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Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

1. Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands 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 the 3 Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. This tour allows you to travel at your own pace – you can leave the boat 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.

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Stresa to Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

2. Stresa to Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

Get stunning views of Lake Maggiore and the small islands and islets of the Borromean Islands on an exclusive boat service between Stresa and Isola Bella. Travel at your own pace and according to your preferred schedule. Leave the boat at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue. Relax aboard the modern vessels as they ferry you between the most characteristic places on Lake Maggiore. Hop-off at the romantic island of Isola Bella to visit the Palace Museum and its Italianate gardens at your own expense. Go for a stroll around the fishing village on the other side of the tiny island. Cross back to Stresa, where you can journey up into the hills to visit the botanical gardens of the Giardino Botanico Alpinia at leisure. 

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Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

3. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

Navigating Lake Maggiore is a pleasurable-enough experience as it is. When coupled with a good bottle of Prosecco, it becomes even more unique and unforgettable. The boat you use throughout this activity is suitable for small groups of people for cocktails, or to make a romantic surprise for your partner. Larger groups can be accommodated inside of the boat, protected from the weather but at the same time offered wide views of the lake through the boat's large windows and open terrace area. Enjoy a delicious aperitif in good company as you socialize onboard your comfortable boat. During your approximately 1-hour cruise, make the most of your time to take photos and learn more about this wonderful side of Lake Maggiore.

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From Stresa: Isola Pescatori Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

4. From Stresa: Isola Pescatori Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

Get stunning views of Lake Maggiore and stop at the small Borromean islands and islets on a hop-on hop-off boat service between Stresa and Isola Superiore Pescatori. A private boat service is also available. Relax and travel at your own pace with a flexible schedule. Leave the boat at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue.  Visit the quaint fishing village on Isola Superiore Pescatori. Enjoy its charming local craft market and stop for lunch or drinks at one of the restaurants or bars overlooking Lake Maggiore. Here you can taste local dishes which include fish from the lake such as including perch, whitefish, whitefish, and many more. After,  Go for a stroll around to discover the charm of this tiny island.  Cross back to Stresa, where you can journey up into the hills to visit the botanical gardens of the Villa Pallavicino.

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Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

5. Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

Discovery of the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori, the only one of the Borromean Islands inhabited all year round. Explore its many charming alleys and stop to taste the typical dishes of the lake at one of the numerous restaurants. Then continue to Isola Bella, the queen of the Borromean Islands, where, in addition to the beautiful ancient village full of typical craft shops, you can decide to visit the Palazzo Borromeo with its wonderful gardens and peacocks ready to be photographed.

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From Milan: Interlaken & Swiss Alps Day Trip

6. From Milan: Interlaken & Swiss Alps Day Trip

Depart Milan on a high-speed train for the town of Domodossola, the last Italian frontier before the Swiss border. Here, you will begin your adventure on the “Green Train of the Alps.” The train will take you on a journey through the Simplon pass, one of the most beautiful crossings in Switzerland. Cutting between the Alps, your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will introduce you to the secrets of mountains and the valleys as they appear before your eyes. After around 2-hours of breathtaking panoramas, you will arrive in Spiez, on the shores of Lake Thun. Here, you will stop for lunch (not included), before departing on your cruise to Interlaken on a state of the art steamboat. Whilst crossing the lake, take a moment to snap some pictures of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, 3 famous mountains whose recognizable shapes are reflected in the light blue water of the lake. Once in the Interlaken, enjoy time to explore the picturesque architecture or take a walk around the shore, where you will be able to marvel at the hang gliders peacefully soaring over the snow capped Alps in the distance. Aside from the beautiful views, don’t forget to try some of the world’s finest Swiss chocolate at the one of the many local specialty chocolatiers that dot the town. In the late afternoon, take a train back to Domodossola before returning to Milan on an air-conditioned coach.

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Borromean Islands Private Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa

7. Borromean Islands Private Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa

Avoid the restrictive schedules of most sightseeing tours and discover the beauty of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace. Avail of an exclusive private boat service between Stresa and the islands of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. Hop off and on as often as you like throughout the day. Relax aboard the comfortable boats as you take in the stunning views of the lake. Jump off at Isola Bella to visit the summer palace of Count Vitaliano VI. Stroll around the gardens of Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre. Find a nice spot for lunch in the fishing village on Isola dei Pescatori, the only island of the archipelago still inhabited.

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Stresa: Madre & Bella Borromean Islands Boat Trip

8. Stresa: Madre & Bella Borromean Islands Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Stresa and discover two of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore. First, visit Isola Madre which is the farthest island from Stresa. Explore the island which is famous for its botanical gardens. See the free-living birdlife and admire the peacocks and pheasants who stroll calmly through the gardens. Discover the unique plants of the island, such as the famous Cashmere tree. You can also visit the villa with its puppet collection. Next, continue the tour to Isola Bella, most famous for its palace, splendid caves, and Italian-style gardens. Admire the views from the famous terraces, enjoy some shopping in the elegant boutique stores, or visit the local handicraft market, before returning to Stresa.

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Turin: Highlights Bike Tour

9. Turin: Highlights Bike Tour

Meet your guide and begin your tour with a safety briefing and an introduction to Turin. As you ride through the city you’ll hear about the history of each place you visit. The 3.5-hour ride takes you from Porta Nuova to 19th-century squares, where the Italian kingdom was born. See the Castle of the royal Savoia family before riding to the oldest part of the city, where you’ll find the medieval quarter and Roman ruins. Cycle along the Po River and enter the Valentino, the most beautiful park in Turin. Other stops include the Mole Antonelliana, the tallest museum in the world, the impressive Gran Madre di Dio, a church known for its connection with the Legend of Holy Grail and the Egyptian Museum.

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Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

10. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

Explore Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, and the surrounding area on this private taxi-boat tour. Discover all the mysteries and history of the Borromean Islands with a professional tour guide exclusive to your group. Start your excursion in Stresa Piazza Marconi either in the morning at 9:30 AM, or in the afternoon at 2:30 PM. Then set off on your customizable tour whose duration and timing will be at your discretion (about 2-4 hours). Stop at Isola Bella and take a guided tour of its architectural beauties with your knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the beautiful baroque gardens, and admire the wonderful views of the Borromean Gulf.

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What people are saying about Piedmont

Excellent service, efficient and charming; we were able to embark upon our arrival at the meeting place, choose in which direction to visit the islands, take advantage of the advice of the captain and the boat for us alone. Then all you have to do is call the captain directly on each island so that he can pick you up 10 to 15 minutes later, it is very practical and a real saving of time and comfort for the visit of these superb Borromean islands.

Excellent ! We didn’t know the stops were in the order of Bella , Madre, the Pesctorie … we had a tour on Madre arranged 1st … the captain was gracious and took us to Madre , then picked us up and took us to Bella ! Grazie !

We can highly recommend this tour. It’s a perfect to see many things in Turin in a few ours. Francesco was an excellent guide who had a big knowledge about the city.

We had a romantic trip with sparkling wine and various antipasti. A good start!

A friendly welcome, frequent and occasional shuttles between the islands