100% Delivered as Promised & Chris made it fun
Chris, our guide for the day had the clean & comfortable van ready and waiting even before the 7:00 a.m. pickup time at our hotel, precisely as promised in emails confirming tour details. By 8:00 am, all eleven participants had been collected from five different hotels. Our one-day round trip from Las Vegas would”and did”treat us to five highlights of the largest U.S. National Park outside of Alaska.
From 282+ feet below sea level in Badwater Basin to a mile above sea level at Dantes View, Chris clued us in to the survival mechanisms of the roadside plants, the human history and geology of one of the hottest places in the world.
We walked on salt flats and learned that some of the rangers vehicles have Kevlar tires to avoid flats in desolate places. We tried to stop other tourists from feeding a begging young coyotand vowed to stop ourselves from such behavior in future.
Chris conversational style fostered congeniality in our diverse group of about half European, half USA individuals. The pace was never rushed, we had time to buy coffee or snacks at the rest stops on the way out (and back) in Pahrump. Water bottles were plentiful and accessible under our seats, box lunches were thoughtfully packed and good. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center where we lunched had picnic tables outside in the sun and clean facilities inside. Furnace Creek holds the record for hottest place on earth.
In sum, a hugely informative, laid-back and accommodating tour. This company gets a 100% rating from my husband and myself for introducing us to Death Valley and making us want to return.
Had a wonderful day learning about the history and geology of the area and seeing the incredible scenery. My husband isn't really into bus tours but enjoyed the small-group atmosphere. Our driver was great and we have passed on our thoughts about the trip to the travel company that organized it.
This tour was an exceptional opportunity to see stark contrasts and colors and was a wonderful break from the Las Vegas strip of hotels, bars and casinos. We were picked up at our hotel, given snacks and a surprisingly good lunch. Joe was our tour guide and he was friendly and accommodating. We had plenty of opportunity to walk around and take pictures before heading off to our next stop. It was a day well spent!
"Lots of great information and impressions in Death Valley"
Booking the tour was completely easy. In several emails in advance the pick up at the hotel was confirmed. On time at 7 o'clock Evan, the guide, stood in front of the door. Altogether we were 9 people and already on the 2 hour drive to the National Park Evan told us many interesting stories about Las Vegas, the surrounding area, the history of the National Park and Death Valley. After a coffee stop in Pahrump it went in Death Valley to several impressive points. Evan had umbrellas for sun protection and left us plenty of time for photos and enjoyment at all stop points. There was a really delicious lunch snack (sandwich, fruit, sweets) and constantly water on request. Evan always cared for our safety and shared many personal stories. At 18 o'clock we landed again with many impressions in our hotel. Evan all the best for you and good luck with your ideas for South Africa, Vietnam and South Korea .... Best Regards Marco