Very informative, Ralph was a great tour guide, just so much information I couldn't even remember it all. The day was long due to what all we saw but well worth the time. I would recommend this for the person that likes history. My husband and I liked it very much.
Really enjoyed this tour, the guide I forget his name was incredibly knowledgeable...he did not stop talking the whole day, an absolute mine of information. Was really interesting, personally I could have done without the stops to look at desert flowers but that's just me, some people really liked it. It is a long day but you do see a lot...I loved it...and would certainly recommend it..makes a nice change from the vegas glitz as well.
We scheduled our Death Valley day tour for 5/14/2016, which happened to be the hottest day of the year. High temperature 110 F Our day started at 6:30 am when we were picked up from our hotel. The tour guide Ralph was prepared with a cooler full of cold bottle waters and food for us. Along the way we stopped several times for breaks.
The tour itself was outstanding. Ralph stopped and showed us the local flowers and cacti that grow in the desert region. Our group was lucky enough to even see the elusive desert tortoise! When we got to the salt flats, at Devils Golf Course, we were able to walk onto the flats, almost 300 feet below sea level. On the drive back we stopped at the Rhyolite Ghost Town. We saw the Bottle House as well as some interesting sculptures done by Albert Szukalski Ghost Rider The Last Supper ad Fred Bervoets Tribute to Shorty Harris
Throughout the drive, Ralph was able to inform us about the history of Las Vegas and Death Valley areas. He was able to answer questions regarding the types of rock formations, minerals located in the area and types of mining that had been done. He was able to answer all our questions regarding the types of plant and animal life for each region. Our only disappointment was Scotty's Castle being closed due to flood damage.
Our only tip would be, since this is truly a day trip 12-13 hours do not book show tickets or make dinner reservations until late in the evening. This is a long day, but it is well worth it and should not be missed.
The trip was amazing, Ralph the guide was so knowledgeable and informative - a fabulous day even though the weather started off very wet, Ralph juggled the itinerary to ensure we got the very best of the day. Thank you Ralph. I would highly recommend this trip - amazing.....
Firstly I want to give a massive thank you to our guide/drive Jack who was brilliant! He is good at getting the group that you travel in to interact and make the tour very enjoyable with his knowledge and humour! The tour itself was stunning with good locations picked by Jack and plenty of time to get photos and enjoy the stunning views. Death Valley is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and hope to go back one day!!
Very informative tour. Well catered with plenty of food and cold water. Lots of interesting sights to see, and our guide was very knowledgeable
Highlight of our Vegas Trip this tour was and i won money!! Ralph was our tour guide very good and new things about every thing! Had a blast!!!
Ralph it was the best guide I ever know. Very good trip and very good information.
This tour was very well-organized. We visited a few spots of the Death-Valley, including all the Must-sees as well as other interesting and beautiful view on the road. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We had an enjoyable tour and would like to recommend this to you!
Ralph was great and is really into his job. He gave us more information about Death Valley and Vegas than I thought was possible. It is a very long day pick up at 6:15 am and drop off at 7:15 pm . We were not able to see Scotty's Castle and the crater- they got flooded in October 2015 with no date to reopen so Viator really needs to update the description of this tour. Ralph substituted other locations.There were only 6 of us on this tour which was great.
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Tour was great. Unbelievable scenery and a great tour guide. I would recommend to anyone visiting the area.
It was the highlight of my trip to Las Vegas. My tour guide was great !
I can't recommend this day trip to Death Valley enough, our tour guide Ralph was exceptionally knowledgeable about not only the area and it's history but also many types of flora and fauna found in the valley, was very interesting to learn about all the flowers that we saw.
It is a long day but worth it, you will come away with some fantastic photos and memories, I also would like to commend Ralph on how he dealt with a passenger who was having issues with another tour pickup, he tried his very best to contact them on her behalf and was very polite and helpful, he really went above and beyond. Thanks again for a great tour !
It was a wonderful experience and our tour guide Jack was very informative. I would highly recommend this tour.
What a great tour. I loved the beautiful landscape at Zabriskie Point, the Dunes and Dantes View as Well as Furnace Creek and the ghosts at the open air museum. Wow.
What a great trip. I loved it. Wonderful to see the salt formations and the open air museum with those creepy ghosts and to be on the lowest point on the surface of the Earth.
Our day in Death Valley was great. The best part was learning all about the area, the geology, plants and animals from our guide. Ralph is an exceptionally knowledgeable and informative guide. Ask for him if you can.
The tour guide was a wealth of information. We had plenty of time to enjoy the sights. I was pleasantly surprised with the beauty of Death Valley.
Interesting tour guide great job, Ralph!, extensive tour sights, plenty of stops and informative.
kAt United States of ...
We need another STAR!!! This excursion was way beyond our expectations. Thank you viator. And an especial thank you to our driver/tour guide Ralph who we came to refer to as the Professor who knows a lot about local plants, animals, geology, and history. He kept up an animated and informative dialogue throughout the day of where we were going, what we'd be seeing, etc. The fact that he's been doing this for nearly two decades is evident. This trip is jammed packed with experiences. A smaller passenger bus was used more on the size of a mid-size shuttle, smaller than a school bus, so no lavatory, but it was just the right size to go where Ralph wanted to take us to enhance the experience and he included plenty of stops to take care of business so no discomfort--a big charter bus would not have worked well at all. If you get to Death Valley be sure to include Dantes View--you won't regret the breathtaking views of the valley floor and surrounding mountains. Then there's the Badlands--amazing. Take the time to drive out to the Devils Golf Course--fascinating. Badwater Basin allows you to walk out onto the salt flats and that's where the SEA LEVEL sign is located on the side of the cliff. Water throughout this trip is a must of course and was provided compliments of the tour company--nice touch. We had beautiful weather and the temp display at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center read 93 degrees at 4:15pm on March 1--coming from New England, this was refreshing. Before leaving the park, we took in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes--picturesque. It was our good fortune to visit DV during a rare wildflower bloom, which only enhanced the experience. There are plenty of others places we stopped along the way which would require paragraphs more to include. We could not have pulled off an excursion of this nature on our own. Well worth the cost.
bclew United States of ...
Death Valley National Park has been on my bucket list for a LONG time. I am grateful our tour was with Ralph because he did an outstanding job providing history while taking us to the significant areas. His keen eye spotted many of the flowers that made a special appearance this year. He really knows and loves the Park. It was a long day from LV 400 miles roundtrip, but well worth it, and we have many photos to recall our time there. The van was clean and comfortable, a decent box breakfast and box lunch, timely restroom stops, and pickup and dropoff from your hotel. Do not hesitate to go on this tour to see and experience the largest National Park in the lower 48 - it is amazing!
It was a great tour, experience to remember! We ended up with a small group of seven people. Our guide, Ralph, was one of the best ever! He was so knowledgeable and talked for entire tour! that we decided to call him professor Ralph! Trip is worth every penny!
The tour was well organised, the food provided was good. The guide was exceptionally informative.
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