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    North Lake Como Tour By Boat

    • Private guided boat tour with relaxing cruise
    • Cruise in front of Varenna to take amazing pics
    • Visit the amazing Orrido di Bellano, a not to miss natural gorge
    • Explore the North Lake area
    • Stop and visit a waterfront Abbey, a History Museum or a Vintage Boats Museum

    At a glance

    A 5-hour boat tour to enjoy the north lake area and stop to explore the town of Bellano, with its not-to-miss natural gorge, and some off-the-beaten-path pearls in the north lake area.


    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: 5 Hours
    • Operated Only Privately
    • Price: Upon request


    • Meeting Point: Hotel pick-up by watertaxi or nearest dock - Mid Lake Area
    • Time of departure 2:00 PM
    • 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

    The northern lake area is less visited because it is not rich with villas and VIP gossip stories. It is however an area of great beauty, popular among watersports lovers thanks to the winds and definitely scenic.

    During this long afternoon tour, our private watertaxi will cruise you to the northern lake and introduce you to some of its unique attractions. Our expert tour guide will be there to enrich your experience with local tips which you will love to hear!

    You will meet our tour guide and private watertaxi at the pier nearest to you: we will be able to pick you up in Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo, Menaggio and other towns in the mid lake area.

    Enjoy a cruise in front of the fascinating town of Varenna: the ideal location to take beautiful pictures. Cruise north along the shore to reach Bellano, a small town well-known to locals: walk along its narrow streets and stop to visit its natural gorge, called Orrido in Italian. Believe us, it will be amazing!

    Thereafter you will head north along the shore, admiring the beautiful medieval town of Corenno Plinio and optionally stopping to visit the Piona Abbey, a Cistercian priory famous for its beautiful Romanesque cloister of the 13th century.

    Our watertaxi will then cross to the opposite shore of Lake Como to reach Dongo, where you may choose to stop and visit the End of WWII Museum: an interesting and never boring collection of images and memories, supported by advanced multimedia technology, allowing visitors to virtually step into history. Dongo is the place where Mussolini and his hierarchs were captured in 1945 while trying to flee to Switzerland: local partisans were the ones to choose whether killing them or handing them over to the allies… Hear the rest of the story from our tour guide during the visit.

    While cruising south along the shore, we will encounter the local Museum of local Vintage Boats, showcasing a huge number of local traditional boats from Venetian gondolas (yes!) to the famous Riva wooden boats: celebrating living on Lake Como through the centuries through the boats used by locals.

    Our watertaxi will then transfer you back to departure location.

    Due to the 5 hour limit, we will stop in Bellano and then let you choose one further stop among the Abbey, the End of War Museum and the Boat Museum. If you wish to tailor make this tour adding more stops, just let us know!

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    What is included?

    • Local, friendly English speaking licensed guide
    • Private Water taxi at disposal for 5 hours
    • Entrance tickets to the Orrido di Bellano
    • Tickets to the second attraction you will choose to visit


    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?

    • 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 ​
    • 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
    • Private boats do now allow bringing your own food and drinks on board, except for a bottle of water
    • ​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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