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

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


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
$ 22.48
10:30 AMTour
Departs at 10:30am. Available between May 29, until September 14 only with an English-speaking guide From
$ 22.48
11:00 AMTour
Departs at 11:00am. From
$ 22.48
2:00 PMTour
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
$ 22.48
3:00 PMTour
Tour departs at 3pm From
$ 22.48
12:30 PMTour
Tour departs at 12:30pm From
$ 22.48

Customer Reviews

Keith O

November 2015

Three beautiful islands! Off the beaten track!


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.


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.


November 2015

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


November 2015

Simply super. Just go for it and enjoy.


November 2015

Very beautiful, had a very good time. We did the tour at 2.30pm, so it was quite late by the time we finished around 7pm. So I would advise to do it about 12pm, apart from that, it was great.

Antonio S

November 2015

I loved it awesome


November 2015

I really enjoyed this tour. The guide was knowledgeable. The tour exposed us to life on the islands in the lagoon. The Murano tour was outstanding.


November 2015

Fabulous! Our tour guides were awesome! I would definitely recommend this to my family and friends.

Kathryn G

November 2015

Perfect! Great way to see the other islands in Venice.


November 2015

Very good tour. Reasonable, very good guide. Fun and nice to see other areas near Venice. Glass blowing and Murano glass in general was great to see!


October 2015

The boat itself was great, the multilingual tour guide was very impressive and getting 50 minutes on each island was sufficient. An absolutely must-do, especially for the price!


November 2015

All the three locations are par excellent. Was bit rushing through as the crew wanted to finish the trip on time. We had booked an English speaking tour - But the trip was a combined one with Italian, Spanish and English. The tour guide spoke all three languages but the time spent in explaining in English was the shortest - assuming that the tour guide was not too comfortable in speaking in English.

Ilene W

November 2015

Great tour and wonderful guide. Timed beautifully.

Joseph B

October 2015

Nice tour. Quiet day exploring the islands.

Vatsala A

November 2015

It was very informative and a beautiful experience


October 2015

Burano was the most relaxing with a great lunch

raymond s

October 2015

Wonderful tour of the 3 islands. Enjoyed the boat ride and the descriptions of the sights. Betty and Ray Smith


October 2015

Great boat tour of all three islands.
Nice demonstration in Murano glass factory,
Quaint stroll through Burano and Torcello.
Bought a few things on each island.

Well worth the cost!

Melanie M M

October 2015

Found the pace of the tour just right for the amount of time spent on each island. Enjoyed the practical component demonstrating the workers handling the glass and staff creating items with lace. Enjoyed the sights along the way when riding the water bus to the various locations.

Marjorie C

October 2015

I found this tour very enjoyable and relaxing, we had plenty of time so visit the islands and to walk around them and enjoy what they had to offer. As it turned out there was too many people for the first tour so some of us waited for a second boat which didn't start our tour until 2:30 so we were returning to Venice as the sun was setting which was an added bonus to our trip as it was a beautiful sunset!

Linda K

October 2015

This was an interesting tour with a range of crafts. Burano was the best and we could have spent more time there. Unfortunately the weather was poor.

Darrell H

October 2015

Excellent! First class all the way. Best day of our 12 days in Italy. Guide was outstanding, as were the sights, lunch, and even the bus. We highly recommend this tour to our friends.