Day 1

4:30 am Arrive at Kelowna International Airport for check-in http://www.kelownaairport.com/

6:00 am flight to Seattle, Washington USA http://airport-seatac.com/

One and a half hour lay-over in Seattle.  Great opportunity to grab a light breakfast from the concession.  (Fruit, yogurt, granola and a green iced tea)

8:00 am flight to Las Vegas, Nevada USA https://www.mccarran.com/

12:30 pm Shuttle service to Monte Carlo Resort & Casino via Bell Transportation (shared bus service) http://bell-trans.com/las-vegas-limousine-service-provider-bell-trans-airport-shuttle/

1:00 pm Check-in at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino http://www.montecarlo.com/

-Drop off luggage in-room, unpack and wardrobe change

1:30 pm Lunch at The Pub http://www.montecarlo.com/restaurants/the-pub.aspx  at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino

-Try one of the following: BBQ Beef Brisket $15, Shepherd's Pie $16, or Fried Shrimp Bucket $19 Wash it down with a Stella Artois-tastings 4 for $15 or $8 for draft size.  



2:30 pm Use the free tram services and head for The Bellagio.  http://www.lasvegas-how-to.com/free-tram.php

2:45 pm Walk through The Conservatory, check out the Chocolate Fountain, look up at the blow-glass ceiling sculpture in the lobby, hit the casino floor and stop to watch The Bellagio Fountain show (every 1/2 hour on the hour). http://www.bellagio.com/

3:15 pm Take the pedestrian bridge to Ceasar's Palace.  Take a stroll through the lobby, casino floor and head for the Forum Shops where the sky is painted with clouds and the luxury shopping is plentiful. http://www.caesarspalace.com/

4:00 pm Stop at Fat Tuesday's to purchase a 32 oz. daiquiri. The first time you pay $14 and it includes the take-away cup.  All refills are $11.  Have a seat and watch the Fall of Atlantic show. http://www.fat-tuesday.com/site.php

5:00 pm Visit Sigfried & Roy's Secret Garden at the Mirage to view the lions and watch the dolphin show.  Cost-$19.95 http://www.mirage.com/

Continue all the strip and make a stop at Treasure Island.

7:00 pm Walk back toThe Bellagio to catch the tram back to the Monte Carlo

Pick a location to have dinner within the Monte Carlo

Finish the night with a stop on the casino floor.  Try your hand at blackjack or roulette...even the traditional slots will do.

Day 2

6:30 am pick-up shuttle service for scheduled tour

8 am Grand Canyon tour via airplane http://www.papillon.com/

11:00 am Return to Monte Carlo

Visit New York New York Vegas located next to the Monte Carlo. http://www.newyorknewyork.com/

1:00 pm Have lunch at the Nine Fine Irishmen. http://www.ninefineirishmen.com/ Best on the menu: Lamb Stew, Fish and Chips and Herb Grilled Chicken.  Ask your server for drink cups to-go and fill them with a Drunken Peach mixed with 7-up.

2:15 pm Take the pedestrian bridge to Excalibur and catch the free tram service to the Luxor. http://www.luxor.com/

At the box office located on the second floor, purchase multi-ticket deal 3 shows/exhibits for $57 http://www.luxor.com/entertainment/entertainment_3for57.aspx

3:00 pm Visit the Titanic & Bodies exhibits. http://www.luxor.com/entertainment/bodies.aspx or  http://www.luxor.com/entertainment/titanic.aspx

4:00 pm Take the tram to Mandalay Bay. http://www.mandalaybay.com/

4:15 pm Visit Shark Reef.  http://www.mandalaybay.com/shark-reef/

5:00 pm Return to Monte Carlo

6:00 pm Walk to Linq Lane. (Behind the Flamingo).

7:00 pm Dinner at Battista's Hole in the Wall.  All meals come with soup or salad, garlic bread, house wine and a cappuccino. Try Spaghetti and Meat Sauce $21.95 or Chicken Alfredo $28.95 http://battistaslasvegas.com/

9:00 pm Return to Monte Carlo.  Time to find somewhere to sit and have a drink or try Lady Luck again.

Day 3

9:00 am Make your way pool side and take advantage of fewer people.

11:00 am Head across the street for breakfast at Denny's.  Expect a 20-30 minute wait. If you like a "slam" breakfast, try the All-American Slam or Fit Slam.  http://www.dennys.com/

12:30 pm Head a block away to M&M World for all your M&M needs. http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on-the-strip/m-and-m-world/

1:00 pm Begin your journey by walking up the strip.  Make a stop at the Wildlife Habitat inside The Flamingo and have a parrot encounter. http://www.flamingolasvegas.com/

2:00 pm Visit Paris Las Vegas. http://www.parislasvegas.com/

2:30 pm Visit the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and you may just be able to catch The Bellagio Fountain Show. http://www.parislasvegas.com/things-to-do.html

3:00 pm Walk to the Venetian and take the walking escalators up into the shops past Madame Tussaud's. http://www.venetian.com/index.html

4:00 pm Visit Carlo's Bake Shop.  Expect long lines and over 20 minute wait times but the cannoli's are worth it. http://www.carlosbakery.com/

5:00 pm Take a Gondola Ride.  http://www.venetian.com/gondola-rides.html

5:30 pm Return to Monte Carlo via taxi.  Approx. $12

6:30 pm Dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Pub & Grill at Caesar's Palace. Best 12 oz. Steaks and Salted-Caramel Apple Martinis.  http://www.caesarspalace.com/restaurants/gordon-ramsay-pub-and-grill.html#.VAfCoPldXA0

9:00 pm Minus 5 Ice Bar at the Monte Carlo for the Total VIP Experience. http://www.minus5experience.com/

11:00 pm Limousine pick-up at Monte Carlo.  A ride along the strip for 2 hours $69/hour.  http://www.presidentiallimolv.com/

Cruise the strip with stops at The Bellagio Fountains, The Mirage Volcano and Freemont Street.

2:00 am Limousine drop-off at Monte Carlo.  Head to food court or the casino floor.

Day 4

7:30 am pick-up shuttle service to airport.

10:00 am flight to Los Angeles, California USA.  http://www.lawa.org/welcomelax.aspx

Enjoy brunch at one of the many bistros, restaurants and grills on a two and a half hour lay-over.

12:30 pm flight to Kelowna, BC Canada

4:30 pm Arrive home exhausted after an eventful trip.

I've been daydreaming a lot about the upcoming trip to Las Vegas...especially about what I'm packing and planning to wear.  So, to be on the safe side, I thought I'd better check weight restrictions through the airline and here's where the snag comes in.  Be sure to check the fine print when booking and double check with your airline about carry-on and checked baggage.  Most airlines allow a carry-on,within specific dimensions, and a personal item (purse/laptop).  But checked baggage is a whole different ballgame; some airlines include it in the cost, some don't charge you a dime for the first bag, but some like Alaskan Airlines and United Airlines DO charge a checked baggage fee.    My funds for this girls-only trip is now down 50 bucks because I am being charge a $25 baggage fee (each way!).  And I have to stay within the 50 lb limit. Can I do it? 

My suitcase weighed in at...42 lbs.


Throw that idea out the window because Las Vegas does not really have a strict dress code.  But by following a few simple rules, you will never appear out of place and will probably receive higher quality service.  The way you dress may vary depending on the activities that you are planning but one of the main reasons people flock to Las Vegas is to try their hand with Lady Luck.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors hit the casino floors hoping to win big.  But even if you are not a winner, you can dress the part.  Wearing shorts or jeans with a blouse are acceptable during the day but when the neon lights brighten, turn up your outfit with a flirty skirt or LBD (little black dress).  And under no circumstance should you be wearing flip-flops on the casino floor in the evening.  (This is a general guideline as casinos do not enforce a dress code).

Things are a little different if you plan on making a stop at any of the bars, lounges or nightclubs along The Strip.  No shorts, torn clothing, sneakers or running shoes, flip-flops and t-shirts are permitted.  Men: No baseball caps.  Think business casual to semi-formal.  Women:  That means breaking out your HIGH-HEELS!  The same manner of dress is appropriate for dining (especially if fine dining and a suit jacket may be required for men) and when attending shows or concerts.

But, if just walking around and kicking back is your style, dress for comfort.  You will be putting miles on your feet so proper foot wear is important.  If you must wear something more fashionable, pack a pair of flats in your bag...just in case.  And a light sweater or cardigan would not hurt either.  Temperatures tend to be high in the day but can dip in the evening causing a chill.

So, pull yourself together and enjoy everything that the city has to offer.  Maybe you will hit the jackpot or maybe not, but at least you can say you did Las Vegas in style.