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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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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
Porta Garibaldi , 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.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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:  
Lugano
The day tour starts when you meet your English-speaking guide in central Milan. From there, a private air-conditioned coach will take you across the border to Switzerland through stunning scenery and your guide will be on hand to fill you in on the sights. 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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Lugano
Admire the stunning lakeside views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains from the shore of Lugano town.
Stop At:  
Bellagio
From there, 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: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Como
The best way to experience Lake Como is by boat. 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. 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: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • All customers will need to wear a FFP2 mask throughout the bus journey.
  • 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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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 Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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-2
Poor planning from the tour company
Terence_Y
, Jun 2022
We had this tour booked for weeks and we were very excited Only to be canceled an hour before the start time. The only thing that kept it from being 1 star is the quick refund.
star-5
Simply Beautiful!!!
VernChris_P
, Jun 2022
Sonia was an excellent guide who is full of knowledge and pleasant personality. Tour was very detailed and we had leisure time at each location to do as we wish. Loved Lugano, Bellagio, and Como... So glad that the rain cleared up so we could have an awesome & beautiful cruise tour of Lake Como!
star-5
AMAZING!
NasraN_A
, Jun 2022
Most amazing, wonderful, relaxing trip I have been on. The scenery is breathtaking, it’s not enough to say I recommend this! I’m gonna bring my whole family next time. Had a wonderful time. One note though, you’re suppose to look for a little white flag that says “city wonders”. There weren’t given enough information about that, thought I would help anyone who would be as confused as I was.
star-5
Breathtaking views
Alex_F
, Jun 2022
An amazing experience which everyone should participate in. You get to see amazing views and the guide, Marika is amazing
star-2
See Italy’s lake region…on a boat and bus
MANISH_B
, Jun 2022
This tour is not worth the money or time. Although billed as a small group tour, you get two tour guides on a single bus. Unfortunately for us, our other guide called in sick so we had one guide for 55 people. Here’s the time breakdown: ~ 3.0 hours on the bus ~ 2.5 hours on a boat The rest of the time is on your own at Lugano and Bellagio. The ride on Lake Como is on a public commuter boat that makes stops along the way. While our guide tried to point things, our large group was spread out and we didn’t what she was pointing to. While the lake region is beautiful, this tour can be summed up as a long day spent on a boat and a bus.
star-5
Lovely day away from the city
Brittany_F
, Jun 2022
This was a wonderful day tour. Bellagio was the highlight for me. Great dining options and a perfect place to purchase some lovely Italian-made souvenirs (leather goods, silk scarves, ties, clothing, etc.) that I was surprised were so reasonably priced. You can do a lot of walking on the tour but you certainly don’t have to. Plenty of opportunity to sit and have a drink or meal while people watching or enjoying the lake views. Both guides were very helpful and knowledgeable and gave good recommendations for lunch and shops with discounts.
star-5
Amazing experience with...
Viktor_Y
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience with excellent and polite guide and the organization was ideal. We were 55 people (maximum capacity in the bus) so we were not a small group but that wasn’t a problem. Recommend to everyone who wants to explore more from their visit in Italy.
star-5
Relaxing day of beauty
Anonymous
, Jun 2022
Seeing Beauty of Lake Como and it’s stunning villas. Stopping in zLugani was nice to look around and shop. Chocolate ❤️
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must-Do!
Kaitlin_S
, Jun 2022
We had the most wonderful time on this tour!! Our guides were amazing and it was very well planned and coordinated. The stops were all beautiful - each one better than the next! I remember thinking Lake Como just didn’t seem quite real, it was so breathtaking. Bellagio and Lugano were also lovely towns to visit and walk around in. This was my favorite tour on our two week trip to Italy and France!!
star-1
Zero Customer Support Until You Request A Refund
kari_c
, Jun 2022
The experience with your customer service was highly unacceptable. Directions were minimum and when I tried to reach a operator to seek help I received zero response when trying to locate the meeting spot. I even tried contacting support the day before regarding dress, again zero response. However when I requested a refund the company was quick to respond and denied the request ASAP. If customer response was more timely we could have made our tour we traveled 30+ hours for!
star-4
Fun tour
Cassandra_S
, Jun 2022
I’ll start with the negatives: “small group” is really 2 guides and a whole bus full of people. On viator they mention have masks but the guide told us we need masks (N95) or they won’t let us on the ferry. Wish this was written online so people could worry less about finding a mask. The last downside was that we felt the ferry was too long. The positives: our guide was informative, most of the tour was on our own (which we love) and we felt like we had enough time in Lugano and Bellagio
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Worst tour of Lake Como/Bellagio ever
Deborah_P
, Jun 2022
This was billed as a small group tour. Other small groups we had been on consisted of 6 people. This tour had 2 guides and 60 people. I saw at least 6 people come with tickets who were tuned away because the company had overbooked. Our group (30 of us with one guide) did not get on the bus until all the other group had boarded. Consequently, I had to split up from my granddaughter as there were no seats close to each other. The "boat" ride was simply the public ferry and again, had to split up from young granddaughter because it was very crowded in Como that day. Worst tour I have ever been on. Avoid this one like the plague.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Memorable cruise on Lake Como, visit to Lugano & Bellagio!
Rajeev_P
, Jun 2022
We had a fun filled day visiting some of the spectacular parts around Lake Come and Lake Lugano, including the beautiful & charming cities of Lugano & Bellagio! The brief thunderstorm as we were stepping back into our boat on the docks of Bellagio made the experience even more memorable! The tour guides weathered the storm and made sure everyone was on board and did a wonderful job of narrating the significance of each attraction throughout the day! The two hour cruise from Bellagio to Como city is scenic throughout with many spectacular villas along the shores. Lugano is truly an elegant city, a walk along the waterfront on the shores of the beautiful and serene lake Lugano there was so relaxing!
star-5
Experience
Prachi_P
, Jun 2022
The experience was great, every step of the way the tour guide had been telling us many stories of the surrounding areas, and the view's definitely makes the trip worth it, the only thing I would say is that there was not much time given to explore the towns. Apart from that 5/5
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Special places to visit
William_Z
, Jun 2022
Being able to travel to two countries in one day was very exciting. The tour may be long but very entertaining, The tour guide did a very good job of explaining all the customs and history of all the people and places visited. We enjoyed this tour very much. This tour included a cruise on Lake Como.
star-5
Sonya was a great tour...
Mark_A
, Jun 2022
Sonya was a great tour guide. Great knowledge of the area and history. She did a great job in sharing these with the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I give it a 10 star
Teneya_M
, Jun 2022
I want to do it over it was amazing from beginning to end absolutely amazing views beautiful from start to finish
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best daytrip from Milan
Jawad_M
, Jun 2022
A wonderful tour, very well organised and the tour guides and bus driver were amazing. All palaces are very beautiful and worth visiting. This is the best daytrip from Milan
star-5
The guide was excellent...
alewinter3
, Jun 2022
The guide was excellent and easy to understand. The time available to walk and have lunch was more than adequate.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Book now! Worth it!
Mayra_T
, Jun 2022
This trip was amazing! The tour guide, Sonia was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the places visited. We covered so much during this tour. My favorite place was Bellagio, the view was picturesque! There was so many shops and restaurants to explore-simply not enough time to explore it all. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone!

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