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Halten wir zunächst einmal fest: Amerikaner sind nie pünktlich! Eine gut vorbereitete Reiseleiterin wartete auf fehlende Teilnehmer ... Unterwegs gab es viele Erklärungen - da ist weniger oft mehr ... Erste Station: Murano! Wir steuern direkt eine der vielen Glasbläsereien an und werden prompt mit einer aalglatten Promoterin zu einer Demo (kurz und knapp!) und dann in die Verkaufsräume geführt. Fotografieren verboten! Kurze Verschnaufpause im Garten, dann geht es weiter ...
Zweite Station: Burano! Die Verkaufsshow der Spitzenknüpferinnen schenken wir uns. Dafür hat die Architektur entlang des malerischen Kanals manche Enttäuschung wieder wettgemacht.
Nach knapp 4,5 Stunden landen wir wieder sicher in Venedig an.
Fazit: Nette Reiseleiterin, zu viel Verkaufsshow, versöhnliches Burano! Ein lohnenswerter Abstecher, mehr aber auch nicht!
Auf Murano besichtigten wir nur eine Glasmanufaktur und ihre schönen, aber teuren Erzeugnisse. Es gab keine Möglichkeit, etwas von der Insel oder den Andenkenläden zu sehen. Somit haben wir dort auch nichts gekauft, was enttäuschend war, weil ich mich auf diesen Ausflug aus diesem Grund gefreut habe.
Burano war in Ordnung, man konnte zwischen einer Besichtigung oder einem Einkaufsbummel wählen.
First, our guide Lara is a wonderful person. She made this tour even better with her jokes. It was a wonderful and well organised tour. The Murano Factory was very nice and to see them make beautiful things out of glass was wonderful. They have a small store where you could buy some items. Burano was nice as well, as we saw how the lace was made and the technics in knotting. A nice small island with colourful houses. They are many shops to buy the lace work.
We enjoyed the trip and our guide was very knowledgeable. The tour to the Murano glass factory was interesting to watch. The prices in their showroom were extremely high. There wasn't much else to view on the island. We would have liked to have more time at Burano. Interesting island with lots of shops in picturesque setting. Would like the guide to keep negative religious views to herself when speaking to the group; on a one on basis, it is not a problem.
This tour was not quite what I expected. It was nice, but I thought we'd see a bit more of a demonstration of the glass blowing technique than we did. But it was good, just brief. The most of our time on Murano was spent walking to town and eating gelato in the town square, which was pretty. The lace making was interesting. I didn't know that each lace maker know one stitch and that is all she does, then the piece is passed on to the next lace maker to do her special stitch. Such beautiful pieces! The colorful homes on Burano were really fun to see! Take the time to walk to the canal, your guide will show you the way. There were many cute shops there to browse. The boat ride was lovely. Our guide was helpful and very nice. It was a slower paced tour than some of the others we went on, but we enjoyed it. Like the review title says, "a very nice afternoon out".
Murano and Burano are picturesque and interesting little islands worth the side trip from Venice. But just take a ferry and do it on your own. The tour was not as described, just money grabs. Glass making demo lasted 8 minutes at best then straight to their store. Lace making demo was 1 minute at best and straight to their store.
Thanks to Jennifer our lovely guide, we thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip to both murano and burano. Jennifer was very informative, friendly and approachable - we even asked her some questions at the end after everyone had left and she made the effort to talk to us for a while. It was a brilliant experience! Great if you've never been to Venice and want a glimpse into the unique beauty and history of these islands. Can't get over the wonderful colours of all the houses in burano!!! Was well organised, fun, and great to do as a first time trip to Venice.
Our tour began with a short boat ride to the island of Murano. At the glass factory we were given an up close view of the glass blowers working in the factory. We saw two different demonstrations of glass objects being created. After the demonstration we visited the museum and gift shop and saw outstanding works of art that were mouth-blown in this family-run factory. From here we went to the island of Burano. In Burano, we were escorted to a quaint shop and shown how the lace is hand-made. We were able to look through the store and purchase beautiful hand-crafted items if we wished. We had some extra time to explore this colorful village. We also stopped for gelato and visited a lovely church. On the way back to Venice, our tour guide gave us additional information about Venice and other surrounding islands. We enjoyed our tour very much.
This tour was excellent and gave us enough time on both murano and burano to see some local sights. The glass blowing demo was maybe 20 minutes on murano. The lace demo on burano was much shorter. Burano was really interesting to see. The house colors are splendid, yet it’s a quiet island without crowds. The boat ride was fun and Alessandra was very knowledgeable about the lagoon, marshes, all of the islands, and she gave great description about how Venice was built. This tour was excellent and gave us enough time on both islands. We recommend it.