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Lake Maggiore trip

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A day trip from Milan to Lake Maggiore, with a boat tour around the lake and its islands.

The tour departs from Milan in the early afternoon, arriving at the lakeside resort town of Stresa with its spectacular villas and views of Lake Maggiore. You'll have a bit of free time to look around Stresa and soak up the wonderful surrounding views.

After exploring the town you'll head out in a boat sailing around the Borromean Islands with their fabulous baroque palaces and gardens; the mild year-round climate allows for a range of rare and exotic plants. After sailing around Isola Madre you'll stop to explore the tiny Isola del Pescatori and enjoy some more free time - a bit of shopping or a light lunch, perhaps. After this it's off to Isola Bella to visit the Borromean Palace and gardens, or perhaps the gamut of small shops, boutiques and bars.

The tour then returns to Stresa, thence to Milan, with the total time being around 10 hours, getting back to Milan at around 9:00 PM.

This tour leaves Milan at 01:30 PM and is available only from 1st April to 31st October.

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5.0 stars out of 5 from 2 ratings.

5 stars
EO, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
18th Jul 2015
Coach comfortable, clean and good a/c, easy to find, guide very friendly, helpful, and informative, easy to talk to. Stressa very pretty town, narrow streets and lots of shops and cafes, boat trip to islands was fine, Lake Maggiore is beautiful and the backdrop of the Alps is stunning I would love to go back in winter, I imagine it would be magnificent. Isola Bella - the house was too tacky, pretentious and dull for me, the views from the windows were far more enticing, I found the tour too long, only so many pictures and flaking paint I can take, the gardens more than make up for the disappointing house, absolutely marvellous, much better than any pictures I saw the only downside was I didn't have time to do it justice, if I go again I shall miss out the house and head straight for the gardens. Piscatori island was nice, full of restaurants and pleasant, food was ok, it was lovely to sit by the water and have a glass or two of wine. the trip ends with some free time in Stressa, I would have preferred to have missed out Piscatori and spent more time in Stressa, trip back to Milan uneventful . I would recommend the trip and to book through tickitaly, I had a great day out . So did my husband and son age 11.
5 stars
17th Jun 2015
Excellent guide as a minor minus perhaps a busier day seeing all 3 islands would've been better