When you look at maps of Las Vegas, you’ll see the prices of different Grand Canyon bus tours. The tour companies have figured out that it’s easier for them to offer all-inclusive tours, so a good tour package will include everything you’ll need during your trip. Be careful of any tour that only gives you a seat on the bus.
You’ll need to know what’s included in a standard tour in order to be able to tell the difference between a good tour and a bad one. For one thing, the company should provide all the transportation you’ll need throughout your entire tour. You’ll also want to ride in a luxury bus because it will make your experience much more enjoyable. Find out whether you’ll have any comfort breaks or pullouts during these motor coach excursions. Naturally, you’ll want plenty of time at the National Park. And, your meal(s) should be included.
Although some companies are vague when it comes to their round-trip tour packages, a good company will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel’s front door. This important service isn’t trivial – it can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your tour experience. Some people have even been stranded at various places because they weren’t able to get back to their hotels!
There are several factors to consider about the buses themselves. The best tour operators make sure all their buses are new and have luxury features. Less dependable companies use a mixture of new and old motor coaches, while others just use older buses. Quality is really important because you’ll ride over ten miles of dirt road on your way to the West Rim of the canyon. And, the average West Rim round-trip drive time is about 5 hours; it’s about 11 hours to and from the South Rim. With all that time in the bus, comfort is very important.
All Grand Canyon bus tours pass Hoover Dam, no matter which rims they’re going to. Most motorcoach excursions stop at the dam to give their passengers photo opportunities. But, I’ve heard of some that simply drive over the new bypass bridge and never stop at the dam. Well, the dam is amazing and you can get some spectacular photographs, so make sure you take one of the motor coach excursions that stop at Hoover Dam.
If you’re not careful you could end up on a tour that doesn’t stop at Hoover Dam. That would be a shame because your only glimpse of this man-made wonder would be through the window of your bus. So, make sure your tour actually stops at the dam. You’ll also need some comfort stops if you’re going to the South Rim because it’s a five-hour trip.
Most bus tours stay at the rim from 2 to 3 hours, so don’t accept anything less. In fact, the longer you’re there, the better off you’ll be because there’s so much to see and do. For example, while you’re at the South Rim you’ll want to see Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon Village, and Mather Point. Some of the highlights at the West Rim are the Indian Cultural Center, Eagle Point, the Grand Canyon Skywalk and Guano Point.
A good bus tour company will include meals for its passengers. Some companies leave meals out so they can lower the price of their tours. Don’t book a tour that doesn’t include the park’s admission fee, either. That practice just isn’t fair to passengers. You can avoid this by researching tours online. When you search online, you’ll find several reputable tour operators and some terrific deals.