Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday*
Duration: 7.5 hours, 10:30am - 6pm
*This tour operates from mid-March to October.
On this full day tour you will discover the "pearls" of the central lake area, visit some of the most famous waterfront villas and taste delicious local products.
The tour will start with a trip to a fascinating ancient mill on the hills above Varenna where you will be offered a tasting of the locally produced olive oil, typical Valsassina cheese, cold cuts and wine. Then, it will continue with a guided walking tour of Varenna with its Celtic origins and steep alleys.
Lunch will be served in a lakefront restaurant where you will sample typical freshwater fish starters and delicious pasta (a non-fish menu will also be available).
An unforgettable cruise by private motorboat will give you the opportunity to relax in the afternoon admiring the spectacular mountains, the superb villas, once the homes of aristocrats, now the playgrounds for the jet set, and the beautiful gardens decorated with marble statues and exotic plants.
You will disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, a real gem not to be missed, stunning shooting location for some famous movies such as “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and “Casino Royale”.
At last, cruise onward to Bellagio where you will be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.
The tour will end at approximately 5:30pm in Bellagio, where you are free to stop for a romantic happy hour or dinner. Your tour guide will suggest the best restaurants and cafes in the area.
Meeting point will be at a central location. Details will be provided in final documents.
- English-speaking guide
- Tasting of local products
- Cruise on Lake Como by private motorboat
- Entrance fees to Villa del Balbianello and Villa Melzi
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Transportation from Bellagio to Varenna
- This tour starts in Varenna and ends in Bellagio.
- Please inform us in advance of any special dietary requirements.
- This tour involves a fair amount of walking. The trail to the mill for the morning tasting entails a descent with some steep steps which must also be ascended on the return trip. Please make sure you are physically adapt and wear comfortable walking shoes.
- The tour runs rain or shine. In case of bad weather conditions it is possible that the tour undergoes some slight changes and that the transfer to Villa Balbianello is done by public boat instead of the private boat due to safety reasons.
- If you are staying in Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio you can take the hydrofoil at 9am from Como (stopping also in Moltrasio) and disembark in Bellano at 10:04am. Please advise us in advance if you are taking the hydrofoil from Como, so the tour company can schedule your pick-up at the ferry terminal in Bellano.
- Group of 15 people or less