Guided tour

From Venice: Murano & Burano Islands Boat Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
Guided tour

From Venice: Murano & Burano Islands Boat Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 42.35 per person

Likely to sell out

Discover the lace-making and glassblowing traditions of Venice on a leisurely boat tour. Watch glass and lace-making demonstrations with options to buy items at a discount.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Private or small groups available


  • Explore the glass blowing traditions of Murano at an artisan's workshop
  • See women making lace on the tiny island of Burano, and get an explanation of the dying art in English
  • Wander the streets of Burano to see the brightly painted houses
  • Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and take home your own lace keepsake
  • Enjoy a private boat trip to the 2 most colorful islands in the lagoon, Murano and Burano
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Escape the crowds of central Venice and catch a glimpse of what life in the city used to be like, as an island of artisans famous for their traditional craft skills, passed down from generation to generation. Your guide will keep you entertained on the short boat ride to the small island of Murano, famous for its glass making traditions. Find out the facinating story of Murano glassblowers and how their skills were so valued they were banned from leaving Venice on the threat of execution. Watch a craftsman in action and listen to a description of the process in English. Learn how silica sand becomes glass, and how the glass is given color. Afterwards, there will be time to browse the huge collection of glass art, and wander the island on your own. Cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Uncover Burano’s centuries-old lacemaking tradition as you visit a building where women still partake in this tradition of stitching lace. Your guide will explain the process of this dying art. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and pick out your own keepsake. Or, wander the winding streets, sampling delicious cookies at local bakeries. Unlike other tours, this excursion intentionally omits Torcello to provide you with more time on Murano and Burano, and with less time on the boat or trekking inland.

  • Glassmaking demonstration at a Murano factory, with commentary in English
  • Lacemaking demonstration at a shop in Burano, with commentary in English
  • Discount at the glass blowing and lace-making venues where the demonstrations are held (10% or more, depending on the item)
  • Headsets where necessary
  • Round-trip boat transportation
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
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  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

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  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance.
  • We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 470 reviews

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Our guide Christine, a local, was fantastic. She was professional, clear in her explanations and gave a lot of insider tips. We left at 9.30am and were back by 2.30pm. Approximately 1.5hours per island. I think if you are in Venice for more than 1 day it’s worth checking this out. I enjoyed the glass blowing, the lace making was a bit haphazard.

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March 23, 2023

I would say it is worth going to Murano and Burano but not necessarily on a guided tour. We had Suzanne who gave us useful running commentary about Venice and the islands and lots more info on local customs, she was great. If you go to the glass factory at the weekend then beware that they only have one person doing a quick demonstration, so if you want to see it fully functioning then go during the week. The lace tour was a 5 minute stop in a shop where you could watch someone stitch some lace, easy to give a miss. Burano itself is pretty to look at but you could really just catch a boat over there, you don’t need to pay for a tour - same thing for Murano. Having said that the private boat was much more comfortable than the water taxi! Overall a pleasant way to spend the morning.

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March 23, 2023

Our Guide, Francesca Gin, was the best! A true local, with so much knowledge and passion for the city. During the boat rides, she explained the History of Venice, curiosities about the other islands and traditions of the locals. Burano was a true surprise. So colourful and genuine. In Murano, the glass making demonstration was also very impressive. We definetly recommend this experience!

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 21293