Full Day Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano from Milan Tour

Experience Italy and Switzerland’s majestic mountain towns and cruise Lake Como

Travel Flexibly · 10.50h · Milan, Italy

Longing to stroll the cobbled alleys of Bellagio and Lugano and sip a refreshing drink onboard a Lake Como cruise but finding it overwhelming to plan all three on your own? That’s why we’ve crafted this full-day tour from Milan, which includes self-guided strolls, comfortable coach transport, and stops in both Italy and Switzerland. Our expert guides will ensure your experience in the Italian Lakes District and beyond has the ideal mix of insights, landscapes, and picture-perfect cafés.

  • Travel to Lugano and Lake Como
  • Visit Parco Ciani in Lugano
  • Free time in Lugano
  • Explore Bellagio
  • Como Cathedral
  • Cruise Lake Como
  • Sail by celebrity villas
  • The perfect trip from Milan

Upon meeting your guide at 8:30 am at Milan’s Porta Garibaldi Train Station, your day begins with a scenic drive to Lugano, where you’ll have free time to sip coffee with awe-inspiring views and visit the town’s many boutique shops. Then, continue by coach to Bellagio, and with guide recommendations in hand, you’ll discover the town’s hidden gems and picture-perfect cobblestone alleys that lead to the enchanting lakeside.

Just when you think you’ve absorbed all the beauty, it’s time to set sail on Lake Como to discover the region’s quaint villages and rolling mountains. Grab a drink from the onboard restaurant, keep your eye out for Hollywood film locations and celebrity houses, and snap iconic photos, as all too soon, it’ll be time to board your coach back to Milan.

Full Day Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano from Milan Tour Description

Your 10.5-hour tour includes:

  • Tickets for the Lake Como cruise

  • Expert, English-speaking guide

  • Transfers in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus

  • Free time to admire ​​Santa Maria degli Angioli Church

  • Time to wander at your leisure in Lugano and Bellagio

  • Audio headsets to ensure you can always hear your guide

Milan to Lugano

Brimming with excitement for the day ahead, you'll meet your guide and fellow group members at Milan's Porta Garibaldi Train Station early in the morning. Shortly after 8:30 am, once everyone is settled into their seats in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, you'll weave your way out of Milan just as it wakes up around you and set your sights on Switzerland.

The hour-long drive to Lugano will quickly pass as you enjoy picturesque views and listen as your guide shares stories about the many celebrities who frequent this charming town, lured by its sweeping vistas and the allure of exclusive shopping.

Once you've arrived in Lugano, aptly named the "Monte Carlo of Switzerland," you'll have free time to explore at your leisure. Opt to grab a piping hot coffee at one of the charming cafés, and be sure to head inside a few of the many boutique shops, which are full of rich Swiss chocolate and fine goods. Art and architecture enthusiasts should also head inside the Santa Maria degli Angioli Church to admire the magnificent 'Passion and Crucifixion' fresco, created by Da Vinci's apprentice, Bernardino Luini.

Explore Bellagio

At a pre-designated time, reunite with your group at the coach, ready for a picturesque journey to Bellagio. Once there, set out on a self-guided tour. For insider tips on the best dining spots, vistas, shops, or tucked-away treasures, your guide is a wealth of knowledge. Or, simply wander along the cobbled lanes and see what little-known wonders you can uncover. Either way, there’s no doubt the best way to experience Bellagio’s refreshing alpine air and elegant atmosphere is on foot or with a coffee in hand.

Cruise Lake Como

After exploring Bellagio and admiring the turquoise waters of Lake Como from shore, you’ll be ready to leave land behind and embark on a scenic cruise. Depending on the season, you’ll experience either a 2-hour cruise (April to October) or a 50-minute cruise (November - March), both of which give you ample time to spot iconic villas from films like Star Wars and James Bond and the much-talked-about residence of George Clooney.

Throughout the cruise, you can also head to the onboard restaurant to grab yourself a snack and refreshing drink. But all too soon, you’ll have arrived back on the shore of Lake Como, where your bus will be waiting to transfer you back to Milan.

What you get with this tour
Cruise Lake Como
Santa Maria degli Angioli Church
Hollywood movie filming locations
See the private villa of George Clooney
Free time to explore
Friendly, English-speaking guide
Round-trip transport from Milan
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Jo was fantastic made it a great experience However the boat was way over crowded and very uncomfortable was not able to see what Jo was talking about most of the time which was very unfortunate so since this happened definitely not worth the purchase price.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for some of the tour. A good camera, seasonally appropriate clothing, and a water bottle are also recommended.

What to bring?

It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for some of the tour. A good camera, seasonally appropriate clothing, and a water bottle are also recommended.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Milan.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, please let us know beforehand.  This tour includes walking on uneven terrain and navigating sometimes steep staircases.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Full Day Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano from Milan Tour rain or shine. If the weather is extremely bad and we cannot proceed with the tour, we'll let you know as soon as possible.

Is there a dress code to join this Full Day Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano from Milan Tour?

While there is not a specific dress code, you will be expected to be wearing shoes and a shirt to enter establishments. We also recommend wearing clothing that’s suitable for the season and that you'll be comfortable walking in.

Is lunch or dinner included in the price of the tour?

No, but you’ll have plenty of time to find delicious food throughout the tour, and our guides are always happy to point you in the right direction. There are also refreshments for sale on board the Lake Como cruise.

Can I bring my kids, and do I have to pay for them?

Yes, everyone is welcome on our Full Day Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano from Milan Tour. Infants (0 to 1 year old) are free, and we offer a slightly reduced price for children aged 2 to 14 and under. Please choose accordingly when booking.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends at the designated meeting spot. Our guides are happy to point you in the direction of public transport or arrange a taxi if required.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No, hotel pickup is not included on this tour. You'll meet your guide at Porta Garibaldi Train Station.

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