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

Hop-on hop-off tour

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

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

From US$ 16.36 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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English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, Italian


  • Stresa

  • 15 minutes
  • Isola Madre (free time, hop-on hop-off stop)

    • Extra fee
  • 10 minutes
  • Isola dei Pescatori (free time, hop-on hop-off stop)

    • Extra fee
  • 5 minutes
  • Isola Bella, Borromean Islands (free time, hop-on hop-off stop)

    • Extra fee
  • 5 minutes
  • Stresa

Meeting point
Main stop
  • Have lunch on one of the terraces on the lake at typical restaurants
  • Visit the famous botanical garden of Isola Madre
  • Enjoy traveling at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Admire the Borromean palace and gardens of Isola Bella
  • Sail on the waters of Lake Maggiore
Full description
Discover the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands on this hop-on hop-off boat tour. Cruise from Stresa to the 3 Borromean Islands, Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre, and choose to include stops at 2 or all 3 of the islands. After making your way to the meeting point, board the modern boat and set off to Lake Maggiore's most characteristic places. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake as you go. As you cruise, hear fascinating facts about the sights with a geolocalized audio guide in English and Italian.

Embark on a boat trip from Stresa Piazza Marconi and discover three Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore. First, visit Isola Madre which is the farthest island from Stresa. Explore the island, which is famous for its botanical gardens. See the free-living birdlife and admire the peacocks and pheasants who stroll calmly through the gardens. Discover the unique plants of the island, such as the famous Cashmere tree and Bougainville. You can also visit the villa with its puppet collection. Next, visit Isola dei Pescatori the only one of the Borromean Islands inhabited all year round. Explore its many charming alleys and stop to taste the typical dishes of the lake at one of the numerous restaurants. Finish your island tour with a stop at Isola Bella most famous for its palace, splendid caves, and Italian-style gardens. Admire the views from the famous terraces, enjoy some shopping in the elegant boutique stores, or visit the local handicraft market, before returning to Stresa..

<span style="color: rgb(26, 43, 73);".When the boat arrives at each island, simply hop off the boat and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue your tour. Explore the islands' attractions and natural beauty at your own pace.

  • Hop-on Hop off boat tour
  • Stops at the 3 Borromean Islands
  • Multilingual Captain and crew
  • Free time on each island
  • Multilingual commentary live on board
  • Entrance to the Borromean Palace Museum and Gardens
  • Food and drinks
  • Tour guide
  • Landing fee of €0.50 for each island to be paid locally
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Upon your arrival at Stresa Piazza Marconi, you can contact one of the representatives at the ticket office or go directly to the pier of Isole Lago Maggiore s.n.c. to find the boat, recognizable by a large tricolor sail with the Italian flag. Please exchange your voucher at the ticket office to join the tour and make the landing fee payment. There is no set arrival time, as this is not a timed service.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Bikes
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Walking frames

Know before you go

  • Leave from Stresa by private boat every 30 minutes (approx.) from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • The departure times of the tour start from 10:00 AM until 13:45 PM (last departure to 3 islands of the day) and last departure time from Isola Madre (first stop) to other islands at 14.50
  • From 17 March 2023 to 5 November 2023 the palaces and gardens of the beautiful and mother island will be open
  • The entrance ticket to the palace and garden of Isola Bella and mother are not included
  • Pets are allowed on the boat but not inside the museum and garden
  • 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 )
  • This tour may be canceled for poor weather, and a refund will be issued
  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • Since this is a non-scheduled public service, the departure, transfer and return times are at the complete discretion of the customer.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 1344 reviews

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The activity was very nice, we really enjoyed isole dei pescatori and isola bella. Isola madre was really disappointing since you can’t do anything unless you pay to go into the museum, you can’t walk around freely. If I had known this I would have chosen to only see the other two islands.

March 31, 2023

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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March 31, 2023

Dobrze byłoby podać jaśniejsze informacje, gdzie jest ticket office a gdzie jest przystań. Dla osób przybywających pociągiem pomyłka oznacza bowiem mnóstwo straconego czasu i konieczność wędrowania po twardej nawierzchni w upale. Dobrze byłoby mieć jasną mapkę i te informacje powtórzone na samym voucherze. Poza tym sama wycieczka udana i wspaniała.

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 26194