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

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

Activity provider: Isole Lago Maggiore s.n.c.

From US$ 13.05 per person

Explore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace with a 1-day hop-on hop-off boat tour from Stresa. Admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.

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English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, Italian


  • Stresa

  • 15 minutes
  • Isola Madre (free time, hop-on hop-off stop)

    • Extra fee
  • 10 minutes
  • Isola dei Pescatori (free time, hop-on hop-off stop)

    • Extra fee
  • 5 minutes
  • Isola Bella, Borromean Islands (free time, hop-on hop-off stop)

    • Extra fee
  • 5 minutes
  • Stresa

Meeting point
Main stop
  • Have lunch on one of the terraces on the lake at typical restaurants
  • Visit the famous botanical garden of Isola Madre
  • Enjoy traveling at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Admire the Borromean palace and gardens of Isola Bella
  • Sail on the waters of Lake Maggiore
Full description
Discover the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands on this hop-on hop-off boat tour. Cruise from Stresa to the 3 Borromean Islands, Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre, and choose to include stops at 2 or all 3 of the islands. After making your way to the meeting point, board the modern boat and set off to Lake Maggiore's most characteristic places. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake as you go. As you cruise, hear fascinating facts about the sights with a geolocalized audio guide in English and Italian.

Embark on a boat trip from Stresa Piazza Marconi and discover three 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 and Bougainville. You can also visit the villa with its puppet collection. Next, visit 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. Finish your island tour with a stop at 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..

<span style="color: rgb(26, 43, 73);".When the boat arrives at each island, simply hop off the boat and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue your tour. Explore the islands' attractions and natural beauty at your own pace.

  • Hop-on Hop off boat tour
  • Stops at the 3 Borromean Islands
  • Multilingual Captain and crew
  • Free time on each island
  • Multilingual commentary live on board
  • Entrance to the Borromean Palace Museum and Gardens
  • Food and drinks
  • Tour guide
  • Landing fee of €0.50 for each island to be paid locally
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Bikes
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Walking frames

Know before you go

  • Leave from Stresa by private boat every 30 minutes (approximately) from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • The departure times of the tour start from 9:30 AM until 2:15 PM (last departure to 3 islands of the day)
  • From 17 March 2023 to 5 November 2023 the palaces and gardens of the beautiful and mother island will be open
  • The entrance ticket to the palace and garden of Isola Bella and mother are not included
  • Pets are allowed on the boat but not inside the museum and garden
  • The 3 boat tour stops are Stresa, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella
  • A landing tax of €0.50 needs to be paid per person for each island at the ticket office (not included in the tour price)
  • Food and drinks are not included in the tour price
  • This tour may be canceled for poor weather, and a refund will be issued
  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • Since this is a non-scheduled public service, the departure, transfer and return times are at the complete discretion of the customer.
Customer reviews

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based on 1336 reviews

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the tour of the three islands perfect organizing excellent some flaws in identifying your boat since you go on board with a company and you stay with it until the end and it is difficult to identify your boat since there is no sign at the freight I have timetables of arrival or departure of your own boat at the beginning a little confusion then after the first embarkation and the first descent on the island you begin to understand that where you arrive you have to leave again and take your own company. vidonun suggestions as soon as you arrive at the ticket office you choose it the boarding company with the payment of the navigation pass you have to look at your ticket color and that will be your boat until the end of the tour the islands are all beautiful have fun summer a beautiful experience that can be done comfortably from the morning to the end of the evening 5pm: 30 comfortably without running

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October 30, 2022

Very well organized! Boat every hour that brings and picks you up from island to island starting with isola madre then isola dei pescatori and finally isola Bella. It takes two hours on Madré and Bella if you visit the palaces (tickets extra) otherwise 1 hour is more than enough. I recommend

October 25, 2022

So it is not hop on/hop off in the sense of the well-known buses in various cities. We wanted to visit Isola Bella and Madre anyway and not Superiore. However, only 2 tickets can be booked: 2 Islands and 3 Islands. 2 islands does not go to the most beautiful island: Madre. So you have to book 3 islands. On Madre you will then find out that you just have to pay around 30 euros per person to visit the palaces. Very damning but you have to if you want to see something from Madre. Otherwise, your freedom of movement is limited to a few meters at the jetty of the boat. Okay, it's definitely worth it, that's for sure. Still,... Superiore might as well be skipped, all commercial cloves and restaurants. But you have to go there. Whether you could then have sailed directly to Bella is not entirely clear to me. Bella should be your taste, but if so you can wander around for hours. All in all definitely worth it.

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September 18, 2022

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