Now that 2015 is here and the hectic holiday season is over, it’s a great time to escape to the Grand Canyon and take an aerial tour of the natural wonder. If you follow the following five tips, you’ll be able to plan a fantastic getaway at a price that fits your budget.
#1 – Book Your Grand Canyon Tour Online
Book your tour the easy way by doing it online, nothing could be more convenient. The main advantage to booking your tour on the tour company’s website is it allows you to get the low internet rate, and you’ll save quite a bit of money on your trip.
#2 – Book Your Tour Well In Advance
Don’t wait until you get there to start looking for a tour. The tours are very popular and they fill up fast, so if you wait, you might not get a seat. For the best chance of getting the tour you want, be sure to buy your seats one or two weeks in advance. Booking early gives you a wider choice in tours too, so you can get one that fits well with your time schedule and interests.
#3 – Go For The Landing Tour Option
You can take an air-only tour or one that lands at the canyon, and you should try to take a landing tour if possible. These tours are very enjoyable, and they are a great value too. One popular tour to consider is one that includes a helicopter descent to the bottom of the canyon at the West Rim where you land on the canyon floor.
If you prefer to see the South Rim, you can take a tour there too. When you get to the South Rim, you can take a fun 2 1/2 hour bus tour through the national park and fly over the rim in a helicopter. Flying from Vegas to the South Rim is the way to go since you can get there in about 60 minutes, and if you were to go by road, it would take nearly six hours. The good thing about the bus tour through the park is it ensures you will not miss out on any important landmarks or beautiful sights.
#4 – Book A Morning Air Tour
Air tours that depart in the morning offer the best views since the air is clearer then. Morning flights are smoother too since the air hasn’t heated up and become turbulent yet. Since early flights are prime time, you’ll have to pay more for those tours, but the cost is worth it if you can afford it.
#5 – Try For A Window Seat
When you buy your air tour, you can try to get a window seat. As you can imagine, window seats offer the best views. Reserved seats are not guaranteed however, since the weight must be distributed evenly in the aircraft. Your wishes will be kept in mind though, and if it is possible, you will be allowed to sit in the window seat if you reserve it. There is no harm in reserving it in advance, because if you don’t get to sit in it, you don’t have to pay for the seat.
If you keep these five tips in mind, you’ll pick a better tour and save a few bucks too. Here are a couple more things you should know. The recording you listen to during your airplane tour is available in ten different languages. When you book your tour online, you’ll see the option for adding on the recording.
Also, remember this important tip-your flight time is different from your pick up time. The pick up time is when your complimentary ride will pick you up from your hotel in Las Vegas. The departure time is the time your aircraft is slated to take off from the airstrip. Don’t confuse the two or you could miss out on your tour. Make sure you understand exactly where you need to be at what time.