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“Grand canyon tour of the south rim” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Canyon Tour Company - South Rim Bus Tour

Grand Canyon Tour Company - South Rim Bus Tour
Ranked #74 of 228 Tours in Las Vegas
Type: Bus Tours, Tours
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Marrero, Louisiana
2 reviews
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“Grand canyon tour of the south rim”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2011

Walter
We started our tour at 5:40 am in front of the south point casino. After a couple of stops at different hotels to pick up other patrons we were off to the tour bus station for our departure. After hearing the area attractions we were offered a Danish and juice and then boarded a double Decker motor coach with our great driver, Walter. Walter really made our trip entertaining. If you go make sure you request Walter. Our first stop was the Hoover dam. We drove over the dam to a parking lot on the Arizona side. We were able to get out and take photos and it has a small store for drinks and snacks. After the 20 minute stop we were on the bus headed to the grand canyon. Must say the new Hoover Dam by pass bridge is quite impressive. Our 2nd stop was in kingman Arizona for a quick 20 minute McDonalds stop with a chevron convenience store if you did not want to eat McDonalds. We watched a movie on the many small DVD blaupunkt viewing screens. It really made the trip go quick. Well after Kingman, our next stop was the IMAX theater at the Grand Canyon welcome center with its 34 minute video of a up close look at the grand canyon. After the movie we had our lunch (part of the package) then we had a few people to pick up at the helicopter airport and from there we were off to the canyon.
First stop was Mather point, absolutely breath taking. We walked along the rim to several great photo spots. Yes it has a guard rail for most of the walk. Our stop was for 1 hr and then we went to bright angels look out. This spot has several great gift shops and also a ice cream parlor and a lounge for some great adult beverages. My son had the grand canyon beer and the wife had the canyon view drink. After the last call from our coach driver Walter we were headed back to las Vegas. Reading some of the reviews about airbridge tours, this traveler gives them a thumbs up and a 5 of 5.

Visited March 2011
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York, United Kingdom
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“Grand Canyon with Avatar Tours well worth it!!! Two thumbs up!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2011

We took the tour to Grand Canyon South Rim on advice from friends that had went the month before. Our friends chose a more expensive tour with a company called Pink Jeep, we didn't want to pay what was the equivalent of an airline ticket in price to take that tour so we looked for less expensive alternatives. We found that the lowest price tours were either large coach or a company called Avatar Tours that seemed remarkably similar to Pink Jeep in that they are small privately guided tours. We chose Avatar because of all the poor reviews the coach companies had in addition to the fact they advertise chopping 2 hours or more off the drive time compared to the coached that have more people to pick up and drop.

We were picked up at a quarter past 6 and picked up three other small groups totaling 9 of us in all. We were on the road towards Hoover Dam by 6:30AM. The driver was a younger chap that was good at getting everyone engaged in conversation, the other travelers were from Canada, Australia, and Russia. We all got to talking about the differences in America versus our home countries, it felt like 5 minutes between when we were all picked up and stopped in Boulder City for a break. There was a Starbucks there and a Burger King if I recall, we stopped for about 15 minutes for everyone to get a coffee. From here we were off to Hoover Dam, we first saw Lake Mead as we approached Hoover Dam. Lake Mead is spectacular to see in such a vast desert. Hoover Dam was brilliant, especially the new bridge in front of it, glad we got to see this.
The guide took some excellent photos of us here. From Hoover Dam we drove for about an hour into a small city in Arizona where we took another break at a food market, we bought some food for the canyon here, it was a nice place.

From here it was about 2 hours or so to the Canyon, some of the people slept on this portion of the drive, we were having fun talking with our driver. The last part of the drive to the South Rim is very scenic. There are lots of evergreen trees and snow, the small town before you get in the park is picturesque.

Of course the main attraction is the Canyon, if you have never seen it, you owe it to yourself to go. Words,pictures,films just can't describe it's enormity or beauty. We had the option to stay with the guide or go on our own for 3 hours. We chose to go on our own and went to see the points that our friends had told us about. You can't see the whole South Rim Park within 3 hours let alone a day, two days would suffice as there is 18 miles of trails along the edge. I can say that 3 hours was perfect though as we got to see some of the different aspects of the canyon without getting tired of looking at it. The weather was very cold and breezy at times making it frigid, however that couldn't overcome the amazing feeling you have looking at the Canyon. It must be even more amazing in summer. Even though there are 18 miles of trails, you need to travel a few miles at a time to get different perspectives of the canyon. I do not recommend picking one trail and walking for your 3 hours, your view won't change much, the canyon is THAT BIG! There are coaches that come every 5-10 minutes that take you anywhere you want to go in the park.

After the 3 hours were up, we loaded up to head back to Vegas. Everyone was remarking about the canyon and trading cameras to show each others pictures. The drive back felt a little longer as the sun was down and there wasn't much to see. I think everyone got a snooze in at one point or another on the way to Las Vegas.

All in all, this was a great experience, Avatar Tours runs a great little program at a really affordable rate. We are so glad we chose Avatar Tours over the large coach companies. With the money we saved versus doing the tour our friends took, we went out for a great steak dinner at the Bellagio and really couldn't have had a better holiday.

Visited December 2010
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Grand Adventures Grand Canyon tour was jam packed with natural attractions, interesting information and genuine friendli”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2011

We spent a full day with Eric and Grand Adventure tours, travelling to the Grand Canyon. From the moment we met Eric at our hotel early in the morning till when he dropped us back there later that night, he amazed us with his incredible wealth of knowledge about the day's attractions, not to mention pretty much any other topic of conversation of the day. He was just as interested in us and our lifestyles as we were about the day's attractions. We visited the Hoover Dam, stopped at William for a bit of Route 66 nostalgia and souvenir shopping, then went on to the Grand Canyon where we had a delicious lunch and walked the south rim of the canyon where we also watched the sun set. We were attracted to this tour by its claims that we would be in a small group, a comfortable vehicle with a friendly tour guide....we definitely were not disappointed.

Visited January 2011
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“Not to Be Missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2010

Recently spent 5 days in Las Vegas. i found very little that would ever make me return except for our wonderful trip to the Grand Canyon. The tour company picked us up right on time and in the evening delivers you back to your hotel for no extra charge. The buffet lunch in Williams Arizona was excellent though they ran out if food near the end since some tourists feel if its included in the price they should eat like pigs and took far far more than they could eat.

Our driver was well informed and provided excellent narratives along the way. The videos and movies were entertaining and helped pass the time. We had over 2 hours at the canyon, took lots of pictures and plan to return soon. It was an excellent tour. Also enjoyed the opportunity to see the Hoover Dam on our journey home.

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Holly, MI
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“South Rim Bus Tour with Grand Canyon Tour Company”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2010

The morning began with shuttle pick up at 6:30AM from hotel, where we were brought to the central bus terminal for transfer to the tour motor coach. Tour included breakfast snack, which consisted of a snack bar and beverage of choice. Next few hours were spent on bus with a couple break stops. Tour guide was excellent (Ron, I believe)....highly knowledgable and in command of both pertinent information and the motor coach itself. Bus tour included on-board videos featuring Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, a movie, and comedy show. Stopped an hour before the Canyon at train depot restaurant for all-you-can eat buffet; other tours provide a box lunch to minimize time off the road, but we felt the buffet was a great element given the length of the day and need for some real food. Reached Grand Canyon and had two site visits of about an hour each. Enough time to take photos and check out the visitors center; not enough time for any significant hiking, etc. Would obviously like to spend more time at the canyon, but we had to get back on the road for the very long bus ride back, which would last until 9:00PM.

Our primary complaint about the experience involved the return trip; the tour company goes out of its way to promote its stop at an authentic Navajo Indian product/souvenier store. Sounded okay on paper, but was the biggest letdown for two reasons: 1) The stop took 40 minutes, would have MUCH rather spent that time at the canyon; 2) Tour driver downplayed prior shopping opportunities at the canyon, but in hindsight, we wish we would put a little more effort into browsing the shops at the Grand Canyon itself.

Overall, we would recommend this tour; but it's important to understand the entire experience before deciding to invest the time and dollars involved.

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