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Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan

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Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan

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Overview

For a Lake Como day trip from Milan, look no further. A great way to discover the timeless beauty of the Italian lakes, this experience includes a walking tour of the chic lake town of Como plus a Lake Como cruise to see snow-peaked mountains and luxury lakeside villas from the water. In the summer, visit the village of Bellagio for free time to eat and explore. In the winter, take a gondola ride from Como to Brunate to soak up the lakeland views.
  • Day trip to Lake Como from Milan
  • Take a scenic cruise on Lake Como to admire the beautiful lakeside villas and gardens
  • Dock in the delightful town of Bellagio (summer only)
  • Take the funicular to Brunate for sweeping views of Como (winter only)
  • Enjoy free time to shop, dine and sightsee in the city of Como

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cruise on the lake, explore by foot, and enjoy a seasonal trip to discover Lake Como’s charm.
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Boat ride on Lake Como
Funicular ride to Brunate (Nov - March only)
Visit of Bellagio (Apr-Oct)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Milan Visitor Center - Zani Viaggi , Largo Cairoli, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Please be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour. Departure time: 8:30 am (April-October) 9:00 am (November-March)

This activity will end right where it started.
One of the largest bodies of water in Italy, Lake Como's best sights vary with the time of year you visit. On this tour, travel with a guide to discover the highlights of the area around the lake with an itinerary tailored to the season. Food and drinks are at your own expense throughout the day.

Winter Tour: (November to March)

Relax on the morning journey from Milan to Lake Como. Hop out to stretch your legs on a tour of Como, the lake’s main town, and learn about its key sights around the historic center. From town, take the gondola to the village of Brunate, a serene spot in the hills above Como.

Gaze down at the lake, flanked by the Rhaetian Alps, and then make the most of some free time for lunch. Return to Como by gondola before the highlight of your day: a Lake Como boat tour. The water offers the best vantage point to see the lake and shorelines; keep an eye out for chic villas and luxury hotels as you cruise. Cernobbio’s opulent Villa d'Este hotel is one such sight with its grandiose façade and tropical gardens. 

After your return to shore, enjoy some free time to see the sights at your own pace, shop or perhaps sip a coffee. Then, finish your time in Como with a visit to the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio, a Romanesque-style 11th-century church, before your return to Milan. 

Summer Tour: (April to October)

After your coach journey from Milan, start your tour of Como with a look inside two of its historical attractions: the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio. Continue into Como’s historic center, and use your free time to get to know the town at your own pace with some sightseeing or shopping for Lake Como keepsakes.

Meet back with your guide for a scenic cruise around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the alps.

Return to dry land in time for your trip to the colorful seaside town of Bellagio, which many pinpoint as a highlight of the lake. Spend some time at your leisure here to explore and perhaps savor lunch. Later, cruise to Cadenabbia, then return to your coach for the journey back to Milan.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
After your 1-hour coach journey from Milan, start your tour of Como visiting the historic center and enjoy some free time to get to know the town and shop in the many local boutiques.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lago di Como
Boat cruise on the Lake : - 1 hour from November to March -2 hours from April to October
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Funicolare Como-Brunate
Only during winter time ( from November to March)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zani Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan.

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  • "Don’t ask for any assistance such as directions, taxis, etc." See review
  • "Be aware: the tour leaves Milan at 8.30am and doesn't arrive in Bellagio (which is where lunch is suggested) until after 2pm so to make the most of your visit to Bellagio buy something to eat on the boat." See review
  • "The lack of public conveniences in this part of Italy was inconvenient, and given their was no toilet on the coach, it would be useful if the guides had pointed out that facilities are provided on the ferries." See review

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star-3
Lago Como on a hot day
Isabel_P
, Aug 2022
Sara is a nice guide and we were happy. The downside is that it was crowded and it was too hot. Instructions a bit confusing
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Wonderful Day
Venelina_M
, Aug 2022
Everything was fine, very satisfied with the whole experience. The tour guides were extremely nice and helpful. One minus is that the time in both cities was not enough and we could use a little bit more to see and feel the city.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
I'd probably do the arrangements myself next time.
GatorSF
, Jul 2022
The only part where the guide added value was the hour in Como town itself. The rest of it you are on the public ferry or exploring Bellagio on your own. We had a scare at the end in Bellagio when the guide was not at the meeting point at the appointed time and had gone to the ferry embarkation point early (apparently miscounting the numbers in the group). Fortunately we were able to call the tour company and they gave us directions to reunite us with the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
My trip
Lauren_F
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed the narration and the trip. Was hard to get a good seat on the ferry though. I loved the gardens at the meilizi (spelling?) Villa. Wear your bathing suit or clothes ok to get wet in Bellagia
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
This is more pre booked, well organized, passage to see a beautiful locale and nothing more.
craigbohland
, Jul 2022
This is a good tour only if you don't want any info or actual 'tour'. It was organized and really honestly only pre arranged transport to Lake Como (Bus) then free time after a 5 min 'tour', public ferry boat ride (no line which was great but two hour ferry boat ride so plan ahead) to Bellagio, again no 'tour' just free time, and then very short ferry (15 mins) to bus which then went back to Milan. For me it was actually great as I just wanted to see the sights on my own. This is more pre booked passage to see a beautiful locale and nothing more.
star-4
Great experience … wish there was more time.
Ronald_D
, Jul 2022
How long boat ride from Como to Bellagio was filled with scenic joys. The time in Como was a little short. The time in Bellagio was just right. Overall, the entire experience seemed a little rushed.
star-2
Honestly can do this...
Karina_C
, Jul 2022
Honestly can do this whole experience on your own. Grab a train to como from Milan and take the ferry. Was not very informative. Most of the time we were on our own. Can create a better experience for yourself
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Tour visit was good but guide was not.
Stephanie_D
, Jul 2022
The tour was fine but the tour guide wasn’t very good. She bought the tickets for the boat tour and told us to meet her at a certain time. She forgot to tell us we needed a N95 mask for the boat ride and because we waited for late comers, we ended up on the lower level of the boat, stuck inside. She had said before we visited Como that the group would sit together but we came late and there was nothing left and we were all separated. She should have planned more time in order to get us on the boat or she should have given us the tickets at the meeting time and tell us to go stand in line now. Too much time wasted. The headsets with the audio guide weren’t working very well, it kept breaking up and we missed half of the info. The guide seemed a little jaded and had low energy, I have seen much better guides.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Stay close with your tour guide when the ferry reaches Bellagio
Eric_N
, Jul 2022
Nice view of Lake Como from the ferry. However as the ferry was crowded you could lose contact with the tour guide who need to give information as to where and what time to meet , especially when it reaches Bellagio and hundreds of people from other tour groups are getting off at the same pier.
star-5
Great day trip to Lake Como and Bellagio
alice_l
, Jul 2022
What a beautiful day traveling to Lake Como and also to Bellagio. Very enjoyable ferry ride (2 hours) and then time to walk around and do some shopping. We then took a short ride to Bellagio where it was very beautiful and enjoyed more site seeing and shopping. Very good tour guide and nice bus ride to and from the tour.
star-2
Poor guide but beautiful site!
Isabelle_F
, Jul 2022
Beautiful scenery and a must see. But guide tour was useless. Hard to understand in English. Not much information during tour. Made us wait to get on boat and all other tours went ahead of us even though we were there before. Ended up stuck inside boat as there was no more space on other levels. She kept saying George Clooney to get our attention but had not much to say. We saw other tours with guides much more interesting and explaining more things on the micro to their guests. The site of lake como is amazing and a must see but not with viator. Not worth the price they charged. Would have been half price on our own and with no explanations anyways.
star-5
Breathtaking Lake Como
Nicole_L
, Jul 2022
Lake como is breathtaking and amazing. Well worth the drive. Favorite tour of Italy. Will definitely be back.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Picture perfect
Michele_P
, Jul 2022
Wonderful day with enough time in each location to walk around, shop a little and get a bite to eat.
star-5
Marvelous Lake Como & Bellagio
Paula_O
, Jul 2022
Visiting Lake Como & Bellagio itself was marvelous, very worthwhile and recommendable: atmosphere, flora, fauna, villas, mountains, boat rides (a bit overcrowded), etc. (hence my 5* rating)! However, I personally found the group TOO big and moreover translation in English AND Spanish is very time-consuming. The technical malfunction of the audio for a short time period was unfortunate.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Disappointing!
Dipti_G
, Jul 2022
Disorganized from start to finish. Force you to buy overpriced masks but don’t enforce wearing them. Overcrowded boat with no room to even stand let alone sit. Could not hear the guide - headsets would not work. Big big group with no attention given to whether everyone could hear or follow what was being said. Disappointing!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Worst experience of my life - tour guide LEFT US BEHIND!!!
Claudia_L
, Jul 2022
This has been the worst experience of my life. I have given trip advisor and the guide's company SEVERAL opportunities to resolve this over the past 3 weeks and there has been no resolution. Since I have been more than fair to give them a chance to fix it and they haven't, I've decided it's only fair that I warned others. The group was in Bellagio, the final leg. We took a 1 hour bus to get to Lake Como then a 2 hour ferry to get to Bellagio and it was time to go back. As on the way there, we got on the ferry to go from Bellagio back to Lake Como. We got on with our very large group (maybe more than 50 people to a single tour guide? Who was giving the tour in English and Spanish at the same time. Not only was he hard to understand, he was always far away and quiet). We were told to sit wherever we wanted. Me and my partner chose to sit on the edge of the boat so we could enjoy their views where the rest of the group opted to sit inside in the AC. No big deal because we were told we could sit wherever we wanted. We docked which was normal because we had docked every 10-15 minutes on the way there, so we didn't think anything was out of the ordinary. Things started to get weird when we stayed docked for about 15 minutes. Me and my partner got worried and checked on the inside where the rest of the group was to see if everything was okay. No one was there. We ran down to find a crew member and asked if they knew anything about our tour. We were told the tour had gotten off about 10 minutes before, gotten on another boat, and left. LEFT. We are 3 hours from where we are staying, we have a giant group in this tour. The tour guide just got on another boat without a simple head count first and LEFT. We are stranded in a foreign country we've never been to, with a language we do not know, and we have no idea what to do. I end up calling the customer service who told me that the guide did indeed leave us and we should try to take a bus to a different island who could get us a train back to Milan (where the tour started). I asked if there was any more they could do to help us as we were stranded and do not speak Italian and they told us to call trip advisor when we got back for more help and hung up on us. Great! We found a group of men who were staff at the dock and one of them luckily spoke English. They told us basically our only option was to allow one of their men (we are two young women by the way) to drive us to a port 15 minutes away where we can hopefully catch the last boat of the day to get us back to Lake Como and then we could get on a train from there. So now me and my partner are in a stranger's car on the way to who knows where. Luckily we got on this boat and navigated to the train after and made it home safe (long story short). In this time, despite having provided my phone number and email when signing up for the tour, and having full service the entire time, my guide nor anyone else from the company reached out to us AT ANY POINT TO THIS DAY to see if we were okay or made it home safe. Complete negligence. We called trip advisor as soon as we made it back safe to explain what happened. They took our concerns very seriously and told us they would do everything they could and we'd hear from them in 48 hours. 4 days later when I haven't heard from them, I called again. They apologized and said they would "expedite the process for me" as I was very urgent to hear results. They suggested a full refund, not me, but that was exactly what I was expecting given we were left behind by our guide who never looked back. This continued for 3 full weeks. I called a total of 7 times where I was put on hold multiple times in a call for 30-40 minutes each time, costing me HOURS on HOURS trying to get this resolved. Each time I was told "they're doing the best they can" and that they will expedite this for me. Finally I get the news that "based on the circumstances, I do not qualify for a refund for this trip" because it is "not the tour guide's fault." So here we are! Just wanted to warn anyone who wants to go on this over crowded tour where there is a good chance you'll get left because no one is paying attention because there are too many people. Save your time and money (of course the money we paid to get on the boat and train to get home aren't being refunded either!) because of the stress of all of this. And at the end, no one will help you and waste all your time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day!
Emily_P
, Jul 2022
We went in July and it was HOT! But still so worth it! Bus ride into Como where we had time to explore then long boat ride on lake como til we reached Bellagio where we had a few hours to explore as well. Our tour guide Marion was great! Just expect a crowded boat ride and to sweat but the views are worth it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great day out, fantastic way to see more of Italy!
Sinead_C
, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed the trip. Everything ran very smooth and the tour guide was really helpful. Plenty free time to enjoy and stroll around. The boat trip was great. Bus to como very comfortable, air conditioning and USB port to charge phones etc. I recommend this trip for sure!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Beautiful
Rebecca_S
, Jul 2022
Really beautiful day on Lake como. However I feel like I would have gotten the same experience taking the train/ferry from Milan without the tour group. If you value having someone organize transportation for you the tour is worth it.
star-3
Lovely but busy and packed
leila_g
, Jul 2022
This tour group of 49 people (just the bus I was on)was way too much. I expected a smaller group of max 20 people. It was at times chaotic for the lovely Ciara to control such a massive crowd. Some info could have been emailed prior with regards to the itinerary, meeting points in each place, contact numbers etc. Also getting on the ferry to Bellagio was ridiculous, a mass of people from different tours all trying to ‘assemble’ in one area in the midday heat. And then once on the ferry, it was packed… people were sitting on the stairs and anywhere they could find a place. Suppose it was peak season, however it could have been controlled better or the tour group could have gotten a private boat / ferry for the amount of people/ groups they were hosting. Long day, lots of tourists crowded and herded around like cattle. Como and Bellagio is beautiful, so maybe choose a less ‘busier’ time to go.

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