Why Grand Canyon Bus Tour Packages Should Be Booked In Advance
All-inclusive Grand Canyon bus tour packages are a marvelous way to see the wonders of the Canyon, but it's important to book them in advance if that's possible. Read on to learn how booking ahead can make a tremendous difference in your trip to the Grand Canyon - or if you can go at all. But that's not the only benefit of booking your Grand Canyon bus tour ahead - it can also significantly lower the cost of your tour, sometimes by as much as 30%!
These types of Grand Canyon bus tour packages are incredibly popular. Why so? Because they're reasonably priced, include everything you need to have a great time (free hotel pickup and drop-off at the Vegas Strip hotels, lunch, the services of a professional driver/tour guide, and all taxes and Park fees), and take you "up close and personal" to the National Park's great sights.
Seats are limited though, and bus tour packages are so popular that they often sell out. The best way to ensure that you'll be able to snag a seat on the specific bus tour you want (meaning the type of tour, any optional add-ons, and the right date and time) is by booking ahead. Most experts recommend booking your bus tour package a minimum of one to two weeks before your desired date. If you wait too long to purchase your tickets, you could be completely shut out. That's how popular all-inclusive bus tour packages really are.
By reserving your seats in advance, you'll be able to get the bus tour package you really want, on the date and at the time you really want it. Booking early is convenient, but it also gives you so many more choices than you'd have if you wait until the last minute. You won't risk having to take a bus tour that goes to the Canyon at an awkward time or on a day that doesn't really fit into your schedule.
Speaking of types of bus tours, here's a quick rundown:
Located just 120 miles from Las Vegas, Grand Canyon West (a.k.a. the West Rim) is the place to go if you want thrills and adventure. The basic bus tour can be extended to include a helicopter ride to the bottom, a pontoon boat trip on the Colorado River and VIP tickets to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. It's important to note that the West Rim is the ONLY place where helicopters are allowed to fly to the base. There are also plenty of things to see and do at the top of the rim. Key landmarks include Guano Point and Eagle Point, as well as Hualapai Ranch and the Indian Cultural Center.
This rim is 277 miles from Vegas. It takes about 5.5 hours to drive there. If you are in search of the real Grand Canyon, this is the place to go. Nearly all the famous pictures of the National Park have been taken here. Things to do and see include checking out Mather Point, Yavapai Point and Yaki Point. There's also Bright Angel Lodge, the main attraction inside historic Grand Canyon Village. Many tour operators let you extend this tour with a rim-to-rim helicopter ride. The flight is 30 minutes and it goes right through the Dragoon Corridor, which is the widest, deepest portion of the Grand Canyon.
It's important to note that both South Rim and West Rim bus tours include a photo stop at Hoover Dam. This pullout is approximately 15 minutes. If you want to explore Hoover Dam, you'll have to book a separate tour on a different day, as there are no Grand Canyon coach trips that do both.
If you wait until you hit Vegas to book an all-inclusive bus tour package, you'll pay way more than you need to. That's it, plain and simple. If you buy your tickets at the last minute, after you arrive in Vegas, you'll pay the full retail price. It doesn't matter whether you buy your tickets at one of the street kiosks along the Strip (they all claim they have deals, but they really don't) or through the concierge at your hotel, you'll pay more than travelers who book ahead. Who wants to sit next to someone who paid a third less for the same bus tour? Who wants to spend more than they really have to? Book ahead and you'll be able to find some great deals.
Use the Internet to your advantage. You can save a ton of money by booking online ahead of time - up to as much as 30% off the retail price on most bus tour packages. To get the special Internet discounts, you'll need to complete your purchase on the tour company's website. I know this seems contrary to what you hear about the Internet but it's true. It's called "buying direct" and it works. So, in sum, booking in advance on the Internet isn't just easy and convenient - it will save you money and you'll be able to get seats for the tour, time and date you want.
Have a grand day,
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