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Private Tour of Borromean Islands from Stresa with Micaela

Private Tour of Borromean Islands from Stresa with Micaela

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$370.09
per group
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$370.09
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themed guided tour: some female figures who lived in Orta

themed guided tour: some female figures who lived in Orta

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Let's get away from the usual guided tours to follow the ideas of some women who have lived in these places or who in some way are still leaving their mark on history.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.67
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$24.67
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Private Guided Boat Tour of Lake Maggiore's Borromeo Islands

Private Guided Boat Tour of Lake Maggiore's Borromeo Islands

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$240.07
per group
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$240.07
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The romantic village of Orta San Giulio with a tour guide

The romantic village of Orta San Giulio with a tour guide

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Visiting the most romantic village in Piemont. Wandering  in the narrow streets. Sailing on the lake to the Island of the silence and the meditation.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$234.39
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$234.39
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Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta with Micaela

Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta with Micaela

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$227.76
per group
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$227.76
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Walking tour with a private tour guide in the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto

Walking tour with a private tour guide in the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto

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The gardens of Villa Taranto in Verbania, between Intra and Pallanza, are known the world over for their great beauty and the huge number of plant species they contain. The result of a labour of love on the part of the Scottish Captain McEacharn in 1931, the myriad of colours and scents the marvellously landscaped garden offers continues to enchant visitors from March to October. From spring to autumn there are always flowers in bloom, with “special events” for certain species which are particularly spectacular in their season: the tulip week is in April, dahlias are at their best between July and October. We will discover together this beautiful garden and we will focus on particular botanical species. From Stresa, the gardens are reachable by boat: the shipping company “Navigazione Lago Maggiore” has a landing stage called “Villa Taranto” right in front of the Gardens entrance.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$197.38
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$197.38
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The best of Verbania: the Museum of Landscape and Villa Taranto botanical garden

The best of Verbania: the Museum of Landscape and Villa Taranto botanical garden

Verbania is the chief town of the district around lake Maggiore; Pallanza, one of its centers, hosts the City hall and some of its most remarkable attractions. Among these, the outstanding Museum of Landscape, located in Palazzo Viani- Dugnani, keeps a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs related to the culture and history of Lombardy and Piedmont. This private tour will lead you to discover these collections and, after a pleasant walk, to experience a visit to Villa Taranto botanical gardens: a unique 18 hectares park created by a Scottish traveller, featuring rare plants, trees and flowers from all over the world. Two different ways to witness the wonders of the landscapes of Lake Maggiore, which you will surely remember for long.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$350.10
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$350.10
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Isola Bella Fishermen's Island Private Tour from Stresa with Micaela

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

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$246.73
per group
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$246.73
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Across lake Maggiore to the Hermitage of St. Caterina, with an onboard aperitif

Across lake Maggiore to the Hermitage of St. Caterina, with an onboard aperitif

The two sides of lake Maggiore are amazingly different: Westwards, the sweet sines of the gulf on which Stresa and Baveno lay, in front of the charming Borromean Islands with their botanical gardens and villas. Eastwards, the deep waters in which high and wooded cliffs tumble down. This private tour will allow you to enjoy this beautiful diversity, taking you to the discovery of a hidden jewel, built sheer up on the water, close to the town of Laveno Mombello: the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, offering priceless works of art and a breathtaking view on lake Maggiore. This unforgettable experience will end with an exclusive aperitif, served onboard on your route back.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$491.79
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$491.79
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The three gems of lake Maggiore - the Borromean islands on a private guided tour

The three gems of lake Maggiore - the Borromean islands on a private guided tour

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Discovering a treasure in lake Maggiore: the beautiful Borromean islands with their stunning palaces and gardens. Your tour guide will take you on a special tour that will enable you to step back in time. Paintings, tapestries, Murano glass chandeliers, portraits, period furniture, gorgeous views and beatifully maintained gardens will surprise you on these fabulous islands: isola Bella and isola Madre.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$360.10
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$360.10
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The charming Borromean Islands Private Tour. The sleeping beauties in winter

The charming Borromean Islands Private Tour. The sleeping beauties in winter

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This is a nice tour to discover the famous Borromean islands off season, when they are like Sleeping Beauty and the Borromeo's properties - palaces and gardens - are closed to the public, but the two lovely villages on isola Bella and Fishermen's island can be discovered. Being accompanied by an experienced tour guide, you will be able to enjoy your visit, learning more about the area, the islands' old history, the aristocrats who ruled over the area, local life in the past times as well as nowadays.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$460.13
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$460.13
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Private tour to the Angera castle, the dolls' museum from lake Maggiore and Orta

Private tour to the Angera castle, the dolls' museum from lake Maggiore and Orta

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Step back in time and explore an old castle in Angera - the Rocca or fortress Borromeo - on lake Maggiore, still beautifully preserved, also housing an interesting antique dolls' museum.  Enjoy a stroll and free time in the pretty lakeside town of Arona and see the colossal statue of Saint Charles Borromeo, one of the highest in the world. A private tour to discover lovely corners of lake Maggiore!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.43
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$333.43
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An art and food tour close to Arona, on lake Maggiore

An art and food tour close to Arona, on lake Maggiore

Arona, a beautiful town laying on the South-Western coast of lake Maggiore, gave birth in the 16th century to the future saint and bishop of Milan Carlo Borromeo. After a few decades from his death, a huge bronze statue dedicated to the memory of the revered citizen was built close to Arona and acted as an inspiration and a technical instruction for Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the designer of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This exclusive tour will lead you from the charming centre of Arona to the hill where you will be able to visit the statue and enjoy a view of the lake, definitely from its "point of view". Later on, you will be guided to a local seasoning cellar, where a full tasting of wine and local, delicious varieties of cheese will be served. A day between amazing art and taste.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$408.45
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$408.45
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Private Tour to Bellagio and Lake Como from Stresa

Private Tour to Bellagio and Lake Como from Stresa

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Experience Bellagio, a setting known as the most beautiful of Lake Como’s clutch of shoreline towns, on a day trip from a neighboring lake. With pickups from hotels in Stresa and Baveno on Lake Maggiore or Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta included, the day trip offers ultimate convenience for a lazy day out on the glamorous Italian lake. You’ll have free time to wander the narrow streets of Bellagio, followed by a visit to Como town where shops, cafes, and impressive architecture await.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$600.16
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$600.16
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Micaela's Private Walking Tour of Stresa

Micaela's Private Walking Tour of Stresa

Explore the picturesque town of Stresa on foot with a private guide who takes you on a leisurely walking tour with live commentary. View the town's elegant architecture along with sweeping views of Lake Maggiore, the Italian Alps, and the Borromean Islands. Learn about Stresa’s past and present, and get tips for places to visit during your stay on a private tour tailored to your interests.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$210.07
per group
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$210.07
per group
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The best of Lake Maggiore on a private guided boat tour

The best of Lake Maggiore on a private guided boat tour

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$228.40
per group
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$228.40
per group
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Romance on lake Maggiore: an exclusive aperitif at sunset on Isola Bella

Romance on lake Maggiore: an exclusive aperitif at sunset on Isola Bella

The sunset on lake Maggiore paints the mountains around of amazing shades and fires up the water; at this time of the day, the blooming flowers in the garden of the Borromean Palace of Isola Bella become as one with the Sun reflections on the beautiful sculptures. This private tour will allow you to enjoy these unforgettable moments; after a short transfer by a fashionable vintage taxi-boat, a private guide will lead you across the island, which is actually a whole work of art; after a while, as the evening begins to fall, you will enjoy an exclusive aperitif in front of lake Maggiore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,733.78
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$1,733.78
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A special guided tour of isola Bella & Fishermen's island with expert guide

A special guided tour of isola Bella & Fishermen's island with expert guide

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Explore all the treasures hidden in a 17th-century palace on isola Bella and the quaint village on Fishermen's island with an experienced tour guide of lake Maggiore! You will be guided through the historic rooms of an amazing palace and will be shown spectacular gardens built on levels strolling through species of flowers and plants from all continents, surrounded by friendly peacocks. This will be a private tour just for you and your party
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$235.07
per group
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$235.07
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Sightseeing tour of Lake Maggiore from Stresa

Sightseeing tour of Lake Maggiore from Stresa

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Visit the fashionable Stresa and the amazing Islands on Lake Maggiore on a day trip from Milan. Set in Italy's beautiful Lake District just 1.5-hour drive from Milan, Lake Maggiore is surrounded by the majestic Alps and home to some of Italy’s most impressive gardens. After some free time for shopping in Stresa, you will take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on the lake, visiting the Borromean Islands – Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore, also known as Verbano is the second largest Italian lake. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.28
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$61.28
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A private cruise to Villa Taranto, on lake Maggiore

A private cruise to Villa Taranto, on lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore was a mandatory stage of the Grand Tour of Norther Italy, during the 19th century. A Scottish official and traveller, Neil McEacharn, was once bewitched by the beauty of theses surroundings and bought in 1930 a villa in Verbania. In a few years, he acquired a vast land around there and turned it into a gorgeous botanical garden. This private tour will allow you to discover the wonderful, rare plants kept in the 18 hectares-wide garden of Villa Taranto, in an amazing panoramic position. The most cheerful and colored way to enjoy the mild weather and the superb views of the lake.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$525.14
Price varies by group size
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$525.14
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The three Borromean Islands with a private tour guide

The three Borromean Islands with a private tour guide

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The Borromean Islands are one of the highlights of Lake Maggiore, but the logistics of visiting all three in one day can be complicated. On this private tour, visit Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori with a boat and guide to admire their historic villas, lush gardens, and charming lanes. Stop for lunch (at your own expense) on Fisherman's Island before the boat trip back to Stresa.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$363.93
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$363.93
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Ticket to ride: a panoramic train running close to Lake Maggiore

Ticket to ride: a panoramic train running close to Lake Maggiore

Built on the track of an ancient Roman way, connecting Oscella (Domodossola) and Leocarnum (Locarno), the Vigezzina railroad was inaugurated in 1923, becoming a strategic connection for several small villages in the valleys close to lake Maggiore. Still today, even after severe damages caused by a flood in 1978, the railroad has a strong commercial and touristic function, connecting Sempione and Gottardo districts. This exclusive guided tour will allow you to enjoy a panoramic ride on this small and fascinating train, travelling from Italy to Switzerland across hidden and enchanting valleys. Thanks to a stop, you will have the chance to discover nice villages, such as Santa Maria Maggiore. A different point of view on Lake Maggiore beautiful outback.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$543.35
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$543.35
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Art and food on lake Maggiore: Stresa and Isola Bella

Art and food on lake Maggiore: Stresa and Isola Bella

Stresa, known as the pearl of lake Maggiore, stands in front of the Borromean Islands, which got their name by the ancient family who owned them since the 16th century. One one of these, Isola Bella, Carlo III Borromeo built a gorgeous baroque mansion, dedicated to his wife Isabella. This private guided tour will allow you to explore Isola Bella and the splendor of the palace and its garden; once back in Stresa, you'll have a walk on the cosy small streets of the town centre, until you'll reach a local winery for a mouth-watering aperitif, based on local wines, cold cuts and cheese.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$225.07
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$225.07
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Sunset private cruise with a tour guide

Sunset private cruise with a tour guide

Admire the beaches, islands, and alpine peaks of Lake Maggiore on a romantic sunset cruise. Set sail on-board a private charter boat, cruise around the Stresa Gulf, and soak up the scenery as you pass the Borromean islands. While on-board, sip included drinks and snacks, or upgrade to enjoy a light buffet dinner with wine.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$222.06
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$222.06
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