge inside the park at Grand Canyon (two rooms), and still have money left over for a nice meal or two in Vegas.
If going independently, time your Vegas stay to avoid Friday or Saturday when hotel prices go crazy.
Jul 31, 2012 10:00 AM
8If you really don't want to drive to the Grand Canyon, there are options other than pricy and rushed bus tours available to you. Take public transportation to Flagstaff, AZ - from there you can catch a shuttle bus to the South Rim of the canyon. Once you're at the South Rim, you can use the National Park System's shuttle bus service to get around.
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