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  • Experience crafted by locals
  • Customisable tour
  • Also available privately!

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Central Lake Tour

Varenna - Villa Balbianello - Bellagio
  • Walking tours of Bellagio and Varenna
  • Relaxing private cruise on a private watertaxi
  • Tasting of olive oil and local delicacies at an original mill
  • The iconic Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi 

At a glance

A full day tour to discover the “pearls” of the mid-lake area: a perfect combination of local produce tasting, walking in Varenna, enjoying an amazing private cruise, visiting the botanical gardens of Villa Balbianello and of Villa Melzi in Bellagio.


This tour is also available on a private basis and can be further customised. Please get in touch!

  • Duration: 7 Hours
  • Min: 2 adults
  • Max: 11 people
  • Adult: 370€
  • Child: (4-12y) 220€
  • Infant (0-3y): 45€


Risk Free Booking

  • SHARED TOURS: 72h Free Cancellation & full refund
  • PRIVATE TOURS: Small 10% deposit asked at booking, 15 days free cancellation & 90% refund

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. You will then enjoy a guided walking tour of Varenna with its Celtic origins and steep alleys.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you will sit and relax while sampling a local appetizer and a pasta dish.

In the afternoon, an amazing private Venetian watertaxi cruise will give you the chance to admire 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, 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”. Take some time to take pictures in its panoramic gardens.

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 in the area.

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Before you go

Is Varenna easily reachable?

Varenna is easily reachable from all the main cities on and around Lake Como with train, ferry or car. The meeting and end point are reasonably close and well connected to public transport.

Please email us in case you need further details. We are here to help you reach the departure point and organise a transfer if needed.

What is included?

  • Local, friendly English speaking licensed guide
  • Transfer to the old Mill and back
  • Tasting of delicious local specialties
  • Local lunch: 2 courses, a glass of wine and coffee
  • Private Boat Tour of 2,5 hours with a stop at Villa del Balbianello
  • Tickets to the gardens of Villa Balbianello & of Villa Melzi

What is not included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off from a different location is available upon request and quoted separately
  • Extra food & drinks and what is not explicitly included and detailed in the program must be paid separately​
  • Tips are not mandatory but very well appreciated by guides and drivers if you enjoyed their service
  • Souvenirs Our guides will be glad to point you to the best spots to buy local gifts

What should I bring and know?

  • Bring a Water Bottle, alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point ​
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes as a fair amount of walking is involved*
  • Sun hat and sun screen are strongly recommended in summer months
  • The tour runs rain or shine.​ If rain is forecast, bring an umbrella, as you will be outside for most of the tour
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • ​Not wheelchair accessible
  • No pets allowed
  • This tour is in English. Other languages are available upon request, please contact us

*The trail to the mill where we do the morning tasting entails a descent with some steep steps which must also be ascended on the return trip.

What if it rains?

The tour runs rain or shine, but 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.

What is your cancellation policy?

  • SHARED TOURS: full payment within 15 days before tour date. Full refund until 72 hours before departure time.
  • PRIVATE TOURS: 10% non-refundable service fee at confirmation. 90% payment 15 days before tour. Full refund (excluding service fee) until 15 days prior to tour/itinerary start. No refund thereafter.
  • No refunds if you do not turn up for the tour (no-show) (our tours start promptly, the guide shall not be able to linger)
  • ​If you need to reschedule your booked tour we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please contact us directly by email. In case we cannot meet your needs and you decide to cancel, no refund shall be given for tours that are cancelled with less than 72 hours notice in case of shared tours and 15 days in case of private tours. 
  • Tours and activities take place rain or shine. If one of our suppliers cancels (i.e. boat), we will do our best to propose an alternative solution. Full refunds will not be guaranteed in case the alternative is not accepted, as some services (i.e. guide, car) might still be due remuneration.
  • Some tours may require a fixed deposit in order to purchase tickets in advance. We will let you know case by case once we receive your request.
  •  A 4% credit card fee will be applied to cc payments. Credit card fees are not refundable.
  •  We encourage travel insurance for all trips.
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions policy here

Is the tour customizable?

Yes! All our itineraries are samples, created to inspire and give options for a ready to book tour. But we love to design custom experiences for our clients.

Whether you just have a special request for us or need a private, fully made-to-measure experience, let us know! We can design an itinerary just for you.

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