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Venezia, Italy
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat

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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
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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

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.
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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What is the maximum group size during Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Perfect tour!
, Sep 2021
Francesca was amazing!!!! Phenomenal tour and overall lovely day visiting murano, Burano and Mazzorbo. Best tour in Venice!
So glad we chose this tour
, Sep 2021
I loved going through the glass shops and seeing the artisans make glass. I also enjoyed the very informative guide who answered questions and told us more about the culture of the beautiful islands.
Worth Every Penny!
, Sep 2021
This tour far exceeded our expectations! Worth every penny. Francesca A was our tour guide, and we cannot say enough wonderful things about her. We learned so much about the history of Venice from her. She was also just incredibly accommodating - she wanted to ensure we had the best experience so tailored the whole day to us. I cannot say enough great things about this tour!
, Sep 2021
Francesca was wonderful. The tour moved along at our pace, she never rushed us, not once. I can't say enough wonderful things about this tour and Francesca. I would not hesitate to book a tour with her. We had a wonderful time, Mille Grazie!
Amazing and well worth it!
, Sep 2021
We would have liked a little more free time on Burano, it was so cute !! The glass blowing on Murano was amazing!! We loved our tour guide Alessandra - so knowledgeable!!
Perfect day and great guide!
, Sep 2021
The guide was amazing and so knowledgeable and willing to help with any questions we had. The islands were so beautiful. Hard not to spend all my money!!
Time well spend and amazing
, Aug 2021
Loved it. Christina B. (I forgot her name. SORRY) did an amazing job. She was very friendly. Loved the glassblowing. So amazing. And the coulerfull houses were great to see. Time well spend with my love.
CIARA our guide was just INCREDIBLE
, Aug 2021
The Tour was great in general, beautiful places to see and we had the opportunity to see the Maestros in Murano to work and create beautiful artworks. but the greatest part of the tour was our guide CIARA, she can keep talking to you about every single place in venice, we were very impressed with her knowledge but most of all with the passion she explains everything about this two beautiful islands. Thanks Ciara you made this tour something unforgettable
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A great tour!
, Aug 2021
An incredibly unique experience! This tour is a great way to see Murano and Burano in a short period of time. The demonstration at the glass factory was fascinating. Our tour guide Manuela provided valuable insights on the sights (and places to eat/shop) and made the tour so lovely. Highly recommend!
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A half day well spent
, Jul 2021
We recently toured Murano and Burano with the lovely, well-informed Francesca Antonini. As a true Venetian, Francesca’s love for her native home was palpable and energizing. We enjoyed her explanations of the islands, the waterways, the culture, and her many anecdotes about Venice itself. We have happy memories of our half day in Murano and Burano. Thank you Francesca and City Wonders!

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