Central Lake – Boat, Food & Villas Tour

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    This tour is provided by

    Lake Como Food Tours

    Our mission is to continually seek out and share unique quality experiences at Lake Como and surrounding areas. We are passionate about food and strive to become experts at making people feel at home in each neighborhood they explore. We seek out small, hidden spots, excellent restaurants, off-the beaten path locations with the aim to help guests “live” Lake Como. We are committed to offering a top level of service and assistance to each guest we come in touch with.

    • Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun at 10:30 a.m
    • Minimum 2 Adults
    • 7.5 Hours

    A full day guided tour discovering the pearls of Lake Como: walking tours of Bellagio and Varenna, a visit to Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi, a relaxing private cruise, the sampling of olive oil at an original mill plus tastings of local cheese, cold cuts, wine, fish and pasta.

    Meeting Point

    Ferry Terminal, Varenna
    ​P.zza Martiri della Libertà
    Varenna – ITALY

    Our Central Lake Tour starts in front of the Ferry Terminal Ticket Office.

    It’s easy to arrive from Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio!

    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.

    Price Includes

    • Professional, friendly English speaking licensed guide.
    • Tasting of delicious local specialties in a charming old mill.
    • Special lunch in a typical lake front restaurant (starters, pasta dish, water, a glass of wine and coffee) .
    • Boat tour of the most famous central lake villas.
    • Tickets to Villa del Balbianello.​
    • Tickets to Villa Melzi.

    Price Excludes

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
    • ​The costs of any souvenirs/ drinks / snacks / meals that are not explicitly listed in the programme must be paid separately​

    Please Note

    • ​Not wheelchair accessible.
    • A fair amount of walking is involved.*
    • The meeting and end point are reasonably close and well connected to public transport.
    • Please bring a bottle of water; alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point. ​
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
    • The tour runs rain or shine.**
    • Please remember that bookings are made on a first come, first served basis.
    • This tour is in English. Other languages are available.

    Additional Information

    We are easily reachable from the central area of the lake and from Como/Cernobbio. Please contact us for further details.

    At the time of booking, please provide your contact number and hotel details, should we need to contact you.

    *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. Please make sure you are physically adapt and have comfortable walking shoes.
    Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.
    ** 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.

    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.