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Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

1. 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: Full-Day Trip to Como, Lugano and Bellagio

2. From Milan: Full-Day Trip to Como, Lugano and Bellagio

Discover two countries in one day on this unforgettable tour. See Lake Como and enjoy the scenic views. Explore Bellagio, known as the Pearl of Lake Como, and visit the town of Lugano. Start your trip from Milan, jump aboard a bus and drive to Lake Como. Stroll along the medieval alleys on this guided walking tour and see the old villas. Discover the art, history, and local traditions before seeing the impressive Gothic Cathedral. Next, go back on the bus and head to Switzerland. First, admire the views of The Alps as you drive by. Enjoy free time in Lugano to walk around and explore. Visit Lake Lugano and relax with a picnic by the lake. Afterward, drive to the small village of Cadenabbia. Then board a ferry to Bellagio. Once in Bellagio, you can walk around or go shopping, if you like. Continue to Mount Ghisallo and see the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Return to Milan by bus.

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Lugano: Past and Present Discovery Walk

3. Lugano: Past and Present Discovery Walk

Discover the historical side of Lugano with a passionate local who wants to share all the best kept secrets of Lugano with you. Your excursion will start in front of the building of Museo delle Culture. There you will learn about the various architectural styles from different time periods, and will also find out how the city has changed over time. From visiting churches to discovering the history behind the Statua Carlo Battaglini or the church Santa Maria Immacolata, you will encounter unique sites that an ordinary tour won’t show you. Your guide knows that traveling is the best way of learning, and having a knowledgeable local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better. Of course, if you wish to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let your guide know and they can tailor the itinerary to you.

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From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Village Walking Tours

4. From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Village Walking Tours

Leave the hustle and bustle of Milan behind you on a stunning journey to Lake Como and Lake Lugano. Sit back and relax on a tranquil boat cruise, explore charming lakeside villages with your licensed guide, and make your way into Switzerland all in one day. After your picturesque bus ride from Milan, hop on your boat and make your way to Varenna, a small fishing village. Varenna is located on the eastern side of Lake Como and from its shores you can clearly admire the cape of Bellagio — one of the most beautiful towns on the lake. In Varenna, follow your guide on a stroll to discover and experience all this town has to offer. Marvel at the famous red fenced promenade, the Walk of Lovers, with its steep alleys and charming corners, the mountain views, and the colorful village houses. Hop back on the boat for a 15-minute ride to Bellagio. Here, take the time to explore and enjoy this breathtaking town at your own pace with great recommendations from your guide about local restaurants and shops. Next, go on a panoramic boat tour of the Como Center Lake. Admire the gorgeous blue waters of Lake Como surrounded by incredible villas, such as Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello, colorful lake towns, and surrounding mountains. Then, dock at Tremezzo, where your bus would be waiting for you to take you to Lugano in neighboring Switzerland. Relax and enjoy the scenic ride while gazing at the alpine mountain ranges from your comfortable bus. In less than an hour, you're in Switzerland, where you will be able to admire the second lake of the day. Discover the beauty of Lake Lugano and its elegance and cleanliness with its magical views. Indulge in some famous Swiss chocolates and enjoy some shopping, before heading back to Milan.

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From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Cruise

5. From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Cruise

Let yourself be enchanted by a wonderful panorama as you visit two countries and two lakes during this day trip experience from Como to Lugano, Cadenabbia, and Bellagio. Enjoy informative commentary and a cruise on Lake Como. Take a bus from Como and, after about a 1-hour drive, reach Lugano. Enjoy free time to visit the delightful city center and enjoy a romantic walk on the lake's shore. Transfer by bus to Cadenabbia, a small village on Lake Como’s shore and a popular holiday destination for many aristocrats such as Queen Victoria of England and Zar Nicholas of Russia. From Cadenabbia, board a cruise to reach the Bellagio, also known as the pearl of Lake Como. Spend some free time in this picturesque village. Later, marvel at the amazing landscape from the water as you take another boat ride on the lake. Admire the fascinating villas with their wonderful gardens as you head back to Como.

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From Como: Three Lakes Tour to Ascona, Lugano, and Bellagio

6. From Como: Three Lakes Tour to Ascona, Lugano, and Bellagio

Start with pickup from Como and, after a brief introduction, travel north in a luxury air-conditioned minivan. Cross the border into Switzerland to visit the town of Ascona on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Discover one of the largest of the Northern Lakes, known for its stunning Alpine backdrop and elegant promenades. Enjoy free time to explore Ascona and it's wonderful architecture and shops. From Ascona, travel a short distance to Lugano, often called the "Monte Carlo" of Switzerland with it's one-of-a-kind views and chic designer shops. Use your time here to enjoy some lunch and visit the Santa Maria Degli Angioli Church which houses the "Passion and Crucifixion" fresco by Da Vinci’s apprentice, Bernardino Luini. Leaving Lugano behind, follow a picturesque lakeside drive around Lake Lugano and head back into Italy. In Cadenabbia, your driver will leave you at the dock of the ferryboat and provide you with tickets for your ferry ride to Bellagio, home to many famous residents. Enjoy a few hours of leisure time to shop and explore, before taking the scenic ferry back to Como, which passes close by the homes of various celebrities, including George Clooney.

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What people are saying about Lugano

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 257 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.

The experience was very good. The tour is very nice and well organized. We saw beautiful places and the only thing we couldn't do was visit Lugano, due to restrictions on the Swiss border because of Covid. The guide spoke very well and explained everything in great detail.

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.

It was great tour, luckily the weather was sunny in Lugano and Belagio. Overall the trip was perfect, where the Christmas lights were all over the cities and great vibes all around. Our guide mara made it much better.

Perfect, the starting point, the quality of the bus and the driver, the points visited and the time calculated ... but above all MARA, the girl who guided us,