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  3. Venice

Venice Islands: Murano, Burano, Wine Tasting and Monastery

Product ID: 225489
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This day trip to five of Venice’s smaller islands will teach you about their history as you visit the glass museum, take a guided tour of the Monastery of San Francesco, walking tour of Torcello and visit a secret winery.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Escape the tourist crush of Venice with a day trip to her most beautiful and fascinating islands
  • Travel by private boat with your expert guide
  • Tour the Monastery of San Francesco guided by an actual monk
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in a secret vineyard
  • Immerse yourself in the centuries-old art of glass making on the island of Murano
Full description
Your experience starts a 9:00 AM when you meet your local guide and a small group of no more than 20 travellers at the Campo Santi Apostoli. Then, head to the Fondamenta Nove to board your private boat. As you’re motoring out through the Lagoon, your guide will point out places of interest and give you a brief introduction to the history of island settlement in Venice.

Your first stop is the monastery on the Island of San Francesco del Deserto, where you’ll literally walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi as one of the friars shows you around the beautiful gardens.

Hopping back on your boat, you’ll zip over to Burano, whose brightly colored houses have been the home of Venice’s legendary lace makers since the 16th century. After a guided tour around the island’s picture-perfect canals and squares, you’ll cross a bridge to Mazzorbo Island and discover the vineyard producing one of Venice’s best kept secrets: the Venissa.

Lunch is not included, but the guide will show you a few of their favorite places in Burano. Because the island isn’t very touristy, the restaurants all serve you local specialities at great prices. After lunch, you’ll zip over to the island of Torcello, the first island in the lagoon to be inhabited and home of Venice’s oldest church. Your guide will give you a brief tour before giving you some free time to explore. We highly recommend that you go to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and do the dome climb.

Finally, you’ll head to Murano, home of Europe’s most respected glass-makers since the 13th century. Here you’ll visit the glass museum to see jaw-dropping examples of this traditional Venetian art before enjoying more free time to explore the island. If you want to see glass-making in action or buy a piece, your guide can also recommend an artisanal glass factory to visit. After your free time, the boat will be waiting to take you back to the main island of Venice by 5:00 PM.
  • All museum tickets
  • Wine tasting
  • Expert local guide
  • Full-day on Private Boat
  • Murano glassmaking demonstration
  • Entrance ticket to Torcello Cathedral
  • Entrance to Monastery of San Francesco del Deserto
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

At the red benches located around a tree in Campo Sant Apostoli, close to the magazine and souvenir kiosk, 30100 Venice, Italy

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• Tour is not wheelchair accessible
• The boat we use for the tour has a maximum capacity of 25 people, though the group size is 20. Small children 3 years of age and under do not count in the 25 person maximum.
• Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
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Walks of Italy

Product ID: 225489