Las Vegas Tours Deliver the Day Life, the Desert and Vegas After Dark
Some of the best tours of Las Vegas come in surprising packages. You can tour the air of Las Vegas, the desert, the nightclubs, shopping venues, the lake and river, the ghosts -- even the gun stores. Las Vegas tours come in all colors and some of the best Las Vegas tours come with ....lunch.
Best Las Vegas Tours by Neon
Get on the bus and let the driver do the crawling while you watch fountains spray, sirens sing and volcanoes spew. Vegas Strip Tours via Vegas.com offers nightly cruises through the lights of the city for $61.95. Stops include Madame Tussauds at the Venetian and the fountain show at Bellagio. Additional stops can be the Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky, the Bellagio Conservatory and the Fremont Street Experience light show. The tour is flexible and varies according to circumstances and interests.
Grab a seat on the open top of a double decker bus. Looktours provides tickets to the bus you want to be on for $34.99 ($17.99 for children). The tickets last 48 hours and the buses run up and down the Strip every half hour all day long and part of the evening starting at 9:30 am, in two-hour city tour loops. Onboard, get a guided tour, hop-on-and-off privileges along 16 stops, easy access to all attractions on the Las Vegas Strip and a way to experience Vegas without too much walking while missing very little of the action.
Best Las Vegas Tours by Desert
The best Las Vegas tour for exploring the surrounding dessert is Pink Jeep Tours. Borrowing some wisdom from Sedona, Pink Jeep started up about a decade ago to take guests in small and handy 10-seat tour trekkers to places they might not be able to find otherwise. For instance, the Eldorado Canyon tour takes visitors to spots along the Colorado that were once the very ports used for hauling in supplies and ferrying out gold from nearby mines. The tour includes lots of lore and a tour through the dangerous tunnels a preserved gold mine that howls in silence the presence of a sad and ghostly past. Other Pink Jeep tours head to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Death Valley and the Valley of Fire. The Eldorado tour lasts four hours and costs $89, while other tours last all day and include lunch.
For the best Las Vegas tour on horseback, take to the chaparral with a tour through Sagebrush Ranch. The ranch offers several options, from short rides, to breakfast rides and dinner rides on a mega-patch of land located about 30 minutes from the city. Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are included. A sample tour is the Doc Holliday Ride for $109. The five-hour desert tour includes a picnic breakfast of flapjacks, sausage and orange juice followed by a two-hour horseback ride.
Best Las Vegas Tours by Water
One of the best ways to enjoy a Las Vegas tour of the surrounding desert is by water on a paddle wheeler floating on Lake Mead. Lake Mead Cruises tootles around Lake Mead with looks at Hoover Dam on the Desert Princess, a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler that can hold up to 300 passengers on three decks. An average mid-day cruise takes about two hours and runs around $24. Sunday Brunch cruises run $39 and sunset dinner cost $49. Mead cruises run April 1 through October 1.
Black Canyon Adventure Tours is the best Las Vegas tour for explorations that involve the bottom side of Hoover Dam. Black Canyon, located just below Hoover Dam in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, was formed by the Colorado River, where the canyon walls rise nearly 2,000 feet from the rivers edge. Visitors pile into large pontoons and take a lazy river ride to Willow Beach while a well-versed captain tells the history and stories of the land. The boat breaks for swimming along the way. Rates run $87.95 incuding lunch and park fees, but not including transportation from hotels in Las Vegas (an added $44 roundtrip).
Best Las Vegas Tours by Night
Skip the lines. Surrender the decisions. Let Las Vegas VIP do the guiding of your night on the town. The company is one of a new crop of tour companies in the past few years that take the dark out of Las Vegas nightlife by offering a nighclub "escort" and limo for the evening. The escort knows where the action is according to the interests at hand and knows the secret code that will get the group past the lines and velvet ropes and into the club with ease. VIP seating, attentive service and quick segues to the next club come with the service, which tend to get pricey as actions and services layer into base packaging.
Las Vegas Nite Tours allows guests, be they a party of one or dozens, to stop on the bus for $69. Tours start at 9:30 pm with 2-4-1 drinks at an Ultra Lounge and then it's off to three hot clubs using the VIP lines. A limo party bus takes the group, stocks a hosted bar and takes a VIP hostess for the ride.