Escape the crowds and chaos of Venice and catch a glimpse of what the city used to be – an island of artisans world-famous for their craft, where traditional skills have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries.
After meeting in a central Venice location we’ll start our tour with a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There’s a lot to see on the way and your guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sights as you pass them. Watch a craftsman in action as he goes about his daily business, describing his process in English while he works. No staged presentations for us, this is a real, workaday studio and our experience here will be as authentic as it comes. Afterwards you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art here and wander the island on your own.
Then it’s back on the boat and off to our next stop, Burano. The tiny island is famous for its houses, huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each one is painted a different color with laundry strung up across narrow streets. But Burano’s major claim to fame is its centuries old tradition of lacemaking. Stay and watch their painstaking work, listen to a full commentary on what, in the age of sewing machines, has become a dying art and then take the time to explore the fascinating museum at the back
Our selective tour of the islands spends less time on the boat and less time trekking inland, giving you more time to experience this wonderful corner of the world at a pace that suits you.
Duration: 4.5hrs Approximate.
Burano Lace Museum entry fee is not included in the price of this tour.
No pick-up at hotels. Clients have to meet at San Zaccaria Vaporetto Stop, in front of the lagoon at the statue of a man on a horse - Vittorio Emanuele II.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
We recommend that customers who are not familiar with Venice give themselves ample time to find meeting points.
When you’ve Booked: You’ll receive an initial confirmation from us immediately. We will then send your booking details to the supplier within 48 hours to request confirmation. Once they confirm that your requested date and ticket is available, we will email your confirmation which will include the local operator’s contact details and any relevant information.