Castle & palace tours

One day tour of Venice highlights, Murano and Burano

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Duration: 10 hours 15 minutes
Language: English , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Discover the fascinating stories behind Venice's past on this tour
  • Be entranced by St. Mark’s Basilica from its east-meets-west onion dome to its dazzling mosaics
  • Explore the history contained within the halls and corridors of the Doge’s Palace.
  • Bask in the beauty of the Venetian lagoon thanks to its two best islands, Murano and Burano.
  • Learn about classic Venetian traditions, shop artisanally and explore the cities on your own
What to expect

A single day. A unique opportunity. Discover Venice and its two small islands along with the most interesting sites and experiences that they have to offer. St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, and the Doge’s Palace are some of the larger, most iconic things to see on this tour but then, it's onto the small but world-renowned islands of Murano and Burano.

Begin your adventure at the Doge’s Palace and see the best sights of the palace including masterpieces by Tintoretto and Veronese. Your expert, local English-speaking guide will teach you about the history and culture of Venice, from its surprising beginning as an unlivable marshland to one of the world’s most popular tourist destination. Then, it's onto St. Mark’s Square where you'll marvel at the Renaissance architecture before being whisked past the lines of tourists waiting to enter St. Mark’s Basilica and heading straight inside.

For the second leg of this tour, you’ll board a comfortable boat across the lagoon to the timeless islands of Murano and Burano. You'll be entertainedwith stories of the sites you’ll be passing and before you know it you’ll be disembarking on the shores of Murano. Known for its rich history and unmatched glassblowing, you’ll learn that it was here Europe’s first mirrors were crafted. Your guide will tell you why the artists continue toiling at their craft before giving you time to explore the fascinating samples on display. An art in their own right, it is the perfect ending to the perfect day with an intimate group of just 25 people or fewer. Convenient audio headsets are also on offer throughout the entire day tour so you can always hear your guide.

Don’t miss the interesting, informative and intimate experience of Venice and its two captivating islands, Murano and Burano. A tour like no other, with an unbeatable price. An experience that cannot be rivaled.

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What's included
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Skip the line access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Glassmaking demonstration at a factory in Murano with commentary in English
  • Lacemaking demonstration at a shop in Burano with commentary in English
  • Discount at the glassblowing and lace-making shop where the demonstrations are given (10%+ depending on the item)
  • Round-trip transportation by boat
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/beverage
Where
Meeting point:

Please meet your guide 15 minutes before each departure time. The meeting points are as follows:

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Meet your guide next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon.

Murano and Burano: Meet your guide 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.

What to remember
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
  • We are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance, nor strollers or baby carriages
  • Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour except in St. Mark's Basilica
  • The Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica tour ends in front of the Doge’s Palace. The Murano and Burano tour ends in front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth (near San Marco)
  • There is a break, from 10.45am until 1.30pm. It is the responsibility of the client to make his/her way back to the meeting point at 1.30pm for the start of the Murano and Burano tour
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When

Venice morning tour
Meeting time: 8.15am
Departure time: 8.30am

Murano and Burano afternoon tour
Meeting time: 1.30pm
Departure time: 1.45pm

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Provider
City Wonders
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.
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