Today you will visit two of the Venetian Lagoon’s 40 islands—Murano and Burano. In 1291, when furnaces were banned from Venice as a fire precaution, the manufacturers of exquisite glassware were transferred to Murano. Glassware was one of the few Venetian exports so the secrets of this skillful craft were tightly guarded. Glassmaking was considered a privileged occupation, and glass artisans were allowed to marry into the nobility. Today, the Murano products of blown-glass mirrors, chandeliers, goblets and intricate works of art are renowned worldwide. There’s time to visit one of the many workshops and to shop. Burano is next—brightly painted houses decorate this small and cheerful fishing village that is best known for its lace making. Admire these beautiful works that require hours of labor, and maybe even purchase some, if you like.
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More expensive but easier to book through HA than find your own water taxi to Murano/Burano if you've never been to Venice and if you have limited time in Venice. However, the time in Murano was too brief for shopping. Only visit one shop with no time for additional shopping. Burano is beautiful with colorful houses -- a terrific photo.
The first part of the tour was really great!...We loved the glass making factory. Awesome! The second part was not too much to our liking. We are not into lace and things...so we ditched the tour and did our own thing until it was time to meet up with the group. The tour itself was interesting.
We did this tour on a "ship turnaround day" After exiting the ship, we stood on a freezing dock for over half an hour while passengers heading for the airport later on organised their hand luggage. There were too many people to fit inside the waterbus that took us to our destination! Because we were running late, we did not have enough time on Murano to do any shopping or to have a good look around the island. We had a bit more time on Murano, but overall the tour was disappointing.
I feel that guests staying on for the 2nd cruise be offered a separate excursion to these two islands. We would have happily paid more for a longer tour, perhaps including lunch on Murano.
The trip begins with a boat ride and an interesting commentary to reach the first stop, Murano. The glass-making demo was interesting but we were then taken to view beautiful but very expensive pieces in an upstairs gallery. Downstairs further items are on sale but are still relatively expensive compared to other items on sale elsewhere in Venice.
Second stop was Burano with a short demonstration of lace-making followed by exhortations to buy various products. Be very careful, we discovered some of the cheaper items (scarves) in the shop were made in China (and some of them had evidently had the label removed!) The town with the multi-coloured houses was very pretty and we'd have liked more time to look around.
In summary? Worth doing the trip for the commentary and orientation but shop around for purchases - there are plenty of cheaper stores in the Rialto area of Venice. If we return to Venice we'll take a public boat and explore these areas more on our own.
The tour overall was nice, but we felt overpriced, for what you receive. I had done all of the research on how to do the trip on my own using the Alilaguna boats, which would have only been a few Euros each. However, since my husband and I were worried about the timing of doing the tour on our own the day of departure, we opted to use the ships excursion.
I agree with the reviewer who said less time at Murano would be better. Burano was breathtaking, and there wasn't enough time to enjoy this beautiful quaint island. We will definitely go back and do it on our own at another time. I was really disappointed that Murano was really just a sales pitch to buy very expensive (but lovely) glass. The glass blowing demonstration was very interesting, but you can see this in Venice, and you don't have to endure the (somewhat cheesy) sales pitch.
The boat ride out to the islands is very nice, and informative.
If you are interested in doing this, consider doing your own thing using public transportation, that way you can spend as much time on Burano as you like.
Burano was a place I wanted to visit for some time. When people say it is a photographer's paradise, they are not wrong. I could happily spend a full day taking pictures of the brightly coloured houses reflected in the waterways. That said, we didn't have a day there. My gripe about this excursion is that we only had an hour or so at the most beautiful/interesting place. Morano is fine, but it was much more of an expensive glass sales pitch than anything else. Less Morano, more Burano, please, HAL.