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Murano & Burano Islands Fully Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts on a fully guided day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano with a small group of up to 20 people. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.
  • Watch local craftsmen at work in a Murano glass workshop
  • Browse an impressive collection of glass artwork
  • See Burano lace being made by local islanders
  • Visit the Burano Lace Museum independently
  • Enjoy transportation by a private boat, exclusively for your tour group.
  • Enjoy an intimate tour experience with a small group of 20 people or fewer

What's Included

  • Small groups of up to 20 people for a more personalized experience
  • Round-trip transport by a private boat
  • Professional guide
  • Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
  • Lacemaking demonstration in Burano
  • Discount at the glass gallery and lacemaking shop where the demonstrations are given
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Riva degli Schiavoni
    Riva degli Schiavoni, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

    At the statue of a man (Vittorio Emanuele II) on a horse in Riva degli Schiavoni (San Zaccaria vaporetto stop), in front of the lagoon.

End point

  • Hotel Gabrielli
    Riva degli Schiavoni, 4110, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

    In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth (near San Marco).

What To Expect

Situated just across the Venetian Lagoon from Venice, the lovely islands of Murano and Burano are world-renowned for their traditional artisan crafts. You’ll meet up with your guide in central Venice for the short boat ride to Murano, a picturesque grouping of islands that has been home to some of the world’s finest artisan glassblowers since the 13th century.

Visit the workshop of a local glassblower to watch delicate forms take shape from molten glass through a combination of rolling, shaping with iron tools and blowing through a long metal tube. Learn tricks of the trade, like how minerals are added to give the candy-colored vases and chandeliers of Murano their vibrant hue. Enjoy some free time on the island to explore other workshops and perhaps pick up a souvenir to take home.

Hop back on the boat for the scenic ride to Burano, where traditional lacemaking workshops are scattered among the island’s brightly colored homes. Learn about the history of Burano lace and how it was once sought after by monarchs across Europe for its exquisite quality. You’ll get a chance to watch local craftswomen creating lace through a series of finely detailed weaving and stitching, carrying on a tradition that has thrived here for centuries.

If you like, visit the Burano Lace Museum on your own to delve even deeper into the history of this elegant craft. Enjoy free time to explore the island and peruse local shops before the return boat trip to Venice.

Isola di Murano

The enchanting islands of Murano and Burano are the perfect change of pace from Venice’s crowded streets and waterways. And the perfect way to reach them is by private water taxi. Faster and sturdier than a gondola, nimbler and less crowded than a waterbus, water taxis are the premier way to travel in Venice. Few visitors get to experience them, but yours is included, along with an expert local guide who’ll explain Venice’s history as a titan of trade along the way. Your first port of call is a specially chosen glassblowing workshop on Murano. In the Middle Ages, only Murano’s artisans possessed the secrets of this craft, and sharing them was punishable by execution. You’ll get to witness modern glassblowers wield those once secret techniques, shaping delicate and dazzling works of art from molten glass. Then admire the workshop’s finest work in its gallery, and perhaps take home a piece of your own – with a tour discount. Or explore more of Murano, including its peaceful canals and stunning Byzantine church.

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Burano

The locals of nearby Burano still maintain the island’s tradition of handmade lace, some of the finest anywhere in the world. You’ll get to observe lace being hand-stitched the way it has been for generations. Then visit the lace museum to see the island’s greatest work, or simply enjoy the photo opportunity provided by the colorful houses, brightly painted so sailors could see home as they returned from the sea. When you cross the lagoon back to Venice, you’ll have a renewed appreciation of the crafts that put the city on the map so long ago.

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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This half-day tour is very worthwhile, seeing the islands of Murano and Burano is a must during a visit to Venice!
The trip to Burano and Murano is worthwhile for anyone spending more than a day or two in Venice.
Don't miss this, especially if you are lucky enough to have Serena as your guide.
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Great Job
James_B, Nov 2022
Boat ride over was very informative about the history of Venice and some of the stops along the way. Guide was very informative. The glass blowing demonstration was awesome! The pieces in the Gallery were fantastic. Don't forget to just walk out to the town...just to see it if nothing else...takes 10-15 minutes. Burano is a very unique place...lace demonstration was nice. The Gallery there is really cool too, don't skip going to the back of the store. There was a great little place we had a pizza at...it was the best pizza we had while we were in Italy! The boat ride back was just as informative as on the way. Definitely recommend this tour! Worth it! Great Job!!!
Best Value !
Stacey_S, Oct 2022
Alessandra was the perfect tour guide. Her local knowledge was an advantage. A private tour of the 2 islands is definitely a good value. I was bit overwhelmed by the Murano glass gallery. Unfortunately you have to commit on the spot to make a purchase as the they don't have an online presence to protect their designs from being copied. Their glass pieces are truly different from what you see in the shops in Venice. Burano is a quaint charming island and I would definitely go back there. Burano has it's own leaning Bell tower. You can see it in the background of our photo. Lida is the older lady in the chair she is one of the few remaining people who handmake lace. I purchased a beautiful table runner with a lace pattern she named after husband Luigi. It was foggy in the morning when we first set out for Murano and a bit chilly. We were grateful for the afternoon sun for the boat ride back to Venice. Apparently fog is standard for the Fall similar to what we experience in the Bay Area in California.
The best way to see Murano & Burano
Kathy_o, Sep 2022
The guide was a amazing personality. She is a person you would want to have drinks with. She taught so much about the area and gave us ideas of what to see and do with free time on each island. told us about living in Venice. Make you feel like you a nee friend
1 traveler found this review helpful
The guide was great. Her...
David_J, Sep 2022
The guide was great. Her English was excellent. The Murano glass factory was great, nice demo of how glass blowing is done. However the prices were grossly inflated as compared to other stores on Murano and in Venice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect excursion
svetlana_f, Aug 2022
The excursion was fantastic. Both islands are very beautiful. We had seen how are making Murano glass and after had opportunity to see the real glass Masterpieces visiting factory gallery. Burano pleased us with it's colorful houses and we got acquainted with fantastic tradition of Burano lacemaking. But the greatest luck we had - was our guide Chiara. She is a really brilliant personality and we learned a lot of interesting things about Murano, Burano, Venice and it's history and traditions.
See Murano and Burano in an afternoon
Ethan_J, Aug 2022
This tour makes it possible to see both Murano and Burano in a single afternoon. The tour guide was a Venetian local, and provided useful and interesting information about Venice during the approximately 75 minutes spent commuting to and from these relatively remote islands. Because of the your's short duration, it was not possible to spend more than 40 minutes on each (admittedly small) island. It would have been slightly more ideal to be able to spend around 80-90 minutes on each island, though of course that would turn this into more of an entire-day ordeal.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Value
Wallace_C, Aug 2022
Excellent price for the value especially it was almost 5 hours or so tour. Really cool to see glass making and also different islands around Venice.
Wonderful tour!
Luisa_V, Jul 2022
This is a great (and leisurely) trip to the Murano and Burano islands! The glass demonstration in Murano was interesting and we had enough time to see amazing glass products and the rest of the island, if we wanted. The lace making in Burano was a good stop and the very colorful neighborhoods made for very pretty pictures. Our tour guide is friendly and quite knowledgeable about these islands and Venice, in general, and gave us a thorough explanation of everything. He also gave great food and drink recommendations, all of which we tried. Highly recommended!
Good tour though not the best use of your time or money...
AmandaNova, Jul 2022
Meeting point for this tour was easy to find and close by our hotel near St. Marco. The guide was well organized and walked our small group over to the boat a few blocks away on the basin. On the way to Murano she shared a couple of interesting tidbits about the city of Venice, but didn't go into much depth nor really engaged with any participants. Once inside the Murano factory the boat took us to, she turned us over to the sales people. Similarly in Burano we walked a bit then visited a lace factory for a demonstration. We were given only 40 minutes to walk around Burano so we decided to get a sit down lunch - which was fantastic. We decided not to rush through lunch and dessert (biscotti de la mama) and stayed behind on the island. Considering the cost of this tour, it doesn't seem like it was a good value when one can probably just take public transportation to Murano and Burano and go at your own pace. On the way back we took the vaporreto to Rialto to see the bridge. We were asked to give the guide a 5 star rating, but while not bad, it was not a 5 star tour.
A Beautiful Outing
Anne_B, Jul 2022
This was a fantastic outing! Our guide Francesca was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Venice. As such, we learned more with her than we did on our other two Venetian excursions. At the glass factory it was great to see two pieces blown before our very eyes. The prices are extremely expensive, but it’s beautiful even if you don’t buy. We particularly loved Burano and its brightly colored houses. I wish we could’ve had another hour there to explore, shop and have a longer meal. In any case, this outing was a great introduction to both islands!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Murano and Burano Island excursion
Katie_C, Jun 2022
We had a great time on this trip out to the Islands from Venice. Our Guide Francesca B. was able to transition easily and quickly from English to French (unexpectedly, two people in the group of about 16 spoke French instead of English) while she explained all about the history of various sites on the boat ride out to Murano and Burano. We started with a glass factory tour complete with a demonstration by a master artist. Then we went to the second Island where we were able to see lace being made by hand. We also stopped for lunch on the second island. Then a return boat ride to Venice. This was a great half-day trip out from Venice. These Islands were less crowded than Venice. I would definitely recommend going.
Alissa was the best guide!!’n
Sonja_T, Jun 2022
This was phenomenal! Our guide Alecia was wonderful! We did a one day trip from Rome to Venice and booked a private boat to visit Murano and Burano! Murano glass was amazing and purchased a beautiful piece to remember our time there! Our guide totally catered to our wants on this tour! We wanted to see Burano but not interested in visiting the lace factory so instead she walked us around to enjoy the beautiful colored homes and take the best photos in the most colorful areas! She made sure to have us back to Venice with a couple of hours to roam the streets! Alissa made this a wonderful experience! She even helped arrange a water taxi to get us to the train station on time to get back to Rome!
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Matteo was a fantastic...
Barbara_S, Jun 2022
Matteo was a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. He explained the sites on our way to the islands of Murano and Burano and gave us recommendations of things to see on each island. Would definitely recommend this tour especially to first timers in Venice like us!
A fun and unique experience
Emily_D, May 2022
This is a must do if you are visiting Venice. The boat ride is so pleasant and getting a chance to see two islands that really bring to light the glass blowing and lace industry was so special. I got to bring home a beautiful lace scarf and being able to be in the store with one of the last individuals who has the technique for the needlework will make this one of my most cherished purchases.
Burano and Murano
Victoria_H, May 2022
Francesca was our tour guide, she was amazing, so knowledgeable and fun there was nothing she didnt know. Murano was so interesting to see the glass being made and looking at all the finished pieces. My favourite was Burano this little peaceful beautiful colourful island is a must, so different and the local people are so friendly. We didnt find it too busy at all we went late afternoon and arrived back to venice at 7pm. Loved every minute.
Fun & informative tour
Heather_N, May 2022
Very informative, fun trip to see two of the islands outside Venice. We appreciated the history of Venice & the islands Francesca provided.
It was a very well...
Antonio_M, May 2022
It was a very well organized tour with an excellent guide (Christina B). The weather was fine and it was a good option to visit the two islands next to Venice and to have a close contact with their history and crafts.
Well worth doing when in Venice.
William_n, Apr 2022
Murano visit to the glass factory to see them blow the glass and the ship with the many items is great to see. Burano is a beautiful place with the water way running through the place is so nice. The visit to a shop showing the making of the items is fascinating to see. Our guide Christina V was very knowledgeable and friendly. The boat stayed with us all through the tour so you could leave coats and bags on board. Would say this is a must do tour if you visit Venice.
Great trip value for money
Bryan_P, Mar 2022
This is a great trip. Your guide will describe the history of Venice and the islands in great detail. There is so much to see whilst on the lagoon having an expert guide tell you what happens on each island and it’s history is fascinating. Murano glass factory and demonstration is fascinating whilst Burano is a beautiful place to wonder at your own pace an have a coffee at the many café along it’s canals.
Alex (Alessandra) was amazing. Great commentary, good views of a lot of Venice most wouldn't see saw many extra isands
dsturner, Nov 2022
Murano glass is just exquisite - yes we purchased some big and small pieces! Burano is so pretty. Lace fine details, and yes we bought some pieces. Gelato across from lace shop was the best we've ever tasted. Allessandra was very informative, great water coach ride past many other islands and went home a different way so we could see more of Venice - great ship captain
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