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Trips depart from Las Vegas, NV, and Tusayan, AZ, and, because there are no white water rapids, are open to kids as young as 4 years of age.

(TRAVPR.COM) USA - July 23rd, 2013 - Grand Canyon summer temperatures are cracking 100 degrees with ease. For travelers looking to beat the heat, 1-day float tours down the Colorado River are the answer.

"West Rim, South Rim or bottom of the canyon, it’s hot" said Keith Kravitz, owner of Grand Canyon Tours.

As far as tours are concerned,  Kravitz recommends taking a one-day rafting trip.

“Float trips are an excellent way to stay refreshed and have fun,” he noted. “Most trips include multiple stops so guests can jump into the river and cool off.”

Float trips depart from Las Vegas, NV, and Tusayan, AZ. Tours run daily all through summer and stop mid-November. Trips re-start in April when the water is warmer.

The Las Vegas tour starts with a helicopter ride to the bottom of the West Rim. From there, guests are transported to the foot of Hoover Dam where the pontoon boats are docked.

"The float segment of the Vegas trip is spectacular," Kravitz said. "It starts with a cruise through Black Canyon, goes 11 miles downstream and wraps up at Willow Beach."

South Rim rafting trips depart from the Grand Canyon Airport Complex in Tusayan. Two options are available. One includes a plane ride to Page, AZ, a Jeep trip to Antelope Valley and rafting. The other uses a bus to get to Glen Canyon Dam where the water rafting begins.

"The part of the Colorado River from Glen Canyon to Lee’s Ferry has no white water rapids," said Kravitz. "This means that kids four years of age and older can do it."

Kravitz added, “The trip goes through some of the most beautiful parts of the upper Colorado River. Highlights include Horseshoe Bend, which brilliantly contrasts the river against a red sandstone butte, and a hidden canyon that harbors some exquisite ancient Indian petroglyphs.”

Float tours are typically all-inclusive and include gear, safety vest, lunch, river pilot, all taxes and fees and transportation to and from the River.

"There are no hidden surprises when it comes to purchasing a float tour," said Kravitz. "The final price includes everything."

Reservations are recommended for travelers planning to take a summer rafting excursion.  

"Rafting is one of the canyon's most popular activities so expect sell-outs," said Kravitz. "The way to get around this is to book at least 72 hours in advance. Even then it’s tricky, especially concerning the package that includes the airplane tour. That one should be booked at least a week ahead of time.”

Pricing for float trips is very competitive.

"Rafting tours are priced fairly," said Kravitz. "However, for even better rates, shop the Internet. Avoid visiting the usual big-name websites. Instead, go direct to the tour supplier, who, in reality, is the only entity that's in a position to offer true specials and discounts."

Kravitz added," The one thing to remember when purchasing tours online is to make sure to complete the transaction on the Web. Doing this ensures that the Internet discount gets locked in."

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