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Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

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Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the best of Switzerland and Italy on a day trip to Lugano and Lake Como from Milan. Led by a local guide, cruise Lake Como on a sightseeing boat while you keep your eyes peeled for celebrity villas. Then, make a stop in Bellagio, known as the 'pearl of Lake Como.' Continue into Switzerland, where you enjoy some free time to soak up the sights in Lugano. Check out the lakeside views or shop for Swiss chocolate before heading back to Milan.
  • Visit Lugano and enjoy free time to see the elegant Swiss city as you wish
  • Shop for Swiss chocolate or visit Santa Maria degli Angioli to see Renaissance artwork
  • Enjoy transport by air-conditioned coach from Milan
  • Visit the beautiful town of Bellagio, also known as 'the pearl of Lake Como'
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional, English speaking guide
Headsets, if needed
2-hour Lake Como cruise
Free time in the towns of Lugano and Bellagio
Small groups of 25 people or less
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Porta Garibaldi, Milano MI, Italy

At Milan Porta Garibaldi Train Station, in front of the main entrance. Facing the Milan Porta Garibaldi Train Station Main Entrance, the meeting point is on the left side just outside the station, next to the stairs and under the covered portico. Arriving by metro (green-line): Take the M2 (green-line) train to Garibaldi. Make your way to the train station main entrance. The meeting point is on the left side just outside the station, next to the stairs and under the covered portico.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Depart from central Milan and journey toward the Italian Alps by coach. After a relaxing drive, arrive in Lake Como for your cruise.

Marvel at the luxury real estate while you glide along the water, passing glamorous, celebrity-owned villas. Learn about some of the famous properties from your guide, and hear about the area’s history. Return to land to purchase lunch and discover the picturesque town of Bellagio on your own.

Afterward, reunite with your driver and continue over the Swiss border to the Italian-speaking town of Lugano. Soak up additional time here to explore independently, browsing the local shops for Swiss chocolate, fine luxury goods, and clothes, or checking out the scene by the lake. For a little art and culture, admire Bernardino Luini’s Renaissance masterpiece, 'Passion and Crucifixion,' with a visit to the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli.

After a full day of sightseeing, return to Milan with your guide in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Como
Your private bus will take you from Milan to Lake Como in air-conditioned comfort. After a two-hour cruise on Lake Como, you’ll understand why movie stars find the beauty of the alpine region irresistible. Your guide, a local expert who’ll stay with your group the whole trip, will point out George Clooney’s former lakeshore villa, as well as villas that appeared in Star Wars and James Bond movies.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bellagio
On returning to dry land you’ll visit the stunning town of Bellagio, often called “the pearl of Lake Como”. Your guide can offer recommendations, but it’s up to you whether to go shopping, sample the local food or simply soak up the charming atmosphere.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Lugano
Less than an hour after your bus leaves Bellagio, you’ll cross the border into Switzerland. Nestled at the foot of the Alps you’ll find Lugano, another lakeshore town. Also called “the Monte Carlo of Switzerland”, this Italian-speaking Swiss town is a playground for celebrities, athletes and entertainers, boasting luxury shopping and fine art, scenic views and a bustling city center. Visit the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, where Bernardino Luini painted ‘Passion and Crucifixion’, regarded as Switzerland’s most significant Renaissance fresco. Head downtown to browse luxury goods and rich Swiss chocolate. Whatever you’re looking for, Lugano has something for you. Arriving back in Milan in time for dinner, you won’t believe you managed to see so much in one day, and without ever feeling rushed.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most guests will not be required to have a Visa to enter Switzerland; a passport will be sufficient to enter the Country. Please check this website (https://goo.gl/uKUFA5) for more information, and to determine if you may need a Visa (choose your country by selecting the first letter i.e “U” for United States.
  • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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  • "Unless you're buying something especially from Switzerland that you cannot buy anywhere else, I suggest you purchase items back in Italy where it will be much cheaper." See review
  • "Take a walk down to the Botantical Gardens for some great views." See review

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star-5
Great Trip to Lugano/Como
Josef_G
, Oct 2021
Great trip with awesome guide Joe (Josepina). We wwnt to Lugano Switzerland first, beautiful town near lake Lugano and then went to lake Como. In Como we went to Village Bellagio - world famous little town. After spending time there we took boat that had us go toward Como city. Boat tour was great as it took good two hours and passed through wonderful towns and famous estates like George Clooney, etc. Guide was very good as she knew tons of information about both Milano and Lugano and Como area. Highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Excellent trip--Katarina was a terrific terrific guide
David_P
, Oct 2021
We enjoyed all of the places we visited but Lugano is a place we definitely want to return to for a longer stay.
star-5
GOD blessed this place
ronald_t
, Oct 2021
Here celebrating our 31st anniversary. Was last day of trip and was a great finish. Beautiful area. Lake como and lugano are amazing.
star-3
Average
Daniel_K
, Oct 2021
Pretty good, but could have been better. There was a famous yearly festival in Lugano which prevented the bus from parking in the usual spot, so we drove around for about an hour looking for a place for them the drop us off. This should have been researched before the tour.
star-5
Great tour
Renato_A
, Sep 2021
Great trip to Lugano and bellagio. Wonderful guide and good driver. Places are beautiful as well. Nice places to shop. City wonders is a great agency
star-4
Good with only 1 problem
katerine_c
, Sep 2021
Great tour overall. There was only one issue though. When it came to lunch time the tour guide recommended a restaurant and disclosed the name of the restaurant. The name of the restaurant is “La punta” the tour guide actually walked the group to the restaurant and didn’t actually eat there. Almost looked like she was getting a commission for that. the problem with all this was that the food was expensive and at best average. ive had better italian food in florida. just my personal opinion. My recommendation is for the tour guide to refrain from endorsing any business
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip!
Glenn_D
, Sep 2021
This was an excellent outing. The transportation was comfortable, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient, and there was sufficient time in each of the towns to explore and take plenty of photos! Lugano was out first stop and the lake was stunning. But Bellagio for the win! Fantastic views, great food, and the people were so accommodating. The cruise around Lake Como was pretty awesome as well. You can’t go wrong with this excursion!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
wonderful day in the lake country of northern Italy and Switzerland
patrice_k
, Aug 2021
The entire trip was really terrific. We had a very good guide and the scenery was spectacular. The only down side, and it related just to this particular guide, was that she seemed to be pushing a particular restaurant for lunch to the extent that it got really annoying. We didn't go to that restaurant and those who did were not pleased with it. But otherwise, overall, it was a great tour.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
If you are in Milan, do NOT miss this tour!!
Marc_R
, Aug 2021
Our Guide, Sonya was fantastic. She relayed her information in just the right amount, with some quiet time to just look around. The ferry cruise and lunch at La Punta were the best. Would do again!!
star-5
A must !
Rayan
, Aug 2021
Lugano and Bellagio were amazing ! The guide gave us a lot of helpful tips during the tour. Sonia provided us with very important information, she was very energetic and fun. The boat ride along the Como lake was nice though it was a bit long and crowded :/

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