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Venice, Murano and Burano guided tour with skip the line access to St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace!

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Key Highlights

  • See all that Venice has to offer in this incredible day trip deal
  • The perfect tour for those with limited time
  • Skip the line access to St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s palace, with an entrance ticket to the terraces of St Mark’s Basilica included
  • Enjoy extra time at St Mark’s Basilica than the stipulated 10 minutes
  • Take in fabulous glass and lacemaking demonstrations at the Murano and Burano islands
  • An English speaking, expert guide with audio headsets leads the group
  • Our local partner for this tour has been awarded the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    21 Mar 16 - 29 Oct 16: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday


    Approximately 11 hours

    Start time

    Venice Mainland Tour: 9:00am
    Murano and Burano Tour: 2:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Venice Mainland Tour: In front of the bronze statue of Carlo Goldoni in Campo S. Bortolomio (a.k.a. Campo san Bórtolo and Campo San Bartolomeo), near the San Marco side of the Rialto Bridge.
    If arriving from the Rialto Bridge: When stepping down from the bridge on the San Marco side, continue straight ahead for roughly 200ft (60m) to Campo San Bortolomio. The bronze statue will be on your left towards the centre of the Campo.
    GPS Coordinates: 45.437705, 12.336818
    Meeting Point: See on map

    Murano and Burano: At the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II on a horse in Riva degli Schiavoni (San Zaccaria vaporetto stop), in front of the lagoon.
    GPS Coordinates: 45.433846 - 12.343526
    Meeting Point: See on map

    Ending Point

    Venice Mainland Tour: At the Bridge of Sighs inside the Doge's Palace.
    Murano and Burano Tour: In front of the Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth (near San Marco).

  • Overview & Itinerary


    If you have limited time and wish to explore the enchanting city of Venice, this tour is the one for you. See two of the most stunning monuments in Venice, St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, with skip the line access. This Venice tour provides privileged access to St Mark’s Basilica with exclusive entrance tickets to the terrace, otherwise restricted to the public. This premium service also allows you to spend longer then the stipulated ten minutes inside St Mark’s Basilica.

    Witness the age-old art of Venetian glass and lace making at the beautiful islands of Murano and Burano.

    Your expert English speaking guide will take you to iconic locations including the Rialto Bridge, Marco Polo’s house and the Bridge of Sighs, as well as revealing many other hidden gems in Venice city.


    Meet your guide in front of the bronze statue of Carlo Goldoni in Campo S. Bortolomio, near the San Marco side of the Rialto Bridge. Your tour lasts approximately 11 hours. It starts with a stroll from Rialto Bridge and continues with a walk through the web of narrow Venetian streets and over numerous bridges. Your local guide will enthrall you with interesting tales on Venice’s cultural heritage and share traditional Venetian folklore.

    Your guide will lead you to Marco Polo’s house and narrate stories about his adventures in the Far East. Walk on the beautiful cobble streets and marvel at Campo SS Giovannie e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa. These piazzas represent the glorious days of the Renaissance. You will then be escorted to the famous Bridge of Sighs which was the escape route for the fabled romantic, Giocomo Casanova, from prison.

    Avoid long queues and enjoy fast track entry into the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica- with skip the line access. Usually tourists are allowed into this sacred cathedral for only ten minutes, however this tour gives you extra time to admire masterpieces like the bronze gilded horses. The tour also provides exclusive entrance tickets to the terraces of St Mark’s Basilica, from where you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the St Mark’s Square.

    Next, head to the mainland and visit Doge’s Palace, a major landmark in northern Italy. Note the intricate details of the gothic architecture and marvel at the artistic sculptures and frescoes adorning the island.

    Following Doge’s Palace, you will have 1.5 hours to explore the area on your own before heading for a tour of the Small Islands.

    To begin your Small Islands tour, meet your guide at the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II in Riva degli Schiavoni, in front of the lagoon.

    You will board a water taxi to the lovely island of Murano, known for manufacturing Europe’s first mirrors. A glassmaking demonstration in one of Murano’s factories will shed light on the intricate crafting process. From this factory, you can also purchase stunning glassware at discounted rates to take home as souvenirs.

    During the final part of the tour, return to the water taxi and set off for Burano, an archipelago of four islands linked by bridges. With a vibrant island atmosphere, Burano is known for its brilliantly coloured houses and expert production of traditional lace work, a craft that continues to attract visitors and customers today. Witness a lacemaking demonstration at a local shop and learn more about the traditional methods and history of lace stitching. The beautifully exquisite display pieces on show are bound to impress all art enthusiasts.

    At the end of the tour, head back to the mainland via boat. You will be dropped off in front of the Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth, near San Marco.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Expert English speaking tour guide
    • Skip the Line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
    • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
    • Skip the line access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
    • Glassmaking demonstration at a factory in Murano with English commentary
    • Lacemaking demonstration in Burano with English commentary
    • Discount at the glassblowing factory and lace-making shop where the demonstrations are given (10%+ depending on the item)
    • Round-trip transportation by boat


    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. St. Mark’s Basilica specifically prohibits large bags, umbrellas, and tripods. These items must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, so you may miss a portion of the tour to do so.

    We strongly recommend you consult a map before leaving for the meeting point.

    There is a break, from 12:30pm until 2:15pm. It is the responsibility of the guests to make his/her way back to the meeting point at 2:15pm for the start of the Murano and Burano tour.

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

    For the morning tour, the guide will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets to be easily recognizable at the meeting point. For the afternoon tour, the guides will have a City Wonders sign with the name of the tour at the meeting point for easy recognition.

    Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. We cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.

    We recommend that customers who are not familiar with Venice give themselves ample time to find meeting points.

    Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica.

    Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.Our local operators reserve the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behavior is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or the staff.