Guided tour

From Venice: Murano & Burano Islands Guided Small-Group Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From Venice: Murano & Burano Islands Guided Small-Group Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 42.40 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

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description

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.

Includes
  • 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
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change at short notice
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with local requirements
  • The local partner will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
  • You can choose between a shared or private experience
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 458 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The glass blowing demo on Murano was enjoyable and the colourful houses on Burano were worth seeing. However, the time spent on the glass show room was too long, and we were only taken to that glass shop on Murano. It would be much better we could take a look at other places and visit other shops on the island.

January 17, 2023

The tour with Allessandra was so informative and enjoyable. I loved all the little tidbits of history that she shared along the way, and she was very willing to lend her local expertise to any questions about the area, including restaurant recs, etc. My 10 year old daughter also enjoyed the tour, especially the glass making demonstration. This tour had a good balance between organized and free time. I found this to be a good value, because it included the private boat ride, which was similar to a water taxi (which are expensive!).

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January 16, 2023

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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November 26, 2022

Product ID: 21293