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Day Trip to Lake Maggiore from Milan

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Key Highlights

  • Visit the lovely Italian town of Stresa
  • Lake Maggiore boat cruise
  • Stunning scenery featuring lakeside villas and gardens
  • Explore the Borromean Islands (Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isole Bella)
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday & Sunday


    Approx. 10 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    The tour departs from Milan Visitor Center: Largo Cairoli / via Cusani, Milan, MM1 Cairoli.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Tour ends at the starting point.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    A visit to the Lake District is an unmissable experience whilst in Milan. You will see the fashionable town of Stresa where you can browse the local shops for souvenirs and afterwards enjoy the stunning scenery of the area gliding along Lake Maggiore on a two-hour panoramic cruise.

    The eleven islands of Lake Maggiore are renowned for their beauty and the area makes for an ideal day trip destination. Lake Maggiore is surrounded by the majestic Alps and houses some of Italy’s most beautiful gardens where lemon and olive trees grow alongside camellias, azaleas and magnolias. During your cruise you will also visit the Borromean islands: Isola Marde, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella.


    Your tour starts at 9am from Cairoli train station in Milan. The sequence of the tour are as follows:

    10:30am: You will arrive at the quaint town of Stresa. Here you will have free time to explore this fascinating little town, try some local cuisine or indulge in some shopping before taking a stunning lake cruise.

    Take a boat trip across the lake sailing around Isola Madre before stopping at the tiny Isola dei Pescatori to explore the island and enjoy some free time for lunch. Sail to Isola Bella to visit the Baroque Borromean Palace and gardens. On board you will enjoy the view of exquisite lakeside villas and lush gardens surrounded by crystal clear waters set amidst the beauty of the snow-capped Alps.

    4:00pm: Return to Stresa and depart by bus for Milan, stopping at the huge statue of San Carlo Borromeo in Arona. This massive bronze statue, erected between 1614 and 1698, was built on a hill overlooking the lake to celebrate the former archbishop of Milan.

    6:30pm: You will arrive back at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • English speaking tour leader
    • 2 hour panoramic cruise on Lake Maggiore
    • Entrance to Palazzo Borromeo and Gardens (Isola Bella)


    • Hotel pick-up & Drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the details. Times subjected to organization and/or traffic problems.

    Tour will be available three times per week and it will be available as follows:

    Wednesday: English

    Sunday: English + Portuguese

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
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      George Gatt, Malta, 21/Apr/2017
    • Unfogettable Isola Bella

      Excellent guide. Time at Isola Bella was too Short....

      IIVONEN MARKKU, Finland, 14/Jun/2016
    • Wonderful trip to remember for a life time!

      Best trip for the price. Wish I could have stayed longer. The place was awesome, beautiful and so peaceful except of course for a lot of tourist like me. The guide was courteous...

      Leonida Hatton, United States, 30/Jun/2015

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