A Vegas taxi driver recommended a bus trip to Laughlin as a fun day out. He advised that we might even score a free trip but as we booked through our concierge at the Flamingo, it cost us $12.50 plus $2.50 tax each, but did include a free dinner buffet. Looking through Vegas booklets later we saw adverts stating you can actually get this trip free, still incl. the free buffet. We travelled with Airbridge tours on a Gray Line bus. Our pickup time was 8.45am from Harrahs bus station but our driver announced that this bus was in fact just a shuttle to the Vegas Gray Line HQ. There was a brief stop at the " Welcome to Vegas" sign for a photo opportunity. We left the HQ at 10am and arrived at the Tropicana Express ( formerly the Ramada) at 11.30. On leaving the bus we were told to queue at the hotels Players Club to register for $5 free slot play and to collect our free buffet voucher. The buffet didn't begin until 4pm. After a half hour wait we had our vouchers. There wasn't any info. available to get your bearings, but we had printed out a basic map of Laughlin from the Internet thankfully, so we knew there were 9 casinos, spread along Casino Drive and that we were roughly halfway along the road. Our plan was to walk to Harrah's which is situated at one end but unfortunately we hadn't reckoned on just how far the walk would be and is also uphill! 30 long minutes later we were knackered and distraught because we couldn't see any way to reach Harrah's from the main road and eventually had to navigate down roads meant for cars only to reach the front entrance! The casino was split into 2, smoking and non- smoking, but it took us a long search to find our normal favourite slot, 25c. Wheel of Fortune and even then there were only 2 WOF machines, sat next to each other, 1 a dollar machine, 1 our 25c. one! We decided to catch the water taxi which was not the easiest to find and we had a long wait before it came. The "map" by the boat dock was a real enigma - basically a list of the 9 hotels in Laughlin, but printed in a completely random order! When the water taxi finally arrived, we travelled to the Colorado Belle casino, directly opposite the Tropicana. This is a very old fashioned place, again with a limited choice of slots. At 3.45pm we joined the very large queue at the Tropicana buffet for the 4pm opening and found a seat at 4.20pm, our bus due to depart at 5.45pm back to Vegas. The normal cost for this buffet is $17.99, so getting it free was good and it was as good as most in Vegas. At the start of the trip back, our driver switched on the classic DVD, In The Heat of the Night, which helped the trip go by quickly. However, as we reached the outskirts of Vegas, and at least 30-40 minutes before we were dropped off at Harrah's, the driver turned off the film, without apology, and started waffling away about general nonsense, meaning we never found out who the murderer was!!!!! Eventually we looked it up on the Internet! While it is a cheap day out, ( we are 50ish), we were about 20 years younger than everyone else and the casinos were old and tired. Good diversion if Vegas is too much for you, but otherwise I'd give it a miss.