The Islands of the Venetian Lagoon
No trip to Venice can be complete without an escape to the Venetian Lagoon's two most prized islands. This Murano and Burano tour combines advantages usually reserved for private tours, like transport by private boat and a dedicated guide throughout the tour, to offer an unforgettable experience of another side of Venice, far from the crowds in St. Mark's Square. See the ancient arts of glassblowing and lacemaking by master artisans, as well as be enchanted by the charm of the quiet canals and piazzas of these culturally vibrant locales.
Set Sail for Murano
After meeting your guide, you will set sail for Murano and its world-famous glass. Along the way, admire the City of Bridges from the water with captivating commentary from your guide as you prepare to witness this remarkable craft firsthand. All glassmaking was moved to Murano in 1291 to avoid the risk of fire, and it was the only place where mirrors were made for centuries, with a death sentence for anyone who leaked its secrets. Though times have changed, time will seem to stand still as you watch the same movements that have characterized this art for over 700 years.
Once arrived, you will dock at a premier Murano glassblowing workshop where you will stand in awe as skilled craftsmen shape molten glass into stunning masterpieces. See these rare treasures come to life as you learn how colors and the most unlikely shapes are achieved. Browse the extensive gallery afterwards and even shop with a discount especially for your group. Then venture out into Murano to enjoy its characteristic canals and fantastic San Donato church without feeling rushed.
See Burano's Coveted Handmade Lace
Topping the most colorful places in the world for the bright pastel houses along its canals, this small fishing community also has some of the most sought after handmade lace anywhere. In Burano, you will be able to see this beautiful tradition in action as women stitch by hand, like their mothers and grandmothers before them. After the demonstration, you will have ample free time to shop, visit the lace museum or stroll the vibrant waterways on the hunt for that perfect keepsake or a piece of that authentic Venice, all with helpful insight from your guide.