Viaggio on the road per il Grand Canyon visitor centre, il tempo spendibile è relativamente poco (3 ore) però si vedono molti punti "a terra" che altrimenti non si vedrebbero con la solita visita in aeroplano + visita a terra.Consiglio (come ho fatto io) di unire questa ad una visita che porta a Mather point in aereo per poter rivedere con calma le location preferite.A.
We started with a Hotel pickup at 6:40 am. The driver on the first bus told us that we would be transferred to another bus in about 15 minutes and that we'll be getting breakfast in another bus. The driver was very rude to a non-american passenger. When we got off, we were told to go three different buses, each time the drivers were getting more and more irritated that we were being sent to them. Finally, one of the drivers showed us the bus number we were supposed to get on, and we made onto the right bus - a half hour later. After that it went pretty smooth sailing. We got the last seats on the bus - right in front of the restroom. The entire time, all we could smell was the potty. The drive to the Grand Canyon was LONG. We stopped at Hoover dam with the two different time zones which was cool.. but by the time we made to the Grand Canyon it was exactly 2:30. We had about 3 hours to explore by ourselves. Bus came back at 5:30 and two more stops later, we were back at our hotel by 9:30. Our bus driver was really great and kept us entertained for hours with 3 different movies.
The breakfast and provided lunch was very good and we had plenty of water so that was nice. I didn't like the drive time, nor the restroom deal. If i were to do this again, i'd probably pick a tour anywhere between 9 hours to - 12 hours.
First of all the grand canyon is the most amazing sight I have ever seen and the 3 hours we spent there were fantastic and would recommend anyone who is in Vegas to go and see the South rim. However, the tour company were not so great. It is a long day and is billed as much but it took us over 9 hours to get there. It started with a long trip to get around the hotels and convene in a car park to drop off some passengers and pick up others. This was fine, except it must have taken over 45 minutes of waiting as there was an issue with the coach luggage compartment not closing properly. Again, this can't be helped but communication was really poor and it delayed our set off.
On route we were given the generic spiel about Vegas and a few land marks on the way and we then stopped briefly at the Hoover Dam. It is an impressive sight but in my opinion where we stopped was not worth it and we should have gone over the flyover bridge instead, as from there you can get a much better view of the dam.
We were on our way to the canyon and were told it was a 5 hour journey at that point with stops on the way. Bear in mind at this point we'd already been in the coach for nearly 2 hours. We were then half way on our journey when the tour guide came over the tannoy to say that we needed to make a stop to get another coach, as this one was losing power and she wasn't sure why. Admittedly, losing my patience at this point, we stayed calm and went with it. We stopped at a gas station and there was no mention on how long it would take, so I when I went to ask- with no apology the tour guide told me over an hour. We waited and waited and as it happened we were lucky that the gas station had a repair garage there, so she got a mechanic to have a look. There was little communication and finally the man had repaired it and we were good to go. We were at the gas station a good 1 hour 20 minutes and even after this we still made another stop. Although this was on route 66, it felt as though we could have bypassed it to get to our destination quicker. We finally arrived at the south rim at 3pm and spent 3 hours at the canyon which was spectacular and the memory of the long journey soon passed. We left at 6pm and were back at the hotel by 11pm. EXHAUSTING!
I would highly recommend seeing the canyon but I think it's worth paying extra to either go privately or by helicopter, as travelling in comfort and by means of quicker mode of transportation would make the whole experience so much more enjoyable. Do not use this company though, poor communication during the tour itself, at times a little rude and what appeared pretty disorganised!