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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, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

2. 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.

Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

3. Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Lake Como: Golden Hour Guided Kayak Tour

4. Lake Como: Golden Hour Guided Kayak Tour

After a safety briefing, head out on the lake to start your open deck kayaking adventure. Your tour guide will provide narration and assistance throughout the tour. Circumnavigate the Bellagio peninsula, admiring the views of the landscape to the North in the direction of the Alps. On your left will be Villa Serbelloni and Rockefeller Foundation Park, which is a well-preserved park full of greenery. On your right will be Varenna’s coast. After rounding the peninsula’s edge, you will find the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni where you will start heading back to Pescallo. On the way back to the starting point, enjoy the fantastic views of the countryside from your kayak.

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.

Varenna: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

6. Varenna: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

5-Day North Lakes: Milan & Bernina Express Experience

7. 5-Day North Lakes: Milan & Bernina Express Experience

Spend 5 days and 4 nights touring the lakes region of northern Italy. Admire the scenic beauty of Milan, Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Sirmione, Riva del Garda, and Franciacorta by land and water. Explore the historic city of Verona on a guided tour. Day 1: Milan with happy hour Welcome to Milan! Meet our driver at Milan Malpensa Airport and enjoy a private transfer to Starhotels Ritz. In the afternoon, meet your professional local guide at the hotel and set off on a three-hour walking tour through the heart of Milan. The last stop will be the majestic Castello Sforzesco, a medieval fortress built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza. In its vicinity, we have chosen a refined bakery for you to be able to relax and taste a typical aperitivo (happy hour). At the end of the aperitivo, the tour will be over and you will have some free time before returning to the hotel on your own. The overnight stay is in Milan. Day 2: Milan, Bernina Express, Milan (B) Just like sitting in a theater, you will admire unique views from your seat on board the Bernina Train, a piece of history (it is 100 years old), and a World Heritage train. After breakfast at the hotel, meet our driver and reach Tirano. Get on board there and start this ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world, with its unsurpassed alpine views. The journey will need two hours to complete. As the train winds its way over the Alps, occasionally passing through mountain tunnels, and puffing its way past a myriad of towns and villages, a number of highlights will catch your attention. Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina pass to St. Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore it. Meet your driver to return to Milan (meeting point in St. Moritz). Overnight stay in Milan. Day 3: Milan, Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo (B, D) Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then prepare for a short visit to Como, a tourist destination for its vicinity to Lake Como and the Alps. Amazing views over the lake and the alpine valleys are guaranteed! The lake itself, sometimes called Lario, has long been famous for its y-shape and for Bellagio, which you will reach by boat. This little gem town lies at the intersection of the lake’s 2 southern arms, with the Alps dominating the horizon to the north, and is home to some of the most charming landscapes in Italy. Spend some time exploring this picturesque village and its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens, and have lunch at your leisure in one of the many restaurants or cafés. Back on board, you will make your way to Varenna in the afternoon, where you will take a panoramic tour before moving on to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel characterized by its urban structure: the città bassa (or lower town) is modern and dynamic, while the famous città alta (or upper town) houses the city’s medieval heart. Check-in at your Bergamo hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 4: Bergamo, Sirmione, Riva Del Garda, Bergamo (B, D) Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is the next destination. After breakfast at your hotel, we recommend taking a panoramic tour of the lake’s west coast, taking in the splendid natural landscape, like the Brenta Dolomites (the Brenta Group has been officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the gentle slopes of the Moraine Hills of Lower Garda. Next, move to Sirmione, where Lake Garda and its surroundings are at their finest. See the sun reverberating on the lake’s blue waters, the tree-lined shores, and Sirmione Castle as well as the ruins of Catullus’s villa or Grottoes of Catullus during a boat tour. Once you’re through, you will have some free time to have lunch before departing for Riva del Garda. Located on the north side of the lake, you will see its quaint Venetian-style historical center. Dinner and Overnight stay in Bergamo. Day 5 Bergamo, Verona, Franciacorta (light lunch and wine tasting) Milan (B, L) After breakfast, reach “fair Verona”, a museum en plein air. A local professional will be waiting for you and take you on a guided tour. After the Verona tour, drive towards the area of Franciacorta, this is where you will enjoy a light lunch and taste some local food as well as the renowned local wine. After this experience, you will head for Milan, where our services will end.

Varenna: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Meal

8. Varenna: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Meal

Go shopping in the vibrant local market with a friendly host, and learn how to recognize the best produces of Italy. After you buy some fresh ingredients, you'll head straight to your host's home for an immersive cooking session. Learn how to prepare three of the most authentic local recipes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a selection of local wines. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients required to make the dishes. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Varenna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,882 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.

Amazing experience! I’ve been to Como before but this trip gave me a whole new experience! Especially the boat trip Amaaaazing! The guide was amazing and very informative throughout the whole journey and she also recommends restaurants and things to do inside the villages. Too bad i forgot the guide’s name. A well spent day in these three places very very recommended

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.

Altamente recomendable. Hermosos lugares. Excelente servicio.