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Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Water Taxi

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Cruise the Venetian Lagoon by private water taxi and meet the artisans keeping Venice’s traditional crafts alive. You’ll see demonstrations of traditional glassblowing on the island of Murano, and traditional lacemaking on Burano. The tour includes discounts on souvenirs from both demonstration workshops. Both islands have plenty to see, and you’ll have ample time to explore.
  • Visit both Murano and Burano islands in one half-day tour
  • Get insider look at the craft behind Murano glass and Burano lacework
  • This tour offers the best of both worlds: guided elements and free time 
  • Hassle-free, round-trip transportation by luxurious water taxi
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central Venice for a short boat ride to Murano. Visit a local glassblower and watch the artisan at work, learning tricks of the trade, such as how minerals add color to glass sculptures. Afterward, take some time to explore the picturesque island of Murano and visit other workshops in the area. Hop on board the boat for a ride to nearby Burano, home of traditional lace-making workshops. Listen as your guide tells you the history of Burano lace, and watch local craftswomen weave and stitch finely detailed lace in the local tradition. If you’d like, visit Burano Lace Museum and enjoy free time to explore the island and its local shops. Finish your tour with transport back to the departure point.
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Departure Point
Riva degli Schiavoni, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
Return Details
Hotel Gabrielli, Riva degli Schiavoni, 4110, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Group of 25 max
  • Transport by a luxurious water taxi
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Isola di Murano
  • Entry/Admission - Isola di Burano
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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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 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We had a lovely and knowledgable guide called Christina who accompanied us on our trip. The boat and the crew were very helpful and courteous. The Glass Factory was amazing and the maestros were outstanding with their skills. The glass items on display were out...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank GavRobTrow
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We spent a lovely afternoon visiting the islands of Murano & Burano. On Murano you visit a glass factory which is very interesting, however, there is the usual sales pitch & the glass is incredibly expensive. We escaped this & had a wander around the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hightly recommended - the trip was well organised with experienced tourguide and helmsman. You are in the safe hand. I really enjoyed my time in both islands. We skipped the tour in the lace museum and had a quick dinner instead. I didn't give 5star...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 696suzy
Reviewed 2 days ago

This trip was a disappointment. Basically there was a 5 minute presentation on both Murano and Burano, then we were shown the shopping areas. We came to learn about glass and lace, and didn’t get much out of this tour, so I would not recommend....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mssz
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear Mssz, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback We are very sorry to hear that you felt our tour was a disappointment. However, we are very surprised to learn that your Lace Making and Glass Blowing demonstrations would have been...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Glass blowing very good, although short introductory talk very interesting but not always easy to hear, partly due to accent - suggest slower delivery by speaker. Walk around Burano more interesting than demonstration of lace-making. Talk on boat excellent, but again not always easy to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank bernard j
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September 29, 2019|
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Response from M7679BFmichaelm | Reviewed this property |
The waterfront and boat landing area stretches a long Way through the town. Depending On which glass factory you visit finding the right water taxi could be a challenge. But I am old! 😳
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Response from rwoollacott | Reviewed this property |
Its just about 5 hours. One has to say about incase one of the party is late returning.
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