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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$ 15.78 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.

About this activity

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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 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 1021 reviews

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The process of boarding a vessel is unclear. No marking on any boat, inaccurate times. Coins must be prepared to pay entrance fees to the islands (pay before boarding a boat). Entrance to palaces and gardens for a fee. It is possible to purchase a ticket at the box office on the island (it is possible to combine several islands) or online and save waiting in queue.

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May 21, 2022

Very enjoyable day. Be ready for some confusion when trying to find the correct boat that takes you from island to island. Eventually it always worked out on time. We took our dog along (no ticket needed for him). Proved to be a complication, as the visit to the gardens and the palaces is not permitted for pets and there is no place to leave them. On Isola Madre the only option was to spend the time in the sole restaurant available.

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May 11, 2022

Isola Madre and Isola Bella, not to be missed; take a ticket for the 2 visits to the palaces when you arrive on the 1st, Madre (one on each island), otherwise you will only see the gardens (which are also magnificent and totally different). Don't be in a hurry with the river shuttle which can pick you up after an hour, it's worth taking your time for one or the other island... You have plenty to see for 2 hours on each island. On the other hand, if you do not plan to eat on the fishermen's island, short-circuit it by staying in the shuttle, or rather take a river shuttle ticket for 2 islands. We wasted time on this island…

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April 10, 2022

Product ID: 26194