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For a Lake Como day trip from Milan, look no further. A great way to discover the timeless beauty of the Italian lakes, this experience includes a walking tour of the chic lake town of Como plus a Lake Como cruise to see snow-peaked mountains and luxury lakeside villas from the water. In the summer, visit the village of Bellagio for free time to eat and explore. In the winter, take a gondola ride from Como to Brunate to soak up the lakeland views.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Lake Como from Milan
  • Take a scenic cruise on Lake Como to admire the beautiful lakeside villas and gardens
  • Dock in the delightful town of Bellagio (summer only)
  • Take the funicular to Brunate for sweeping views of Como (winter only)
  • Enjoy free time to shop, dine and sightsee in the city of Como
  • Visit the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio, a Romanesque-style church

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What You Can Expect

Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

Explore the picturesque town of Bellagio on your Lake Como Day Trip!

One of the largest bodies of water in Italy, Lake Como's best sights vary with the time of year you visit. On this tour, you’ll travel with a guide to discover the highlights of the area around the lake with an itinerary tailored to the season. Food and drinks are at your own expense throughout the day.

Winter Tour: (November to March)
Relax on your 1-hour morning journey from Milan to Lake Como. Hop out to stretch your legs on a tour of Como, the lake’s main town, and learn about its key sights around the historic center. From town, take the gondola to the village of Brunate, a serene spot in the hills above Como.

Gaze down at the lake, flanked by the Rhaetian Alps, and then make the most of some free time for lunch. Return to Como by gondola before the highlight of your day: a Lake Como boat tour. The water offers the best vantage point to see the lake and shorelines; keep an eye out for chic villas and luxury hotels as you cruise. Cernobbio’s opulent Villa d'Este hotel is one such sight with its grandiose façade and tropical gardens. 

After your return to shore, enjoy some free time to see the sights at your own pace, shop or perhaps sip a coffee. Then, finish your time in Como with a visit to the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio, a Romanesque-style 11th-century church, before your return to Milan. 

Summer Tour: (April to October)
After your 1-hour coach journey from Milan, start your tour of Como with a look inside two of its historical attractions: the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio. Continue into Como’s historic center, and use your free time to get to know the town at your own pace with some sightseeing or shopping for Lake Como keepsakes.

Meet back with your guide for an extended 2-hour cruise around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the alps.

Return to dry land in time for your trip to the colorful seaside town of Bellagio, which many pinpoint as a highlight of the lake. Spend some time at your leisure here to explore and perhaps savor lunch. Later, cruise to Cadenabbia, then return to your coach for the journey back to Milan.

Customer Reviews

lfebland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I adored Lake Como. This tour is a must if you are going to Milan! Lake Como is so incredibly beautiful. We had a lot of free time too
which was nice. I walked around the town and had lunch on my own. We got to go on a ferry to all the little ports around the lake.
That was so much fun. This is a photographer's dream. We went in January and the crowds were not bad at all. What a beautiful
town to walk around!

Felicia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I forgot our tour guides' name but it was a fantastic day trip to the beautiful Lake Como. Please be advised that when you step outside of the boat onto the deck up front we had encountered poor radio frequency. We wanted to be outside and see the scenery but unfortunately we didn't get to listen to half of the tour. The spritz we purchased onboard were a great addition to the stunning scenery!

Alan Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful day tour of Como. It was a cold winter day but the lake is still beautiful. Tour guide was very helpful from the time we boarded the bus, giving us a tour of Milan as well. I wish we have less free time and the boat would go to Bellagio instead!

Carole-Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

An amazing trip! The guide was excellent. A small amount of time in Como before an incredible ferry trip along Lake Como which is breathtakingly beautiful. All the celebrity villas were pointed out! The ferry takes you to Bellagio which again is stunning and there is ample time to wander around the small shops, have a snack and enjoy the view of the Lakes.

Tracy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our day trip/trip tour to Lake Como beautiful, informative and relaxing. Our tour guide was great and the pace was just right! We highly recommend the tour!

Steve H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I think this was as good as it could probably get for a day trip. I don't think you could get any more into the day, and if you could, it probably wouldn't give you any more value.

We got views and history of Como the lake from several vantage points, and also of Como the city. Views of the city and lake from 500metres above, and way, WAY, into the distance, and also views and local stories from an hour-long ferry ride on the lake itself, with enough time to do a little exploration of our own.

Yes, we saw where George lives, when he's there. No, I didn't get the chance to ask him where the best coffee was served in Como.

However, the coach ride was comfortable, warm and swift enough... I don't know what more you could ask for, really.... ?

danflorina2000

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I loved this tour! It's great for those who visit Milan for the first time .We were very lucky because it was a sunny day so we could see the lake , the montains and entire landscape that is wonderful. The old part of Como city with hnarrow streets and old buidings is charming.Our guide was very professional and explains us a lot about the places visited and the history of Como.

Travelling Trio Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We are a family of 2 adults and our 11 year old son. We did this tour from Milan on 3rd October 2016. Our driver was Mr Oprando Freddy, our Tour Guide was Nadia and our Tour Company was Zanni Viaggi which is one of the main ones in Milan. We did several tours through this company and all were excellent.

The day was a sunny Autumn day and the skies were so clear, that it made the tour even better, because there were no clouds and the towns along the lake cruise were clearly visible.

We drove to Como and were given time to wander about for approximately 1 hour, after which time we met at Piazza Cavour to join our ship. The cruise went from 11.40am until 1.30pm and the ship was very large, so we sat up on the top deck with amazing views and stunning scenery. I took hundreds of photos, as did our son and my husband took incredible video footage.

At 1.50pm we were dropped at Bellagio for 2 hours to have time at leisure which we loved. We had lunch at the Bar Splendide overlooking Lake Como and then wandered about the cobbled lanes and admired the gorgeous little shops along the way, as well as doing some shopping and taking of more photos. It is truly a picture book town, we definitely will be returning to spend more time here on another visit to Italy.

If you want to have a relaxing day, and soak up some incredible scenery, whilst eating beautiful food and enjoying all the the Italian lakes has to offer, then this tour is definitely one to do. We would do it again in a heartbeat.

Graham S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Lovely day visiting Lake Como. The highlight was Brunate at the top of the funicular railway. the view and the pictures we got was amazing, lucky it was clear and Sunny. We then had lunch by the lakeside sitting outside in the sunshine and it was the middle of December. Throw in a boat trip on the lake and it was a very enjoyable well organised day trip.

Antoinette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The Papal Audience was wonderful. We were met by the guide at the designated area and he led us to very good seats. He explained the protocol and what to expect before he left us on our own. His information was excellent.

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