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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Take in spectacular views over the Grand Canyon on a helicopter flight from Las Vegas. Land in the canyon to enjoy champagne and refreshments, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off. After pickup from selected Las Vegas hotels, head to the helipad to board the comfortable helicopter. Enjoy views of Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Fortification Hill. Soar over an extinct volcano as you journey towards the Grand Canyon.  When you reach the canyon, drop down towards the Colorado River, where you’ll land in Hualapai Indian Reservation. Stop here to enjoy some champagne, drinks, and a light snack as you admire the canyon from a different perspective. Fly back towards Las Vegas through the Grand Canyon and see the red rock formations of the Bowl of Fire. Finish off your adventure with views over downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip. Select the early morning flight to beat the heat of the day. With this option, you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast with champagne during the canyon landing. Choose the sunset option to fly back through the Grand Canyon as the sun goes down. Enjoy the scenery at sunset, and admire the city lights below as you soar over Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Get ready for a bird’s-eye view of one of the country’s most memorable natural wonders on this scenic airplane tour over the Grand Canyon. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off on the Las Vegas Strip and transport to our Boulder City Air Terminal for your check-in. Board the awaiting sightseeing aircraft and prepare for take-off. Your airplane is equipped with climate control, comfortable seating, headset narration available in multiple languages, and oversized windows for photography. Fly towards the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, passing over Lake Mead — the largest man-made lake in the US — and the Hoover Dam. Soar above the Colorado River and soak in the scenery as you cross into Arizona. Arrive at the Grand Canyon — a truly stunning natural phenomenon. Gaze out of the plane's large windows for panoramic views of the swirling colors and rock formations. Enjoy the views on the way back to Boulder City Air Terminal. You can purchase souvenir photos once you arrive back at the Boulder City Terminal. Return transport will drive you back to the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

This exciting helicopter tour from Las Vegas lands 4,000 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon! Enjoy complimentary transportation from the Las Vegas Strip to the nearby air terminal. You'll receive a safety briefing before you board a state-of-the-art EcoStar helicopter for your journey to the Grand Canyon. Fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam then enjoy spectacular views of the volcanic Black Mountains, Grapevine Mesa, the Mojave Desert and then across the Grand Wash Cliffs as you enter Grand Canyon West. Land 3,500 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon and enjoy a delicious glass of champagne, light snacks, and photo opportunities on the banks of the Colorado River. Your return flight to Las Vegas features equally stunning aerial views. Upon landing, complimentary shuttle service will transport you back to the Strip.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

Experience an 8-kilometer guided kayaking tour in the spectacular Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Have the chance to observe golden eagles in their natural habitat and cruise into the shining Emerald Cove. Benefit from a shuttle service from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel and arrive in Willow Beach. Meet your guide and learn everything you'll need to know to be prepared for this amazing adventure. Paddle upstream through the steep, rocky walls of the canyon. Keep an eye out to spot desert wildlife like bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald eagles, and even golden eagles. Listen to interesting facts about the mighty Colorado River and the history of the Hoover Dam. Visit the Emerald Cove and find out why the water shines bright green, before making a stop to refuel with healthy snacks, fruit, and water.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Helicopter Tour

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Helicopter Tour

Marvel at the beauty of the Grand Canyon with a bird's eye view on this helicopter tour. Enjoy VIP access to the Skywalk and immerse yourself in the breathtaking sight it offers. Depart the famed Las Vegas Strip on your direct helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. On your flight, you will experience a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon, Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip. Upon landing, get ready to witness a true engineering marvel, the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk suspends more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, extends out more than 70 feet away from the edge of the West Rim, and features a glass bottom walking surface. Expedited admission to the Skywalk, VIP ground transportation and a Skywalk souvenir photo are included on this adventure. You will receive an estimated 45 minutes of ground time at Grand Canyon West before your return flight to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Guided Hike with Drinks and Snacks

Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Guided Hike with Drinks and Snacks

Venture across the otherworldly landscapes of the Valley of Fire State Park on a guided hike from Las Vegas. Choose the difficulty of the hike and take in the dramatic views from the peaks. After pickup from the Las Vegas Strip or Downtown areas, enjoy a convenient and scenic transfer to the park. Upon arrival, admire views of the largest manmade lake in the United States, Lake Mead. Follow your guide through the desert wilderness and pass the petroglyph-covered walls of Nevada’s oldest State Park. As you hike, your guide will provide insightful information about the Valley of Fire, from the geology to the history. Experience mild to extreme rock scrambles that will take you to some of the most beautiful peaks and plateaus in southern Nevada. At the end of the hike, stop at the park’s visitor center before returning to Las Vegas. Available Hikes: Easy: This option is great for families and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. This easy walk allows you to see some of the many ancient petroglyphs as well as natural arches hidden throughout the park. Moderate: You will hike at a pleasant pace, although a good level of fitness is required. Explore the dramatic red rock formations while you scramble and climb landscapes of boulders, crevasses, brush, peaks, and plateaus. Difficult: This is a more intense activity than the moderate and easy hikes and is recommended for avid hikers. You’ll cover more challenging terrain for the most captivating views.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

Experience the top highlights of Hoover Dam on a half-day tour that is perfect for those who want to enjoy views overlooking Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the historic Boulder City. Depart from the Las Vegas Strip aboard a luxury motorcoach for a quick ride to Boulder City, home of the workers who built the Hoover Dam. The stop at this charming town includes a free visit to the Hoover Dam Museum, cafes, antique shops and a unique art walk featuring beautiful, bronze statues. Get stunning views of this "Man-Made Wonder of the World" from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which gives an aerial view from 900 feet above the Colorado River and Black Canyon.  

Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

Enjoy a compact guided tour of the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas, and take the chance to see this man-made wonder up close. Admire views of the dam and Lake Mead — America’s largest reservoir. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at selected hotels. Get picked up in Las Vegas and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 40-minute drive to the Hoover Dam. Arrive at the dam and cross the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where your guide will park.  Head up to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Walkway on foot and take in the spectacular bird’s-eye view over the dam and the nearby Colorado River. Stop at Hemenway Park, where you’ll notice some desert bighorn sheep often hang out. Continue onto the Lake Mead Lookout for panoramic views of the man-made aquatic wonder. After this, drive across the dam to various lookout points and stop to take photos at the most picturesque spots, guaranteed.  At the end of your activity, you’ll head back to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or your preferred location on the Las Vegas Strip.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Express Shuttle Tour

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Express Shuttle Tour

Escape the city for a while with a guided visit to the Hoover Dam on a day trip from Las Vegas. Take a guided tour in a shared group, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas. Get picked up in Las Vegas and drive to the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas sign" for a brief photo opportunity of this world-famous landmark. Hoover Dam is one of the 7 man-made Wonders of the World. Travel by air-conditioned bus with large windows, so you won't miss a thing as you cruise by. As you pass Boulder City, admire the magnificent view of Lake Mead, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes. Learn all about the dam’s history from your expert guide’s commentary. Take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities from the amazing Pat-Tillman and Mike O'Callaghan bypass bridge towering above the Hoover Dam. See the giant intake towers that bring water inside the dam to generate power for millions of people. Soak up the views from on top of this unforgettable slice of US history and make sure to snap some photos of one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. Walk through the original construction tunnels and visit the viewing platform overlooking a 30-foot diameter penstock. Feel the vibration created by water rushing through the pipes. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the visitor's center for a wealth of historical information about the Hoover Dam. Experience breathtaking views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River, from both the Arizona and Nevada side of the Hoover Dam. Snap some unique photos with Lake Mead as your backdrop from the popular Lake Mead Overview. At the end of your guided tour, enjoy the Nevada scenery on the way back. You’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in Las Vegas.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour with Vegas Strip

Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour with Vegas Strip

Embark on a spectacular journey from Las Vegas to the magnificent West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Soar above the skies of historic landmarks and scenic desert beauty. You'll see aerial sights such as Hoover Dam, Black Canyon, Lake Mead, and the mighty Colorado River while you relax in the comfort of a luxurious EC-130 EcoStar helicopter, built with oversized windows for photography and headset communications between passengers and the pilot. Upon entering the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, soar over Hualapai Native Americans' land with views of the world-famous Skywalk Glass Bridge. As your helicopter descends 3,200 feet down to the canyon floor, take in the magnificent beauty of the canyon rock surrounding you. On the bank beside the Colorado River, you can witness first hand the geological history of the rock formations within the West Rim's canyon walls. See the beautiful view of the amazing Colorado River as it flows along the canyon floor. You'll have plenty of time to walk around and explore this ancient landscape. Champagne and a light lunch are served under a "Ramada", a traditional Hualapai Indian shelter. On your return flight, your helicopter will fly over the world famous Las Vegas Strip. You'll see the Bellagio Fountains, the Paris Eiffel Tower, the Luxor Pyramid, T-Mobile Arena, Allegiant Stadium, the High Roller Observation Wheel, and the MSG Sphere from the sky!

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(1,705 reviews)

Excellent tour guided by Johnny. I had a blast. I posted pictures in my social media pages. All my friends love the pictures. The tour guide was so helpful taking pictures, very knowledgeable and super nice to everyone. I highly recommend this tour 😃 to anyone. I will do it again for sure.

Everything was very well organized. I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to do a great helicopter tour including the Skywalk with express access within 4 hours. The only downside is that you can't take your own cell phone on the Skywalk and our photographer wasn't great...

jon was amazing! very friendly and welcoming personality he explained everything very well

Excellent in everything from booking to pick up and the pilot all top draw thanks

This was such a great tour, Janos was a wonderful guide!