Milan Sightseeing Tour (Day 1)
Take a half-day sightseeing tour of Milan on your first day. Departing at 2:30pm from central Milan, start with an awe-inspiring visit to the mural painting of The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci's UNESCO World Heritage-listed masterpiece, housed next to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church.
Then, dive into the history and culture of Milan, Italy's most stylish city and one of the fashion capitals of the world. Shopping here takes on an almost religious significance, but theater and cinema also flourish in this fashionable city, as does a lively club scene and tempting restaurants and cafés where Giuseppe Verdi and other famous composers once dined.
Visit the glamorous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, medieval Sforza Castle and the breathtaking Duomo, one of the world's largest and most striking Gothic cathedrals. You'll also visit the world-renowned La Scala opera house (Teatro alla Scala). Your entrance ticket provides admission to the La Scala Theatre Museum (Museo Teatrale alla Scala), which you can revisit later for a longer period if you wish.
Lake Como Day Trip (Day 2)
Enjoy a day trip to Lake Como on your second day. Meet in central Milan at 9am and board the coach for a 1-hour drive to Como, where you'll start with a guided tour of this luxurious resort town — a favorite vacation spot among celebrities.
Ride the funicular up to the town of Brunate, one of the best places to soak up a sweeping panorama of the snowcapped mountains and picturesque Mediterranean villas surrounding Como. You'll then have free time for lunch (own expense) in Brunate before the highlight of your afternoon: a Lake Como cruise.
At the Como city center, board the boat and relax on a 1-hour cruise around the gorgeous lake surrounded by splendid villas, mansions and hotels, including Villa d'Este at Cernobbio, a luxurious hotel with tropical gardens.
You'll have free time after your cruise to shop, sightsee and grab some coffee before heading back to Milan. Stop to visit the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio, a notable church built in the 11th century in Romanesque style, before arriving in Milan in the evening.