Highlights:Visit Yellowstone (Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Mud Volcano Area, Old Faithful Geyser, West Thumb Geyser Basin), Salt Lake City, Antelope Canyon, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Bryce Canyon National Park, Devils Tower. Inclusions: 7 nights hotel accommodations, All domestic ground transportation
Overnight in West Yellowstone - White Buffalo Hotel
Free 4 Breakfasts at hotels
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I highly recommend this tour. well organized that we'd seen so many places in a short period of time. Our tour guide STEVEN and the driver were both excellent, experienced and punctual.The hotels... More>>
I highly recommend this tour. well organized that we'd seen so many places in a short period of time. Our tour guide STEVEN and the driver were both excellent, experienced and punctual.The hotels were nice and clean.
I highly recommend this tours, we are so thankful with our tour guide/driver Jack il give him a KUDDOS for safety return and very considerate person, He is so nice and make sure that his client is satisfied during the tour and taken care of
Our bus tour from LA to Mt Rushmore was so much fun! Thanks to Jack, our awesome tour guide, and Leo, our amazing captain/driver for 8 days of safe travel to 7 US states! If not for these 2, the wonderful sites we visited will not be as memorable as it had been (needless to say, the sites were spectacular and breathtaking, so no need to review). Jack is such an efficient, cool and knowledgeable tour guide. His customer service skill is superb! Iâ€™m sure the rest of us in the tour will agree. Never heard a complaint about Jack or Leo, just praises. And because the trip was smooth and pleasant, we enjoyed the entire experience so much. I must add that the bus we fortunately rode in was new, making the entire trip perfect! Booking with Take Tours was great too! I highly recommend CTour Holiday because of Jack and Leo â€“ theyâ€™re simply the best!
Our tour was an experienced. Lots of driving but with our big group (20 of us) was not too bad. In 1 day we crossed 3 States, Utah, Wyoming & Colorado and experienced sun, rain and snow. It was still Christmas time in Wyoming as it is snowing in the month of May. Yellowstone was incredible. Highly recommended although we wished we can stay a little big longer on each point of interest. Accommodation varies from 4 stars to 1 which I think is reasonable for the price of the tour. Our driver Mary (Echo bus # 8420) was very helpful, friendly and gracious. We are looking forward to go on another trip with TakeTours.
We had so much fun on the tour and very timely departures and arrivals. Looked at main areas and places. Good food and consistent stopping of the bus for the refreshments. The tour guide was very helpful and explained the events and places nicely. Very fast tour but very entertaining.
Overall I will rate it an 8.5 out of 10. This tour has quite long hours (6-7 hr) of travelling on the bus each day. You have to wake up at 5:00AM every morning to catch the bus by 6:30AM and reach the hotel at 7:00PM. Tour guide tend to stop some places where you can get food by your choices. I would prefer to take some foods by your choices because every hotel has fridge and microwave. Tour was carried out in both Chinese and English. For us, the tour guide was Seven, a nice guy! He speaks decent English and we did not feel left out. He maintained time very efficiently, which was necessary for the trip to run smoothly. There was enough time for each of the sites. The bus stopped at travel centers every 2 hours for a restroom break and we could buy refreshments. Most of the hotels were very good, which was a relief after a whole day of travel. The optional night tour at $35 in Vegas is not worth it and I havenâ€™t taken it also. All you need to pay was $8 for the public deuce transport and you can go exactly to where this tour brings. In fact, all those places like Luxor, Venetian, Bellagio, Fremont Street Experience and New York New York, they jus point out to you when they drive past in the bus. Please be aware of this that you do not get-to-get down to take photos. Grand canyon Skywalk I didn't do it because you will get whatever you want from outside. Wanted to do it but it's pointless since I can't take a picture while on the bridge. Some places like the Salt Lake City Capitol were useless, but since we had to drive over that city, they gave us the chance to see it. You can enjoy the ride crossing deserts and the Rocky Mountains without the hassles and fears for finding gas stations and food if you drive yourselves. You can see the magnificent arts of Mount Rushmore. You can enjoy the beautiful nature of the Yellowstone Park and the Arches National Park. Yellowstone was really amazing but little more time would be better to see all the places more closely. Take some winter clothes if you are planning to travel in between March and May. There is a toilet in the bus but it is always locked and was told that not to use it. If everyone uses it bad smell might come in the Bus.
Just spent 6.5 days and 7 nights out of the 8 day tour.
Gary was the tour guide for the 1st 6 days. He was very nice, knowledgeable, and experienced. He told stories and instructions both in Mandarin and English, clear and understandable. He managed time very precisely and accurately. Unfortunately, bad luck occurred when the bus could not move after we left Yellowstone Park on the morning of day 5 at Grand Teton. Gary used his accord to settle the whole crude at Jackson Hole where we could have lunch and places to hide from the burning heat. We spent 7 hours at Jackson Hole waiting for our alternate bus. Our bus finally arrived at 6:00PM, which was the time we were suppose to be at Salt Lake City. Surely that made some elderly people more than angry at Gary. However, Gary managed very well and made everybody happy all the way back to Las Vegas. Overall, this tour is worth it. You can travel almost a quarter of the United States territory in just 6 days in the northwestern region. You can enjoy the ride crossing deserts and the Rocky Mountains without the hassles and fears for finding gas stations and food if you drive yourselves. You can see the magnificent arts of Mount Rushmore. You can enjoy the beautiful nature of the Yellowstone Park and the Arches National Park. You will have a breathtaking feeling when you ride the helicopter down and up the Grand Canyon.
One thing I am not happy about is that I joined the tour at Las Vegas and ended my tour at Las Vegas. I spent just 6.5 days and 7 nights but I still have to pay 8 days, no partial credit, plus there is no shuttle service to Las Vegas airport at the end of my tour.
The tour was amazing; being a foreign tourist it would have been impossible for me to see so many places in such a short time at such low costs. Although majority of the passengers, including the tour guide and driver, are Chinese, we didn't have any problem as the guide (Chris) was friendly and tried to explain everything in English, although he wasn't fluent. They maintained time very efficiently, which was necessary for the trip to run smoothly. There was enough time for each of the sites. The bus stopped at travel centers every 2 hours for restroom break and we could buy refreshments. All the hotels were very good, which was a relief after a whole day of travel. Few things to consider before you book and during the trip:
1. The trip can be physically hectic with up to 8 hours of driving each day. You have to wake up at 5:00AM every morning and reach the hotel at 8:00PM.
2. They tend to stop at Chinese buffets for lunch or dinner. But every place there are other options. Don't buy the Las Vegas buffet ticket, it's horrible; you'll have other options there.
3. I wish the Crazy Horse Memorial, which cost an additional $60, was excluded as it was not worth it.
4. Don't take the options helicopter ride at Grand Canyon. It's too short and not at all worth the money. You can also avoid the Skywalk as you'll see better views just outside it.
5. When in Las Vegas, instead of taking the optional $25 city tour, just take a $8 day pass for the local Deuce bus, and you can travel along the Vegas Strip on your own.
6. Some places like the Salt Lake City Capitol were useless, but since we had to drive over that city, they gave us the chance to see it.
7. We also got a chance to shop branded items from outlet shops at Tanger Outlets in the way back.
Overall, I recommend this trip for anyone who doesn't want to drive on his own. When you are with the tour, you don't have to worry about the routes, accommodation or food, and can enjoy and relax. In order to lower costs, avoid the above mentioned items.
Very long hours on the bus but this tour covered a lot of places you will never be able to do if you used your own vehicle. Also included were 2 free lunch buffets in Las Vegas, 2 free breakfast bags, and 1 free breakfast at the Inn. You get your money's worth and more! I highly recommend this tour. You will not regret it.
Just completed the 8 days tour. Tourguide is Harry Sun. Tour operator is Sea Gull. Overall i will rate it an 8 out of 10.
Do note that for all who wishes to join this tour, there is quite long hours of travelling on the bus each day. You may want to take note of these. And i meant about at least 4 to 6 hours to get to another destinations.
Tour guide is good. Very knowlegeable. Tour was carried out in both Mandarin and English. I would say 80% of the tour mates were Chinese and hence usually it would be explained in Mandarin first then English. Kinda of weird since im travelling in America and i would think that it would be am English speaking tour. Not really an issue to me since im billingual.
The optional night tour at USD$25 in vegas is not worth it. I shld have just stick to my own plans and go to those places myself. All i need to pay was USD$7 for the public transport and i can go exactly to where this tour brings. In fact, all those places like Luxor and New York New York, they jus point out to you when they drive past in the bus. Please be aware of this that u do not get to get down to take pics. The only places where u really get to go off and take pics is at Mirage,Venetian, Bellagio and Fremont Experience.
The optional helicopter and boat ride tour in West Grand Canyon is really good. Though its a little expensive close to USD200 per person but i will give it 2 thumbs up. Breathtaking.
Skywalk i didnt do it. Wanted to do it but its pointless since i cant take picture while on the bridge.
Yellowstone was amazing. I wished that we were given more time at each geysers though.