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Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour provided by Navigazione Sulle Isole Borromee del Lago Maggiore

Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour
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Tour snapshot
Hop-on hop-off 1-day ferry ticket around Lake Maggiore: Explore at your own pace
Duration:
4–8 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
999
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Island-hop around the islands of Lake Maggiore and create your own itinerary with a hop-on hop-off ferry ticket. With a day pass you can spend your day sightseeing at your own pace, spending as much or little time on each island as you wish. Step onto the shores of Isola Bella, wander around tiny Isola dei Pescatori; and admire the botanical gardens of Isola Madre.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Flexibility to create your own itinerary, tailored to your tastes
  • Spend as much or as little time on each island as you wish
  • Boats run from morning through evening: Ample time to explore
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Flexibility to create your own itinerary, tailored to your tastes
  • Spend as much or as little time on each island as you wish
  • Boats run from morning through evening: Ample time to explore
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6867HOHO
Important information
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Non-scheduled public service: shared transfer to the Borromean Islands
  • VAT included
  • Multilingual captains
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Restroom on board
  • Entrance ticket to the palaces and gardens of Isola Madre and Isola Bella
  • Landing fee of €0.50 for each island to be paid locally
  • Entry/Admission - Isola Madre
  • Entry/Admission - Isola Bella
Duration
4–8 hours
Departure details
  • Navigazione Isole Borromee Lago Maggiore S.N.C., Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 28838 Stresa VB, Italy Departure from Ticket Office Servizio pubblico non di linea Every day from 9.30 to 18.00
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We recommend visiting this stop order first stop Isola Madre, second Isola Pescatori at the end Isola Bella.
  • Animals are allowed on board the boats, it is not allowed to enter the Borromean properties.
  • In the 14th century the Borromeo, powerful feudal lords of the area but originally from San Miniato, became owners of the islands and thus began their transformation. Even today the family still owns Isola Bella and Isola Madre, in addition to the three rocks that emerged known as Castles of Cannero due to the ruins of medieval fortifications. Isola dei Pescatori is the only one permanently inhabited, albeit by a small community, while the two "sister" islands are coveted by tourists who admire the two splendid palaces and their gardens, famous throughout Europe for the quality of the landscape. and for the care and variety of plant architectures, made up of over 2000 varieties of different species. In Isola Madre there is also a large fauna of oriental birds, such as white peacocks, golden pheasants and parrots, free in the splendid garden. Isola Bella, on the other hand, has a garden that, skilfully designed over the centuries, has multicolored blooms throughout the year, in rotation among the various floral species (roses, orchids, bulbous plants, magnolias, orchards, azaleas, gardenias, wisteria).
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Upon your arrival at Stresa Piazza Marconi you can contact one of the representatives at the ticket office or go directly to the pier of Isole Lago Maggiore s.n.c. to find the boat, recognizable by a large tricolor sail with the Italian flag. Please exchange your voucher at the ticket office to join the tour and make the payment of the landing fee.
  • Palace and garden are not included
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travellers
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Non-scheduled public service: shared transfer to the Borromean Islands
  • VAT included
  • Multilingual captains
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Restroom on board
  • Entrance ticket to the palaces and gardens of Isola Madre and Isola Bella
  • Landing fee of €0.50 for each island to be paid locally
  • Entry/Admission - Isola Madre
  • Entry/Admission - Isola Bella
Departure details
  • Navigazione Isole Borromee Lago Maggiore S.N.C., Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 28838 Stresa VB, Italy Departure from Ticket Office Servizio pubblico non di linea Every day from 9.30 to 18.00
Duration
4–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We recommend visiting this stop order first stop Isola Madre, second Isola Pescatori at the end Isola Bella.
  • Animals are allowed on board the boats, it is not allowed to enter the Borromean properties.
  • In the 14th century the Borromeo, powerful feudal lords of the area but originally from San Miniato, became owners of the islands and thus began their transformation. Even today the family still owns Isola Bella and Isola Madre, in addition to the three rocks that emerged known as Castles of Cannero due to the ruins of medieval fortifications. Isola dei Pescatori is the only one permanently inhabited, albeit by a small community, while the two "sister" islands are coveted by tourists who admire the two splendid palaces and their gardens, famous throughout Europe for the quality of the landscape. and for the care and variety of plant architectures, made up of over 2000 varieties of different species. In Isola Madre there is also a large fauna of oriental birds, such as white peacocks, golden pheasants and parrots, free in the splendid garden. Isola Bella, on the other hand, has a garden that, skilfully designed over the centuries, has multicolored blooms throughout the year, in rotation among the various floral species (roses, orchids, bulbous plants, magnolias, orchards, azaleas, gardenias, wisteria).
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Upon your arrival at Stresa Piazza Marconi you can contact one of the representatives at the ticket office or go directly to the pier of Isole Lago Maggiore s.n.c. to find the boat, recognizable by a large tricolor sail with the Italian flag. Please exchange your voucher at the ticket office to join the tour and make the payment of the landing fee.
  • Palace and garden are not included
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Navigazione Isole Borromee Lago Maggiore S.N.C.
    Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 28838 Stresa VB, Italy
    Departure from Ticket Office Servizio pubblico non di linea Every day from 9.30 to 18.00
    See address & details
  • 1
    Isola Madre
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori)
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 3
    Isola Bella
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Navigazione Sulle Isole Borromee del Lago Maggiore
    Stop: 24 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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3.5
98 reviews
Excellent
43
Very good
24
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Poor
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Terrible
14

va
Paris, France8 contributions
Jun 2022
It is not a real hop on / hop off. You pay for a fixed circuit, starting from Stresa, then Isola Madre and Isola Bella. No flexibility and once back in Stresa, it is finished.
Nobody asked to wear masks at anytime.
Anyway Borromean Islands are great and we had a good time there , as we paid fir the visits in additon.
Written 7 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jils87
Zagreb, Croatia129 contributions
Jun 2022
We chose this option instead of going on a private tour/ boat with our group to have more flexibility (in terms of time, money, and preference because we wanted to visit only Isola Bella, not all three islands).

We bought combo tickets online (including the hop-on-off boat tour, Isola Bella with the palace, and a ticket for the Pallavicino park).

Firstly you have to swap your online ticket for a paper ticket (staff located in front of their ticket office on Piazza Marconi), and then you go to the dock 5 min walk from the ticket place.

The boat is a round tour, so if you, for example, want to go only to Isola Bella, you will have to wait for passengers to get off (and new ones on) at Isola Madre, then Isola dei Pescatori, and then you).

Also, when leaving the island, if you are not going to another one, have in mind that they have a schedule (nowhere to be found), so you have to wait sometime for the boat that goes directly to Stresa.

The ride itself is pleasant, and the captains are attentive.
Written 21 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JohnHouTX
Houston, TX72 contributions
Sep 2021
Reliable shuttle service to the three islands. Punctual on schedule. Boat was clean. Could be better if driver explained helpful hints about each island on the ride by using prerecorded tape in several languages like they do on airlines.
Written 4 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Isoleborromee
Buonasera, vi ringraziamo per la vostra recensione. La nostra compagnia sarà lieta ospitarvi nuovamente a bordo. Distinti saluti
Written 5 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Markus F
1 contribution
Sep 2021
We got scamed. The company offers a boot shuttle service to the borromean islands until 6 pm. They brought us there at least one way not telling us that they quit service at 1:50 pm. We were kind of stranded. After calling the company two times we got told that we have to go back by a public ferry on our own cost because it was to expensive to get us off the island for the company. After that they hung up on us. Back at the startingpoint the tourguide started an argue when we confronted him with the scam.
The islands are great. Better go there by the public ferry or an other company.
Written 6 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Isoleborromee
The review sent by the customer does not reflect reality nor the content is truthful. First of all, the customer has regularly embarked for the main island destination and, since he has not respected the service hours, he has decided to return autonomously to Stresa. Moreover, he requested a refund for the unused routes which was accepted by our company. It therefore does not seem appropriate to publish a review for a partially enjoyed service for which a refund has been authorized ...................
Written 7 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jerry S
Lelystad, The Netherlands7 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Hi it was very nice this boat trip. Also that you have all the time by yourself. Hop on hop off. The island are lovely. The minus part was to find out in Stresa where is the boat. Also the cost to visit the gardens and castle are more expensive as we thought.
Written 19 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter A
Sydney, Australia189 contributions
May 2018
There is a kiosk/booth selling tickets to the Borromean Islands utilising small 20 person water taxis next to the main ferry wharf. A ticket to each of the three islands is 15 euros as compared to 16.70 using the ferry. What appears at the time of purchasing the ticket as a well organised alternative to the ferries is anything but. Upon purchase of the ticket you are then directed down the lake side about 100 metres to collect your vessel. It then becomes clear you have only engaged a vessel not a number of vessels. There is little information and no organisation or explanation of which vessel you are top use.
This arrangement continues for the balance of the day at each island. There are no schedules, so on each occasion when you wish to leave it is necessary wait around for your vessel.
I strongly recommend that you take the regular and scheduled ferry service. I wish we had.
Written 1 June 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

boisekari
Boise, ID101 contributions
May 2018
We traveled to all three isles in a day. The ferries run fairly frequently and the price was resonable. It worked great for us, but if you are a bit handicapped it is not the best for getting off and on.
Written 17 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DyW
New York City, NY3 contributions
Aug 2019
Stresa and the islands are beautiful but unfortunately these smaller boats are not the best way to see them. We wish we had taken one of the larger ferry services and bought the tickets on the spot, rather than the small hop-on hop off boats which don't honor the tickets purchased on Trip Advisor. (We had to purchase new tickets on the spot for a higher price since none of these boats would accept the pre-purchased tickets; in addition,the phone number on the tickets was a non working number so there was no one to contact for help.) Other challenges are: these boats aren't clearly labelled, don't run every half hour between the islands, and are often too small to accommodate the large crowds of people waiting to go between the islands.
Written 23 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Buonasera, vi ringraziamo per la vostra recensione. Siamo molto dispiaciuti che la vostra esperienza sia stata poco positiva La nostra compagnia sarà lieta ospitarvi nuovamente a bordo Distinti saluti
Written 13 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

pamelarF8609SI
3 contributions
Sep 2019
Bought voucher before leaving on holiday and on presenting voucher at the port ,no one accepted that we were booked with them .We enquired with numerous people who all dismissed us It was very frustrating and disappointing . As a result we had to spend significantly more to go on one of the larger boats who provided a professional service .£ 22 spent for nothing so fairly annoyed about the experience.Had booked with trip adviser due to its reputation but let down on this occasion.
Written 22 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Buonasera, vi ringraziamo per la vostra recensione. Siamo molto dispiaciuti che la vostra esperienza sia stata poco positiva La nostra compagnia sarà lieta ospitarvi nuovamente a bordo Distinti saluti
Written 13 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gazzapostie
chippenham,wilts141 contributions
This must be done if in the area. So interesting visiting the islands and the beautiful gardens. Islands have cafes and buildings to visit.
Written 11 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Navigazione Sulle Isole Borromee del Lago Maggiore
X4747WPpatrickv
X4747WPpatrickv
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Excellent service but could use a few improvements
I organized a tour for 32 academics from Stresa to Isola Madre and Isola Bella. The boat captains were extremely co
marco77_CN
marco77_CN
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Perfect experience
Everything perfect My family was very happy.we visited isola dei Pescatori and the Isola Bella where we had Lunch.
BernardBertram
BernardBertram
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Fantastic
It's a fantastic service, usually on time, polite & efficient & not expensive. Of course, it's in Italy, so don't e
DUrsoF73
DUrsoF73
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Easy ride!
I paid just €4.60 for a return ticket on this boat. A short ride across from Carciano to Isola Bella. You can ofcou
FRANCIS P
FRANCIS P
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ON TIME AND CHEAP
Our hop on hop off boat was booked through Viator. It was on schedule all day and fun to ride to the 3 islands.
Frederick P
Frederick P
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Use the large ferries instead of the smaller boats for better value and honesty
Arrived at the terminal on a slightly windy and overcast day. The ferry ticket seller in a little box outside neart
Chompy88
Chompy88
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Nice trip with boat
It's very cool to travel between the islands with the boats, but be careful not to miss the schedule.
Dennis L
Dennis L
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Beautiful islands
Isola Madre is particularly interesting to those who enjoy English style gardens. Isola Bella has spectacular Ital
vagabondo17
vagabondo17
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The public boat service on Lake Maggiore.
Frequent, efficient, regular daily boat serice from the main terminal building on Piazza Marconi, Stresa to all the
sarahloom
sarahloom
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Islands best seen from a distance!
Fun to take a water taxi to these charming islands but they're touristy when you get there that you'll wish you had
SabreSailor
SabreSailor
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Good Value - Timely Departures
This was a very pleasant way to spend a day in Stresa - make sure you can devote the whole day to visit all three i
Gwyneth R
Gwyneth R
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Use this service not the private water taxis
This is a great public service that is very cheap and runs regular ferries to all destinations on Lake Maggiore. Wh
Ross W
Ross W
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Good service
Good way to visit the three islands on the lake, the boats run at a regular intervals seniors get a discount Monday
liilyyaa
liilyyaa
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So much to see!
The ferries are reliable and on hot days offer a lovely break for cool air in between islands. I recommend visiting
Jeff B
Jeff B
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Frequent and reliable
This is the easiest way to travel around the lake and visit the many towns, and the 3 main islands. It's very frequ
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