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Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

Activity provider: Isole Lago Maggiore s.n.c.

From US$ 15.28 per person

Explore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace with a 1-day hop-on hop-off boat tour from Stresa. Admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.

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  • Enjoy a boat tour of the beautiful Lake Maggiore
  • Visit Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre
  • Enjoy traveling at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Explore the impressive Palace Museum and Gardens on Isola Madre
Full description

With this hop-on hop-off boat tour you can explore the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands. The exclusive boat service travels between Stresa and the 3 Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre.

This tour allows you to travel at your own pace – you can leave the boat at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue. The tour is one of the most used services for reaching the amazing locations of the Borromean Islands and Lake Maggiore.

The modern and comfortable boats take you to the most stunning and characteristic places on Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands, and Stresa. Ideal for those who like the freedom to travel at their own pace, this tour allows you to simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake.

  • Boat tour of Lake Maggiore
  • Stops at the 3 Borromean Islands
  • Multilingual Captain and ground staff
  • Entrance to the Palace Museum and Gardens
  • Food and drinks
  • Tour guide
  • Landing tax (€0.5/person on each island)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • The boats leave from Stresa by private boat around about every 30 minutes from 9:30 AM to 6 PM
  • The 3 boat tour stops are Stresa, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella
  • A landing tax of €0.50 needs to be paid per person for each island at the ticket office (not included in the tour price)
  • Food and drinks are not included in the tour price
  • This tour may be canceled for poor weather, and a refund will be issued
  • During winter season the stops are: Stresa, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella
  • This tour takes place rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 1125 reviews

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Despite a difficult departure because few precise indications on the place of meeting and the scramble to find the navigation company (poor organization of departure), we finally appreciated the crossings by boat. The transitions from island to island went well but it's a pity that there isn't better logistics to inform passengers and have a better readability on the frequency of passage and the identification of the navigation company. Moreover, there was not enough information on the prices of visits to each island, for example on Isola Madre, we were surprised to learn that the island was private and that you had to pay 17€ per no one to visit.

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July 28, 2022

Definitely as all other reviews state - a challenge to figure out where to go and which boat to get on - most importantly REDEEM your voucher at the boat center right next to the visitor center in the main park - there is a booth with many boat captains and they will tell you which boat company you are assigned to and give you the actual ticket - the boats are nice but not always on time so have patience - HOWEVER - the islands are FANTASTIC and you must get the tickets to ISLA MADRE and ISLA BELA palaces and gardens seperately but well worth it - just a phenomenal day

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July 23, 2022

Very nice experience, the view of the lake is splendid and the islands are incredible: this is the watchword of the trip! Do not hesitate to visit all the islands in every nook and cranny, it's sublime. On the other hand, there are different companies for taxi boats so be attentive and reactive, it is not always well indicated :-)

July 21, 2022

Product ID: 26194