Lake Maggiore Half-Day Trip From Milan

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    1:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Milan Visitor Center - Zani Viaggi, Via Cusani, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore scenic Lake Maggiore in Italy's beautiful Lake District on a half 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.

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Stop At: Lago Maggiore, Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Piedmont

On 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 hour

Stop At: Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), Lake Maggiore, Piedmont

First, 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 hour

Stop At: Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Piedmont

The next stop will be the luxurious Isola Bella with the elaborate gardens of the Borromean Palace surrounded by boutiques and cafs 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: 1 hour


Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional guide

Boat cruise

Entry/Admission - Lago Maggiore



Entrance to Palazzo Borromeo and Isola Bella Gardens

Food and drinks, unless specified

Entry/Admission - Palazzo Borromeo

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 08-Aug-2019

    My husband and I took this tour on Monday the 5th August and we were not disappointed. We traveled in a very comfortable Air conditioned coach all perhaps 13 of us. Our tour guide Stephano (I think) was very informative and knowledgeable. The highlight for us was definitely Isola Bella, the gardens so very beautiful. In my opinion more so, than Monet's gardens in Giverny of which we also saw with Viator 2 years ago. If you love gardens, the sea air, little boat trips and pretty island villages then this is the tour for you. We absolutely loved it!

  • 23-Jul-2018

    We had a wonderful time on our trip to Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Lake Maggiore is beautiful and the boat ride was wonderful. My favorite part of the trip was to see Isola Bella and take a tour of the beautiful Borromean Palace and gardens. It was amazing. I would like to go back some day to see the palace and the gardens. We stopped on Isola Pescatori for a short time. The tour from Milan was only for a half day. Our tour guide said that it used to be a whole day tour. I wish we could have spent more time on Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori.

  • 07-Apr-2018

    To get out to the islands and see the beautiful gardens was amazing! Definitely worth the trip!

  • 02-Apr-2018

    Great tour

  • 13-Mar-2018

    Wonderful day trip

  • 04-Nov-2017

    The Palace Borromée ISOLA BELLA was close !

  • 28-Oct-2017

    I am very angry at the false advertisement and dishonest practice by this tour provider. One of the big attractions for Lake Maggiore is Isola Bella which houses the Borromeo palace and a famous stepped garden. And I have been looking forward to visiting the island and the famous marionette collection and the palace's fantastic Baroque decoration. It did NOT happen. Because the Isola Bella closed its season on Sunday Oct. 22 and our tour was on Monday Oct. 23. Instead, we were redirected to a botanic garden in the area which Rick Steves a source I trust labeled as underwhelming. Because the local tourist industry tie its schedule to the Isola Bella season closely, most of the shops in the town Stresa were closed and the lovely town was half dead. On top of that, we were only told the bait- and -switch scheme when the bus left the city and we were all trapped on board.
    After the tour, I did some research. The Isola Bella schedule is posted a year ahead on its website so the tour group should have known that and I just could not believe they never bothered to tell the customers who booked the trip for Monday Oct. 23. 90 of the description of the trip detail is false. And I will make complaint to the customer service group at Viator as well.
    I have nothing against our guide, Salvatore. He was unfairly put into a tough/unethical situation and it could not easy. He had difficulty meeting my eyes when I made my dissatisfaction known to him.
    FYI, Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Rocca Borromeo will be open every day from 23rd March to 21st October 2018.

  • 27-Sep-2017

    A well planned day in a gorgeous area of the world. A most enjoyable tour without too many people in the group.

  • 27-Sep-2017

    I loved this trip, right group size, the guide was great and the driver, the lake and the visits to the islands and palace were lovely, I think it was a hard act to follow with the last part of the trip in Strasa, by the time you get to walk around it it's lost its sparkle. But it was still great and I'd go again.

  • 12-Sep-2017

    OMG You have to do this. Isola Bella is stunning and Isola Pescatore for lunch is a treat. totally worth it.

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