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Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

1. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

Navigating Lake Maggiore is a pleasurable-enough experience as it is. When coupled with a good bottle of Prosecco, it becomes even more unique and unforgettable. The boat you use throughout this activity is suitable for small groups of people for cocktails, or to make a romantic surprise for your partner. Larger groups can be accommodated inside of the boat, protected from the weather but at the same time offered wide views of the lake through the boat's large windows and open terrace area. Enjoy a delicious aperitif in good company as you socialize onboard your comfortable boat. During your approximately 1-hour cruise, make the most of your time to take photos and learn more about this wonderful side of Lake Maggiore.

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Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

2. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

Explore Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, and the surrounding area on this private taxi-boat tour. Discover all the mysteries and history of the Borromean Islands with a professional tour guide exclusive to your group. Start your excursion in Stresa Piazza Marconi either in the morning at 9:30 AM, or in the afternoon at 2:30 PM. Then set off on your customizable tour whose duration and timing will be at your discretion (about 2-4 hours). Stop at Isola Bella and take a guided tour of its architectural beauties with your knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the beautiful baroque gardens, and admire the wonderful views of the Borromean Gulf.

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Stresa: Lake Maggiore Private Boat Tour

3. Stresa: Lake Maggiore Private Boat Tour

Cruise Lake Maggiore in your own private boat, operated by a driver who will take you around the lake and the 3 Borromean Islands. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of one of Italy's largest and most well-known lakes. Admire the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and villages as you cruise. Choose the most suitable boat for your occasion, whether it be romantic or family-oriented. You can also opt for various tours or itineraries on your hour out on Lake Maggiore. Enjoy boating out to the Borromean Islands of Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola Pescatori. You can also be taken to the coastal towns of Stresa, Verbania, and more.

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Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

4. Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

5. 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

Spend an enjoyable 4 days and 3 nights touring the lakes region of northern Italy. Admire the scenic beauty of the area as you tour by land and water. Visit lovely lakeside villages and islands and explore the historic city of Verona on a guided tour. Day 1: Milan, Lake Orta, Stresa, Como Depart Milan at 08:30 for the drive to Lake Orta, a small, charming lake situated in the north-eastern part of the Piedmont region. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then take a boat to the island of San Giulio, the gem of the lake that is almost entirely occupied by the Mater Ecclesie Monastery. After a short visit, you’ll take the ferry back to Orta, and travel by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest of Italy’s lakes. Arrive in Stresa, an international tourist resort, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon take a tour of Pescatori island by boat. Continue to Bella Island, where you can visit Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa before heading on to Como. Overnight in Como. Day 2: Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Brescia Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short visit to Como. Take in views of the high mountain overlooking the lake, the wild alpine valley, and the surrounding villages. On Lake Como you’ll board a boat to take you to Bellagio, located at the tip of the peninsula that separates the lake's 2 southern arms. You’ll have views of the Alps across the lake to the north. There will be free time for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll depart by boat for Varenna. After a panoramic tour you’ll continue on to Bergamo. Enjoy a short walking tour of the city center before heading to Brescia. Overnight in Brescia. Day 3: Brescia, Sirmione, Riva Del Garda, Verona You’ll depart Brescia for Lake Garda after breakfast. Enjoy a panoramic tour along the western coast of the largest of the Italian lakes. Admire the splendid natural landscapes surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta to the north and gentle sloping hills to the south. When you arrive in Sirmione you’ll have the best panoramic views of the lake. Take a boat tour and admire the Sirmione Cape, the castle, and the Grotto of Catullo. Depart for Riva del Garda on the north side of the lake. Visit its historic center with free time for lunch before the drive to Verona. Overnight in Verona. Day 4: Verona, Milan After breakfast at the hotel you’ll tour the famous city of Verona, a work of art in itself. This fascinating crossroads of historical periods and cultures is a blend of Nordic and Mediterranean influences. See traces of its splendid Roman origins, its prevailing medieval structures, its magnificent Renaissance palaces, and impressive fortifications. You’ll have free time for lunch before departing for Milan in the afternoon.

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From Como: Three Lakes Tour to Ascona, Lugano, and Bellagio

6. From Como: Three Lakes Tour to Ascona, Lugano, and Bellagio

Start with pickup from Como and, after a brief introduction, travel north in a luxury air-conditioned minivan. Cross the border into Switzerland to visit the town of Ascona on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Discover one of the largest of the Northern Lakes, known for its stunning Alpine backdrop and elegant promenades. Enjoy free time to explore Ascona and it's wonderful architecture and shops. From Ascona, travel a short distance to Lugano, often called the "Monte Carlo" of Switzerland with it's one-of-a-kind views and chic designer shops. Use your time here to enjoy some lunch and visit the Santa Maria Degli Angioli Church which houses the "Passion and Crucifixion" fresco by Da Vinci’s apprentice, Bernardino Luini. Leaving Lugano behind, follow a picturesque lakeside drive around Lake Lugano and head back into Italy. In Cadenabbia, your driver will leave you at the dock of the ferryboat and provide you with tickets for your ferry ride to Bellagio, home to many famous residents. Enjoy a few hours of leisure time to shop and explore, before taking the scenic ferry back to Como, which passes close by the homes of various celebrities, including George Clooney.

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Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

7. Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on this Borromean Gulf cruise and admire the area’s sights and scenery from the water. Pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. Marvel at the Borromeo Palace. Leave from Stresa towards Isola Madre, famous for its gardens with tropical blooms and for its villa that will leave you speechless. After having made a complete tour around the island, head towards the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island), the only island to be permanently inhabited all year round. Spot a set of ancient houses rich in history. Finish off your cruise with a tour of Isola Bella from the water. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the memorable gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

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Lake Maggiore: Market & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

8. Lake Maggiore: Market & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Lake Maggiore Discovery: Private Tour from Torino

9. Lake Maggiore Discovery: Private Tour from Torino

Get breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore, with the jaw-droppingly beautiful Borromean Islands and their spectacular gardens. Have a stroll in the charming village of Stresa, ride on a boat with your guide to admire the villas, fortresses, and castles along the lake’s shores. Discover stunning sceneries and an enriching historical-artistic legacy that render the Lake a truly magical place.

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Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

10. Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

Depart from the resort town of Stresa on a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the beautiful coastline to discover the lesser-known corners of Lake Maggiore. Admire architectural masterpieces such as "Villa Amalia Bernocchi" in Empire style, "Villa Carlottina Margherita" in Liberty style, "Villa Excelsior Niobe" in Castellano style, "Villa Vignolo Domus" and the most famous "Villa Pallavicino". Sailing away from the coast of Stresa, move in the direction of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, which perched on a sheer rock face overlooking the lake is undoubtedly one of the most evocative scenarios of Lake Maggiore. Take unique photographs and enjoy a tour of the lake outside the classic itineraries but no less fascinating and rich in history.

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What people are saying about Lake Maggiore

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Was a great trip to be taken to three islands in a private shuttle boat. Initially the disappointment because we assumed that we would have the boat available for € 200. We would have preferred to visit Verbania and sail relaxed over the lake. Renting the boat privately means that you and your group are only sailed back and forth on the boat to the three predetermined islands and you can call the skipper 15 minutes before you want to leave so that he will pick you up again. Is luxurious, not long lines that you have to connect to - and wait until the right shuttle boat passes. Hop On hop OFF costs € 60 (in our case with 5 people)

Beautiful ride on the lake and its islands

In fact we opted for a private boat, thinking that it would be waiting for us on each island. But no, we had to call 10-15 min before. It is a bit of a shame because it is not what we expected. To see if it was the best option in view of the price. there may be a better solution. Otherwise efficient service and pleasant welcome every time

The service was extremely efficient and quick. The quida explained many things to us about these beautiful islands.

Romantic evening. All perfect. Great buffet. Friendliness on the part of the skipper. Recommended

We had a romantic trip with sparkling wine and various antipasti. A good start!