Milan to Lake Como Villas and Food Walking and Boat Tour

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Varenna

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Explore Lake Como by land and water on this full-day walking and boating tour, with a visit to Villa del Balbianello. Sample local cheeses, meats, olive oil, and wine, take a walking tour of Varenna and gain insight into the region’s Celtic heritage. Savor a tasty lunch of fish appetizers and pasta in a lakeside restaurant, then admire sweeping views over Lake Como’s villas and gardens during a sightseeing cruise in a Venetian taxi. Disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, then cruise onwards to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Varenna sul LagoThis full day tour will allow you to discover the "pearls" of the mid lake area and view and visit some of the most famous waterfront villas, all accompanied with the tasting of delicious local products.The tour starts with a trip to a fascinating original mill on the hills above Varenna where you will be offered a tasting of the world famous locally produced olive oil, typical Valsassina cheese, cold cuts and wine followed by 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 private motorboat cruise will give you the chance to relax in the afternoon admiring the spectacular mountains and the stunning villas, once the homes of aristocrats, now the playgrounds for the jet set.You will disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, a real gem not to be missed, stunning shooting location for a number of famous films such as “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and “Casino Royale”. Afterwards, our motorboat will bring you to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.The tour will end at approximately at 5:30 pm in Bellagio. The tour guide shall provide public boats tickets and indications to get back to Varenna (a 15 minutes journey) and to take the train back to Milan. Duration: 8 hours

What’s included

  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Tasting of delicious local specialties in a charming old mill
  • Guided walking Tour of Varenna
  • Special lunch in a typical lake front restaurant (starters, pasta, water, a glass of wine and coffee
  • 1h Boat Tour (open top Venetian taxi)
  • Tickets to Villa del Balbianello
  • Tickets to Villa Melzi
  • Guided walking Tour of Bellagio
  • Return Train tickets Milano Centrale/Varenna
  • Public Boat Ticket Bellagio/Varenna

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private minivan transfer from Milan and back can be organised upon request at extra cost. Please contact us after booking.
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