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Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours

Stresa, Italy
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About Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Dear travellers, I'm Micaela Lucini, a true local and experienced private guide in Stresa and I am back! Italy, just like many other countries, has gone through very tough times, but I am glad to inform you that Stresa, lake Maggiore, lake Orta as well as the rest of Italy are now back to normal! All tourist attractions on lake Maggiore, including the Borromean islands, reopened to the public last May. Most of the hotels, bars and restaurants are open and foreigner travellers from EU are able to enter Italy for holiday! From July it will also be possible to enter Italy for vacation from many more countries around the world. So, please, feel free to get in touch in me if you are planning or just dreaming of your next holiday around lake Maggiore and wish to know more about my private tours and also if you have questions about safety or any other question about staying in Stresa or in the Italian lake district! I will be happy to answer your doubts. Stay safe! Ciao, Micaela
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Private Tour of Borromean Islands from Stresa with Micaela

If you want to discover the Borromean Islands on a tour that offers a personal touch, look no further than this private day trip from Stresa. With a guide just for you and your group of family or friends, you’ll travel to the three chic Lake Maggiore islands: Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. Hear the history of the baroque Palazzo Borromeo on a tour, get restaurant recommendations for lunch on Isola dei Pescatori, and wander the gardens of beautiful Isola Madre.
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6 hours
from $370.65

Private Guided Boat Tour of Lake Maggiore's Borromeo Islands

Visit the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore with your own private guide, and enjoy transport by motorboat just for your group plus a tour of Isola Bella’s 17th-century palace. Perfect if you want to understand the lake’s history and avoid the tourist crowds, the experience offers everything you need to explore the islands with ease. The standard tour includes stops at Isola Pescatori and Isola Madre, but you can upgrade to visit the botanical gardens of Isola Madre, if you wish.
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3 to 6 hours
from $240.43

Isola Bella Fishermen's Island Private Tour from Stresa with Micaela

Experience the most that Isola Bella has to offer with this private tour of two of Italy's most famous islands. Visit the aptly-named Isola Bella (Beautiful Island) and Isola dei Pescatori (Fisherman's Island). This private tour offers a morning or afternoon departure to best suit your personal needs.
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3 hours
from $247.10

Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta with Micaela

Spend a morning or afternoon at Lake Orta, and see the highlights of its charming village and lake island with your own private guide. After you hear the history of Orta San Giulio’s medieval houses on a stroll, you’ll step aboard a boat to cruise over the serene lake to Isola di San Giulio. Wander the cobblestone streets to the Roman Catholic basilica, then choose to stay on the island to explore more at your own pace or return to Orta San Giulio with your guide.
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2 to 3 hours
from $228.10

The best of Lake Maggiore on a private guided boat tour

Whether you are a small party, a family or a couple, a private boat tour cruising lake Maggiore can be a unique way to discover this lovely lake and its enchanting scenery: green hills, snow-capped mountains, beautiful islands, elegant villas with stunning gardens, villages and pretty towns, gorgeous views....all this while sitting in a safe and comfortable private motorboat accompanied by a licensed local guide and captain. This stress-free tour will enable you to discover lake Maggiore's beauties wihout any effort, away from the crowds, in a relaxed atmosphere. Just you and your party cruising for the length of time you will choose ( 1 hour, 90 minutes or more). You can decide to have a stop or more stops during the cruise at one of the picturesque towns on lake Maggiore to enjoy a gelato ( ice cream) or a coffee!
IMPORTANT NOTES: private boat skipper is certified, fully insured and has a regular license issued by the local authority that entitles him to transport tourists on board.
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2 to 3 hours
from $228.74
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Cecelia K wrote a review Sep 2020
28 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I recently spent a week in the Lago Maggiore area, after not having gone anywhere since March. We were and still are very concerned about guarding against COVID and wanted to take as many precautions as we could, while still enjoying a one-week getaway. We were distancing ourselves, eating outside whenever possible, wearing our masks, and always had sanitizing supplies with us. We had never before been to Italy and we had never before hired a private guide and we were not sure what to expect. We gave it a try, especially so we wouldn’t expose ourselves to too many people too close together for too long. We first read about Micaela from Tripadvisor, but then we read about a lot more of what she had to offer on her website. She was very responsive to all of our emails and questions. Well, hiring Micaela was our best decision! We spent two whole days and two partial days with her and we are so glad we did. It was soooo worth it! For our first tour with her, we explored the three Borromean Islands, getting around with a private boat. We met at the boat landing at the Piazzale Lido near the cable car to Mt. Mottarone (our hotel was conveniently nearby). Micaela shared her knowledge of the rich history, art, and culture of the area, as well as her extensive knowledge of the local flora. The palace and its history on Isola Bella was amazing, as well as the very beautiful ten-level terraced and sculptured gardens, where we also learned about the citron. We ate a most delicious lunch on Isola Pescatore (our best meal)! This island was so quaint and chock-full of character. At Isola Madre, we much enjoyed visiting the country villa and equally beautiful, but different English-style gardens. It was a fabulous day! We also took a private boat to Caterina del Sasso (partial day), which was stunning. We learned how the monastery came to be, about the frescoes, the religious order and more. It’s rock-hugging location is awesome. For our off-the-beaten-path tour, we took a very pleasant walk to the outskirts of Orta San Giulio, seeing the non-touristy side - how people live and what they do, learning more about this area and ending up at a very small typical old-time village. We then walked along lovely Lake Orta to the charming town center of Orta San Giulio. From there, we took a boat to the small island not far away and toured the beautiful basilica and complex there, learning about the frescoes and the lives of the martyrs. The churches here are real gems. For our last tour, we took a sunset cruise, again using a private boat. Micaela told us about many of the enchanting villas along the coast and more. She provided us with a bottle of wine, complete with snacks, while we watched the changing colors of the sunset as it played out in the sky, clouds, water, mountains and off of buildings. It was so relaxing and serene and we loved every minute! Our boat captain was also very nice, polite and accommodating. Micaela and the captain were very good about wearing their masks. We took them off during times when there was plenty of distancing room. Micaela was professional and knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, personable and thoughtful and spoke great English. Hiring her so greatly enhanced our trip tenfold and we definitely recommend her without hesitation! [Her husband is also a private driver, so they would make an excellent pair, if you needed that as well.] We will always remember her and cherish this wonderful trip!!! Grazie mille, Micaela! 🍋🌿☀️🌴
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded Sep 22, 2020
Dear Cecelia and William, thank you so much for such a wonderful and detailed review! What a pleasure to find this beautiful comment. I was glad to meet your requirements and customise your private tours with me trying as much as possible to skip the crowds and visit at the best times! Your super positive review is really important to me. My guests' satisfaction is my goal! Thank you for choosing me, trusting me and touring with me. It was my pleasure to be your private guide! Greetings also from our boat captain and thanks for mentioning my husband's private taxi service for lake Maggiore!! I will remember you for sure! All the best, ciao Micaela
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MCH270159 wrote a review Aug 2020
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We arranged this tour at the very last moment and are so pleased we did ! The area is very special but made even more so by Micaelas expert knowledge of the history surrounding the Borrowmee islands. We were collected by private boat from the Aminta hotel and toured both islands before staying for dinner on Pescatori. Micaela is clearly a well known guide as the restaurant even made a special boat stop after dinner to drop us back at the hotel rather than Stresa. We were a group of 4 adults and 3 children. We throughly recommend this tour and Micaelas services
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded Sep 2, 2020
Dear Malcolm, thank you very much for taking the time to write this excellent review. I am glad that I was able to design a tailor-made tour of the Borromean islands for you and your friends, so that I was able to guide you also on a day when I didn't have much availability. It's always a good thing to send me an email so that I can customize your tour! And I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay at lake Maggiore! Take care, ciao Micaela
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Sandrine G wrote a review Jul 2020
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Beautiful expérience with very competent and sympathic guide. We recommend it. Lovely places grazie a Michaela. Familly Keller
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded Aug 8, 2020
Bonjour Sandrine, merci beaucoup de votre beau commentaire! Je suis contente de savoir que votre visite guidée privée des iles Borromées avec moi vous a plu. C'était un plaisir de vous accompagner et merci d'avoir choisi un tour guidé pour découvrir isola Bella, isola Pescatori et isola Madre! Ciao, Micaela
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ChrisColder wrote a review Jul 2020
Ashbourne, United Kingdom11 contributions4 helpful votes
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Our private boat tour from Stresa with Micaela was a fabulous way to see Lake Maggiore and felt like a millionaire experience but at a very fair price. We met Micaela at the boat and she was a convivial hostess with very good English (as opposed to our terrible Italian!) and soon realised that we were happy just enjoying the stunning lake scenery in the late afternoon with a glass of wine in hand. Micaela had suggested dinner at Fisherman's Island which couldn't have been better. The setting overlooking the lake was beautiful and the meal was similarly very good. The restaurant provided a boat to return us to the mainland which was almost as much fun as the trip over to the island. All in all, a great tour and I'd recommend anyone who visits Lake Maggiore to seek Micaela out as she was also very helpful putting the booking together in addition to providing a fabulous experience.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Owner at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded Jul 15, 2020
Dear Chris, thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review. I am really glad that you and your friends agreed to my suggested itinerary and enjoyed your Lake Maggiore private sunset boat tour and the rest of your evening. It is always a good idea to get in touch with me to check what itinerary is suitable to one's needs so that I can customise the best lake Maggiore experience / tour to meet your interests and budget! And I have to admit that you are right when you say that you felt like a millionaire....my guests often tell me they felt like Vips! Thank you Chris, ciao! Micaela
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Hing2013 wrote a review Nov 2019
Burnaby, Canada75 contributions68 helpful votes
On our recent trip to Stresa in Lake Maggiore, our group of 8 people arranged a private tour to Santa Caterina Del Sasso and Isola Bell, guided by Micaela Lucini. This 4+ hour tour included our private boat across the lake to Santa Caterina.

 Although it was a heavily rainy day on the day of our visit, we enjoyed this tour very much. Micaela took us to the most important sites, explained to us the history or interesting stories on why the monastery was built. She also took us to Isola Bella and it’s beautiful garden, also explaining in detail about the site. From the first email correspondence with Micaela, she has shown herself to be a very proficient and courteous person. She responded to my various emails almost immediately. We will have no hesitation in recommending her or asking her to be our guide if we are in the area again. We were lucky to have her show us around.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded Nov 22, 2019
Hello! Thank you very much indeed for your fantastic review! Unfortunately we were not very lucky with the weather....but the rain didn't stop us!!! In spite of it, we could visit all what was planned including the spectacular hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso and the lovely gardens of isola Bella too. I am really glad that you enjoyed your private tour with me. Please say hello to the rest of the group! Ciao, Micaela
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