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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

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Take a tour of the mighty Hoover Dam, where you'll explore the inside of the dam, walk through a 250-foot-long tunnel and view the 650-foot-long Nevada wing of the power plant. You’ll also enjoy a 90-minute cruise, including lunch, aboard a paddle wheeler on Lake Mead.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants 23 months and under are considered a lap child.
- Children ages 2 years and up require a seat
- This tour is not recommended for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia, or has a pacemaker or defibrillator. Tours are conducted in confined spaces and in a powerplant with generators emitting electromagnetic frequencies.
- Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark the bus.
- Buses equipped with a lift are based upon availability and might not be available. Should a bus equipped with a lift be required, a three day advanced notice is required, and you must contact the local tour operator immediately after booking to confirm your request.
- Hotel pickup is available for this tour/activity. Please note: depending on the hotel, buses may not be able to access or enter every property. In this case, pickup may be redirected to a central bus stop or nearby hotel. Exact pickup details will be provided to the guest upon reconfirmation with the local tour operator.
- 30-minutes of complimentary wi-fi is available, additional time may be purchased from the local operator directly.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- 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
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers


This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Gray Line Las Vegas, 7370 Dean Martin Dr Suite 409, Las Vegas, NV 89139-5948

Begin your Hoover Dam tour with pickup in a luxury motor coach from your Las Vegas hotel. A brief stop at the terminal for check-in, where restrooms and a cafe are available.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hoover Dam Access Road, Boulder City, NV 89109

Upon arrival at the Hoover Dam, head to the Theater Level, where there are murals, maps, photos and other displays that provide an introduction to the Hoover Dam. Watch a short presentation, "How the West was Won," that showcases the part that the Bureau of Reclamation played in taming the rivers, settling the West and growing the country’s food.

Next, you’ll visit the power plant generators on the guided Discovery Tour. To get there, you'll take the large elevators 500 feet down into the walls of the Black Canyon to walk through a 250-foot-long tunnel and view the 650-foot-long Nevada wing of the power plant and its eight huge generators. Stand on top of it at the Penstock Viewing Platform, where you can view one of the four 30-foot-diameter pipes that transport nearly 90,000 gallons of water each second from Lake Mead to the hydroelectric generators in the powerhouse.

After the Discovery Tour, visit the Exhibit Gallery, which highlights some of the natural history of the region and presents a picture of how the Hoover Dam was constructed and how it presently operates. From the Dam Overlook, you can soak in the beautiful panoramic view of the Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lake Mead Cruises, 490 Horsepower Cove Rd., Boulder City, NV 89005

Then it’s time to leave the heights of Hoover Dam and head down to the water’s level. At Lake Mead Marina, you’ll board the Desert Princess paddle-wheel steamboat for an approximate 90-minute cruise on Lake Mead. You’ll enjoy your deli-style lunch on board as you travel along Lake Mead and admire new views of Hoover Dam.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Dr, Henderson, NV 89014

A stop for a self-guided tour of a real working chocolate factory with free samples of chocolate.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, 5100 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119-3232

Photo opportunity at the Famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign.

Duration: 10 minutes


Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure time:

10:00 AM


8 hours



Terms and Conditions:

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


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Sophia M

Only thing I was disappointed in was our cruise being canceled due to high winds.
:( Other than that, it was great.

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david H

fantastic day out very well organised its the 2nd time we have done this highly recommended worth every penny and a very knowlegable driver

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Kim G

We had a great time, very orginzed. Would DEFINITELY use this service again. Our driver was very helpful and friendly. We arrived in a timely safe manner to our destination

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Christy C

What a magnificent sight! What innovation from our fearless leaders and citizens! Only wish the elevator was working so we could have gone below.

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The Lake Mead Cruise was lovely and informative. Don't expect a gourmet lunch, a soggy sub and chips is about all you will get. The crew was very accommodating, the bartender made a great margarita.

The Hoover Dam tour was relaxing and enlightening. We could have spent more time at the dam and less time at our stop at Ethel M' s Chocolate Factory. There was definitely not enough time to take everything in. Another hour would have been appropriate.

Our driver was exceptional. I liked the fact that the hint for a tip came from a recording so that the driver did not have to grovel.

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A big bus dropped off half the people at Lake Mead. Were loaded on the boat, only to be told they could not take us out. Viator gave a credit for it quickly. Hoover Damn tour was good. Bus was so so. Not a wow trip. Driver was not the best guide, played a tape telling us how much to tip...we did but truly wasn't worth as much as suggested!

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Keith B

The tour itself was great - inside the dam and the lake cruise. Getting there and getting home was troublesome. We were picked up at our hotel at 9:00, transferred to the Grayline terminal and herded around until our bus left at 10:00. Then we had to make a stop at a chocolate factory (waste of time). Our driver (Tony) was a good tour guide and driver, but his broken English was hard to understand and therefore his instructions were confusing - leaving passengers not knowing where to go and what time to be back. On the way home we were the first ones off the bus, but I pity the other 48 passengers that had to go to multiple hotels to let people off. A long day (9:00 to 6:00) for a an 90 minute tour and 90 minute cruise. I would suggest looking for a direct/express tour that picks you up, goes directly to the dam, and then straight back to the hotel.

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Didn’t get to go to the chocolate factory or the sign. Many ppl on the bus complained of the same problem. Not sure what happened. Could have been because we were delayed because of bus issues(although we were told we were still on time). Although some others voiced their questions about not stopping at the other places, the driver said it was a different tour. Clearly we booked this specific tour but didn’t get the full tour. Even the pre-recorded message stated doing the Dam tour first then lunch, that was switched but made off to be it was normal. Understandable that problems happen, but you should just be upfront and compensate accordingly. Sam the driver was great though!

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Philip C

I found the tour and tour guide were hurried and brief especially after visiting the Glen Canyon dam earlier on our vacation. It was like we were a burden to the guide and pushed through like cattle. Glen Canyon dam tour was very informative, relaxed and fun. The tour guide nice and not pushy even though they were on a tight schedule also. The tour was given both on top of the dam and inside and was narrated nicely. The Hoover Dam tour was 1/10 that of the tour of Glen Canyon's, which surprised me (thinking that Hoover would be more popular?).
I think you need to tour Glen Canyon dam and take some tips from them!
Very unhappy with your tour!


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Unfortunately, my party and I did not tale the Hoover Dam Tour. We were onsite to catch the tour bus, but we were unable to identify the bus. So it left without us. We were very disappointed; however, Viator was gracious enough to give us a 50% refund.


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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

Take a tour of the mighty Hoover Dam, where you'll explore the inside of the dam, walk through a 250-foot-long tunnel and view the 650-foot-long Nevada wing of the power plant. You’ll also enjoy a 90-minute cruise, including lunch, aboard a paddle wheeler on Lake Mead.

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