• Location: Milan, Italy
  • Duration: Flexible
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Experience the fantastic flavors and scenery of northern Italy’s Valtellina region with this private day trip from Milan. Ride the train north to the Italian Alps, where you’ll meet your guide on the shores of beautiful Lake Como for a walking tour of Varenna, a charming fishing village. Then travel in a private vehicle to Valtellina to explore its historic villages where you will have the opportunity to stop for an optional lunch in a typical restaurant. In addition, you may choose to partake in an optional wine tasting before returning back to Lake Como. Extend the trip with an optional overnight stay, spa visit and tour of the renowned resort town Bormio.

Highlights

  • Private, full-day trip from Milan to the alpine Valtellina region
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride north to the shores of beautiful Lake Como
  • Take a guided walking tour the lakeside village Varenna
  • Enjoy an authentic Italian lunch at a local restaurant
  • Learn about traditional winemaking techniques with a vineyard tour
  • Taste Valtellina wines paired with salami and cheeses
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Michelle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We debated on whether to go with a group tour at a lower cost or Luka, but based on the amazing reviews we decided we may only be in Como once so let's do it right with a local and I'm very glad we did! Luka's friendliness and familiarity with the tourism industry by trade made us immediately comfortable and we knew we were in good hands. He planned the full day which included some time in the villages around Como, including a stop at a monastery, a lunch at an authentic and romantic castle, and ended with a winery tour. Even though it was a chilly day in January, this was the highlight of our trip to the Milan area, and we can't recommend Luka enough!

TERRENCE Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had a great time. Luca knows the place by heart.

mdbefish

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

My husband and I sought a private tour of Lake Como but ended up joining another two-some, making us a small group tour. It was FANTASTIC and MEMORABLE in every way! Luca is a wonderful person and tour guide. Make arrangements to spend time with him and you will not regret it.

Luca arranged our train to and from Milan, meeting us and sending us off on the platform. His detailed notes made it so easy. He catered to our preferences throughout the day, educated us about the local towns and sights and shared his passion at each and every turn. He explained the geography, the history, the seasonal changes, etc. Luca took us to several local businesses cheese makers, agri-farm, loomers, wine merchants where we had an up-close and personal experience as well as to an intimate, hospitable, authentic family restaurant for a delicious lunch.

GRAZIE LUCA!

Christine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Wonderful tour with Luca who ensured our time in and around Lake Como was a memorable one for all the right reasons. Luca provided excellent service and ensured our limited time was well spent. His knowledge of the area was impressive, so too his manner and genuine interest in people. Luca tailored our tour to suit our interests, surpassing our expectations. If you have the opportunity to take this tour with Luca, book him before you miss out.

Nicholas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Luca was our guide and driver...and now he is our friend. Wow, we had such a fun day and Luca was the cause of it. He took us first to a cheese maker in the Alps where we later had an extraordinary lunch. They we went to the Nera winery and had a tour, wine tasting and some cheese and salami snakes. Then we all went back to Varrena for a dinner by beautiful Lake Como and then home back to Milano. We couldn't ask for a better day. If I could I would give this a 10 star review but since I can't you'll have to settle for the five but add a plus to infinity. Thank you for a wonderful day Luca. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tyler M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was the absolute highlight of our whole honeymoon in Italy. We visited Venice, Milan, Florence and Rome but we enjoyed this location and tour the most. Luca stayed in close contact within the week prior to the tour to ensure we were comfortable with the train stations, departure times and details of the trip. We met in the beautiful small village of Varenna, toured lake como on a boat although this was extra and walked around to see the wonderful views of this small village. We then drove north to the Valtellina valley where we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the wine country. Luca was very knowledgeable about the history, food, wine and countryside of this area and super nice and friendly to talk to. He brought us to some very nice spots that make the tour so worth it but I recommend purchasing the tour yourself to enjoy the surprises than having me tell you about it. This was the best full day tour we had out of our whole 12 days in Italy and I would not go back without seeing Valtellina again!

Ruth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Luca is a great guide. He is organized and sensitive to how the tour is progressing. He is fun and informative, knowing this area because he has lived his life here. The tour is well paced and so fun. We never felt rushed or bored. Luca made the tour perfect for us! Grazie Luca!

Kelli A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We took the Private tour to Lake Como and Valtellina in April on a beautiful Saturday before Easter Week. We had a perfect train ride and Luca met us at the station where we went directly up to Valtellina for a terrific family hike among the beautiful nature and scenery. We then had an amazing indigenous lunch in an fantastic agroturism place where the Pizzocherri was fabulous. Luca then took us to a local winery where we sampled the nibiolo wines with a passionate vintner while looking over the beautiful surroundings of mountains, lake como and the greenery. We finished the day with a trip to the villages of the lake where we couldn't help but have a gelato and check out some hotels for a longer stay later. Luca was terrific. It was an amazing day and its incredible that being so close to MILAN one can find such beauty and great food/ outdoor activities and nature. THANKS LUCA!! wouldn't change a thing and we highly recommend it. We were my husband, myself and our teenage daughter. We will be back for sure.

Kelli A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We took the Private tour to Lake Como and Valtellina in April on a beautiful Saturday before Easter Week. We had a perfect train ride and Luca met us at the station where we went directly up to Valtellina for a terrific family hike among the beautiful nature and scenery. We then had an amazing indigenous lunch in an fantastic agroturism place where the Pizzocherri was fabulous. Luca then took us to a local winery where we sampled the nibiolo wines with a passionate vintner while looking over the beautiful surroundings of mountains, lake como and the greenery. We finished the day with a trip to the villages of the lake where we couldn't help but have a gelato and check out some hotels for a longer stay later. Luca was terrific. It was an amazing day and its incredible that being so close to MILAN one can find such beauty and great food/ outdoor activities and nature. THANKS LUCA!! wouldn't change a thing and we highly recommend it. We were my husband, myself and our teenage daughter. We will be back for sure.

April B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We can not thank Luca enough for giving us the highlight of our trip to Milan. Friday evening we had tickets delivered to our hotel with easy directions to the train station. We found our guide the minute we stepped off the train. From there, he got to know us and gave us many options for the day ahead. We were very impressed with his knowledge of Lake Como and the surrounding areas. Luca accommodated our coffee and hunger requests perfectly. The day was packed with amazing sights of the lake, a local farm, mountains, vineyards, ancient wine cellars, a mom and pop store, a winery and even a medieval fortress. Throughout the day we had an amazing lunch, aperol spritz and wine tastings. He gave us plenty of alone time to experience our surroundings although we enjoyed his company just as much! You will not want to miss this amazing experience. Our only regret is that we didn't book a three day trip!

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