Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
Take an exhilarating flight over Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and Fortification Hill, before landing 3,500 feet into the Grand Canyon Hualapai Indian Territory for a flute of fizz and a jaw-dropping scene of the mighty Colorado River below. On the return leg, fly back through the Grand Canyon, noting the spectacular red rock formations of the Bowl of Fire, before passing over Las Vegas Downtown and the Las Vegas Strip. As you might imagine, there is one amazing view followed by another amazing view, followed by another, then another and another…a prime time for snapping that perfect shot of this overwhelmingly stunning and colourful landscape.
‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada’, the iconic sign that introduces The Strip, a four-mile boulevard of fun and glamour lined with mega luxury hotels, glitzy casinos, exclusive shops, celebrity restaurants and high-rise architecture that forms the distinctive cityscape. You’ll stumble across countless visual wonders, such as the Statue of Liberty, cloud-piercing Stratosphere, Bellagio’s dancing fountains and the Mirage’s exploding volcano – the latter two spectacularly choreographed to music. The Strip is especially show-stopping at night, bathed in a rainbow of brilliant neon lights.
When it comes to casinos, seeing is believing! Las Vegas overflows with buzzing casinos that stay wide-awake until dawn, with everything from coin-popping slot machines, to roulette-whirring card tables. Hence its nickname ‘Sin City’. Wherever you look there’s a gambling hall of some kind; standalone, in a nightclub or within one of the many plush hotels. Indeed, there’s somewhere for everyone to place a bet if that’s what you fancy. Croupiers offer quick guides for beginners if you feel like a flutter, but aren’t sure about tactics.
Elvis, Sinatra, Elton John, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga – Las Vegas is famous, past and present, for hosting celebrities and its line-up of stage shows is truly exceptional. Showbiz is a huge part of its make up, so expect top-class performers and applauding audiences. There are world-renowned singers, superb tribute acts, highly amusing comedians, twirling acrobats, as well as circus, burlesque and cabaret acts and every other sort of production imaginable – something to appeal to every taste and always performed with such style. Highly popular with visitors are the incredible shows by Cirque du Soleil, mixing artistry, acrobatics and illusion, showcased in seven impressive theatres, including aquatic masterpiece ‘O™’ at the Bellagio.
A world away from its Egyptian theme, the golden pyramid at the Luxor Hotel houses a Titanic exhibition, with fascinating relics from the depths of the ocean and a full-scale recreation of the Grand Staircase. If you’re interested in the city’s history of organised crime and law enforcement, the award-winning Mob Museum is filled with interactive exhibits, one-of-a-kind artefacts and theatre presentations showcasing both sides of this notorious battle. Just outside Vegas, the Neon Museum is the final resting place of over 150 retired signs that once adorned hotel façades. This neon graveyard is strangely compelling – part Disney, but also symbolic of the city’s ‘golden days’.
For 360-degree views of city and desert, head to the observation deck of the Stratosphere, the tallest building around, then descend by means of X-Scream, a hair-raising, heart-pumping ride. Satisfy sweet cravings in M&M World, a four-storey dollop of chocolate heaven and rainbow-coloured candy, with life-size M&M characters and family entertainment, book a guided tour of Hoover Dam, a colossal feat of engineering and National Historic Landmark, an easy outing from Vegas. Alternatively, head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area or Mount Charleston for off-road adventures and outdoor pursuits, perfect places to burn off any hedonistic excesses and learn about Nevada's unique flora and fauna.
If you’re a first-timer or a return guest (not keen to max out the credit cards) why not consider combining a few days in Las Vegas with a stay in California or Arizona. Feel free to ask your Travel Consultant to provide you with some itinerary options.
British Airways direct from London Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic direct from London Gatwick and Manchester.
From London Heathrow to Las Vegas: 10 hours, 40 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Travel Advice Update
The FCO travel advice for the USA has been updated with an amendment to the Entry requirements section - on 18 December 2015, the US Congress passed a Bill updating the requirements for the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP); under the new rules, with effect from 1 April 2016 all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip.
The web-based Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) requires all passengers (including infants) travelling via or to the USA to apply for authority to travel a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel. You may be denied boarding or refused entry to the US if you have not registered and obtained authorisation. To apply visit the official website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta A charge of UD$14 per person (subject to change) will apply and must be paid by either credit or debit card. For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen and a frequent visitor to the USA you can now register to get a UK background check on www.gov.uk/apply-faster-entry-usa. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.