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Lake Lugano: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lugano: 1-Hour Express Discovery Tour

1. Lugano: 1-Hour Express Discovery Tour

Fall in love with Lugano in just 1-hour on this express guided tour. After meeting your guide in front of the Museo Delle Culture, embark on a journey through the history, the local lifestyle, and the contemporary transformation of the city.  As you stroll through this Swiss city's picturesque streets, discover its parks, monuments, and historical architecture. Get the opportunity to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time in Lugano in order to make the most out of your visit.  Don't miss the opportunity to see Lugano through the eyes of a local, discover what daily life looks and soak up some of the city's characteristic ambience. This is the perfect experience for both those visiting for the first time and those returning to Lugano who wish to rediscover the city.

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From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Village Walking Tours

2. 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: Three Lakes Tour to Ascona, Lugano, and Bellagio

3. 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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