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Day tour on foot and by boat to Villa Balbianello to discover the flavors of Lake Como - from 290 €


Tuesday 29 march 2022 | Travel proposal valid until: Saturday 31 december 2022

Capture the essence of Lake Como with a walking tour of Bellagio and Varenna, two of the most enchanting towns in the central part of the lake.

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Lenght: 1 day
Max persons: 14 people
Day tour on foot and by boat to Villa Balbianello to discover the flavors of Lake Como

Capture the essence of Lake Como with a walking tour of Bellagio and Varenna, two of the most enchanting towns in the central part of the lake. Make a stop at the historic oil mill, where you can sample some of the region's local specialties, accompanied by charcuterie and wine. Take a boat cruise on Lake Como to visit the lush gardens of Villa Melzi and the opulent Villa del Balbianello, including a traditional lunch at a lakeside restaurant.

  • Explore the towns of Varenna and Bellagio on Lake Como
  • See the luxurious houses where Italian aristocratic families once resided
  • Dine at a lakeside restaurant and enjoy a tasting of olive oil, cured meats, and wine
  • A boat tour of Lake Como allows you to see all the villas overlooking the water.

Admiring Varenna
Admiring Varenna
Among the alleys of Bellagio - iryna1/shutterstock
Among the alleys of Bellagio - iryna1/shutterstock
photo by viator
photo by viator
The lake seen from Bellagio, photo by e-borghi
The lake seen from Bellagio, photo by e-borghi
photo by viator
photo by viator
Lunching in Varenna, photo by e-borghi
Lunching in Varenna, photo by e-borghi
Villa Cipressi of Varenna, photo e-borghi
Villa Cipressi of Varenna, photo e-borghi
Villa del Balbianello, photo by e-borghi
Villa del Balbianello, photo by e-borghi
Villa del Balbianello, photo by e-borghi
Villa del Balbianello, photo by e-borghi
Walking in Bellagio, photos of e-borghi
Walking in Bellagio, photos of e-borghi

Highlights

Explore Varenna and Bellagio on Lake Como on foot, two of the most enchanting villages in the central part of the lake, and with a boat trip you can visit the lush gardens of Villa Melzi and the opulent Villa del Balbianello, including a traditional lunch at a lakeside restaurant.

Interested villages: Bellagio, Tremezzina, Varenna
  • Tour Operator
  • Experiences
  • With tour guide
  • Cruise
  • For single travellers
  • For couples
  • For families
  • Boat excursions
  • Tastings
  • Lake
  • City + villages
  • Available all year
  • Full day

Schedule

Departure point
Varenna, Via Imbarcadero Piazza Martiri Libertà, 23829 Varenna

Our tour starts in front of the ticket office of the ferry terminal in Varenna at 10:00 am. Look for the group with the sign LAKE COMO FOOD TOURS! If you arrive from Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio, we suggest you to take the hydrofoil that leaves from Como at 09:00 (stopping also in Moltrasio) and arrives in Bellano at 10:04. In this case, please let us know at least one day in advance, so that we can organize the pick-up service at the ferry terminal in Bellano. For the times of the lake trip, check the boat schedules as they may vary depending on the season.

Return details
Hotel du Lac , P.za Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio

The tour ends in Bellagio. There are many shuttles or car ferries connecting Bellagio to Varenna or other locations. The last speedboat to Como will leave at the end of our tour. Our tour leader will be happy to show you the starting point.

Meet the local guide and the group at the ferry ticket office in Varenna. After the initial introductions, set off on a day tour to discover the central and western areas of Lake Como.
Stroll through the steep alleyways of Varenna as your guide talks to you about the town's Celtic origins. Stop at a historic olive oil mill for a tasting of locally produced olive oil, accompanied by salumi, wine and cheeses from Valsassina.
Enjoy a traditional Italian lunch at a popular lakeside restaurant. Relax and enjoy the view while sampling an assortment of antipasti made with freshly caught lake fish and fresh pasta (meat or vegetarian dishes are also available).
After lunch, board a comfortable open-top Venetian cab boat for a sightseeing cruise. See from afar the luxurious villas where Italian aristocratic families lived during the years of the Renaissance, Romanticism and Belle Époque. Snap a few photos of the majestic mountain in the background and the lush gardens. Head down to Villa del Balbianello, a sumptuous mansion that has been used as a filming set for such films as "Casino Royale" and "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones."
Back on the boat, continue to the verdant gardens of Villa Melzi and then stroll through the streets of the elegant town of Bellagio. The tour ends in Bellagio, where you can further explore the town at your leisure.

Route
Stops at: Villa del Balbianello.
Duration: 1 hour, Entrance fee included

Stops at: Villa Melzi Gardens .
Duration: 30 minutes, Entrance fee included

Stops at: Church of St. George. The group will enter the church and receive a detailed description.
Duration: 15 minutes, Free entrance ticket included

Price/s

€ 290,00 per person

Travel proposal valid until: Saturday 31 december 2022

Includes

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Tasting of delicious local specialties in an ancient and charming oil mill
  • Guided walking tour of Varenna
  • Special lunch in a typical restaurant on the lake with: antipasti, pasta, water, a glass of wine and coffee
  • Boat trip of 1 hour (uncovered venetian cab)
  • Tickets for Villa del Balbianello
  • Tickets for Villa Melzi

It does not include

  • Tips
  • Pick-up service from and to the hotel

Notes

  • You will receive confirmation at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum 2 adults per reservation required
  • Maximum 14 people per reservation
  • Casual attire and comfortable shoes required
  • A fair amount of walking trails are provided. The route to the olive mill for the morning tasting includes a steep staircase descent, which must then be retraced uphill on the return trip. Make sure you are in proper physical condition and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • The tour operates also in case of rain. For safety reasons, in case of bad weather conditions, the tour may be subject to slight changes and the transfer to Villa Balbianello will be made by public transport and not by private cab boat.

Note: Hotel pick-up is not included for this activity; however, you can request it at the time of booking. Close to public transportation

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