Milan Experiences

An elegant city of art, architecture, fashion and modernity, Milan is a globally renowned city for a reason. A buzzing metropolis, many of the unmissable sights in Milan are concentrated in the city centre, making it a comfortably walkable city. From grand and Gothic cathedrals to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Milan’s architecture and art history credentials are unparalleled. There is a contemporary city scene in Milan too, with fashion, food and fresh design all very much part of the city’s fabric. Its northern location makes it the perfect base to explore north Italy and bordering countries too.

Select an experience below to find out more.

Grand Tour of Milan

Spend a morning exploring Milan’s most renowned locations and collect one-of-a-kind memories in Italy’s city of history and fashion. This morning tour sets off around 9:30 and lasts for approximately four hours, combining a walking tour with an exclusive opportunity to view Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

 

Includes

 

  • English speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets

From£110per person

Bernina Train and St Moritz

Soak up the magic of one of the most scenic train routes in the world on this journey from Italy to St Moritz through the Swiss Alps.

 

Includes

  • Coach travel
  • English speaking guide
  • Tirano – St Moritz Bernina Express

From£170per person

Maison Milano Dinner Show

Enjoy exquisite cuisine and a renowned live cabaret show at this experience in Maison Milano.

 

Includes

 

  • Four-course menu
  • Cabaret show

From£70per person

Verona and Lake Garda

Take in one of Italy’s most romantic cities and soak up the lifestyle of the Italian Lakes on this day trip to Verona and Lake Garda.

 

Includes

 

  • Coach travel
  • English speaking guide

From£100per person

Genoa and Portofino

Spend a day at the coast while enjoying the very best Genoa and Portofino have to offer.

 

Includes

 

  • Coach travel
  • English speaking guide

From£130per person

Lake Como and Bellagio

Soak up the lifestyle at one of the most famous Italian Lakes during this day trip to Lake Como.

 

Includes

 

  • Coach travel
  • English speaking guide
  • Two-hour panoramic cruise

From£90per person

Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan

Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan

Grand Tour of Milan

Spend a morning exploring Milan’s most renowned locations and collect one-of-a-kind memories in Italy’s city of history and fashion. This morning tour sets off around 9:30 and lasts for approximately four hours, combining a walking tour with an exclusive opportunity to view Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

The walking part of this tour takes you to the heart of Milan’s most beloved sights. You’ll visit the Sforza Castle – an impressive medieval fortress that was once the seat and residence of the ruling family of Milan. Nowadays it is home to multiple museums and art collections, making it a true cultural icon of the city. Our tour will also take us to the remarkable Duomo – an incredible Gothic cathedral with 135 spires and 3,200 statues – also the largest church in Italy.

In addition, our tour will take us to the heart of Milan’s rich fashion and cultural history. We’ll wander through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – the city’s famous fashion arcade with its vaulted 19th century glass roof. We’ll also pay a visit to La Scala – Milan’s opera house where the most famous opera singers have performed, including Pavarotti. Your entrance ticket is valid for 24 hours, allowing you to return to the opera house and its museum later if you want to spend more time here.

A visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece – The Last Supper – marks the end of the tour. A UNESCO World Heritage Site housed inside Santa Maria Delle Grazie – it is a true sight to behold.

 Operates daily except Monday, Prices from £110 per person.  

 

Bernina Express bridge

Bernina Express bridge

Bernina Train and St Moritz

Soak up the magic of one of the most scenic train routes in the world on this journey from Italy to St Moritz through the Swiss Alps.

This tour departs from Milan at 7:00, when we’ll travel to the pretty Italian town of Tirano, not far from the border with Switzerland. It’s here we’ll board the Bernina Express train to continue our journey to St Moritz. This stretch of the route is so beautiful it has even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the railway is also World Heritage listed. We’ll pass along the Brusio viaduct – a spiral section of the railway line that is an iconic part of the journey. We’ll also travel along the Bernina Pass – a 2,253 high metre pass that travels through the Bernina Range of the Alps. On the route into St Moritz, we’ll pass through the Engadin Valley, known for its astonishing landscapes.

After the glorious and dramatic scenery of glaciers, iconic bridges, mountains and valleys, we’ll arrive in the exclusive Swiss resort of St Moritz. Here we’ll visit Switzerland’s best chocolate shop, plus you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the charming town. In particular, you can take in Piazza da Scoula, see monuments dedicated to the Winter Olympics – which has been hosted here twice, and visit the Segantini Museum, dedicated to the painter, Giovanni Segantini.

Following a day filled with some of the world’s most famous scenery, we’ll travel back to Milan via air-conditioned coach.

Operates every day from 1st April – 31st October. Operates Tuesday and Saturday 1st November – 31st March. Prices from £170 per person

Maison Milano burlesque performance

Maison Milano burlesque performance

Maison Milano Dinner Show

Enjoy exquisite cuisine and a renowned live cabaret show at this experience in Maison Milano.

Available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 21:00, this experience promises a memorable evening out. Maison Milano is located in a charming former post office dating back to the 1900s. Sensitively transformed into a restaurant and live music venue, the building is now a hotspot of contemporary cultural life in Milan. The interior itself is truly delightful, with traditional wooden beams, authentic floors and candelabras on the tables – peppered with modern touches to create an inviting and cosy environment.

The evening begins with a four-course menu that embodies the best of regional Italian cuisine. Expect artisanal breads with hand-crafted dipping sauces, home-made pasta and perfectly prepared fish and meat main courses, with delectable vegetarian options also available. The menus change regularly to match the theme of the evening. Regional red and white wines are also selected to complement the breadth of flavours each original menu offers.

Accompanying the cuisine is an evening of genuinely captivating entertainment. The venue offers a variety of shows, ranging from circus to burlesque, as well as live music and DJ sets on some nights. Choose an experience you find most appealing and then sit back and be entertained. You’ll be wowed by vivid costumes and unpredictable sets. From acrobats and contortionists, to fire eaters and talented tricksters, Maison Milano promises an evening of unexpected entertainment and unrivalled fun.

Operates on a Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings – operations all year around Prices from £70 per person  18 years + only.

Bellagio town, Como Lake district

Bellagio town, Como Lake district

Lake Como and Bellagio

Soak up the lifestyle at one of the most famous Italian Lakes during this day trip to Lake Como.

We’ll depart from Milan at 8:30 for the hour and a half journey north of the city to Lake Como. The third largest lake in Europe gained a reputation for its shimmering waters, glorious Alpine scenery and postcard-perfect towns and villages. Our tour will start in the lakeside city of Como, where you can stroll around the streets, browse the boutiques and stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants with impressive lake views.

After some free time, we’ll embark on a two-hour panoramic cruise on Lake Como to soak up the scenery from the water. We’ll pass by some of the most impressive villas on the lake, including Villa d’Este at Cernobbio – now a luxury hotel with vibrant tropical gardens, where rare and exotic plants have found a place to thrive throughout the seasons.

We’ll also stop at the village of Bellagio, found right in the heart of the lake’s Y-shape. Famous for its cobbled lanes, steep alleyways that lead to the lake and the Villa Serbelloni Park – a garden that dates back to the 18th century – this is a wonderful place for strolling and stopping for gelato.

On our return to Como, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city, taking in the pristine streetscapes, piazzas and silk shops. We’ll then return to Milan, arriving around 18:30.

Operates from April-October, everyday from 08:30-18:30. Prices from £90 per person.

Verona city

Verona city

Verona and Lake Garda

Take in one of Italy’s most romantic cities and soak up the lifestyle of the Italian Lakes on this day trip to Verona and Lake Garda.

We’ll depart from Milan at 7:30 to reach Verona in just under two hours. Verona is a city best known for its depiction in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – a story that was set in this very city. Shakespeare was apparently influenced by the building that is now a museum dedicated to Romeo and Juliet – complete with the balcony that was so influential in the storyline. Together we’ll embark on a two-hour walking tour of Verona, which includes a visit to Juliet’s Balcony. In addition, we’ll visit the Roman Arena, an historic venue and the location of open-air summertime concerts. You’ll also enjoy some free time to explore Verona’s winding medieval streets on your own.

Lake Garda is one of the world’s most beloved lakes, characterised by deep blue waters, rugged mountainous scenery and picturesque lakeside communities. We’ll pay a visit to the Lake Garda town of Sirmione, found in an idyllic location on the lake surrounded by olive groves. Rocca Scaligera is one of the famous spots here – an enchanting fortress on the water with incredible views. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the fortress as well as Sirmione’s other attractions, including a palatial Roman villa. Sirmione is also the perfect place to stroll along the illustrious streets, do a spot of shopping and stop for coffee or gelato while soaking up the atmosphere on Lake Garda.

Operates from April – October on Tuesday’s & Friday’s from £100 per person.

 

Portofino Harbor

Portofino Harbor

Genoa and Portofino

Spend a day at the coast while enjoying the very best Genoa and Portofino have to offer.

We’ll depart from Milan at 7:30 by coach and travel south to Genoa, the largest medieval city in Europe. The capital of Liguria, Genoa has been an important trading port for centuries and is nicknamed ‘la Superba’ (‘the proud one’) because of its distinguished history. On arrival in Genoa, we’ll embark on a walking tour with an expert guide, who will show you some of the highlights of the city. We’ll take a look at the Old Town, part of which is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander the maze of winding streets. The city where Christopher Columbus was born, Genoa is the embodiment of the perfect place to enjoy exploring. We’ll also visit the Ancient Harbour, which was impressively renovated in 1992 by distinguished architect Renzo Piano. After our walking tour, you’ll have some free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll travel to the village of Santa Margherita Ligure on Genoa’s outskirts, known for the large school of dolphins regularly spotted just off the coastline. We’ll embark on a mini-cruise here to make our way to the colourful fishing village of Portofino. A truly charming community, you’ll have free time in Portofino to wander through the pretty square and walk up to the 16th century fortress – complete with its art museum and postcard-perfect views. Portofino is a popular spot for shopping in the high-end boutiques and stopping for a gelato too.

Operates from April-October on Thursday’s & Saturday’s. Prices from £130 per person.

 

More Milan Experiences

Lake Maggiore

Enjoy an afternoon of lakeside life, Alpine scenery and pristine gardens on the Swiss border at Lake Maggiore.

We’ll depart from Milan at 13:30 and make the hour and a half journey to Stresa, one of Lake Maggiore’s most iconic towns. You’ll enjoy some free time here to wander around the streets, browse in the boutiques and generally soak up the water-front.

After your free time in Stresa, it’s time to get out on the water on a Lake Maggiore cruise. We’ll pass by some of the most elegant villas set on the shores of the lake, catch a glimpse of the many vibrant gardens by the water, and experience the wonder of being surrounded by the lake’s majestic Alpine scenery. We’ll also explore the Borromean Islands on the lake, passing the 20-acre park of Isola Madre – a renowned garden – before stopping off at Isola dei Pescatori (‘Fishermen’s Island’). Considered by many to be the most picturesque of the islands, the feeling here harks back to a life of simple beauty. You’ll have some free time to have a stroll, do some shopping and stop for a snack.

After soaking up the feeling amid this island community, we’ll cruise over to Isola Bella. This island is home to a grand palace, an Italianate garden and a small fishing village. You’ll have some free time to enjoy the grandeur of this small but perfectly formed spot, before we return back to Milan via Stresa.

Operates from April-October on Monday’s & Sunday’s from £100 per person.

 

La Scala Museum and Theatre

Experience one of the greatest opera venues in the world from the inside through this tour that takes you to the heart of La Scala.

An opera house and theatre that was inaugurated in 1778, La Scala is one of Milan’s iconic venues. In the early days, La Scala was lit with oil lamps – 84 in the stage area and 1,000 throughout the rest of the theatre. Hundreds of buckets filled with water were stored in numerous rooms in case of fire. Electric lights replaced these oil lamps in 1883! La Scala has gained a reputation for having hosted all the great opera stars and being the location of many opera premieres, including Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello.

This tour departs at 14:30 and gives you insights you wouldn’t normally get thanks to our expert guide. We’ll visit the museum, which is home to a number of artefacts and stories about the great artists from La Scala. After exploring the wonderful history the museum beholds, we’ll take a look at La Scala’s stage itself – a truly dazzling sight. We may even be lucky enough to see a rehearsal in progress. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit one of the theatre’s exclusive boxes, gaining a privileged view of the history-filled performance space.

By the end of the tour, you’ll know La Scala from the inside, have a sense of its history and cultural richness, as well as its ongoing significance today. La Scala really is as important to Milan’s cultural life as it was 200 years ago.

Operates Every day from 1st April – 31st October. Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 1st November – 31st March. Prices from £36 per person.

Football Lovers Tour

A tour that takes you to the heart of Milan’s beloved football culture, visit an impressive stadium, team headquarters and museums filled with football memorabilia.

This half day tour takes you to the great football hotspots of Milan via the open-top City Sightseeing bus, enabling you to get on and off the bus as much as you wish. First of all, you’ll make your way to the San Siro Stadium, home of the two Italian football giants, AC Milan and Inter Milan. We’ll provide you with tickets so you can enter the stadium and explore its public areas. This includes seeing the pitch from the stands – an amazing view to enjoy in person, as well as the press room where post-match interviews, press conferences and photo shoots take place. You’ll even be able to walk through the tunnel that leads to the pitch. Afterwards, you’ll gain access to the on-site museum with collectors’ items and incredible facts about the two football teams. The stadium shop sells all kinds of official merchandise too – perfect for souvenirs and gifts to take home.

After your visit to San Siro, catch the City Sightseeing bus onwards to Casa Milan, the headquarters of AC Milan. This modern and impressive building is just a few years old and embodies the prestige of the football team. Here it’s possible to explore a museum about AC Milan’s history, visit the shop and then stop for a bite to eat at the Cucina Milanello restaurant.

Operates every day all year round, 10:35am, 11:35am, 12:35am. Black out dates: Jan 01 – December 25-26, Aug 15. Prices from £60 per person.

In the footsteps of Leonardo

This enchanting walking tour brings Leonardo da Vinci’s history and works to life on the streets of Milan.

Leonardo da Vinci – one of the most famous painters of all time from the Renaissance period – spent his early working life in Milan. Also an inventor, sculptor, architect, scientist, engineer, botanist, astrologer, writer and cartographer, da Vinci’s famous works are extensive and wide-ranging. Departing at 16:00, this walking tour explores some of his most remarkable works.

We’ll begin at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, where Leonardo da Vinci’s Atlantic Codex is available to the public to view for the first time ever. The Atlantic Codex is the most extensive collection of da Vinci’s manuscripts, with notes and studies ranging between subjects including flight, musical instruments, botany and mathematics. There are more than one thousand notebook pages in total.

After the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, we’ll make our way to Santa Maria delle Grazie, where one of the most recognisable paintings in the world can be seen. Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, is on display here. Our tour allows you to skip the line with pre-booked tickets, so you’ll be able to enjoy an intimate viewing of the mural without waiting. Dating back to the 1490s, it is thought to have been commissioned by the Duke of Milan and da Vinci’s patron, Ludovico Sforza. The mural is found in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Operates from April – October Tuesday’s, Thursday’s & Saturday’s, from 4pm. Prices from £70 per person.

 

Bergamo Half Day

A pretty city just an hour away from Milan, Bergamo is particularly famed for its Old Town, which is surrounded by more than three miles of 15th century city walls.

We’ll depart Milan at 14:00 to travel to Bergamo by coach. On arrival in Bergamo, we’ll embark on a two-hour walking tour of Bergamo Old Town. This begins with a funicular ride from downtown to Bergamo Old Town on a hilltop. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, the city walls here form one of the best examples of a still-standing Venetian defensive system. Our tour will explore the Old Town in detail, where you’ll find out more about the incredible walls.

We’ll also visit Piazza Vecchia – the heart of the Old Town – filled with stately architecture and buzzing cafés. The St Maria Maggiore cathedral is also a fascinating place to stop for its Lombard Romanesque architecture and array of historic tapestries inside. We’ll also visit the Colleoni chapel – dedicated to the saints Bartholomew, Mark and John the Baptist – and the baptistery. Palazzo della Ragione is the city’s town hall – a 12th century building that has previously been a palace and a theatre – and is another highlight on our walking tour.

As well as the splendid historic spots to soak up in Bergamo, you’ll also enjoy the immense views this position in the city offers. Ranging from the Alps and lush hilly scenery, to traditional villas and farmhouses in the lowlands, Bergamo’s surroundings are laid out in front of your eyes here.

Operates from April-October on Monday’s. Prices from £60 per person.

Cinque Terre

Visit UNESCO World Heritage villages perched on the Ligurian coastline for a day away from the city like no other.

We’ll depart from Milan at 7:00 to travel to the coastal village of Porto Venere, along the illustriously named Golfo dei Poeti (‘Gulf of Poets’). From here we’ll travel to Cinque Terre – meaning ‘five lands’ – where we’ll soak up the experience of some of the five villages that collectively make the UNESCO World Heritage Site. These villages have been built cleverly into the water-side cliffs to create communities representing incredible fortitude. Although these villages are accessible by footpaths, trains and boats, no cars can reach them, making the villages truly extraordinary.

Travelling by boat, we’ll reach Monterosso al Mare first, which is the largest of the five villages of Cinque Terre. You’ll have some free time here to wander around the streets filled with local charm, and discover the beaches. Monterosso al Mare is well-known for its lemon trees, which add yet more vibrancy to the village. After lunch, we’ll continue our journey to Vernazza – known for its 14th century church and 15th century castle. You’ll have more free time here to wander along the water-front and pier – with picturesque views of fishing boats bobbing in the water – and explore the lush vineyards found in the locality. You’ll also be able to go up the Guardiola Tower for immense views over the village.

We’ll continue by train to La Spezia, the small Ligurian city, where our coach will be waiting for our return journey to Milan.

Operates from April -October on Monday’s, Thursday’s & Friday’s from £140 per person.

Venice

Visit the city of islands, canals and bridges on a day trip from Milan to see a whole new side to Italy.

We’ll depart from Milan at 7:00 and travel east until we reach the outskirts of Venice. There’s no better way to experience this city of water than from a boat, so we’ll travel across the Venice lagoon on a boat trip so you can capture a true feeling of the city. You’ll also enjoy a two-hour walking tour to learn more about the most famous sights and lesser known facts about the city.

Voted by some as the most beautiful city in the world, part of your walking tour will be about soaking up the magic of the bridges and winding alleys across the city. We’ll also take in some of the major sights of Venice. This includes the Doge’s Palace, with its Venetian Gothic architecture and the Museo dell’Opera – home to Venetian sculptures from the 14th and 15th centuries – now found inside. The Rialto Bridge is another Venice favourite – a 16th century stone footbridge traversing the Grand Canal. Our walking tour will end in the most famous spot of all – St Mark’s Square. St Mark’s Basilica, built in around 1060, overlooks the historic square, where fascinating monuments and the buzz of Venetian life can be found.

After the walking tour you’ll have some free time in Venice for lunch, gondola rides and anything else you would like to do before returning to Milan by boat then coach.

Operates from April-October on Tuesday’s Wednesday’s & Sunday’s from £140 per person.

Florence (day trip by train)

Visit Italy’s centre of Renaissance art by high-speed train from Milan to soak up the best of the iconic city of Florence in just a day.

On this trip you’ll depart Milan at 8:00 and travel through the Tuscan countryside to Florence in just two hours by high-speed train. We’re able to upgrade you to business class if you wish. On arrival in Florence, you’ll receive a complimentary map and Florence city guide, together with access to the City Sightseeing bus for the day, with the ability to hop on and hop off as much as you like. With audio commentary to guide you, this is an unrivalled opportunity to gain an overview of Florence, while deciding where you’d like to get off to spend a little more time.

Known as Italy’s centre of Renaissance, there are several famous and unmissable spots in Florence that give a feeling of the city’s important history. This includes Florence’s cathedral – the Duomo – including the dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, which is both a visual and historical icon of the city. Piazzale Michelangelo – dedicated to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo – offers impressive views over Florence, making it another must-visit. To find out more about the city’s art history, a visit to the Accademia Gallery is also important, as it is home to Michelangelo’s sculpture, David. Art fans can also book this tour with skip-the-line tickets to the Uffizi Gallery, where more of Michelangelo’s work can be found, as well as masterpieces by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and more.

Operates every day all year round, from £190 per person, including: High Speed Train return ticket + City Sightseeing ticket + Uffizi Gallery ticket.

 

Rome (day trip by train)

Visit the Italian capital of Rome from Milan in just one day thanks to the high-speed train that runs between the two cities.

You’ll depart Milan in the morning on the high-speed train to Rome, a journey that will take approximately three and a half hours. We’re able to upgrade you to business class if you wish. On arrival in Rome you have access to the City Sightseeing bus for the whole day, complete with audio guide to relay fascinating facts as you pass all of Rome’s key sights. With the opportunity to get on and off the bus as much as you like throughout the day, you can decide your own schedule and which Rome sights you’d like to spend more time at.

In particular, you’ll be able to soak up the Colosseum – the largest amphitheatre ever built dating back to 70-80 AD. You can visit the Spanish Steps, which date back to 1717, and the immense Trevi Fountain, which is one of the most famous fountains in the world. You can also get off the bus to stroll amid the city’s many coffee shops and walk alongside the Tiber river. If you know you’d like to visit the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, you can add skip-the-line tickets onto this tour so you don’t have to wait to see these world-famous religious sights. After an enchanting eight hours in the city, you’ll board your return train to Milan.

Operates every day, all year round from £260 per person including: High Speed Train return ticket+ City Sightseeing ticket + Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel Ticket.