Vegas Excursions


Clients visiting Vegas can hop into a helicopter or set sail on the Desert Princess for a view of Hoover Dam


December will be an exciting month for Las Vegas with the opening of CityCenter, which will include Aria, Vdara and the Mandarin Oriental. Visitors will be flocking to the city on the lookout for new things to do. While Vegas has the winning hand when it comes to casino culture and nightlife, here are two tour operators who provide exciting excursions for clients who want to see what else is hot.

Explore Nevada Tours

Whether your clients want a limo tour of the Strip, a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon or a cruise of Lake Mead with views of Hoover Dam, Explore Nevada Tours has an itinerary for them.

Look into its Ultimate Las Vegas Strip Limo Tour and cruise the Strip in style in a Presidential Limousine. This tour includes key photo ops such as the famed Las Vegas sign and fountains at the Bellagio as well as a bottle of champagne. It costs $199.50 per person.

Explore Nevada has several options for viewing the Grand Canyon, but one of the most popular is by helicopter. Agents should ask about the Sunset Helicopter Grand Canyon Landing. This offers sunset views of the canyon and Hoover Dam on the return flight, and includes a picnic on the canyon floor. Prices are $374 per person.

Other tours explore Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. For a taste of each, try the Lake Mead Cruise and Hoover Dam Tour Combo. Set sail on Lake Mead aboard the 300-passenger Desert Princess to Hoover Dam with stops at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Gardens. Rates are $92 per person. All tours depart from Las Vegas. Agents can visit the website for a complete list of tours or contact Tyson Bailey at 1-888-399-3531.

Maverick Aviation Group

If wandering in and out of casinos becomes too humdrum, recommend that your clients wander into Maverick Helicopters’ headquarters on the Strip. Its helicopter tours depart from here.

The most popular tour is the Wind Dancer Air and Landing Tour, which takes clients outside the city and over Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and Fortification Hill. The helicopter then descends into the Grand Canyon to a point 300 feet over the Colorado River for champagne and a light snack. The flight continues through the canyon and ends flying down the Strip. It is priced at $389 per person; all tours are commissionable at 10 percent.Contact Max Marker, director of sales, at 702-948-1317.