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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

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.

Rose K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a beautiful ride. We enjoyed it a lot. I have no complaints. Thank you viator!

Europe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour.

Neil T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent tour

charlesamenta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Greatest

Carla P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great time, knowledgeable guIce and lots of free time. Excellent way to see the area and not be driving.

Richard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Took this tour on Saturday 23rd July.. We were greeted at the point of departure by our guide, who checked us on board, and gave us our audio guides.
We travelled out through the suburbs of Milan, and were given lots of information on what appears to be an ongoing transformation of a very busy and vibrant business city. As we approached the town of Como, our guide informed us that a storm was due, that should blow through very quickly. However, this storm lasted all the time that we were in Como, and the rain was relentless. Very sad, as our guide did her very best to stay upbeat, but a lot of the time was spent on the coach, sheltering from the downpour..
However, we boarded the ferry and proceeded up Lake Como, and as we did so, the weather slowly cleared up. By the time we reached the town of Bellagio the sun was shining, and we managed to have a lovely lunch and two hours of lovely weather, before having to take the ferry across the lake to meet up with our coach again, for the return journey to Milan..
On the way back we drove through lots of lovely rural Italian villages, on narrow roads, and the scenery was lovely.
I would recommend this tour!! Its a great day out, and it was just one of those things with the weather. Win some, lose some!!

Mariana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A very nice trip.
Our tour guide, Simona, very well-organised and professional.
The boat trip around Lake Como was beautiful and Simona told us a lot of stories about the lake and the houses.
The stop in Bellagio could be a bit longer.
I highly recommend this tour.

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