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Talk About Experiential Tourism; for $6,800, Las Vegas Visitors
Can Live the Life of James Bond Replete with Martini's - Shaken not Stirred

By Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas SunMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Aug. 10, 2012--A Las Vegas tour company has launched a three-day, two-person Las Vegas bonding experience -- as in James Bond.

The "Secret Agent 702" tour gives couples a chance to live the adventures of a spy, from soaring in helicopters to driving fast cars to zipping down wire cables.

The cost of being a secret agent: $6,800 for two people.

The package was developed by the Papillon Group, a Southern Nevada air tour operator that offers flights over the Strip, Hoover Dam and southwestern national parks. The tour company is partnering with Andre's Restaurant and Lounge at the Monte Carlo, the Bank Nightclub at Bellagio, Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Flightlinez at Bootleg Canyon, the Light Group and Hotel32.

Secret Agent 702 "transforms mild-mannered Las Vegas visitors into sexy spies looking for the thrill of a lifetime," company officials said in a release.

The experience begins at McCarran International Airport, where "spies" will board a limousine and be served a martini -- shaken, not stirred -- before being taken to Monte Carlo's Hotel32. After a private check-in, they'll receive a package filled with disguises, plus refreshments and cocktails.

At 5 a.m. the next day, spies will be taken by helicopter to a plateau overlooking the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon for a champagne breakfast. Then they'll fly to Boulder City to zipline at Bootleg Canyon before heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to take seven laps in a Ferrari F430 GT.

From there, it's back to the hotel for a private dinner at Andre's at the Monte Carlo. Spies get a seven-course tasting menu with cognac flights paired with post-dinner cigars.

The experience ends with a private table for two at the Bank Nightclub, where agents complete their mission. Then it's back to McCarran, and real life, the next day.

The package is available through Dec. 30. Participants must be 21 or older and book at least 60 days in advance.


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