Lake Tahoe

Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley

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From $80.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 the legendary 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

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned shuttle bus
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Driver/guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

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

What To Expect

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.

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Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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.

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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.
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Stunning views of Lake Tahoe
Dara_K, Oct 2022
Enjoyed the history sharing by driver along with tour. He knows his stuff! Thanks for an enjoyable and very informative experience!
Good around the lake tour
Phillip_D, Oct 2022
I enjoyed the stops at Emerald Bay, the Trukee River Dam, and Tahoe City the best. Our travel guide shared lots of interesting facts about the area, including famous people who had lived there in the past and many wealthy Tech icons now. Lunch at Rosie’s in Tahoe City was great. Appreciated the frequent bathroom opportunities available along the trip.
Driver/narrator was very...
Kenneth_R, Sep 2022
Driver/narrator was very knowledgeable of the Lake Tahoe area. It made the tour more enjoyable. He did a good job.
Beautiful tour. Excellent...
Valerie_L, Sep 2022
Beautiful tour. Excellent guide. Two hour stop for lunch was too long. Disappointed in the little town we stopped at.
Awesome tour!!
Christine_W, Sep 2022
The tour was so much fun & very informative!! Our guide was awesome! We learned so much about the lake, it’s residents, etc. We highly recommend it!!
Good tour
Debbie_M, Aug 2022
The scenery and learning about the history of the area. Driver was very knowledgeable and interacted with the group!!!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Great tour
ammancillas51, May 2022
We got to see a lot of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Our driver was very knowledgeable and very informative.
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.