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Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley

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South Lake Tahoe, United States
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Travel all the way around scenic Lake Tahoe in a comfortable shuttle on this 7-hour tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll cover close to 70 miles (110km), making stops at the beautiful vistas of Sand Harbor and Emerald Bay. You’ll also visit a charming village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, and explore Tahoe City on the lake’s north shore, stopping to purchase lunch. As you go, your guide will provide rich historical context for the beautiful landscape surrounding you.
  • Panoramic tour around Lake Tahoe
  • Circle the entire lake by comfortable shuttle bus
  • Stop at Emerald Bay State Park and Sand Harbor for gorgeous views of the lake and mountains
  • Visit the base village at Squaw Valley ski resort
  • Explore Tahoe City, and have lunch at a waterside restaurant (own expense)
  • Learn fun facts about the lake from a knowledgeable guide, who is a longtime local
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Transport by air-conditioned shuttle bus
Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
Driver/guide
Food and drinks
Gratuities
  • Grand Residence Club by Marriott - Lake Tahoe , 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-7068
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe , 50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449-9818
  • Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort , 901 Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • 8:00 AM
    Marriott Resorts Bus stop on Hwy 50 8:00am Hard Rock Casino - lobby / valet parking 8:05am Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort Bus stop on Ski Run Blvd. 8:10am
    Your tour will begin with pickup from select Tahoe hotels. A local guide will help you aboard your shuttle, where you can settle in to comfy seats and admire Lake Tahoe’s panorama from the large viewing windows.

    You’ll travel along the south shore first, stopping at Emerald Bay State Park, home to the lake’s most beautiful vistas. Step out to admire Fannette Island and the peaks towering over the brilliant blue of the water.

    Hop back on the bus to continue along the western shore for a picturesque walk around Tahoe City. Your next stop will be to the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Lake Tahoe’s prominent Squaw Valley Ski Resort, where large crowds come to hit the slopes each year. Take some time to explore the mountain village before heading back to Tahoe City. There, your guide will drop you at the Boatworks Mall, where you can purchase lunch at one of establishments overlooking the lake or peruse the shops.

    After a 1.5-hour break, you’ll travel across the state border into Nevada, stopping at Sand Harbor for more incredible views. As you travel, your guide will provide fun and factual narration about the area and the sites that you pass. Your Lake Tahoe circle tour will conclude at its original departure point.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Palisades Tahoe
    Site of 1960 Olympics, beautiful valley
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Lake Tahoe
    This tour goes all the way around the jewel of the Sierra.
    Duration: 7 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    South Lake Tahoe
    This tour goes all the way around the jewel of the Sierra.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Tahoe City Visitor Information Center
    Guest will have 1 1/2 hour in Tahoe City - Boatworks Mall to have lunch at near by restaurants.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Logan Shoals Vista Trail
    Final stop on this tour. Great views across the Lake from the East shore of Lake Tahoe
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Cave Rock
    Driver through historic Cave Rock Tunnel
    Stop At:  
    Emerald Bay State Park
    This is the highlight of this tour. We will stop at the inspiration point for photos
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A maximum of 10 people per booking
    • It is recommended to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Discover Lake Tahoe Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley.

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    • "A great day out if you want to find out a lot of local information about Tahoe and the surrounding area." See review

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    star-5
    Interesting and enjoyable tour
    David_W
    , Aug 2022
    Great guide. Learned a lot about the Lake Tahoe greater area. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Our daughter was not able to make the tour. We called a couple of days before the tour and we were told the the cost for her ticket would de refunded. However, I looked on our credit card bill this morning and a refund has not showed up. Please make the refund as promised. Great tour.
    star-5
    Tahoe charm and beauty
    Linda_R
    , Aug 2022
    Our guide was knowledgeable and provided many historical tidbits of Tahoe information. I appreciated the many things I learned even though I’ve visited many times. Definitely worth it!
    star-5
    Great tour
    Maria_P
    , Aug 2022
    The tour was great. We got to go all around the lake. Our guide was very knowledgeable, patient, and friendly.
    star-5
    Outstanding! Nevada Smith was awesome!
    RAJ_N
    , Jun 2022
    He has great knowledge and was very resourceful and informative. Overall great value and coverage for the money
    star-5
    Totally worth it!
    Leticia_A
    , Jun 2022
    We were picked up very promptly by our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of Lake Tahoe and it's surrounding area. The views were spectacular. Definitely worth it. Take the tour as soon as you arrive at Tahoe and take notes of your favorite places to return. Highly recommend this tour.
    star-5
    Great tour
    ammancillas51
    , May 2022
    We got to see a lot of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Our driver was very knowledgeable and very informative.
    star-3
    A Day of mountains, water, and windy roads.
    Tony_A
    , May 2022
    Very interesting tour, little hard to follow along with all the guide was pointing out, missed some photo opportunities but that's the way it goes sometimes. Eating at Rosie's as the guide recommended (sayin she was his sister) cost us an hour of our two hour free time, so definitely did get to enjoy as much.
    star-5
    Lake Tahoe Is AMAZING
    Teresa_M
    , May 2022
    Our tour guide was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and made everyone have an enjoyable experience. Thanks
    star-5
    Would highly recommend!
    Nancy_B
    , May 2022
    Great tour! Our guide, Chris, was a wealth of information and trivia! Just the right amount of stops and time at the stops. Highly recommend!
    star-5
    Excellent
    Vickie_R
    , Aug 2021
    The views around the lake were breathtaking. The tour has the perfect mix of stops and opportunities to take pictures. The guide, Nevada Smith was excellent!!! Great tour.
    star-4
    Beautiful virws
    Peggy_W
    , Jul 2021
    The views were outstanding. The driver was very talented at going over the mountain roads and through traffic. I think he was a bit long winded, right?
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Awesome experience
    Jacque_O
    , Jul 2021
    Awesome trip. Fantastic driver, very informative. Would recommend this to everyone. Loved hearing all about the history of the area in other towns.
    star-3
    A little disappointed
    Mark_T
    , Jun 2021
    Probably the dam area. Very interesting. Squaw valley was disappointing. Big Olympic fan. Was expecting more to be left from the games. Maybe highlighting that as a stop was a little misleading.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
    Squaw Valley has evolved for sure, but a lot of customers still feel it's a great stop therefore we promote and visit it.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Ride tour of Lake Tahoe
    Larry_S
    , Jun 2021
    We enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some ideas on what we should see during our visit. I wish we could have made a few more stops where we could have gotten out and looked around but I realize that parking is almost impossible everywhere. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is a first time visitor who needs some tips on how to navigate the area. I would suggest that the driver keep a cooler with water to sell on very hot days.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Great Tour
    Saretta_K
    , Jun 2021
    The views were stunning and it was great to see the entire lake in one day. The driver, Nevada Smith, was delightful and had an amazing knowledge of the area.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Highly recommended
    John_B
    , May 2021
    Driver's knowledge was impressive and he made the experience very enjoyable with his running dialogue.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great!!!
    Kim260
    , May 2021
    We had a great time the driver made the trip, his knowledge and humor added a great deal, to the beautiful scenery.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Awesome
    MICHAEL_P
    , Apr 2021
    Our tour guide (Chris?) was amazing! He never stopped talking, in a good way.. he explained everything we saw and went to. He new so much about the lake! Great tour!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Comfortable Bus Tour
    Claire_S
    , Oct 2020
    Nevada Smith was engaging. He communicated excellently and remembered our names. We enjoyed an absolutely beautiful day riding around Lake Tahoe. Hint: when choosing your seat, sit on the right side - our tour went in the clock-wise direction. We were all 40+ You know your family; Not sure teens and children would engage and be happy riding from 8am - ~3pm. Lunch is on your own and two hours.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-5
    Divas Loved It
    Ruby_J
    , Oct 2020
    We highly recommend this tour!!! My family enjoyed the knowledge of the guide Nevada Mike was so much fun!

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