This tour was amazing, very good and cheap! Plus you get to see outside Venice as well! Amazing glass tour was really good to watch them make the glass and buy some thing after! Defo must do if you are going to Venice!
The tour was OK, although it was sometimes difficult to hear the guide over the noise of the engine. Ideally would have preferred more time on Burano and perhaps skipped Torcello.
I realize we had to fit a lot into a limited space of time, and thankfully the guide was able to ensure that everyone was on time at each venue. However, I did feel that the visit to the glass factory was too rushed. It felt like a factory production line ;the explanations were terse and the next group were following close on our heels. Naturally, they were hoping to sell us goods from the showroom and were disapppointed when we didn't. I felt we were considered 'consumer fodder' [ I did the same trip years ago. I would go again independently, not pay to join a group]
This was a group tour that wasn't too well organized - directions on where to meet up were iffy, and once on board the boat, we found that we were in a group of like 40 people of a variety of nationalities and languages. We were herded about on a cramped boat from island to island from one tourist trap area to the next. I would spend you time doing something else.
We arrived burano after sunset, too dark to see this beautiful island, can't take any pics as well
well worth taking for anyone visiting venice
Excellent value for money, Burano is a must see hidden place the lace amazing.
The islands visited are wonderful. Our guide did a great job and spoke good English. A must see when visiting Venice.
Great tour. Just enough time at each island. But the best part was the tour through the Grand Canal.
I LOVED this tour! Worth every penny! I loved getting the opportunity to visit some of the surrounding islands of Venice. The glass demonstration on Murano was lovely! Torcello was nice.. there was a lot more nature than I expected - a very green island full of birds. The island of Burano was my favorite and I think I may like even more than Venice itself! The sweets they make there are delicious and their lace is famous the world over. I wish we had just a little more time on Burano, but it was still a great trip! I highly reccommend it to everyone!
tour guide gave everyone a headache,nonstop talking. otherwise a great tour
This is a nice little tour. Murano of course has the beautiful glass, and the glass blowing demo was very interesting (bit of a tourist trap, but an enteratining one). Burano has he beautiful multi coloured houses which makes for some great photos. There is also plenty of lace there. Torcello was my least favourite, there's not a whole lot there. You don't get a whole lot of time at each place though.
This was a great way to see these three islands. Our guide was fluent in multiple languages and easily flipped from English, to Spanish, to French, and to Italian as there were guests on board requiring each. We would have liked a little more time on each island to explore on our own. For example, after viewing the glass blowing demonstration (for which some of our group did not have good viewing as the place was full prior to our arrival) we had almost no time to walk around. We actually skipped the lace making demonstration so we could have a little time to explore Burano. Even then, we could have used more time. Can this tour be extended another half to one hour? Guests would have less ear fatigue if only English speaking, only French speaking, etc. were booked for each tour.
We booked this tour because while we were in Venice there was a Waterbus strike where they did not run for 24 hour period. This tour was the only option to make it to the outer islands in the lagoon. However taking the Vaporetto when available will allow you a lot more freedom to wander these great islands.
Murano and Burano could take over an hour and a half to properly visit (you are only given 45 minutes)
In Murano you are funneled into a glass blowing shop where they put on a short demonstration, however my recommendation would be to get out of the place directly after this and visit the other shops further away because you will be able to see them working as well and their prices are a lot more reasonable.
In Burano the lace demonstration is not necessary to see as the island itself is beautiful, so many photo opportunities here, not to mention their leaning tower.
Torcello as mentioned by other reviewers is a bit of a waste of time in this tour. There is definitely a reason why only 12 people still reside on island. There is nothing there, it takes a good 10 minutes to walk to the church, which is currently under repair.
The tour guide while knowledgeable is very hard to understand! Mixture of her accent and the extremely loud boat. I attempted to tune that part of the tour out.
At first we were a little disappointed as there were about 70 other people on the tour with us.The boat was very noisy and the tour guide spoke to us in three languages but because of the strong accent it was hard to tell when she changed to English. On Murano, I did not see any of the glass blowing display as there were too many people crowded around the front and there was not much time to really look around the area or make choices for purchases. The tour improved when we went to Burano as the village was more suited to large groups and we had more time to enjoy the atmosphere of village life. The church at Torcello was fascinating but again there wasn't enough time to go into the museum. Overall, as first time travellers to the area it was worth doing this tour however the area is well serviced by public transport and the trip could be done this way giving much more time to indulge in sight seeing.
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