Each of these have a value version and a 5-star toubkal ascent 2 days trek option. The 5-star version will be more expensive but will also give you a much better experience, with superior service and equipment.If you plan to visit the West Rim, you can choose a tour that departs from Las Vegas, and if you are going to the South Rim, you can depart from Vegas or Tusayan, Arizona, which is just outside the main entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park. You have to decide beforehand which rim you want to see because no tours include both rims.Aerial Tours By HelicopterHelicopters flying out of Vegas can’t make it to the South Rim and back, so those flights only visit the West Rim. However, if you are determined to see the South Rim and you are staying in Vegas, you can choose a 45 minute flight by airplane or a 5-hour ride by bus. It’s probably obvious which choice I recommend.You’ll find lots of interesting things to experience on a helicopter tour to the West Rim. The West Rim is the only location where helicopters can land on the floor of the canyon and it is a quick 45-minute flight from Las Vegas. Other optional add-ons include passes to the spectacular Grand Canyon Skywalk and rafting trips down the Colorado River.Tours to the South Rim are air only. A basic tour takes about 30 minutes and covers the scenic vistas from the South Rim to the North Rim and back again. You can also take a tour that lasts longer, around fifty minutes, and takes you over all of the National Park area
The longer tour is highly recommended because you get to see so much more of the park.Airplane ToursAirplane tours follow the same routes as helicopters, and similar landing packages are available. Only one tour goes to the South Rim and it is a lot like the 50-minute South Rim helicopter tour except it flies higher. Airplane tours to the West Rim depart daily and fly over the canyon or land you at the Grand Canyon West Airport. If you choose a landing flight, you can walk around the rim and check out the Grand Canyon Skywalk, or you could take a chopper to the bottom and follow it up with a rafting trip.Touring By BusIf you are staying in Vegas, you can take a bus tour to the South Rim or the West Rim, but if you are starting from Phoenix, you can only visit the South Rim. These bus tours last all day; you will ride on a fully-equipped modern bus designed for comfort and sightseeing that includes climate control, comfortable seating, and clean restrooms. All of the tours that depart from Las Vegas make a stop at the Hoover Dam so you can see this immense structure and take photographs.Bus tours to the South Rim that leave from the Phoenix area offer convenient pickup service from various locations including Scottsdale.