The Best Italy Tours from Milan

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated February 22, 2024

One of Europe’s most popular countries for tourism, there are a wide number of Italy tours on offer – including several that start in the stylish and sophisticated city of Milan.

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Awe-inspiring art and architecture dating back to the Renaissance era, mouth-watering aperitivos and gelato, stylishly dressed men and women whizzing around on vespas – these are just some of the alluring Italian characteristics that help attract millions of visitors each year. For those who like the idea of starting their Italy adventure in the fashion capital of Milan, we’ve picked out five of the best tours beginning in the city of Prada and Gucci.

Italian Glory (13 days)

Starting in Milan and ending in Rome, this 13-day tour covers some of Italy’s most prestigious cities. Travelling between them by luxury air-conditioned coach, and in the company of an expert guide, you’ll start the trip in the serene surroundings of Lake Maggiore where you’ll get to kick back and unwind before hitting the road. Over the course of the trip, you’ll explore Milan, Florence, Pompeii, Amalfi, Venice and Rome. Highlights include entering the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, looking around a glassblowing factory in Venice, and taking a scenic cruise to the floating city’s famous St. Mark’s Square. All breakfasts, as well as five dinners, are included. From €3,444 per person.

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Country Roads of Northern Italy (10 days)

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Set against a backdrop of mountain peaks and scenic lakes, the rural roads of northern Italy are a delight to explore – and this 10-day tour invites you to do just that. Starting in Milan and ending in Lake Maggiore before your return transfer back to Milan, highlights include crossing the fertile plains of Lombardy to Verona, home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers; following the Adige River into limestone peaks of the Dolomites; and travelling through Prosecco Country to Venice. Along the way, there’ll be plenty of stop-offs to see local sights and places of interest, as well as some of Italy’s classic city landmarks. From €3,610 per person.

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Italian Lakes Tour (4 days)

The five major lakes that comprise the Italian Lake District are among Europe’s finest natural wonders. Starting in Milan, this 4-day tour offers the chance to explore them at your leisure via boat excursions and relaxed strolls, as you become acquainted with some of the region’s most picturesque towns such as Como, Verona and Bergamo. For accommodation, you’ll spend a night each in a trio of upscale 4-star hotels, all offering sublime views of their scenic surroundings. As well as water-based attractions, you’ll also get to marvel at picture-postcard medieval buildings, antique churches and narrow cobbled streets. Needless to say, be sure to bring your camera. From €1,270 per person.

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Discovering Milan (4 days)

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If you’re short on time or budget, but keen to see some of the best of Italy, then this 4-day small-group tour of magical Milan may well fit the bill. With an extended time spent in the sophisticated city, you’ll get to explore its hidden corners, as well as its well-known spots, at a leisurely pace. The tour will place a focus on art and architecture, with notable stops including the gothic-style Duomo Cathedral, the medieval Sforza Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, the historic headquarters of Canottieri Milano Olona. You’ll also get to enjoy a sunset boat tour on the Navigli canals and a day trip to the legendary Lake Como and Lugano. Tours are limited to 15 people. From €592 per person.

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Northern Italy Tour of Milan, Cinque Terre and the Italian Lakes (8 days)

Italian food is some of the finest in the world and you’ll certainly need plenty of sustenance on this 8-day action-packed adventure that takes you around the country’s northern reaches. After your first day embracing the glitz and glamour of Milan, you’ll head on your way, and on day two will stop off at a prosciutto (ham) factory near Langhirano. Next, it’s on to a family-run caseificio (dairy farm) where we’ll learn the ancient craft of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese production. Cuisine continues to play a prominent role during the ensuing days with visits to Parma, birthplace of Parma ham; Genoa, famous for its local focaccia; and a sit-down dinner with your fellow travellers in the string of UNESCO-listed seaside villages known as the Cinque Terre. The trip comes to a close in the exquisite Lake District, before your transfer back to Milan. From €1,958 per person.

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