Villa Balbianello And Flavors Of Lake Como Walking And Boating Full-Day Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Navigazione Lago di Como Varenna, Via Imbarcadero, 23829 Varenna LC, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Hotel du Lac, Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

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 regions Celtic heritage. Savor a tasty lunch of fish appetizers and pasta in a lakeside restaurant, then admire sweeping views over Lake Comos villas and gardens during a sightseeing cruise in a Venetian taxi. Disembark atVilla del Balbianellofor a guided visit, then cruise onwards to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderfulVilla Melzigardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Varenna sul Lago

This 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 5:30 pm in this world-renowned village, where you are highly recommended to stop for a romantic happy hour or dinner. Our tour guide will suggest the best restaurants and cafes in the area.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Villa del Balbianello, Tremezzina, Lake como, Lombardy

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Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Bellagio, Lake como, Lombardy

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Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chiesa San Giacomo

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Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions

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

Entry/Admission - Villa del Balbianello

Entry/Admission - i Giardini di Villa Melzi

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required

A maximum of 14 people per booking

Dress code is casual, comfortable shoes

A fair amount of walking is involved. 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.

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

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 using public transport and not with the private boat taxi due to safety reasons

Please Note: hotel pickup is not included for this activity, however it will be requested at the time of booking.

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Traveler Reviews

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  • 13-Sep-2019

    This tour far exceeded our expectations. The pace was just right for a full day tour with a wonderful lunch

  • 22-Aug-2019

    Our day with Alessandra could not have been more perfect. When we met her near the ferry ticket office in Bellagio, we were delighted to find out that we were the only people who had booked the tour that day, so we ended up with a private tour with her; we were so lucky!! She instantly made us feel totally at ease and spoke excellent English. She had a driver waiting and they drove us to a cool ancient mill where we had olive oil and wine tasting, and then we spent the rest of the morning in Varenna, where she shared lots of interesting tidbits and facts about the area and its history, etc. The tour included a delicious lakefront lunch at a nice hotel in Varenna and after that we got on a very cool speedboat for a tour of the lake and the destination of Villa Balbianello. The villa is spectacular and we enjoyed the tour of it, but truly the time on the boat where the driver was stopping at various points and giving us local insight was just as much fun. Then after the villa visit, we took another boat to Bellagio to walk along some lovely gardens, with more fascinating insight from Alessandra. When we decided to make Lake Como one of our destinations in our 10 days in Italy, I knew we would get more out of it by doing a tour. But I originally hesitated slightly on this one because for some reason there weren't a ton of reviews. I am so glad we took the plunge and did it, because it was SO worth every penny and truly was one of the best days on our trip. Our time at the Italian Lakes would not have been nearly as memorable if we hadn't spent that amazing day with Alessandra!

  • 20-Aug-2019

    Great value for money and the staff was great! A lot to see in one day, but well worth it. The transportation was perfect.

  • 06-Aug-2019

    Alessandra, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the Lake Como area and our group learnt a lot about the area especially Varenna. The tour of Villa Balbianello was quite an interesting and amazing experience. We covered so much in one day. It is definitely worthwhile and totally recommend it to all who come to Lake Como.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    We lucked out with a private tour as no one else booked this all-day adventure (their loss). Elena, our guide, spoke perfect English and adjusted the itinerary as my daughter wanted to see the local castle and because we wanted to do more hiking. Please be aware this is a hiking tour; not for the lazy or unfit. You will hike up and down several hills. But the experience is so worth it. We sampled local wines (2 times), ate local food, and sampled local olive oil. The private boat tour gave us incredible views of the Alps and local villages (Varenna, etc.). We visited the gorgeous Villa Balbianello and ended our adventure with a walking tour of the gardens near Bellagio. Although the price may seem high, it is worth every penny. This day trip was a highlight of our 2 week visit to Europe, and it will not be forgotten. If you are thinking of going cheap (which I usually do), don't. You will regret booking a different tour.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    enjoyed this tour. food was delicious and guide was knowledgeable.. learned alot about the lake como region in a fun way

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This tour gave us an overall familiarity with the various locales on the lake, included an awesome lunch in a beautiful upscale hotel restaurant, as well as an informative tour of Villa Balbianello, not only the beautifully landscaped grounds, but the extremely interesting story of the owner who built it. We were provided transportation from our ferry drop off point as well as useful recommendations as to which boat to take in order to make the tour on time. Worth the price.

  • 06-May-2019

    My husband and I had a great day with another friendly couple and excellent tour guide. We are so glad we chose this tour—it really was one of the highlights of our trip.

  • 27-Mar-2018

    This was an incredible tour with a GREAT tour guide, Alessandra!! She brought the area to life with all the knowledge and insights she shared. The hike to the old mill was beautiful with the waterfall and bridge, too. The exclusive tasting tour of the area specialties at the Old Mill was prepared so well and the food was delicious! The tour of the area's historic sites and magnificent Lake Como tour that included the unique Villa Balbianello cannot be captured in words.... this is a REAL treat and truly a one-of-a-kind lifetime experience!

  • 01-Nov-2017

    Wonderful tour! It was an amazing day and a great way to see the area in a short period of time.

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