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Venetian Islands Tour: Murano and Burano

  • When does it run?
    Friday - Sunday
  • Start time
  • Duration
    4 hours 30 mins approx.
  • Shared guided tour on board with a qualified and experienced tour guide
    • Panoramic boat with toilet
    • Glassblowing demonstration in a Murano furnace

    Key Highlights

    • Travel in a Gran Turismo motor boat and sail past the picturesque San Giorgio Maggiore islands
    • Visit a traditional glass factory in Murano and see traditional artisans produce exquisite glasswork
    • Visit the pretty fishing village of Burano known for its lace industry and brightly colored houses
    • Return transfers from Venice included in the package
    • Visit the charming Venetian Islands of Murano and Burano on a half day tour from Venice
    • Enjoy the services of a specialized and official tour leader


    This fantastic tour is perfect for those who wish to get a flavour of the beauty and heritage of Murano and Burano. In just 4 hours you will enjoy an introductory visit of both islands.

    Murano has been producing beautiful crystal since the 10th century when Venetian traders brought back the secrets of production from the East and Burano with its pastel-coloured fishermen’s cottages is as pretty as the lace it is famous for. 

    Take a trip to Murano for its exquisite glasswork and Burano for its lace  – making the islands perfect for some very engaging sightseeing.

    What's the plan:

    The tour departs from Saint Mark’s Square, by the Prisons’ Palace from where you will be taken to board a Gran Turismo motor boat.

    Set off across the Venetian Lagoon and take in panoramic views from the water. After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the public Gardens, the tip of Sant'Elena and the Lido (the famous beach resort), the boat arrives at Murano, the most famous and most visited Venetian island for the exquisite glasswork produced here. Disembark from the boat and explore Murano with your guide. You will also take a tour of the Murano glass factory where you can see master craftsmen at work, creating beautiful pieces of glassware.

    Proceed to the island of Burano, which is famous for its lace industry. This pretty fishing village has many streets and canals lined with bright, pastel-coloured houses. Dating back to the 16th century, Burano has much to offer. See high quality lacework on display, explore its local shops and displays and admire Burano’s vibrant settlements. You can also enjoy a quick lunch at one of the many picturesque locations on the island (lunch not included in the price).

    After your tour, re-board the motor launch to cross the lagoon back to Venice. The tour ends at the original starting point. Note: The tour includes the service of a tour leader who provides some information on board the boat and assistance on the islands.

    Activity Schedule

    • When does it run?

      Friday - Sunday

    • Duration

      4 hours 30 mins approx.

    • Start time


    • Meeting Point

      Meet at the yellow desk with Murano, Burano and Torcello indication in front of the Prisons’ Palace, close to the bridge called Ponte della Paglia (between Doge’s Palace and Hotel Danieli)

      Directions: Directions: The yellow desk is located by the Prisons’ Palace in Riva degli Schiavoni near St. Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, leaving the Basilica on your left, proceed straight till the two columns, then turn left. Cross one bridge, called Ponte della Paglia, and you find the yellow desk by the Prisons’ Palace on your left.

      GPS co-ordinates (Decimal degrees DD):  45.433750, 12.341528
      GPS co-ordinates (Degrees, minutes and seconds DMS): 45°26'01.5"N 12°20'29.5"E

      So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 20 minutes early

    • Ending Point

      St. Mark’s Square area

    Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Shared guided tour on board with a qualified and experienced tour guide
      • Panoramic boat with toilet
      • Glassblowing demonstration in a Murano furnace


      • Hotel pick up & drop off

      Please note

      Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity or alternately you can show the printed copy of the voucher.

      For Covid-19 precaution the use of the mask is MANDATORY aboard. So, please bring your own.

      Please report at the meeting point 20 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

      You will have around 30 minutes at leisure to explore each island.

      The tour operates regularly in case of rain or snow; boats are completely covered.

      The tour is not private but shared with other guests not belonging to the same party.

      We do not recommended this tour for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.

      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.

      Customer Reviews

      • Harshita Pherwani, India 01/22/2018
      • Great tour to see a unique part of Venice
        Sasha Pereira, Spain 01/20/2018
      • Interesting tour of pretty islands
        Hayley Galpin, United Kingdom 01/02/2018

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