Lake Como Greenway, Villa del Balbianello gardens and scenic cruise private tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

314643


Categories

Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town, Adventure / Active

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. We'll have to walk a bit, on cobbled stone pathways and even, for a short part, uphill

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

Spanish (advanced), Italian (fluent), French (basic), English (advanced)

Discover the gardens of Villa del Balbianello and the quaint villages of Lake Como, then relax on a cruise to Como


Put your comfortable shoes on and let's explore together the gardens of Villa del Balbianello and the Greenway between Ossuccio and Lenno. Then enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise back to Como! A private driver will pick you up in Como and take you to Ossuccio, where our walking tour begins: we'll explore the alleys of this quaint village, walking by the lake, through olive trees, villas and typical houses on whose terraces the lake fish is sundried to prepare Lake Como specialty, the "missoltini". We'll see Comacina island, the only island on Lake Como, and we'll walk (*or taxi boat) to the gardens of Villa del Balbianello, a magnificent property with a fascinating story and a breathtaking view. Free time for lunch in Lenno and, in the afternoon, cruise back to Como. The ferry will sail slowly among villages, villas and gardens. I'll tell you about local traditions, old and new stories and it'll be possible to spot Villa d'Este in Cernobbio and Villa Oleandra, George Clooney's retreat, and much more

Itinerary

1 - meet your guide in Como and, by private car/minivan, transfer to Ossuccio (about 1 hr)
2 - walk on the "Greenway" path from Ossuccio to Lenno: discover the history of Comacina island, see the typical boats and the locals working, admire the quaint alleys, the villas and the stone churches. The walk will last for about 1. 5 hrs, 1. 5 miles
3 - free time for lunch in Lenno
4 - walk to Villa del Balbianello (*if you're tired, we can hire a watertaxi to get to the Villa, not included): distance of 0. 7 miles, 25 minutes
5 - guided visit of the gardens
6 - walk back to Lenno pier to get the ferry (distance of 0. 9 miles, 30 minutes)
7 - slow cruise from Lenno to Como: I'll show you Comacina island, Villa Pliniana, the most interesting villages and villas, like Villa Oleandra (George Clooney's), Villa Fontanelle, Villa d'Este in Cernobbio. Snacks and drinks usually available on board
8 - in Como, end of the tour. GRAZIE E ARRIVEDERCI!

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We can meet at your hotel, if it's in Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio, or in Como centre (piazza Cavour) if you're arriving from Milan. I can help you with timetables. Please advise if your hotel is in another place to check availability or price for the transfer.

End location: The tour will end in Como, piazza Cavour. I can help you in going back to your hotel

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.

The tour can be a little longer or shorter, depending on the traffic to get to Ossuccio and the ferry timetables. You might choose to get to Villa del Balbianello by private water taxi.

Transportation

The transfer from Como to Ossuccio will be made by private car/minivan, hired from a local company (the guide is NOT responsible for any problem with the private transportation)
For the cruise, we'll use the Ferry system of Lake Como. Details here: http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_flotta1.asp?ID=10

What’s Included

Private transfer with a professional driver from Como to Ossuccio (*if you're 2 the total price is cheaper, as we'll go by car and not by minivan: just ask me for a quote)
Walking tour of the Greenway and private visit of the gardens of Villa del Balbianello (tickets to enter the gardens and visit of the villa are NOT included)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

40 EUR - Admission to Villa del Balbianello gardens
Ferry to Como
Lunch in Lenno
Water taxi to Villa del Balbianello (if you want to get it 7€ round trip, 5€ one way)

What’s Extra

Lunch in Lenno
Tickets to enter Villa del Balbianello gardens (10 €/adults, 5 € for children 4-14 years)
Ferry ticket to Como (8.30€/ adults, reduced for children and over 65 years)
Water taxi to Villa del Balbianello (if you want to get it 7€ round trip, 5€ one way)

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Alessandra gets a full 5.0/5.0 stars! She was absolutely amazing from start to finish. We had her for two full days of tours and she was very accommodating to our groups needs, adjusting things based on our interest, and showed us Italy in the best possible way! Thanks so much we will recommend your company to all we know!
Jeff Richmond

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