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Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

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

2. 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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4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

3. 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

Spend an enjoyable 4 days and 3 nights touring the lakes region of northern Italy. Admire the scenic beauty of the area as you tour by land and water. Visit lovely lakeside villages and islands and explore the historic city of Verona on a guided tour. Day 1: Milan, Lake Orta, Stresa, Como Depart Milan at 08:30 for the drive to Lake Orta, a small, charming lake situated in the north-eastern part of the Piedmont region. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then take a boat to the island of San Giulio, the gem of the lake that is almost entirely occupied by the Mater Ecclesie Monastery. After a short visit, you’ll take the ferry back to Orta, and travel by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest of Italy’s lakes. Arrive in Stresa, an international tourist resort, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon take a tour of Pescatori island by boat. Continue to Bella Island, where you can visit Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa before heading on to Como. Overnight in Como. Day 2: Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Brescia Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short visit to Como. Take in views of the high mountain overlooking the lake, the wild alpine valley, and the surrounding villages. On Lake Como you’ll board a boat to take you to Bellagio, located at the tip of the peninsula that separates the lake's 2 southern arms. You’ll have views of the Alps across the lake to the north. There will be free time for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll depart by boat for Varenna. After a panoramic tour you’ll continue on to Bergamo. Enjoy a short walking tour of the city center before heading to Brescia. Overnight in Brescia. Day 3: Brescia, Sirmione, Riva Del Garda, Verona You’ll depart Brescia for Lake Garda after breakfast. Enjoy a panoramic tour along the western coast of the largest of the Italian lakes. Admire the splendid natural landscapes surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta to the north and gentle sloping hills to the south. When you arrive in Sirmione you’ll have the best panoramic views of the lake. Take a boat tour and admire the Sirmione Cape, the castle, and the Grotto of Catullo. Depart for Riva del Garda on the north side of the lake. Visit its historic center with free time for lunch before the drive to Verona. Overnight in Verona. Day 4: Verona, Milan After breakfast at the hotel you’ll tour the famous city of Verona, a work of art in itself. This fascinating crossroads of historical periods and cultures is a blend of Nordic and Mediterranean influences. See traces of its splendid Roman origins, its prevailing medieval structures, its magnificent Renaissance palaces, and impressive fortifications. You’ll have free time for lunch before departing for Milan in the afternoon.

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Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

4. Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on this Borromean Gulf cruise and admire the area’s sights and scenery from the water. Pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. Marvel at the Borromeo Palace. Leave from Stresa towards Isola Madre, famous for its gardens with tropical blooms and for its villa that will leave you speechless. After having made a complete tour around the island, head towards the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island), the only island to be permanently inhabited all year round. Spot a set of ancient houses rich in history. Finish off your cruise with a tour of Isola Bella from the water. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the memorable gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

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From Como: Private Day Trip to Stresa & Borromean Islands

5. From Como: Private Day Trip to Stresa & Borromean Islands

Enjoy a convenient pickup from anywhere within 30 kilometers of Como in a luxury air-conditioned minivan. After a brief introduction, begin the 1-hour journey to Lago Maggiore, one of the largest lakes in Italy.  Discover scenic Lago Maggiore, known for its stunning Alpine backdrop and elegant lakefront promenades. Explore the charming village of Stresa located on the shores of the lake. After a short stroll in Stresa, embark on a tour of the Borromean Islands, hopping off at one or all three of the tiny island towns of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. Enjoy some time to break for lunch on any of the three islands, at your own expense. After lunch, meet your driver once again and cross the border from Italy into Switzerland. Stop in the town of Mendrisio where there are two major attractions. Choose between some of the best shopping deals in Europe at the world-class luxury brand outlet center Foxtown, or try your luck at the casino. Enjoy about 2 hours of free time before making the journey back to Como.

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Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

6. Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

Depart from the resort town of Stresa on a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the beautiful coastline to discover the lesser-known corners of Lake Maggiore. Admire architectural masterpieces such as "Villa Amalia Bernocchi" in Empire style, "Villa Carlottina Margherita" in Liberty style, "Villa Excelsior Niobe" in Castellano style, "Villa Vignolo Domus" and the most famous "Villa Pallavicino". Sailing away from the coast of Stresa, move in the direction of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, which perched on a sheer rock face overlooking the lake is undoubtedly one of the most evocative scenarios of Lake Maggiore. Take unique photographs and enjoy a tour of the lake outside the classic itineraries but no less fascinating and rich in history.

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What people are saying about Stresa

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 66 reviews

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.

Very nice day people very friendly for ke transport by boat responsive to our calls we enjoyed it !!!

Romantic evening. All perfect. Great buffet. Friendliness on the part of the skipper. Recommended

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

Definitely pleasant experience, punctual service, helpful I recommend it.