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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

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  • Location:Milan, Italy
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

Leave urban Milan for the day and spend some time at luscious Lake Maggiore, located in Italy's Lake District. Spend some time in the chic lakeside town of Stressa, learning about the history of the place from your guide and doing some shopping. Hop on a boat for a cruise around the lake, taking in the majestic scenery of the water and surrounding mountains, and then visiting the Borromean Islands – Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. 

Highlights

  • Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan
  • See the beautiful Italian village of Stresa
  • Lake Maggiore cruise
  • Stunning scenery featuring lakeside villas and gardens
  • Explore the delightful Borromean Islands including Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isole Bella
  • English-speaking guide

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Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

After meeting your guide in the center of Milan, hop on the comfortable coach for the easy ride to Lake Maggiore. Also referred to as Lake Verbano, this beautiful body of water, lined with rustic villages on its shores, is the second largest lake in Italy. Hop off the coach in the town of Stresa, a chic lakeside town that is a magnet for the fashionable set. Take some time to explore the town, strolling down its streets, popping into boutiques and ambling along the shore. 

When the time comes, board a boat for a 2-hour cruise around the lake. Marvel at the villas perched on the shore, the verdant gardens and the mountains in the distance. Cruise around Isola Madre toward Isola dei Pescatori, Island of the Fishermen, where you'll disembark. Enjoy some free time here to explore the island on your own. Walk along the shore of the island or sit down at a local eatery for a lovely fish lunch (at own expense). 

Get back on the boat and head to one more of the Borromean Islands. This time it is Isola Bella, Beautiful Island, where you can visit the Borromean Palace and gardens or discover the many shops, boutiques and cafés housed in historic buildings. Finally, you will rejoin the boat and cruise back to Stresa for your return Milan.

Customer Reviews

Melissa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful trip. Guide was great. Plenty of time at Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori. Worth seeing the Borromean Palace. Lunch, which was on our own, at Isola Pesdatori was delicious and reasonably priced. Bus is very comfortable so it's a pleasant ride to and from Lake Maggiore. Makes a great day trip from Milan.

dorothy c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Skip lake Como and George, visit Lake Maggiore and the Isola Bella palace and gardens especially the grottoes and tapestries. Waters was choppy so we would have had nothing to do since the boat ride on the lake was cancelled but the palazzo is worth a visit. It is a great introduction to the magnificence of Italy. I love the white peacocks. A few fun places to shop also.

AHMED M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Marvelous tour, great company Zany and excellent tour guide, really I enjoyed a lot

Joanne.L.Johnson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful bus driver and tour guide who pointed out sights along the way to Lake Maggiore. This tour met all our expectations and the highlight was Isola Bella and the gardens.

Chris H. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I had an extra day to kill in Milan and this trip looked interesting to try. I'm so glad I did, as it was my favorite part of a three-day weekend in Italy. The sites were gorgeous. The timing was perfect for walking around, eating, shopping, and touring the palace and garden. The tour guide was knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and helpful. Definitely recommend!

Brian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Of the lakes we visited, Cuomo, Lugano and Maggiore, I think this is the most beautiful and accessible. While Cuomo is exciting for its history of famous visitors for me the stunning beauty of Maggiore outweighed the possible sighting of someone famous. The day was just perfect!

Krishan S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful day! The highlight of my trip to Milan. The palace and garden of Isola Bella are stunning. Thank you!

Michelle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great day and good value for money.

floz220

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Lake Maggiore, the two islands we visited and Stressa are beautiful and relaxing. The palace and gardens in Iso Bella were magnificent and the local guide at the palace was great. The tour guide was also very informative and helpful. The tour offered an easy way to visit the Lake. Also note that there is time to go to the beach so if you want to bring a towel along.

Laura I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour. The guide told us all the restaurants on Fisherman's Island would be full so if we wanted to eat we would need to go to the one that he set up. Not true. Even at the height of busy season on a weekend, every restaurant had at least a few tables free. Nice of him to try to arrange something but it was inside on the second floor of a stuffy restaurant. You can eat outside on the water if you go off on your own at lunch time.

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