Venice & the Islands of Murano & Burano: Full-Day Tour
- Enjoy skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica and climb up to the terrace level for area views
- Explore the halls and corridors of the Doge’s Palace and hear about its history
- Take a boat ride across the Venetian lagoon to the islands of Murano and Burano
- See live demonstrations of glassblowing and lace making
You’ll also visit hidden streets and picturesque piazzas that are off the beaten path, getting a feel for what it is like to live in Venice. In the afternoon, you’ll travel to the small but world-renowned islands of Murano and Burano.
Begin your adventure at the Rialto Bridge and then head through the winding Venetian streets and over its tiny bridges into the heart of the city. Your expert, local guide will tell you about the history and culture of Venice, from its surprising beginning as an uninhabitable marshland!
Your guide will take you to Marco Polo’s house, where you’ll learn about the son who went to sea and kept sailing far beyond the horizon. Hear the tales he told on his return, of a land we now know as China.
Stroll through quaint piazzas, and marvel at the Renaissance architecture with unmistakably Byzantine influences contrasted with modern structures.
Continue to the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll be whisked past the lines of tourists waiting to enter St. Mark’s Basilica and go straight inside. Stand in awe below the famed onion dome, the perfect blending of eastern and western design, and admire the stunning frescoes.
Climb up to the first floor terraces, an opportunity seldom found on Venice tours. Take in the bird’s-eye view of the piazza below and the horizon as well.
The morning tour continues at the Doge’s Palace, former home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts. See masterpieces by Tintoretto and Veronese before a pause of an hour and a half with free time to explore the area on your own.
During your break you can visit local shops and enjoy a traditional Venetian lunch before the afternoon portion of the tour begins.
Board a comfortable water taxi to cross the Venice Lagoon on a visit to the timeless islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is the first stop, and is known for its unmatched glassblowing. This is where Europe’s first mirrors were crafted. So valued, the original artists were threatened with execution if they were to leave the city of Venice, on the chance they might share their secrets with the rest of the world.
Today these artisans can come and go as they please but they still work with the skill of their ancestors. Watch them as they bring objects to colorful life. You’ll have time on your own to browse their beautiful wares.
Board the boat and head to Burano, the second and final island destination. See the area’s famous multicolored houses huddled tightly together along the canals. You’ll see women feverishly stitching lace like their mothers and grandmothers before them. Watch as they painstakingly work every design detail, in this dying art in the age of sewing machines and mass production.
- Expert 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
- Lacemaking demonstration at a shop in Burano
- Discount at the glassblowing and lace-making shops where the demonstrations are given (10 per cent or more depending on the item)
- Round-trip transportation by boat
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Food and beverages
- Wheelchair users
Prepare for the activity
Morning Tour: In front of the bronze statue of a man (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. Afternoon Tour: At the statue of a man (Vittorio Emanuele II) on a horse in Riva degli Schiavoni (San Zaccaria vaporetto stop), in front of the lagoon.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Comfortable shoes
- Luggage or large bags
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
• This tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. It is also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on group tours
• Admission to religious sites requires following a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered (both men and women). The supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress