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$79.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

Lake Maggiore, also known as Lake Verbano, is the second-largest lake in Italy and is surrounded by picturesque villages. As you arrive in the lakeside town of Stresa, you will have free time to explore this quiet village, have a bite to eat or browse shops before heading out on the water on your boat cruise.On board the boat, you can admire the splendid lakeside villas and lush gardens; the mild Mediterranean climate ensures that an abundance of exotic and rare plants thrive year-round. Sit back and relax as you cruise around the Borromean Islands. Pass by Isola Madre before heading to Isola dei Pescatori, where you will dock and enjoy free time to explore, hit the shops or enjoy a light lunch. Next, it’s back on board the boat for a stop on the third island, Isola Bella, where you can visit the Borromean Palace and gardens (entrance not included) or discover the many shops, boutiques and cafés housed in historic buildings. Finally, you will rejoin the boat and cruise back to Stresa for your return Milan.

$115.58 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Maggiore Full-Day Tour by Train from Milan

Meet your guide at Milan’s Cadorna train station in the morning, hop on a train and relax on the 1.5-hour ride to Laveno-Mombello, a lovely port town on the western banks of Lake Maggiore. The second-largest lake in Italy, Lake Maggiore straddles the Piedmont and Lombardy regions, and is most famous for its gorgeous Borromean Islands. Literature buffs may know the area as being a setting in Ernest Hemingway's infamous novel, A Farewell to Arms.With your guide, hop on a boat and enjoy views of splendid lakeside villas and Mediterranean gardens as you cruise for 1.5 hours along the deep-blue water. Float past Isola Madre, lush with exotic vegetation year-round, before arriving at the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori (Island of the Fishermen).Spend time exploring the little island at your leisure. Explore the maze of narrow alleys, and pop into a cafe or restaurant for lunch (own expense).Back on the boat, cruise to Isola Bella (Beautiful Island), one of the larger Borromean Islands. Here, visit independently Borromeo Palace, a 17th-century baroque palace featuring lovely Italian gardens. Then, enjoy free time to explore independently or go shopping in town.Hop on the boat again in the late afternoon and cruise to your last stop, the elegant lakeside town of Stresa. With its easy access to Milan, Stresa was a favorite destination for artists and writers in the 19th century, including Hemingway. Enjoy free time to explore the hive of cobbled streets in Stresa Old Town.Then board the return train to Milan, arriving at the Milano Centrale train station in the early evening.

$9.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Lake Maggiore Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

With this hop-on hop-off boat tour you can explore the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands. The exclusive boat service travels between Stresa and  Isola Bella. This tour allows you to travel at your own pace – you can leave the ferry at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue. This tour is one of the most used services for reaching the amazing locations of the Borromean Islands and Lake Maggiore. The modern and comfortable boats take you to the most stunning and characteristic places on Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands, and Stresa. Ideal for those who like the freedom to travel at their own pace, this tour allows you to simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake. Entrance to the Palace Museum and Gardens is not included in the ticket but we highly recommend visiting.

$48.16 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake Maggiore and Borromean Private Boat Tour from Stresa

Make your own way to Stresa, an enchanting and elegant lakeside town that is around a 1.5-hour drive from Milan. Stresa can also be reached by train and bus connections from Milan.After introductions with your captain, step aboard the private boat and glide out into the serene, sparkling lake. If you’ve elected to avail of a local guide, they’ll join you during the tour to point out local landmarks, and to explain more about local history, culture and customs.Sit back and admire the breathtaking views. The shimmering lake impresses from every angle, and beyond the water, wooded mountains rise dramatically in the background while picturesque villas, towns and gardens dot the lake’s edge. As this is your own private boat, you’ll enjoy total privacy, making it easy to relax and unwind.The itinerary for your boat tour is flexible and can be adjusted to suit your personal preferences. You might cruise out to the Borromean Islands, a gorgeous little trio of islands set in the middle of the glimmering waters. Look out for the grand Baroque Borromean Palace and gardens on Isola Bella and for the splendid historical villa and gardens of Isola Madre. If you wish, stop at an island and stroll around on foot, before boarding the boat again. Alternatively, continue gliding through the Borromean Gulf and take in views of the coastal towns of Verbania and Stresa from the water.Your private tour finishes back in the harbor at Stresa.

$219.60 Private & Custom Tours

Isola Bella Private Tour from Stresa

Discover Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore and the surrounding area with an English-speaking guide on this private tour. Start your excursion in Stresa choosing a morning or an afternoon version of the trip. See Lake Maggiore's most famous landmark, historical palace and Italian gardens. Visit Isola dei Pescatori, or Fishermen's island, and take a guided walk through the quaint village to learn about past activities. Tour Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands and enjoy a guided tour with your local guide. Explore the sumptuous Borromeo palace stepping back in time while walking through its amazing rooms. Enjoy a stroll in the stunning gardens built on levels, while your tour guide tells you about isola Bella. As this is a private tour, feel free to customize this 3-hour excursion to suit your interests.

$456.54 Private & Custom Tours

Private Guided Boat Tour of Lake Maggiore's Borromeo Islands

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.

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