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Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour

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Venezia, Italy
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Explore the Venetian Lagoon at your own pace on a semi-independent tour and cruise to the islands of Murano and Burano. Discover Murano’s rich glass-making heritage as you peek into a glass-blowing workshop, then enjoy free time to take in the rest of the island. Next, grab your camera and set off to admire the colourful houses and serene canals of Burano, one of Venice’s most photogenic spots. Your self-guided tour includes round-trip transport by motorboat, plus multilingual assistance on-board.
  • Jump off to explore the islands of Murano and Burano
  • Travel by motorboat and see the sights from the water
  • Great introduction to Venice for first-time visitors
  • Semi-independent tour offers greater flexibility
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Motorboat from/to Venice
Visit a glass factory in Murano
Multilingual Live commentary on board (English, Spanish, German, French & Italian)
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Riva degli Schiavoni, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that no refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals. The tour will take place also with rain. In the event of exceptional high tide in Venice or thick fog, the tour might be cancelled by organization and refund will be provided
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Park Viaggi

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the maximum group size during Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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  • "If you don't have a good sense of direction don't leave or you'll miss the ferry." See review
  • "One hour didn't give us a chance to really explore outside of the factory but we took a vaporetto back a few days later and it was well worth the return trip." See review

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A bit boring
SmritiLim
, Jan 2020
First they will take you to a glass making factory. And I could not really understand the guide's english. Could not even tell when she switched to English. Then, they took is to Burano and left us to have lunch and explore by ourselves for 90 minutes. 90 minutes was not a lot of time!! It took about 40 minutes for lunch, cause everyone came at once!! That left us 25 minutes to wander around, and 25 minutes to get back to the boat!!
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star-5
Beautiful and peaceful
DFWTravels
, Jan 2020
This was a great trip. The boat was very clean and comfortable. The guide explained points of interest along the way in 4 languages. The stops on the islands were just the right lengths of time to explore. We had a lovely day on this tour.
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Just do it!
Kgerard08
, Oct 2019
The tour was fantastic! We felt we had more than enough time on each island and enjoyed it being semi-independent. On the boat ride, the tour guide gave fun facts about surrounding areas. I do want to mention that finding the "yellow booth" was very difficult. We looked for 20 mins and found the booth no where close to the water and three bridges away from entry on the boat (we had to run to catch the boat in time)-so be sure to give yourself a lot of time!
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Tourist trap
mariaP3118ER
, Oct 2019
A boat takes you to a glass store in Murano where a 10 minute demonstration is made of 2 glass blowing techniques. You have an hour to buy various glass items inside one store that is attached to the pier. There is no exit from this one store. Once the hour is up, you are taken to Burano. The entire place feels like a weird tourist trap. The setting is nice but it's literally boat loads of tourists descending onto one street of shops and restaurants with one hour to decide if you want to eat or buy things. If there was a tour guide giving any insight during the 2 hours spent on the boat...I must have somehow missed it all even though I sat in the main cabin. As advertised I suppose. But very very basic experience with 0 soul.
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I would not do it again
squirtlapenna2014
, Oct 2019
Way to rushed. An hour on Murano a deter the glass demonstration (he was neat) and basically they let out our in their shop to spend your money and heard you back on the boat and wisk you off to Murano for 1.5 hrs which ASI ally have you enough time to find a place and eat lunch. No time to browse & shop. We went back to both islands the next day with the water bus and spent the whole day eating & shopping & exploring. Get a water bus pass for $20 for the whole day and you can hop on and off as much as you like.
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star-4
Rushed but ok for the price
Jenny680
, Oct 2019
The tour is OK, not great. As many other reviewers mentioned you do feel very rushed .. I wish I had more time to explore the islands. Murano’s glass factory demonstration was very short and then we left to explore outside right away to get a feel for the island. I’m burano we had some time to get lunch but hardly had any time to explore. You won’t be able to hear the tour guide at all on the boat — the speaker system sucks. Sitting in the rear outer area exposes you to the gas smoke and fumes so watch out for that!! Overall it’s fine if you want to get a feel for the islands without having to navigate the vaparetto system but I hindsight I would have preferred to have a more leisurely time.
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star-4
Great trip
samsupersam
, Oct 2019
Loved visiting the islands, beautiful day. Have lunch on Burano. Beautiful place just to walk around
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Boat Tour
aewen22
, Sep 2019
Highly recommend this tour, staff were very friendly and helpful. We got to see the glass blowing, lace making and had a lovely lunch on a beautiful island. Weather was stunning, which always helps though.
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star-5
Great visit with a short amount of time
jason m
, Aug 2019
Well organised. Ran on schedule. This was perfect excursion to visit the two islands in a short space of time. We had to be leaving Venice that day to travel to Lake Garda, so only had a few hours. Caught the 11am trip and was back in Venice for 3.30pm. Got to see a glass blowing demo on Murano and visit the shop then onto beautiful Burano. Had an hour and half here to catch some lunch, wander and grab an ice cream. Boat doesn’t hang about. You’re late, you’re left behind - which is great so everyone else doesn’t have to hang around. Only thing was the guy on the stall when you sign in didn’t want to be there, but interaction with all other staff was great. Brilliant trip.
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star-3
Burano good,Murano a tourist trap
Chris W
, Aug 2019
The trip over was great and boarding was easy. Murano though was a bit of a disappointment as this did not visit a current glass factory just a disused factory showing one man blowing glass and then a big shop (a tourist trap). You don't get to see the main glass factory or any more of the island. Burano however was colourful and as the pictures show,could have done with more time here however.
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