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Cheap Grand Canyon Skywalk Tour Tips

Author : Keith Kravitz   Top Author

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is one of Las Vegas' hottest natural attractions. Tour prices are all over the map, and most of them are ridiculously high. But deals exist. Listed here are a number of tips on tips on how to get them:

1. Take an all-inclusive tour. Right now there are three sorts: Bus, helicopter, and airplane. Bus is the most economical choice; helicopter is probably the most expensive.

2. Don't purchase from third parties. You will pay much more if you buy a tour from a travel expert , an online broker (e.g. Viator) or a hotel concierge.

3. Buy direct. You are ordering "wholesale" whenever you purchase straight from the tour operator.

4. Book in advance . You will always save funds if you purchase a high-season ticket during low season.

5. Book online. Service and transaction expenses are cheaper for the tour operator, which winds up in lower tour costs for you. The exception: The operator's 800# -- making use of it may possibly result in a price boost.

I researched the Web for the best online deals for Grand Canyon Skywalk tours from Las Vegas. Here are my findings:


Grand Canyon Coaches led the pack. Its all-inclusive West Rim bus tour with Skywalk costs $129. Method of travel is aboard a state-of-the-art luxury bus. Includes Skywalk, BBQ lunch, and a lot of time to sightsee Grand Canyon West. Travel time: 2.5 hours.


Papillon Helicopters smoked its competitors. Their Skywalk tour came in at $375 (regularly $469), more than 20 percent cheaper than that of other operators. Includes the EcoStar 130 deluxe helicopter, BBQ lunch, and rim-top sightseeing. Flight time: 45 minutes.


Grand Canyon Airlines was by far the best in its category. Their air tour with Skywalk cost $200 (regularly $349) and uses the award-winning Vistaliner aircraft, a custom-built fixed-wing airplane created precisely for sightseeing. Includes lunch and time to explore the rim. Flight time: 25 minutes.

Here are a few far more things to think about as you choose which tour is right for you:

- Luxury buses feature over-sized windows, plush seats, and clean restrooms. They also include a "smooth-ride" suspension system that guarantees you travel in maximum comfort.

- Helicopters fly at a lower altitude than airplanes. This results in closer, clearer views of Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

- Airplanes are the quickest way to get to the West Rim. From a time and expense standpoint, they are the most economical way to fly.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk, a joint venture between a Las Vegas businessman and the Hualapai Indian Tribe, extends 70 feet over the edge of the rim and supports you more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The design can hold 120 individuals at one time, and there is no time limit to how much time you are able to stay on the bridge.

Its horseshoe-shaped deck is made of 46 Saint-Gobain Diamant low-iron glass panels that cost $250,000 each. To protect the panels from being harmed, personal electronics, such as cameras and cell phones, aren't allowed. Protective fabric shoe covers are provided. Stationary cameras and staff photographers are available to take your picture.

If you are visiting Las Vegas, make this a "must-see" destination. Located just 120 east of town, the Skywalk can be reached by bus, helicopter, and airplane. There's a tour for every single budget. To get the very best deal, book direct on the tour operator's website where costs will be at or near wholesale. Then relax and prepare yourself for the what is going to be the experience of a lifetime.

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Mr. Plunket is a travel journalist who reports on the Grand Canyon. He recommends readers click Grand Canyon Skywalk tours and purchase these trips from Las Vegas at inexpensive prices.

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Tags:   grand canyon, skywalk, sky walk, glass bridge, glass walkway, west rim, las vegas, tours, trips, bus, helicopter, airplane, national park

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