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Leave urban Milan for the day and spend some time at picturesque Lake Maggiore, located in Italy's Lake District. Explore the chic town of Stresa, learning about the area's history from your guide and perusing the shops. Then hop on a boat for a 2-hour cruise around the lake, and take in the scenery of the water and surrounding mountains. Visit the Borromean Islands – Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella – before making the return trip to Milan.


  • Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan
  • Wander the beautiful Italian village of Stresa
  • Hop on a boat for a 2-hour Lake Maggiore cruise
  • Explore the 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

muru s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing! I highly recommend!

Fiona B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing tour, great guide who was very knowledgeable. Bus was clearly marked and easy to find and very modern. The boat tour was great as was the Palazzo Borromeo tour. There was just enough time to explore each island with the free time given. I would recommend the tour supplying some bottled water in the morning or on the boats as it gets very hot! Overall great tour and would definitely recommend this over any walking tours as well!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a Wonderful Vacation !!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good and happy trip, the guide gave much information which is useful and interesting!

Sera S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent service from Luigi our tour guide.
Beautifully organized trip.
Comfortable clean bus.

Thank you for everything - it was lovely!

Anne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good place to visit ,food so good , whole family happy

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.

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