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Ultimate Lake Tahoe Adventure (no accommodation)

  • How will we recognize the tour vehicle?

    As we have several different vehicles, we don’t know until the morning of your tour which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. Please feel free to call us in the morning of your tour if you like. Regardless of which vehicle will come to your location, it should say “Extranomical Tours” on it.

  • Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

    Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

  • What do I have to be aware of when traveling with a child?

    Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket. 

  • What kind of luggage am I allowed to bring?

    You are allowed up to travel with up to 2 items (i.e. 1 Personal item + 1 Overnight bag) free of charge. These items must be within the size limitations. Each additional item above the 2-item allowance will incur a $25 excess luggage fee.

    The maximum size allowed for an overnight bag is 24”x16”x10”, or 60cmx40cmx25cm. Any “Oversize” luggage larger than those dimensions is $50 regardless of the number of personal items brought on board. (i.e. 1 Oversized luggage - $50, 2 Oversized pieces = $100). You must advise us of oversize luggage 48 hours prior to departure in order to guarantee the accommodation of the luggage on the vehicle.

    Great news! Our luggage policy does NOT apply to our Lake Tahoe tours! However, please be courteous and keep in mind that we have limited storage space on our vehicles.

  • Can I bring a wheelchair on the vehicle?

    We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. Please notify us at least 48 hours in advance if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour or at the time of your booking so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.

  • Do you have a lost and found?

    Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

    Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.

  • What is your address?

    We are located at 928 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA 94107 (between 5th Street and 6th Street).

3-Day Lake Tahoe Tour from San Francisco (tour only)

Leave the driving to us and experience year-round fun at Lake Tahoe in this amazing three-day tour. Go skiing! Go golfing! Jet ski! Cruise the emerald waters of the lake. Climb a mountain! There’s so much to see and do. And at the end of the day, after a great meal, enjoy live entertainment or try your luck at one of the exciting casinos! (Is this a winning hand or what?)

It’s so easy and affordable. Leaving early Friday, you’ll meet your tour mates and engaging Expedition Leader at one of two convenient San Francisco hotels – at Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square – or in the East Bay.

Want to enjoy the morning view with your coffee? Catch up on your reading? Or take a nap? It’s all good as we cross the Sacramento River Delta. After a short pickup stop in Rancho Cordova, outside Sacramento, it’s on to South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50 through the beautiful El Dorado National Forest. Along the way, your tour leader may share stories of native wildlife that thrives in the area and the historic California Gold Rush, which helped shape the destiny of this area. (Relax! There’s no test!)

You’ll arrive around noon at the Lakeside Inn in Stateline, Nevada just blocks from South Lake Tahoe, California, all relaxed and raring to go! You’re on your own for accommodations and setting a weekend agenda limited only by your energy and imagination. (If you’d like help booking a room or renting gear, just ask us!)

In the summer and fall, you may be drawn to the blue waters of the lake for an Emerald Bay cruise on the M.S. Dixie. Or maybe you want to get a bird’s-eye view of the bay in a helicopter flyover.  If you are a golfer, you may discover your perfect swing on one of Lake Tahoe’s dozens of courses. (The beauty of the links may help you forget any bogeys!) Lace up your hiking boots and roam some of the great trails in the area, including D.L. Bliss State Park, where you can take a selfie with the Balancing Rock as you wonder, how does it stay up there?

Rent a kayak or paddleboard and motor around the lake on your own power. Want something more adventurous? Hook up to a parasail and get an exciting, high-energy experience over the water. Explore Vikingsholm Castle’s outstanding Scandinavian architecture and scenic location. Or find some fun in the sun at popular Baldwin Beach. (Remember, sunscreen!)

If it isn’t snow-skiing season, you’ll find great outdoor experiences at Heavenly Mountain Resort in the summer and fall. Ride the scenic gondola to the mountaintop (selfie time!), fly across canyons on a zip line, ride the mountain’s roller coaster, scale the climbing wall or try your hand panning for gemstones. (And the views from the peak? Oh my, it’s a memory you’ll never forget!)

Of course, during the snowy seasons, the area is a winter wonderland. Lake Tahoe skiing at Heavenly and other resorts around the lake is world-class. You can enjoy Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and other snow sports. The options are almost limitless.

No matter the season, the exhilarating nightlife awaiting you at Lake Tahoe is an experience all to itself. Casinos in Stateline give you a chance to strike it rich at the slot machines or gaming tables -- or have a great time trying! (And, of course, placing a daytime bet or two can be a blast, too!) You’ll enjoy great food at great restaurants and see top performers in action on concert stages.

If you’ve played hard on Saturday (and of course you will), not to worry. You can sleep in Sunday because pickup at the Lakeside Inn is set for 3:30 p.m. You’ll be on your own for a casual dinner during our stop in Sacramento, then sit back and relax as your Expedition Leader delivers you to your hotel drop-off in San Francisco around 8:30 p.m., full of winning memories and a phone full of selfies and scenes from a fantastic weekend adventure.

If you’re looking for a one-way ride to or from Lake Tahoe, we do that too, with departures on Fridays and Saturdays.

FAQs 

Are the accommodations included in the tour?

No, our tour options do not include accommodations or gear rentals. But we’re happy to help you with those arrangements. If you are looking for a Lake Tahoe Adventure with accommodation, please contact us.​

Can you fish in Lake Tahoe?

Yes. The biggest fish ever caught in the lake was a Mackinaw lake trout that weighed 37 pounds, 6 ounces (16.95 kilograms).

How far is Lake Tahoe from San Francisco?

The distance between South Lake Tahoe and San Francisco is 154 miles.

What’s the weather like in Lake Tahoe?

The region knows all four seasons. It is a winter playground with lots of snow and cold. And summers are warm and inviting. Pack accordingly and check the weather forecasts!

Facts & Figures

  • Lake Tahoe is one deep lake, with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet and an average depth of 989 feet. It’s the second deepest lake in the U.S.
  • Sunny days are a frequent visitor to the Lake Tahoe region. There are about 270 sunny days and partly sunny days each year.
  • Lake Tahoe sure looks great for being about 2 million years old.
  • The monthly surface water temperature in Lake Tahoe averages around 41.9˚F at its coldest in February and 65.7˚F at its warmest in August.
  • Lake Tahoe is one of the purest large lakes in the world. The water is 99.994% pure. By comparison, commercially distilled water is 99.998% pure.
  • The year-round resident population at Lake Tahoe is 53,000. Total population can reach 300,000 on peak days. About 3 million people visit the area each year.

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Departure Schedule

One-way tours depart Fridays and Saturdays.

Three-day tour departs Fridays all year long.

 

Ultimate Lake Tahoe Adventure from San Francisco, East Bay and Sacramento
***Times Approximate***

To Lake Tahoe (Friday or Saturday)

6:15 - 6:30 AM
Meet your tour at one of two conveniently located San Francisco hotels in Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. 
 
7:20 - 7:30 AM
East Bay pick up (El Cerrito del Norte).
 
7:30 - 9:00 AM
Quiet time--sleep, read, whatever. Be entertained by your guide as you continue across of the Sacramento River Delta.  Learn the history of California’s gold country. Reach our pickup location at the Safeway in Rancho Cordova, CA
 
9:00 - 9:30 AM
Stretch your legs and refill your coffee mug as we pick up any Sacramento-based passengers
 
9:30 - 11:30 PM
Enjoy breathtaking views as we cross the El Dorado National Forest on our way to picture-perfect South Lake Tahoe.
 
11:30 - 12:00 PM
Arrive and drop off at the Lakeside Inn (a few blocks from South Lake Tahoe). If you are planning afternoon skiing, drop your luggage and make the short walk to the Gondola for Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort.
 
 
 

Return (Saturday or Sunday)

3:30 PM
Pick up at the Lakeside Inn
 
3:45-5:30 PM
Start our return trip to San Francisco by heading west down mountain terrain on our way to Sacramento.
 
5:45-6:45 PM
Enjoy a casual dinner in Sacramento.
 
6:45-8:15 PM
Make the last leg of the return to San Francisco
 
8:15-8:30 PM
Hotel drop offs in San Francisco.
 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Convenient pickup at San Francisco, East Bay and Sacramento hotels
  • Knowledgeable Expedition Leader
  • Free WiFi on tour coach
  • See historic Sierra Nevada gold country
  • Stunning views of Lake Tahoe
  • Experience South Lake Tahoe ski resorts
  • Win big at exciting Stateline, Nevada casinos
  • Enjoy fine casual dining and exciting nightlife
  • Friendly cancellation policy
  • Free WiFi on tour coach
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