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

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

Explore scenic Lake Maggiore in Italy's beautiful Lake District on a day trip from Milan. The fashionable lakeside town of Stresa is an approximate 1.5-hour drive from Milan and is surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountains. After spending some free time in Stresa, shopping or simply relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery, you'll take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on Lake Maggiore, 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

Lake Maggiore, also known as Lake Verbano, is the second-largest lake in Italy and is surrounded by picturesque villages. As you arrive in the lakeside town of Stresa, you will have free time to explore this quiet village, have a bite to eat or browse shops before heading out on the water on your boat cruise.

On board the boat, you can admire the splendid lakeside villas and lush gardens; the mild Mediterranean climate ensures that an abundance of exotic and rare plants thrive year-round. Sit back and relax as you cruise around the Borromean Islands. Pass by Isola Madre before heading to Isola dei Pescatori, where you will dock and enjoy free time to explore, hit the shops or enjoy a light lunch.

Next, it’s back on board the boat for a stop on the third island, Isola Bella, 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

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.

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 America

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!

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.

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.

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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