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Day Trip to Lake Maggiore from Milan

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from US$ 78.14 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Visit the lovely Italian town of Stresa
  • Lake Maggiore boat cruise
  • Stunning scenery featuring lakeside villas and gardens
  • Overview

    A visit to the Lake District is an unmissable experience whilst in Milan. You will see the fashionable town of Stresa where you can browse the local shops for souvenirs and afterwards enjoy the stunning scenery of the area gliding along Lake Maggiore on a two-hour panoramic cruise.

    The eleven islands of Lake Maggiore are renowned for their beauty and the area makes for an ideal day trip destination. Lake Maggiore is surrounded by the majestic Alps and houses some of Italy’s most beautiful gardens where lemon and olive trees grow alongside camellias, azaleas and magnolias.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday & Sunday


    7.5 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    The tour departs from Milan Visitor Center: Largo Cairoli / via Cusani, Milan, MM1 Cairoli.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Tour ends at the starting point.


    Your tour starts from Cairoli train station in Milan. You will arrive at the quaint town of Stresa. Here you will have free time to explore this fascinating little town, try some local cuisine or indulge in some shopping before taking a stunning lake cruise.

    We pass the exotic Isola Madre, home to a 20 acre park that is considered one of the most impressive in Italy, before heading back in time to the simple life of Isola dei Pescatori where you will have free time to explore, shop or enjoy a light lunch. The next stop will be the luxurious Isola Bella with the elaborate gardens of the Borromean Palace (not included) surrounded by boutiques and cafés housed in grand historic buildings.

    Finally, you will re-join the boat and cruise back to Stresa and depart by bus for Milan, stopping at the huge statue of San Carlo Borromeo in Arona. This massive bronze statue, erected between 1614 and 1698, was built on a hill overlooking the lake to celebrate the former archbishop of Milan.

    You will arrive back at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • English speaking tour leader
    • 2 hour panoramic cruise on Lake Maggiore
    • Hotel pickup (if option selected)


    • Gratuities-
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Entrance to Palazzo Borromeo and Isola Bella Gardens
  • Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the details. Times subjected to organization and/or traffic problems.

    Tour will be available three times per week and it will be available as follows:

    Monday: English

    Sunday: English & Portuguese

    Entrance to Palazzo Borromeo and Isola Bella Gardens can be bought directly at the ticket counter on the island.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Customer Reviews
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      George Gatt, Malta, 21/Apr/2017
    • Unfogettable Isola Bella

      Excellent guide. Time at Isola Bella was too Short....

      IIVONEN MARKKU, Finland, 14/Jun/2016
    • Wonderful trip to remember for a life time!

      Best trip for the price. Wish I could have stayed longer. The place was awesome, beautiful and so peaceful except of course for a lot of tourist like me. The guide was courteous...

      Leonida Hatton, United States, 30/Jun/2015
    • We were very happy with this tour.

      Mrs. Turhan, Turkey, 16/Jul/2015