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Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como

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Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como

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icon12 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
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POSSIBLE COVID-19 SWAB REQUIRED
  • Centrale FS , Piazza Duca d'Aosta, 20124 Milano MI, Italy

    Meeting point is inside the central station. We will send detailed instructions before the tour date!

  • Varenna , 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

  • 8:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    • 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
    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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    • "For those of you with motion sickness, please be careful during the return car ride." See review

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    star-5
    Excellent Guide ....
    Bijal_S
    , May 2022
    Excellent Guide . Thank you Luca and Francesca. Five star service . On time performance. Luca has thorough knowledge.
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    star-5
    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!
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    star-5
    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!
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Great tour but rocky start
    Christopher_F
    , Oct 2022
    Wonderful tour! Julia was great. Our only issue was that no one met us at the meeting spot so the 6 of us who were waiting had to navigate getting on the train on our own and the guide didn’t get on until a few stops later.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2022
    Hi Christopher, We are very glad that you enjoed the day with our guide Giulia!! Regarding your inconvenient we are very sorry about that however in our instructions it was written that you had to meet Flavia, the hostess, at 8:00 am (not the guide) at the designated spot inside the Central Station and she was there by that time to wait the clients. Indeed the other four clients of the group met her right there at that time and she helped them to board the train. Luca Martinelli
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    star-5
    Efficient way to see a lot!
    Michelle_K
    , Oct 2022
    My husband and I are all about efficiency when it comes to sightseeing, and this tour nailed it! We covered so much scenery without feeling rushed or like we were waiting around for a big group of people. It was an intimate group of 6 of us, plus our tour guide, Giulia. She was incredible! Super friendly and knowledgeable, making sure we were taken care of every step of the way. We were even able to fit in an unplanned winery visit which was unforgettable and allowed us to taste local wines native to the region of Northern Italy. I get motion sickness easily and had to take Dramamine (I’m glad I did!)
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    star-5
    Great
    Jenny_k
    , Aug 2022
    Had a fantastic time on this trip yesterday! Was a real highlight of our trip to Milan- and we will be visiting lake como next holiday to spend more time there. Our trip consisted of the train to Vannara- then a car ride to a winery, where we had a tasting & bought some wine. Then off to lunch before boarding the train to st mortiz. Our guide was absolutely lovely! And if we go on another tour we’d definitely book him again as he was very knowledgeable and very lovely, Thankyou so much for a nice day!
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    star-5
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    Graeme_B
    , May 2022
    A full day out; Lake Como, the scenic train into Switzerland and the return through the Maloja Pass, just as scenic. Our guide for the day, Julia, was outstanding and had planned a couple of surprise stops including the Nero vineyard for a wine tasting.
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    star-5
    Amazing day trip - highly recommended!
    Matthew_W
    , Apr 2022
    Having seen many companies all offering slightly different experiences for the Bernina train journey, I was extremely happy to have booked our trip with Luca. We were met in Varenna by Giulia, who was a fantastic guide for our day, and organised a few small stop offs for us on the way to the train - from the wine tasting and private car journey up to Tirano, to the amazing train journey and stop off in St Moritz, I could not have asked for a more perfect day! Thank you Luca and Giulia for organising such a memorable day for us! Grazie a tutti!
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Best day ever
    Elaine_C
    , Oct 2022
    Our guide was Guilia. She was absolutely fabulous She was so pleasant and genuinely excited to show us around. The small group of 6 of us was perfect. We started with a train ride then Guilia and her driver took us in a mini van to Lake Como for a walking tour of the lake, showing us all the highlights. We then drove further north to a wonderful winery where we got a tour of the cellar and did a wine tasting (best part). Then on to lunch and hop onto the Bernina Express which gave us beautiful views of the alps. We then had a walking tour of st maritz before the trip home ( driving then on the train). This had to be the best tour I’ve done ever!!!! It had everything i wanted: Lake como, wine, alps and Switzerland!! A perfect day. Thank you Guilia and Lucca!
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    star-4
    Total confusion at...
    Kathryn_M
    , Oct 2022
    Total confusion at central station as guide did not turn up. The group got on the train and guide caught up to us at Lecco. After this it was a wonderful trip.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2022
    Hi Kathryn, We are very glad that you had a wonderful trip!! Regarding your inconvenient we are very sorry about that however in our instructions it was written that you had to meet Flavia, the hostess, at 8:00 am (not the guide) at the designated spot inside the Central Station and she was there by that time to wait the clients. Indeed the other four clients of the group met her right there at that time and she helped them to board the train. Luca Martinelli
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    star-5
    Long but great day!!
    Margaret_D
    , May 2022
    We loved this tour. It was a great day trip. It was a long day with Lake Como, the winery and the train but so worth it. The views were amazing! We highly recommend choosing this tour you will not regret it!
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Best day of our trip!
    Jenna_F
    , May 2022
    Luca was so kind, helpful and knowledgeable! The trip was so well organized and planned, we enjoyed every stop.
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Brilliant
    Aura_P
    , Jun 2022
    I enjoyed the day and guide was very pleasant and friendly. She explained everything very carefully and in informative way. Recommend it 100%
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    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.
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Amazing views
    Magdalena_R
    , Jul 2022
    Julia was so amazing & interactive with everyone. She is very knowledgeable with every question asked. The views were amazing.
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    star-5
    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.
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Once in a Lifetime trip
    Martin_B
    , Jul 2022
    One of the most memorable experiences of our trip, better then we thought, great views , excellent guide Giulia. Great communication and well organized, give star group. .
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    star-5
    A must do tour.
    Christopher_N
    , Sep 2022
    The tour guide was wonderful and the trip is a must take. Lake Como is beautiful and a must see. The train ride was wonderful experience with great views. I highly recommend this tour.
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    star-5
    The best tour ever
    Sharif_A
    , Jul 2022
    Luca is the best tour guide of all time. This was a truly epic day. We had lots of great conversations and saw lots of great sites. Thanks for the great food facts and history.
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    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.
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