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    • Customisable tour
    • Also available privately!

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    Borromean Islands Tour

    • Private boat transfers among the islands
    • Guided tour of Isola Bella and Isola Madre or Isola dei Pescatori

    At a glance

    You cannot visit Lake Maggiore without dedicating one day to exploring the Borromean Islands by boat: a unique island hopping tour which you will love as the Palaces are magnificent and the botanical gardens unique.

     

    This tour can be combined with private transfers from any location in Lombardy to make it the perfect day trip. Of course, the itinerary can be further personalised for a fully made-to-measure experience!

    • Duration: 5/7 Hours
    • Operated Only Privately
    • Price: Upon request

    Departing

    • Meeting Point: Stresa
    • Time of departure 10:30 AM or earlier
    • Operating any day from April to October

    Risk Free Booking

    • SHARED TOURS: 72h Free Cancellation & full refund
    • PRIVATE TOURS: Small 10% deposit asked at booking, 15 days free cancellation & 90% refund
    Itinerary

    You will meet our local licensed tour guide in Stresa where a private boat will take you to Isola Bella, a small island that was converted from a simple fishing village to a wonderful villa with gardens.

    During this full day, you will stop at 2 islands, so after the visit you will be able to choose to have lunch either at Isola Bella, Isola Madre or Isola dei Pescatori for lunch. Our guide will be ready to suggest you the best restaurants where you can taste typical food and experience Lake Maggiore cuisine.

    After lunch, explore more of the second island you chose with the help of our local guide, before you end tour back in Stresa at about 1530.

    If you wish to add a stunning attraction, we strongly suggest dedicating some of your afternoon to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, a church perched on a rocky cliff overlooking the lake. It is for sure the most picturesque spot of all region.

    A 30 minutes private boat cruise will bring you and our guide will show you all secrets of this place and you can have a short walk to admire Lake Maggiore’s beauty.

    Tour will end back in Stresa at about 1700.

    Before you go

    What is included?

    • Professional English speaking tour guide
    • Private Boat transfers among the islands
    • Entrance tickets to the chosen attractions

     

    What is not included?

    • Pick-up and drop-off from a different location is available upon request and quoted separately
    • Extra food & drinks and what is not explicitly included and detailed in the program must be paid separately​
    • Tips are not mandatory but very well appreciated by guides and drivers if you enjoyed their service
    • Souvenirs Our guides will be glad to point you to the best spots to buy local gifts

    What should I bring and know?

    • While in Italy you should always carry an ID card with you. When taking a boat tour in particular, at least one person in the group must carry his/her passport or ID or a copy or a picture. If failing this requirement, boarding might be denied.
    • Bring a Water Bottle, alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point ​
    • Private boats do now allow bringing your own food and drinks on board, except for a bottle of water.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes 
    • Sun hat and sun screen are strongly recommended in summer months
    • The tour runs rain or shine.​ If rain is forecast, bring an umbrella, as you will be outside for most of the tour
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • ​Not wheelchair accessible
    • No pets allowed
    • This tour is in English. Other languages are available upon request, please contact us

    What is your cancellation policy?

    • SHARED TOURS: full payment within 15 days before tour date. Full refund until 72 hours before departure time.
    • PRIVATE TOURS: 10% non-refundable service fee at confirmation. 90% payment 15 days before tour. Full refund (excluding service fee) until 15 days prior to tour/itinerary start. No refund thereafter.
    • No refunds if you do not turn up for the tour (no-show) (our tours start promptly, the guide shall not be able to linger)
    • ​If you need to reschedule your booked tour we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please contact us directly by email. In case we cannot meet your needs and you decide to cancel, no refund shall be given for tours that are cancelled with less than 72 hours notice in case of shared tours and 15 days in case of private tours. 
    • Tours and activities take place rain or shine. If one of our suppliers cancels (i.e. boat), we will do our best to propose an alternative solution. Full refunds will not be guaranteed in case the alternative is not accepted, as some services (i.e. guide, car) might still be due remuneration.
    • Some tours may require a fixed deposit in order to purchase tickets in advance. We will let you know case by case once we receive your request.
    •  A 4% credit card fee will be applied to cc payments. Credit card fees are not refundable.
    •  We encourage travel insurance for all trips.
    • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions policy here

    Is the tour customizable?

    Yes! All our itineraries are samples, created to inspire and give options for a ready to book tour. But we love to design custom experiences for our clients.

    Whether you just have a special request for us or need a private, fully made-to-measure experience, let us know! We can design an itinerary just for you.

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