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Lugano: Guided Walking Tour to Gandria with Boat Cruise

4.5 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Lugano Region
Water activity

Lugano: Guided Walking Tour to Gandria with Boat Cruise

Activity provider: Lugano Region

From US$ 16.20 per person

Take a 1.5-hour walking tour on the Olive Tree Trail from Lugano to Gandria. Stroll around the village and have a bite in one of the many restaurants in Gandria before taking a boat back to Lugano.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French, Italian


  • Enjoy the best views of Lake Lugano on a 1.5 hour guided walking tour
  • Wander the charming streets of Gandria
  • Learn about the history of life in the region from your guide
  • Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on Lake Lugano
Full description

A visit to Lugano may not be defined as such if you don't include Gandria, a romantic and picturesque place. In this magic and incredibly charming location, take a dive into the past and discover how people used to live once upon a time. In the company of a guide, walk to Gandria and while you leisurely stroll up and down the village streets, a boat will be waiting for you to bring you back to Lugano. Gandria is a romantic locality nestled on the shores of Lake Ceresio that may be reached either by land or by the lake. The town’s center is closed to traffic and is an oasis of peace with its picturesque tiny streets and stairs that offer glimpses of great views and gorgeous landscapes. At the center of the town see the 16th-century church of San Vigilio with its outstanding baroque interior and the high late-medieval belfry. On the lake opposite Gandria, discover the Museum of Swiss Customs. Along the trail from Cantine di Gandria to Caprino, there are several grotti, an ideal place to take shelter from the heat and to have the opportunity of getting a taste of the typical Ticinese cuisine (costs not included).

  • Guided tour
  • Boat trip
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems

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Meeting point

Lugano Region Info Point

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The walking time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Difficulty level: medium
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a full refund
  • Dress smart casual and comfortable shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The guided tour will be held in the two prevalent languages
  • The tour will have stops at different restaurants. You can buy your lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 15 reviews

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Thank you for a wonderful trip to our lovely guide, Mr Jaime. I am very glad I was so inspired to book this tour on our first day in Lugano, and Mr Jaime was our first point of contact with the beauties of this city. Mr Jaime was kind enough to offer a bilingual experience. That was very well received by my parents, who looked forward to the Italian version, and I think the bilingual option also gives the elderly people in the group a bit more time to rest, and to an admirer of languages such as myself, an extended piece of melody to listen to. I loved everything about this tour. Best wishes, Ana-Maria

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September 11, 2022

It was a good tour, guide was very informative. The only issue was that we were told it would be in English but it was in German as well. Found it took longer that way. Also had to wait 3 hours before getting access to a toilet. Not a great route in that t sense as it was very hot so was drinking alot of water. Had to rush lunch to get the return boat as time was limited.

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July 9, 2022

It was a nice day with clear skies to do some hiking. The guide was professional and explained the history of Gandria and the culture in different languages to cater to everyone in the group. Tip: make sure to wear comfortable shoes, and for this time of the year take a light jacket with you. We started at late morning ( 10am) and it was still a little bit chilly.

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October 4, 2019

Product ID: 292400