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$79.69 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lago Maggiore, Verbania, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontOn the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore, also known as Verbano is the second largest Italian lake. Your visit will start with a lake cruise.On board you will enjoy the view of exquisite lakeside villas and lush gardens surrounded by crystal blue waters set amidst the beauty of snow capped alps.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), Lake Maggiore, PiedmontFirst, we pass the exotic Isola Madre, home to a 20 acre park that is considered one of the most impressive in Italy, before heading back in time to the simple life of Isola dei Pescatori where you will have free time to explore, shop or enjoy a light lunch. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontThe next stop will be the luxurious Isola Bella with the elaborate gardens of the Borromean Palace surrounded by boutiques and cafés housed in grand historic buildings ( entrance to Palazzo Borromeo not included).Finally, you will re-join the boat and cruise back to Stresa where you can have free time to explore this quiet and fascinating little town, try some local food or indulge in some shopping before returning to Milan.Duration: 2 hours

$115.49 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.

$9.24 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.

$48.12 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.

$300.27 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full day tour: the three Borromean Islands

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Un Sogno di Lago - Guida turistica lago Maggiore, lago d'Orta e valli dell'Ossola, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Piedmontwe will meet in Piazzale Lido at 9.30Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontWe will visit the palace and the gardens.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), Lake Maggiore, Piedmontwe will visit this island and we can have lunch in a tipical restaurant.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore, Lombardywe will visit the palace and the gardensDuration: 2 hours

$207.88 Day Trips & Excursions

Half day tour: Isola Bella and Fishermen's Island with a tour guide

We will meet in Stresa and will take the boat for the islands.During the day we will visit the Baroque palace on Isola Bella and the luxuriant Italian-style garden, which reaches a height of 37 metres and is laid out on ten terraces.Then we will visit the Isola Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), or Upper Island because of its more northerly situation than the other islands in the Gulf, is the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, as well as the only one to be permanently inhabited. Distinctive features of its ancient little village are narrow lanes with characteristic two-storey houses, with long balconies traditionally used for drying fish; the island’s inhabitants earn their living mainly by fishing and tourism.I can suggest you a nice place for lunch to taste the lake fish.Please note: Isola Bella will be open every day from 22nd March to 20th October

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