• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Venice is famous for its UNESCO-listed lagoon, but the city’s islands are also renowned for their handicrafts. This 5-hour cruise by private boat stops at Murano Island to watch a thrilling glass-blowing demonstration and Burano Island to visit a lace-making factory.


  • 5-hour cruise to Murano Island and Burano Island
  • Admire views of San Giorgio, Certosa, and Sant Erasmo islands as you cruise around the Venice Lagoon
  • Learn how Murano glass is made during a glass-blowing demonstration
  • Visit a lace-making factory on Burano Island
  • Private transport ensures a personalised experience

What You Can Expect

Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano Lace Laboratory

Murano art work

Meet your private guide in San Marco Square in time for a 9.30am departure and head to the pier to board your private boat. Set sail around the UNESCO-listed Venice Lagoon and admire the views as you glide past San Giorgio island, Certosa island, and Sant Erasmo island.

Arrive at Murano Island and jump off for a walking tour of the tranquil island, pausing to admire the 12th-century Church of Santi Maria e Donato. Then, discover the island’s claim to fame – Murano glass – as you visit a glass factory, enjoy a traditional glass-blowing demonstration, and perhaps purchase some exquisite hand-made souvenirs.

Back on the boat, it’s a short cruise to Burano Island, where the multi-colored houses and picturesque fishing port make for some striking photo opportunities. After taking in the scenery, pay a visit to a lace factory to discover the island’s rich lace-making heritage.

After returning to the mainland, your tour ends back in San Marco Square.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Loved the smaller group size and the artistry was amazing. Also liked that we had some free time to wander and explore.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

John Luc was the best tour guy, taking us to Murano and Burano on a private boat - meeting the glass blowers and lace makers, a lovely tradition. What a great day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour guide was very informative and friendly. The tour was most comprehensive especially the glass factory. Plenty of free time to wander.

Andrew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I consider this tour of Murano and Burano to be the highlight of our visit to Venice. It was a foggy day but a wonderful experience that was topped off by our guide Giovanni. SO much great insight, and his hosting of a traditional Venetion meal in a Burano ristorante was fabulous.
Thanks, Giovanni!

Doris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was so much better than I expected. Our tour guide, John Luca was fabulous! He gave us so much information about everything we saw. He was very knowledgeable, and friendly. The glass blowing tour was amazing, especially since we had a small group. We got to see several people making items and a glass master made several items and then had ample time to explore the shop. The tour of the church was very interesting and informative.
Burano was also wonderful. The lace maker demonstration was informative and quick. The ladies in the shop definitely wanted you to buy products but they were not overly pushy.
Our tour guide gave us the option of free time or lunch at a local restaurant. We chose the restaurant, and ordered based off John Luca's recommendations, the food was fresh and amazing, not overly expensive. Our tour guide was also great with our children. They mentioned wanting gelato and after the tour he walked us a few minutes away to a very small gelateria, we never would have noticed it. He told us it was the best gelato in Venice and he was correct! He took us inside and they showed our kids where they make the gelato fresh every day.

They also let us reschedule our tour for the next day because there was room when we did not want to go on our scheduled day due to bad weather. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking! Our family honestly enjoyed it more than being in Venice.

Shelly N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent guide, knowledgeable and friendly. Fun and interesting experience.

nicole D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The semi private tour was great. Our guide was friendly and easy to talk with on the boat trips as well as when we stopped for lunch. It felt like we saw authentic places that where not just tourist based. I have been to Muran and Burano before and the glass factory tour was great. it was interesting to watch the demonstration but also see the other workers going about there day working on there projects.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very nice tour, well paced. Lots of time on each island to take pictures, get something to eat, and go shopping.

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

After a delayed start waiting for other tour members, the tour was very enjoyable and interesting. The guide was super, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The boat's captain and only crew was extremely skilled crossing the lagoon and helpful assisting me in and out if the boat.

Sherry United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great tour. The tour guide was very knowledgable about the area and told us a lot of things about the islands of Venice while we were on the boat ride to and from Murano/Burano. Visiting the glass factory was very interesting and they would give you a good discount if you bought something. I do recommend this tour.

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