• Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Visit the Hoover Dam and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mead during this full-day excursion from Las Vegas. Travel to the Hoover Dam with your expert guide to learn about its history and inner workings. Visit the Nevada wing of the power plant and peruse the displays at the Visitors Center. Take a 90-minute cruise on Lake Mead, during which you'll enjoy lunch onboard. Stop at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate Factory on your trip back to Vegas.


  • Hoover Dam tour with Lake Mead cruise
  • On the Hoover Dam Discovery Tour, take elevators 500 feet down into the walls of the Black Canyon
  • 90-minute Lake Mead cruise
  • Deli-style lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and return included
  • Inclusive of all local taxes and fees!

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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

View of the Hoover Dam and Bypass Bridge.
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Following morning pickup at your Las Vegas hotel, board a luxury motor coach and head for the Hoover Dam.

Upon arrival, embark on the Discovery Tour, which includes an exploration of several areas and lasts about 2 hours. In the Exhibit Gallery, view displays on the region’s natural history and the operational history of the dam. Wander through murals, maps and displays on the Theatre Level that document the history of the Hoover Dam. Watch 'How the West was Won', a short video that details the Bureau of Reclamation’s part in growing food and taming the rivers and the desert. Ride an elevator 500 feet (152 meters) down into the Black Canyon’s walls and walk through the 250-foot (76-meter) tunnel drilled out of rock. Visit the 8 generators in the Nevada wing of the power plant. 

Leave the dam and continue to Lake Mead Marina. Board the Desert Princess, a paddle-wheel steamboat and your chariot for the 90-minute tour of Lake Mead. Enjoy views of the dam from this aquatic vantage point as you dig in to a deli-style lunch. 

At the conclusion of your lake outing, climb back aboard the motor coach and head back to your Vegas hotel. At the conclusion of your lake outing, climb back aboard the motor coach and head back to your Vegas hotel. Stop at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and (if time allows) the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign for a photo op.

Customer Reviews

Denise S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Guy Fieri, aka Mark, was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Mark provided a lot of information about Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam but also the information about the area was really interesting and helped to make every moment of the trip informative and entertaining. The trip itself was great. The views at Lake Mead alone were worth the price of the ticket. Hoover Dam tour was interesting, probably more interesting for an engineer than it was for me. The size of everything is impressive.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

a wonderful, relaxing trip, our tour guide Troy was a right laugh, and good looking too !!! , so he was kept occupied by girl groups wanting photos taking. The paddlesteamer was enjoyable and informative, lunch was ok, considering how hard it is to cater on this type of vessle, more a subway lunch, but puts you on, until you get back to Vegas, the Hoover Dam tour was amazing, and the guides could answer any questions which were fired at them, it was very hot though, so take plenty of water with you, usually provided on your tour buses

Victoria F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Hoover Dam is an amazing engineering marvel. The tour was very informative and the Lake Mead Cruise is very relaxing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was an awesome tour! We were picked up on time in a coach bus and taken to the boarding station to get the passes for the tour and bused up to the Hoover Dam. Our tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable about the area and the Hoover Dam. You view a 10 minute movie in a theater about the Dam and are taken 500 feet below surface to view the inner-aspects of the Dam very cool! You are then free to explore the Dam, take pictures, visit knowledge center's, etc. The boating portion of our trip was canceled due to mechanical issues we were promptly refunded this portion by Viator so we were bused to a restaurant/casino for lunch which wasn't problematic at all. Not only do you get to site see at the Dam, but also the trip to and from. This is well organized by the company and I highly recommend this deal for anyone interested in a visit. Please do plan about 8 hours for this excursion-we were picked up at 9:00am and dropped off at about 4:30pm. Also, don't forget to tip!

Crystal M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Phenomenal I could not soak up all of God's beauty but I tried. Bus driver was really knowledgeable personable and comical. Tour was wonderful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The Hoover Dam tour was a great experience, this is a great piece of engineering work that took about five years to construct. The newly bridge over the river spaning 1900 feet is another engineering marvel. The tour of Lake Mead was a pleasant experience. Any visit to Las Vegas should include this wonderful tour.

Karen U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very helpful guide and variety of scenery. Damm is neat. We enjoyed the paddle boat cruise and lunch. Chocolate factory was very minimal...best part of that my stop was the adjacent cactus and botanical garden.

Ola M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour. Wear your walking shoes.

Kathleen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We really enjoyed our trip to the Hoover Dam. We were a bit disappointed that the escalators were broken and that we couldnt get down to view the power room although we were given 5 refunds because of this. Also the weather was a bit windy and we didnt get into Black Canyon therefore didnt have the opportunity to see the dam from below. It was too dangerous and I can perfectly understand that but it was disappointing.

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