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Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

1. Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

Escape the crowds of central Venice and catch a glimpse of what life in the city used to be like, as an island of artisans famous for their traditional craft skills, passed down from generation to generation. Your guide will keep you entertained on the short boat ride to the small island of Murano, famous for its glass making traditions. Historically, Murano glassblowers were the only Europeans that knew how to create a mirror, and their skills were so valued they were banned from leaving Venice on the threat of execution. Watch a craftsman in action and listen to a description of the process in English. Learn how silica sand becomes glass, and how the glass is given color. Afterwards, there will be time to browse the huge collection of glass art, and wander the island on your own. Back on the boat, cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Burano’s main claim to fame is its centuries-old lacemaking tradition. Stroll through the streets to a small building where women feverishly stitch lace, just as their mothers and grandmothers used to do. Your guide will explain the process of this dying art. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and pick out your own keepsake. Or, wander the winding streets, sampling delicious cookies at local bakeries. Unlike other tours, this excursion intentionally omits Torcello to provide you with more time on Murano and Burano, and with less time on the boat or trekking inland.

Murano Island: 3-Hour Private Tour from Venice

2. Murano Island: 3-Hour Private Tour from Venice

Learn about the history of glass on a visit to the source. A private boat will take you from Venice to the island of Murano with your tour guide. Admire the work of some of Venice’s master glass craftsmen on this island that’s been world-famous for its glassblowing for hundreds of years. On this 3-hour tour, learn about the island’s traditions and visit a traditional glass factory. After the glassmaking demonstration, your guide will bring you around Murano, narrating secrets and histories of the Island. Visit the marvelous Church of San Donato. At the end of your tour, return to Venice historical center by boat, crossing the northern lagoon.

Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

3. Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

Get picked up at your hotel by your English-speaking guide and visit two of Venice’s most popular islands, Murano and Burano. Get an insight into the daily life and pace that differ on each island in order to fully understand Venetian culture. Your first stop is the island of Murano, which is renowned worldwide for its long tradition of glass making. Witness firsthand the skill of glassblowing and see the locals working on other traditional crafts. Pick up some unique souvenirs or presents for the family here. Next, head to Burano, which you’ll be able to see from the shore thanks to its vividly colored buildings. Enjoy some free time to wander around, meet the locals, enjoy a cup of coffee and take some memorable pictures. Finally, stroll through some smaller and secret pathways, crossing the island’s most popular and lively neighborhoods, before reaching the end point of the tour - San Marco’s Square.

Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

4. Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

Climb aboard a private boat and travel down the Grand Canal. See the most beautiful parts of the city and its architectural masterpieces from the water. Learn about the noblemen and other inhabitants of the lagoon. Head across to the island of Murano, famous for its glass production. See a glass-blowing demonstration, and then go to the neighboring island of Burano. Stroll among the brightly colored buildings and get some time to enjoy a coffee. Discover secret streets and go to the most popular and lively neighborhoods. Return to the city center and get dropped off on Piazza San Marco.

Grande Canal Boat Tour + Murano

5. Grande Canal Boat Tour + Murano

The best way to know and experience Venice is certainly by getting on a private boat and travelling around the Grand Canal defined as “the most beautiful avenue in the world." The crew lead you through the most beautiful parts of the city and recall the legends, history, monuments, architectural masterpieces, art and who created or enjoyed it: the artists, noblemen, courtesans and other inhabitants of the lagoon. To get a better insight into Venetian culture, you'll be invited to visit Murano island  known for its glass production.  It's well worth-seeing the mastery of blowing and shaping the glass that has a long history, like the city itself. Finally, through some smaller and secret channel pathways, you'll see the most popular and lively neighborhoods and reach the pinnacle of the tour - San Marco’s Square.

Venice: City Tour and Murano Glass Experience

6. Venice: City Tour and Murano Glass Experience

After being collected from your Venice accommodation, you will begin your tour visiting the political and religious center of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, St. Mark's Square and its monuments. You'll begin with the Doge's Palace, the seat of government of the Republic and the Doge's private residence. Your palace visit includes the halls of government and justice, the private apartments of the Doge, the prisons, and the extremely famous Bridge of Sighs. You will then continue with the Basilica, where the body of St. Mark the Evangelist lies. You can admire the wonderful golden mosaics which depict stories from the Old and New Testaments, and the famous gold altarpiece decorated with enamels and precious stones. At the end of the walking tour you will be invited to visit Murano island to get a better insight into Venetian culture. The island is known around the world for its glass production, and you will see the mastery of blowing and shaping the glass whilst at the factory. Finally, you will encounter the highlight of your tour. On a complimentary boat offered by the glass factory, you will travel through some smal and secret channels to reach San Marco’s Square.

Venice: Private Murano, Burano & Torcello Tour

7. Venice: Private Murano, Burano & Torcello Tour

Departure by private water taxi will take you across the lagoon to the well-known island of Murano. Famous for its glassmaking since the 10th century, visit one of Murano’s quality glass works. Whilst watching one of the glass masters blowing the glass in the furnace of the glassworks, your local guide will explain to you the history and the process of glassmaking throughout the years. After this, you will have time to visit their elegant show rooms. Then by private water taxi crossing the northern part of the lagoon, you will arrive at the colorful island of Burano, famous for its brightly colored houses, fishing industry and also its lacemaking. You will have time to walk around this elegant little island and also visit its shops. Your guide will point out to you one of the specialized shops where it will be possible to see one of the local ladies working on Burano lace. She will show you the different stitches involved in the making these wonderful works of art. Then leave the Island of Burano and take a short boat ride to the island of Torcello known as the “mother of Venice.” You will have the chance to visit the basilica, which is one of the oldest in the lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not, you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and historical island. Then, on your return to Venice, you may wish to continue exploring the rest of the city with a walking tour or be dropped back off at your hotel.  

From Venice: Murano Island and Glass-Making Private Tour

8. From Venice: Murano Island and Glass-Making Private Tour

On our private tour we discover the picturesque island of Murano and visit its interesting glass museum, a celebrated glass factory and showroom giving you an insight into the history and the fascinating art of Italian glass making. Murano is famous worldwide for its glass blowing and creating elegant Venetian pieces such as decorative vases and chandeliers. On this tour you will see a glass blowing demonstration and learn what the glass is made of and the different techniques used by the glass master. Our first stop is a visit to a famous glass furnace and discover the traditional glass blowing performance by an expert. You are also given the opportunity to visit the showroom and see all of the different types of glass on offer on the Island. If you wish to purchase at the the show room please deal directly with the person in the showroom. If you are looking for a specific piece of glass please let us know in advance so we can arrange for you to go to the glass master who specializes in that piece. Before returning to Venice there is the opportunity to take a stroll around the Island to enjoy the many shops and the scenery and learn the history of Murano glass making. Return transfer to Venice by luxury private motor launch included.

From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

9. 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.

Venice: St. Mark's, Doge's Palace, and Venetian Islands Tour

10. Venice: St. Mark's, Doge's Palace, and Venetian Islands Tour

A spectacular treasure trove of art and culture, the charms of Venice could easily occupy you for a lifetime. Building on our years of experience exploring its atmospheric alleyways and gliding down its iconic canals, we’ve created our special Day in Venice itinerary to offer visitors the perfect introduction to the varied highlights of the floating city. Venice is a city of many faces: on the first half of our tour we’ll explore breathtaking sites that speak to the city’s centuries-long status as one of the world’s most important super-powers, including St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace - twin triumphs of the Maritime Republic that stand spectacular guard over the monumental Grand Canal. The second half of our itinerary offers a complete change of pace as we embark on a thrilling water taxi ride out to three beautiful and unspoiled islands immersed in the Venetian lagoon where artisan crafts and ancient traditions are the order of the day – Murano, Burano and Torcello. The islands conserve another side of Venice’s past and present where time seems to stand still and centuries-old traditions of craftsmanship that have been passed down the centuries live on today. Join us to discover the world’s greatest and most historic centre of artisan glassmaking on Murano, Burano’s gorgeous patchwork of brightly coloured houses and fishermen’s huts, and the mysterious origins of Venetian civilization on isolated Torcello. Visiting the islands in the company of one of our expert local guides and with the comfort of a private water taxi at your disposal, this is the perfect way to experience the marvels of the Venetian lagoon!

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Excelente tour. Nuestra guía Graciela fue espectacular. Nos explicó muy bien y al final nos brindó recomendaciones de lugares para comer y visitar. La visita a la fábrica de vidrio fue muy buena. El artesano realizó 2 piezas frente a nosotros y fue una experiencia muy buena.

Great tour with a very informative guide. Watching the skillful glassblower and lacemaker was fascinating. Perhaps a little longer to look at the islands would be good.

Christina B was fantastic! She was knowledgeable and entertaining. It was cold and raining but she made us forget about the weather. Loved the tour! Lisa and Gerald R.

Well-informed, friendly guide. Time to explore as well as the guided parts. Weather was not kind, but boat was warm and dry.

Was amazing experience!!!Cristina is excellent guide, knowledgeable, attentive and charming. Thank you very much!!!