Some visitors happily find their own way around Lake Como, perhaps with the help of a guide book. For others who are perhaps travelling in groups or don’t hire a car or just prefer the transport and information to be organised by somebody else; there are guided tours available.
Guided tours are here defined as trips within the valley that holds the Lake; and therefore differentiated from longer excursions to places near to but not part of Lake Como.
One obvious characteristic of Lake Como tours is that they can be taken by water as well as by road. Examples of tours available:
- A half day boat trip from the landing stage of the Grand Hotel Menaggio that includes visits to the Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello
- Silk factory / city tours
- Como by night
- Sunset on the Lake
- Boat tour of the Lake
- A two hour walking tour of the Como old town
- A full day tour beginning with one of a selection of Como town tours, continuing with a boat trip to the mid-Lake area, with lunch on board and the afternoon spent sightseeing/ shopping in Bellagio
- A visit to the Villa Carlotta; cruise to and tour of the Villa Balbianello, lunch locally and afternoon visit to Villa Melzi near Bellagio
- A visit to Villa Carlotta, followed by a short walk in Menaggio, lunch at a lakeside restaurant and afternoon in Lugano (Switzerland)
- Guided bus tour of the northern end of Lake Como, from Varenna round to Gravedona.
Groups who want the services of a full time guide can apply to the Associazione guide e accompagnatore di Como e provincia, a sort of Guides’ union. And some guides also advertise independently in town guides available at tourist information offices.