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    • Risk Free Booking
    • Experience crafted by locals
    • Customisable tour
    • Also available privately!

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    Grand Tour of Lake Como

    • Private boat tour with long relaxing cruise
    • Guided tour of Villa Balbianello or Villa Carlotta
    • Tour of Bellagio and the gardens of Villa Melzi

    At a glance

    An amazing full-day tour including a long private cruise onboard an open-top Venetian water taxi. Explore the western branch of Lake Como and admire the spectacular mountains and the stunning villas, once the homes of aristocrats, now the playgrounds for the jet set.

     

    This itinerary can be further personalised for a fully made-to-measure experience and a different pick-up point can be agreed upon according to your needs!

    • Duration: 7 Hours
    • Operated Only Privately
    • Price: Upon request

    Departing

    • Meeting Point: Hotel pick-up by watertaxi or nearest dock
    • Time of departure 9:45 AM
    • Operating every day from March to October

    Risk Free Booking

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

    Discover the magnificent villas of Lake Como with our Grand Tour of Lake Como.

    This tour is the best and more complete way to explore Lake Como: by watertaxi. Our private boat will be with you the whole day.

    Here follows our suggested itinerary but let us know your preference and we will customize it. Would you like to spend the day on the boat sunbathing and swimming? Would you prefer to skip Bellagio and go for a lesser-known village? Would you like to have a luxurious Riva speedboat for your special day? Just ask!

    Take a private cruise on an open-top Venetian taxi. Relax while cruising the western branch of the lake, admiring the spectacular mountains. The coast is dotted with elegant villas, each with a story to tell. Our friendly and professional English-speaking tour guide will be there to add all the details you will want to hear.

    Disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, a real gem not to be missed. As an alternative, you may visit Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, with its stunning gardens. The choice shall need to be made upon reservation (Villa del Balbianello is closed on Mon and Wed).

    After visiting the villa and its gardens, cruise onwards to the restaurant we chose together for your lunch.

    Visit the town of Bellagio, called the “Pearl of the Lake“. Maybe enjoy some shopping or walk in the botanical gardens of Villa Melzi, adorned with classical statues and rare, exotic plants.

    Later in the afternoon, our private water taxi will bring you back to the departure location.

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    Before you go

    What is included?

    • Local, friendly English speaking licensed guide
    • Entrance Tickets to the villas
    • Private Venetian Watertaxi available for 7 hours

    What is not included?

    • Lunch is not included: we will be glad to suggest a restaurant and make a reservation in your name
    • 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?

    • While in Italy you should always carry an ID card with you. When taking a boat tour in particular, at least one person in the group must carry his/her passport or ID or a copy or a picture. If failing this requirement, boarding might be denied.
    • Bring a Water Bottle, alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point ​
    • Private boats do now allow bringing your own food and drinks on board, except for a bottle of water.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes 
    • 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

    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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