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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise from Las Vegas

Las Vegas, United States
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 cruise on Lake Mead and enjoy lunch onboard while taking in the views. Stop at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate Factory on your trip back to Vegas.
  • Hoover Dam tour with Lake Mead cruise from Las Vegas
  • On the Hoover Dam Discovery Tour, take elevators 500 feet down into the walls of the Black Canyon
  • Lake Mead cruise with deli-style lunch
  • Hotel pickup and return from Las Vegas included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A steamboat ride on Lake Mead provides another perspective of the dam for an enhanced experience.

What's Included

  • Approximately 90-minute Lake Mead Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Driver/guide
  • All taxes and fees
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

Following morning pickup at your Las Vegas hotel, board a luxury motorcoach and head for the Hoover Dam.

Upon arrival, embark on the Discovery Tour, which includes an exploration of several areas. 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 eight 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 tour of Lake Mead. Enjoy views of the dam from this aquatic vantage point as you dig into a deli-style lunch. 

At the conclusion of your lake outing, climb back aboard the motorcoach 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.

Gray Line Las Vegas

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.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hoover Dam

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.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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 Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise from Las Vegas?

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

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise from Las Vegas?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise from Las Vegas?

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

Don't expect a gourmet lunch, a soggy sub and chips is about all you will get.
A long day (9:00 to 6:00) for a an 90 minute tour and 90 minute cruise.
669 reviews
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Lake Mead Cruise and Hoover Dam
Wendy_W, Mar 2020
This was a great tour! Unfortunately, The Hoover Dam was having issues with their elevators, so we stood in line for most of the tour and were worried we wouldn't get to see the power plant, but our tour guide stayed the extra time needed so that we all could complete the tour. My husband and I were very satisfied with the tour.
Fab day at the dam.
Lynn_C, Feb 2020
The dam tour was fantastic. We had a lovely day. Our tour guide was absolutely awesome she kept us well informed at all times and made us all smile. Highly recommend this trip and company.
Waste of a day
Debbie_B, Feb 2020
Our boat cruise got cancelled due to mechanical reasons and it was too windy to risk it. We got on the boat had a quick lunch and were told we'd be refunded for the boat cruise. Our bus driver picked us up and took us to the Hoover Dam. Thing is it was unbelievably windy that day and we thought it might have been cancelled anyways- and we could have planned something else so the whole day was wasted. We've already seen the Hoover Dam. Not impressed that Viator has not returned my email about getting said refund for at least the cruise portion of our entire wasted day. Its been almost a month.
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Hoover Dam
Donna_S, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful time on the lake cruise and at the Hoover Dam. Enjoyed stopping at the famous Las Vegas sign and at the chocolate factory. All of the employees were very polite. I would highly recommend this tour. A great value.
Hoover Dam & Lake Mead
Tracy_C, Feb 2020
Lovely trip. very interesting. Excellent service with collection from the hotel and dropped off. Friendly and helpful staff
No tour
Christy_C, Feb 2020
What a magnificent sight! What innovation from our fearless leaders and citizens! Only wish the elevator was working so we could have gone below.
Hoover Dam and Lake mead cruise
Vicky_G, Feb 2020
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!
Hoover dam
Sophia_M, Nov 2019
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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salopstfc63, Nov 2019
fantastic day out very well organised its the 2nd time we have done this highly recommended worth every penny and a very knowlegable driver
Less Chocolate, More Damn Dam
Claudia_D, Nov 2019
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.
Nice Trip
primeexample6, Oct 2019
Enjoyable. It was hot. Whoever go, take an umbrella or hat. Did not like the wait get on the bus, but everything else was great.
Missing half of the itinerary
Warren_V, Oct 2019
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!
Missed the boat!
WENDY_A, Oct 2019
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.
Boring and pushed
Philip_C, Oct 2019
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! .
not as advertised
Philip_E, Oct 2019
It was a day I’d sooner forget. We made it to the hover dam, but that’s where the tour pretty much ended. The boat was having problems. And we were told it was something that just happened. From the comments on line it wasn’t working before. False advertisement!
Good tour
Keith B, Oct 2019
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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Kim_G, Oct 2019
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
Wasted time before tours
Marilyn_M, Oct 2019
Tours were really wonderful, but the tour bus company picked us up earlier than needed (wasted time at both the bus terminal and before boarding the noon ferry), dropped us off late, and had problems with the P.A. system on the bus--very unfortunate!
A Disappointing Hoover Dam visit
Lynn_M, Oct 2019
We have just returned from our tour to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Our day started out meeting the tour bus at New York New York for 9 am. We waited there for a couple who finally arrived 15 minutes late because they were told the wrong information for where to meet. This was the beginning of a day not as we had hoped or planned. We got to the terminal and someone from the Tour Company explained how the tour would unfold. As we lined up to get on our bus the same gentleman announced the tour was overbooked by 2 people and he wanted two people to change their plan so they would do only the Hoover Dam and they would go in a limo. Nobody showed any interest. We had all booked and planned our tour in advance so why would anyone want to change their plan at that point? The Tour company should not have overbooked and thus would have avoided the problem. We wasted more time waiting for someone to volunteer to change plans. We finally got on our bus and met a lovely driver named Tony. If it hadn’t been for Tony the day would have been much worse. He is truly an informative and entertaining driver and guide. He was the highlight of our day. Our stop at the Chocolate Factory was uneventful. We got to Lake Mead and boarded the boat. Lunch was very nice. My husband and I sat with some people who had driven themselves to the Hoover Dam in the morning. They told us at that point, 12:00, that there were no tours at the Dam because the elevators were not working. This prompted discussion among our tour group as to what that would mean for us. We mentioned it to Tony when we got back on the bus and he had heard nothing about it. We carried on to the Dam only to find the elevators were down. They had been down when the Dam opened that morning. According to one of the employees they knew when they got to work that there would be no tours. We were also told that they put that out on Social Media and notify tour groups. They commented that we were the first tour bus of the day. To us that’s a clue that everyone else knew and canceled. We went into the Visitors Centre for the movie and spent some time wandering around. The tour of the actual Dam was going to be the highlight of the tour for us. My husband retired from the power industry and was looking forward to seeing the workings of this amazing Dam. Needless to say we were very disappointed when Tony confirmed there would not be a tour. We boarded the bus and headed back to LV. Tony had 22 hotels to drop people off at their individual hotels. This took forever. Not a good way to end an already disappointing day! I look forward to your response to my concerns/questions. 1. How is it that someone staying in the same hotel we were in could have been given the wrong pick up information?. 2. You overbooked your tour and that impacted our time. Not our problem! 3. Why is it that the staff knew the elevators were not working at the Dam and we could arrive there and no one notify Tony? The parking lot being totally empty was a clue that someone knew! 4. I look forward to receiving my refund x 4 guests for the cost of the Dam tour. We have used Viator for other tours and have not been disappointed! Thank you for your attention to my concerns. L. McGillivray Viator Booking 1108479268
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MDurkee2019, Oct 2019
sorry to say this was not a good experience first we put in for a pick up at your motel because it was not on the list & was sent a email confirming then called day of pick up to be told miss the bus they would not pick us up were the email said so had to take a cab for $23 to bus station to meet up.. then bus driver took us to boat were we then waited 1hr 15mins to board just wasted time the boat ride was very nice . got back to bus driver left without even telling anyone so we were all jerked in our seats, he didnt talk to us & video system didnt work. got to dam & was told time to be back at bus not where to go or anything when i asked told guide inside somewhere.. ugh this bus driver was terrible.. the tour of dam was nice. got back to bus thinking we were going to chocolate store which everyone on bus thought also was told no no you are all wrong .. the experience of this tour system was terrible & a shame because the boat ride & dam was very nice but driver & wasted time was horrible !!!!!


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