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

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

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Island-hop at Lake Maggiore, and discover the tiny Borromean Islands with a hop-on hop-off ferry ticket. Use the 1-day pass to venture out from Stresa, and spend your day sightseeing as you wish. Step onto the shores of Isola Bella, home to the Borromeo family ‘palazzo’; wander amid the houses of pocket-sized Isola dei Pescatori; and admire the greenery of Isola Madre where botanical gardens beckon.
  • Hop-on hop-off 1-day ferry ticket around Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands
  • Travel in style on a comfortable, modern ferry
  • Soak up beautiful views of the lake and dramatic slopes
  • Move between the three islands as and when you please, hopping on and off the ferry
  • Explore botanical gardens and palatial residences on Isola Bella and Isola Madre
  • See the quaint old houses and traditional fishing boats of Isola dei Pescatori
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Non-scheduled public service: shared transfer to the Borromean Islands
VAT included
Multilingual captains
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
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

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private boat service
1/18/2022 - 8/23/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour from Stresa
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 travelers 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour .
What is the social distancing policy during Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Worth seeing!!
, Jun 2022
Beautiful Isobella!!! Viator stated hop on off all day. Boat taxi only let us do 2 stops and the rude boat captain grabbed our tickets and said it impossible to go on more !!
If you visit Stresa and don’t go to see Isola Bella and Isola Madre, you cheated yourself to a wonderful experience.
, Jun 2022
Great way to spend a day visiting the three Borromean Islands especially Isola Bella and Isola Madre.
Bad experience unfortunately
, Sep 2020
We had a very bad exprience. First on arrival it was not clear were are departure was. The other companies had signs at the dock this was did not. We had a departure time of 13:00 however we left half an hour later because the 13:00 boat was full. We went to isola madre however when we want to leave it seemed the last boat was at 15:00 already. No information about this at all. After calling we were picked up. Also for the crew our tickers from viator were completely unclear.
1 traveler found this review helpful
When booking this tour, I thought I was...
Emilio V
, Sep 2018
When booking this tour, I thought I was booking a FERRY! When we arrived at the ferry we were directed to a small motor boat down a slippery bank. When I stated this was not what I booked, I was very rudely told take it or leave it. As my 3 friends and I are in our 70's and 80's and not that steady on small boats, we had to leave it. So we stood in line and got tickets for the local ferry for a fraction of the cost, and had an enjoyable day visiting the islands! However I lost my money! Beware- this is NOT a FERRY!
3 travelers found this review helpful
There was chaos in the port, real...
Eevi R
, Aug 2017
There was chaos in the port, real turism magnet place. Too many operators and too little information. Islands are nice and tour was ok.
2 travelers found this review helpful
It was a great experience to view...
, Sep 2016
It was a great experience to view the islands via ferry. The ferry is very convenient and on time. There were no delays and ample time was also given to us to experience the islands at our own leisure
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was an outstanding day out on...
, Jun 2016
It was an outstanding day out on Lago Maggiore. Highly recommend this to anyone who is still thinking to absolutely book and GO !!! Thank you Viator !
A great way to get from island to...
, Jun 2015
A great way to get from island to island. Efficient ferry service at a very reasonable cost.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Il y a d’autres compagnies sur place
, Aug 2022
Les îles sont superbes, mais le système de navettes bateaux grosses arnaques, le circuit est imposé et horaires également. Accueil horrible car j’avais réservé à l’avance et ils détestent car ils ne sont pas commissionnés dessus .
Ci vediamo ....
, Jul 2022
Die Inseln respektive die darauf befindlichen Sehenswürdigkeiten/ Kunst- und Kulturstätten (wir haben nur 2 von 3 besucht: Isola Madre u. Isola Borromeo) sind einzigartig. Das Shuttleservice durch die Boote d. Anbieter(s) ist aber verbesserungswürdig bzw. sollte die Abholung auf den Inseln anders organisiert werden. Die Besucher*innen wissen zum Teil nicht, wann und mit wem sie (zurück)fahren können und "hetzen" zwischen den unterschiedl. Anlegestellen hin und her (z.T. fehlende Disziplin und Gelassenheit😊). Mitunter sind die Boote überbelegt. Das Personal am Hafen und die Kapitäne sind jedoch freundlich und hilfsbereit. Alles in allem: ein schönes Erlebnis!
Beaucoup de compagnies de...
, Jun 2022
Beaucoup de compagnies de bateau différentes. Leur médiocre identification génère beaucoup de désordre à l'embarquement
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jun 2022
Des indications un peu plus clair pour accéder aux bateaux (non de la compagnie, tickets pontons etc)serait mieux. Là on ne sait pas vraiment où aller
il est préférable de...
, Jun 2022
il est préférable de choisir la compagnie pour un service plus fiable et moins dépendant de la météo nous n’avons pas pu nous rendre sur Isla Madre du fait de la houle dûe au vent la petite taille du bateau ne permettant pas d’accoster
1 traveler found this review helpful
Het was ongeorganiseerd...
, Jun 2022
Het was ongeorganiseerd je wist niet met welke boot je moest en wij waren niet de enige die daar last van hadden
Retour expérience
, May 2022
Pratique et efficace pour visiter les îles dans la journée, des rotations respectées et le personnel agréable
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bien mais attention tout est payant
, Nov 2021
Très bien ATTENTION : sur l’île madre l’accès est payant (15€ par personne) Ce n’est signalé nullepart
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Bonsoir, Merci pour votre avis. Cependant, nous vous proposons d'évaluer et de dédier une note liée à l'expérience de notre service, ce qui est très bon pour vous ! Le coût des musées et jardins est un coût d'accès aux parcs et musées et n'est pas lié à notre activité. Merci
Avons du attendre plus d...
, Oct 2021
Avons du attendre plus d une demie heure car il n y avait qu un seul bateau contenant 51 pers ,pour plus de 150 pers sur le quai
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Bonjour, merci pour votre rapport. Notre entreprise est composée de nombreuses entreprises et la personne sur le quai rapporte qu'elles venaient d'autres destinations ainsi que des touristes d'autres entreprises de transport. Disponible Salutations distinguées
Îles borromee
, Jul 2021
Le principe du passe journée et vraiment pratique pour se déplacer d'île en Île en fonction de son programme. Des bateaux toutes les demi heures, mais systématiquement en retard. Seule chose que je n'ai pas compris c'est l'importance des tickets de couleurs ( puisque même compagnie et ils vont au même endroit) Du coup un bateus part avec 5 personnes à bord et le suivant doit faire encore attendre des gens sur le quai, car trop chargé.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Bonsoir, peut faire part de votre opinion concernant votre transport avec notre service hop-on hop-off ? Sur le quai, il y a nombre de compagnies privées qui embarquent pour d'autres destinations
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jul 2021
Malgré la vétusté des bâteaux ceux ci navigaient très bien. Les horaires ont été respectes. Malheureusement le prix des visites des Îles est beaucoup trop élevé pour une famille. L île Madré ne veut pas la peine
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
nous vous remercions de nous contacter et d'être notre invité à bord de nos bateaux ..... le temps le transfert entre les blocs aura embarqué sur un bateau privé. Salutations distinguées
Lac majeur
, Aug 2020
Nous avons attendu plus d'une heures pour qu'un bateau vienne nous chercher sur l'isola madre. Et encore des italiens ont téléphoné pour faire bouger les choses Étant français ne maîtrisant pas assez l'italien par téléphone heureusement qu'il étaient là Aucune explications
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Merci pour nous avoir soumis votre avis. Nous sommes désolés de recevoir votre avis pour une expérience désagréable. Nous vous rappelons cependant qu'il n'est absolument pas possible que vous ayez attendu 1 heure à l'île mère car les bateaux passent toutes les 30 minutes; Cela aurait sûrement pu être un retard de 10 minutes mais certainement pas une heure ...................... Merci

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