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  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
From EUR 89.00

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Explore scenic Lake Maggiore in Italy's beautiful Lake District on a day trip from Milan. The fashionable lakeside town of Stresa is an approximate 1.5-hour drive from Milan and is surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountains. After spending some free time in Stresa, shopping or simply relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery, you'll take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on Lake Maggiore, visiting the Borromean Islands – Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella.
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 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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Milan
Departure Time:
9 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm

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Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan with English guide

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Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan with bilingual guide (English and Portuguese)

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Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Local guide
  • Boat tickets
  • Entrance to Palazzo Borromeo and Isola Bella Gardens
  • Professional guide
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: Elizabeth M, February 2017

    Excellent trip

    Reviewed by: Travelling Trio, Australia, January 2017

    We are a family of 2 adults and our 11 year old son who love visiting Italy and immersing ourselves in its beauty. This tour was always on our wish list so on our visit to Milan, we decided to book this tour before we left.

    We did the tour on 2nd October 2016. Our driver was Domenico, our Guide was Carlo and again the tour company was Zanni Viaggi.

    We caught a small ferry boat to Isole Bella village and had a tour of the villa and its gardens, then were given free time to enjoy the gardens at leisure and wander about the island. It was beautiful and the white peacocks at the gardens are beautiful and very tame. The gardens were still lovely at this time of year and we captured some amazing video and photographs.

    From here we caught another ferry to Isola Pescatori and had a superb seafood lunch which was not included in the tour, but you could book with the tour guide and go as a group. We decided to do this as we really wanted to sample the fish that were caught in the lake. We were not disappointed, the seafood was divine and the servings very large, and the prices were excellent.

    From here we boarded the small fishing boats again and headed back towards Stresa and we were given some more free time to wander about this lovely town. We will be returning here definitely because the people and the scenery was beautiful. We were staying at an apartment in Milan and purchased a ceramic gift for our apartment host, and purchased another one for ourselves to remind us of this visit.

    We then reboarded our tour bus and drove along the lake for a lakeside panorama which was lovely and scenic. The day was quite cloudy so visibility wasn't as good as the day we did Lake Como, but you could still not miss how gorgeous this area is. We loved the small fishing island as well and hope to return to this area and spend some time just boating around the lakes and their little islands and absorbing the culture.

    If you want to have a relaxing day and sample some lovely local seafood then I highly recommend this tour. It is suitable for adults and children and is a very relaxing and laid back day so would suit all ages.