Las Vegas, NV, June 27, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Independence Day holiday weekend is fast approaching, and, according to Grand Canyon Bus tours, now's the time to lock down those seats before trips begin to sell out.
"Bus tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon are very popular with travelers," said Keith Kravitz, owner of Grand Canyon Bus Tours. "But trips are especially in high-demand over the July 4th weekend."
Booking in advance is the one-key tactic in making sure visitors get on-board.
"I typically recommend reserving bus tours at least a week in advance," said Kravitz. "This is definitely the case during this particular holiday."
Kravitz noted that advanced bookings could also lead to big savings.
"Travel suppliers prefer to sell their inventory in advance," he noted. "To effectively do this, these entities will often present travelers with price reductions."
Kravitz pointed out that many travelers hold back from advance bookings because of cancellation fees. This concern, he noted, is exaggerated.
"Great travel companies have fair cancellation policies," he said. "The ideal policy offers a 100 percent refund if travelers cancel within 24 hours of the scheduled departure date and time."
Las Vegas is an ideal place from which to visit the Grand Canyon by bus. Trips depart daily and go to the West Rim and the South Rim.
"The West Rim, which is 120 miles from Las Vegas, requires a 2.5-hour bus ride," said Kravitz. "It's also the sole destination wherein bus travelers can take a helicopter to the bottom and a boat down the Colorado River.
"The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located here, too. Recognized as the largest all-glass cantilevered bridge on the planet, the Skywalk lets visitors walk 70 feet past the edge. Once the apex is reached, travelers will be standing some 4,000 feet over the bottom."
South Rim tours are considered one of the best values in Las Vegas. This rim, which experts consider the official Grand Canyon, requires a complete day and a 5.5-hour bus ride.
"This is the king of bus tours," said Kravitz. "From a value standpoint, no other tour comes close. Everything's included, too, like complimentary hotel shuttle service, lunch and all Park taxes and fees."
Some West Rim and South Rim bus tours include a Hoover Dam photo stop.
"Realistically, Hoover Dam should only be considered if going to the West Rim," said Kravitz. "South Rim travelers have the option but doing it reduces time spent at the Grand Canyon. If Hoover Dam is a priority, then book a Dam tour on a separate day or forgo the canyon all together."
Travelers who want a more personalized bus experience should consider van tours.
"Sightseeing van max out at 12 passengers," Kravitz noted. "This means less time getting on and off the bus and more time seeing the canyon.
"Further, these vans are highly customized and come with leather captain's chairs, robust A/C and oversized viewing windows. Travelers, to a certain extent, can even customize the itinerary."
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