The tour guide met us at the hotel foyer and right away we warmed to her chatty style and discussion about the day ahead. The private water-taxi arrived on time and we were off to Murano to the glass blowing tour. Murano is all about the beautiful Venetian glass and the private tour was fascinating and very personalized to our needs.
Next we off to Torcello (while the itinerary has Burano next we wanted to do that last). All the while we were travelling and during the walk about our guide was telling us about the history and recent news including Princess Diana's trips.
Burano is the colorful island with every house painted a bring and different color to it's neighbor. The lace shops were a bit pricey and predictable.
All together a very good tour of the islands and much better than the mass tours we had heard about.
This way exceeded our expectations. The gondola was ready 10 mins early and the accordionist and serenader sat in the front. The music and singing was beautiful and attracted quite a crown of admirers as we passed under bridges and alongside walk ways. We felt special and enjoyed every moment. We booked at 8pm, which in early May is just before sunset which is an ideal time to go. One risks inclement weather but we were lucky to have sunshine and blue skys.