Ultimate Venetian Lagoon Excursion: Murano & Burano

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Location: Venice
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 8.0 hours
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights Escape Venice’s crowds with a day trip to the five most beautiful & fascinating islands of the lagoon.
Travel by private boat with only your expert guide and small group, no more than 20 people.
Immerse yourself in Murano’s centuries-old art of glassmaking with a demonstration inside a restored 12th-century church, without the pressured shopping experience found on ‘subsidized’ excursions.
Explore the colorful island of Burano with its picture-perfect canals and tradition of lacemaking.
Explore a side of Venice that visitors rarely get to see on this tour to Murano and Burano by private boat. You’ll visit five islands of the Venetian Lagoon including a guided tour of the Monastery of San Francesco, a walking tour of Torcello and its cathedral, and a visit with wine tasting at a secret island winery. If you want to experience the less crowded side of Venice, this is an unmissable outing. Please note: While other ‘budget’ island excursions are subsidized by souvenir shops and factories, we value guest experience and have constructed this itinerary to avoid the associated ‘pressured shopping’ on our tours.

Your experience starts a 9:00 am when you meet your local guide and small group in central Venice to board your private boat. As you’re motoring out through the Lagoon, your guide will point out places of interest and give you a brief introduction to the history of island settlement in Venice.
Your first stop is the quiet monastery on the Island of San Francesco del Deserto, where you’ll literally walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi as one of the friars shows you around its peaceful gardens and ancient church.
Hopping back on your boat, you’ll zip over to Burano, whose brightly colored houses have been the home of Venice’s legendary lace makers since the 16th century. After a guided tour around the island’s picture-perfect canals and squares, you’ll cross a bridge to Mazzorbo Island and discover the vineyard producing one of Venice’s best-kept secrets: the Venissa wine. Learn about how the Dorona grape was saved from extinction and replanted to produce one of the world’s rarest and most unique wines. Of course, a tasting is included.
Next, your guide will recommend a few of their favorite restaurants in Burano where you’ll have free time for lunch (not included) and can continue exploring. These restaurants are less-touristic than central Venice, serving authentic, local specialties at reasonable prices.
After lunch, you’ll cruise over to the island of Torcello, the first island in the lagoon to be inhabited and home to Venice’s oldest church, dating from the 7th century. Your guide will give you a tour of the island and its ancient Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. There will be free time to climb its bell tower on your own (not included).
Finally, you’ll head to Murano, home of Europe’s most respected glassmakers since the 13th century. You’ll marvel at a glassmaking demonstration inside an abandoned medieval church once visited by Casanova and Venetian nobles, now home to a glassmaker and even used for Masquerade Balls. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the island.  Your private boat will be waiting to take you back to the main island of Venice by 5:00 pm.
Venice’s smaller islands are some of its most charming and historically rich; a day visiting them is the perfect antidote for people looking to escape the crowds and take a deep dive into the history and culture of the Maritime Republic.

Included Full-day on Private Boat
Murano glassmaking demonstration
Wine tasting at Venissa
Entrance ticket to Torcello Cathedral
Entrance to Monastery of San Francesco del Deserto
Expert Local Guide
Excluded Gratuities
Pressured shopping’
Bell tower climb at Torcello
Know before you book This tour runs rain or shine. Occasionally some museums, churches or attractions might close to the public, without providing any notice, due to high tides or particular festivities.
Unfortunately, our boats cannot accommodate wheelchairs and some of the sights are not accessible. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
Please note that lunch is not included on this tour. We have allowed time for you to eat lunch in Burano. Your guide will give you recommendations and tell you where to meet after lunch but please be aware that it is your responsibility to arrive at the meeting point in time for the next part of the tour.
Know before you go Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Please remember to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and the knees as St. Francis' Abbey is a religious site.
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Product Start Date 2020-09-01
Product End Date 2020-10-25
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation


Type: Starts location
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Address: Campo Sant Apostoli, close to the magazine and souvenir kiosk, 30100 Venice, Italy , Venice, IT
Directions: This tour meets by the red benches located around a tree in Campo Sant Apostoli, close to the magazine and souvenir kiosk. The ferry stop nearest to this meeting point is called "Cà D'Oro" Meeting Point Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Campo+S.S.+Apostoli,+30100+Venezia+VE,+Italy/@45.4403465,12.3345681,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x477eb1dc7a5f57cd:0x73a19e0aa0260021!8m2!3d45.4403428!4d12.3367568
Notes: At the red benches located around a tree in Campo Sant Apostoli, close to the magazine and souvenir kiosk, 30100 Venice, Italy
Start Location Notes Campo Sant Apostoli, close to the magazine and souvenir kiosk, 30100 Venice, Italy , Venice, IT


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund


Adult 15-99 years €150.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €135.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020 Pricing
Option Description 2020 Pricing

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