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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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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Italian, French
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Italian, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entrance tickets cost € 28 per person and are to be paid on the spot
  • Boat transport approx € 17 per person by scheduled boat shared with others or private boat
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • For groups larger than 6 people, whisper system is compulsory. Cost is EUR 3 per person
  • Entry/Admission - Borromeo Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Isola Madre
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • 28838 Stresa, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy Departure Point: Stresa hotels' lobbies ( if centrally located) or the following address: Piazzale Lido in Stresa Address: Piazzale Lido in Stresa Return point: Piazzale Lido in Stresa
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Entrance fees and boat transport are to be paid on the day. Entrance tickets cost € 24 per person (adults). Boat tickets cost approx € 20 per person for a scheduled boat shared with others. Otherwise private boat option is also available upon request and is to be paid on the day.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entrance tickets cost € 28 per person and are to be paid on the spot
  • Boat transport approx € 17 per person by scheduled boat shared with others or private boat
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • For groups larger than 6 people, whisper system is compulsory. Cost is EUR 3 per person
  • Entry/Admission - Borromeo Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Isola Madre
Departure details
  • 28838 Stresa, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy Departure Point: Stresa hotels' lobbies ( if centrally located) or the following address: Piazzale Lido in Stresa Address: Piazzale Lido in Stresa Return point: Piazzale Lido in Stresa
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Entrance fees and boat transport are to be paid on the day. Entrance tickets cost € 24 per person (adults). Boat tickets cost approx € 20 per person for a scheduled boat shared with others. Otherwise private boat option is also available upon request and is to be paid on the day.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Stresa
    28838 Stresa, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy
    Departure Point: Stresa hotels' lobbies ( if centrally located) or the following address: Piazzale Lido in Stresa Address: Piazzale Lido in Stresa Return point: Piazzale Lido in Stresa
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  • 1
    Borromeo Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori)
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 3
    Isola Madre
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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EP_JP_2805
London, UK28 contributions
I took my parents to Isola Bella for a trip to celebrate their 70th birthday and I got in touch with Micaela to help organize some trips and I was so pleased I did. She was so helpful, organised and polite and arranged everything for us.
We took a private trip around the Borromean Islands and a trip to Lake Orta, both highly recommended. Micaela’s English is perfect and she is so knowledgable and just a pleasure to be around. We also used the services of her taxi driver husband which again we couldn’t fault. We had a great time and hope to be back one day and would love to do more trips!
Written 7 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Emily, I am grateful for your lovely words! And I am really glad that you and your parents enjoyed the private guided tour of the Borromean islands with me as well as lake Orta and my husband's private driving services. Take care! Ciao Micaela
Written 24 June 2022
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cj2010
Redmond13 contributions
May 2022
Micaela could not have done more to make our visit special. She arranged a wonderful boat ride to enable us to visit all three islands the most efficient and comfortable way possible. She knew the history, the geography, the plants, the restaurants, the photo shots. We experienced the islands with a local who knows and loves the area. She was sensitive to our special interests and focused on those, while sharing the flavor and spirit of the places we visited. I could not recommend her more highly.
Written 9 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Cecilia, what a lovely review! Thank you so much for your words. I am glad you and your friends enjoyed the private tour of the Borromean islands with me. Ciao! Micaela
Written 24 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tim m
Alexandria, VA15 contributions
It’s amazing the breadth of knowledge that’s needed to cover the history, art and architecture and botany of the Borromean villas and gardens. Micaela has all these tools and the poise and wisdom to read her customers and their interests and respond. She was easy to work with, and helped us shape the day as we wished. (I’d recommend the end of day boat cruise with wine). And she gave us insights to the important families and also the people of the Piedmont, great and small. What a wonderful day. Thanks!
Written 17 September 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Tim, thank you for your beautiful words! I am so glad that you and your friends truly enjoyed the boat tour of the Borromean islands and your private sunset cruise to the hermitage of Santa Caterina on lake Maggiore with me. So your day trip from lake Como to Stresa was really worth it, wasn't it?! Grazie, ciao! All the best, Micaela
Written 28 September 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Andy E
Cleethorpes, UK9 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We spent a week in Stresa on Lake Maggiore and the undoubted highlight was our private boat tour of The Borromean Islands with Micaela.
This really didn't feel like a tour with a guide, but more like a day out with a very knowledgeable friend.
Micaela speaks wonderful English and was delightful company throughout.
Whjlst this isn't the cheapest way to see the Borromean Islands, I doubt that there is a better way.
Highly recommended.
Written 3 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Andy, thank you very much for your wonderful review. Your words are so kind, I am really glad that you enjoyed your tour of the Borromean islands with me! Ciao, Micaela
Written 17 July 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MLP0014
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We spent 21 days in Italy, touring many areas and had many tours. After completing our trip I have to say our private tour of the Borromean Islands by Micaela was by far the best tour we had. I would recommend Micaela 100%. She is so knowledgeable, professional and charming. She also suggested a private boat to bring us to and from the islands which ended up being a great decision! If you book with Micaela you won’t be disappointed!
Thank you Micaela.
Paula & Larry
Written 16 June 2018
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Dear Paula and Larry, I am absolutely pleased to read that your private tour of the Borromean islands with me was the best tour you had in Italy! That makes me feel really proud...... thank you so much for your fantastic review! Ciao, Micaela
Written 26 June 2018
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Cecelia K
28 contributions
Sep 2020
My husband and I recently spent a week in the Lago Maggiore area, after not having gone anywhere since March. We were and still are very concerned about guarding against COVID and wanted to take as many precautions as we could, while still enjoying a one-week getaway. We were distancing ourselves, eating outside whenever possible, wearing our masks, and always had sanitizing supplies with us. We had never before been to Italy and we had never before hired a private guide and we were not sure what to expect. We gave it a try, especially so we wouldn’t expose ourselves to too many people too close together for too long. We first read about Micaela from Tripadvisor, but then we read about a lot more of what she had to offer on her website. She was very responsive to all of our emails and questions.

Well, hiring Micaela was our best decision! We spent two whole days and two partial days with her and we are so glad we did. It was soooo worth it! For our first tour with her, we explored the three Borromean Islands, getting around with a private boat. We met at the boat landing at the Piazzale Lido near the cable car to Mt. Mottarone (our hotel was conveniently nearby). Micaela shared her knowledge of the rich history, art, and culture of the area, as well as her extensive knowledge of the local flora. The palace and its history on Isola Bella was amazing, as well as the very beautiful ten-level terraced and sculptured gardens, where we also learned about the citron. We ate a most delicious lunch on Isola Pescatore (our best meal)! This island was so quaint and chock-full of character. At Isola Madre, we much enjoyed visiting the country villa and equally beautiful, but different English-style gardens. It was a fabulous day!

We also took a private boat to Caterina del Sasso (partial day), which was stunning. We learned how the monastery came to be, about the frescoes, the religious order and more. It’s rock-hugging location is awesome.

For our off-the-beaten-path tour, we took a very pleasant walk to the outskirts of Orta San Giulio, seeing the non-touristy side - how people live and what they do, learning more about this area and ending up at a very small typical old-time village. We then walked along lovely Lake Orta to the charming town center of Orta San Giulio. From there, we took a boat to the small island not far away and toured the beautiful basilica and complex there, learning about the frescoes and the lives of the martyrs. The churches here are real gems.

For our last tour, we took a sunset cruise, again using a private boat. Micaela told us about many of the enchanting villas along the coast and more. She provided us with a bottle of wine, complete with snacks, while we watched the changing colors of the sunset as it played out in the sky, clouds, water, mountains and off of buildings. It was so relaxing and serene and we loved every minute! Our boat captain was also very nice, polite and accommodating. Micaela and the captain were very good about wearing their masks. We took them off during times when there was plenty of distancing room.

Micaela was professional and knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, personable and thoughtful and spoke great English. Hiring her so greatly enhanced our trip tenfold and we definitely recommend her without hesitation! [Her husband is also a private driver, so they would make an excellent pair, if you needed that as well.] We will always remember her and cherish this wonderful trip!!!
Grazie mille, Micaela! 🍋🌿☀️🌴
Written 17 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Cecelia and William, thank you so much for such a wonderful and detailed review! What a pleasure to find this beautiful comment. I was glad to meet your requirements and customise your private tours with me trying as much as possible to skip the crowds and visit at the best times! Your super positive review is really important to me. My guests' satisfaction is my goal! Thank you for choosing me, trusting me and touring with me. It was my pleasure to be your private guide! Greetings also from our boat captain and thanks for mentioning my husband's private taxi service for lake Maggiore!! I will remember you for sure! All the best, ciao Micaela
Written 22 September 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

oboedel
10 contributions
Sep 2019
My husband and I and another couple booked a 7-hour private tour of the Borromean Islands with Micaela recently. We loved the tour – Visiting Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella and seeing the botanical gardens, the quaint fishing village, and the palace and its beautiful gardens. It was a great tour for us because Michaela is such a personable and knowledgeable guide! We learned so much from Micaela about the history, art, and architecture of the islands. In addition, Micaela is very knowledgeable about the trees, plants, and flowers on the island – we were very impressed! We enjoyed having Micaela join us for lunch. She is so friendly and conversational, and we were able to learn more about Lake Maggiore and life in the area in general.

Having a private guide is well worth it, and we were so happy that Micaela had mentioned that we could pay a little more and take a private boat from island to island. It’s also very nice to be able to skip the lines with a private guide.

When booking the tour, Micaela was very responsive and answered all my questions. She is one of the best private guides we’ve had! When we asked, she also offered suggestions of other places to visits and restaurants we might enjoy.

I highly recommend Micaela – you will have a wonderful tour and learn so much!!
Written 5 October 2019
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Dear Oboedel, thank you so much for your excellent review, what lovely words! I am so happy to know that you and your friends truly enjoyd your day with me, in spite of the poor weather! Grazie mille. Ciao, Micaela
Written 10 October 2019
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Philipw44
Andover, UK107 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We spent a a day with Micaela learning more about the three Borromean islands. Booking was easy and email responses were prompt.

Having met Micaela, we had a private boat transfer for two of us to the Isola Bella. Her knowledge was excellent, as was her English. We learnt so much about the island, the buildings and the gardens. It was all explained in a clear way which made everything very interesting. Again, private boat transfers between the next islands made it very comfortable on an extremely hot day.

Lunch (not included) was spent in a small restaurant on Isola Pescatore recommended by MIcaela, and overlooking the third island of Isola Madre. Finally, we explored the tranquil gardens on the island with Micaela who seemed to know every plant and its history on the island. We really enjoyed the tranquility and coolness of Isola Madre.

We had a really good day private guided day and I cannot recommend Micaela Lucini highly enough for anyone visiting these beautiful islands. She should be everyones' first choice of guide when exploring the islands of Lake Maggiore.
Written 11 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Philip, thank you so much for your feedback and lovely words. I am so glad to read that your trip to the Borromean islands with me was the highlight of your holiday in Italy. Grazie mille! Ciao, Micaela
Written 19 August 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Noela C
Canberra, Australia1 contribution
Apr 2018 • Friends
Micaela is a wonderful guide – personable, highly-skilled and very much in tune with the needs and wishes of her clients. She knows just when to provide that extra piece of information, and when to withdraw a little and give her clients some space. This is truly the mark of a highly-professional guide.

In late April, Micaela provided us with a wonderful full-day tour of the Borromean Islands in Lake Maggiore - Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatore. From the time of our first meeting at our hotel, followed by our trip to the islands in a private boat, the tone was set for a wonderful experience together.

Micaela’s English skills are excellent making it easy to enjoy a spot of humour with her and to chat across a range of subjects.

We would not hesitate to recommend Micaela to anyone who visits the area in which she works.

Kerry and Noela C. Australia
Written 31 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Noela and Kerry, thank you so much for your beautiful review! Your lovely words mean a lot to me. I am glad that you enjoyed your private tour of isola Bella and of the other Borromean islands with me and the experience of touring the islands by private boat. I am really grateful for your kind words! Take care, ciao Micaela
Written 22 June 2018
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Sandrine G
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Family
Beautiful expérience with very competent and sympathic guide. We recommend it. Lovely places grazie a Michaela. Familly Keller
Written 27 July 2020
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Bonjour Sandrine, merci beaucoup de votre beau commentaire! Je suis contente de savoir que votre visite guidée privée des iles Borromées avec moi vous a plu. C'était un plaisir de vous accompagner et merci d'avoir choisi un tour guidé pour découvrir isola Bella, isola Pescatori et isola Madre! Ciao, Micaela
Written 8 August 2020
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A wonderful tour
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Sunset tour!
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A great Lake Maggiore private boat experience
Our private boat tour from Stresa with Micaela was a fabulous way to see Lake Maggiore and felt like a millionaire
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Outstanding experience
Our full day tour of the Borromeo Islands with Micaela Lucini was excellent. Her knowledge and ability to convey t
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Great local guide!
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Amazing Day
We spent more than seven hours with Michaela touring the the three islands in Lake Maggiore and the time flew by.
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Micaela brought our visit alive!
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I should of dictated notes into my smartphone. Micaela has an encyclopedic knowledge of the places we toured. I k
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A visit to paradise with a true gem
We wrote to Micaela prior to arriving for our stay in Pallanza and set up a full day boat tour of the Borromean Isl
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Perfect Tour
Micaela led my wife and I on a tour of the Borromean islands. She is incredibly knowledgeable and tailored the info
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Great trip with Micaela
Perfect boat trip from Stresa to Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. Micaela is very friendly, speaks perfect Engl
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