Small Group Tours on Lake Como


NOTICE: Central Lake Como & visit to Villa Balbianello tour is open from September 2020 only Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm

The best way to discover central Lake Como is with our Small Group Tours

Small Group Tours on our taxi boat offers a lot of benefits. For instance, our Lake Como boat trips, will give you the chance to admire the most remarkable villas located on Lake Como, as Villa Balbianello. Taxi Boat Varenna also joins Lake Como Food Tours with a full day tour to discover Bellagio and Varenna by walk. During our boat tours, you will have the chance to discover many Italian beauties from the water. Cruising on Lake Como will be an unforgettable experience.

Central Lake Como classic boat tour

A chance to enjoy the most beautiful villas and towns and to find out a lot of curiosities about lake Como

You will admire the most remarkable villas of the central lake Como area – Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi and the breathtaking Villa Balbianello (famous for being the backdrop of several Star Wars scenes as well as James Bond – Casino Royale). During the cruise you will also see the most beautiful towns such as Cadenabbia, Tremezzo, Lenno and Bellagio: from the lake they are enchanting.A chance to enjoy the most beautiful villas and towns and to find out a lot of curiosities about lake Como!

Departure point: Taxi Boat Varenna’s floating dock in Varenna
Type: Group Tour
Duration: 1 hour
Price: Adults € 30; kids 4-12 € 15; 3 and under, free

Central Lake Como & visit to Villa Balbianello tour

Enjoy the central lake area and the enchanting Villa Balbianello!

You will admire the most remarkable villas and towns of the central Lake Como area, such as Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi. You will arrive at Villa Balbianello’s private dock where there will be a stop for a visit with a private guide. Villa Balbianello is one of the most beautiful and romantic attractions on Lake Como. Some of the most popular movies, such as “A Month by the Lake”, “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones”  and “Casino Royale”, have used Villa Balbianello to shoot some scenes.

Departure point: Taxi Boat Varenna’s floating dock in Varenna
Type: Group Tour
Duration: 2,5 hours. The tour is available every day except on Mondays and on Wednesdays since the villa is closed (national holidays excluded)
Price: Adults € 60; kids 4-12 € 30; 3 and under, free

1 Meeting - Meeting at the floating dock Taxi Boat varenna
2 Departure - We can see Cadenabbia, Tremezzo and Lenno
3 Stop - Visiting with private guide Villa del Balbianello
4 Return - We can see San Giovanni, Bellagio, Fiumelatte and Varenna

  • It includes 1 hour cruise and 1,5 hours at the Villa with english private guide
  • One water bottle included
  • No big dogs, just the little ones (at the Villa you have to hold them)
  • Inside the Villa the backpack must be held
  • No wheelchair* or stroller
  • No suitcases
*For this reason make sure you are ok to walk. There are steps and a hill to reach, from the boat, the top of the Villa.

Central lake boat food & villas tour

In collaboration with Lake Como Food Tours. A full day guided tour discovering the “pearls” of Lake Como.

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.

Price: Adults € 225; kids 4-12 € 125; Child 0-3 € 25
Departure point: Varenna Ferry Terminal (Ticket office)
Type: Group Tour
Duration: 8 hours

1 Meeting point Varenna Ferry Terminal (Ticket office)
2 Visit a mill Sampling of local olive oil, typical cheese, cold cuts and wine at an original mill near Perledo
3 Varenna Walking tour
4 Lunch Tasting local dishes at a quality lakefront restaurant
5 Boat Tour Cruise of the central lake villas
6 Villas Visit to Villa Balbianello
7 Bellagio Villa Melzi gardens

Tour Details

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.

What’s included
  • Full day professional, friendly English speaking licensed guide
  • Tasting of delicious local specialties in a charming old mill
  • Special lunch in a typical local restaurant (2 courses, water and glass of wine)
  • Boat tour of the villas
  • Tickets to Villa del Balbianello
  • What’s not included
  • The price does not include transfer to and from the meeting point
  • We are easily reachable from the central area of the lake and from Como/Cernobbio. Please contact us for further details
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A fair amount of walking is involved. 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 to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring a bottle of water; alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required
  • 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
  • At the time of booking, please provide your contact number and hotel details, should we need to contact you Cancellations made 1 week prior to the scheduled tour date are fully refundable
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