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

1. 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. Cruise by ferry along the lake to discover the quaint villages of Varenna and Bellagio and the city of Como. Enjoy a guided experience through Como to see the main landmarks. 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. After exploring the city, hop on a ferry along the lake and listen to a live commentary highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites. Disembark on 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 before boarding another ferry to the colorful Varenna. Stroll through the cobblestone corridors of this picturesque village and feel the charm of its tranquil streets. after enjoying some free time, 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.

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

2. 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.

Lake Como: Venetian-Style Boat Cruise in Small Groups

3. Lake Como: Venetian-Style Boat Cruise in Small Groups

Experience Lake Como like a real VIP with a half-day intimate boat tour. The tour offers an intimate experience on an exclusive boat just fro your group. Jump onboard a beautiful Venetian-style boat and prepare for a 4-hour tour, without the stress of a large tour group or tour guide. In Varenna, stop for a 15-minute coffee break before beginning the best part of the cruise: a journey through the extravagant villas, such as Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa La Cassinella, and many other beautiful architectural wonders and stunning landscapes. Don’t forget to toast to life with a glass of prosecco while you stare at this romantic view. Next, admire the beauty of Isola Comacina, a little island rich in history and nature before arriving in Bellagio, "The Pearl of Lake Como". Here, enjoy an hour of free time to explore the city at your own pace before beginning the journey back to the meeting point.

From Milan: Day Trip to Lake Como with Cruise & Wine Tasting

4. From Milan: Day Trip to Lake Como with Cruise & Wine Tasting

Experience a more idyllic side of Italy on this day trip to Lake Como. Admire the enchanting shoreline studded by historical villas and dainty towns that are favored by the rich and famous. Meet your group in Milan and treat all five senses to a day of luxury. Reach the city of Como by a Mercedes minivan, driven by your guide, who will point out the best scenes along the way. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the elegant streets, while admiring historic landmarks. Learn about the area's Catholic roots at Basilica di San Fedele and Como Cathedral. After soaking in some local culture, set off on your cruise. Enjoy the sway of Lake Como's vast, calm waters, gently ruffled by soft breezes. Discover the finest sights in the region of Lombardy, as the horizon is framed by mountains, including the snow-peaked Alps. Stop at the charming towns of Bellagio and Varenna for a pleasant stroll and tastings of local products. Indulge yourself with a relaxed lunch and wine tasting, before the ride back to Milan.

From Milan: Lago di Como Private Tour

5. From Milan: Lago di Como Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour to the Lago di Como for eight hours with a private tour guide for two hours and a private luxury vehicle with chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off from your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, you will go ahead with your tour guide to your destination. In this tour you will have the opportunity to discover the Lago di Como, known for being one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the third largest in Italy. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, you can admire many subtropical plants that grow there. If you wish, the tour offers an exclusive boat ride on the waters of the lake. It will be a perfect opportunity for you to completely relax and enjoy the majestic scenery from another perspective. Plus, while you sail on the water of the lake, you will be able to visit the closest cities such as Como, Bellagio, Tremezzo and Varenna. At the end of the tour, your private chauffeur will return you to your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city.

4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

6. 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

Spend an enjoyable 4 days and 3 nights touring the lakes region of northern Italy. Admire the scenic beauty of the area as you tour by land and water. Visit lovely lakeside villages and islands and explore the historic city of Verona on a guided tour. Day 1: Milan, Lake Orta, Stresa, Como Depart Milan at 08:30 for the drive to Lake Orta, a small, charming lake situated in the north-eastern part of the Piedmont region. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then take a boat to the island of San Giulio, the gem of the lake that is almost entirely occupied by the Mater Ecclesie Monastery. After a short visit, you’ll take the ferry back to Orta, and travel by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest of Italy’s lakes. Arrive in Stresa, an international tourist resort, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon take a tour of Pescatori island by boat. Continue to Bella Island, where you can visit Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa before heading on to Como. Overnight in Como. Day 2: Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Brescia Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short visit to Como. Take in views of the high mountain overlooking the lake, the wild alpine valley, and the surrounding villages. On Lake Como you’ll board a boat to take you to Bellagio, located at the tip of the peninsula that separates the lake's 2 southern arms. You’ll have views of the Alps across the lake to the north. There will be free time for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll depart by boat for Varenna. After a panoramic tour you’ll continue on to Bergamo. Enjoy a short walking tour of the city center before heading to Brescia. Overnight in Brescia. Day 3: Brescia, Sirmione, Riva Del Garda, Verona You’ll depart Brescia for Lake Garda after breakfast. Enjoy a panoramic tour along the western coast of the largest of the Italian lakes. Admire the splendid natural landscapes surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta to the north and gentle sloping hills to the south. When you arrive in Sirmione you’ll have the best panoramic views of the lake. Take a boat tour and admire the Sirmione Cape, the castle, and the Grotto of Catullo. Depart for Riva del Garda on the north side of the lake. Visit its historic center with free time for lunch before the drive to Verona. Overnight in Verona. Day 4: Verona, Milan After breakfast at the hotel you’ll tour the famous city of Verona, a work of art in itself. This fascinating crossroads of historical periods and cultures is a blend of Nordic and Mediterranean influences. See traces of its splendid Roman origins, its prevailing medieval structures, its magnificent Renaissance palaces, and impressive fortifications. You’ll have free time for lunch before departing for Milan in the afternoon.

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What people are saying about Varenna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,359 reviews

Very well organized, we were a group of 4 friends and the guide Anna who spoke Spanish was a charm with all of us. He was in charge of explaining all the details to us throughout the excursion, which for the price it has, the number of hours you spend sightseeing is crazy. Our best wishes to Anna and her companions! From Pamplona we hope you have a good time in Andalucia!!!!

Great trip! Lake Como is beautiful. We missed some time visiting Varenne due to traffic, but that time was made up for in Bellagio and Como. Not to miss ! The guide is at the top!

Boat trip, Bellagio & Varenna fab. Time in Como too long. Guide was great, very enjoyable day out

The landscapes were wonderful. The guide gave us excellent information for each place.

This trip it was worthy!! The lake and the villages was amazing and graphical!