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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 in groups of no more than 25 people. 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.

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Swissminiatur: Open-Air Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

2. 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.

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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.

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Zoo al Maglio: 1-Day Ticket for the Jungle of Ticino

4. Zoo al Maglio: 1-Day Ticket for the Jungle of Ticino

First, you will see the more exotic animals as you enter the zoo. Later on, you will be able to meet pet animals like Guinea pigs, ducks, geese, swans, African goats, and turtles. When you arrive, buy a food bag at the entrance to allow you to get up-close with the animals. On the shady part of the park there is a picnic area next to the playground. Next to it, you will see a wooden house that is perfect for birthday parties. All around the park there are zones to relax in, sit, and watch the animals. There is also a minicar park for action-loving kids. Snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and information can all be found at the entrance.

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Verzasca Valley: 4-Hour Canyoning in Corippo

5. 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.

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Lugano: Guided Tour with Lunch

6. Lugano: Guided Tour with Lunch

After meeting your guide at your hotel, you’ll start the day with a walk through the historic centre of Lugano. Here, you’ll see the new conference centre, stroll through Lugano’s main shopping district, and see locals enjoying themselves in the many outdoor restaurants. A highlight will be going inside of the 15th-century church which is simply called "the church". Inside, you’ll see impressive mural paintings made by the Italian artist Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s disciples.   You’ll then take a bus to the start of the Gandria Olive Trail footpath where you’ll enjoy a leisurely one-hour walk on the paved historic “Olive Trail” along the lakeside. You’ll eventually reach the romantic village of Gandria, which is nestled along the banks of Lake Lugano.   Afterwards, you’ll board a public boat and cruise to your lunch stop at one of Lugano’s most scenic areas, where you’ll experience an outdoor grotto lunch of risotto. Local Ticino white or red wine will be served so you can focus on your lunch, and al the while, you’ll be overlooking beautiful Lake Lugano with its surrounding mountains and villages. Your stand-by chefs will help you with your risotto to make sure you enjoy an excellent tasting grotto lunch. Following your lunch experience, your boat will return you to the city.

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From Lucerne: The Heart of Swiss Alps Private Guided Hike

7. From Lucerne: The Heart of Swiss Alps Private Guided Hike

You begin your trip with a short train ride as you ascend to the famous, quaint mountain resort of Engleberg. Then board a bus and take in the stunning scenery as you pass by a 12th Century Benedictine monastery. Once you arrive at Fuerenalp, you board an aerial cable car and continue to ascend into the midst of the snow-peaked mountains and glaciers towering around you. After marveling at the truly awe-inspiring view that must be seen to believed, you begin your descent along the well- maintained Wanderweg path where all paths are safe and sign-posted. Listen to the clanging of the cowbells, admire the flowers, and breathe the fresh mountain air before you stop for lunch at an Alpine restaurant and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. You then continue on a gentle, tree-lined path as you disappear into the forest and alongside a fantastical glacier stream. As you approach Engleberg once more, you will have the chance to visit the 12th Century monsatery and the quaint village you passed earlier in the day.

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Lugano: Past and Present Discovery Walk

8. 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.

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From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Village Walking Tours

9. From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Village Walking Tours

Leave the hustle and bustle of Milan behind you on a stunning 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 your boat 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. Hop back on the boat for a 15-minute ride to Bellagio. Here, take the time to explore and enjoy this breathtaking town at your own pace with great recommendations from your guide about local restaurants and shops. Next, go on a panoramic boat tour of the Como Center Lake. Admire the gorgeous blue waters of Lake Como surrounded by incredible 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 comfortable 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 magical views. Indulge in some famous Swiss chocolates and enjoy some shopping, before heading back to Milan.

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From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Cruise

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 260 reviews

Our tour guide Mara is amazing, she’s very passionate and knowledgeable and she showed us all the must see spots and the history behind it. Lugano is amazing place, we got there in the morning, took beautiful pictures, went around the area. Then moved to Bellagio by ferry for lunch and by fast ferry to Como. It’s a great experience! We enjoyed it so much.

The experience was very good. The tour is very nice and well organized. We saw beautiful places and the only thing we couldn't do was visit Lugano, due to restrictions on the Swiss border because of Covid. The guide spoke very well and explained everything in great detail.

I can't recommend this tour and Alicia, our tour guide, enough. I had a brilliant day and the tour felt very bespoke and professional. Such good value for money considering all the places we went to, including our boat cruise.

It was great tour, luckily the weather was sunny in Lugano and Belagio. Overall the trip was perfect, where the Christmas lights were all over the cities and great vibes all around. Our guide mara made it much better.

Perfect, the starting point, the quality of the bus and the driver, the points visited and the time calculated ... but above all MARA, the girl who guided us,