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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. 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.

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.

From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Cruise

3. 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.

From Milan: Lugano and Lake Como-Bellagio Day Trip

4. From Milan: Lugano and Lake Como-Bellagio Day Trip

Start the day with a comfortable bus trip from Milan taking you directly to Lugano. Explore the historic center on a guided walking tur and see the famous Via Nassa with its luxury shop windows. Continue by bus along the panoramic road that runs along Lake Lugano to Tremezzo on Lake Como. There hop on a private boat that will transfer you directly to Bellagio where you can enjoy some free time for lunch and exploration of its elegant streets. Then set sail on a relaxing cruise on the lake. Surrounded by great landscapes, admire beautiful villas and gardens such as Villa Melzi d'Eril, Villa del Balbianello, and Villa Carlotta. Relax on the scenic drive along Lake Como that takes you back to Milan by bus before dinner time.

From Milan: Villages of Lake Como with Private Boat Tour

5. From Milan: Villages of Lake Como with Private Boat Tour

Leave the hustle and bustle of Milan behind you on a 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 a bus 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. Get onboard a boat for a 15-minute ride to Bellagio. Here, take the time to explore and walk through the town at your own pace with recommendations from your guide about local restaurants and shops. Next, go on a panoramic private boat tour to the center of Lake Como. Admire the blue waters of the lake surrounded by traditional 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 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 picturesque views. Indulge in some famous Swiss chocolates and enjoy some shopping before heading back to Milan.

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What people are saying about Lugano

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 257 reviews

Very very nice daytrip! We love Lugano& Bellagio so much. Our day starts with a walk in cloudy Lugano that we make walking at the small roads for 1,5h , then we visit Bellagio unbelievable how beautiful it is for two hours! Boat trip is little bit boring, because you are 2h at the boat and the villas is very similar. Fully recommended!! Our guide Jo, very kind and helpful!! We will go again trips with this company !!

It was fantastic day. Thanks to our good guide Oleg that told a lot of interesting facts about the places. We were lucky with the weather, especially in Switzerland. It was predicted rwgen, we had sun. Places speak for themselves, very beautiful. Tour was tightly organized and punctual, also thanks to our good driver Maurice. Highly recommended

Excellent day trip. Covered major cities as noted in the itinerary all in the time allotted. Interesting and thorough narrative of the cities with many historical facts. Wish we had more time to explore Bellagio.

We had the best time and so glad we took this tour. Our guide Oleg was the best. Very knowledge and fun. We will definitely use them again on our next trip. Thank you so much!!!

a great day well spent visitng three incredible places