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Stresa: Madre & Bella Borromean Islands Boat Trip

Stresa: Madre & Bella Borromean Islands Boat Trip

From US$ 14.29 per person

Admire the wonderful gardens of Isola Madre, an ancient hunting reserve of the Borromeo family. Sail to Isola Bella for the elegant Borromean Palace, Italian garden terraces, and boutique shops.

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  • Sail on the waters of Lake Maggiore
  • Admire the Borromean palace and gardens of Isola Bella
  • Photograph the famous white peacocks
  • Visit the famous botanical garden of Isola Madre
  • Shop in the beautiful shops of Isola Bella
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Embark on a boat trip from Stresa and discover two of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore. First, visit Isola Madre which is the farthest island from Stresa. Explore the island which is famous for its botanical gardens. See the free-living birdlife and admire the peacocks and pheasants who stroll calmly through the gardens. Discover the unique plants of the island, such as the famous Cashmere tree. You can also visit the villa with its puppet collection. Next, continue the tour to Isola Bella, most famous for its palace, splendid caves, and Italian-style gardens. Admire the views from the famous terraces, enjoy some shopping in the elegant boutique stores, or visit the local handicraft market, before returning to Stresa.
  • Hop-on hop-off boat ticket to Isola Madre and Isola Bella
  • Entrance fees to the Borromean Palaces and gardens
  • Landing fee of €0.50 for each island to be paid locally
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Meeting point

The ticket is valid from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM upon your arrival in Stresa. Upon your arrival you can contact one of the representatives or go directly to the Lake Tours pier to find the boat, recognizable by a large yellow sail.

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  • The ticket is valid from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • In case of bad weather the tour may be canceled, you can ask for a full refund or change the date
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The backpacker recommends going first to Isla Bella before madre but the boat no longer passes in the afternoon after 2 p.m. with the yellow and blue company that we had taken. So we had to do madre first. The visit is the most beautiful we have done. Much more charming than Bella, which remains oriented more towards the palace than the garden, even if it is also very beautiful. We had to wait 1 hour for a boat to arrive, whereas with other companies there were 3 that passed before ours arrived…

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July 25, 2022

Nice trip. Difficult to find the Get your guide agent in the parking lot at first, but everything was OK after that.

August 11, 2022

Peu d'attente, il y a des bateaux régulièrement. Je récommande cette compagnie.

July 27, 2022

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