Witness the age-old art of Venetian glass and lace making at the beautiful islands of Murano and Burano.
Your expert English speaking guide will take you to iconic locations including the Rialto Bridge, Marco Polo’s house and the Bridge of Sighs, as well as revealing many other hidden gems in Venice city.
Meet your guide in front of the bronze statue of Carlo Goldoni in Campo S. Bortolomio, near the San Marco side of the Rialto Bridge. Your tour lasts approximately 11 hours. It starts with a stroll from Rialto Bridge and continues with a walk through the web of narrow Venetian streets and over numerous bridges. Your local guide will enthrall you with interesting tales on Venice’s cultural heritage and share traditional Venetian folklore.
Your guide will lead you to Marco Polo’s house and narrate stories about his adventures in the Far East. Walk on the beautiful cobble streets and marvel at Campo SS Giovannie e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa. These piazzas represent the glorious days of the Renaissance. You will then be escorted to the famous Bridge of Sighs which was the escape route for the fabled romantic, Giocomo Casanova, from prison.
Avoid long queues and enjoy fast track entry into the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica- with skip the line access. Usually tourists are allowed into this sacred cathedral for only ten minutes, however this tour gives you extra time to admire masterpieces like the bronze gilded horses. The tour also provides exclusive entrance tickets to the terraces of St Mark’s Basilica, from where you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the St Mark’s Square.
Next, head to the mainland and visit Doge’s Palace, a major landmark in northern Italy. Note the intricate details of the gothic architecture and marvel at the artistic sculptures and frescoes adorning the island.
Following Doge’s Palace, you will have 1.5 hours to explore the area on your own before heading for a tour of the Small Islands.
To begin your Small Islands tour, meet your guide at the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II in Riva degli Schiavoni, in front of the lagoon.
You will board a water taxi to the lovely island of Murano, known for manufacturing Europe’s first mirrors. A glassmaking demonstration in one of Murano’s factories will shed light on the intricate crafting process. From this factory, you can also purchase stunning glassware at discounted rates to take home as souvenirs.
During the final part of the tour, return to the water taxi and set off for Burano, an archipelago of four islands linked by bridges. With a vibrant island atmosphere, Burano is known for its brilliantly coloured houses and expert production of traditional lace work, a craft that continues to attract visitors and customers today. Witness a lacemaking demonstration at a local shop and learn more about the traditional methods and history of lace stitching. The beautifully exquisite display pieces on show are bound to impress all art enthusiasts.
At the end of the tour, head back to the mainland via boat. You will be dropped off in front of the Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth, near San Marco.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. St. Mark’s Basilica specifically prohibits large bags, umbrellas, and tripods. These items must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, so you may miss a portion of the tour to do so.
We strongly recommend you consult a map before leaving for the meeting point.
There is a break, from 12:30pm until 2:15pm. It is the responsibility of the guests to make his/her way back to the meeting point at 2:15pm for the start of the Murano and Burano tour.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
For the morning tour, the guide will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets to be easily recognizable at the meeting point. For the afternoon tour, the guides will have a City Wonders sign with the name of the tour at the meeting point for easy recognition.
Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. We cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
We recommend that customers who are not familiar with Venice give themselves ample time to find meeting points.
Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica.