My spouse and I were thoroughly delighted with silver spur tours. You will not be disappointed. We have a pretty hectic work schedule and need to always make the most of limited spurts of vacation time. Private tour groups have really worked for us both here and abroad.
So, we decided that we should use a group for the Grand Canyon.These guys excel at being at the top of their game in all respects.
First of all, the person with whom I had the initial discussion to book the tour was the company's owner. I was very impressed that I could not only reach a live person on a sunday but actually get someone who could answer specific questions regarding the tour's features. There was frequent email contact and a confirmatory check in phone call the day before the tour. All of these things ensured a hassle free start to the trip.
We were really lucky to also have a very experienced guide, Dewayne Foster. He was great. He was very punctual. We got picked up directly from our hotel and picnic lunch with Grand Canyon backdrop was included. So, all of the basics were excellently covered. However, it is how he worked in the specifics that really made the difference and enhanced the experience.
Dewayne subtly polled both of us (with a very engaging, conversational style as we drove from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon) to determine our interests and how he could personalize our tour. I have a novice's interest in landscape photography and architecture. My spouse is into plant/tree identification. We were of course thoroughly blown away by the magnitude and awesomeness of the grand canyon itself. However, we really love it when we not only have a great time on vacation but find something new which will further develop our hobbies/interests outside of work.
My spouse was apparently impressed with the mistletoe's role as a juniper tree parasite in AZ (god bless him) and the ongoing important relationship between the canyon trees' root system and the ongoing development of the canyon. For me, it was finding out about the relatively unknown architect, Mary Colter and the equally less discussed similarities with her contemporary, Frank Lloyd Wright. You sense this when you think of Wright's "Falling Water" and see Colter's "Lookout Studio" or "Hopi House."
In summary, it is about the experience. You totally get that with Silver Spur Tours in a way that exceeds expectations.
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