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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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.
  • Travel along part of the Pony Express trail to Nevada’s oldest city
  • Take a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
  • Visit museums and historic mansions, if you wish (own expense)
  • Learn about the region’s geology, history and wildlife from a knowledgeable guide
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Transport by air-conditioned shuttle bus
Train ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Lunch
Admission to attractions (optional)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort departure time: 8:20am
Marriott Resorts departure time: 8:30am
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel departure time: 8:40am

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Your day trip begins as you depart South Lake Tahoe with your driver/guide by minibus, with seats that recline and large windows that provide views of the mountain scenery during the approximate 90-minute drive across the state line to Virginia City, Nevada.

During the drive, which passes through Carson City, Nevada’s state capital, listen to commentary from your guide about the area’s local animal life, plant life, geology and mining history during the days of the Wild West. Travel along a portion of the old Pony Express, the route from the 1860s that transported mail across the United States, before arriving in Virginia City, which began when the country’s first major silver deposit was discovered.

Hop off the minibus at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad station for your 6.5-mile (10.5-km) round-trip train ride that takes you to the town of Gold Hill and back. During the journey, learn about the history of the railroad, which dates back to 1869. After your train ride, you have about 2.5 hours of free time in Virginia City to spend at your leisure. Explore the historic district, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, and admire 19th-century buildings that line Main Street like the opera house and historical saloons like the St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church. Perhaps check out a museum or two, such as The Way It Was Museum or Mark Twain Museum, or have lunch at a local eatery, such as the Delta Saloon. (All entrance fees, food and drinks are at your own expense.)

At the end of your free time, re-board the minibus for the return drive to South Lake Tahoe, where your day trip ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Virginia & Truckee Railroad
7 mile train ride from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Comstock Lode
Comstock Lode - Silver City, Gold Hill, Virginia City
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Virginia City Visitor Center
On C street
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Delta Saloon
Great place for lunch and refreshments
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way It Was Museum
Recommended museum by Discover Lake Tahoe Tours
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church
Must see...
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Genoa Bar
Oldest bar in Nevada
  • Confirmation will be received at time of 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 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Lake Tahoe Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you're interested in mining history the train is fine, but other than that I would recommend taking the trolley instead, you get to see more." See review
  • "Great to not have to drive and be able to view the scenery without worry." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Wild West Tour
Arlene_G
, Sep 2020
The knowledge of our driver/historian is very commendable. I learned a lot in that short period of time. Thank you!
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Nevada Charmer
Barbara_William
, Aug 2020
I would have given this (5) stars, but on the day before our scheduled train tour, I received a text saying the train wouldn’t be running!! Reason, wouldn’t be making enough money during the week!! They decided to run it during the weekend!! How disappointing this was!! The bus tour guide was GREAT 👍🏻 & Virginia City was charming!!!
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star-3
Train not running
Barbara_B
, Aug 2020
The bus driver was very informative and nice. Virginia City was also fun for my grandkids and myself. Only down fall was apparently the train is only running on the weekends. The day before my schedule to take it, someone called and said the train was not running and asked if we still wanted to go. I said yes, but the driver of my bus/van part of the tour told me it only runs on the weekends. So you might want be sure on your dates if it runs or not.
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star-4
Great!
Jacqueline_P
, Jul 2020
The tour was excellent!! Although we were disappointed not to get the train ride. Our driver was very knowledgable and entertaining. Our driver took extra time to share with us views and stops. He was great!!
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star-5
Wild wild west
JWB
, Jul 2020
Guide/driver very knowledgeable and considerate. Dont miss the underground mine tour. We even saw wild mustangs. .
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Nothing Special
Liz L
, Oct 2019
The place seemed kind of run down; it was disappointing. I was expecting something nicer with more character. But if you're looking to spend a few hours and have lunch, it's OK. The train ride was simply 3 miles one way and back again. If you're interested in mining history the train is fine, but other than that I would recommend taking the trolley instead--you get to see more.
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star-5
Not your normal locomotive
NPNETTE
, Sep 2019
This 35 minute train ride was both educational and informational. It takes place high atop one of the the mountains of the Sierra Nevadas. Quite a bit of mining history and scenic views. This tour allows over two hours of free time to explore the eats ,treats, and unique shops along Main Street. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and suggested places to explore and where to have lunch.
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Informative Tour
David H
, Aug 2019
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of info about the area, the history, and Nevada facts. Only down side to his presentation was he named places and people like you should know who or where they were, and we live a thousand miles away. He also repeated himself a lot. Great to not have to drive and be able to view the scenery without worry.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for writing a review and glad you enjoyed it. I'll pass your remarks on to the driver
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star-1
big mistake
Curious608198
, Aug 2019
Bought my tickets from viator. Never mentioned the itinerary, only pick-up time and place. Driver of bus never shut-up. He repeats himself constantly. Talked about wild mustangs at least 8 times. After the joke of a train ride we were taken to Virginia City and were stuck there for 2 and 1/2 hours. Didn't get back to Tahoe until 3:30. TOOK ALL DAY!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
In behalf of Discover Lake Tahoe Tours, I'm sorry about your unpleasant experience with us. Obviously, I have to reach out to Viator to better inform guests of the itinerary. I'm a bit confused regarding driver taking.., this tour is listed as narrated tour and guests in the past loved it ( read reviews ) also in regards to being stuck there for 2 1/2 hours, the only complaint I usually get is that there isn't enough time. Thank you.
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star-5
Nice scenic tour
teresapU9697YO
, Aug 2019
This little tour into Nevada provided a nice break away from Lake Tahoe for a day. The coach was very comfortable. The driver was very knowledgable and friendly. There was a lot of information about the Pony Express and Gold Rush. The train ride in Virginia City was good but a little short - the conductor was brilliant with some very funny commentry. We had lots of free time to explore Virginia City before heading back to Tahoe via a drive through Carson City.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you so much for taking your time for writing a review. Also, I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour. Again, thank you
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