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Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

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Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

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See the best of Switzerland and Italy on a day trip to Lugano and Lake Como from Milan. Led by a local guide, cruise Lake Como on a sightseeing boat while you keep your eyes peeled for celebrity villas. Then, make a stop in Bellagio, known as the 'pearl of Lake Como.' Continue into Switzerland, where you enjoy some free time to soak up the sights in Lugano. Check out the lakeside views or shop for Swiss chocolate before heading back to Milan.
  • Visit Lugano and enjoy free time to see the elegant Swiss city as you wish
  • Shop for Swiss chocolate or visit Santa Maria degli Angioli to see Renaissance artwork
  • Enjoy transport by air-conditioned coach from Milan
  • Visit the beautiful town of Bellagio, also known as 'the pearl of Lake Como'
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional, English speaking guide
Headsets, if needed
2-hour Lake Como cruise
Free time in the towns of Lugano and Bellagio
Small groups of 25 people or less
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Porta Garibaldi , Porta Garibaldi, Milano MI, Italy

At Milan Porta Garibaldi Train Station, in front of the main entrance. Facing the Milan Porta Garibaldi Train Station Main Entrance, the meeting point is on the left side just outside the station, next to the stairs and under the covered portico. Arriving by metro (green-line): Take the M2 (green-line) train to Garibaldi. Make your way to the train station main entrance. The meeting point is on the left side just outside the station, next to the stairs and under the covered portico.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from central Milan and journey toward the Italian Alps by coach. After a relaxing drive, arrive in Lake Como for your cruise.

Marvel at the luxury real estate while you glide along the water, passing glamorous, celebrity-owned villas. Learn about some of the famous properties from your guide, and hear about the area’s history. Return to land to purchase lunch and discover the picturesque town of Bellagio on your own.

Afterward, reunite with your driver and continue over the Swiss border to the Italian-speaking town of Lugano. Soak up additional time here to explore independently, browsing the local shops for Swiss chocolate, fine luxury goods, and clothes, or checking out the scene by the lake. For a little art and culture, admire Bernardino Luini’s Renaissance masterpiece, 'Passion and Crucifixion,' with a visit to the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli.

After a full day of sightseeing, return to Milan with your guide in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lugano
The day tour starts when you meet your English-speaking guide in central Milan. From there, a private air-conditioned coach will take you across the border to Switzerland through stunning scenery and your guide will be on hand to fill you in on the sights. Nestled at the foot of the Alps you’ll find Lugano, another lakeshore town. Also called “the Monte Carlo of Switzerland”, this Italian-speaking Swiss town is a playground for celebrities, athletes and entertainers, boasting luxury shopping and fine art, scenic views and a bustling city center. Visit the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, where Bernardino Luini painted ‘Passion and Crucifixion’, regarded as Switzerland’s most significant Renaissance fresco. Head downtown to browse luxury goods and rich Swiss chocolate. Whatever you’re looking for, Lugano has something for you.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Lugano
Admire the stunning lakeside views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains from the shore of Lugano town.
Stop At:  
Bellagio
From there, you’ll visit the stunning town of Bellagio, often called “the pearl of Lake Como”. Your guide can offer recommendations, but it’s up to you whether to go shopping, sample the local food or simply soak up the charming atmosphere.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Como
The best way to experience Lake Como is by boat. After a two-hour cruise on Lake Como, you’ll understand why movie stars find the beauty of the alpine region irresistible. Your guide, a local expert who’ll stay with your group the whole trip, will point out George Clooney’s former lakeshore villa, as well as villas that appeared in Star Wars and James Bond movies. Arriving back in Milan in time for dinner, you won’t believe you managed to see so much in one day, and without ever feeling rushed.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most guests will not be required to have a Visa to enter Switzerland; a passport will be sufficient to enter the Country. Please check this website (https://goo.gl/uKUFA5) for more information, and to determine if you may need a Visa (choose your country by selecting the first letter i.e “U” for United States.
  • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All customers will need to wear a FFP2 mask throughout the bus journey.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Unless you're buying something especially from Switzerland that you cannot buy anywhere else, I suggest you purchase items back in Italy where it will be much cheaper." See review
  • "Take a walk down to the Botantical Gardens for some great views." See review

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star-4
The tour was ok and had...
William_S
, Aug 2022
The tour was ok and had enough time however they should be more mindful in reminding everyone to stay in their seats since there was a lot of people fighting for their seats. Once in Bellagio there was a lot of confusion and disorganization to get to the ferri to the point that we did not get to hear any explanation of the area. Also the location we were dropped off was not a safe place. They should drop people off in front of the station not on the back to avoid going to the bad area alone since there is a lot of pick pocket in the area. Unfortunately Lugano was close since it was Sunday and they didn’t not advice us prior to that’s so we could not appreciate Lugano at all.
star-5
The guides were amazing!...
Javeria_K
, Aug 2022
The guides were amazing! Very polite and very knowledgeable- great way to experience lake como in a day
star-5
Excellent tour!
Rosanna_L
, Aug 2022
Great tour guide, skilled driver! Beautiful tour! Both towns were amazing, the boat ride was fabulous!
star-2
Good trip, but needs to be better organized.
Lucia_G
, Aug 2022
It is unfortunate that the beauty of the sights on this tour couldn't be enjoyed when off of the bus due to the crowds on the boat around Lake Como. The bus tour was perfect. We were disappointed to find out that all shops are closed in Switzerland on Sundays, but walking around Lugano for an hour was worth the drive. Bellagio was a beautiful island, but too crowded to truly enjoy with limited information about the city. I suggest that there be a location for the tour group to meet the guide before boarding the boat around Lake Como. Instead it was a one hour wait with many others outside of our tour group, worrying about getting on the boat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Wrong location and terrible response
Dina_B
, Aug 2022
I reserved this trip to enjoy a full day and when I clicked on get directions, it takes you to eatry restaurant in a totally different area. By the time we got instructions, the bus has already left. And we tried to text through the app and call the number with no luck.
star-3
Beautiful scenary, great tour guide and overall tour but hot, overcorwded areas and too long.
Anthony_M
, Aug 2022
Beautiful scenery. Bellagio was very beautiful but way to crowded and hot and thus the visit was too long. The boat ride was also very nice but crowded with varying shade. Also too long in the summer. The guide was terrific, discussing geography, history, culture and current events/celebrity villas. Overall trip was beautiful but overrun with tourists in July and way too hot. Suggest tour company supply water at various stops.
star-5
Loved Lugano and the...
Lorraine_B
, Jul 2022
Loved Lugano and the quaint streets of Bellagio! The ride around Lake Como was very long and very crowded. It became a little boring toward the end. It was still a very good tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Zero communication
Nikki_S
, Jul 2022
If I could give this experience 0 stars I would. I’m a solo female traveler, the trains were down in Italy with no taxis available so I had to ride an electric scooter to the departure point. I tried contacting the tour operator dozens of times, no one answered my calls or messages. I was 8 minutes late and the tour left without me, and is refusing to issue me a refund. Would not recommend! At least give me the refund! Extremely unprofessional with no communication!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A good value
Georgia_D
, Jul 2022
I enjoyed the tour, a good value. Magella was fine, not as captivating as other tour directors I’ve had. Our driver Guiseppe was good. The places were beautiful. The 2-hr boat ride at the end of the tour felt a little too long though. Maybe it didn’t help that it was too hot to sit outside unless there was shade and not as cool inside. There was also a dress code note in the tour details that knees and shoulders must be covered. It was hard to plan an outfit that would still keep us cool in the record heat (low 90s). After asking magella, she said that was intended for tours with churches but should not have been in this tour description since it does not apply. We could have dressed more comfortably.
star-5
Great value for sure!!!
Florence_S
, Jul 2022
Lugano, Bellagio, and the cruise on Lake Como were fantastic!!! Our tour guides Simon and Serena were thorough, knowledgeable, friendly and patient!!!
star-4
Good time
Brian_S
, Jul 2022
The shopping in Switzerland was great but expensive. Lake Como was also very nice I would definitely recommend it. The only issue we had it was extremely hot 97 degrees or more, so we constantly in search of water and or drinks!
star-5
Once in a lifetime
Kai_D
, Jul 2022
Lugano was Beautiful, Lake Como was Breathtaking, Bellagio was Amazing! The tour was fantastic Simon and Sara did an amazing job We swam in the lake 💙 Thank you!
star-3
Not recommended for families with kids
Halil_E
, Jul 2022
The tour was nice but we have some notes on the tour conditions and rules: 1- The meeting point direction on Viator application wasn’t accurate when using Google map, we were about to miss the tour at last minutes because of it. 2- Baby stroller was not allowed (for no reason) although we asked the organizer to accept it but they refused knowing that there was a space for it in the bus and ferry. 3- The dress code (shoulders and knees must be covered for both men and women) doesn’t make any sense specially in summer time and under the sun because the tour isn’t to visit religious places. Overall the tour is not recommended at all for families with kids need stroller and not recommended also in summer time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A must do!
Laura_R
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was very good, plenty of helpful information. Beautiful scenery and fabulous location, a worth while trip.
star-4
The tour was amazing. The...
Hans_B
, Jul 2022
The tour was amazing. The tour guide did a good job. However, the ferry ride to Como under the sun and the heat was terrible.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great trip
Mohammed_E
, Jul 2022
It was great trip and tour guide was helpful but the Como trip it self need more free time in Como to explore it.
star-3
Good tour, bad service from Viator
Lisa_A
, Jul 2022
5 stars for our tour guide, Valentina! She was great! Unfortunately I had some trouble with the company itself. I clicked “get directions” on my reservation through the app which sent me to the wrong place. I tried to contact the tour operator and no phone number was provided, only a messaging system. I sent a message but didn’t hear back. We were able to make it to the location on time, fortunately, but their provided location to import to Google maps was way off. When we arrived the group was easy to find, however we paid for a group of <25 and our group had over 50 people which was disappointing. The tour itself was good. I enjoyed seeing the towns. The boat ride was a passenger boat, not a tour boat which was a bummer.
star-5
Great tour in gorgeous locations
Mattias_A
, Jul 2022
Amazing tour guides and well organized. Wish we had little more time in Lugano but it was well worth the money and we saw so many beautiful places that memories will last forever.
star-5
Jo, the tour guide, was...
Silvina_B
, Jul 2022
Jo, the tour guide, was simple amazing!. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Took every opportunity to give information and details about every place we drove by. This was an excellent experience.
star-1
Don’t waste your time and get an actual boat
Jeremy_H
, Jul 2022
Awful experience that was a waste of a day in lake como! All they did was shepherd people from different public transits. It’s honestly like robbery they charge as much as they do. Everyone was pretty unhappy!

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