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  • South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

    1. South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

    Embark on a 2-hour sightseeing cruise starting in South Lake Tahoe either at sunset or during the day. Enjoy the scenic beauty while cruising 7 miles (11 kilometers) across the lake to the breathtaking Emerald Bay, known as one of the top ten most photographed places in the world. See the majestic mountains of South Lake Tahoe while onboard the world-class Tahoe Bleu Wave yacht. As you cruise, you will find indoor and outdoor seating with 360-degree panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, the snow-capped mountains, Fannette Island, Vikingsholm Castle, Eagle Waterfall, and the Rubicon. Enjoy the company of your captain as he navigates the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe and gives a personal narration of the facts and figures of this lake. If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to see a variety of wildlife such as the bald eagle, black bears, and wild geese. if you've chosen the sunset option...

    The boat ride was absolutely worth the $100! The captain had tons of super interesting facts and book excerpts. It doesn't get much better that Emerald Bay, anywhere! Get there early so you can get yourself a great seat in on the front of the boat. I will do it again when I visit.

  • Lake Tahoe: Half-Day Photographic Scenic Tour

    2. Lake Tahoe: Half-Day Photographic Scenic Tour

    You will go to some of Lake Tahoe's most famous locations, showcasing the best of its South and West Shores. Your journey begins at a beautiful secluded beach, known for its wildlife. Shadowed by the granddaddy of Tahoe mountains, Mt. Tallac, you will learn how the famous Snowcross forecasts the forthcoming winter conditions. The area is especially famous as a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. Home to numerous species of birds, look out too for bears, especially in October, as you listen to the peaceful birdsong. In late spring and summer, wildflowers carpet the meadows of Taylor Creek. In the foreground, Mt. Tallac keeps a watchful eye over its wildlife inhabitants. Come in October and you will see the Kokanee Salmon run, when around 80,000 salmon start their journey to spawn. Pause at some quaint, local stores to stock up on snacks and beverages, before moving on to Emerald Bay. One of ...

    Absolutely the highlight of our stay at Lake Tahoe! Jim is an excellent personable guide! We saw and learned things we never would have discovered on our own!

  • Lake Tahoe: Emerald Bay Helicopter Flight

    3. Lake Tahoe: Emerald Bay Helicopter Flight

    Take off from south Lake Tahoe and enjoy fantastic scenery on a helicopter flight. See several scenic landmarks including Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Lake, Taylor Creek, and Pope Beach as you fly towards breathtaking Emerald Bay. Admire the views of granite and forested landscapes surrounding Emerald Bay. See Eagle Falls which feeds into the lakes shimmering emerald-green waters. Take in these incredible sights from a helicopter for a truly memorable experience over Lake Tahoe.

  • Lake Tahoe: Self-Guided Driving Tour

    4. Lake Tahoe: Self-Guided Driving Tour

    Explore your way on this self-guided driving tour of Lake Tahoe. See the entire lake and all the best vistas, hikes, and swimming spots using an app that functions as a guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy a tour by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Begin your tour in Stateline on the southern shore. From there, take a clockwise loop around the lake. While driving, learn about the heated debate between California and Nevada over who technically owns the lake. Visit the summer home of a man who insisted people called his cabin the Vatican. Then, see a few more impressive homes along the shore, including some inspired by Viking longhouses. Next, visit Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel. This bay offers stunning views of the water and the mountains beyond, as well as swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, and any other water activities you could want. ...

  • From Lake Tahoe: Yosemite National Park Full-Day Tour

    5. From Lake Tahoe: Yosemite National Park Full-Day Tour

    Enjoy traveling in a luxury 28-passenger mini bus to the High Sierra. You’ll leave South Lake Tahoe at 06:00 on the 3-hour drive to the main valley of Yosemite National Park. This breathtaking adventure provides an unforgettable opportunity to savor the vast array of stunning High Sierra features made famous by the likes of John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams. The exclusive documentary tour includes a full-day of sightseeing in one of America’s favorite national parks, conducted by a Yosemite expert. The tour price includes transportation, the park admission fee, a delicious picnic lunch with an assortment of beverages, and a seasonal hike to the Bridalveil Fall or Yosemite Falls. Spend around 6 hours in the park, driving from one scenic location to the next. You can exit the bus to admire the scenery and take photos at each stop. When you reach the main valley at around noon,...

    Driver was punctual and pleasant. He was a safe driver & knowledgeable about all aspects of Yosemite. Tour was a joy. We were able to enjoy a stress free experience. Driver provided delicious nutritious meals snacks and beverages. Yosemite was magnificent and our guide narrated with passion & enthusiasm. Felt energized by nature and all the granite and streams. Mother Nature in all her glory. Cannot wait to return

  • Lake Tahoe: 2-Hour Private Boat Trip with Captain

    6. Lake Tahoe: 2-Hour Private Boat Trip with Captain

    Enjoy a boat trip around the stunning natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Take in panoramic views of mile-high mountains and the famous Emerald Bay on this private, 2-hour tour. Meet your certified captain at the Tahoe Keys Marina. Hop aboard their ship, the Grateful Red. Get ready to set sail onto the continent's second deepest lake. Enjoy spectacular views as you journey round Lake Tahoe. Pass by Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historical Site. Sail into the picturesque and photogenic Emerald Bay. See Fannette Island in the middle of the lake, and catch a glimpse of the Scandinavian architecture of the Vikingsholm mansion. Take in the beauty of the D.L. Bliss State Park. Admire the electric green and cobalt blue water of Rubicon Bay, before returning to the marina to finish the tour.

    Captain Bryan was fantastic. He was knowledgeable but was willing too go with the flow with this family with 3 young children. Visiting Emerald Bay complete with tour was an extra special treat. We felt safe and well cared for the entire time. And oh, the scenery was to die for. Definitely a highlight of our Tahoe trip. Thanks Bryan

  • Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

    7. Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

    Take off from south of Lake Tahoe and fly along the east shore into the state of Nevada. Witness the beautiful indigo blue waters and teal shorelines as you fly to Zephyr Cove. After circling Zephyr Cove, fly west along the south shoreline past Fallen Leaf Lake and Cascade Lake to Emerald Bay. Take in the beautiful views from the helicopter for an adventure that will last long in the memory.

  • Virginia City Day Tour From Lake Tahoe

    8. Virginia City Day Tour From Lake Tahoe

    Enjoy a full-day bus tour to Virginia City from South Lake Tahoe and discover a historic town along the Pony Express Trail. A tour guide will share the history of the city, once a boomtown of the mining industry. Discover how pioneers explored and settled the area after the discovery of silver and gold. Upon arrival, you will go to the F Street Train Depot to ride on the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad, a 7-mile round trip through Wild West country to Gold Hill and back. After the train ride, proceed to the main C Street and Delta Saloon, established in 1859, where you can enjoy the Old West atmosphere before exploring the tiny but historic town, dominated by the piercing spire of the St. Mary in the Mountains church. Other highlights include the Mark Twain Museum, western wear stores, gold and silver stores, and a chance to go into a real mine.

    very good experience, only reason i didn't give 5 stars is the driver was giving info about the tour and a ton of his information wasn't accurate. then he started doing movie trivia about Tahoe actors... which had nothing to do with the tour and a lot of that info was incorrect.

  • Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

    9. Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

    Sit back and enjoy a boat tour of some of the most famous sights and views that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic noise and congestion, with complimentary perks like light snacks, drinks, music, and swim gear. Heading out from Tahoe Keys Marina in Grateful Red, the luxury boat some call the Ferrari of Lake Tahoe. The tour starts with cruising by Camp Richardson, the oldest campground in the basin, and the Tallac Historical site. Next, venture past the golden sands of Baldwin and Ski Beach before reaching the entrance to Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the world. Entering Emerald Bay, see the memorable Vikingsholm mansion which many consider the finest piece of Scandinavian architecture in the U.S. Pass by Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, also located in Emerald Bay, and home to the former tea hous...

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 201 reviews

Driver was punctual and pleasant. He was a safe driver & knowledgeable about all aspects of Yosemite. Tour was a joy. We were able to enjoy a stress free experience. Driver provided delicious nutritious meals snacks and beverages. Yosemite was magnificent and our guide narrated with passion & enthusiasm. Felt energized by nature and all the granite and streams. Mother Nature in all her glory. Cannot wait to return

The boat ride was absolutely worth the $100! The captain had tons of super interesting facts and book excerpts. It doesn't get much better that Emerald Bay, anywhere! Get there early so you can get yourself a great seat in on the front of the boat. I will do it again when I visit.

Nice sunset cruise of emerald bay. plenty of seating out side and also indoor seating if needed. Guide was nice and funny too.

Great tour! Bryan was great! Just what my family was looking for!!

This tour was perfect for relaxing ,fun and educational.