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Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil Mystere review and ticket information

Cirque du Soleil Mystere review

Our Cirque du Soleil experience started with a proper research. We were only for 1 day in Las Vegas, so it had to be a good show for limited budget. For me, visiting Cirque du Soleil was one of the main reasons for coming to Vegas. Among other things, like casinos and nightlife, these shows are a true highlight and a must see for anyone visiting Sin City for the first time. Here is our story – Cirque du Soleil Mystere review and how to get cheap tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas.

Cirque du Soleil Mystere review

Cirque du Soleil coupons

You can purchase tickets online in advance. For late runners like us ticket booths called Tix4Tonight offer quite nice discounts (up to 50%) for the same day shows (including Cirque du Soleil). You may purchase coupons in these booths all over the Strip – 11 in total. The closest to our hotel was the one at Bally’s Grand Bazaar. I recommend getting there early, they open at 10 am, but it’s better to be there at least half an hour before that, as usually there is a line! Good show tickets sell fast! Once you are in the line waiting, helpful reps may approach you and explain all the different options and prices. It’s great to hear about the shows and makes the check out process a lot faster.

Actual tickets

Once you arrive at the counter, you will buy the coupons and need to go to the respective hotel to change them for the actual tickets (with seat numbers). Make sure the head there as soon as possible to make sure you’ll get the best seats! We were lucky to get fantastic seats for the price as low as 50$/person. It was a charity show, so no tax was added.

Cirque du Soleil Mystere review - tickets

Cirque du Soleil Mystere review – Treasure Island

Our show (Mystere) was supposed to be at Treasure Island. It’s quite a long walk from Bally’s but you get to see Mirage, Ceasar’s Palace and Venetian at daytime on your way. In the evening we called Uber as it was already too much walking for that day. The hotel is fabulous. We were really impressed with the size and scale of the theater. Everything looked new and the seats very really conformable. Truly, I was expecting something far worse than that.

treasure island cirque du soleil

The show – Mystere

The show we went for was called Mystere. Here is our Cirque du Soleil Mystere review – It’s a traditional circus show with acrobats, clowns, trapeze acts, jugglers, live music and singers. The stage was constantly transforming itself – visual effects made it look unreal at times. Performers did a great job too. We are not much of circus lovers, but this show really impressed us. The music was top class with live singers on stage. It was spectacular! Truly, world class show that you hardly get to see at home.

Cirque du Soleil Mystere review
Cirque du Soleil Mystere review

Overall experience

We were very satisfied with the show and Las Vegas in general. On our way back to the hotel, we got to see Vegas at night – the Mirage Volcano eruption and Ballagio fountains (these were a bit disappointing). The city is so different at night – I would say at it’s best! All the lights, billboards, the people, the atmosphere. We found a really nice Italian place for dinner, right next to the Lynx Wheel. It’s called Flour&Barley and they had the best canoli I’ve ever tasted outside of Italy. Highly recommend this place – lovely outside terrace, very friendly service and good food!

Cirque du Soleil Mystere review

As much as we loved Vegas, it was good to leave. The city requires a lot of energy and a lot of money. The choice of activities is almost limitless, sometimes it get too overwhelming and hard to decide where to go next. That’s why you need to prepare and plan ahead. For us, the obvious highlights were Cirque du Soleil, the Strip experience and casino attractions. However, that’s a lot to pack for 1 day and if visiting for the first time, one should take it easy. Therefore, it’s good to combine crazy Vegas with Grand Canyon visit for the balance.

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San Diego skyline

USA West Coast Road Trip – best moments

San Diego skylineNow that a month has passed since we returned from our awesome USA West Coast Road Trip, it’s time to sum up and create a post on the things we liked. We had planned a lot of different destinations, so the trip was quite intense. I might have to think of few more posts on some specific locations and things we did. Here are some of the best moments and memorable experiences from our trip.

Our USA West Coast Road Trip route looked like this:

Map of our USA West Coast Road Trip

Rental car for USA West Coast Road Trip

We started by picking up our rental car for our USA West Coast Road Trip from Phoenix, AZ. Rental company we chose was Alamo and the car was full size. When we were picking up, we had a choice (Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Volkswagen Passat) and were advised to choose cars with California plates (car return was in Los Angeles).

So we picked Hyundai Sonata. The car was 2015 model, very nice and smooth. I really loved driving it on US roads. Total cost for almost two weeks was around 600$. There was no issue with returning the car at SNA airport – very quick and smooth!

Our rental car for USA West Coast Road Trip Hyundai Sonata 2015

San Diego whale watching with Flagship cruises.

We booked this trip while being unaware of the weather. As it turned out – it was almost stormy on that day, so we got to experience some really nasty sea sickness. Luckily, the staff recommended to take sea sickness pills (sold them on board) and we took them in time (30 min before the shaking began). When it started rocking, some people felt really bad. We went out in the ocean and spotted some small whales. On the way back, we also got to see dolphins and sea lions (they were sunbathing). The trip takes approx. 3,5 hours and is a great way to spend a morning (or afternoon). The ocean is incredible and the views are spectacular! A must for a proper USA West Coast Road Trip!

USA West Coast Road Trip - Marine animals in San Diego Bay

USA West Coast Road Trip - Whale watching in San Diego Bay
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Must visit for USA West Coast Road Trip – Venice Beach in Los Angeles

Our trip to Venice beach was rather spontaneous – we made it there just in time before the sunset. The promenade reminded us of a typical south European resort – souvenir shops, cafes, people relaxing, playing music and enjoying themselves. The beach is very wide and clean – perfect for long walks. It’s a place that needs to be in any town – where you can come and spend the evening alone or with a friend.

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Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas

Visiting Las Vegas was high on our list during our USA West Coast Road Trip, but not for the casinos or party – we really wanted to see the shows. So on our first morning we went to one of the numerous Tix4tonight booths and stood in line before the opening. Surprisingly, we were not the only ones. The company is selling show tickets for the same night (sometimes for tomorrow as well) with nice discount (up to 50%). While you are in line, customer service reps help you pick the right show. After standing in line for half an hour and listening around, we decided to go for Cirque du Seleil show called Mystere. They were giving a charity show and therefore there was to tax charged. Two tickets cost us just under 100$. On the minus side – we had to get to the casino where the show was played right after buying these “tickets” to exchange them for actual tickets at the ticket office. The show was held in Treasure Island.

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USA West Coast Road Trip - Cirque du Soleil Mystere in Las Vegas    USA West Coast Road Trip - Cirque du Soleil Mystere in Las Vegas


The things that I remember about Flagstaff are – fantastic BBQ ribs and very cold motel room. First – the ribs. It was time for dinner so I googled the best place to go out for bbq. The place we picked was called Satchmo’s and the ribs were AMAZING! If only I had a power to eat more, I would! About cold rooms – weather in March is still quite chilly (especially when you have just been to the desert), so at nights it dropped so much, that we had to keep the heating on (it was noisy). Here is a tip – visit Flagstaff in summer!

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Grand Canyon

There are hardly any words to describe Grand Canyon properly – one just has to see it! It is powerful, majestic, breathtakingly enormous. One day is hardly enough to explore it. To see the best of it you need to hike, of course. We made a small hike just down the Kaibab trail. Really short one but enough to see the beauty and changing landscapes.

Later we visited some of the famous viewpoints – Grand View, Yucca Point and some others. It was a really great, but also exhausting day. I would totally recommend vising GC from Flagstaff – it’s an easy 1,5 hour ride. There is an entrance fee – 30$/car, and it is valid for 1 week. Totally recommend visiting as part of your USA West Coast Road Trip!

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Grand Canyon Kaibab trail Grand Canyon Kaibab trail

Palm Springs

Our last small adventure on USA West Coast Road Trip was a ride through an endless desert and finally arriving in Palm Springs for the night. To be honest, I always liked the idea of oasis, so Palm Springs was a natural choice. It’s hot and reminds of a resort, kind of get away spot. It’s very different from other places we visited – you can feel that people come there for holiday. Having said that – it should be no surprise that the first thing we did was to jump in the pool. What a great way to finish long day of driving!

Palm Springs pool
Palm Springs ice coffee Palm Springs motel

Palm Springs motel

Although our trip was amazing in almost any way, it was still so good to be back home! Traveling helps you realize how much you value the people and places. Sure, sometimes you may realize it was so much better somewhere you just visited. In this case you might need to move on, change your home for a new one. For us it was a moment of realizing that home is the best place on Earth – a place you always want to come back to!

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