Have spent the last couple of hours looking on this forum at all the advice - Iv now learnt a lot, but am no closer to answers.
Having originally started wanting to do one of the "helicoptor" day trip from vegas - am now rethinking this strategy as this will probably be the only time for many years I have the opportunity to see the GC and I do want the "wonders of the world" experience so the scenery and outlook are important... From what I am reading, everyone is saying "south" is the place of the scenery - so this is where I want to go (even though I am really not a fan of crowds and it sounds like the south is quite crowded).
As I havnt booked Vegas accom yet, there is capacity for us to stay overnight ... If we did that - we would be looking to head to Grand Canyon on a Monday arvo, stay the night, then transfer back to LV the following evening (as we fly to NYC from LV early Wed AM)... So essentially - one full day, with an evening the night before.... It prob would be simpler for us though if we just do a day trip (and I dont mind if its a LONG day) just because otherwise it involves checking in and out of several hotels (groan)
Given the time restrictions and my general preference for luxury - I am not overly enthused about a 5hour self-drive. Nor do hubby and I generally fare well with driving holidays... I would probably rather opt for a plane transfer, stay the night , spend the day in GC and then transfer back... I would like to do the helicopter trip back into vegas (that flies over the strip) as that looks cool - but doesnt look like this is compatible with the rest of the new 'concept plan'.... At the very least; I would quite like to do a helicoptor 'scenic tour' over GC (I get that you cant land on bottom on South side - Im just talking about a scenic flight over the general GC)...
Soooo - am looking for advice on:
Which tour operators / providers I should contact (who are the core group everyone keeps referring to but not naming), and is there a pre-existing tour that anyone can put forward which gives a good GC experience without the lengthy car/bus transfer...
budget wise am thinking around $500pp (2 people travelling) - plus accom?
Dates wise - we are coming at the end of April - aka in about 4 weeks time!!! So I need to book asap