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    • Risk Free Booking
    • Experience crafted by locals
    • Customisable tour
    • Also available privately!

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    Explore Lake Orta and San Giulio Island

    • Private car from Stresa, Arona or any other location in Lombardy
    • Private boat cruise in the southern part of the lake and to the island
    • Expert licensed English-speaking tour guide

    At a glance

    Lake Orta is a small gem located a short drive from Stresa: expect strolling in the small old town alleys and reaching the private island of San Giulio by boat to take a walk surrounded by silence.


    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: 3/5 Hours
    • Operated Only Privately
    • Price: Upon request


    • Meeting Point: Stresa, Arona or any location in Lombardy
    • Time of departure 10:00 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

    Our private driver will pick you up in Stresa for the short transfer to Orta San Giulio, a small town rich with local trattorias and narrow alleys. Enjoy a nice stroll in town before enjoying a 30 min cruise by private boat to end at the small island of San Giulio.

    The small island seems to float on the water and is dominated by the building of the former seminary that today hosts the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery of Benedictine nuns. On the island there is also the Basilica of San Giulio, the most important church in Romanic style of the area.

    You will be fascinated by the narrow street, called the Walk of Silence. Peace and tranquility; this is what you will find here.

    When back to Orta, our tour guide will leave you not before suggesting the best spots to have lunch and relax. We are also available to make a reservation for you.

    Our driver will pick you up to transfer you back to Stresa at about 1400.

    Before you go

    What is included?

    • Professional English speaking tour guide 3 hours
    • Private Car transfers from/to Stresa
    • Private boat cruise 30 min with stop at San Giulio island


    What is not included?

    • Pick-up and drop-off  from a different location is available upon request and quoted separately
    • Lunch is not included: we will be glad to suggest a restaurant and make a reservation in your name
    • Souvenirs. Our guide will be glad to point you to the best spots to buy local gifts
    • Extra food & drinks and what is not explicitly listed in the programme must be paid separately​

    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.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes 
    • Bring a Water Bottle, alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point
    • 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
    • ​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 a “template”, 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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