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Visit the fashionable Stresa and the amazing Islands on Lake Maggiore on a day trip from Milan. Set in Italy's beautiful Lake District just 1.5-hour drive from Milan, Lake Maggiore is surrounded by the majestic Alps and home to some of Italy’s most impressive gardens. After some free time for shopping in Stresa, you will take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on the lake, visiting the Borromean Islands– Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella.


- 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)

On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore, also known as Verbano is the second largest Italian lake. Your visit will start in Stresa and here you will have free time to explore this quiet and fascinating little town, try some typical food or indulge in some shopping before taking a stunning 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.

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. The next stop will be the luxurious Isola Bella with the elaborate gardens of the Borromean Palace surrounded by boutiques and cafés housed in grand historic buildings. Finally, you will rejoin the boat and cruise back to Stresa for your return to Milan.


09:00 Departure from Milan, Zani Viaggi Agency / Milan Visitor Centre - Largo Cairoli / Via Cusani, 18 (MM1 Cairoli)

10:30 Arrival at Stresa and visit of the city. Cruise on the lake and tour of the Borromean Islands: Isola Madre (no stopping), Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella (tour of Palazzo Borromeo and its gardens).

17:00 Return to Stresa, and depart by bus for Milan, stopping at the huge statue of San Carlo Borromeo in Arona .

18:30 Arrival at Milan, Largo Cairoli / Via Cusani, 18

Departure: from 01.04 until 30.10 every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 9.00 am.
Departure address: Zani Viaggi Agency / Milan Visitor Centre - Largo Cairoli / Via Cusani, 18 (MM1 Cairoli), Milan

The tour includes:
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- English speaking tour leader
- Boat tickets
- Entrance to Palazzo Borromeo and Gardens (Isola Bella)

The tour doesn't include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop off

- Times subjected to organization and/or traffic problems.

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