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Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

1. Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury coach to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

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Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

2. Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan for a relaxing tour of the countryside of northern Italy and southern Switzerland, traveling in air-conditioned comfort in groups of no more than 25 people. Relax as you take in Alpine views and see stunning lakes and villas. In less than an hour, you’ll pass the Italian border and arrive in Switzerland and take a scenic drive to the foot of the Alps. The first destination on your great escape is Lugano, featuring breathtaking panoramas and excellent shopping opportunities. If you are craving artistic culture, take a relaxing walk through town to Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto church. For a spot of retail therapy, make your way over to the beautiful downtown shopping area, brimming with inviting shops, rich Swiss chocolate, and fine luxury goods. Next, reach the famous city of Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como.” Once in Bellagio, enjoy free time to explore the town and do some shopping, or relax and eat some local food in the most nostalgic bars and restaurants. After taking some photos and enjoying the town’s charming atmosphere, continue to Lake Como by coach. Upon arrival, enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise along the lake for a unique opportunity to admire the breathtaking landscapes and see villas of the rich and famous. Lake Como is a famous holiday destination for stars and celebrities. During the cruise, your guide will point out George Clooney’s villa, plus villas that once hosted Star Wars and James Bond movie sets. After that, the bus will take you back to Milan’s city center in time for dinner.

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From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

3. From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

Lake Como is the third-largest lake in Italy and is known for its incredible Mediterranean and Alpine scenery, as well as being a favorite locale among Hollywood stars. This day tour from Milan will show you the beauty and majesty of this Italian resort. Along the shores, from Cernobbio to Gravedona and Bellagio, see wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers, as well as exotic and rare plants. In Como, visit the center of the city with your guide, and explore the picturesque streets, beautiful architecture, and stunning views. Enjoy a funicular ride to Brunate village in the wintertime or head out onto the lake for a 2–hour panoramic boat cruise to Bellagio Island in the summer, undoubtedly the most famous resort on the lake. Situated where Lake Como divides into 2 branches, Como and Lecco, Bellagio offers amazing panoramas. Bellagio itself is famous for its wonderful villas, with parks, and beautiful Italian and English gardens. Summer Tour Itinerary (April to October): • Como’s historic center • 2-hour lake cruise • Stop at the town of Bellagio • Return by coach to Milan Winter Tour Itinerary (November to March): • 1-hour lake cruise • Funicular ride to Brunate • Como's historic center • Return by coach to Milan

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Como Lake: Wooden-Boat Private Tour

4. Como Lake: Wooden-Boat Private Tour

Explore Lake Como on board your private Cadenazzi wooden speed-boat. Meet your friendly captain and enjoy an amazing trip in the most fascinating part of the lake. See famous Villa Balbianello, where James Bond movies and Star Wars were featured. You will pass by Comacina Island and if you want you will enjoy a nice swim among its clean and pure waters. Proceed to Bellagio, one of the most iconic place in Italy. Stop foa a swim, relaxing with your friends and family. Go to Tremezzo, where your captain will show you the famous Villa Carlotta, which attracts thousands of travellers every week. Enjoy an Italian aperitif on board with Prosecco or local wine. End your tour, where it started and leave with an unforgettable memory.

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Como: Private Market Tour & Lunch or Dinner with a Local

5. Como: Private Market Tour & Lunch or Dinner with a Local

Sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the cooks are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your guide. Enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. Come back to your hosts home and attend a private cooking demonstration, where you will learn the secret of their family cookbook while munching one of their dishes. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a four-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, dessert with drinks included. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

6. Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Depart Milan on an air-conditioned coach and after just one hour arrive in Como. Visit the historic center and enjoy some free time to explore the Old Town, shop in the local boutiques, and have a boat cruise of one hour. Admire the lakeside villas and the majestic mountain scenery before crossing the Swiss border. Arrive in Lugano to discover the most elegant and popular spots in the city. With your guide, explore the pedestrianized center. See Via Nassa, which was formerly where the women of the city weaved the nets for fishermen and is now a sophisticated shopping street. Visit the shoreside Casinò Lugano. Enjoy views to soaring mountain peaks, green meadows, and glistening blue water: a perfect Alpine scene.

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Lake Como: Sailing Boat Experience

7. Lake Como: Sailing Boat Experience

Experience the freedom of sailing on the stunning eastern side of Lake Como. Embark on a guided half-day or full-day sailing tour from Malgrate, near Lecco, to discover clear blue waters, lush vegetation, mountains above you, and beautiful little towns on the shores of the lake. Enjoy a glass of prosecco to toast your trip. Admire the views of Baia di Parè, Malgrate, Lecco, Abbadia and the high mountains of this wild area. Jump in to the crystal clear waters for a swim, or take the wheel and try your hand at being captain. The wind and your skippers will guide you, as you relax and enjoy this wonderful adventure on Lake Como.

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Lake Como: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

8. Lake Como: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

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Half-Day Lake Como Discovery Tour from Milan

9. Half-Day Lake Como Discovery Tour from Milan

Start your sightseeing adventure by meeting your guide at Cadorna Station in Milan, then catch a morning train from Milan to Lake Como; a scenic hour-long trip. Once in Como, you will take a leisurely walk through the city center with your local guide, discovering the majestic white marble Duomo, walking along the elegant Via Vittorio Emanuele, and taking in medieval walls and the Romanesque Sant’ Abbondio Church. The highlight of the tour is the superb, 600-year old Cathedral, and you'll discover traditional shops and upscale boutiques in Piazza Cavour, Via Plinio, and the waterfront. Your walk continues along the lakeside promenade to Villa Olmo, where you'll have magnificent views of the lake and town from the ornate garden. After the tour, enjoy some free time to enjoy Lake Como at your own pace, visiting more sites or just enjoying the scenery and Italian sunshine. With included return train tickets to Milan, you're free to explore Lake Como for as long as you want, then return to Milan at your preferred time.

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From Como: Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience

10. From Como: Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience

Have the best of both worlds on this full-day tour of Switzerland and Italy. Departing from Como, travel in a comfortable coach to the Swiss town of Lugano where you will have some free time to visit the picturesque city center, taste some Swiss Chocolate and have lunch. After lunch, head to the small village of Cadenabbia, where both Queen Victoria of England and Zar Nicholas of Russia were frequent visitors. From there, take a panoramic cruise to reach Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. Disembarking in Bellagio, enjoy some free time to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic and relaxing place. Later, board a ferry boat and get the opportunity to see the incredible Lake Como from a different perspective. During the cruise, take your time to look around and see the harmony between nature and architecture as you drift past villas with their beauteous gardens amongst untouched nature.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,115 reviews

Our tour guide Mara is amazing, she’s very passionate and knowledgeable and she showed us all the must see spots and the history behind it. Lugano is amazing place, we got there in the morning, took beautiful pictures, went around the area. Then moved to Bellagio by ferry for lunch and by fast ferry to Como. It’s a great experience! We enjoyed it so much.

I can't recommend this tour and Alicia, our tour guide, enough. I had a brilliant day and the tour felt very bespoke and professional. Such good value for money considering all the places we went to, including our boat cruise.

Superbe expérience avec une prise en charge irréprochable. Paysages incroyables et la visite en bateau est très complète. Merci pour tout !

Unbeatable experience, Franco our very attentive guide, explained everything very well. The setting, incomparable

The entire trip was pleasant and Lake Como was really beautiful