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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.

Bellinzona: 3-Castle Ticket including Villa dei Cedri

2. Bellinzona: 3-Castle Ticket including Villa dei Cedri

This Bellinzona pass is an entrance ticket to the three Castles of Bellinzona, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Following that, visit the Civic Museum Villa dei Cedri, which is open from Wednesday to Sunday. With a single ticket you can visit the three manors and the wall, the Museum of Castelgrande, the recently renovated Archaeological Museum of Montebello, the temporary exhibition at the Arsenal Hall of Castelgrande and the Villa dei Cedri. You are also free to decide in which order you are going to visit the attractions, with a suggested itinerary starting with a visit of Castelgrande and its temporary exhibition. From there, advance by foot to Montebello Hill to see the second castle. You then travel by bus to Sasso Corbaro Castle, which is the highest of the three. This location allows visitors to have amazing views over the city. Following the final castle, descend by bus for the last part of your tour to the Villa dei Cedri Art Museum.

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

3. 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.

Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

4. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

Swissminiatur: Open-Air Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

5. Swissminiatur: Open-Air Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

Discover the whole of Switzerland in just 1 hour with a visit to the Swissminiatur park, a miniature version of the country which covers about 14,000 m². See over 128 models of the most famous buildings and monuments in Switzerland.  The detailed and authentic models include well-known sites such as the castles of Rapperswil, Chillon and Bellinzona, the Federal Parliament in Bern, and the Piazza Grande in Locarno. Moreover, a 3,560m long model railway with 18 trains runs through the park. It is fascinating to watch the variety of trains that run along the tracks, cross bridges and stop by at stations. Boats are in motion on the lakes, cable cars and funiculars go up and down the mountains, cars move on the highway. For garden lovers, the whole park is beautifully decorated with a selection of 1,500 different plants and over 15,000 flowers. The park is located in Melide, on the shore of Lake Lugano, in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. The park is surrounded by mountains like Monte Generoso, Monte San Salvatore, and Monte San Giorgio, which has been declared UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

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

6. 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.

Verzasca Valley: 4-Hour Canyoning in Corippo

7. Verzasca Valley: 4-Hour Canyoning in Corippo

The tour begins with a leisurely 15-minute ascent where you can admire beautiful Corippo, known as the village with the fewest inhabitants in Switzerland. After leaving the village of Corippo behind, you approach the Corippo Valley to begin canyoning through the Verzasca Valley.  After the safety briefing, you will start immediately with a slide of 30 feet. This canyon in particular is ideal for families and large groups with braver and less brave people. Each descent offers the possibility of slowly rappelling down, or for the more courageous, the rappelling points become slides up to 50 feet with jumps up to 30 feet into emerald-green pools. As you continue deeper into the canyon, you’ll eventually reach pathways no more than 6-feet wide for a true canyoning experience. After about 1.5 hours in the gorge, you’ll jet down the last slide that leads directly into Lake Vogorno. After swimming across the lake, it’s up to you what to do — you can visit a traditional Swiss Ticino Grotto restaurant, or head back to your car with a 15-minute walk.

From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Cruise

8. 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.

Lugano: 4.5-Hour Monte Bré Visit w/ Funicular Ride

9. Lugano: 4.5-Hour Monte Bré Visit w/ Funicular Ride

Your guide will lead you through the city, to Cassarate, up to Monte Bré and back down to the bottom of the mountain. Meet your guide at the Lugano Region tourist office in Piazza Riforma. Start at the city’s heart with a boat ride to the little harbor of Cassarate.  Then, after getting on the funicular, enjoy the splendid views of the city center at your feet as you reach Lugano’s most uncontaminated summit. You will also get the chance to admire the fantastic panoramic view, which, on clear days, stretches all the way to Mount Rosa. Take a stroll and explore the small village of Brè, where life runs at a slow pace, while taking a look at the typical Ticinese houses, the church and the works of art.  Explore Monte Bré at your own pace, soak in the stunning views over Lake Lugano, the city and nearby mountain tops. The return ticket on the funicular, to get back down to Cassarate is included in your tour, from there you can arrange your individual return to Lugano.

From Milan: Lugano and Lake Como-Bellagio Day Trip

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 476 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.

The best thing was having bought the Swiss Travel Pass. Everything is much cheaper and easier to get around in Switzerland

a great day well spent visitng three incredible places