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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 and the neoclassical Villa Olmo on the lake. 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

Marion E D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and courteous.

Sean D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Trip was fantastic! Tour guide was extremely knowledgable. The bus ride was short and comfortable. The lake cruise was amazing, and the time in Bellagio was perfect! Definitely worth the trip and the money!

Andreina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip! Fun guide! Very helpful and knowledgeable!

mccj61

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Despite a rainy morning, we had ample time to explore Como including a tour of the Duomo before heading onto the boat for our trip up the lake. The views were gorgeous! We absolutely loved Bellagio where we had enough time to eat lunch before exploring and a little shopping! It was great to take the bus back through the same area we had seen from the water and get a different prospective of the villages we passed. A great day!

Jeanette I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

First class all day tour with a very professional guide in a modern coach. Our guide Marco was with us all day both on the coach and on the boat. He was very knowledgeable and very helpful. The radio and earpiece used when we were all spread out on the boat or on land was superb. One of the best guided tours I have taken.

Jeanette I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

First class all day tour with a very professional guide in a modern coach. Our guide Marco was with us all day both on the coach and on the boat. He was very knowledgeable and very helpful. The radio and earpiece used when we were all spread out on the boat or on land was superb. One of the best guided tours I have taken.

Andrea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic full day adventure. Beautiful and informative 2 hour cruise on the lake followed by 2 hours in Bellagio.

Wendy T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a wonderful day. Lake Como was just stunning. Our tour guide was amazing. It was a large tour and our guide was just fantastic. She had so much patience. We were lucky enough to have great weather which made the boat ride so enjoyable. Bellagio is such a pretty little village and well worth visiting. We had a great day and recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see what Lake Como has to offer.

Patricia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderful way to spend the day while visiting Milan.

Lucas O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour was very well run and great to see so many places around and in Lake Como. The audio guide was a nice touch on the 2 hour boat ride to Bellagio. Coach was good, group was normal size, a little on the larger side 45ish. The only item I would change if possible is to add a bathroom on the coach to/from Bellagio/Como. Ample time everywhere. HIGHLY recommend,

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