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From Milan: Como, Lugano and Bellagio Exclusive Boat Cruise

From Milan: Como, Lugano and Bellagio Exclusive Boat Cruise

Immerse yourself in the best of Swiss and Italian culture on this full-day tour. Departing from Milan, enjoy an informative commentary on the historical landmarks and the spectacular landscape along the way. Reach the picturesque and ever-popular city of Como. Enjoy a walking tour of the city and reach the gothic cathedral, accompanied by a professional tour leader who will help you to discover the art and history of this charming city. Head to the small village of Tremezzo and enjoy a panoramic bus ride. From there begins our Exclusive Cruise aboard a private boat to reach Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. During this cruise you have the chance to see this lake Como from a different perspective, take your time to look around and see the harmony between nature and architecture. Glide past villas with their beauteous gardens and amongst untouched nature Once in Bellagio enjoy some free time to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic and relaxing place and to have lunch, before to Cruise back to Tremezzo Your last stop will be Swiss town of Lugano where you will have some free time to visit the city center and taste some Swiss Chocolate.

Milan: Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip with Private Cruise

Milan: Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip with Private Cruise

Embark on a tranquil escape from the urban hustle of Milan, journeying through the serene countryside of northern Italy and southern Switzerland in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach. Begin your day with a private boat cruise on Lake Como towards the enchanting town of Bellagio. Revel in the scenic beauty of the Alpine views and the charming lakeside villas during this leisurely cruise. Upon reaching Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como," enjoy ample free time to explore the town, indulge in shopping, or savor local delicacies at nostalgic bars and restaurants. Following your time in Bellagio, venture into Switzerland and arrive in Lugano, a city renowned for its breathtaking panoramas and excellent shopping opportunities. If you are inclined towards artistic culture, take a leisurely walk to the Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto church. For a dose of retail therapy, explore the beautiful downtown shopping area filled with inviting shops, Swiss chocolates, and luxury goods. After a fulfilling day in both Bellagio and Lugano, your journey concludes as you head back to Milan by coach, providing you with ample time to reminisce about the day's adventures and enjoy a well-deserved dinner in the city center.

From Milan: Lake Como, Swiss Alps & Lugano Small Group Tour

From Milan: Lake Como, Swiss Alps & Lugano Small Group Tour

Jump on the Swiss Express train in Milan and discover the magical atmosphere of Lake Como, the Swiss Alps, and Lake Lugano in just one day without worrying about traffic jams. Your experienced, English-speaking guide will share their extensive knowledge about the areas you visit. Discover why actors and celebrities frequent Lake Como during the summer. See the famous Lake Como villas from the movie "Ocean's Twelve" and luxury wedding venues that attract world superstars. Learn about the history of the Como Lake region dating back to the Roman Empire from an experienced, English-speaking guide. See monuments dedicated to historical celebrities from Como. Admire the majestic beauty of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the picturesque town of Lugano, located on the Swiss Riviera, with its beautiful lake and charming Swiss atmosphere. Try the taste of the world's best chocolate from Switzerland.

From Milan: Private Boat to Como Lake, Lugano, and Bellagio

From Milan: Private Boat to Como Lake, Lugano, and Bellagio

Explore an exciting Milan getaway, discovering the the Swiss and Italian landscape and culture. Enjoy your guide’s tales of historical landmarks and marvel at the breathtaking landscapes unfolding during your journey. Arrive in the Swiss town of Lugano, take some free time to explore the city center and taste delicious Swiss chocolate. Reaching the dainty village of Cadenabbia , from there your journey unfolds, leading you to the enchanting destination of Bellagio. Upon reaching Bellagio, witness the charming atmosphere of this delightful destination known by “Pearl of Lake Como”. Walk through its famous stair alleys with its colorful houses, take some memorable pictures of the instgrammable village, and you enjoy your tasty lunch in the local restaurants of Bellagio. Then continue this tour with our Exclusive Cruise aboard a private boat, this cruise offers a unique perspective of Lake Como, allowing you to appreciate the harmonious blend of nature and architecture. Sail through the villas with their beautiful gardens and natural surroundings, such as Villa del Balbianello, renowned for its appearances in Star Wars and Casino Royale films and Villa Balbiano famous from House of Gucci. Your final stop is Como, where a guided walking tour will introduce you to the city's art and its medieval history while walking in the ancient square. It's a day of cultural exploration and scenic beauty you won't forget!

From Milan: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Lake Boat Cruise

From Milan: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Lake Boat Cruise

Enjoy a full-day trip to Lake Como, Lugano, and Bellagio. Discover the best of Italy and Switzerland on this guided tour. Discover two countries in one day on a scenic day trip from Milan. Admire panoramic views of Lake Como and stroll around its medieval streets. Take a boat trip to explore the charming shops of Bellagio and visit the beautiful town of Lugano in Switzerland. Jump aboard a bus in Milan and drive toward Lake Como. Wander around medieval alleys on a guided walking tour and see the old villas. Discover the art, history, and local traditions of the area before seeing the impressive Gothic Cathedral. After your break, begin your drive to the small village of Cadenabbia. Navigate the lake and reach Bellagio, where you can explore and shop at your own pace. After visiting Bellagio cruise back to Cadenabbia and hop back on the bus to make your way to Switzerland. Admire impressive views of The Alps and the stunning Lake Lugano as you drive by, then enjoy your free time in Lugano to walk around and explore. After an amazing day exploring two different countries ride the bus back to Milan.

From Milan: Como, Bellagio, and Lugano Exclusive Boat Tour

From Milan: Como, Bellagio, and Lugano Exclusive Boat Tour

Begin your journey in Switzerland, in the charming town of Lugano, where winding alleys and magnificent architecture tell the story of a rich and fascinating history. Explore the town's historic centre and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful Canton Ticino town. Return to Italy and board a luxurious cruise on Lake Como: soak up the crystal-clear lake’s stunning views and admire the magnificent villas on its steep banks. Arrive in the picturesque village of Bellagio, another must-visit on this day trip. Stroll along the alleys, take in the breathtaking views, and feel the noble atmosphere of ancient splendor. The tour continues with a visit of the beautiful town of Como, which offers winding alleys and magnificent architecture to explore. This experience promises to be unforgettable and leave you with cherished memories, while also allowing you to visit two countries in a single day. PASSPORT IS REQUIRED

Lugano: 4.5-Hour Monte Bré Visit w/ Funicular Ride

Lugano: 4.5-Hour Monte Bré Visit w/ Funicular Ride

Your guide will lead you through the city, to Cassarate, up to Monte Bré and back down to the bottom of the mountain. Meet your guide at the Lugano Region tourist office in Via Magatti 6, Lugano. Start at the city’s heart with a boat ride to the little harbor of Cassarate.  Then, after getting on the funicular, enjoy the splendid views of the city center at your feet as you reach Lugano’s most uncontaminated summit. You will also get the chance to admire the fantastic panoramic view, which, on clear days, stretches all the way to Mount Rosa. Take a stroll and explore the small village of Brè, where life runs at a slow pace, while taking a look at the typical Ticinese houses, the church and the works of art.  Explore Monte Bré at your own pace, soak in the stunning views over Lake Lugano, the city and nearby mountain tops. The return ticket on the funicular, to get back down to Cassarate is included in your tour, from there you can arrange your individual return to Lugano.

From Lugano: Lake Lugano Cruise to Morcote & Sightseeing

From Lugano: Lake Lugano Cruise to Morcote & Sightseeing

Thanks to its characteristic narrow streets, the arcades of the old patrician houses, valuable architectural monuments and lush subtropical vegetation, Morcote is considered the "Pearl of the Ceresio". After having lost yourself in this little corner of paradise, the boat will be waiting for you to return to Lugano.

Lugano: Guided Walking Tour to Gandria with Boat Cruise

Lugano: Guided Walking Tour to Gandria with Boat Cruise

A visit to Lugano may not be defined as such if you don't include Gandria, a romantic and picturesque place. In this magic and incredibly charming location, take a dive into the past and discover how people used to live once upon a time. In the company of a guide, walk to Gandria and while you leisurely stroll up and down the village streets, a boat will be waiting for you to bring you back to Lugano. Gandria is a romantic locality nestled on the shores of Lake Ceresio that may be reached either by land or by the lake. The town’s center is closed to traffic and is an oasis of peace with its picturesque tiny streets and stairs that offer glimpses of great views and gorgeous landscapes. At the center of the town see the 16th-century church of San Vigilio with its outstanding baroque interior and the high late-medieval belfry. On the lake opposite Gandria, discover the Museum of Swiss Customs. Along the trail from Cantine di Gandria to Caprino, there are several grotti, an ideal place to take shelter from the heat and to have the opportunity of getting a taste of the typical Ticinese cuisine (costs not included).

From Milan: Lugano, Bellinzona and Chocolate Factory Trip

From Milan: Lugano, Bellinzona and Chocolate Factory Trip

Depart from Milan or Bergamo by bus towards the beauties of the Canton of Ticino. After two hours of travel, reach the first stop, the Alprose Chocolate Factory. Begin your day on a sweet note by enjoying some leisure time indoors and satisfying your cocoa cravings by shopping at their store. Afterward, travel to Lugano where you can relax with a walk along the lake and, if you want, have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. Feel the closeness to Italy in the local gastronomy. After about 2.5 hours in Lugano, get back on the bus to move to the last stop of the day, Bellinzona. Explore the medieval village famous for its three World Heritage castles for 2.5 hours. Visit the external part of Castel Grande, an imposing manor that dominates the city. Enjoy some free time to walk around the historic center and take photographs of its most fascinating views. After the visit, embark on a 3-hour-long drive to return to the meeting point.

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What people are saying about Lake Lugano

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4.7
(707 reviews)

It was a great experience! Highly recommended! Our guide Andrea is the best I've ever had. The day was very well structured, we had enough free time on our own, also we were able to visit both Lugano&Como and to have a boat trip. Andrea is very kind and predisposing, we learned a lot from him. The group was very small, just 6 persons, it felt like we were visiting a friend in Italy!

We really enjoyed our day. The only recommendation is to add a very detailed itinerary to know each stop and activity. It was confusing at the beginning to understand what we are doing and where we are going. It would be great to share the details and location of each stop. The tour guides were great and the lady was very nice and helpful

the whole day was great. Our guide was fantastic, so was the driver. I loved bellagio. would recommend this one!

It was a fantastic tour. Our guide Amato was exceptional. Great driver and good coach.

Mark is a good tour guide. He was patient, courteous, and articulate.