Private and Group Tours

Estate and Upgraded Wine and Cheese Tours

Docent-guided tours reveal the mystery and legacy of George Whittell Jr., the enigmatic tycoon who purchased and protected nearly 45,000 acres of Lake Tahoe’s east shore. You’ll discover the history of the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, servants’ quarters with original kitchen, and the 600-foot underground tunnel leading to the cavernous boathouse.

Private and group tours are limited to 20 guests and offer breathtaking views of our majestic lake, elegant gardens, lagoons, waterfalls, fountains, and the nearby mountain ranges. Discover the magic of Thunderbird Lodge—the history, the architecture, and stories of Lake Tahoe’s gilded age.

Subject to availability, 90-minute private and group tours are offered year-round. An upgraded experience with wine and beer and a selection of cured meats and artisan cheeses allows extra time on the estate

To support Thunderbird Lake Tahoe’s charitable programs with your private or group tour, please use our Request Pricing form, or call our Program Concierge at (775) 832-8752.

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School Tours and Program Experiences

Hands-on-History School Tours

Thunderbird Lodge and the George Whittell Estate is open for school tours in the spring and fall: perfect times to explore the natural surroundings. Our volunteer team of docents will greet your group and tour your students around the estate. The hands-on experiences they share will be remembered by all who visit this unique location.

We invite Nevada and California Public School teachers to develop their own curriculum using the Whittell Estate as a field laboratory. There are opportunities to teach history, marine science in a lakeside environment, botany, conservation and–Captain Whittell’s own personal favorite– the understanding and love of the native wildlife inhabiting the East Shore’s forests and waterfront.

To schedule a school tour or discuss a school program, please use the Request Pricing form or call our Program Concierge at (775) 832-8752.

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