Las Vegas holiday highlights

It is standard practice for resorts/hotels within the USA to charge a mandatory resort fee which is payable locally. This fee can be anywhere between 5USD to 40 USD per room per night and is not included in the cost of your Kuoni holiday.

There are the mega casino resorts where you can try your Lady Luck, hedonistic late-night clubs and show-stopping Broadway, circus and A-list star entertainment to book. Part of Las Vegas for over 20 years, the jaw-dropping Cirque du Soleil runs all year long and is a must, and if there’s a superstar in residence during your stay make sure to nab seats early for a spectacular performance. Expect big shows everywhere, from the candy-coloured Spiegel tent outside Caesars Palace to the 27-foot deep pool on stage at the Wynn.

You’re going to want to wander up and down through the throng of crowds on the Strip a fair few times, have a photo outside the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and the Fountains of Bellagio and check out the dancing mermaids at the Silverton casino. The brave hearted can jump off the top of Stratosphere, zip line from SlotZilla over Fremont Street or take a ride on the mind-blowing High Roller. Back on solid ground, there’s gangster history to explore at the Mob Museum, a journey through neon history at the super-cool Neon Boneyard and an intriguing circulation of fascinating collections in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Downtown’s Fremont Street is a big part of the Vegas experience, where classic hotels are full of old-school Vegas charm, local bands play cool covers, and an LED canopy blasts hits from home-grown bands like The Killers and Imagine Dragons overhead.

And if you want to escape the bright lights and nightlife for a while, it’s easy to combine a wild weekend with some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world – you’re in prime location for taking a helicopter ride over the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon or renting a car and staying a couple of nights on the South Rim.  It’s also just a half-hour drive to spectacular Red Rock Canyon.

Where is Las Vegas?

In the desert region of Vegas Valley and surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Las Vegas is in the southern part of Nevada’s Silver State in the Mojave Desert. It has close borders with both Arizona and California and is about a four-hour drive from the Grand Canyon.

Getting around

The Las Vegas Strip is long. Jump on the monorail to shuttle between hotels and casinos or use the most popular method of transport, taxi. You can’t hail one in Las Vegas, but there are plenty waiting in taxi lines throughout the day and night to ferry you from clubs, restaurants and hotels. You can also buy two-hour, 24-hour or three day passes for rides on The Deuce, the most cost-effective public transport in Vegas travelling all along the Strip and to Downtown and Fremont Street. If you want to explore further to the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, Palms Springs and Los Angeles then hiring a car is the best option. Vegas is a great starting point for a USA road trip through the national parks of Utah and/or California.

Shopping

There’s the mega plaza Shops at Crystals on the Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) where the likes of Tom Ford, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton sparkle against fine dining celebrity restaurants and you can shop until midnight. There’s The Forum at Caesars Palace housing over 160 high end stores surrounded by glittering replicas of Rome’s Trevi and Triton Fountains and the Fashion Mall bringing opulent weekend fashion shows and the big American department stores of Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Discounted brands are on offer a taxi ride away at Las Vegas Premium North and you can expect to find weird and wonderful Vegas souvenirs at the Fremont Street Experience.

Food & drink
Imagine gilded top-chef restaurants, award-winning wine lists, master sommeliers and prized cuisine whether you come for sushi and sashimi or rare snow beef and seafood feasts. There’s celebrated chef José Andrés’ chic Spanish style restaurant in the Cosmopolitan, Jean Georges’ magnificent Steak House at the ARIA and the supremely romantic Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Expect late-night cocktails in poolside cabanas, sleek speakeasies, a 900-bottle wine list at Bellagio’s Le Cirque and chic rooftop bars looking out over the entire Strip. By day, pick up everything from doughnuts to pancakes and burgers to wood-fired pizzas, on-the-go or in an opulent hotel lobby lounge or café. Brunch is a big deal here and the Las Vegas hotel buffets are legendary. And remember, this is Las Vegas where food is served round-the-clock, so if you’re hungry at 4am it won’t be a problem.

Las Vegas key facts

Time difference

GMT -8 hours

Currency

US Dollar ($)

Flying time to destination

12½ hours

Language

English is the official language, although many other languages are widely spoken in certain cities and communities. America has its own written US English spellings.

Passport & visas

•  Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.
•  You will also need a USA visa or waiver form/ESTA. Apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before travelling (http://esta.cbp.dhs.gov).

Voltage & electricity

The domestic electrical supply is 110V, 60 cycles AC. Sockets are for plugs with two flat pins.

Las Vegas good to know

Tipping

Tipping is an established and accepted custom in America. For good service, waiters and taxi drivers expect 15-20%, and counter and bar staff 10-15%. Porters can expect from $3-$5 per case, while tour guides can be given the equivalent of £2-£3 per day.