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Stresa to Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

Hop-on hop-off tour

Stresa to Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

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

From US$ 8.58 per person

Explore the beautiful island of Isola Bella at leisure with a hop-on hop-off boat ticket from Stresa. Glide across Lake Maggiore to the most famous Islands to visit the Palace Museum and garden.

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  • Explore the pretty island of Isola Bella at your own pace
  • Sail around the islets of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore
  • Create your own itinerary with a boat service that runs every 30 minutes
  • See beautiful Alpine plants at the Botanical Gardens in Stresa
Full description
Get stunning views of Lake Maggiore and the small islands and islets of the Borromean Islands on an exclusive boat service between Stresa and Isola Bella. Travel at your own pace and according to your preferred schedule. Leave the boat at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue. Relax aboard the modern vessels as they ferry you between the most characteristic places on Lake Maggiore. Hop-off at the romantic island of Isola Bella to visit the Palace Museum and its Italianate gardens at your own expense. Go for a stroll around the fishing village on the other side of the tiny island. Cross back to Stresa, where you can journey up into the hills to visit the botanical gardens of the Giardino Botanico Alpinia at leisure. 
  • Hop-on hop-off ticket to Isola Bella
  • Multilingual captain
  • Stops at the 2 Borromean Islands
  • Multilingual commentary live on board
  • Free time on each island
  • 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
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Credit card
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The entrance ticket to the palace and garden of Isola Bella and mother is not included.
  • Pets are allowed on the boat but not inside the museum and garden.
  • The boats leave from Stresa by private boat about every 30 minutes from 9:30 AM to 6 PM
  • 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
  • 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, guaranteeing maximum flexibility.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 107 reviews

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A great offer and there was enough time for all the islands. However, you have to keep in mind that you still have to pay an entrance fee on the islands, which is not exactly cheap. We bought an online combination ticket for Isola Bella and Isola Madre for 25 euros and didn't have to wait in the long queue at the ticket office. It was always a bit confusing to find the right boat, but every boat captain knew about all the providers and could help you. Was a very nice day!

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August 13, 2021

great everything is well worked out parking then 2-3 captains come to one who speak english and german also show a ticket and everything is explained briefly and succinctly, it is worth being there early in the morning because we needed about 5 hours for 3 island it's worth it ... really ... we paid 63 euros for 2 adults and 2 children 5 and 10 years old with all entrance to the island 2xpalast garden etc. but it is really worth it !!!!!! Highly Recommended!!!!

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July 27, 2021

Small mess at the start to find the boats and embark on one of them. Then everything went very well. We were able to do the 3 islands. There are departures every 30min and the journeys are quick (5/10min). Simple and efficient transport at a very reasonable price! I advise to do Isola Bella with the visit of the Villa. It's not cheap (17€/pers) but the gardens are really worth the detour. Great photos at keys. Concerning the Villa, there are rooms with a remarkable architecture otherwise it is a lot of painting, tapestry etc so it depends if you are receptive to it.

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July 25, 2020

Product ID: 150329