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  • Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

    1. Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

    Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury coach 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.

    The Experience was really good, and it was value for money for me, but the coordination for meeting at the meeting spot was terrible, I was given the wrong address to meet in the morning .... so remember to call them and confirm the meeting spot beforehand and do not trust the meeting point said by the app.

  • Lake Como: Venetian-Style Boat Cruise in Small Groups

    2. Lake Como: Venetian-Style Boat Cruise in Small Groups

    Experience Lake Como like a real VIP with a half-day intimate boat tour. The tour offers an intimate experience on an exclusive boat just fro your group. Jump onboard a beautiful Venetian-style boat and prepare for a 4-hour tour, without the stress of a large tour group or tour guide. In Varenna, stop for a 15-minute coffee break before beginning the best part of the cruise: a journey through the extravagant villas, such as Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa La Cassinella, and many other beautiful architectural wonders and stunning landscapes. Don’t forget to toast to life with a glass of prosecco while you stare at this romantic view. Next, admire the beauty of Isola Comacina, a little island rich in history and nature before arriving in Bellagio, "The Pearl of Lake Como". Here, enjoy an hour of free time to explore the city at your own pace before beginning the journey back to ...

  • Varenna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

    3. Varenna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

    Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by local wines. Throughout the lesson, your cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for 3 authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, and will also have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Next, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

  • 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

    4. 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

    Spend an enjoyable 4 days and 3 nights touring the lakes region of northern Italy. Admire the scenic beauty of the area as you tour by land and water. Visit lovely lakeside villages and islands and explore the historic city of Verona on a guided tour. Day 1: Milan, Lake Orta, Stresa, Como Depart Milan at 08:30 for the drive to Lake Orta, a small, charming lake situated in the north-eastern part of the Piedmont region. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then take a boat to the island of San Giulio, the gem of the lake that is almost entirely occupied by the Mater Ecclesie Monastery. After a short visit, you’ll take the ferry back to Orta, and travel by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest of Italy’s lakes. Arrive in Stresa, an international tourist resort, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon take a...

  • From Milan: Bellagio and Lake Como Day Trip with Lunch

    5. From Milan: Bellagio and Lake Como Day Trip with Lunch

    Begin your journey around Lake Como in Milan, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Bellagio, a beautiful Italian village famous for its elegant and romantic palaces, and its stunning view of Lake Como. Stroll along its charming streets before hopping onto a ferry to Varenna. Sit back and relax on your short ferry ride over one of Italy's most famous lakes before walking through the picturesque village of Varenna with its blooming flowers, stunning villas and their verdant gardens. Enjoy lunch by the lake before discovering the village at your own pace, and being brought back to Milan. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special.

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Overall a very good day trip. We met at the assigned meeting point, but then had to walk a few blocks to get the bus on a sidestreet instead of the bus stop meeting point. Then off we went to Como, the first stop. Right at the start of Lake Como, is a nice town that we spent about 30 minutes walking around. Then on the bus, we rode along the winding road next to the lake with really nice views. Unfortunately was hazy out, so not as nice as when a sunny day. We then boarded a boat for a ride across to Bellagio. We actually rode back down the lake and then up to Bellagio. Really nice ride and good views of the towns along the lake. Spent almost two hours in Bellagio and had lunch at wherever you wanted. Very nice seaside town with quaint and colorful buildings. Touristy as would be expected, but nice to walk around. Then back on the boat to cross to Varenna, another small seaside village. Only spent 40 minutes here, but was enough. Then bus ride back. Overall enjoyed it.

I was travelling with my family and we enjoyed the trip very much. The views are breathtaking, the vilagges colorful and picturesque, every single corner is like a postcard. We also appreciated the organization and itinerary. Our guide Franko was very knowledgeable, giving a lot of interesting information. I can recommend the tour 100%.

A different day by the beautiful lake of Como. Time is always tight. Perhaps another half-hour in Bellagio would make sense for the amount they charge. Being a tourist area, in my case on a Sunday, and a stop for lunch, it can get tight with the availability of restaurants.

An amazing tour from start to finish. Was super relaxing travel and you got to see so many parts of Italy.. Many thanks to our amazing tour guide Franco who was friendly and fun tour guide from start to finish. Would highly recommend this.

We had a great time on this tour. We saw a lot and learned a lot.