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From Milan: Lake Como & Bellagio by Bus & Private Boat Tour

1. From Milan: Lake Como & Bellagio by Bus & Private Boat Tour

Join a full-day trip by bus from Milan to the must-visit Lake Como area, celebrated for its exquisite villas and colorful gardens. Walk around Como on a guided tour and unwind on a private boat on Lake Como. Enjoy the greenery at the Villa Olmo gardens. Taking off from Milan, arrive in Como and start your visit with a calm stroll through the historic city center. Explore the charming Villa Olmo's Italian garden. Next, head to the lake for a quiet, private cruise. Immerse yourself in the sweeping views of the area on your exclusive private boat that will take you to the enchanted village of Bellagio. Enjoy free time to explore the city and then return by private boat.

From Milan: Como, Lugano and Bellagio Exclusive Boat Cruise

2. From Milan: Como, Lugano and Bellagio Exclusive Boat Cruise

Immerse yourself in the best of Swiss and Italian culture on this full-day tour. Departing from Milan, enjoy an informative commentary on the historical landmarks and the spectacular landscape along the way. Reach the Swiss town of Lugano where you will have some free time to visit the city center and taste some Swiss Chocolate. Head to the small village of Cadenabbia, where both Queen Victoria of England and Zar Nicholas of Russia were frequent visitors, and then the group will reach the village of Tremezzo. From there begins our Exclusive Cruise aboard a private boat to reach Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. During this cruise you have to chance to see this lake Como from a different perspective, take your time to look around and see the harmony between nature and architecture. Glide past villas with their beauteous gardens and amongst untouched nature Once in Bellagio enjoy some free time to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic and relaxing place and to have lunch, before to Cruise back to Tremezzo Your last stop will be the picturesque and ever-popular city of Como. Enjoy a walking tour of the city and reach the gothic cathedral, accompanied by a professional tour leader who will help you to discover the art and history of this charming city.

From Milan: Lake Como Cruise, St. Moritz & Bernina Red Train

3. From Milan: Lake Como Cruise, St. Moritz & Bernina Red Train

Board a luxury coach and head to the shores of Lake Como. Climb aboard a private boat and sail on the calm waters just after sunrise. During the cruise, enjoy the views of picturesque villages such as Bellagio and some famous villas. We will continue by bus to St. Moritz where you will have the chance to explore some of its charming shops and visit the city before boarding the train. Continue to the panoramic Bernina Red Train. Travel on the highest railways in the Alps, climbing glittering glaciers up to 2,256 meters above sea level. Capture stunning photos of the incredible landscapes you pass through. A breathtaking train journey immersed in mountain scenery as the train snakes and climbs around this unspoiled landscape. Once we arrive at our destination, our bus will be waiting for us to return to Milan. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change to guarantee the best experience.

From Milan: Lake Como & Bellagio Day Tour with Luxury Cruise

4. From Milan: Lake Como & Bellagio Day Tour with Luxury Cruise

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 cruise to Varenna and Bellagio. 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. Hop on a private boat along the lake and listen to a live commentary highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites. Disembark at Varenna, Stroll through the cobblestone corridors of this picturesque village and feel the charm of its tranquil streets. Board another ferry to the colorful 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. 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.

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

5. 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 November 2nd, 2023 to April 30th, 2024, the Ghisallo visit will not take place; the group will ferry from Bellagio to Cadenabbia and then return to Milan.

From Milan: Bernina Train, Swiss Alps & St. Moritz Day Trip

6. From Milan: Bernina Train, Swiss Alps & St. Moritz Day Trip

Meeting of participants at meet point ( Next to Excelsior Hotel Gallia). Departure to St. Moritz. This fantastic 1 day trip from Milan begins! Along the way short stop for a coffee break. Along the way admire the beautiful landscape of Lake Como. Arrival at ST. Moritz, and short visit of the city - Located in the Upper Engadine and built in the IXX century, St. Moritz is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Elegance and exclusivity characterize this town located at 1856 m. of altitude in the middle of the magnificent landscape of the Engadine lakes. In the early afternoon departure with the re train. Known as the most beautiful train in the world. The train that "climbs the mountain" facing slopes of 70 per thousand touching the sky up to 2,253 meters high, the highest point reached by a train in Europe. The route St. Moritz-Tirano is a path that offers the opportunity to be amazed by the diversity that nature offers us. In the evening arrival in Tirano and return to Milan by our coach/minibus The arrival in Milan is expected in the evening. N.B. THE PROGRAM HISTORY MAY BE INVERTED. Drop off at Hotel Gallia Piazza Duca d'Aosta, 9

Milan: Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip with Private Cruise

7. Milan: Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip with Private Cruise

Embark on a tranquil escape from the urban hustle of Milan, journeying through the serene countryside of northern Italy and southern Switzerland in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach. Begin your day with a private boat cruise on Lake Como towards the enchanting town of Bellagio. Revel in the scenic beauty of the Alpine views and the charming lakeside villas during this leisurely cruise. Upon reaching Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como," enjoy ample free time to explore the town, indulge in shopping, or savor local delicacies at nostalgic bars and restaurants. Following your time in Bellagio, venture into Switzerland and arrive in Lugano, a city renowned for its breathtaking panoramas and excellent shopping opportunities. If you are inclined towards artistic culture, take a leisurely walk to the Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto church. For a dose of retail therapy, explore the beautiful downtown shopping area filled with inviting shops, Swiss chocolates, and luxury goods. After a fulfilling day in both Bellagio and Lugano, your journey concludes as you head back to Milan by coach, providing you with ample time to reminisce about the day's adventures and enjoy a well-deserved dinner in the city center.

From Como: Lugano and Bellagio with Exclusive Boat Cruise

8. From Como: Lugano and Bellagio with Exclusive Boat Cruise

Explore the beautiful lakes and villages of Switzerland and Italy from Como with a tour leader. Marvel at the small village of Cadenabbia, enjoy a cruise from Bellagio and soak in the panoramic views of Lake Como on a full-day tour. After departing from Como, travel in a comfortable coach to the Swiss town of Lugano where you will have some free time to visit the picturesque city center and taste some Swiss Chocolate. The next stop will be the small village of Cadenabbia, where both Queen Victoria of England and Zar Nicholas of Russia were frequent visitors, and then the group will reach the village of Tremezzo. From there begins our Exclusive Cruise aboard a private boat to reach Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. During this cruise you have to chance to see this lake Como from a different perspective, take your time to look around and see the harmony between nature and architecture. Glide past villas with their beauteous gardens and amongst untouched nature Once in Bellagio enjoy some free time to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic and relaxing place and to have lunch, before to Cruise back to Tremezzo. Then you will reach Como by taking a scenic bus tour on the shores of the lake.

From Como: St. Moritz and Tirano Trip with Bernina Express

9. From Como: St. Moritz and Tirano Trip with Bernina Express

Explore the Alpine landscape by bus and train on a multi-stop trip from Como to St. Moritz and Tirano. Ride in a panoramic viewing carriage on board the Bernina Express, traveling through the Morteratsch Glacier and the mountain pass. Enjoy free time in St. Moritz and Tirano to explore on your own. Departing from Como in the morning by bus, enjoying views of Lake Como along the way to the cosmopolitan town of St. Moritz. Take advantage of free time for a scenic walk along the lake, to shop, or try sweets at one of the local patisseries (costs not included). In the afternoon, head to the train station and take a seat in one of the exclusive panoramic carriages of the Bernina Express, bound for Tirano. Travel through the enchanted landscape of the big glacier of Morteratsch, then cross the mountain pass at 2,253 meters. Pass through Poschiavo before reaching Tirano. Spend free time in Tirano exploring independently. Visit must-see highlights like the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin before getting back on the bus to return to Como, with arrival expected in the late evening.

From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Private Boat Cruise

10. From Como: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Private Boat 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 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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This trip was fantastic! Alessandro was an incredible tour guide, he made our trip seamless and fun. Could not recommend this trip more Alessandro was so personable and knowledgeable - would 100% recommend. Alessandro was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience enjoyable. I would definitely recommend. Fantastic enthusiasm the whole tour, kept us entertained and was great to be around.

Viviana was excellent! The whole day trip was very well planned and organised. The boat trip part was so much fun and everyone was really kind and helpful. Special thanks to Viviana for being so engaging, informative and going above and beyond to make the day a special experience.

Beautiful tour! The spectacular guide, very friendly and funny, understood everything perfectly and gave very good and interesting information. All transport in perfect condition, comfortable and safe. Very nice tour to do and get to know these beautiful places without worries.

The guide was very nice, very friendly, wonderful and all the drivers were very friendly, thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏

Service was great, they accommodate well and provide great recommendations!