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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour provided by Lake Como For You

Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
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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 region’s Celtic heritage. Savor a tasty lunch of fish appetizers and pasta in a lakeside restaurant, then admire sweeping views over Lake Como’s villas and gardens during a sightseeing cruise in a Venetian taxi. Disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, then cruise onwards to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • 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 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Available languages
English, Italian
What to expect
  • Meet your local guide and tour group at the Ferry Ticket Office in Varenna. After getting acquainted, embark on your full-day exploration of Lake Como's central and western regions. Walk through Varenna's steep, narrow alleyways, learning about its Celtic origins from your local guide. Pause at a historic mill for a tasting of the locally produced olive oil, accompanied by cured meats, wine, and some Valsassina Valley cheese.  Sit down for a traditional Italian lunch at a renowned lakefront restaurant. Relax and enjoy the views while dining on a menu of appetizers sourced fresh from the lake (meat or vegetarian menu will also be available).  After lunch, step aboard a comfortable open-top Venetian water taxi for a sightseeing cruise. Get views of opulent villas, once homes to Italian aristocrats during the years of the Renaissance, Romanticism, and Belle Epoque. Snap photos of the majestic mountain backdrop and lush lakeside gardens. Disembark at Villa del Balbianello, a lavish home that has been used as a filming location for features like 'Casino Royale' and 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones'.  Back on the boat, continue to the verdant gardens of Villa Melzi, then walk through the streets of the elegant town of Bellagio. Your tour ends in Bellagio, where you are free to explore further on your own.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Italian
Cancellation policy
  • 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 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
What to expect
  • Meet your local guide and tour group at the Ferry Ticket Office in Varenna. After getting acquainted, embark on your full-day exploration of Lake Como's central and western regions. Walk through Varenna's steep, narrow alleyways, learning about its Celtic origins from your local guide. Pause at a historic mill for a tasting of the locally produced olive oil, accompanied by cured meats, wine, and some Valsassina Valley cheese.  Sit down for a traditional Italian lunch at a renowned lakefront restaurant. Relax and enjoy the views while dining on a menu of appetizers sourced fresh from the lake (meat or vegetarian menu will also be available).  After lunch, step aboard a comfortable open-top Venetian water taxi for a sightseeing cruise. Get views of opulent villas, once homes to Italian aristocrats during the years of the Renaissance, Romanticism, and Belle Epoque. Snap photos of the majestic mountain backdrop and lush lakeside gardens. Disembark at Villa del Balbianello, a lavish home that has been used as a filming location for features like 'Casino Royale' and 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones'.  Back on the boat, continue to the verdant gardens of Villa Melzi, then walk through the streets of the elegant town of Bellagio. Your tour ends in Bellagio, where you are free to explore further on your own.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 23183P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
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
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Via Imbarcadero Piazza Martiri Libertà, 23829 Varenna LC, Italy Our Tour starts in front of the Ferry Terminal Ticket Office in Varenna at 10 am . Just look for the team with the LAKE COMO FOOD TOURS sign ! If you are arriving from Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio we recommend to take the 9:00 am hydrofoil from Como (stopping also in Moltrasio) and disembark in Bellano at 10:04. If this is the case please inform us at least one day before the tour, so that we can organise your pick-up at the ferry terminal in Bellano. Please check lake navigation timetables while planning your trip as boat times may vary depending on season. http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_orari.asp
  • Hotel du Lac, P.za Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy The tour ends in Bellagio. There are plenty of mid-lake shuttles or car ferries linking Bellagio to Varenna and other locations. The last speedboat to Como will depart at the end of our tour. Our tour guide will be happy to show you departure point.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We are following Italy's rules as they change. PLEASE NOTE FROM AUG 6TH THIS TOUR WILL NEED A GREEN PASS OR A PROOF OF VACCINATION (with one of the vaccines recognized by EMA) or PROOF OF A COVID TEST (taken within 48 hours, either rapid or PCR). Clients will also be required to bring masks and wear them in case of no social distance. WITHOUT THE REQUIRED PAPERS, TRAVELLER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE TOUR AND WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
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
Departure details
  • Via Imbarcadero Piazza Martiri Libertà, 23829 Varenna LC, Italy Our Tour starts in front of the Ferry Terminal Ticket Office in Varenna at 10 am . Just look for the team with the LAKE COMO FOOD TOURS sign ! If you are arriving from Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio we recommend to take the 9:00 am hydrofoil from Como (stopping also in Moltrasio) and disembark in Bellano at 10:04. If this is the case please inform us at least one day before the tour, so that we can organise your pick-up at the ferry terminal in Bellano. Please check lake navigation timetables while planning your trip as boat times may vary depending on season. http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_orari.asp
  • Hotel du Lac, P.za Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy The tour ends in Bellagio. There are plenty of mid-lake shuttles or car ferries linking Bellagio to Varenna and other locations. The last speedboat to Como will depart at the end of our tour. Our tour guide will be happy to show you departure point.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Hotel du Lac, P.za Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy The tour ends in Bellagio. There are plenty of mid-lake shuttles or car ferries linking Bellagio to Varenna and other locations. The last speedboat to Como will depart at the end of our tour. Our tour guide will be happy to show you departure point.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We are following Italy's rules as they change. PLEASE NOTE FROM AUG 6TH THIS TOUR WILL NEED A GREEN PASS OR A PROOF OF VACCINATION (with one of the vaccines recognized by EMA) or PROOF OF A COVID TEST (taken within 48 hours, either rapid or PCR). Clients will also be required to bring masks and wear them in case of no social distance. WITHOUT THE REQUIRED PAPERS, TRAVELLER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE TOUR AND WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 5 Jul 2020
A note from Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
We only operate small groups, which will be exceptionally limited to 8 participants. Our experiences mainly take place outdoors: our guides wear masks and we require all participants to do the same. Social distancing will be required and facilitated throughout the tour.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Varenna
    Via Imbarcadero Piazza Martiri Libertà, 23829 Varenna LC, Italy
    Our Tour starts in front of the Ferry Terminal Ticket Office in Varenna at 10 am . Just look for the team with the LAKE COMO FOOD TOURS sign ! If you are arriving from Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio we recommend to take the 9:00 am hydrofoil from Como (stopping also in Moltrasio) and disembark in Bellano at 10:04. If this is the case please inform us at least one day before the tour, so that we can organise your pick-up at the ferry terminal in Bellano. Please check lake navigation timetables while planning your trip as boat times may vary depending on season. http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_orari.asp
    See address & details
  • 1
    Villa del Balbianello
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    I Giardini di Villa Melzi
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Chiesa di San Giorgio
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Hotel du Lac
    P.za Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy
    The tour ends in Bellagio. There are plenty of mid-lake shuttles or car ferries linking Bellagio to Varenna and other locations. The last speedboat to Como will depart at the end of our tour. Our tour guide will be happy to show you departure point.
    See address & details
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638Michael
Florence, Italy14 contributions
Great day - we loved the boat rides!!
Oct 2019
First stop, a walk down stairs to an old mill that the owner wants to restore - we thought we were going to see olive oil made, but they press it elsewhere for now. Still very good stuff.

Our favorite part was the boat ride after lunch in Varenna. View of several villas, then a stop a Balbienello, which is beautiful, and very well kept up. Interesting exhibits from explorations of the arctic and Everest...

After that, a short boat ride to Billa Melli, and a stroll through the gardens, very lush. May is the time for the azaleas and other flowering plants, but October is still pretty nice.

The trip ends in Bellagio, so if you are staying in Varenna, a short Frey ride back.

It’s a full day - we started at 10 and got off the ferry in Varenna at 6:30, but well worth it!
Written 8 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chris B
Kailua, HI99 contributions
Highly recommend!
Sep 2019 • Couples
This tour is a great way to see Varenna, Bellagio and the Villa. Great value as it included lunch in Varenna as well as a visit to an old olive oil mill with snacks and wine.
Very well organized tour and our guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable of everything.
Written 21 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

dinaesther
Casselberry, FL50 contributions
Awesome full day to get acquainted with one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Sep 2019
We spent a wonderful day with Alessandra, our amazing guide, who was extremely warm and friendly, knowledgeable and competent. This was a great way to see the central lake area, participating in a variety of fun and interesting activities, which included an oil and flour mill visit and tasting, walking around Varenna and Bellagio, seeing the most amazing villa we had ever been to, a terrific lunch in a luxury hotel on their terrace, a beautiful boat tour on the lake, and more. This tour was worth every penny and I highly recommend it!!!
Written 9 September 2019
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Roseanne N
8 contributions
Best part of my 2 week Italy Trip!
Jul 2019 • Couples
By far the best part of my 2 weeks in Italy! First off, let me say Lake Como is just gorgeous! My husband and I were greeted by our tour guide and found out we were only touring with one other couple so it was very personal! Our tour guide, forgive me because I can't recall her name, was a doll!! She was informative and eager to answer any questions we had. She even took photos of us when asked! The variety of activities was perfect and we were really able to see a lot in one day! I can't even pick a favorite because I loved it ALL!! The scenery there is eye candy and food for the soul! Well worth the money and I highly recommend!
Written 31 July 2019
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D Ellis
4 contributions
Wonderful variety of experiences
Jul 2019 • Friends
Such a great tour, from the historic oil mill, to the restaurant, to the villa. Although, since it was such a beautiful day, the boat tour was definitely the highlight - such a great way to view the lake and see all the places I would like to go back and visit at another time! As described, you are definitely on your feet a lot, but that is one of the reasons I chose this tour. I definitely recommend this experience!
Written 19 July 2019
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Patricia P
2 contributions
Great Choice!
Jul 2019 • Couples
Great historical information, nice assortment of activities, from a tasting, to a walking tour of Varenna, to lunch, to a boat tour and tour of Villa. Alessandra was a wonderful guide & Mateo was a wonderful boat captain, especially when he had to navigate the boat on the stormy seas, which only lasted 45 minutes while we were on the water. Kudos to both of them for being so controlled and helpful.
Written 12 July 2019
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Polyxeni A
London, UK29 contributions
Brilliant
May 2019 • Couples
Worth the money an amazing experience with a grate tour guide, David was passionate and knowledgeable and made this day an amazing experience. Not to be missed
Written 9 May 2019
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CelineFlanagan
Mullingar, Ireland20 contributions
Lake Como
Sep 2018
Excellent Boating Trip on Lake Como seeing Villa Balbianello and getting an overall view of several Villas and little towns which are part of the Lake Como experience in particular Bellagio. Our trip was a half-day trip on a hired motor launch.
Written 3 October 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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