Daily Sightseeing Cruises & Tours

Experience the deep blue waters and scenic attractions of Lake Tahoe aboard one of our three graceful yachts. Sailing excursions depart five times daily from Zephyr Cove Resort aboard the Woodwind II. Also offered are Sunset Champagne cruises at 7:00 pm* every evening which include complimentary beer, wine, and champagne!

Don't miss our popular cruises to either the fascinating Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site or along the Wonderful West Shore on one of our classic motor yachts, the Tahoe or Safari Rose. Included on the Tahoe's trip to the Thunderbird Lodge is a light Continental Breakfast, narrated tour of the lake's east shore, a guided walking tour of this incredible lakefront estate, and lunch with beverage on the site grounds. Included on the Safari Rose's Wonderful West Shore Cruise are narration on the lake and west shore's intriguing history and a lunch with beverage. Special summer evening cruises are also available on the Safari Rose.

No special clothing or shoes are required. We do recommend you check the weather before your cruise and dress appropriately in the event that the weather should change suddenly. Be sure to bring your camera for the magnificent Lake Tahoe scenery.

Woodwind II

Tahoe Boat Cruises - Woodwind II

Day Cruises -  11:30am, 1:30pm, & 3:30pm daily
Departing: Zephyr Cove Resort
Please arrive 1/2 hour before any departure.
Adults $42.00
Seniors (60+) $38.00
Children (2-12) $15.00
Toddlers (under 2) $0.00
Reservations are recommended. Call 775-588-3000 or 888-867-6394 opt. 1

 

Happy Hour Cruises - Not Available after Labor Day
Departing:Zephyr Cove Resort
Featuring half-price drink specials
Please arrive 1/2 hour before any departure.
Adults $37.00
Seniors (60+) $33.00
Children (2-12) $15.00
Reservations are recommended. Call 775-588-3000 or 888-867-6394 opt. 1

 

Sunset Champagne Cruise - 7:00pm daily
Departing: Zephyr Cove Resort
Complimentary beer wine and champagne!
Please arrive 1/2 hour before any departure.
*Departure time may vary with sunset. Call ahead.
Adults $53.00
Seniors (60+) $49.00
Children (2-12) $15.00
Reservations are recommended. Call 775-588-3000 or 888-867-6394 opt 1.

 


Tahoe

Tahoe Boat Cruises - Tahoe

East Shore Cruise with Walking Tour of the Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site

Departing: Zephyr Cove Marina - 760 US Hwy 50, Zephyr Cove, Nv 89448
Departs Tuesday through Saturday at 10 am. Check-in begins at 9:30am.
Adults $139.00
Advance reservations required. 775.230.8907

For the most unique experience at Lake Tahoe join us on our classic wooden boat, the Tahoe, for a narrated cruise along the lake's historic east shore followed by a private tour of its most fascinating waterfront landmark, the Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site. Formerly the Whittell estate, this property was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

First enjoy a light Continental breakfast as you see some of the grandest and most beautiful lakefront homes, including several belonging to celebrities and one of the largest on the lake at 24,000 sq. feet. Along the way we will also tour Glenbrook Bay, final resting place of the 100 year-old steamship, S.S. Tahoe.

We will then dock at the spectacular Thunderbird Lodge estate near Sand Harbor. This complex of structures was constructed of native granite in the late 1930's to resemble a French chateau for eccentric real estate tycoon George Whittell, Jr., and his French-born wife, Elia. A shrewd investor, Mr. Whittell acquired over 40,000 acres of land on the Nevada side of the lake and owned 27 miles of the shoreline at one time. In addition to being a collector of classic cars, yachts and airplanes, he was very fond of exotic animals and kept several at his Tahoe estate including his pet lion, Bill. There you will receive a guided tour of the grounds, including the Lighthouse Room, the Old Lodge, the maids' quarters and old kitchen, as well as the 600' underground tunnel leading to the infamous Card House and Boat House.

In the Boat House you just may see the fabulous yacht Thunderbird, handcrafted for "Captain" Whittell in 1939. This classic woodie is a 55' mahogany and stainless steel Hacker Commuter. Designed to resemble the fuselage of a DC-2 airplane and fitted with dual Allison aircraft engines by subsequent owner Bill Harrah, the Thunderbird is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and certainly the most beautiful vessel ever to grace the waters of Tahoe.

Following the tour you will enjoy a complimentary buffet-style deli luncheon on the site grounds. Cruise with tour is approximately 5 hours long. Full bar available on board.

 


Safari Rose

Tahoe Boat Cruises - Safari-Rose

Wonderful West Shore Cruise with Lunch
Departing: Round Hill Pines Resort  300 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, Nv 89448
Bring your camera and binoculars - this is Tahoe sightseeing at its finest!
Courtesy Shuttle Service from all South Shore lodging properties.
Departs daily at 11 am. Check-in begins at boat at 10:30 am.
Adults $105.00
Seniors (60+) $100.00

Join us for a day of the finest cruising on Lake Tahoe aboard our classic 80' motor yacht, the Safari Rose. On this 4-hour sightseeing cruise we see Emerald Bay, of course, but there's so much more.

At 11:00 AM we depart Round Hill Pines Resort on the south shore and head north while the Captain begins his narrative. Take a moment to explore the Safari Rose, walk around the teak decks, the main salon with plush carpet, leather furniture and full bar, the semi enclosed fantail - or grab a chair up on the sun deck, sit back and relax - it's all comfortable. Get out your cameras folks, our first stop is Fleur-du-Lac, the famed estate of Henry J. Kaiser, where the movie "Godfather II" was filmed. You will be served lunch aboard the yacht as we head south from there through McKinney Bay, passing the old brothel at Homewood, historic Chambers Landing and Sugar Pine Point State Park, site of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion built in 1903.Continuing on we go by the fabulous lakefront homes and gorgeous beaches in Meeks and Rubicon Bay.

Just past serene Lester Beach Cove at Bliss State Park we encounter the Rubicon Cliffs that drop from several hundred feet above us almost vertically over a thousand feet to the lake bottom. Following the pristine shoreline south we enter spectacular, glacier-carved Emerald Bay for a glimpse of osprey and bald eagles and take a spin around Fannette Island to view Eagle Falls and the Vikingsholm Mansion. Departing Emerald Bay we proceed past more lakefront homes at Cascade Properties, Baldwin Beach, Mt. Tallac and the Tallac Historic Site on the way back to our home port.