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Great tour, but there was trouble with the telescopes that limited our ability to view many of the sky objects.
A quirky tour -- expensive for the dinner you get which was so so -- but it was a way to see the stars with high powered telescopes far enough away from the city to avoid the light pollution. It met our needs but is not for everyone.
This was a very strange experience for us and not at all what we expected. I booked this in hopes that this will be a very romantic experience during our honeymoon after getting married in Las Vegas. The price 200/person suggested that we should expect a great dinner followed by star gazing. The driver that picked us up Jill was very entertaining and friendly, however we were very nervous while she drove as she kept looking back at us as she spoke and the car swerved a bit so we were very tense. I am still unsure if we actually saw the Historical Saloon... we were taken into this trailer like tiny dinner with really just one long bar counter and small table with condiments in the corner. Dinner consisted of burgers and a beer... yes the menu had more expensive items but considering the place we were nervous about ordering anything more complicated than burgers, which were good. However, I thought the dinner portion would be more like my wife and I sitting at a table enjoying dinner and surroundings and looking at each other... instead we had to eat at the bar stand while our very knowledgeable guide kept talking... so it was very uncomfortable, especially as you are trying to maintain eye contact and listen while burger stuff is dripping all over the place. Needless to say the atmosphere was not romantic at all. On top of that the night was cloudy and we did not get to see any stars to compensate my wife got a second beer on the house.... So while Lou, the guide, was full of information and passion for the topic we found the whole experience very very strange and above all not worth 200 per person La Reve cost us 130/person and it was the most magnificent hour and a half... so we felt we should have been compensated somehow or at least offered coffee and desert after the star gazing part didn't work out.
It was great and very interesting! They the tour guides were wonderful, very nice, funny, accommodating, knowledgeable and passionate about their town and its history! My favourite part was the saloon/restaurant-fascinating to see a place where history was made! Authentic and a nice / peaceful day out from Las Vegas. I would definitely recommend it!
This excursion was very unique. It is one that we continually talk about at family outings. The 10 year old granddaughter was really into it. Jilly, the tour director is really a hoot and she has lots of stories about the people who have passed and return to visit the living. This is truly a tour that everyone will remember and have lots of laughs.
Good tour, driver and guide very knowledgeable and friendly, loved the lunch 1st class, more than I expected!
The dinner was very good and the tour guide was very friendly.
Las Vegas is a great place to visit and not just for the gambling and shows because there is so much to see and do around the area. I discovered the Pioneer Saloon tour on-line and figured that it would be something different. It was and I say that in a positive sense. I called the tour operator, Star Journey, before I arrived in Las Vegas to confirm my tour and Jon told me he would be my tour guide and actually asked me what time I wanted to start the tour. This was new, as most tours operate on the tour companys schedule. He explained that I was the only one on the tour, which allowed for the flexibility. He picked me up on schedule actually he was waiting for me in his car when I got downstairs and off we went. This flexibility also allowed us to make an unscheduled stop at the Gold Strike Hotel, one of the areas older casinos/hotels. Jon knew the area well, was very informative, and made this tour quite interesting. The Pioneer Saloon was definitely an interesting stop. This tour is not the Grand Canyon, but is one more point of interest in the area. If you have the time, its worth adding it to your schedule. I hope the tour operator adds additional tours in the area.
Jils and her team looked after me very well , if you believe in ghost or not its very interesting time
It was wonderful meeting Dave and Johnny and the Pioneer Saloon is a great historical treasure. On this particular night, it seemed as if nothing was quite working correctly. While the tour included dinner at the Saloon, we were unable to dine there because of the failure of a water pump, so we were treated to dinner at the Gold Strike steakhouse about 7 miles away which we didn't find out about until Dave picked us up in Las Vegas. Upon arriving, we were supposed to view a preview video which was not functioning correctly. We toured the facility with Johnny which was very interesting and began the star gazing portion of the night. The big night sky objects at the time were Saturn nicely turned with rings showing and Jupiter with the four Galilean moons clearly visible. The tracking mount for the scope in use was not working sense a theme? which required constant readjustment of the scope. We never talked about any summer constellations or deep sky objects, although it was a wonderful night to do so.
This has the potential to be an awesome tour, but the team has a few things to work to make it so.
Disappointing! Expensive and didn't live up to expectations i.e. a trip into the desert to see a sky full of stars. When we arrived in Vegas we rang to arrange our pick up, we were told we would be picked up at 6pm and back at the hotel between 9 and 9.30pm.
We arrived at the saloon and were given a meal and drink which was very nice. As soon as we had finished eating we were whisked around the saloon and given a brief history but not left to browse and look at the information. We were then taken outside to the viewing area and telescopes. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable but I think that he felt that showing us the moons of Jupiter met our stargazing expectations. He was unable to turn out the lights and as it didn't get fully dark until after 9.30pm we didn't have a very good experience. We were told we could stay longer but we got the feeling they really wanted us to leave. I would suggest that the timescales need revising for different times of the year and that the winter months are probably a better time for this trip.
The driver provided interesting information about the history of the Pioneer Saloon. The guide was very good at explaining the various telescopes and lining them up on planets and two galaxies. My meal at the Saloon was advertised as brisket and salad. There were two pieces of dry brisket no salad. I viewed the Saloon as an old, odd, quirky place with one wall dedicated to Clark Cable and Carole Lombard three cigar burns left by Clark Gable in the bar wood. My view of the dark night sky seemed average for a clear winter day nots very far from the lights of Las Vegas. My overall thoughts: an interesting evening don't expect too much.
This trip was one of a kind. The food was great and the star gazing was fantastic, we really enjoyed seeing the moon in detail. There was some confusion over our pick up but it was ok. The Pioneer Saloon is very unique and definitely worth a visit.