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Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como

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From US$178.70

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours 45 minutes (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the beauty of Lake Como and the stunning views from atop the Swiss and Italian Alps on this full-day tour from Milan. Stop in the historic lakeshore village of Varenna—one of the lake’s most charming—and enjoy lunch in the Valtellina valley before ascending the Alps on the scenic Bernina Express train. The UNESCO-listed ride lets you straddle two countries and one of Europe’s great mountain ranges.
  • Go beyond a basic Lake Como tour on this alpine adventure
  • Explore the lakeshore village of Varenna and dine in Valtellina with an optional lunch
  • Ride the Bernina Express train up glaciers and into the Swiss Alps
  • Hop off for a short walk enjoying summit views

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Transport
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • POSSIBLE COVID-19 SWAB REQUIRED

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Piazza Duca d'Aosta, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
    Meeting point is inside the central station. We will send detailed instructions before the tour date!
  • 23829 Varenna LC, Italy
    - Meeting point by the ferry boat pier in Varenna at 09:30 am - If Departing from Menaggio (Como) take the 15 minute ride ferry boat to Varenna for the 09:30 am meeting point - If Departing from Como: take the 07:30 am boat to Varenna for the 09:30 am meeting point by the pier

Departure Time

  • 8:00 AM

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Near public transportation
  • JUST IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER WE RESERVE THE RIGHT EITHER TO CANCEL THE TOUR (WITH REFUND) OR IF WE OPERATE NOT TO REACH THE HIGHEST POINT DOING ONLY A PARTIAL RIDE OF THE BERNINA TRAIN
  • THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION FOR THE ENTRY IN SWITZERLAND AND RETURN TO ITALY REQUIRES COVID-19 GREEN CERTIFICATE OR SWAB DEPENDING ON THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND TO FILL IN SIMPLE ONLINE FORMS
  • EACH PASSENGER HAS TO CARRY A VALID PASSPORT
  • BRING WITH YOU A LIGHT SWEATHER OR JACKET AND, IN THE WINTER, HEAVY JACKET AND GOOD SHOES
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Operated by LUCAfromITALY

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como?

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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como?

A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como.

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como?

A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como.

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como.

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Traveler Tips


For those of you with motion sickness, please be careful during the return car ride.
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What a BEAUTIFUL day trip!
Melissa_P, Jan 2022
This all day tour was a main highlight of our trip to Italy! We got to explore and see so many BEAUTIFUL areas we otherwise would not have. Luca is an amazing guide. Excellent communication prior to the tour, which was critical with all of the fast changing covid travel rules. Luca was on top of it and made sure we were prepared and he made it so easy. Luca was so knowledgeable about the regions we toured, he made the day so fun, and picked up very quickly on our interests and catered the day to them. He had some surprise stops along the way that we were not expecting, which added to our excitement and enjoyment. He made sure to give great recommendations on what to see or what food to try during our free times to explore. The pizzoccheri from the Valtellina valley was amazing! This tour exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend it to anyone! And Luca was the best! We enjoyed our day with him on this tour very much.
The highlight of our stay in Italy!
Michael_K, Sep 2021
Luca gave us a wonderful, very personal tour of a region that he obviously knows well and loves. His knowledge, flexibility and sense of humor made this very long day fly by. Despite a 4-week stay in Italy, with a number of tours, seeing many special sites, museums and beautiful towns, this was a highlight. Highly recommend!
Excellent Guide - Wonderful Places
Luis_M, Sep 2021
What a wonderful trip. Our guide Giovanni made sure we had a great experience and Luca was in constant communication before and after the tour. What I like the most is that Giovanni checked on our interests before starting the tour so we actually saw a couple of additional places since we decided to do a quick lunch. Our guide also provided great information about each place visited. I really recommend this tour and can't wait to book a different tour with then once I get back to Italy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Spectacular tour with the train
Gerard_K, Aug 2021
Very nice trip to the Bernina train done from the Italian side. We stayed in Como and started the tour there. Luca is an experienced tour guide and took great care of us. The tour is quite flexible and it is possible to change elements. F.e, we already saw Varenna and so we went to the other side of lake Como. The trip with the train is of course the highlight of tge tour. I never had such a spectacular train ride in my life.
2 travelers found this review helpful
the best experience!
471selinat, Nov 2019
Our guide Giovanni was really helpful and friendly. My parents had nothing but praises for him. He was attentive to our needs and interests — even bringing me to get dried pizzoccheri pasta after lunch because I wanted to. My family is convinced to come back to lake como again someday because of his hospitality. thank you for the wonderful experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bernina Train Ride
smazz58, Jul 2019
We were in complete awe of the whole experience . It was amazing from start to finish. How can I even put it into words just absolutely beautiful. My compliments to Giovanni our guide for making this one of the unforgetable in my lifetime
1 traveler found this review helpful
Highly recommended Lake Como & Bernina experience ...
Rajesh_P, Jun 2019
We enjoyed this tour immensely. Our guide Luca was very professional and helpful throughout the tour. We were received at Varenna staton and taken to Tirano from where we took the beautiful Bernina Express train a few stops short of St Moritz and then went the rest of the way to St Moritz by road. From St Moritz we drove back to Varenna. For those of you with motion sickness, please be careful during the return car ride. Luca took care of us by recommending a great place to eat for our special dietary needs. He was also very polite and patient talking to us through the tour. Luca is quite passionate about his job and enjoys it thoroughly, and we experienced that. A special word of appreciation for Giovanni who drove us through the whole trip and made us feel comfortable. We as a family highly recommend this trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome Tour
NorthStar53394324492, Jan 2019
The tour was an experience beyond expectation. All the locations - Lake Como, all the small Italian towns, the Alps as seen from the Bernina Express, as well as St. Moritz are well worth seeing. Our tour guide, Luca, was very knowledgeable. He treated us more like friends than tourists, and made sure all our photos were perfect. Will definitely recommend this tour to everyone.
Excellent tour with a great guide
Vicky_D, Dec 2018
We highly recommend this tour. The sights from the Bernina Express were breathtaking. Our guide Luca was very helpful and did his best to make our trip fun and memorable.
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Fantastic Tour guide and...
Richard_W, Aug 2018
Fantastic Tour guide and gentleman! Makes me proud to be an Italian American. He was very responsive before the trip and he provided so much information during the trip. He was so nice and kind to my wife and college age son. He got to know us and our background while we were driving to each sight. We enjoyed getting to know his background. I told him if I have any family members planning on going to Lake Como area in the future, I would refer them to him. Fantastic Bernina Express tour with amazing views. Awesome Wine and Cheese Cellar tour. Varenna was a quaint village Lunch in Tirano was amazing, as usual in Italy. Tour guide even made sure we got back on the train for our return to Milan. A CLASS ACT !

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