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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

Hannah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I would highly recommend this excursion, Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been- pictures cannot do it enough justice! The day goes at a nice pace, with a trip around Como city in the morning, before a long cruise up to Bellagio, where you have more free time. Just make sure you bring your hat/suncream/BOTH because even though some of the roof deck of the cruise boat is covered, it will not stay that way and it will get REALLY HOT! Also recommended is to take a selfie stick hear me out, because it makes it much easier to take pictures if you are using a phone of the beautiful sights of Lake Como's shores over the heads of the crowd of people that will stand at the railings and not move for the entire duration so that no one else can get close enough to take a picture! Could not fault the tour guide or the tour itself enough, absolutely breathtaking!

Gokhan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour. It was a beautiful day, excellent weather. The tour was well organized with an excellent guide that was well organized and pleasant. The lake is beautiful and the boat ride is very entertaining. We had enough time to roam around, have a very good lunch with nice views by the lake, gelato...

Grant G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Brilliant tour with outstanding scenery. Our guide, Nadia was great and handled all situations with grace and aplomb.

Theresa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour guide loved Lake Como. It was obvious.
How could any place be this beautiful.

jp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip, well organised, amazing views and really good guide. Only thought is water on the coach would be very useful as the weather was very warm.

Judith R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent in every way! We had time and great recommendations for shopping for silk in Como. The boat trip was fabulous and lunch in Belaggio was delicious plus with a view. Our guide spoke wonderful English and was very knowledgeable. Lovely day.

S R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Well organised . The boat trip was a memorable experience.

fredandpaulalopez

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was very well organized and enabled us to really see and experience the area in a single day. It was very relaxing to view the lake by boat and fun to have the opportunity to spend some time in Bellagio.

Robyn E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A long day trip but well worth it if you have the time.

ROBERT M. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

WHAT A WONDERFUL TRIP WITH A GREAT GUIDE. SAMANTHA WAS GREAT. THIS GREAT WAY TO SEE A BEAUTIFUL AREA OF ITALY. AND VISIT WONDERFUL VILLAGES.

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