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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.

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.

From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

3. 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.

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

4. Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on a guided day trip from Milan by van. See Cinque Terre from different perspectives from a boat and a train. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's 5 villages. With no car traffic, it remains one of the truest fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. Restaurants, bars, and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them. From Monterosso, start the final leg of your journey: a boat cruise, where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful village of Portovenere from the sea. Arrive at La Spezia where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan. These 5 enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea, and are now part of a national park listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

From Milan: Day Trip to Venice with Guided City Tour

5. From Milan: Day Trip to Venice with Guided City Tour

Embark on a full-day trip from Milan to Venice and admire the majestic architecture of its iconic landmarks. Take a scenic boat ride across the lagoon and see the various surrounding islands. Learn about local history on a walking tour through the city. Upon arrival in Venice, enjoy a lagoon boat trip to visit the most important of the many islands that comprise Venice. Then, follow your guide on an insightful walk around the main island and observe St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, and other major sites. Enjoy plenty of free time in the afternoon to purchase lunch and explore at your own pace. Visit a museum or shop for traditional souvenirs before heading back to Milan.

Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

6. Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Uncover the beauty of the lakeside cities of Como and Lugano which are nestled in verdant mountain landscapes on this day trip from Milan. Ride comfortably in a spacious coach and have some free time to explore each city.  Depart Milan aboard coach and and take in views of the mountains on the way to Como. Visit the historic center on a guided walking tour and enjoy some free time to explore and shop in the local boutiques.  Cruise across the lake's crystal-clear waters on an hour-long sightseeing cruise. Admire the lakeside villas and the majestic mountain scenery before boarding the bus and crossing the Swiss border. Arrive in Lugano and take a guided walking tour to the most elegant and popular spots in the city's the pedestrianized center. Stroll down the sophisticated shopping street of Nassa, which was formerly where the women of the city weaved nets for fishermen. Visit the shoreside Casinò Lugano and take in alpine views of soaring mountain peaks, green meadows, and glistening blue water. Return to Milan at th end of your excursion. 

From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Visits to Como & Bellagio

7. From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Visits to Como & Bellagio

Explore one of the most picturesque regions of northern Italy on a full-day sightseeing tour to the celebrities’ favorite destination of Lake Como. Visit the beautiful cities of Como and Bellagio, take a cruise on the lake, and admire the scenic views of the region. During the bus ride out from Milan, informative commentary will be given on the historical landmarks and the spectacular landscape along the way. Upon arrival in Como, take a walking tour of the scenic town center, where nature, art and local traditions collide. Learn about the many great poets and writers who have been enchanted and inspired by the beauty of Como’s villas, gardens and fairytale atmosphere. Next, climb aboard a boat for a cruise up the lake to Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of the Lake” by those in the know. Lunch is available to purchase onboard. After, head to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron saint of cyclists.  This is one of the most famous places for cycling enthusiasts and a destination for thousands of sportsmen from all over the world. Inside the church, you will be able to admire keepsakes, iconic jerseys, and bicycles of the most loved cyclists in the world including Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Motta, and Pantani.

From Milan: Stresa, Alps, & Lake Maggiore Half Day Tour

8. From Milan: Stresa, Alps, & Lake Maggiore Half Day Tour

On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, spectacular Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and known for its incredible beauty. Your tour will take you from Milan to picturesque Stresa, on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. Stresa is a lovely town with beautiful villas and gardens, some of which are open to the public. With a comfortable climate, Stresa offers stunning lake views, and you can also take the cable car up to Monte Mottarone for views of the Alps and the lakes. Next, hop on board for a cruise on Lake Maggiore, and admire the stunning scenery as the boat takes you out to the Borromean Islands. You'll visit Isola Bella, or "beautiful island," just offshore from Stresa. On this rich historical island you'll visit the Palazzo Borromeo, an exquisite palace dating back to the 17th century. You'll also be able to explore the beautiful palace gardens.

From Como: Lake Como Sightseeing Tour

9. From Como: Lake Como Sightseeing Tour

Lake Como is the third-largest lake in Italy and is known for its incredible Mediterranean and Alpine scenery, as well as being a favorite locale among Hollywood stars. This day tour will show you the beauty and majesty of the Italian resort. Along the shores, especially 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. During the summer, visit Como's historic center, head out onto the lake for a 2-hour panoramic boat cruise to Bellagio Island, and then explore the town of Bellagio. 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. During the wintertime, from November to March, enjoy a 1-hour lake cruise, experience a funicular ride to Brunate village, and explore Como's historic center. Summer tour itinerary (April to October):• Como’s historic center• 2-hour lake cruise• Stop at the town of Bellagio Winter tour itinerary (November to March):• 1-hour lake cruise• Funicular ride to Brunate• Como's historic center

From Milan: Lake Como at Sunset with Boat and Walking Tour

10. From Milan: Lake Como at Sunset with Boat and Walking Tour

Uncover the magic of Lake Como this guided day trip from Milan. Relax aboard an airconditioned coach, cruise over the lake, take in the town's sights on a guided walking tour, and purchase a ticket for Brunate' s funicular for astounding views of the lake from above. Watch the sunset over the lake. Choose from two centrally-located meeting point options. Hop aboard a spacious coach and relax on the ride to Como. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the town of Como. Find out where to eat and drink in the town. Take a stroll on the waterfront promenade and admire the Gothic Como Cathedral. Ride on the funicular to the town of Brunate which overlooks Como and the lake and gives you the chance to snap some astounding pictures. Glide over the waters of lake Como on a guided boat tour aboard a private vessel. See lake side villas and admire the town from the perspective of the water. Marvel at the sunset over the lake before returning to your meeting point in Milan aboard the coach.

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2.8 / 5

based on 241 reviews

I booked the trip with Getyourguide and had several emails to remind me about the trip, We were lucky and had clear weather. Luca the driver was such an expert driver going through small streets and even stopped (if he could and allowed) for us to have a look at the nice views. The guide, Sara was excellent and professional, explaining the history of the sites as well as the most recent happenings. I really enjoyed the bus ride and boat ride. I travelled with my husband, we are seniors with our adult son. We all enjoyed the trip and is worth the money we paid.

The tour was well organised and the guide- Olga was very informative and professional. We were 14 guests in the group, the van was clean and comfortable and the driver Constantine was very good. Despite the cold and foggy conditions I still enjoyed the experience and the scenery. I realise that in the summer everything would have had a different perspective but I still thoroughly enjoyed the commentary and the history of the places we visited.

Amazing trip, some of the most beautiful sights in Northern Italy/Switzerland. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to explain everything in English, Spanish and Italian. Would love to even go again in another time of year to see the different seasons

Sara was a great tour guide! Excellent food recommendations and very knowledgeable about the history of lake como. I would recommended this tour to anyone visiting Milan

Had a wonderful time during this day trip. It was absolutely wonderful and our guide and bus driver were so nice and friendly.