Emerald Bay Cruise & Vikingsholm Castle Walking Tour
Includes: Cruise to Emerald Bay, walking tour of Vikingsholm Castle, and wine and light appetizers
Departure Location: Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina Pier
Check In: 2:45PM at the boat
Sundays through Wednesdays (Late June - Labor Day)
Want to visit Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay without the long hike? Join us aboard our beautiful 1950 wood cruiser, the Tahoe, and visit Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm Castle by boat!
This cruise operates in partnership with the Sierra State Parks Foundation. The cruise departs from Zephyr Cove Sundays through Wednesdays at 3:15PM and returns around 6:15PM. You will travel to beautiful Emerald Bay, where the Captain will share some of Tahoe's most interesting facts and history, setting the stage for the Vikingsholm Castle Walking Tour. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as Eagles and Ospreys, and the occasional Black Bear may be seen walking the shoreline or swimming in the bay.
Once docked in Emerald Bay, you will disembark and begin your tour of the Vikingsholm Castle with a Sierra State Parks Foundation tour guide. This walking tour will last approximately 30 minutes. Upon return to the boat, you will enjoy wine & light appetizers as you slowly cruise out of Emerald Bay and make your way back to Zephyr Cove.
Cruise runs most Sundays through Wednesdays through Labor Day. Cruise schedules frequently change so call if your desired date is unavailable. (775)230-8907
Thunderbird Lodge Cruise and Tour
South Tahoe's only public cruise to the historic Thunderbird Lodge
Includes: Continental breakfast, walking tour and picnic style lunch at the Thunderbird Lodge
Location: Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina Pier
Check In: 9:30am May - June 23 and Sept 4 - Oct
8:30am June 24 - Labor Day
Tuesdays - Saturdays (May-Oct)
Join us for Tahoe's most unique boat cruise to the Thunderbird Lodge every Tuesday through Saturday from mid-May through mid-October. Early reservations are strongly recommended as this cruise regularly sells out. Meet us at the boat at the end of the pier at Zephyr Cove Resort and Marina at 8:30am for check in. Departure times will change depending on the time of year. 10am departure May through late June and after Labor Day through October. 9am departure later June through Labor Day.
We begin by cruising along the historic east shore of Lake Tahoe while enjoying a light continental breakfast with pastries and coffee. We have a fully stocked bar for passengers interested in purchasing a Bloody Mary, Mimosa or other adult beverage. While viewing some of Tahoe's most lavish estates and landscapes, our knowledgeable captain will share the history of the area.
Upon arrival at the Thunderbird Lodge, the boat will dock in the beautiful lagoon where you will step on to the grounds and begin your walking tour with the captain serving as your guide. You will tour the property and learn about the enigmatic former owner, George Whittell. After walking through a 600' tunnel, you will view, arguably, the most valuable antique wood boat in the world, the Thunderbird**. After the tour, enjoy a picnic style lunch set up exclusively for the group on the grounds of the property. Finally, we depart the estate and cruise back to Zephyr Cove, arriving about 2:00pm or 3:00pm depending on the departure time (time can vary depending on weather conditions and on some days a shuttle bus ride may be required back to Zephyr Cove).
*This tour requires moderate walking. The Thunderbird Lodge is a historic estate so walkways are uneven and include many steps.
**The Thunderbird Yacht may occasionally be out of the boathouse.