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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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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.
  • Visit three of Venice’s islands in half a day
  • See a glass factory, churches, lace shops, and more without feeling rushed
  • Learn history from a guide you wouldn’t hear traveling on your own
  • Choose a morning or afternoon trip to suit your schedule
What to Expect
At Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens (Giardinetti Reali), board your motorboat to set off across the Venetian Lagoon for Murano. Disembark and stroll around the island with your guide. Stop at a glass factory, where you watch a glassblower create sculptures in a centuries-old tradition. Your guide tells you about the island’s history as the former center of European glassmaking. Visit a few sights around the island, including a church with notable mosaics. Hop back in the boat and move onto lesser-known Torcello, with its ornate palaces and churches. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the excavated ruins of the Church of Santa Fosca baptistery. Your third stop is Burano, known for traditional lace production. Walk past the island’s colorful fishermen’s houses, and visit lace shops and the lace museum. Finish the tour with a boat ride back to Venice.
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Departure Point
Riva degli Schiavoni, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

The islands were charming, murano, with the glass factory was nice. Burano is beautiful per se. However, the guide explained everything in four languages, so the info was very little. Could be better

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank materussi
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Boat trip guide had to repeat everything in 4 languages and was also unable to be heard Trip should advise of this situation beforehand Never would have gone Murano had 5 min glass demo followed by 40 mins of sale room Burano was a complete...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank milor380
Reviewed 3 days ago

Murano was great love to watch the glass blower. Items were expensive but aloo of items on sale for around 10.00 to 40.00 not bad. Nice pieces of jewerly or hand blown items. Buano by far my favorite. Lace was unbelievable. Beautiful and hand made...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Cruzthehighseas
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a really enjoyable trip to three lovely islands at a very good price all three islands were well worth a visit. The inclusive visit to the Morano glass making factory was totally enjoyable and would add something very special to anyone’s holiday. The...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Cyril W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I thought this would be at least partially a tour. When I got to the church that I thought I would have free admission to, the peoe who worked there said my ticket was "a big lie". I mean it might be worth it for...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank ARF3612
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Response from Chcountry50 | Reviewed this property |
There was no hotel pick up!
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Response from nicolab436 | Reviewed this property |
You buy it on the day at the boat before you depart 👍
31 August 2019|
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Response from sssuuusss3 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! in my opinion there is no time enough to enjoy the visit to Burano. Personally I would´n book any trip. If I were you, I would go by my self to the island by vaporetto.
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