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The Basics

The only way to visit Venice’s islands is by boat. By far the best option for avoiding the hassle and delays of the vaporettos (ferries) is booking a private motorboat tour. Tours enable you to make the most of your time on each island—visiting the glass factories on Murano, lace-making demonstrations on Burano, and the historic sights on Torcello—without having to navigate the complicated and crowded interisland public transportation system. Choose a half-day sightseeing tour if you are pressed for time, or a more leisurely full-day Venice cruise to explore the Grand Canal and lagoon islands at a more relaxed pace.

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Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
$24.79 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic organization and very good prize for that experience
Very good way to visit Murano, Burano and Torcello. All the experience was perfectly organissed and all the staff was very kind. I´ll recomend the trip if you want to expend the 6-7 hours knowing thhis three places. If your are adictic to photography maybe is better to go directly to Burano y pass the time that you need in this pintorestic and beauty island.
Jos_F, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
I enjoyed the glass...
Angela_W, Oct 2021
Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello
I enjoyed the glass blowing demonstration and browsing the show room. Absolutely loved Burano with the numerous choices in shops and restaurants. Eat lunch in Burano- skip lunch in Murano.
star-4
good and interesting
mm_w, Oct 2021
Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello
Good excusion, but on the island no guide and a bit short time, maybe is 7 hours better? Guide on boat was good, 4 languages and clear info.
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Venetian Excursion
Heather_S, Oct 2021
Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
An amazing experience! Beautiful and fun! We loved the glass blowing exhibit. The food on Burano was our favorite throughout our visit to Italy.
star-5
Positive Murano, etc. Experience
JoAnn_C, Oct 2021
Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
The generous free time we had to walk around and explore the 3 islands and the approachable hostess that accompanied us on the trip. (:
star-5
Grand Canal Cruise Review
Vacation31245900034, Oct 2019
Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour
the guide was knowledgeable and very informative, the trip was worth seeing and getting a feeling for size of the Grand Canal and the islands are and their locations. the boat ride was good and comfortable. The big issue was if you were on the inside you did not get any panoramic views and good photo shots. there were only 3 three seats on the back end and two in front with the driver and guide
star-5
Great way to see both islands
John_R, Sep 2018
Murano and Burano VIP Venice Boat Tour
Spending a few hours seeing these two islands is perfect - and our tour guide was efficient and informative - as usual for a Viator tour - very cost effective too!
star-5
Nice trip
Elena_B, Aug 2021
Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello
I liked that the tour was well organized and offered the chance to see a bit of every island. We had a short demonstration of Murano glass work and then we were free to visit the islands. Personally I was happy with what I got for the price payed - it would have been a hassle to do this trip by myself with the vaporetto. For those who want to stay more on each island, I would recommend one island per day, otherwise it can get extremely long and tiring.
star-5
It's Basically Just Transportation...Which May Be Perfect.
Patrick_B, Oct 2021
Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
You're basically paying for transportation on this "tour." There isn't really a "guide" or anything like that. They give you a pamphlet and someone reads a script, in multiple languages, that's hard to hear/understand, pointing out interesting things here and there when en route to the various islands. They also give a little bit of background info of the locale as you head to each location. Nothing too special here, kind of just a "crash course" of the area. That said, the cost is worth it for the logistics and transportation alone and unlike some of the other "tours" of this type on here, the added length of this tour allows, what I feel is, ample time at each location and you shouldn't really feel rushed at each stop as you may end up feeling with the shorter tours of this type. All in all, for the price, this "tour," represents a good value, but don't expect a personalized experience or anything like that.
star-5
Fun in the sun island hopping
teresamarie140, Nov 2019
Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
The island tour was so much fun cruising on the boat from island to island seeing the unique character of the islands and enjoying a delicious peach Bellini on torcello
star-5
Great tour
ctrolson, Oct 2019
Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
This was a great tour with a lot of sites to see. Well worth the money. Burano is a beautiful little island. That alone would've been worth it for us. And the glass blowing demonstration in Murano was very cool to watch.
star-4
Just enough time to witness the artistry of Murano & beauty of Burano
Shannon_P, Jan 2020
Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello
This was an excellent trip. I was at first upset with myself upon arrival to Venice that I booked since my hotel offered a complimentary visit to Murano. However, I was so glad we didn't cancel this trip. My teenage children were very interested in the brief glass blowing demo. While it was interesting, the stop in Murano was mostly a built in, closed-audience trip to one glass factory. Little time was spent exploring other shops on the island, so you didn't have many choices for glass. Still, I bought a little something there. The best part was the visit to Burano. Not only was it great for pictures of the brightly colored houses but we had a seafood meal (it's a fishing community after all) and checked out the lace shops. I even purchased a lacy wrap before leaving. I do recommend this excursion but mainly for the visit to Burano.
star-4
Rushed but better than the half day tour
ALISA_T, Jun 2019
Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square
Pros: got to see all 3 islands, watch 2 glass making demonstrations, enough time to: shop for Murano glass / eat lunch in Burano / unexpectedly see gigantic & ancient mosaic walls in Torcello. 4 stars due to: female could learn to speak better English to understand return time; almost missed the boat in Torcello.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to bring your camera to capture the picturesque glassblowing demonstrations on Murano and traditional lace-making on Burano.

  • Murano glass and Burano lace are famous for their impeccable quality—and prices reflect that. Be wary of glass or lace shops that advertise “bargain” prices, which often means low-quality goods imported from outside Italy.

  • Murano’s glass shops are known for their hard-sell techniques, so always book your Venice islands tour through a reputable company to avoid unpleasant strong-arming tactics.

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How to Get There

From St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), take vaporetto 4.1 from the San Zaccaria stop, or a private water taxi from the Grand Canal boat launch near the Doge’s Palace, to Murano. From there, local water buses or taxis run to Burano and Torcello.

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When to Get There

The Venice islands are most crowded in summer. The crowds thin considerably from November through February, though chilly temperatures can mean a less pleasant boat trip across the lagoon.

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Torcello in Literature

Over the decades, a number of famous artists, musicians, and Hollywood stars have spent time on the quiet island of Torcello. Ernest Hemingway, for one, wrote parts of “Across the River and into the Trees” during his stay on the island in 1948.

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