Lake Maggiore
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  • Borromean Islands Private Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa

    1. Borromean Islands Private Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa

    Avoid the restrictive schedules of most sightseeing tours and discover the beauty of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace. Avail of an exclusive private boat service between Stresa and the islands of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. Hop off and on as often as you like throughout the day. Relax aboard the comfortable boats as you take in the stunning views of the lake. Jump off at Isola Bella to visit the summer palace of Count Vitaliano VI. Stroll around the gardens of Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre. Find a nice spot for lunch in the fishing village on Isola dei Pescatori, the only island of the archipelago still inhabited.

  • Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

    2. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

    Navigating Lake Maggiore is a pleasurable-enough experience as it is. When coupled with a good bottle of Prosecco, it becomes even more unique and unforgettable. The boat you use throughout this activity is suitable for small groups of people for cocktails, or to make a romantic surprise for your partner. Larger groups can be accommodated inside of the boat, protected from the weather but at the same time offered wide views of the lake through the boat's large windows and open terrace area. Enjoy a delicious aperitif in good company as you socialize onboard your comfortable boat. During your approximately 1-hour cruise, make the most of your time to take photos and learn more about this wonderful side of Lake Maggiore.

  • Cannobio: Lake Maggiore Sunset Cruise

    3. Cannobio: Lake Maggiore Sunset Cruise

    What could be better than a relaxing lake cruise at the end of a hard day? This is your opportunity to go from Cannobio by private boat to admire the famous "Castelli di Cannero Riviera", which has been a pirates' hideout in the past. You can enjoy a delicious aperitif in good company, as you socialize onboard your comfortable boat. During the cruise, you will have plenty of time to take photos, and learn more about this wonderful side of Lake Maggiore. Your cruise will take approximately 1.5 hours, and will end once back in Cannobio. Once back at the port, you will discover many restaurants and cafès which will be available for you to choose from.

  • Lago Maggiore: Adventure Park with Panoramic View

    4. Lago Maggiore: Adventure Park with Panoramic View

    Buckle up and start your day with a climb up one of the exciting rope courses available. You can try them all, with over 40 challenges, there are loads of possibilities. After the climb, soar over the park with a 65 meter long zip line, taking in spectacular views along the way. After your arrival, you will meet an instructor and get a safety briefing, ensuring your adventure for the day goes smoothly. Enjoy the stunning view and fall in love with the wildlife above Maggiore Lake. For the small ones, a playground and a sand box to enjoy surrounded by nature is available. If you're hungry, why don't you try some of the local specialties at WunderBar or Grotto Carza restaurants, both plastic free and pet-friendly.

  • Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

    5. Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

    Your special walking tour begins right in the center of Cannobio, which is a little gem on Lake Maggiore. Your meeting point will be at 5:30PM in the old town. Whilst walking through its narrow streets you will learn of old traditions, curious stories, legends, and even of a miracle! The tour is designed to show you different points of interest of this ancient lake town, and continues on with a guided visit to the Sanctuary of S. Pietà on the stunning lakefront. At the conclusion of the tour, a very welcome aperitif complete with a lake view awaits all the tour participants!

  • 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

    6. 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

    Spend an enjoyable 4 days and 3 nights touring the lakes region of northern Italy. Admire the scenic beauty of the area as you tour by land and water. Visit lovely lakeside villages and islands and explore the historic city of Verona on a guided tour. Day 1: Milan, Lake Orta, Stresa, Como Depart Milan at 08:30 for the drive to Lake Orta, a small, charming lake situated in the north-eastern part of the Piedmont region. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then take a boat to the island of San Giulio, the gem of the lake that is almost entirely occupied by the Mater Ecclesie Monastery. After a short visit, you’ll take the ferry back to Orta, and travel by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest of Italy’s lakes. Arrive in Stresa, an international tourist resort, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon take a...

  • From Como: Three Lakes Tour to Ascona, Lugano, and Bellagio

    7. From Como: Three Lakes Tour to Ascona, Lugano, and Bellagio

    Start with pickup from Como and, after a brief introduction, travel north in a luxury air-conditioned minivan. Cross the border into Switzerland to visit the town of Ascona on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Discover one of the largest of the Northern Lakes, known for its stunning Alpine backdrop and elegant promenades. Enjoy free time to explore Ascona and it's wonderful architecture and shops. From Ascona, travel a short distance to Lugano, often called the "Monte Carlo" of Switzerland with it's one-of-a-kind views and chic designer shops. Use your time here to enjoy some lunch and visit the Santa Maria Degli Angioli Church which houses the "Passion and Crucifixion" fresco by Da Vinci’s apprentice, Bernardino Luini. Leaving Lugano behind, follow a picturesque lakeside drive around Lake Lugano and head back into Italy. In Cadenabbia, your driver will leave you at the dock of the ferryboa...

  • Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

    8. Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

    Set sail on this Borromean Gulf cruise and admire the area’s sights and scenery from the water. Pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. Marvel at the Borromeo Palace. Leave from Stresa towards Isola Madre, famous for its gardens with tropical blooms and for its villa that will leave you speechless. After having made a complete tour around the island, head towards the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island), the only island to be permanently inhabited all year round. Spot a set of ancient houses rich in history. Finish off your cruise with a tour of Isola Bella from the water. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the memorable gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

  • Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

    9. Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

    Depart from the resort town of Stresa on a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the beautiful coastline to discover the lesser-known corners of Lake Maggiore.

    Admire architectural masterpieces such as "Villa Amalia Bernocchi" in Empire style, "Villa Carlottina Margherita" in Liberty style, "Villa Excelsior Niobe" in Castellano style, "Villa Vignolo Domus" and the most famous "Villa Pallavicino".

    Sailing away from the coast of Stresa, move in the direction of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, which perched on a sheer rock face overlooking the lake is undoubtedly one of the most evocative scenarios of Lake Maggiore. Take unique photographs and enjoy a tour of the lake outside the classic itineraries but no less fascinating and rich in history.

  • Lake Maggiore Discovery: Private Tour from Torino

    10. Lake Maggiore Discovery: Private Tour from Torino

    Get breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore, with the jaw-droppingly beautiful Borromean Islands and their spectacular gardens. Have a stroll in the charming village of Stresa, ride on a boat with your guide to admire the villas, fortresses, and castles along the lake’s shores.

    Discover stunning sceneries and an enriching historical-artistic legacy that render the Lake a truly magical place.

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What people are saying about Lake Maggiore

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 69 reviews

Excellent service, efficient and charming; we were able to embark upon our arrival at the meeting place, choose in which direction to visit the islands, take advantage of the advice of the captain and the boat for us alone. Then all you have to do is call the captain directly on each island so that he can pick you up 10 to 15 minutes later, it is very practical and a real saving of time and comfort for the visit of these superb Borromean islands.

Romantic evening. All perfect. Great buffet. Friendliness on the part of the skipper. Recommended

We had a romantic trip with sparkling wine and various antipasti. A good start!

Definitely pleasant experience, punctual service, helpful I recommend it.

Our guide Simons was kind and very knowledgeable Great tour !