2014 Tours

Important Tour Information:  Please read the following information completely.  It will answer many of your tour-related questions and will help you have a more enjoyable tour experience.

  1. Without a green dot on your name tag, you will not be allowed on the tour bus.  The green dot indicates that you have signed the liability waiver.
  2. All tours buses will be located between the Royale Pavilion and the hotel main entrance.  Exit the doors across from the Front Desk, down the steps, and turn left.  Follow the sidewalk approximately 125 feet to board the buses.  If you are exiting from the Royale Pavilion, go down the steps, turn right, and down the sidewalk approximately 75 feet.
  3. Bus departure times for each tour are listed in this program.  Please be at the bus departure area and ready to board the bus 15 minutes prior to the listed departure times.  Arrival times back to the hotel are approximate.
  4. The first two rows of seats on both sides of the bus are reserved for the tour coordinators, volunteers and people with mobility difficulties.  If you sit in those seats, you will be asked to move.
  5. All buses are fully ADA-equipped.  If you have mobility difficulties, or use a wheelchair that requires the lift to access the bus, you MUST check the appropriate boxes on the pre-registration form in order for us to plan the necessary accommodations.  If you are able to transfer from a wheelchair into a bus seat, your chair will be placed under the bus for the duration of the ride.
  6. Indoor facilities are air-conditioned unless indicated, but many tours include significant outdoor time.  Dress appropriately and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, and water bottle for your comfort and safety.
  7. Space is limited on all tours.  ACB reserves the right to cancel a tour should ticket sales fall below required minimums.  Tickets will be collected at the bus.  Buses will not be delayed while forgotten tickets are retrieved.
  8. All return times are approximate.  If you have dietary scheduling concerns, bring a light snack in case we are unavoidably delayed.  We ask that you board the bus, quickly and safely to avoid delays.  We plan 15 minutes to load and unload the bus.  Please do not schedule back-to-back events based upon the return time of the tour, as we cannot plan for traffic and road condition delays.
  9. A limited number of volunteers will accompany each tour.  While they will help as much as possible, ACB volunteers are not personal guides or personal care attendants.  If you need individual help, plan to attend the tour with a friend who can provide the assistance you need.
  10. Most tour destinations are ADA-accessible.  Some tours that are NOT ADA-accessible may include long walks, steps, and steep grades.  Please communicate your questions or concerns ahead of time.
  11. Some tours may involve strenuous activities. If you have a medical condition that may limit your involvement or participation, please let us know ahead of time and use common sense when making your selections.
  12. The tour leader will have a list of all paid attendees and the waiting list for each tour.  The leader will be stationed at the door of the bus to take your ticket and record your attendance.  Please do not board the bus until the tour leader has completed this task.
  13. If registration for a tour exceeds its capacity, a waiting list is created based on the date and time your order was placed.  If you are on a waiting list, you will be asked to stand in a designated area to wait for your name to be called.  If you are not present when your name is called, the next person on the waiting list will be called to fill that seat.  You may not give your place on the waiting list to another person.
  14. If you arrive late with a ticket, or your name has already been called from the waiting list, your ability to secure a seat will be entirely dependent on the number of vacant seats remaining on the bus.  No one who has a ticket or has answered the call from the waiting list will be asked to give up their seat.
  15. If there is no waiting list, or if the waiting list has been satisfied, any remaining vacant seats will be sold to walk-up traffic.  Such vacant seats will be sold for cash only- a ticket will not be issued.  To purchase, you must have a valid name badge, a day pass for the current day, or other proof of registration.
  16. If you have paid for and are issued a tour ticket and do not appear at the designated time and place, no refund will be made.  If you are on a waiting list and are not able to get on the bus, the tour leader will report this to the registration office and you will be able to secure a refund the next day after the tour.  Should you not be present at the convention the day after the tour, or if the convention has ended, please call the Minneapolis office by July 31st to arrange for a refund via check or credit card.

Friday, July 11

6:30 AM – 10:30 PM: Grand Canyon West Rim $173 ($175)
(Due to the natural terrain, this tour is not ADA accessible.)  One of the Seven Wonders of the World, experience this hands-on tour to the Grand Canyon.  Visit Eagle Point, Guano Point, and the Hualapai Ranch along the west rim of the Grand Canyon.  Explore the flea market for hand-made jewelry, pottery and other gifts.  In the evening, take a wagon ride to the edge of the canyon or enjoy cowboy entertainment.  Lunch (roast beef sandwich, turkey/swiss sandwich, or black bean burger) and dinner will be served.  For an added charge of $27 (paid at the canyon), walk out on the all-glass “Skywalk” that projects from the canyon rim, 4,000 feet above the Canyon floor.
 
4:15 PM – 9:15 PM: Rat Pack is Back $103 ($105)
During the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin and the hottest act in town.  Go back in time and enjoy the “Rat Pack” again.  Hear timeless Rat Pack hits including "Luck Be a Lady,” "Lady is a Tramp," and "New York, New York."  Before the show, enjoy dinner at the All-American Bar and Grille.  Dinner will be served.

Saturday, July 12

6:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Sky Diving $197 ($200)
This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will have you free falling at 120 mph while fastened to your jump instructor at 15,000 feet.  Free fall for several minutes before deploying the chute for the glide back to the ground.  This tour has a maximum weight limit of 240 lbs.
 
8:45 AM – 4:30 PM: Black Canyon Rafting $100 ($105)
Board a large, safe, motorized raft for this rare view of Hoover Dam.  Knowledgeable guides share the history of this magnificent geological area.  Stop along the shore to enjoy the cool, clear water.  This tour is not totally ADA accessible.  Bring sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
Lunch will be served.
 
12:15 PM – 2:15 PM: City Bus Tour 1 $18 ($22)
Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital of the World.  Hear about this robust city’s rich 200-year history.

Sunday, July 13

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: City Bus Tour 2 $18 ($22)
Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital of the World.  Hear about this robust city’s rich 200-year history.
 
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Sanders Family Wine Tour $40 ($45)
Visit a Tuscan Villa with all the charm of the Italian renaissance.  You will be welcomed by a statue of Teresa Lilianna, “The Wine Pourer.”  The long driveway brings you through the vineyards to the main tower entrance.  During a pizza lunch, Jack Sanders will speak about the history of the winery.  Taste award-winning wines, and walk through the vineyard and production area.  Purchase your favorite wines and enjoy their small gift shop.
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: City Bus Tour 3 $18 ($22)
Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital of the World.  Hear about this robust city’s rich 200-year history.
 
2:45 PM: Slot Tournament 1
Hosted by the Riviera in the slot tournament area, near the ABC Gift Store, and open to any ACB convention attendee.  Play free for one 10-minute session.  At the end of each round, scores will be tallied and the top 25 scores will win free slot play ranging from $15 to $500.

Monday, July 14

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Thrill Seeker Tour $53 ($55)
Take a one-minute elevator ride 113 floors to the top of the Stratosphere for two of the best thrill rides in Las Vegas. 
Big Shot: prepare to be shot 160 feet at 45 miles per hour down and back up again, in a matter of seconds!  Experience a gut-wrenching four G's of force on the way up, and negative G's on the way down.  Insanity: a massive arm extends 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere at a height of 900 feet.  This ride will spin you at speeds of up to three G's and tilt you straight down!
Then off to the New York, New York Casino to ride the Big Apple Coaster.  Get your thrills on the world's first coaster to feature a 180-degree twist and dive maneuver, providing you with heart-stopping action and excitement.
 
1:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Gondola Ride $33 ($35)
Romantic and relaxing, ride the gondola’s at the Venetian Hotel.  The canal winds its way through the hotel, passing shops, restaurants, and famous Venetian landmarks.  Gondoliers will charm you with stories and songs.

Tuesday, July 15

12:00 PM – 3:30 PM: AABT NBCF Tour $17 ($20)
The Nevada Blind Children's Foundation has a Braille library, a technology lab, a horizontal rock climbing wall, and much more!  Lunch is included.
 
1:15 PM – 5:15 PM Mob Museum $32 ($35)
The thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement, an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas.  True stories of Mob history are brought to life via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations, and more than 600 artifacts.  This is the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia.

Wednesday, July 16

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Atomic Museum $32 ($35)
The National Atomic Testing Museum showcases more than 12,000 unique artifacts.  Dynamic displays present the history of the nuclear bomb.  Experience a simulated atmospheric bomb blast, learn about the numerous tests at the Nevada Test Site, and see the technology and science that took nuclear testing underground.  Discover how radiation is tracked, monitored, and measured, and learn how to survive an atomic blast.
 
12:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Ethel M Chocolates 1 $17 ($20)
For more than 100 years, the Mars family has shared their passion and time-honored tradition for chocolate-making. 
In 1981  Forrest Mars Sr., one of the founders of Mars, Inc., retired to Henderson, NV and created Ethel M. Chocolates as a tribute to his mother.  This tour features a short video but is mainly a chocolate lovers’ shopping experience.
 
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Ethel M Chocolates 2 $17 ($20)
For more than 100 years, the Mars family has shared their passion and time-honored tradition for chocolate-making. 
In 1981  Forrest Mars Sr., one of the founders of Mars, Inc., retired to Henderson, NV and created Ethel M. Chocolates as a tribute to his mother.  This tour features a short video but is mainly a chocolate lovers’ shopping experience.

Thursday, July 17

1:30 PM – 6:15 PM: Hoover Dam $52 ($55)
A behind-the-scenes tour of this massive concrete dam.  Presentations by Reclamation Guides, audio and film exhibits, and other media provide a comprehensive view of the dam and its operations.  The tour highlights many unique features and will take you to lesser known parts of the dam.  This tour is NOT accessible for visitors with wheelchairs or crutches, has small elevators and long stairs, and requires over a mile of walking.
 
2:45PM Slot Tournament 2
Hosted by the Riviera in the slot tournament area, near the ABC Gift Store, and open to any ACB Convention attendee.  Play free for one 10-minute session.  At the end of each round, scores will be tallied and the top 25 scores will win free slot play ranging from $15 to $500.

Saturday, July 19

7:30 AM- 2:00 PM: Richard Petty Experience $137 ($140)
Experience 3 laps of real life racing at 160mph!  Ride shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car.  Visit the garage for a hands-on tour of all the tools, jigs and tires that keep a NASCAR race car on the track.  Lunch will be served.
 
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Bonnie Springs Ranch $97 ($100)
Constructed in 1843 as a stopover for wagon trains traveling the Old Spanish Trail to California.  ACB will "take over" the town and have full access to the facility.  Cowboys and saloon girls will help us explore the town, the petting zoo, the gift shops, and the miniature train that will be available for rides.  Cowboys will have a “real” gun fight and public hanging.  Enjoy a chuck wagon style dinner with all the fixin’s at the town's saloon.  Feast on BBQ chicken and ribs, tossed salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, buttermilk biscuits, and apple pie & ice cream.