This combination airplane-helicopter-boat tour offers an exhilarating way to experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon. Fly ... More
Grand Voyager Expedition
This combination airplane-helicopter-boat tour offers an exhilarating way to experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon. Fly by VistaLiner airplane round-trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West Rim Airport. Then enjoy an exhilarating Papillon helicopter descent of 4000ft from the rim to the canyon floor to board your pontoon boat for a short cruise along the Colorado River. Following your helicopter ascent to the Canyon Rim, you will be transported by Motorcoach to Guano Point, a breathtaking overlook where a light meal is provided, so you can snack and snap photos of the sheer rugged cliffs. This tour lasts 5.5 hours.
Came to Vegas hoping to tour the Grand Canyon. Had reserved 4 seats for my family but they cancelled due to weather (but no one ever called to let us know). so I called, they gave us another reservation for next day (our last in Vegas), but again, apparently it was "cancelled" (all other tours were operating, and agent said they were all booked for the day). Again, no one called us, no one showed up, we waited in hotel lobby for 1/2 hour till I called to find out. Left message with customer service, again no call back. In the hotel everyone else enjoyed their experiences with other companies. Highly dissapointed, especially with their lack of concern about contacting their "potential" customers.
We had a wonderful flight over the canyon John who was our pilot was very good and gave us a good commentary, we had the champagne lunch which was very enjoyable.
I was such an amazing view i would recommend this trip to anyone visiting vegas NOT to be missed.
Our tranfers were on time. The flights were wonderful. The sites were amazing. There isn't anything we would change (except a few of the songs played on the helicopter). If you have never seen the Grand Canyon take the "Grand Canyon Deluxe with Helicopter" tour. This takes you to the north and south rims where you will see the real GC. The west rim doesn't do it justice.
If you stop by the Bright Angel Lodge on the South Rim look for the nearly extinct California Condors that like to fly around there.
Worth every penny.
The experience was not quite up to the promo video. About 1/2 of the 25 minute trip is over scrub forest, the rest is similar to the view one can see from the view points on the rim, and even less spectacular when one is assigned one of two rear-facing seats in the six passenger helicopter. The North Tour is over-rated and over-priced! The only information during the tour is a taped message and music.
Save your money: watch the promo video online and then only visit the rim of the canyon.
I was very excited about taking this trip, by the time it was over I regretted every minute. We were told to wait (and must be on time) in the underground hotel lobby..it was 110 degrees, van was 15 minutes late, we were dripping already. It was my mistake to think they left from the LV airport...nope...you drive 30 minutes to Boulder City. Then you are forced to wait in a building that has about 15 seats for over 100 people that are waiting or getting off their flights. There is no order to anything they do. We were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They squish 6 people to a copter and you are absolutely forced to be crammed next to the person next to you. Pray for good deoderant. At landing you sit in the blazing sun for another 30 minutes to eat doritos and a turkey sandwich. They do not have enough tables for everyone when all the copters are there. When the temp is over 100 I think they need to make other arrangements than placing their customers without protection in the heat. The return was awful as we were all sweaty and wiped out. The arrival back to the terminal was like 3 stooges...the drivers had no idea who they were supposed to take and some Italians got mad because the drivers split up their group and had to spend 20 minutes aruging with them while we all had to stand around shoulder to shoulder to beg for a ride back to our hotel....pick another company.
We arrived 30 minutes before scheduled takeoff to find a line out the door. When we finally got to the counter, we were asked for photo id's - I did not have one - no mention of it in the confirmation letter. The man at the counter hemmed an hawed and then let me on, after telling us there was a $20 ful surcharge. Again no advance notice even though they had our email and the trip was booked three months ago. My daughter tried to buy something in the gift shop. The register froze and after playing with it for 10 minutes, they told us we would have to pay cash or not get the item.
Takeoff time comes and goes. People who came in after us go before us. We are the last group and leave for the tarmac after 9:30 - an hour later than the clearly marked takeoff time. I expressed my unhappiness to the man behind the counter and he told me because we were a party of four and he wanted to keep us together, we were last - a line, at least two groups of six who came after us left before us -he could have given us either of those spots. No where does it say first come first serve. I thought I would arrive, check in and hop on a copter at 8:30. We finally get in the air - lovely scenery for the nine (9) minutes we were airborne - again advertised as a 15 minute ride.
Save yourself some money and skip this one
We booked the VIP package - Grand Celebration First Class for 4/3/07 on Papillon for a flight to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. The VIP package included (and this is a direct quote from Papillon's website): Arrive at VIP passenger lounge, roundtrip limo transfers, enjoy seasonal fruit, pastries, gourmet snacks and refreshments while checking in. Pilot to provide "informative narration" of the history of Las Vegas, the creation of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon. Once landed in the Grand Canyon, specially prepared gourmet platters and sparkling champagne will be served. Papillon then went on to provide the following menu items: "Crudites with individual dipping sauces, deli meats and assorted cheeses, imported cheeses and crackers, seasonal fruit kabobs, gourmet dipped chocolate strawberries, assorted petite desserts, sparkling water, soft drinks, and Opera French Sparkling wine."
Well, the only thing that we got for $344 each was a limo pick up (that we had to share with other people), and a flight to the Grand Canyon with a landing. None of the food items mentioned above were served. Here's what happened: We arrived at the airport terminal and checked into the same lounge as everyone else who paid at least $100 less per person. There was no "VIP lounge". The "snacks" in the terminal consisted of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies and jalepeno flavored potato chips. When then boarded our helicopter with a non-communicate pilot. A good pilot I am sure, but there was no narrative tour. When then landed about 500 feet from the Colorado River inside the Canyon (which really is quite beautiful and well worth seeing, but on a cheaper tour) and were served with again, another bag of potato chips, a small pack of M&M cookies, and a sandwich that was more bread than anything else. Oh yes, and there was some champagne. But, there were not enough meals for all 7 passengers as only 6 lunches had been packed!
So, if you want to see the Grand Canyon and escape the Strip for a while, take the cheapest tour that Papillon offers because like most things in Vegas, Papillon's first class tour isn't first class.
A sight not to be missed. This was my first helicopter ride, and it was a great time!
I went with friends-the best way to do it.
There was a long wait at the airport and our flight was later than it should have been, but seeing the strip this way was one of the best memories of the trip. We will do it again on our next trip.
P.S. Don't drink the champagne!
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