Welcome to Lago di Lugano


On clear days, the views are nothing short of riveting, with the pleats of sheer, wooded peaks fading into hazy distance – among them the highest of the high, 1704m Monte Generoso. The villages that cling tightly to its shores and tumble haphazardly down its slopes, such as Gandria, Meride and Morcote, are among Switzerland’s most beguiling, with hidden back alleys, pastel-painted houses and botanical gardens to explore.


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Lago di Lugano activities

$15.42 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Swissminiatur Entrance Ticket

Visit: SwissminiaturIn an area of 14,000 m2 visitors can admire more than 120 models at scale of 1:25 which represent the most important buildings, monuments and transportation means in Switzerland. A 3,560m long model railway with 18 trains runs through the park. It is fascinating to watch the variety of trains that run along the tracks, cross bridges and stop by at stations. Boats are also in motion on the lakes, cable cars and funiculars go up and down the mountains and cars move along the highway.For garden lovers, the whole park is beautifully decorated with a selection of 1,500 different plants and over 15,000 flowers. There are several coin operated rides for children.

$1017.54 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Ticino Gastronomy Explorer

Day 1: Arrival SwitzerlandLunchtime arrival in Lugano,  checking-in  to a centrally located 3-star hotel for 2 nights. Your included Ticino Ticket allows free public transportation in the entire Canton of Ticino, allowing your ample free time in the afternoon to explore Lugano and the surroundings. Later in the afternoon (15:00) you will meet your local guide in front of the Cultural Centre and enjoy a short 30-minute introduction to the city before crossing Lake Lugano by boat. Upon arrival at the  local restaurant, enjoy an aperitif before taking part in our fabulous Risotto Workshop Experience.Day 2: Locarno– AsconaToday we take your Ticinese gastronomic experience a step further, with our Lugano food and wine tour. Enjoy a guided tour around the historical city of Lugano, making several stops en route to sample several regional specialities, washed down with a Ticinese Merlot.Day 3: Locarno and SurroundingsYour morning is free to explore other parts of the region with your included Ticino Ticket. Connecting travel arrangements to and from Lugano can be tailored to suit your exact needs.

$74.82 Transfers & Ground Transport

Low Cost Private Transfer From Lugano Airport to Lugano City - One Way

Don’t exhaust yourself with delays and problems in public transport. Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will bring you to your location in Lugano quick and safe. Do not worry about finding your way to the taxi’s while carrying a big luggage as your private driver will be waiting for you in the arrival terminal holding  a sign with your name on it. The driver will monitor your flight in case of delay. Once you arrived he will assist with your luggage and lead you to the car. After you and the driver double-checked the destination you provided us with he will take you straight to your destination in Lugano. While driving you can enjoy the rural and urban areas of Lugano and might pass by the famous Monte San Salvatore or the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. When you book, please provide us with your flight number and full address of your centrally located destination in Lugano. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to your private driver.

$462.52 Day Trips & Excursions

Lugano Day Tour with Risotto Lunch

Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and take guided walk through the historic center of Lugano. Visit the the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli Church with magnificent frescoes, Nassa Street and its exclusive fashion stores, the Piazza della Riforma and its geranium cascaded buildings, and see how modern architecture can fit in to a historic context in Lugano's new conference center, and many more interesting sights. Continue your walk through the superbly landscaped park with magnificent trees from around the world before boarding a local bus to the starting point of the 1 hour walk on the paved historic “Olive Trail” along the lakeside. At the end of the trail you reach the picturesque  village of Gandria perched on the cliff-side next to Lake Lugano.From Gandria board a public boat and cruise to your lunch stop at a typical Ticino "grotto", a simple outdoor tavern in a quiet place shaded by trees, where everyone enjoys eating products of the local cuisine and drinking the local Merlot wine that is served in a special glass called a "boccalino".  Your grotto host will set you up with all the ingredients and tools for you to start stirring your own classic "Grotto Risotto" lunch with plenty of instructions and encouragement from the chef. Enjoy local Ticino red or white wine while you focus on making your risotto but don't forget to look up and admire the breathtaking views over Lake Lugano with its surrounding mountains and villages. In the mid-afternoon the public boat returns to collect you to take you back to Lugano.

$10.28 Luxury & Special Occasions

Gandria Romantic Walking Day Trip from Lugano

At 10am meet at the Information office your guide to join this romantic walking tour to Gandria. Take a 1,5-hour walk on the Olive Trail with the best views of Lake Lugano. Enjoy the view at a quaint village where the buildings hang off the side of the mountain. Hear amazing histories of the past and discover how the fishermen and the inhabitants of the laked used to live once upon a time. Enjoy some free time to stroll around the village and eat something in one of the many different restaurants in Gandria. Alternatively, you can opt for a picnic. A boat will be waiting for you for your return to Lugano.

$10.28 Tours & Sightseeing

Monte San Salvatore Tour in Lugano With Cable Car Ride

The gulf of Lugano is made special by two mountains that mark its boundaries; Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore. The latter, whose shape recalls that of the more famous Pão de Açúcar, has conferred the nickname of “Little Rio” to Lugano. The excursion starts on the lake shore, where you can take a look at some cultural and artistic sites such as the Lugano Arte Cultura, the Santa Maria Degli Angeli Church and then after reaching the top with the cable car you will be able to enjoy a truly breath-taking view. On the top of the mountain you will visit the Church and you will have some free time to stroll around and eat something at the restaurant if you so please. At the end of this excursion, if you want to stay on the top of the mountain for a while and have a nice lunch or just to walk around, you will get a ticket to return to return back down. 

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