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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
Lake Como cruise
Free time in the towns of Lugano and Bellagio
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Stazione Porta Garibaldi , Stazione Porta Garibaldi, P.za Sigmund Freud, 1, 20124 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.

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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
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  • 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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Three places in 1 Day, Wow
Marie_S
, Aug 2022
This was a busy day trip by bus. Our guide spoke Spanish and English and sometimes mixed the 2 together but the scenery and the amount of time in each place was very good. The boat ride on Lake Como was excellent. We saw many exquisite villas and properties of the rich and famous.
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star-5
Most wonderful trip
andrea_r
, Aug 2022
What an amazing day we had. Stunning scenery,outstanding food,wonderful tour guide,highly recommended
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star-2
Lake Como was a disappointment
Anesu_K
, Aug 2022
The trip to Switzerland was good , everything was in order. The lake Como tour felt like a scam it’s described as a cruise with small groups of 25 but had to scramble to get on the boat with 100s of other travelers. Could hardly hear the tour guide honestly this destroyed what could have been a beautiful tour of lake Como as it’s such a beautiful place but having to even scramble to find a sit after paying so much was really out of order . I would recommend you look into other tour operators for Como.Clarify with them what’s included in the tour before to make sure you know exactly what you paying for before you pay especially regarding the lake Como cruise.
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star-5
Such an amazing trip....
Jeff_F
, Sep 2022
Such an amazing trip. Would not have been able to see this all on my own in o e day. Highly recommend!
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star-2
Good trip, but needs to be better organized.
Lucia_G
, Aug 2022
It is unfortunate that the beauty of the sights on this tour couldn't be enjoyed when off of the bus due to the crowds on the boat around Lake Como. The bus tour was perfect. We were disappointed to find out that all shops are closed in Switzerland on Sundays, but walking around Lugano for an hour was worth the drive. Bellagio was a beautiful island, but too crowded to truly enjoy with limited information about the city. I suggest that there be a location for the tour group to meet the guide before boarding the boat around Lake Como. Instead it was a one hour wait with many others outside of our tour group, worrying about getting on the boat.
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star-4
Wish for hotel pickup
John_C
, Oct 2022
Nice trip. Had a problem meeting the group at Milan train station. After that no problems. Would have liked a pick up at hotel option.
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star-3
Lovely but unorganised
Michaela_S
, Aug 2022
Fantastic experience and well worth the money but the tour operator was so unorganised. The directions on the booking do not take you to the pick up point so we had to ask for directions from workers in a nearby cafe. It was still another 10 minute walk from where the directions on the booking had took us. Booking said the bus has air con - the bus HAD air con but only if you sat right at the very front. If you were at the back of the bus (like us) the air con was non-existent and no matter how many times we told the hosts to ask to the driver to turn it up it didn’t make any difference. We literally melted the whole day! In Bellagio, we were told to meet at the peer to get the ferry back to Como. There was a queue to get on the ferry and the guide skipped the queue and stood at the front then proceeded to tell us to get to her to get on the ferry. This caused lots of anger to people who had been standing a long time and we were verbally abused - despite trying to explain to those standing we were in a tour group and had been instructed to go to our guide - I can totally understand their frustration and I feel like this was a poor choice of meeting place by the guide. Despite this we still had a lovely day exploring Switzerland and Lake Como. I would recommend taking some Swiss Francs with you if you want to buy anything in Lugano. They do take Euros but may give change in Francs. We didn’t think to change any over but I luckily had my monzo card with me so I didn’t get charged a fee for buying in CHF.
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star-5
A great day!
Amy_D
, Oct 2022
This tour was everything as advertised and was even more wonderful in person. Our tour had Jo as a guide and she was thoughtful, engaging, informative, and organized. We had ample time in Lugano and Bellagio and both places were definitely worth the visit. The day ended with a 2 hour ferry through several villages on Lake Como with Jo providing very insightful commentary along the way.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2022
Hey Amy_D, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us an amazing and detailed review on Viator! Everyone at City Wonders is thrilled to hear that you loved your tours of Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan -- and your tour guide Jo. On behalf of all of us, thank you for choosing City Wonders. We hope to see you again on some of our other unique experiences. All the best, Edgar J. City Wonders
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star-4
Lovely excursion
jrangbaran
, Aug 2022
The locations and views were gorgeous. We had plenty of time in each location. Mildly disorganized loading up onto the ferry boat with all the other tourists not apart of our group. We nearly were left ashore. It was quite a bit too long and there was no way to get any air on that boat. Overall a great day though.
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star-4
Over all was good
Laila_P
, Sep 2022
Yesterday we did the tour and didn’t get the boat ride because of choppy water Will we get the refund of the boat ride?
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star-3
Fine, would rather have explored by myself
Abigail_M
, Sep 2022
I enjoyed the places we went, but it was not great weather the entire time, and the boat tour was just a public transportation on a ferry around the different stops in the Como area. I thought there was sufficient time to explore the three places, but it did not live up to my expectations. The tour guide I had also did not speak good English so I had a harder time understanding the things she was saying.
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star-4
Lake Como Tour
Cherie
, Sep 2022
The tour was a great way to see Lake Como and the surrounding area. I thought Jo did a great job explaining the area and the sights. The bus was comfortable and the boats were not crowded. The only disappointment was the delay of the boat to get to the last stop (Como) where we were supposed to have time to visit, so I felt that we missed out a bit.
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star-5
Excellent tour!
Rosanna_L
, Aug 2022
Great tour guide, skilled driver! Beautiful tour! Both towns were amazing, the boat ride was fabulous!
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star-5
great
Don_Z
, Oct 2022
the whole trip was great. lagono was beutifl and como belagio was spectactular. boat ride a little long. Joe our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. She was always explaining where we where and the history of the area. she was great.
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star-4
Great
Magdalena_G
, Aug 2022
Great trip, amazing views. Really professional and nice guides, great driver ;) The only downside - boat to Como city was closed one, would be much better to have a boat without a roof to admire the view. Also - do not go with a restaurant recommendation - worse food I ever had in Italy ;) Everything else - perfect! Thank you!
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star-1
Horrible horrible horrible
Viktor_S
, Aug 2022
Horrible tour. First day didn’t wait two minutes for me to find the meeting point and left. Reorganised for the next day which involves shuffling my entire milan trip. The actual tour is 50% bus with little actual guide commentary. Left for 3 hrs alone in Bellagio which most websites say you only need an hour for. Spent most of the day bored. The “boat” is a ferry but was prepared For this. Overall terrible experience. Hard to contact your company. Would rather stay in my hotel than ever take this one save yourself $150
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star-5
The guides were amazing!...
Javeria_K
, Aug 2022
The guides were amazing! Very polite and very knowledgeable- great way to experience lake como in a day
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star-1
Wrong location and terrible response
Dina_B
, Aug 2022
I reserved this trip to enjoy a full day and when I clicked on get directions, it takes you to eatry restaurant in a totally different area. By the time we got instructions, the bus has already left. And we tried to text through the app and call the number with no luck.
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star-4
The tour was ok and had...
William_S
, Aug 2022
The tour was ok and had enough time however they should be more mindful in reminding everyone to stay in their seats since there was a lot of people fighting for their seats. Once in Bellagio there was a lot of confusion and disorganization to get to the ferri to the point that we did not get to hear any explanation of the area. Also the location we were dropped off was not a safe place. They should drop people off in front of the station not on the back to avoid going to the bad area alone since there is a lot of pick pocket in the area. Unfortunately Lugano was close since it was Sunday and they didn’t not advice us prior to that’s so we could not appreciate Lugano at all.
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star-4
Great tour...wonderful scenery
Paula_R
, Sep 2022
Great tour and wonderful tour guide (Mara). My only complaint would be the boat ride on Lake Como...it was in a closed in boat and had no air flow...it would have been much better if there had been an open air option
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