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Balloon and Tahoe Sailboat Tour

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Hot Air Balloon:

Ballooning is a Nevada classic, providing the unforgettable feeling of warmth and glowing air as it rushes skyward into the early morning darkness. Your balloon comes to life and stands upright just seconds before whisking you into the heavens, rising up and up over the Sierra, and deep blue waters below. Faintly, the chatter of mountain quail, meadow larks, and blue jays fade as you drift over the dramatic contrasting scenery. Each breath brings the aroma of pine trees, alfalfa, and wood smoke softly lingering in the morning air. The mountains appear in all their splendor basking in the early morning sun as all to soon you drift slowly back to Earth.

Tahoe Boat Tour: This expedition is a must for those interested in archaeology, photography and Nevada history. Lake Tahoe is one of the highest, deepest, coldest and most beautiful lakes in the entire world. If emptied, Tahoe's waters would cover the state of California with 1 1/2 feet of water and take 700 years to refill. Creation of this landscape began after the disappearance of the last dinosaur about 10 million years ago. This fascinating era was a tumultuous geologic period that included tectonic plate movements, continuous powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Slowly, the imposing granite Sierra Nevada Mountains began to thrust upward from far below the earth's surface. Later in this period, lava flows, followed by a period of huge glaciers, began a process that formed the Tahoe Basin. The basin filled to 600 feet over today's levels. The first humans in the basin were the peaceful Washoe Indians, arriving about 10,000 years ago. Relax as you cruise quietly and serenely upon pristine waters. You can gaze though panoramic windows with spectacular scenery, or explore the crystal clear waters from the deck while basking in the warm sun. Sierra Adventures can take you right from your hotel bell desk.


Transportation provided for all hotels in Reno and selected hotels in the Lake Tahoe area; Planning and Guide service; All required equipment; Food and beverage; Any tickets required; Fuel tax.


Items of a personal nature and Gratuity.

Hours of operation

Available: Daily, April - October only.


Approximately 4-6 hours.


Sierra Adventures office at 11 North Sierra Street, Suite #101, Reno NV, 89505.


Your balloon adventure starts at pre-dawn with our complimentary weather check followed by a shuttle pickup at any local hotel. Pickup times are pre-dawn and vary with the season. We help make it easy, providing weather checks, transportation and a continental breakfast en route.

After your hot air balloon adventure, your sailboat adventure begins as your shuttle will whisk you along "The most beautiful drive in America." On the way, you'll have picturesque views of the beautiful Sierra and Lake Tahoe, the opportunity to view scenic trails, and possibly catch a glimpse of some wildlife! Your guide will answer questions about Lake Tahoe, the Sierra and Nevada as you descend into the Lake Tahoe Basin. On the return to Reno, we narrate through the rich Nevada history, including the Comstock Lode, Virginia City, and Nevada's future.

Additional Information

Suggested Clothing and Gear: Sweats, Hat, Gloves, Shell Parka, Camera Gear, Sun Glasses, Binoculars. No Sandals.

Participant restrictions

Guests must be at least 5 years of age to participate.


Tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 10 passengers.

All medical issues must be advised and included upon reservation.

All participants must read and sign a Release of Liability form before beginning any activity. Participant assumes all potential risks.

Activities offered by Sierra Adventures are subject to seasonal restrictions, weather cancellations, and your physical limitations.

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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