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The gems of lake Maggiore - the Borromean islands on a private day trip

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What to Expect
Your guide will meet you at the pier in Stresa to take a boat and reach isola Madre, a little paradise on earth.

Walking in the peaceful English-style garden you will admire exotic plants and flowers in a very special setting. The villa on this island is part of the guided tour and offers nice rooms in a country-style building dating back to the 16th century.

The tour will then continue to isola Bella where you will be able to enjoy some free time for lunch before visitng another extraordinary palace, opulent and impressive, that will surprise you with its beautiful collections and stunning views through the windows. Some more time spent in the lovely Italianate gardens on isola Bella before heading back to Stresa.

If you decide to upgrade, you can include a stop also on isola Pescatori, Fishermen's island, unless you prefer to enjoy it on another day on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
28838 Stresa, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local tour guide
  • Entrance tickets: € 24 per person
  • Transport: € 17 per person
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
We had an absolutely wonderful time touring the Borromean Islands and experiencing the beauty of Lake Maggiore. I would heartily recommend this experience to anyone looking to see lake Maggiore, and experience its history and culture first-hand. It will be a highlight of your
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at The gems of lake Maggiore - the Borromean islands on a private day trip
Responded Aug 19, 2019
Dear Max, thank you very much for writing this positive and detailed review. I am so glad that you and your girlfriend truly enjoyed your day out with me! Grazie. Ciao, Micaela
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We enjoyed our private tour with Micaela on Lake Maggiore and the beautiful gardens of Isola Madre. Micaela was very informative and professional, our best tour guide during our trip to Italy. Thanks Micaela!
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at The gems of lake Maggiore - the Borromean islands on a private day trip
Responded Jul 10, 2019
Dear guests, thank you very much for your positive feedback. What an honour it is to be the best tour guide you had in Italy! I am glad you enjoyed lake Maggiore and the Borromean islands so much ( more than lake Como!!). Ciao, Micaela
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

By: Micaela - Guida Turistica Lago Maggiore d'Orta Visite Guidate
130 reviews
Burnaby, Canada
Private Guided Tour to Santa Caterina Del Sasso & Isola Bella by Micaela Lucini - Excellent
On our recent trip to Stresa in Lake Maggiore, our group of 8 people arranged a private tour to Santa Caterina Del
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A must do, exceeded our expectations!
My husband and I booked a private 6 hour afternoon tour with Micaela...and it truly was an experience we will
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Outstanding Experience!
We enjoyed a lovely day with our friends on a private boat tour with Micaela! She was extremely knowledgeable and
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Richard S
Newport, Rhode Island
Outstanding experience
Our full day tour of the Borromeo Islands with Micaela Lucini was excellent. Her knowledge and ability to convey
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Wonderful Day & Excellent Guide!!
My wife, another couple, and I did the Borromean Islands private tour with Micaela and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
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Excellentl Lake Maggiore Private Guide -- An Amazing Day with Micaela!!
My husband and I and another couple booked a 7-hour private tour of the Borromean Islands with Micaela recently.
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St Petersburg
Great local guide!
Our group of six adults recently took Micaela's full day trip to the three Borromean Islands in Lake Maggiore.
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Flanders, New Jersey
Amazing Day
We spent more than seven hours with Michaela touring the the three islands in Lake Maggiore and the time flew by.
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Micaela brought our visit alive!
Micaela accompanied my mum and I to lake Orta. Her knowledge brought the meaning of the frescos and daily life of
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Easton, Maryland
Tour of Sacro Monte di Orta and San Giulio Island in Lake Orta
I should of dictated notes into my smartphone. Micaela has an encyclopedic knowledge of the places we toured. I
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Roebling, New Jersey
A visit to paradise with a true gem
We wrote to Micaela prior to arriving for our stay in Pallanza and set up a full day boat tour of the Borromean
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Perfect Tour
Micaela led my wife and I on a tour of the Borromean islands. She is incredibly knowledgeable and tailored the
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Great trip with Micaela
Perfect boat trip from Stresa to Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. Micaela is very friendly, speaks perfect
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Statham, Georgia
Isola Bella tour
My husband arranged a 3 hour tour with Micaela and it was perfect. She suggested a private boat to take us to the
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Christina v
Excellent practical advice
I was a solo traveller. Prior to my visit I communicated with Micaela and in a very prompt reply she made a number
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