Private Guided Boat Tour of Lake Maggiore's Borromeo Islands

Private & Custom Tours in Stresa

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A customized guided tour of lake Maggiore's islands by private charter boat to explore beautiful isola Bella, the most famous of the Borromeo islands, and Fishermen's island (Pescatori) from Pallanza, Baveno or Stresa, accompanied by a personal English-speaking tour guide. Discover an incredible island - isola Bella - where art, history, architecture and exotic and mediterranean species make this place at the foot of the Alps something unique in the world. Stroll through the quaint fishermen's village on isola Pescatori to discover the old island's activities. Enjoy a private water tour around lake Maggiore's isola Madre to admire it from the lake or make the most of your trip and upgrade this private tour to include also a stop and guided visit to the charming and special isola Madre to explore its lovely botanical gardens with orange trees, agaves, palms, a beautiful Kashmir cypress and the island's 16th-century villa which houses a lovely puppet theatre collection.
This private tour of lake Maggiore' famous islands can start from Baveno, Pallanza and Stresa and offers the chance to discover the uncomparable beauty of the world-famous isola Bella, one of the Borromean islands, with its palace and gardens. A guided visit to the picturesque Fishermen's island (isola Pescatori) is also included. A personal tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Pallanza (Verbania), Baveno or Stresa ( if centrally located), otherwise at the piers in Pallanza, Baveno and Stresa) and will accompany you on a customised tour to discover two gorgeous islands located in lake Maggiore: isola Bella and isola Pescatori On isola Bella you will be shown the amazing Borromeo palace, built in the 17th century to impress visitors: paintings, tapestries, beautiful stucco decorations and many art pieces can be seen in this beautiful baroque palace that has been surprising travellers from all over the world for centuries. Isola Bella's gardens are something unique: grapefruits, lemons, obelisks, statues and fountains, white peacocks contribute to make this garden a must-see attraction. On Fishermen's island you will visit a picturesque tiny village with traditional houses still inhabited all the round.

What’s included

  • Professional local guide
  • Private tour
  • Comfortable and modern private captained motorboat reserved just for you for all transfers
  • If you upgrade to 3 islands option, transport by private boat will be for all 3 islands
  • If you choose the 2 islands option, a nice mini cruise around isola Madre without stopping will be included

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees for 2 islands option: € 17 per person (for isola Bella's palace and gardens)
  • OR total entrance fees for 3 islands option: € 24 per person (instead of € 17 per person) if you upgrade to 3 islands option
  • 1,50 per person for the landing fee (local tax)
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Family friendly
  • Treat a loved one on a special occasion