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Lake Tahoe Small-Group Photography Scenic Half-Day Tour

South Lake Tahoe, United States

From $189.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 to 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Tahoe photographic tours offer a unique way to enjoy Lake Tahoe’s natural wonders and receive photography tips as you are led by an experienced photo guide who provides tips and shares information about the area. Whether you’re looking to snap a poster-worthy shot of snow-covered mountains, towering trees, wild flowers or the glassy lake itself, you’ll learn how to shoot in the great outdoors and see some of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful natural sights, including Emerald Bay. Select either a half-day or full-day tour.
  • Choose from 'The Ultimate Scenic' or 'The Grand Tahoe Around the Lake' itineraries
  • Views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range
  • Professional photography tips
  • Don't forget your camera!

What's Included

  • Guided Photographic Tours of the South and West Shores.
  • CDC Corona Virus Precautions
  • Professional Guides that provide Photographic tips
  • Photos taken of your party and the scenery by your guide
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Camera
  • Children's car seat
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • T.J. Maxx
    2015 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

    In the parking lot

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Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your photography tour begins with pickup in the South Lake Tahoe area by your knowledgeable guide, who provides an intimate experience that accommodates a variety of photo interests. This small-group tour by luxurious vehicle is limited to six people but often operates with even less participants, so you can count on personalized attention.

When booking, select from two options to suit your schedule and budget—the half-day Ultimate Scenic Tour, which features locations like iconic Emerald Bay and a beach with views of Mt Tallac, or the full-day Grand Tahoe Around the Lake Tour, which circles Lake Tahoe to provide as many photo ops as possible in one day.

Emerald Bay State Park

The Ultimate Half Day Tour departs at 7:00 am, and focuses on the best of Tahoe’s South and West Shore areas. Our journey begins at a beautiful secluded Tahoe beach, shadowed by spectacular Mt.Tallac. Across the river is an Eagle sanctuary, and you will be able to view and photograph different species of local birds, and possibly even a bear. As the mountains and lakes beckon, our adventures continues to back country lakes and spectacular waterfalls. Above the falls, another high country lake awaits our arrival. Climbing 2,000 feet above Tahoe to a high country ridgeline, gives you amazing views. Continuing to one of the most photographed locations in North America, Emerald Bay. Tahoe Photo Tours will take you to special locations to avoid the crowds.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Sugar Pine State Park

Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper. Constructed in 1903, the property is one of the finest examples of a by-gone era of summer retreats found along the shores of Lake Tahoe. With crystal clear waters and up to 24 inch pine cones this is a must see location.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Lake Tahoe Small-Group Photography Scenic Half-Day Tour?

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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Tahoe Small-Group Photography Scenic Half-Day Tour?

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

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Lake Tahoe Small-Group Photography Scenic Half-Day Tour?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lake Tahoe Small-Group Photography Scenic Half-Day Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

If you want a tour guide to give you tips of how to take those beautiful photos, Jim is the guy to do it.
601 reviews
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Fun, stress-free morning!
Diana_C, Jun 2022
Our morning with Jim was lots of fun. He took the worry out of finding where we were going, where to park, and where to walk! He did all the thinking for us and we just carried our cameras and visited all our must-see places in South Lake Tahoe in one stress-free morning. Jim was helpful with my camera and settings, as well as giving cellphone photography tips. Jim is very friendly and knowledgeable about photography as well as the history of the area...the perfect leader for our tour.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Your words are so kind. Thanks for joining us and please come again.
Ideal way to see Lake Tahoe
Afzal_P, Oct 2021
Absolutely perfect way to see Lake Tahoe. As many have said, Jim was a joy. Really knew his stuff whether it was the history of the lakes or going to idyllic places to take spectacular photograph. Jim was engaging and took time to make the best experience. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to submit such a great review. We really appreciate it. Please come and join us again! Happy Holidays!
Nick_A, Oct 2021
Amazing experience!!! Jim is awesome!!! You learn so much and the views are beyond words. Have to see it to understand!
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review. Hope you will join us again. Happy Holidays.
Best world class tour experience ever
Ramiro_F, Aug 2021
Jim was an excellent tour/photo/historian. Gave us great tips on using my camera as well as taking us to the best photography spots Lake Tahoe has to offer. We enjoyed learning about the history of the area. Jim took great pictures of my wife and I. This has to be one of the best if not the best tours we have ever taken. Thanks again for making this a memorable trip for us.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review. We really appreciate it and hope you will join us again soon!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great scenery and best guide
Mark_B, Jun 2021
The scenery was great, but it was our guide, Mr. Tahoe, that made the trip special. Yes, our guide Darin Talbot has previously been officially recognized as the best guide on Lake Tahoe, and I agree.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Just wanted to let you know that Darin Talbot is not with TahoePhotographicTours. Glad you had a good time. Please join us sometime.
Captures the best of Lake Tahoe
PAULA_M, May 2021
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Lake Tahoe. After having a tour to Yosemite canceled due to weather I booked this , and am so thankful I did! Jim was an excellent guide and photographer and captured pics of us and took us to locations we would have never been able to do on our own! I would recommend to anyone!
Response from Host, May 2021
Thanks so much for joining us! We always try to show the best of Tahoe. So glad you had a great time!
Great Tour
Anthony_V, May 2021
Jim is an excellent guide and photographer. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun and easy. Cant wait to see out pictures. I highly recommend Jim. 5 Stars.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thanks for joining us. We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a great review. Please join us again soon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent Photography tour
Debra_S, Jul 2020
This tour was excellent and not only gave us an opportunity to see the best of the best in South Lake Tahoe but we also learned a lot about how to take a great photo. Jim was our guide and he was safe and professional and I would recommend this for anyone that wants to see the Tahoe area.
Response from Host, Aug 2020
Hello, it's great to hear that you had a good day with our other guide. He is an outstanding photography instructor and always puts safety and being professional as a priority. Thank you again for the review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
I highly recommend the photography...
Joe K, Aug 2017
I highly recommend the photography tour. Max was our tour guide and he was awesome. He took us to places we NEVER would have found if we did it on our own and then gave us tips on what settings to use on our cameras to get some beautiful pictures. Max was very knowledgeable about the Lake Tahoe area. We were able to go to several different locations: Emerald Bay, Fallen leaf, the ridge and the 3 Homesteads along the beach which all made for beautiful pictures that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Plus it was a good thing he was driving as I am not sure we would have been comfortable driving on some of the narrow crowded roads. He was even able to avoid traffic given he knew the backroads. Keith is the owner and he was very easy to work with. I would do this tour again if I ever get back to Tahoe. Money well spent!!!!
Outstanding outing! We were in the...
Ron C, Aug 2017
Outstanding outing! We were in the Lake Tahoe area for a wedding and wanted to see and photograph some of the scenery. Max, our driver and photographer, grew up in the area and not only knew the back roads to beautiful scenery but also the best placement to capture a GREAT image. As a plus, Max took a number of photos of my wife and I with some of the breath taking views as a backdrop. My wife, did not bring a camera on the tour but enjoyed the views and outing as much as I did. I highly recommend this tour! Ask for Max!
Tom, our guide arrived right on...
Mickey M, Oct 2017
Tom, our guide arrived right on time. I'm glad we got a guide because I would not have found the sights in my allotted time. The weather was perfect allowing us to get great shots of Lake Tahoe, waterfalls and mountains. Tom has a wealth of knowledge about the history of Lake Tahoe. Highly recommend Lake Tahoe Photographic Tours. Be sure to ask for Tom.
This tour is excellent!! Even...
Andrea A, Jun 2016
This tour is excellent!! Even though we were staying on the North side of the lake we felt it would be worthwhile to drive down to the South Shore to take this tour and we were so right . We've visited Lake Tahoe at least a half dozen times over the past 20 years and this was the best sightseeing experience we ever had at the lake. The photographic opportunities were awesome. We went to beautiful, scenic areas we never would have found on our own - we didn't even know they existed! The owner, Keith, who is a photographer was our tour guide. Keith was very knowledgable, gracious, and determined that we have a great time, which we definitely did. He provided excellent tips on taking photos. The tour exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend it. Great value for the price!
This tour was awesome! I've been to...
HV, Nov 2015
This tour was awesome! I've been to Lake Tahoe several times but with this tour was able to see different areas and viewpoints. Plus our guide, Victor, was fantastic. He was knowledgeable about the area and history as well as gave us helpful tips on how to take better pictures. Definitely one of the best tours I've been on!
Amazing tour of Lake Tahoe, our tour...
Ronica N, Jan 2015
Amazing tour of Lake Tahoe, our tour guide Doug was friendly and knowledgeable. Got some great photos but can't wait to see the professional ones! Highly recommend for any visitors to Tahoe.
We had a great trip. Although we...
Calvin D, Jun 2012
We had a great trip. Although we had driven around the lake a couple of times, Gary was able to take us to spots that we had not seen and get some great shots. We really enjoyed the time and would suggest it to anyone that wants to see more of the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe.
We were glad that Viator had the tour...
PEK ENG T, Jan 2009
We were glad that Viator had the tour; otherwise we would not have any idea where are the nice spots to see in Lake Tahoe. The tour was really worth arranging. Thank you so much.
Our Tour Guide KEITH
Brenda_R, Sep 2020
Keith was our tour guide and I can’t say about our tour with him! He’s has a true love and an expert on Lake Tahoes’s animals and nature. We saw more in a few hours with him than we could have if we lived here for years! Next time we have to bring the kids and their friends for this ultimate experience! Thank you Keith!
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Hello Tahoe Photographic Tours Guest, it's great to hear that you enjoyed Lake Tahoe's wildlife.
Lake Tahoe Adventure
Brenda_R, Sep 2020
Keith was our amazing tour guide who knew Lake Tahoe like the back of his hands! Truly knowledgeable and amazing guide and photographer! We will be returning with the kids to experience again this outstanding adventure!!
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Hello Tahoe Photographic Guest, I'm glad your guide was able to show some very special spots at Lake Tahoe.
Scenic Your with Jim
Rachel_N, Aug 2020
Jim, our tour guide was AMAZING!! He is extremely knowledge about the area and photography itself. I was a complete beginner with the camera but he was patient with me and taught me a lot. It was a really pleasant day with beautiful views. We can't wait to see Jim's pictures as well!
Response from Host, Aug 2020
Hello Tahoe Photographic Tours guest. Thank you for submitting a review. We appreciate your input and that you had a good day with Tahoe Photographic Tours.
Do Not Miss This Expierence
Debra_Shore, Jul 2020
Jim was fantastic tour guide and an even better photography teacher. His local knowledge got us to the best spots with little traffic. Anyone visiting Lake Tahoe must not miss this experience!
Response from Host, Aug 2020
Hello, thank you for the input regarding our guides. We always try to take our guests to unique spots, while avoiding as much traffic as we can. Thank you again for the great review.


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