Tour was 5 hours long but it went by VERY fast. The visit to both Murano and Burano was one of the highlights to my trip. I wish we had a little more time to walk around Murano on our own. They also said they would provide champagne and non-alcohol drinks for kids. They served the champagne which was nice, but our kids got NOTHING. not even water. so They sort of thirsted on the boat. Otherwise, the kids were fascinated by the glass blowing demonstration.
This was a good excursion but not great because Raquela, the tour guide, was disengaged and distracted. She seemed to be going through the motions and unconcerned about the people on the tour. The glassblowing demonstration in Murano, however, was enjoyable and very impressive, and the merchandise was diverse and of high quality. On the other hand, the trip to Burano was rushed. There was only about 45 minutes for lunch and the visit to the lace store was perfunctory. It would have been better if we had visited these locations on our own.
This was a calm and relaxing afternoon away from the tourist hustle and bustle of Venice! The group was only 11 people, much smaller than other, larger boats we saw at the same locations. We had plenty of time to explore Burano, and the glass factory in Murano was very cool. In both spots, there was a selling element, but that didn't bother me. We loved our guide, Rachele. Our information from Viator gave us the incorrect arrival time, but she was kind enough to call us and make sure we were on our way and get us on the boat. She was also highly educated in Venetian history, had an answer to every question, and taught us about the current politics in Venice which was very cool. The gelato we had in Burano was the best we had on our 10 day trip in Italy!
I really enjoyed this tour. I wanted to see both islands in Venice without having to stress about how to get there. The boat was really nice and luxurious. Our tour guide, Racquel, was very friendly and informative. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. I would have loved to have had more time to explore but it was a great half day tour. I will say that the lace demonstration isn't really a demonstration. Its just a really short explanation.
We had a good day visiting the glass blowing business on Murano. The process was fascinating and the Master was very talented. The hard sell by the staff in the shop was quite uncomfortable and frustrating. The walk through Burano to the lace shop not a laboratory was lovely. The lace factory consisted of a lady sitting on a chair in the middle of a shop sewing some thread....and again pushy sales assistants. The boat ride was the highlight with information provided about the islands away from the main tourist districts.
Great to see something of the other islands. my only criticism would be that a bit of free time on murano wouldve been nice.
Murano trip was good and informative however, Burano was wast of time.
This is a great way to see the two small islands and get a feel for their history. The Murano part was fully guided - it felt like we could have spent less time in the glass factory after the demo but it was fine. In Burano there was time to go off on your own which I appreciated. The guide was excellent and well informed!
Enjoyed seeing other unique islands of Italy. The glass blowing was amazing and the lace was incredible. Taking photos of the bright houses of Burano was a highlight. Our guide was helpful and we had free time on both islands.
Another great tour in Italy! There were only 8 of us - including our guide so we were on a much smaller boat then the one pictured. Being boat lovers, we truly enjoyed the boat ride through the lagoon. First stop was Murano, where we walked around the town and what a lovely town it is! We stopped in at the local glass factory and saw the artisans at work and samples of their work. We were given the opportunity to make purchases after the tour - we suggest that you purchase items at the local shops as they are less expensive. One of the items we bought was a bracelet with glass beads that we saw later at another shop for half the price - and the bracelet broke the first time I wore it. Now taking it to a local jeweler to have it repaired - so that added to the cost. Burano is a lovely picturesque island. Our visit to the Lace Laboratory was just okay - it was basically a shop. They did show us how the small pieces were hand made and was very interesting but then we went upstairs where it was very hot so that they could show us some expensive table cloths, napkins and runners, which we were not interested in so we waited outside for the rest of our group. Then off to lunch on Burano. The cost was not included, but we all decided to enjoy the meal together at only 25 euros each. Our guide had pre-arranged a menu of seafood or pasta for those that did not eat seafood, a spritz and lots of Prosecco - a very traditional and delicious Venetian meal. The tour was great as was our guide and the other guests.