In celebration of Father's Day 2015, Grand Canyon Tours, the leading provider of premium Canyon excursions, is offering big discounts on select trips that depart daily from Las Vegas and the South Rim.
Trip specials range from helicopter rides and airplane flights to bus tours and rafting adventures. “Father's Day is a huge at the Canyon, " said Keith Kravitz, owner of Grand Canyon Tours, “And these select tours make it even more extraordinary. "
The Las Vegas flyover helicopter tour is the chopper ride that's been marked down for the occassion. “This flight goes over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and the Canyon, " noted Kravitz. “More remarkably, it accomplishes all this in under three hours. "
Helicopters hold up to six people so it's wise to book it in advance. “Chopper trips are very limited and regularly sell out, " said Kravitz. “It's the #1 reason why it's recommended that it be booked at least a week ahead of time. "
In addition to the flyover tour, travelers can pick from a host of landing packages. “The most popular by far is the one that lands at the base for a Champagne picnic, " said Kravitz. “It can be extended further by adding a boat ride and a Skywalk pass to the mix. "
Types of Helicopters
There are two kinds of helicopter tours: Basic and Deluxe. Basic trips use either the AStar or the Bell Ranger, both of which are great no-frills aircraft. Deluxe tours, by contrast, utilize the EcoStar 130, which is 25 percent larger than other helicopters and comes with a 180-degree wraparound windshield.
"Side-by-side comparisons show that deluxe helicopter tours are the better value, " said Kravitz. “This is further confirmed because these packages come with limousine hotel transfers and, in the case of Vegas departures, an extended tour over the Vegas Strip. "
The Vegas airplane special for Dad's Day is one that flies to the South Rim in 60-minutes and comes with a Jeep 4x4 tour. “By car or bus, it takes a traveler up to 5.5 hours to reach the South Rim, " noted Kravitz. “Then there's the Jeep tour, which is the most efficient way to tour the National Park and see all key landmarks and lookouts. "
Airplanes seat up to 19 passengers and are thoroughly customized for sightseeing. “Wings are attached to the top of the body so all travelers have unobstructed views of the Canyon below, " said Kravitz. “Plus, planes are equipped with tour narrations in up to 10 languages so international guests can enjoy the tour just as much as native speakers. "
Raft tours are also marked down for Father's Day. The one from Las Vegas includes a helicopter ride to the bottom followed by an 11-mile float from Hoover Dam to Willow Beach, AZ. The featured South Rim float tour starts with a plane ride to Page, AZ, then a Slot Canyon Jeep tour and a 15-mile float ride.
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