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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.

Lugano: 3-Hour Monte San Salvatore Tour with Funicular Ride

3. Lugano: 3-Hour Monte San Salvatore Tour with Funicular Ride

Your guided excursion begins on the lakeshore, where you can take a look at some cultural and artistic sites, such as the LAC Lugano Arte Cultura and the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church. Then, make your way toward the funicular. The Gulf of Lugano is special for having 2 mountains that demarcate its borders: Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore.  After reaching the top with the funicular, take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy some free time to explore and have a picnic before it’s time to ride the cable car back down, concluding the tour. During your time on the mountain, benefit from a discount at the panoramic restaurant and check out all of Monte San Salvatore's activities, sure to please gourmets, sports enthusiasts, and lovers of culture and nature. Head off on a variety of hiking trails, which provide the opportunity to discover truly unspoiled nature, or try your hand at climbing on the “Via Ferrata”. On Monte San Salvatore, there is even space for culture; the Museum San Salvatore is home to a precious collection of rare religious art. It also features an exhibition dedicated to rocks, minerals, and fossils, in addition to rooms that illustrate the history of the confraternity over centuries and the history of the lightning-research center, which sheds light on the historical significance of storms for the region.

Lugano: Photogenic City Walking Tour

4. Lugano: Photogenic City Walking Tour

Join your guide to discover the city of Lugano through your camera lens. Enjoy a short city walk which will provide you the unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view. Your walk will take you from LAC to the university, and as you use your camera to capture the beauty of Lugano you will also get to discover local spots and hidden gems that your typical tourist tour won’t show you. Prepare to discover an alternative side of Lugano which is full of history and unique beauty. Don't forget to book the experience at a suitable time to ensure the best light possible for the pictures. You simply cannot leave the city before taking a stroll on the shores of the lake and getting to know more about the history of Ticino.

Lugano: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

5. Lugano: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Discover the best of 2 cultures on this tour of Lugano, a Swiss city located on the Italian border. Immerse yourself in Lugano's booming creative and cultural scene on this private tour with a local guide and learn why thousands of art lovers from across the globe flock to the city each year. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Lugano and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the picturesque streets, admire impressive street art and learn more about the city’s many galleries and museums as well as hearing about several local artists such as Giuseppe Antonio Petrini. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical details of this multi-faceted Swiss city while diving into its art and culture from a local perspective. At the end of the tour, you will understand why Lugano is the cultural capital of Ticino.

Lugano: Past and Present Discovery Walk

6. 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.

Lugano: Guided Walking Tour to Gandria with Boat Cruise

7. 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).

Lugano: 1-Hour Express Discovery Tour

8. 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.

From Milan: Villages of Lake Como with Private Boat Tour

9. 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

5.0 / 5

based on 4 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