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Tours

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Below are tour descriptions for 2013. You can register for tours by completing and faxing in this form.



TOUR 1 • Tuesday, March 12 • 8:30am – 12:30pm
Las Vegas Highlights City Tour
Las Vegas remains a fascinating city with a rich and appealingly dubious history. Central to the mystique of the town is the world famous Las Vegas Strip, home to some of the most extravagant hotel-casinos in existence. Here you’ll find the massive mega resorts like CityCenter, MGM Grand, The Venetian, Paris and Wynn Las Vegas. Remnants of days past remain in the old downtown around Fremont Street. Tour the Las Vegas of today, with all the excitement of the modern extravaganzas on the Strip, as well as exploring the Vegas of yesterday, encompassing the charming vintage neon signs on Fremont Street, and hotels such as Lady Luck Hotel and the Golden Nugget. Enjoy the sites by bus or by foot at certain locations.
$64 per person



TOUR 2 • Tuesday, March 12 • 9:00am – 1:00pm
Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour
Begin your tour with a historical video presentation of Hoover Dam, and then a knowledgeable guide escorts guests on a 500 ft. elevator descent to discover the power behind this modern marvel: the massive power plant generators housed at the base of the dam. Additional stops include the observation deck, affording panoramic views of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and unobstructed looks at the dam’s mechanical components, as well as stops along the top of the dam, from the Winged Figures of the Republic to the Nevada Intake Tower.
$55 per person



TOUR 3 • Tuesday, March 12 • 11:30am – 3:30pm
Julie & Julia Inspired French Cooking Class and Wine Tasting at Mon Ami Gabi
The magic of Julia Child’s cooking not only lives on in the hit film “Julie and Julia” but at Paris Las Vegas’ Mon Ami Gabi with an exciting cooking class where you’ll learn how to prepare three recipes from the movie and indulge in a French wine tasting! Have the opportunity to learn from a Mon Ami Gabi Chef how to prepare the French classics of Classic Onion Soup au Gratin, Beef Bourguignon and Chocolate Mousse. Indulge in these specialties while enjoying a French wine tasting. Conclude with take-home recipes from the cooking class and Mon Ami Gabi’s Classique Butter.
$125 per person, includes lunch



TOUR 4 • Tuesday, March 12 • 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Red Rock Spring Mountain Ranch
Just west of Las Vegas lies the beautiful, 66,000 acre Red Rock Canyon, second only to the Hoover Dam as the most visited scenic area in Southern Nevada. This area was once inhabited by Native Americans and is still home to herds of wild horses, burros, big horn sheep, antelope and various desert critters. Listen to the history of the area while you enjoy the picturesque and contrasting scenery all throughout the colorful mountain area as the group drives from one stop to the next on the scenic loop. In the heart of Red Rock stands the over 500 acre Spring Mountain Ranch which was owned at one time by Howard Hughes and was originally built in the 1860’s by pioneer Jim Wilson. Tour the Ranch House and discuss the colorful history of Spring Mountain and this area of Red Rock.
$46 per person



TOUR 5 • Tuesday, March 12 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Richard Petty Racing Experience
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines... What better way to let off a little steam than to get behind the wheel of an official Sprint Cup stock car? You will have an opportunity to push it to the limits with speeds of 140 - 170 mph! The Richard Petty Experience originated in 1990 and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s location is the only NASCAR type driving school on the West Coast. Ride Along: Experience real life racing thrills by riding shotgun in a two-seat stock car driven by a professional instructor as you experience a simulated three lap NASCAR qualifying run at speeds exceeding 150 mph.
$155 per person



TOUR 6 • Wednesday, March 13 • 8:00am – 2:00pm
River Float on the Colorado
Enjoy the natural wonder of the great Southwest with a private rafting trip down the majestic Colorado River. Experience the western lore and serenity of touring the canyons carved out by the forces of nature over millions of years. Start your journey at the bottom of the canyon just below Hoover Dam to board private rafts readied for the river. The Colorado River in the Black Canyon provides dramatic views of the panoramic area without the risk inherent in white water rafting. With professional guides, the float trip proves to be not only scenic, but educational as you learn about the history, geology and culture of the area. River rafting is a great way to spend a day relaxing while experiencing the mystique of the high canyons of the desert Southwest.
$145 per person
*Includes box lunch. Sunglasses and sunscreen suggested. Dressing in layers is recommended.



TOUR 7 • Wednesday, March 13 • 9:00am – 12:00pm
Private Bally’s Backstage Tour of “Jubilee”!
Tour the backstage area of the sensational “Jubilee” show complete with staging and showgirls. Experience first-hand the time consuming work and detailed coordination which occurs every day before the show starts. As an added bonus, a showgirl demonstrates the art of makeup and costuming, transforming herself into a world famous Las Vegas Showgirl.
$53 per person
*Minimum age of 16 years old to participate



TOUR 8 • Wednesday, March 13 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Springs Preserve Tour
Once home to ancient tribes and the resting place for weary Spanish explorers, Springs Preserve is an example of sustainability principles in practice and a resource for those interested in greening their lifestyle. Venture on an informative tour of this stunning setting, viewing the desert vistas, flora and fauna, as well as learning about the archeological elements found at the preserve and the role of the springs in the history of Las Vegas. Hike along four unique trails encompassing more than 1.8 miles of picturesque landscapes leading to a cienega, an important feature of this National Historic Site. The walking trails border the cienega which serves as a tranquil home for hundreds of native plant, bird and animal species. Marvel at the eight-acre botanical gardens, with native and non-native desert plant life, interpretive stations and activities demonstrating methods to a sustainable lifestyle in the desert. An exquisite setting with eco-friendly sensibilities... The ideal destination for those hip to the green scene!
$52 per person



TOUR 9 • Wednesday, March 13 • 9:00am –1:00pm
Las Vegas Tour to include Pawn Stars Pawn Shop
Enjoy a day in Las Vegas at the Pawn Stars Pawn Shop, Souvenir Shopping, tour Wedding Chapel Row and finish at Fashion Show mall with lunch at your leisure.



Pawn Stars Pawn Shop
The hottest attraction on The Strip these days is not a billion-dollar casino or beautiful showgirls... It’s a pawn shop! Incredibly, as many as 5,000 people a day start lining up in the wee morning hours outside of this pawn shop, made famous by the History Channel’s runaway hit Pawn Stars, just to set foot inside. Hoping for a chance to meet Rick, “Big Hoss” and “The Old Man?” Well, today may be your lucky day, as ICBA guests skip the lines and get an in-depth tour of this pop culture icon!



Las Vegas Souvenir Shopping
What’s a trip to Las Vegas without some commemorative trinkets to bring home for friends and family? A stop by “The World’s Largest Gift Shop” is sure to bring a smile to guests’ faces and have them leaving with armfuls of kitschy tchotchkes!



Wedding Chapel Row
There can be no doubt that Las Vegas is the Wedding Capital of the World and these marriages are recognized in every country. More than 100,000 couples tie the knot in Sin City every year. A drive down the infamous Wedding Chapel Row, where celebrities and couples alike tie the knot in fabulous Vegas style, will definitely be a highlight of guests’ trip. Who knows, there may even be someone on the tour who was married at one of these Las Vegas legends!



Fashion Show Mall
The two million sq. ft. Fashion Show Mall features more boutique shops and chain stores one could ever hope for. The last stop on your tour will drop you off at Fashion Show Mall where you will be able to enjoy lunch with many eateries to choose from. Once you have shopped until you have dropped, make your way back to the Wynn/Encore at your leisure, which is just across the street.
$69 per person



TOUR 10 • Wednesday, March 13 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Shopping at Town Square Las Vegas
Repeatedly voted “Best Mall” in Las Vegas, this center is conveniently located on the famed Las Vegas Boulevard. Town Square features 150 retail shops, 13 restaurants, Rave Motion Pictures 18-screen movie theater, in addition to a children’s park. The 22 Town Square buildings feature more than 70 different facades crafted from such authentic materials as marble, stone and hand-painted plaster. Retailers include Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Fossil, Godiva Chocolatier, J. Crew, Juicy Couture, Apple Store, Teavana, MAC, H&M, Ann Taylor, Sephora, Francesca’s, Steve Madden, Swarovski, Tommy Bahama and many more.
$35 per person



TOUR 11 • Wednesday, March 13 • 1:00pm – 3:30pm
CSI: The Experience
Do you have what it takes? Are you that person that yells at the television, solving the crime before the characters do? Are you secretly wishing you could quit your job and join the FBI? If we’ve described your personality and secret passion then this activity is for you! CSI: The Experience, based on the hit TV show, has recently come to the MGM Grand Hotel and allows you to have a hands-on role of a crime scene investigator in two state-of-the-art forensic crime labs with awesome special effects. You will get involved in this interactive challenge: 3 murders, 15 lab stations, 15 suspects, 3 killers. The entire case is guided by videos featuring cast members, alongside real-life forensic scientists. You’ll be the latest recruit to the world of forensic science, examine bullet casings, match DNA to potential suspects and identify the source of a single strand of hair as you complete the investigation process. If you are lucky enough to find the killer you will receive an official CSI: Diploma!
$71 per person



TOUR 12 • Thursday, March 14 • 8:00am – 2:00pm
River Float on the Colorado
See description under Wednesday, March 13, Tour 6
$145 per person
*Includes box lunch. Sunglasses and sunscreen suggested. Dressing in layers is recommended.



TOUR 13 • Thursday, March 14 • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
El Segundo Sol Cooking Fiesta!
Go behind-the-scenes at one of the city’s hottest restaurants, El Segundo Sol, where you will get the inside scoop on how to cook legit Mexican food such as guacamole, chicken enchiladas and tres leches cakes ~ oooh la la! This “Cooking Fiesta” class is designed to help add some pizzazz to your next at-home fete. Chef Terry Lynch provides a simple how-to for some of El Segundo Sol’s signature menu items. As a parting gift, receive a recipe pamphlet featuring their hot new recipes to recreate at home.
$130 per person, includes lunch



TOUR 14 • Thursday, March 14 • 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Adrenaline Rush Tour
Las Vegas is a city known for its variety of heart stopping, breathtaking roller coasters and exhilarating attractions. Have a chance, if you dare, to experience three of the best adrenaline-inducing experiences in the city. First, you are transferred to the big daddy of them all, the Stratosphere Tower. Experience one of the rides which include the Insanity, Big Shot or the X-Scream. Next, venture to downtown to zipline at the Fremont Street Flightlinez! Here, once harnessed, you will leap from a platform 67 feet high and glide down 800 feet of cable on one of four lines, reaching speeds of up to 30 mph flying underneath the $70 million video screen! Last, but certainly not least, is the Manhattan Express at the New York, New York Hotel. The coaster cars are yellow taxicabs and guests are turned upside down and inside out throughout the hotel. What a rush!
$95 per person
*Minimum weight of 60 lbs, maximum weight of 250 lbs, maximum height of 6’7”. It is not advised for people who have high blood pressure, heart disease or a heart condition. For the safety of both the mother and child, women who are expecting should not participate in this activity, along with individuals who suffer from neck or back issues or motion sickness.



TOUR 15 • Thursday, March 14 • 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Las Vegas Tour to include Pawn Stars Pawn Shop
See description under Wednesday, March 13, Tour 9
$69 per person



TOUR 16 • Thursday, March 14 • 1:00pm – 3:30pm
CSI: The Experience
See description under Wednesday, March 13, Tour 11
$71 per person



TOUR 17 • Thursday, March 14 • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Red Rock Off-Road Experience
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, only minutes from the Strip, has scenery so dramatic it’s often selected as the backdrop for movies and commercials. Along the 13-mile scenic drive, you’ll view the impressive Wilson Cliffs, part of the 65-million-year-old Keystone Thrust from your tour trekker vehicle. Numerous geological features abound, including the fossilized sand dunes of the brilliantly colored Calico Hills. A brief stop at the visitor center includes fascinating exhibits that provide insight to the native flora and fauna, a desert tortoise habitat and gift shop. A bonus to this tour is the off-road adventure up Rocky Gap road. Beautiful desert wildflowers, ancient Native American pictographs, striking flora, amazing geological sights and unforgettable views make this tour one you’ll never forget.
$125 per person

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