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From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

1. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change to assure the best experience.

From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

2. From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

Board a luxury coach and head to the historic town of Lecco before making your way to the shores of Lake Como. Board a private boat and cruise across the calm water just after sunrise. During the cruise, enjoy the view of picturesque villages like Bellagio and Varenna and of some famous villas. Continue to St. Moritz by coach and get stunning views of the valleys and breathtaking landscapes like Chiavenna and Bregaglia. Pass through the Alpine valleys of Graubünden and the dramatic Maloja Pass through the Swiss Alps. Arrive in St Moritz and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch or a snack at your own pace. Browse the upscale fashion stores, go for a promenade along the lake or sip a hot chocolate in one of the village cafés. Then, board the Bernina Red Train and take a breathtaking ride along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Arrive at the village of Tirano to cross the Valtellina on the way back to Milan.

Tremezzina: Villa Del Balbianello Park Entry Ticket

3. Tremezzina: Villa Del Balbianello Park Entry Ticket

Villa del Balbianello was bequeathed to FAI by Guido Monzino in 1988. Perched on the edge of the wooded peninsula of Lavedo jutting out over the Lake Como, the Villa offers a wide panorama, which makes it one of the most spectacular estates in the area. The construction of the building was commissioned by Cardinal Durini, a scholar and patron of the arts, who, at the end of the 18th century, saw this peaceful corner as the ideal venue for exclusive literary retreats. Villa del Balbianello was brought back to its original vocation in modern times, when Guido Monzino, entrepreneur, collector and passionate traveler, chose it to preserve the memories of his adventures, which include being the first Italian to climb Mount Everest, with impeccable order and exquisite taste. Maps, travel tools, books, furniture items, as well as precious and peculiar collections of ancient and primitive art objects, evoke the life and deeds of their owner: everything is still arranged according to his will, including the relics and souvenirs of his mountaineering exploits displayed in the fascinating Museum of Expeditions. In accordance to his wishes, FAI has been managing the Villa since 1988, preserving its spirit and taking care of its magnificent garden. Trees pruned into unusual shapes, romantic views, avenues lined with statues, panoramic terraces and abundant blooms surround an ascending path leading to the 18th century Loggia Durini, which crowns the whole Balbianello complex and offers the visitors two different panoramas of the Lake.

Lake Como: Classic Speedboat Private Tour

4. Lake Como: Classic Speedboat Private Tour

Explore Lake Como on board your private Cadenazzi wooden speed-boat. Meet your friendly captain and enjoy an amazing trip to the most fascinating part of the lake. See famous Villa Balbianello, where James Bond movies and Star Wars were featured. You will pass by Comacina Island and if you want you will enjoy a nice swim among its clean and pure waters. Proceed to Bellagio, one of the most iconic places in Italy. Stop for a swim, and relax with your friends and family. Go to Tremezzo, where your captain will show you the famous Villa Carlotta, which attracts thousands of travelers every week.

Lake Como: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Lake Como: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover how a fine wine is born, see where it ages on a visit winery in Domaso on Lake Como. First, explore the wine cellar and the tasting room, which are located in a splendid villa. Then visit the vineyards overlooking Lake Como and enjoy a spectacular view from the tasting terrace. Meet the winemakers and hear about the history of the family, as well as the stages of wine production. Finally, enjoy a tasting of fine wines paired with local food delicacies while sitting on the beautiful terrace. You'll enjoy a white wine paired with cheese, pears, and wild apple jam; a red with extra virgin olive oil; and another red wine paired with seasoned cheese and salami.

From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

6. From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

Discover the third-largest lake in Italy, Como Lake, on this bus tour from Milan. Ride from Milan to the lake on a comfortable bus. Marvel at Mediterranean and Alpine scenery summer boat cruise to Bellagio Island or ride up the steep cogwheel line to visit mountainside town of Brunate in winter.  Along the shores, from Cernobbio to Gravedona and Bellagio, see wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers, as well as exotic and rare plants. In Como, visit the center of the city with your guide, and explore the picturesque streets, beautiful architecture, and stunning views. Enjoy a funicular ride to Brunate village in the wintertime or head out onto the lake for a 2–hour panoramic boat cruise to Bellagio Island in the summer, undoubtedly the most famous resort on the lake. Situated where Lake Como divides into 2 branches, Como and Lecco, Bellagio offers amazing panoramas. Bellagio itself is famous for its wonderful villas, with parks, and beautiful Italian and English gardens.

From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Scenic Lake Cruise

7. From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Scenic Lake 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.

Lake Como to Lake Lugano: E-Bike Three Panoramic Lakes

8. Lake Como to Lake Lugano: E-Bike Three Panoramic Lakes

See hidden villages, rustic charm, spectacular lake views, quiet mountain roads to cycle, and a stop on Lake Lugano on this fantastic circular route. Explore the valley behind Lake Como on this tour perfect for nature lovers. Leave busy Lake Como behind and wind into the Val Sanagra nature reserve, lying just above Menaggio and one of the lake’s best-kept secrets. Step back in time and ride by evocative stone houses and old water mills dotted along the banks of a gentle mountain stream. Ride uphill into the mountains, passing historic villages and grassy green fields, and take in the peace and quiet. Explore charming, authentic village squares untouched by mass tourism. Continue on to a shady downhill with stunning views including sections of an old Medieval road and be guided onto the shores of Lake Lugano. Enjoy a shady cycle to the third lake, Lake Piano, and ride home along the old railway line that is now a pretty cycle path.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

9. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

Marvel at the stunning mountain scenery around Lake Como on a guided day tour from Milan. Marvel at the Mediterranean and Alpine scenery on a summer boat cruise to Bellagio Island and Varenna, or ride the steep cogwheel line to the mountainside town of Brunate in winter. Begin your journey by bus and travel directly from Milan to Como. Join your guide on a walking tour to discover Como Cathedral and other historical gems. In summer, hop on a ferry along the lake and listen to a live commentary highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites. Disembark at Bellagio, regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns in the region, and enjoy 2 hours of free time. Relax and savor a regional meal at one of the local restaurants. Board another ferry to the colorful Varenna. Stroll through the cobblestone corridors of this picturesque village and feel the charm of its tranquil streets. Finally, board your bus back to Milan where you can sit back and take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi to share your photos of the day’s unforgettable memories.

Boat Tour Lake Como 4h - Como Bellagio Varenna - By Subacco

10. Boat Tour Lake Como 4h - Como Bellagio Varenna - By Subacco

Departure from Como, in "Via Lungo Lario Trieste n28 " you will find a small pier. We will see the new Electric Life, the Voltiano Lighthouse with the Voltiano Temple. The war memorial of the First World War. Villa la Rotonda and Villa Olmo. We will then arrive in Cernobbio where we will be able to admire its centre, Villa Erba, Villa D'Este and Villa Pizzo. We will then meet the Borgo di Moltrasio with Villa Fontanelle (ex Versace) and then we will arrive at the Borgo di Laglio, made famous thanks to George Clooney with Villa Oleandra, a curious Pyramid and the Ernesto Riva shipyard. Then we will continue towards Brienno, Argegno to get to admire the historically important Isola Comacina. Finally we were able to admire the wonderful Villa Balbianello (film set of Star Wars and 007 James Bond). It goes further to Tremezzo where you can observe the Villa Sola Cabiati and the Grande Hotel Tremezzo beyond the Marvelous Villa Carlotta, at this point you will reach the Pearl of Lake Como "Bellaggio" where you will observe Villa Melzi and Villa Trivulzio.Before leaving Bellaggio will head towards Varenna to observe the beautiful Vezio Castle and Villa Cipressi from below, from here we go back stopping at the Orrido di Nesso to admire the waterfall and have a nice swim. We continue arriving in Torno where we could see Villa Pliniana, Hotel Il Sereno and Villa Taverna. We reach Blevio with Villa Rocca Bruna (Hotel Mandarin Oriental), Villa Schouvaloff, Villa Usuelli, Cademartori and Villa Troubetzkoi. Thus returning to Como observing Villa Mirabella and finally Villa Geno and its Fountain thus arriving at the departure pier.

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An excellently organised day trip to all the beautiful places mentioned in the description. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided very valuable insights about the places - and recommended some good spots too. In my experience this was the best day trip ever for our family :) Don’t think twice, ho ahead and book it - you’ll have a great time.

The tour is well paced and you have a good opportunity to see Lake Como, Bellagio by boat, from Varenna. The highlight was definitely St. Moritz by the Bernina express train and the beautiful road trip down by coach! Very friendly tour guide and great driver too!

Truly a unique experience. The host was great, and creating pasta and having a wonderful meal in her home was an unforgettable experience.

Fantastic day out. The guide was excellent and the bus driver made the trip safe and comfortable

Excellent organized day activity. It worths to follow it, rather to do a solo one.