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.

View Additional Info

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/Exchange Point

Tour departs from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens (Giardinetti Reali) at San Marco

Duration:

4 hours 30 minutes

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.

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

9:30 AMTour
Code:EN0930
Departs at 9:30am. Available March 28, to November 03 only From
$ 22.13
10:30 AMTour
Code:EN1000
Departs at 10:30am. Available between May 29, until September 14 only with an English-speaking guide From
$ 22.13
11:00 AMTour
Code:ENES1100
Departs at 11:00am. From
$ 19.75
2:00 PMTour
Code:EN1430
Until November 4, 2015, tour departs at 2:30pm. Between November 05, 2015, and March 31, 2016, tour departs at 2pm. Between April 2016 and November 2016 tour departs at 2:30pm From
$ 19.75
3:00 PMTour
Code:ENIT1500
Tour departs at 3pm From
$ 22.13
12:30 PMTour
Code:ENITES1230
Tour departs at 12:30pm From
$ 22.13

Customer Reviews

Monika B

February 2016

wonderful experience if you want to see the Laguna highly recommend Burano Island - with peaceful and colourful architecture:

laura s

February 2016

really good value for money and very enjoyable!

Nicole M

February 2016

We had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed the lacerating and the lady that was available to show us was very kind. Thank you

K L D

February 2016

Could have done without Torcello but absolutely loved this tour, would do again!

Deepak G

January 2016

This tour if started at 10 Am we could have visited more units and highly recommended to see true culture of Venice

S G

January 2016

One of the best sightseeing tours for tourist visiting Venice and wants to cover the adjacent islands Murano, Burano and Torcello. The guide was very informative and provide detailed history of all the small islands nearby . We started at 2 pm and finish the tour by 6 30 pm at San Marco. I highly recommend this tour.

Kaye M

January 2016

A well organised tour with an amazing guide who switched seamlessly between 4 languages! The only disappointment is that I would have liked more time on Torcello. I didn't know until I was there what a truly amazing island it is. I would recommend this tour as a good introduction to the islands.

Susan L

January 2016

Fantastic trip and great value for money. We loved visiting the three islands, if anything more time on Torcello and Burano would be appreciated. We had beautiful fine, winter weather for our day and it was all quite magical.

Bryan I

January 2016

This tour was a little dissapointing! Needs to be more organized getting on boat etc.
We decided to stay on first stop, got recommendations for lunch , and took our own private
boat back to Venice which was arranged by restaurant owner!

harvey e

December 2015

The tour was really worthwhile and excellent value for the price.
The scheduling was perfect and allowed us to visit sites and places
we normally would have overlooked.

Elizabeth S

December 2015

Beatiful Islands in the Lido not too far from Venice. Burano and Torcello were the best!

Brian A

December 2015

For the price, one of the best tours we did while in Italy. A nice change of pace from all the crowds and each Island had it's own unique charm and character. We did visit Murano in the past on another tour, but all three Islands offered on this tour were awesome.

Denise L

December 2015

It was a really nice trip, i'll never forget this day.

Tracy S

December 2015

It was rainy and cold. Can and #39;t control Mother Nature. My children and I still enjoyed this tour.

saff6789

December 2015

Lovely tour, Burano is beautiful, would have loved longer there to look around. Glass blowing demo on Murano was interesting and had a lovely Aperol Spritz on Torcello. This was my second time on this particular tour and would definitely book it again if I'm lucky enough to visit Venice again.

David R

December 2015

Wonderful day trip. Great way to see Murano glass, Burano lace and colorful houses, and quiet Torcello.
This tour is worth your time!!

Alvaro E V

December 2015

We were there in Sept 2015. The tour start at time and the schedule in each island was executed as they programmed. The experience in the Murano's factory was short but the shop was amazing. The three islands are beautiful and the trip in the vaporetto was a nice experience.

Venice tours

December 2015

great tour, enjoyed it very much.

Keith O

November 2015

Three beautiful islands! Off the beaten track!

Greg E

November 2015

Our tour guide was amazing! Wonderful to see these hidden treasures in Venice. Not only did we enjoy delicious food and wine, but we met wonderful new friends and have such great memories to bring home with us! Thank you, thank you!

Rome

November 2015

Perfect time for this outing. 45 minutes on each island was a good viewing time.

Stephen R

November 2015

Excellent history, great places visited! Thanks for a good time.

winston.perez66

November 2015

This is a great way to see the other side of Venice, more tranquil and less crowded. It's fascinating to see how the glass blowing and lace industries in Murano and Burano are still thriving after all these years. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative about the islands and the surrounding communities and she was fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French. The boat ride was pleasant and the lunch in Torcello is highly recommended.

mlmanzi

November 2015

Great way to see the islands! Our kids loved the boat ride and scenery!