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




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


  • 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


4 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point


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.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

9:30 AMTour
Departs at 9:30am. Available March 28, to November 03 only From
10:30 AMTour
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11:00 AMTour
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2:00 PMTour
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
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Customer Reviews

Debra l

July 2015

Stunning, incredible, a must do!!!

Alia F

July 2015

Great tour! Staff was helpful and the tour guide was knowledgeable. Each island offered something different, which was very cool. I would do it again and totally recommend it!

Jill L

July 2015

This tour was wonderful! It was totally worth the money. We saw three very different islands, and we were given enough time on each island to explore. The boat ride was comfortable as well. I would recommend that company have boats with more outdoor seats but other than that, this was the perfect tour!


July 2015

Enjoyable bootride, and saw beautiful islands. Had many photo and shopping opportunities.


July 2015

This was an amazing tour! Worth the money and time spent.

Jennifer K

July 2015

Great tour for a great price. Good amount of free time on each island.

Claudia H

July 2015

Excellent value for money! Very didactic with a lot of information. As we did not have a lot of time, we stayed in Venice only 2 days, this tour really showed us the essence of Venice. We bought also a lot of gifts!

Elizabeth F

July 2015

Wonderful tour! Highly recommended!

David C

July 2015

Great excursion

Rita Walters

July 2015

Excellent tour.

Fausto B

July 2015

Beautiful trip highly recomend it, both Murano and Burano were just picture perfect. Torcello was an excellent experience from the historical side, a stoning church worth thr trip.

susan r

July 2015

We really enjoyed all the islands. We were glad we took this tour.

Relinda M

July 2015

It's island hopping with onboard live commentary too much things done at a low cost. Enjoyed it so much. Excellent value for money. Highly recommended.

Susan P

July 2015

Very good whistle stop tour of three beautiful islands. Murano for the glassblowing, Torcello for a drink in the pub, and Burano for the most beautiful colourful houses you will ever see! Thoroughly recommend doing the tour.

Steven N

July 2015

Interesting and worthwhile trip. We enjoyed the day!

Sally G

July 2015

We were impressed with this tour, very good value for money. 2 adults and our kids aged 16,17 an 20, well worth it


July 2015

We took this tour on our last day in Venice. It a quick and enjoyable tour.
We watched live glass blowing in Murano, saw the colorful houses in Burano and bought the famous lace and cookies there. Torcello was the best, with its medieval cathedral and beautiful sceneries.


July 2015

Good tour but would have preferred more time in the glass factory and on Burano as there is a lot to see and less time on Torcello.

Joseph T H

July 2015

Excellent. Otteemo ! We loved all three islands and enjoyed the boat ride.

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.