A DAY IN VIRGINIA CITY
Virginia City is a census-designated place that is the county seat of Storey County, Nevada. It is part of the Reno-Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. Virginia City sprang up as a boomtown with the 1859 discovery of he Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovery in the United States, and numerous mines were opened. At the city’s peak of population in the mid-1860s it had an estimated 25,000 residents. The mines’ output declined after 1878, and the city declined. As of 2010 Census the population of Virginia City was about 855, with 4,000 living in Storey County.
As you ascend into the foothills the exciting history of Virginia City, and how this boomtown came to life will be revealed. Built on the riches of gold and silver ore, Virginia City was not only known as “the richest place on earth”, but was also the biggest city between San Francisco and St. Louis in the 1860’s. Abounding with 30,000 people and 110 saloons, it was an affluent and rowdy population. Today, Virginia City stands as a link to the past – a town vibrant with the activities of visitors, and filled with memories and ghost of days gone by,
Once your group arrives, their personal guide will escort through the downtown, telling many legends of “rags to riches” and “riches to rags”. Your group will discover the beautiful Victorian mansions built by the mine-owners. They will also have some time to themselves to stroll the wooden sidewalks and explore their individual interests. Whether they would like to browse through the many original saloons, gambling halls, and antique shops or visit old Victorian mansions, museums and churches.
Ponderosa Gold Mine tour through the only gold mine located in one of the oldest saloons on the main Street of Virginia City. This is family fun for every one. See the complete underground mine workings of an authentic gold and silver mine. Experienced miners will guide you through tunnels as you descend deep into the shaft. You will see the actual tunnels, crosscuts, drifts and various tools that the miners used in the old Comstock.
Your guide will stay with your group throughout the day, not only to share the rich history of Virginia City , but also to make sure that the day runs “without a hitch”. Most importantly we want to make sure that all has had a good time. Departure: Leave Circus at 9:30am Return to Circus between 3:00pm and 3:30pm (duration of tour 51/2 to 6 hours.
Transportation: Deluxe Motor Coach (44-54 persons maximum)
V&T Railroad trip
Trolley Ride Tour of Virginia City
Tour guide and coordination
All applicable taxes and gratuities
Total Cost Per Person – $68.75
LAKE TAHOE-DONNER LAKE-TRUCKEE TOUR
Your Tour will begin by driving through Washoe Vsllry, home to the Washoe Indians of basket weaving fame. Carrying on, you will continue the drive through Carson City, Nevada’s Capitol City, Next you will travel up highway 50 over Spooner Pass. Your step-on guide will share the history of the “Great Bonanza Trail”, and the gold and silver seekers who “paved” the way as the first white men to visit the Tahoe Basin. As you come into view, you will see why Mark Twain called Lake Tahoe a “beautiful relic of fairy-land forgotten”
As you drop down off of Spooner Pass you will follow State Route28 this route is a16.2 mile road that runs along the northeastern shore of Lake Tahoe, and ends at the California state line where the famous CALNEV is located once owned and operated by Frank Sinatra. Continuing on around Lake Tahoe on the California side stopping in Tahoe City for lunch.
Before making your way back to your hotel, one more stop at Truckee-Donner. First stop at Donner and then on to Truckee. Just a short distance waay from Truckee is the world famous Donner Pass where your group will relive the days when the Donner party was trapped in the snowy Sierras. Far different from the pioneer days when Indians camped along the shores of the Donner Lake and when tales of heroic emigrants reached the ears of the towns people of Reno via Pony Express – this area is now a bustling tourist town, and caters to the winter ski population as well as the summer visitor. Step into the Donner Museum for a peek into the past.
After a scenic drive up highway 89 and a stop at Donner you will soon come upon Truckee, CA – the gateway to the Sierra- Past and Present. Just as many early pioneers followed the Emigrant Trail through Truckee, visitors today make their way to the natural beauty of the Truckee-Donner area, high in the Sierra Nevada. Steeped in the history of the Donner Party, the railroad, logging and ice-harvesting. Truckee has flourished , keeping the allure and charm of this turn-of-the-century town alive. Historic Truckee hints of its colorful past along with present-day shops, galleries, dining and quaint inns. Whether their interest is history, shopping, dining scenery or just relaxing-everyone is sure to enjoy this sightseeing opportunity.
Cost: $63.00 per person with lunch stop in Tahoe City. Duration 61/2 hours
Includes: Motor Coach Transportation
Step on Guide
All applicable taxes and gratuities
A lunch stop along the way in Tahoe City Rosie’s is Great
Admission to Donner Memorial State Park & Emigrant
LAKE TAHOE DINNER CRUISE
Lake Tahoe is truly one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The lake is situated in what is aptly called “The Tahoe Basin”, surrounded by dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountains and thousands of acres of National Forests. During this picturesque tour, you will continually be assaulted with what many visitors, and locals alike, call “Sensory Overload”. You will journey through high mountain passes before dropping down to the lake’s basin, which is 6, 200 feet in elevation. Your knowledgeable private “Tour Guide” will provide you with fascinating facts about the area’s history, culture and geology.
Once you arrival at the marina, you will board a replica of an historic paddlewheel boat, many of which plied the waters of the lake as public transportation, long before paved roads were built. Once on board and under way, much of the cruise is narrated and you will hear some of the colorful stories about life around the lake during past times. You will also, have the opportunity to view a video about what is going on under the surface of the lake, where there are shipwrecks and unusual creatures and plants.
At a designated time and location on-board, you will be served a delightful dinner, also there will be live music and dancing for the
all the while viewing this beautiful setting. You may even wish to visit the open deck for a totally unobstructed view. Suggestion: bring a Jacket and Camera.
Upon completion of this restful and informative cruise, you will again board your motorcoach and return to Reno – taking the route along the lake – passing through Incline Village and over Mount Rose Highway returning to your hotel. Duration of tour 5.5 to 6 hours. Total cost to be determined at time of booking all tours are subject to cost change until booked, Total cost person $116.00 for 50 to 55 passengers if 45 persons cost would be $128.00 per person.
Motorcoach will leave Circus Circus at 4:00pm and arrive at MS Dixie II between 5:30pm and 6:00pm
Include: Round trip Motorcoach
Private Tour Guide, All applicable taxes and gratuities and service fees, Dinner, dancing and live music, Admission to Cruise
Non-alcoholic beverages included with Dinner. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased on board the MS Dixie