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

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Most excellent tour guide, excellent food, excellent gelato, excellent everything. This tour is the excellence of excellence and would definitely recommend doing this when you visit Milan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Fabulous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This was a fun trip. We would have liked to spend a little more time at the Boromeyo palace. There is a lot to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

The day trip to Lake Maggiore was superb. Well organised and the guide was very informative. I recommend this day trip to anyone visiting Milan.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

I'm pleased we chose Lake Maggiore as it was really beautiful with the three islands in the middle. Would recommend Pizzeria La Rondine for lunch much friendlier than the others we tried to get into.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great trip. Our guide Franco was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

This was the first of four tours I took with this company and it was a great send off. Our buide, Franco, was exceptional and very enthusiastic. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he helped make the trip very enjoyable and informative. We were fortunately a small group of 6 people (the minimum needed for the tour), so I think that really helped make it a better quality experience. While the day was overcast, there was a lot to see and learn about the ancient families who still own homes on the lake. It is the kind of tour that one could do on one's own, which is usually what I like to do, but I thought this was a very efficient way to cover a lot of ground and see all the highlights in one day without sacrificing the pleasure of enjoying the lake and the scenery. While this tour is not as popular as Lake Como (it doesn't run every day), I highly recommend it if you have the time. You won't be disappointed and you may want to go back on your own another time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Beautiful trip, guide Alex very knolegeble and organized.
thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Well organised to see the most in a day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The guide was good and gracious. The locale is out of a picture book and we thoroughly enjoyed the area. The bus was luxurious and very comfortable. The stops were all worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

EXCELLENT trip, especially boating on lake and visits to historical places

Lee
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

This was my favourite tour out of Milan. The Borromeo Islands are out of this world with picture card beauty. We coached to Stresa, did a brief walking tour and then boarded a small boat to cruise past Isola Madre before reaching Isola Bella. Words cannot describe the beauty of this island and the Borromeo Palace, which is still used by the Borromeo family. The guided tour [1 hour] was excellent - very controlled and only small groups at any given time. The tour takes you into rooms with amazing history, decor and murano glass chandeliers. After the tour we had free time to visit the terraced gardens - so so beautiful, and if you were lucky, the white peacocks were out and about. We then continued with a short boat trip to Isola dei Pescatorie [fisherman's island] where we had free time to explore and have a late lunch before heading back to Milan. A most wonderful day! Again thanks to the Zani Viaggi coach driver and tour guide.

TO
Norway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Recommend this trip to everyone; very informative and nice guide, luxury bus and good value for money.
Try to eat at Ristorante Casabella at the island - life can't be more nicer at that terrasse.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Excellent tour, beautiful landscape ;the Borromeo Palace has great gardens , a pleasure for eyes.
The tour is very relaxing, the lake is not far from Milan, the agency(Zani Viaggi) is very professional
and the coach was very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

My favourite off all the lakes more intimate and the islands were incredible

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

What a wonderful tour! Lake Maggiore is spectacular. The Borromeo Palace on Isola Bella is beautiful and has an interesting history. Our local guide (Sara) was entertaining and knowlegeable. Our lunch at La Pescheria on Isola dei Pescatori was delicious. Stresa is a lovely town with friendly people, quality hand made gifts, and exceptional gelato. We had terrific weather and enjoyed the climate, palm trees, and boat rides. Our local guide (Lara from Zani Viaggi) was very nice and attentive. She even helped us to go for last minute tickets to see Da Vinci's "Last Supper" on our return to Milan, which was a perfect way to end the day. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

The trip was fabulous. The guide was helpful and informative and the boat trip to the islands was the highlight of our holiday.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

It was amazing, our guide was so friendly and we saw a lot of places for a low price. I strongly recommend you to take this tour!!! We enjoyed it

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