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From Milan: Como, Lugano and Bellagio Exclusive Boat Cruise

1. 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.

Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

2. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. Trips up to Stoos, Brunni, Klewenalp, Stanserhorn and Rigi are included in the Pass. A 50% reduction is offered on most other mountain and cableways (Gornergrat, Titlis, etc). Enjoy free entrance to museums like the the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, the National History Museum of Bern, the Paul Klee Center in Bern, and the Natural history museum in Geneva. Explore with access to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Château de Chillon, and the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, Lugano Day Trip with Cruise

3. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, Lugano Day Trip with Cruise

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. 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 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.

From Como: Lugano and Bellagio with Exclusive Boat Cruise

4. 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: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Private Boat Cruise

5. 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.

From Milan: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Lake Boat Cruise

6. From Milan: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Lake Boat Cruise

Enjoy a full-day trip to Lake Como, Lugano, and Bellagio. Discover the best of Italy and Switzerland on this guided tour. Discover two countries in one day on a scenic day trip from Milan. Admire panoramic views of Lake Como and stroll around its medieval streets. Take a boat trip to explore the charming shops of Bellagio and visit the beautiful town of Lugano in Switzerland. Jump aboard a bus in Milan and drive toward Lake Como. Wander around medieval alleys on a guided walking tour and see the old villas. Discover the art, history, and local traditions of the area before seeing the impressive Gothic Cathedral. After your break, begin your drive to the small village of Cadenabbia. Navigate the lake and reach Bellagio, where you can explore and shop at your own pace. After visiting Bellagio cruise back to Cadenabbia and hop back on the bus to make your way to Switzerland. Admire impressive views of The Alps and the stunning Lake Lugano as you drive by, then enjoy your free time in Lugano to walk around and explore. After an amazing day exploring two different countries ride the bus back to Milan.

From Milan: Lake Como, Swiss Alps, and Lugano Group Day Trip

7. From Milan: Lake Como, Swiss Alps, and Lugano Group Day Trip

Jump on the Swiss Express train in Milan and discover the magical atmosphere of Lake Como, the Swiss Alps, and Lake Lugano in just one day without worrying about traffic jams. Your experienced, English-speaking guide will share their extensive knowledge about the areas you visit. Discover why actors and celebrities frequent Lake Como during the summer. See the famous Lake Como villas from the movie "Ocean's Twelve" and luxury wedding venues that attract world superstars. Learn about the history of the Como Lake region dating back to the Roman Empire from an experienced, English-speaking guide. See monuments dedicated to historical celebrities from Como. Admire the majestic beauty of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the picturesque town of Lugano, located on the Swiss Riviera, with its beautiful lake and charming Swiss atmosphere. Try the taste of the world's best chocolate from Switzerland.

From Milan: Como, Lugano, Bellagio with Private Lake Cruise

8. From Milan: Como, Lugano, Bellagio with Private Lake Cruise

Starting off at Lake Como in Italy, you'll encounter the breathtaking beauty of the lake and its picturesque towns. Bellagio, known as the "Pearl of Lake Como," offers charming streets, stunning villas, and beautiful gardens. It's a perfect place to wander and soak in the serene atmosphere. We will meet at 8:16 am at Piazza Repubblica and depart by bus at 8:30 am towards Como. After about 1 hour of travel, we will reach our first destination. A walk through the city of Como awaits us, among its magnificent squares, historic alleys, and its lake, admiring the Cathedral, its antiquities, and the lake itself. We will then head towards Tremezzo, where a private boat awaits us for a cruise through the central lake, admiring the splendid lake landscapes and its historic villas such as Carlotta, Balbianello, Cassinella, and Melfi. We will disembark in Bellagio, where you will have approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of free time for lunch, to admire the particular alleys of the village, and to discover its panorama After Bellagio, our next stop will be Cadenabbia di Griante. In Cadenabbia, we'll board our bus and journey towards Lugano In this Swiss town, you'll have free time to explore its historic center, especially Via Nassa, the shopping street, the lakeside promenade, the Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, and indulge in its delightful chocolate shops. From there, we will conclude our journey heading towards Milan

Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

9. 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. 

Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

10. Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

Explore the beauty of Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex available for 3, 4, 6, 8 and 15 flexible days within 1 month. The freely selectable travel days can be activated and changed on www.activateyourpass.com at any time. You will receive the login information by e-mail after your purchase. The pass offers hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Travel System, buses, and public boats as well as unlimited public transport in cities, discounts on many mountain excursions and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country on the validated days. You can use the pass on the panoramic routes however, seat reservations are mandatory. Children under 6 years old travel free. Children aged 6 and under 16 years when accompanied by at least one parent (holding Swiss Travel Pass) travel for free with the Swiss Family card.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,130 reviews

I liked everything about the trip. Patricia was ourbguide and she was very attentive. The only thing I would change would ve to soend more time in Lugano rather then Bellagio during the off season if possible. I felt that there was more to see in Lugano but we had less time there. other than that everything was great would definetely recommend

An excursion that is very worthwhile, the guide is very nice and friendly, the route is spectacular, super fun, you don't get bored, the times in each area are perfect. Very happy with the experience. !!!HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

Excellent day trip, guide Patrizia was excellent, very informative and helpful. The driver, Radu was also very attentive and precise. Good value for money.

Excellent, the guides: their information on where to buy and where to eat, excellent bus, magnificent times to explore on foot.

It was a good and enjoyable trip, we discovered many places and take a private boat, everything was perfect