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Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

1. Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

Cruise to the islands of Murano and Burano aboard a comfortable boat on this guided tour from Venice. Step back in time at the ancient Basilica of Saint Mary and Saint Donatus. Uncover the magic of traditional glass blowing at a factory and take in the vibrant houses of Burano. Meet your local guide in a central location near Piazza San Marco and board a private boat to learn more about the Venetian lagoon and its islands. Stop on the characteristic island of Murano, and visit the 7th-century Church of Santa Maria e San Donato. Stroll through the silent streets for about 15 minutes to arrive at an old glass factory where the glass blowers are still working. Benefit for some free time to shop or explore the rest of the island. Then, travel by private boat to the nearby island of Burano. Upon arrival, take in the colorful houses of one of the most enchanting parts of Venice. Lose yourself in the picturesque streets and discover lovely corners. You will have free time to enjoy lunch on this tour. Return to the main island of Venice for a glass of sparkling Prosecco at the end of your tour services.

Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

2. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Discover the serenity of the enchanting city of Venice with a dinner cruise aboard a Venetian Galleon. Watch the city's lights reflecting on the water as you savor a gourmet meal while sipping on wine and Aperitivo. Pick from Central Deck seating and stern/prow seating. Meet your host in front of the Museo Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table and offer you a delicious glass of Prosecco DOC. Sit by candlelight at an elegant table, and eat with a fine and well-finished service. Book the Central Deck for panoramic windows with exceptional views, or choose the prow/stern areas with tables for 4 that offer a more intimate atmosphere. On the prow, there are two small portholes at the top and there is no view of the outside. Select to sit at the stern which is connected to the kitchen/bar and has small windows for a partial view of the outside. Couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy). Be swept away by the old-fashioned charm of a boat as you immerse yourself in in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon. Take in views of the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo, and San Francesco del Deserto. Taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the onboard chef while you sail towards the Venetian Arsenal and then past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo and the artistic Murano. Circumnavigate Burano which is famous for its picturesque, colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Sail back to the San Marco basin and past the island of San Giorgio. Head on to Venice and the cruise for a spectacular view of the San Marco basin. Disembark at the Museo Navale.

Venice: Murano, Burano, & Torcello Boat Tour with Fish Lunch

3. Venice: Murano, Burano, & Torcello Boat Tour with Fish Lunch

Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the Island of Glass, where you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. If you don’t want to do this, you'll be able to walk around the island in total autonomy for about 1 hour. The next stop will be the island of Burano, where you'll have lunch in the typical restaurant 'Al Raspo de Ua'. You can enjoy a 4-course menu: a first course of pasta with fish sauce or seafood pasticcio and, as a main, fried or grilled fish. You can also try a nice slide of homemade cake! If you don't like fish or suffer from intolerances, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices are available. The stop in Burano will last 2 hours in total. The excursion will continue with a visit to Torcello, the cradle of Venetian civilization, where you will spend around an hour. This island is inhabited only by a dozen people, you will see historical and artistic artworks, such as the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni Evangelista, Attila’s Throne, and the fabled Devil's Bridge. This Murano, Burano, and Torcello tour allows you to discover the 3 most important Venice lagoon islands and enjoy local Venetian dishes in a typical osteria.

Venice: Venetian Lagoon Boat Galleon Tour and Lunch

4. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Boat Galleon Tour and Lunch

Enjoy a lunch cruise with a difference aboard a traditional Venetian galleon. Take in the timeless beauty and serenity of the enchanting city of Venice and the islands in the lagoon as you have lunch on a set fish menu (a meat and a vegetarian option is also available). Once onboard, get taken to your reserved table by the onboard crew, then savor a welcome drink. Slowly leave shore in the galleon and head into the northern lagoon. Soak up the atmosphere of its mysterious canals, and enjoy the views of minor islands like Sant'Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto. During lunch, taste a variety of dishes prepared by the Chef on board as you sail toward the Venetian Arsenal and on past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo, and Murano, known worldwide for its glasswork masterpieces. You will then circumnavigate Burano, famous for its picturesque colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Next, sail back to the Saint Mark's basin for a spectacular view of Saint Mark's Square with its ancient palaces and prestigious hotels and past the island of San Giorgio. Once you arrive in front of the Museo Navale, disembark the galleon and watch it sail slowly away. At the time of booking you are asked to choose the position of the table: - on the Central Deck: it has panoramic windows and during the tour you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Venetian Lagoon. - on the Prow/Stern areas (automatically assigned): the prow offers a more intimate atmosphere, as there are only two small portholes at the top and there is no view on the outside; the stern is connected to the kitchen/bar and has small windows for a partial view on the outside. In both areas, the tables are for 4 persons, and depending on the availability, couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy).

From Punta Sabbioni: Venice + Murano, Burano Boat tour

5. From Punta Sabbioni: Venice + Murano, Burano Boat tour

Enjoy a boat tour of Venice. See a glass factory on the glass island, Murano, enjoy a glass blowing demonstration, and explore the colorful city of Burano. Depart from Punta Sabbioni and pass through the Venetian Lagoon to arrive at Murano – the most famous glass island in the world. Visit one of the glass factories to see a glass demonstration, which you can even help out with, then explore the island, take pictures, and shop in the many glass shops. Following this, it’s time for Burano, famous for its lace and brightly colored houses. The guide will take you to the heart of the town and leave you to enjoy an hour of free time exploring the many wonders of the colorful city. Take a seat and enjoy some typical Venetian Aperitivo or gelato in one of the many small restaurants and cafes on the island. Finally, depart from Burano back to Punta Sabbioni.

From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

6. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

Treat yourself to a relaxing and knowledge-filled tour of Venice and the Lagoon Islands in a luxurious boat. See glass-blowing demonstrations and learn about the rich history of the area. Get picked up at San Marco Square and begin your luxury boat ride accompanied by an expert local guide. Cruise along the Grand Canal and admire the splendor of the palazzos and bridges from a different perspective. Next, head to the lagoon and enjoy a short ride to Murano, the capital of high-quality glass art. Learn about the history of the industry, see a glass-blowing demonstration, and enjoy the chance to do some souvenir shopping of your own. Back on board, enjoy light refreshments, and head to Burano to see its brightly painted houses and immerse yourself in the charming fishing village with enduring traditions. Learn about the history and craft of the town's handmade lace. Continue on to Torcello and learn about the time Ernest Hemingway spent there, as well as the secrets of the enchanting island. Enjoy a unique view of the city skyline as you head back to Venice, and toast its beauty with a glass of refined Prosecco before being dropped off at San Marco Square.

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What people are saying about Murano

A most enjoyable trip, on a lovely boat not to big, & our guide was brilliant told us lots of info about where we were going, told us lots of story's about people. Murano glass factory was delightful we saw a demo of how things were made, & going around the shop was magical. Burano was truly beautiful place & the cafe by the bridge overlooking the lagoon was stunning, lovely snacks & wine. On the way back going around the lagoon was very interesting, a truly lovely experience.

Really enjoy the trip, but did not expect there were 22 ppl, thought only max 10. However everything went well. Went on the 9:30 trip which I would say is better. If you wanna spend more time taking pics and exploring islands, best to have some food before the trip. Did not manage to go to the church, ? Time management could be better. Overall still really recommended, finished off the trip with a glass of Prosecco and with lovely music on the boat

Very nice way to see the islands and learn about Venice. The boat was the perfect size for a group of 20 or so and was beautiful and very clean.

Beautiful evening cruise. Food was excellent, staff very professional and a lovely scenery and atmosphere. Would highly recommend

Very nicely organized trip. All activities on time. Great hostage from Eleonora