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Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat

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Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat

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Overview

Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts with a day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. 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.
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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

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

Riva degli Schiavoni, 4110, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

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

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Isola di 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.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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!" See review
  • "The trip to Burano and Murano is worthwhile for anyone spending more than a day or two in Venice." See review
  • "Don't miss this, especially if you are lucky enough to have Serena as your guide." See review

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star-5
Amazing private tour of Murano/Burano!
MaryAnne_U
, Nov 2021
Our guide, Alessandra Perucci was amazing! We had a private boat tour piloted by a very kind and skillful man! He so kindly helped me each and every time getting in and out of the boat. He also, very kindly returned us to the train station! Our tour began with a tour and demonstration of glass blowing. We were amazed at the artful craftsmanship and bought murano glass that will be shipped to us. We next boated to Burano where we toured the lace factory, had a delicious lunch and toured the charming island. Our guide chose our restaurant which specialized in the fish that we asked for. Alessandra shared the history of the islands and told us about the other islands. She was kind, patient and so knowledgeable! It was a magical experience that we will cherish forever!
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Murano glass is class
John_K
, Oct 2021
Education - seeing the glass making process…… How others are trying to capitalize snd market on these people & their talent
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Private Tour Excellent Value
Tonya_S
, Oct 2021
We booked a tour with the incredible Alessandra P and she was such a delight and incredibly interesting and lovely. She speaks Japanese too which delighted my husband’s Japanese mother. We loved the Murano glass tour, taking the vaporetto to the locations, and wandering through colorful Burano to take in the island and get some gelato. We loved Alessandra so much, we even invited her to visit us back in the States!
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Informative half day tour
Benjamin_M
, Oct 2021
Wonderful half day trip! Alessandra, our tour guide, was very friendly and provided lots of interesting facts about these two islands, as well as a lot of history about Venice! She helped us take selfies and group photos at the best spots of the tour!
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Introduction to Murano and Burano
Amy_M
, Oct 2021
Very informative intro to Murano and Burano where the boat docks but you also learn the history and current purpose of the other Venetian lagoon islands. Chairs, the tour guide was spectacular. Kind, funny, energetic and incredibly smart, she makes the tour interesting and special for all of the group.
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star-5
Fabulous Day in Murano and Burano.
Mary_K
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Christina was outstanding. She did an outstanding job 👏👏👏. She went above and beyond in getting a bigger boat when she learned I have motion sickness. Truely appreciate the gesture 😊. Highly recommend this tour.
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Murano and Burano tour
Jose_M
, Oct 2021
Nice little trip--our guide was Christina, and she was just so sweet. Very knowledgeable, kind, professional. Her husband is also a water taxi driver, so she knows when our drivers were doing well or dogging it. Seeing Murano glass being made by these artisans is incredible--however, it's definitely a selling tour, so unless you have a big check book, this might not be for you. Burano is a great place to go for the other part of the trip--quaint island, relaxing lunch and tour. Again, there's a sell job during the tour, so if lace or cashmere is your thing, you will like this. Do your research where to eat in Burano, although Christina recommended a nice place too. In summary, if you like the water, you like mellow islands, and you don't mind being given a sell job, which is not heavy handed, trust me, then you will like this.
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There was nothing wrong...
Sara_M
, Oct 2021
There was nothing wrong with the tour itself—tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very nice, it started and stopped on time, seeing the glass making was cool, etc. but it felt a bit rushed and like a bit of a tourist trap. We would have preferred to have toured both islands on our own in retrospect but is a nice way to “check both off” quickly and buy some Venetian glass and lace if that’s what you’re looking to do
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Venice artisan traditions...
Rhonda_G
, Sep 2021
Since my sister and I had six days in Venice and the surrounding Veneto region, we decided that our trip to this area would not be complete without a visit to the glass blowing island of Murano and the lace making island of Burano. Our 4.5/5 hour tour was led by the lovely Antonella, a very proud and knowledgeable life long resident of Venice. Our small group enjoyed a smooth ride in a comfortable water taxi. Upon reaching Murano we were immediately taken into a glass making factory, where a local guide took over to provide a brief explanation & demonstration on the art of glass making. We were then provided the opportunity to browse the showroom, where the salespeople were friendly but not overly aggressive in their attempts to close a sale with interested buyers. Once my sister and I realized that a purchase at this location was not for us, we independently went for a brief stroll along the main canal on the island. Next, we were back on the boat for our visit to Burano, where we were given the option to pursuit a visit to a lace boutique or just stroll around the island. We opted to visit the lace shop and were introduced to one of the last remaining lace makers on the island. Once our tour of the shop was complete, we walked around the island independently to enjoy the gorgeous weather and the beautiful, colorful architecture of the island. Antonella was a fabulous tour guide, as her passion and pride in the history of this lagoon area shone as she imparted invaluable information to all of us on the tour. The price for the tour was fair, given the amount of time of the tour, the comfort of the water taxi, and the information which was provided to us by our guides. Yes, we would recommend this tour for anyone wanting to spend some time outside of St. Mark's Square and seeking some local knowledge.
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Great experience!
Chad_D
, Sep 2021
Had a great time seeing both Murano and Burano. Our tour guide, Serena, was great! Really enjoyed seeing the glass making and exploring the glass shop. Burano was so beautiful with the colorful houses. Had plenty of time to grab lunch and explore around the island before heading back. Would highly recommend this to get to see these two islands.
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