Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano, visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello and shop for handcrafted lace on Burano. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands around the medieval city of Venice and its enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea.

What You Can Expect

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half Day Sightseeing Tour
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half Day Sightseeing Tour

Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens, and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. You’ll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant’Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center.

Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano’s wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe’s glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano’s palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele – Venice’s 19th-century cemetery – across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass.

When you reach the island of Torcello – established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon – you’ll see evidence of the island’s glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior.

Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you’ll find the famous lace – abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice.

Days of Service

Daily

Details

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano
  • Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello

Exclusions

  • Entrance fees to Torcello Church
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point

Veneto and Venice

Duration:

4 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Policy:

Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

9:30 AMTour
Code:EN0930
Departs at 9:30am. Available March 28, to November 03 only From
$ 22.60
10:30 AMTour
Code:EN1000
Departs at 10:30am. Available between May 29, until September 14 only with an English-speaking guide From
$ 22.60
11:00 AMTour
Code:ENES1100
Departs at 11:00am. From
$ 22.60
2:00 PMTour
Code:EN1430
Between November 03, 2014, and March 27, 2015, tour departs at 2pm. Between March 28, 2015, and November 4, 2015, tour departs at 2:30pm From
$ 22.60
3:00 PMTour
Code:ENIT1500
Tour departs at 3pm From
$ 22.60

Customer Reviews

Steven N

July 2015

Interesting and worthwhile trip. We enjoyed the day!

Carolyn H

June 2015

This was a great tour with an informative guide. She allowed plenty of free time to explore.

Mary P. V

June 2015

Murano and Burano were beautiful. Would have liked more time there. Torcello was disappointing. Not much to see there and lots of walking to get to the one sight. Too much time there.

stephen m

June 2015

Great tour

Constantza S

June 2015

Totally worth it!

Russ Y

June 2015

Excellent tour that left us wanting to go back and spend much more time at each location.

Chicken

June 2015

Fantastic tour, very interesting. Would have liked more time in Torchello though to have lunch. Will have to go back for that. But if you are short on time this is a definate one to do.

Katherine K W

June 2015

Great trip but could use more time on each island Felt rushed to see island

Steve M

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

donnafell

June 2015

Although your stay is short on each Island, these beautiful towns are worth a visit if you have additional time in Venice.

Hong D

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Michael L

June 2015

Great tour.. really enjoyed seeing all of the islands.. would have liked more time at Murano..

barcat

June 2015

Great tour for getting a taste of the three islands. Check in was painless and on time. Time on each island was short but enough to tell if you want to go back for more another time. The guide was informative and the ride was nice.

Mark I

June 2015

Murano's glass factory is a very unique experience that should not be missed. Burano is where you see those colorful houses and is perfect for photos. Torcello is not interesting, but you visit it because you are nearby anyway.

lawsie

June 2015

Very enjoyable tour! A must see in Venice. Great photo shots!

Michael C

June 2015

Very good tour and great to visit the small islands.

Colin J L

June 2015

This is a must do tour particularly if you are time short as we were. Each island is different to each other and well worth seeing.

Theresa B

June 2015

One of my favorite parts about visiting Venice. I enjoyed the three islands and our ability to be free to do what we pleased once we arrived. The tour guides were very helpful as well.

lilev

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Fraser C

June 2015

3 gorgeous islands, and you get plenty of time on each to walk around or just sit and soak it all up with a glass of wine in hand. The tour of the glass fcactory and lace were very good and informative.

Raphael B

May 2015

In contrast to other reviews about this tour: We think there was enough time to visit each of the islands as we stayed 50 minutes in each of them.
A word of advice: Do not seat outside at the back of the boat: It is noisy there and there's the smell of engine fumes.

Richard P

May 2015

A perfect morning. Very scenic and relaxing.

Richard P

May 2015

A perfect morning. Very scenic and relaxing.

Rajnish L

May 2015

This tour was amazing!