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Tour code: 2872LAKEMAGGIORE
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.


  • 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

Catalin S Romania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful trip, our Guide Eddie was great.
I highly recommend it, wonderful bus, wonderful weather, wonderful landscapes.

Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is one of the most beautiful lake resorts in Italy. We also stayed around Lake Como and this was so much nicer. The tour included a tour to see a palace and then we dined on Fisherman's Island at Ristoranti Italia which was very nice. The food was good and reasonably priced with wonderful water views. This island is so small and most of the places to dine all looked nice so I don't think you could go wrong at any of the nicer ones. We enjoyed a great water tour of the lake and had plenty of time to explore both islands and the town. I highly recommend this trip. Even the drive out there by bus was breathtaking.

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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


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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great day and good value for money.

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