35 reviews of Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice
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Reviewed by bums, May 2012
Excellent trip at a comfortable and easy pace with lots of time for exploring around.
Reviewed by Fran A, May 2013
It is worth seeing but there are better deals right in Venice. I LOVE Burano....the sweets there are DE-lish and we brought tons home! It's quaint and worth seeing.
Reviewed by Rose J, USA, May 2013
This was a good and informative tour. Interesting to say the least and the pride and effort that goes into the work, it's really worth seeing and possibly buying something after seeing and hearing how its done. The items were beautiful!! The glass factory is a little on the expensive side and even the souvenir shop. No matter what u purchase, they are great either as a gift or for yourself. I did purchase something from the glass factory. If I had known I would have waited and bought from the lace shops. Overall it was good. Definitely not for everyone. Both locations are quiet and basically, it was just us tourists. Our guide Francesca was very nice, knowledgeable and friendly. Also I met a couple of other travelers on this tour and they were pretty awesome as well. Jerry and Fran from Florida.
Reviewed by Geraldine L, November 2012
Not as good as expected. Somewhat disappointed in the glass factory and lace demonistrations. They area was nice to see though.
Reviewed by John, October 2012
Would have liked more time to visit more of Murano, not just the one factory.
Burano was lovely with time to wander.
Reviewed by Anthony J M, October 2012
Great tour leader, Christina. Disappointed with the glass blowing - big group and we didn't have a good view. Burano was interesting fishing village.
Reviewed by Rodney W, October 2012
Burano was beautiful however the tour itself was otherwise limited to a couple of short demonstrations and then some subtle sales pitches.
Reviewed by Marcus H, October 2012
The tour was started on time...
We left the meeting point a 2.30 exactly... in the beginning i felt slightly bad as we were waiting for another couple and as they had not arrived at exactly 2.30 the tour started without them... NOTE.. never be late!!!
Once the tour was under-way we all hopped on one of the vapareto style boats heading towards Murano... whilst on our way the guide provided us with interesting facts about the sights around us.
Once we got to Murano we were taken into the factory, was explained the methods and so on by Oscar... then onto the shop... i felt a little out of place as to be honest as i had already brought what i wanted in Venice and was not particularly interested in buying anything else... i thought we were going to have a tour of Murano not a factory floor and glass shop.
Heading out of the shop (without the guide) we literally had 45mins to explore the town before having to be back at the factory floor and onto the boat... not nearly enough time for a coffee let alone a little expedition.... so was unimpressed for the 1st half.
once we got to Burano we were taken to the lace shop/museum... started off interesting but again i felt pressured into buying from that particular lace shop...
As we were leaving the shop our guide gave us 1.30hr and a meeting point.... this time i we managed to have a coffee, shop and explore a little. Thank heavens it was such a beautiful place as it was in Burano that i began to relax a little!
Once at our meeting point we headed back to the boat where the tour guide offered helpful tips
Reviewed by Wendy, October 2012
Interesting to see how the glass is blown and the lace making is very inticate, absolutely beautiful and extremely expensive, but I can understand why, its very labour intensive.
Reviewed by Susan M, USA, August 2012
Nice to see both areas but over riding and negative was the pressure to purchase lace and glass at the end of each short demonstration. This happens all too often on tours and I resent it! Our guide, Christina, was great - very energetic and eager to share her general knowledge of Venice.
Reviewed by maripet, April 2012
A real disappointment. Very little insight into the crafts and an overabundance of hard sell.
Reviewed by Susan V, May 2013
The Murano tour only stopped at 1 glass showroom. We did find a bit of time to get out to look at some other places but had to quickly return to get the boat.
Next time we will go to the island by ourselves which we hadn't realised at the time but the ferry stop was quite near our hotel.
Burano was a lovely surprise - a beautiful little town. Our guide was very friendly and informative.
Reviewed by Alicia N, November 2012
A lot of travel time and not much time spent on the islands. The Murano visit consisted of a quick glass tour followed by time spent in their show room. No other time to explore the island. Burano was beautiful, some great photo opportunities.
Reviewed by Fumi, October 2012
Tour organiser a little disorganised therefore we started really late, but once we got going it was great.