• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Lake Tahoe Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Nov 14

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake between the borders of California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is in the worlds top 20 oldest lakes and one of the purest water lakes in the world, with the water coming in at 99.994% pure. Lets take a look at some of what you can do while in Lake Tahoe and also the nearby city of Reno.


Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed are when booking for a single adult and are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.

Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour

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. Roundtrip transportation included from select hotels.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Tuesdays at 8am

Price

$70 per person

Alternative


Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

Go back in time to the old Wild West on this tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, Nevada, including a train ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. With a guide, you’ll start your day trip by minibus, driving along part of the Pony Express. When you reach Virginia City, a National Historic Landmark District, take a 6.5-mile round-trip train ride before enjoying free time in town to explore at your leisure, perhaps visiting museums or a historical saloon. Roundtrip transportation included from select hotels.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Thursdays at 8:30am

Price

$85 per person

Alternative

Guided Tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City - $65 per person


El Dorado Wine Country Tour

Visit the wineries near Lake Tahoe on this day trip to the El Dorado AVA (American Viticultural Area), a wine appellation outside the town of Placerville in the Sierra foothills. Accompanied by a wine guide, you’ll enjoy visits to multiple wineries, where tastings are included at the first three. Also included are a stop at Boa Vista fruit orchard, an outdoor picnic-style lunch, and transport from South Lake Tahoe. If you’re interested in wine or agriculture, this is a great way to see more of this region of Northern California.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Wednesdays at 8am

Price

$76.93 per person

Downtown Reno Tour

The best way to see all that Downtown Reno has to offer! On this 30-45 minute tour, you will see the Reno Strip, Murals, the famous Truckee River and Riverwalk, Wingfield Park, and BOTH of the Reno Arches! Your experienced tour guide will give you fun information about the history of Reno and the Truckee River. Roundtrip transportation included from reno hotels.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Thursday - Sunday, every half-hour from 11am - 6pm

Price

$45 per person

Alternative

Reno Midtown Mural Tour - $55 per person


Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise

Take a boat tour on Lake Tahoe to soak up the alpine beauty of Emerald Bay, one of the lake’s most scenic spots. As you glide across the water on the M.S. Dixie II, admire the surrounding Sierra Nevadas, and cruise past Emerald Bay’s Fannete Island, the lake’s only island, as well as Vikingsholm Castle, a unique home on the shore. Plus, watch a video on board about the interesting underwater features of the lake.


Duration

2 hour

Availability

Friday - Monday at 12pm

Price

$69.75 per person

Alternative


Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

A no-hassle "grab n go" rental. No tour or itinerary required. The universal soft racks allow these kayaks and paddle boards to fit on almost any car safely and reliably. Easy installation and load - be in and out so you can spend your time where it matters... on the water!



Duration

2 - 24 hours

Availability

Everyday from 9am

Price

  • $50 per person for 2 hours

  • $75 per person for 4 hours

  • $95 per person for 9 hours

  • $105 per person for 24 hours

Alternative

Ski or Snowboard Rental

Hit the slopes of Tahoe this winter with a ski or snowboard rental package in South Lake Tahoe. You’ll be fitted by trained staff members who will make sure you leave with the boots, bindings, and skis or snowboard that are right for your skill level. Plus, receive maps of area resorts and tips about mountain safety. By reserving in advance, you’ll ensure you won’t miss out on rentals for your family during the busy ski season. Four rental locations are available, and you can choose a 1-, 2- or 3-day package.


Duration

1 - 3 days

Availability

Everyday from 9am

Price

  • $44.59 per person for 1 day

  • $89.18 per person for 2 days

  • $133.76 per person for 3 days

Alternative


Day Trip to Yosemite from Lake Tahoe

Explore the scenic highlights of Yosemite National Park on a full-day, small-group guided trip from Lake Tahoe with a lunchtime picnic beside Cascade Falls. Capture unforgettable images of the park’s soaring rock walls and craggy peaks then enjoy an invigorating hike to Yosemite Falls or Bridalveil Falls, where high-mountain rivers tumble from sheer granite cliffs. Spot rock climbers scaling the face of El Capitan, watch for deer in alpine meadows, and take in the timeless beauty of California’s High Sierra mountains. Lunch and roundtrip transportation included.


Duration

14 hours

Availability

Thursdays at 5:30am

Price

$250 per person


Winter Horseback Riding Adventure from Reno

Animal lovers shouldn't miss the chance to ride horseback through a scenic winter landscape, on this horse riding adventure from Reno. After convenient hotel pickup from Reno hotels, follow your guide on a group ride along a scenic trail, with fantastic views of the Sierra Range. Enjoy provided snacks and drinks while you're on the trail, and get direct transportation back to your hotel at the end of your ride.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday at 10am

Price

$205.97 per person

Alternative

Experience Raptors and Falconry - $90 per person

ATV & Snow Mobile Winter Adventures from Reno

Zoom through the Sierra backcountry on an all-terrain vehicle during this winter adventure from Reno. With a guide in the lead providing commentary, you won't have to worry about navigation and you'll learn about the local flora and fauna. All equipment and instruction is included so even beginners can participate. Snacks and roundtrip transportation included from select Reno hotels.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

$289.88 per person


Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe

Showcasing beautiful Fallen Leaf lake, Cascade Lake, Taylor Creek, and Pope Beach, this tour heads to breathtaking Emerald Bay. Surrounded by granite cathedrals and fed by Eagle falls, the lake's only true bay is named for its emerald green waters. Weight limits apply. Maximum per-passenger weight is 250lbs. Maximum weight of all passengers combined must not exceed 500lbs.


Duration

10 - 12 minutes

Availability

Everyday, every 20 mins from 9am - 6pm

Price

$110 per person

Alternative

Lake Tahoe Small-Group Photography Scenic

Experience a unique way to enjoy Lake Tahoe’s natural wonders and receive photography tips as you are led by an experienced photo guide who provides tips and shares information about the area. Whether you’re looking to snap a poster-worthy shot of snow-covered mountains, towering trees, wild flowers or the glassy lake itself, you’ll learn how to shoot in the great outdoors and see some of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful natural sights, including Emerald Bay.


Duration

5 - 6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7am and 7:30am

Price

$189 per person