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Murano and Burano Half Day Trip from Venice
Product Code: 237-6369
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • See the Murano glassblowers
  • • Glassblowing demonstration
  • • Visit the island of Burano
  • • Centuries-old tradition of lacemaking
Tour Code
237-6369
Duration
5 hours
Departure City
Venice
End City
Venice
Tour Type:
Sightseeing Tours
Language:
English
Itinerary
Day 01
Venice

Venice - Murano - Burano - Venice

Escape the crowds and chaos of Venice and catch a glimpse of what the city used to be - an island of artisans world-famous for their craft, where traditional skills have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Join us on a half-day trip to these timeless islands, so close yet worlds away from crowded Piazza San Marco.

After meeting in a central Venice location we'll start our tour with a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There's a lot to see on the way and your guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sights as you pass them. It's no time at all until we're off the boat again, taking our first steps on beautiful Murano, a small island world-famous for its glass. Once upon a time Murano glassblowers were the only people in Europe who knew how to create a mirror and their skills were so valued that they were banned from leaving the city of Venice under threat of execution. Many things have changed since then but the craft has stayed the same as you'll understand after our first stop - a glassblower's workshop.

Watch a craftsman in action as he goes about his daily business, describing his process in English while he works - what gives the glass its color? How does silica sand become glass? Which is the most difficult part of his job? No staged presentations for us, this is a real, workaday studio and our experience here will be as authentic as it comes. Afterwards you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art here and wander the island on your own. We don't take commission because we would rather pass those savings on to you so shop here with a discount, anywhere else around town or don't shop at all - it's your choice.

Then it's back on the boat and off to our next stop, Burano. The tiny island of Burano is famous for two reasons - for its houses, huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each one is painted a different color with laundry strung up across narrow streets. Legend has it that fishermen started this trend, painting their houses in bright shades so that they could see home from a distance. But Burano's major claim to fame is its centuries old tradition of lacemaking. Your guide will take you through the streets and across the bridges of Burano to a small building where three women sit in a circle, stitching lace like their mothers and grandmothers before them. Stay and watch their painstaking work, listen to a full commentary on what, in the age of sewing machines, has become a dying art and then take the time to explore the fascinating museum at the back. When Michelangelo visited Burano he bought an altarpiece for the brand new Duomo in Milan. You can take a leaf from his book and pick out your own keepsakes or spend your free time winding your way along the kaleidoscopic streets, sampling delicious cookies in local bakeries.

While other tour operators also visit Torcello, we have intentionally omitted the third island from our tour in favor of providing you with more time to explore the more memorable islands of Murano and Burano. Our selective tour of the islands spends less time on the boat and less time trekking inland, giving you more time to experience this wonderful corner of the world at a pace that suits you.

Tips:
This service ends at Piazza S. Marco boat dock.

Visiting Attractions

Meeting Point
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Time Region Location Full Address
1:45PM Venice At the statue of man on a horse Venezia, Campo San Zaccaria, 30122
2:30PM Venice At the statue of man on a horse Venezia, Campo San Zaccaria, 30122
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Glass-making demonstration in a major Murano workshop
  • Lacemaking demonstration in Burano
  • Discounted provided at glass factory visited
  • Expert, English-speaking guide throughout
  • Round-trip transport from Venice to Murano and Burano on a comfortable water taxi

Package Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up, drop-off
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • We are unable to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • We recommend that customers who are not familiar with Venice give themselves ample time to find meeting points.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or mobility impairments on our tours.
  • Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after departure time.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 15 and older
* Child: 2-14 years of age
* Children younger than 2 are free of charge and do not require a reservation.
* Tour prices are based on EUR and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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