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Lake Maggiore: Borromean Islands Tickets with Boat Transfer

1. Lake Maggiore: Borromean Islands Tickets with Boat Transfer

Discover Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori with a hop-on hop-off speedboat shuttle from Stresa, Lake Maggiore. Enter the islands with entry included in your shuttle ticket and spend time exploring at your leisure. Choose how many islands you want to visit. Start your day by meeting the skipper and boarding the boat in Stresa. Enjoy scenic mountain panoramas on a short trip across calm waters to the islands. Hop off at your chosen island (entry tickets depend on the option booked) and immediately start exploring. Spend time getting to know the islands at your own pace. See highlights like the Baroque-style Palazzo Borromeo museum and its adjoining grounds with ten terraced gardens. Marvel at the fountains, statues, and architecture of the gardens. Finish your trip with a return boat transfer back to Stresa.

Lake Maggiore: Gardens, Lake Cruise, & Gourmet Food Tasting

2. Lake Maggiore: Gardens, Lake Cruise, & Gourmet Food Tasting

1-day Hop-on / hop-off ferry ticket between Stresa and Villa Taranto or Intra. Possible embarcation points are: Stresa, Carciano, Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori, Baveno, Pallanza, Villa Taranto and Intra. Entry ticket to the Villa Taranto botanical gardens and gourmet food and wine tasting at the famous local food store and restaurant La Casera in Verbania Intra. After a lake cruise on a Lake Maggiore shipping company ferry, you will discover the beauty and armony of Villa Taranto botanical gardens. You may stop and visit the borromean islands enroute (palace and gardens entrance ticket not included). After visiting the Villa Taranto gardens a 500m walk will bring you to Verbania Intra, where you will have your aperitivo, brunch or lunch at the gourmet food store and restaurant La Casera (11am until 4pm). You will taste the best cheeses and cold cuts this region has to offer, accompanied by quality wines. You may arrange the food & wine tasting at your leisure, during the restaurant opening hours. We suggest to book your food tasting between 11am and 4pm: please check the last ferry departure time from Intra, in order to return to your original embarcation point. A special treat is also reserved for get your guide customers!!

Domodossola: Centovalli Train & Valle Vigezzo Museums Ticket

3. Domodossola: Centovalli Train & Valle Vigezzo Museums Ticket

Enjoy a tour with the small train of the alps called "trenino delle centovalli", starting from Domodossola town and arriving in Santa Maria Maggiore Valley, passing trough the forests and the amazing panoramas of the italian alps. In Santa Maria Maggiore Village you will have a walk in the cosy center and there you will have a great experience to visit the Chimney Sweep Museum, a self visit that explain how hard this job was and it is still today. After that you will have a visit of The museum "casa del Profumo", a brand new museum dedicated probably to the two most famous inhabitants of this village, " Feminis and Farina", who inventented the "eau de cologne" the most famous parfum in the history. Let us offer you, before your return to Domodossola, an aperitif with some snacks, in one of the bars of the village and to end at the best, this wonderful day, you will return always by the train, to Domodossola, taking with you a lot of memories of this magic places.

Lake Maggiore: luxury 1-Day private experience

4. Lake Maggiore: luxury 1-Day private experience

Lake Maggiore: luxury 1-Day private guided cruise. Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori and Santa Caterina Approximate departure time 10:30 am Your private guide will meet you at your hotel in Stresa, Baveno or Verbania, or at your arrival point at Lake Maggiore. You will then reach the private cruise landing stage on foot, from where you will start your unforgettable and exclusive Lake Maggiore experience. First stop on Isola Bella for a tailored made guided tour of the worldly renown Borromeo Palace and botanical gardens. After the visit you will enjoy a gourmet 3 courses lunch at the upscale Elvezia restaurant on Isola Bella. A balcony table is reserved for Get your Guide customers as well as a special treat for each of our preferred guests. After Lunch you will sail to the other side of the lake, till the Santa Caterina del Sasso monastery. A medieval architectural jewel built on a cliff overlooking the lake; here, thanks to your guide, you will live a plunge in the mystical atmosphere of the monastery . ... your private boat will then bring you to the charming Isola dei Pescatori for a guided stroll along the historical alleys. The day ends with a romantic sunset cruise and an excellent aperitif on board: italian sparkling wine and gourmet finger food together with breathtaking landscape will give you longlasting memories. Should you wish to swim in the lake waters, please ask the captain. You may stop anywhere enroute for a cool dip! The cruise will end at the landing stage closest to your hotel or to your pick-up point, should you stay elsewhere than Stresa, Baveno or Verbania. Approximate arrival time 19:30 / 7:30pm

Lake Maggiore: 1-Day Boat, Bus & Cable Car Travel Pass

5. Lake Maggiore: 1-Day Boat, Bus & Cable Car Travel Pass

Experience the enchanting beauty of Lake Maggiore with a convenient 1-day circle-travel pass. Discover the region's treasures as you glide across the water on a public boat, explore scenic routes by bus, and ascend to stunning heights in a cable car.  Immerse yourself in the botanical splendor of Villa Taranto gardens (optional ticket), marvel at the historic Santa Caterina del Sasso monastery, and soak in panoramic views from the Laveno cable car. Choose your preferred direction of travel, whether clockwise or counterclockwise, and embark on an adventure that starts and ends at the same boarding point. Enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at any port of call along the way with your Lake Maggiore Shipping Company ferry ticket. Embark from official departure points like Verbania Intra, Laveno, Santa Caterina del Sasso, Stresa, Carciano, Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, Baveno, Verbania Pallanza, and Villa Taranto.  Please note that the direction of travel and embarkation point is fixed upon ticket purchase. This self-guided adventure offers you the freedom to explore at your own pace, without a tour guide.

Orta and Maggiore Lake: a day between history and nature

6. Orta and Maggiore Lake: a day between history and nature

-Arrival in Orta and parking near Villa Crespi, historic Moorish-style residence that now it is a famous restaurant managed by the chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo. – On board the characteristic Orta Train you will reach the center of the picturesque village of Orta and you can visit the beautiful town – At the marina, you will embark on boat and sail on Orta Lake. Then you will land on the only island of Lake Orta: San Giulio Island. According to a legend, many years ago this island was just a rock inhabited by snakes and monsters. In 390 San Giulio landed here and founded his church transforming the island into the center of evangelization of the whole region. You could walk along the only road that follows the perimeter of the island (called Via del Silenzio e della Meditazione). You will be fascinated by the Basilica of San Giulio, Palazzo dei Vescovi and Benedictine Mater Ecclesiae Abbey, where cloistered nuns prepare the San Giulio bread. You can admire very elegant villas and green gardens which were the houses of canons. – At the end of the visit, you will come back to the small port of Orta by boat and have free time for lunch. – Independent transfer to Villa Taranto, Pallanza. You will visit the magnificent botanical gardens: well-kept gardens, about 1,000 non-native plants and about 20,000 varieties and species of plants of particular botanical value live.

Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

7. Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

Explore a Borromean Island of your choice with a return boat transfer from Stresa. Take as much time as you want to see the sights before returning. Meet the boat directly at your hotel's dock and embark on a scenic ride across Lake Maggiore. Choose one of the islands to discover: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, or Isola Madre. Relax on the boat and take in scenic views of the lake as you sail to the island. Stay and see the sights as long as you want, your boat will be waiting for you when you're done.

From Stresa/Baveno: Verbania Pallanza and Island boat Tour

8. From Stresa/Baveno: Verbania Pallanza and Island boat Tour

Leave Stresa behind and take a relaxing panoramic cruise around the Borromean Gulf, and make a stop in one of its most famous villas, Verbania Pallanaza. Cruise around the Borromean Gulf, famous all over the world for its unique admire some of the most characteristic epoch-style villas in the Verbano area and stop at one of the most famous villas in this area, Verbania Pallanza. Set sail for this tourist cruise admiring one of the most evocative views of Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Gulf, before disembarking in Verbania Pallanza. See a place where tourism and culture are more alive, from a village that looks like a balcony from which to enjoy splendid views of the lake, such as Villa Giulia or Villa Rusconi Clerici.See some of the most fascinating gardens and parks in Italy while in the area, whose splendor and perfect state of maintenance highlight the fabulous lake atmospheres.

From Lake Maggiore: Private Boat Tour with Pickup/Drop-off

9. From Lake Maggiore: Private Boat Tour with Pickup/Drop-off

Cruise Lake Maggiore in your own private boat, operated by a driver who will take you around the lake and the 3 Borromean Islands. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of one of Italy's largest and most well-known lakes. Admire the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and villages as you cruise. Choose the most suitable boat for your occasion, whether it be romantic or family-oriented. You can also opt for various tours or itineraries on your hour out on Lake Maggiore. Enjoy boating out to the Borromean Islands of Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola Pescatori. You can also be taken to the coastal towns of Stresa, Verbania, and more.

From Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Gulf Boat Tour

10. From Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Gulf Boat Tour

A special itinerary will lead visitors to discover the Borromean Gulf: Isola Madre, Isola Pescatori and Isola Bella and the coastal towns such as Verbania, Baveno and Stresa Boarding from Stresa Piazza Marconi towards Isola Madre, famous for its gardens with tropical flowers, like cashmere cypress, bougainvillea, etc.... After having circumnavigated the island, we will sail towards Isola dei Pescatori, the only one to be permanently inhabited all year round and famous throughout the world for its picturesque village and its many typical restaurants famous for lake fish. We end your cruise with a tour of Isola Bella sailing around the Borromeo Palace and the splendid Italian Baroque garden with its 10 terraces. This tour is one of the most used services to reach the enchanting Borromean Islands and Lake Maggiore. Ideal for those who like to travel freely at their own pace, this tour allows you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake.

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based on 9 reviews

Excellent formula. Our skipper Alessandro took great care of us, giving us valuable advice on both restaurants and visits. We had the boat to ourselves, a dream! We will be back as it was a magical day. Sylvia

Great service, punctual, nice ride to the Borromean Islands