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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

vickenelo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

very well organised and eventually a very enjoyable day with beautiful scenery. Shame George Clooney was not around.

Siva P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Life changing! What can I say... Based on this trip, I fell in love with the lake. I and my wife are now buying a retirement home in Varenna. Do I need to say any more?

John G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wonderful trip

Jennifer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved loved loved this tour. Our guide was great and the tour was terrific. Beautiful place. Highly recommend it.

Kaira P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great value for your money. We had a excellent tour guide and plenty of time in Como and Bellagio to explore the beautiful sites

SUSAN L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a wonderful day. Even though it rained for most of the day, we were still able to enjoy the beautiful Lake, the City of Como and the beautiful little town of Bellagio. We will be back

VIVIAN B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Beautiful Lake Como. Amazing experience. Angela our tour guide was great.

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really a great way to see a very beautiful place on a short amount of time. The boat tour is very easy and relaxing, covering most of the lake. Be sure to sit on the LEFT side for the best views. Tour guide is a big benefit to point out the various villas along the shoreline.

alexis_303

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We visited the lake on 16th of October, me and my wife. it was a very great trip. we enjoyed everything, the view, the sun, the boat, the bus, and especially the guide who gave us many info's about many specific places. we loved the extra beautiful italian scenes. Bellagio was great as well. i recommend this trip to everyone who loves beauty and taking photos. many natural wallpapers. i loved it when i saw the Alps from far.

Peter E Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We visited Como and Lake Como from Milan. The bus trip to the lake town of Como wasn't long. Our guide was excellent and advised all the local history and sights of Como, Lake Como, the villages around the lake and the famous local residents. After visiting the town of Como and seeing the sights, we boarded the ferry to Bellagio. This was a great trip seeing all the villages and lake side houses and villas. On arrival at Bellagio we had ample time to wander around and also have lunch at one of the many local restaurants and cafes. After luch we took a short ferry ride across the lake where we were met by the bus to take us back to Milan around the lake road. We recommend the trip to any first time travellers to the area who enjoy a guided tour and the relaxation of the bus and ferry trip.

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