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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Venezia, Italy
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Visit Torcello, Murano, and Burano—three islands in the Venetian Lagoon—on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello, and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. Select a departure time when booking.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Murano, Torcello, and Burano from Venice
  • Visit the three most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon by motorboat
  • Watch master glass blowers at work at a factory on Murano
  • See Byzantine churches on Torcello— the Church of Santa Fosca
  • Browse for lace on Burano and admire the painted houses
  • Hear commentary provided by an expert guide
  • Choose from morning and afternoon departure times

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This affordable boat tour zips you to a trio of the most interesting Venetian islands without a hitch.
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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
  • Giardini Ex Reali , Giardini Ex Reali, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    Departure Point: Alilaguna Ticket Office, in front of the Royal Gardens (St. Mark's Square) and next to the Vaporetto Stop "San Marco Giardinetti"

  • Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia , 30121 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

    Please note that this tour departs also from Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station 30 minutes before the departure time from San Marco Giardinetti. Please exchange your voucher at the Alilaguna ticket office in front of platform n°2 STRICTLY 15 minutes before the departure time.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Your tour from Venice to Murano, Torcello, and Burano begins as you board your motorboat and set off across the Venetian Lagoon to your first stop, the island of Murano, which is actually several small isles dissected by a wide canal. Disembark the boat to walk around Murano with your guide.

    Visit a glass factory, where you watch a glassblower creating beautiful pieces of glassware, a Murano tradition that dates back to 1291. Hear a bit about the island’s history from your guide, who tells you about Murano’s prosperity in the 1400s and 1500s, when it was the center of glassmaking in Europe. Then go admire other sights like churches decorated with mosaics and other ornamental details.

    Next, visit Torcello, an island established between the 5th and 6th centuries, to see its ornate palaces and churches. Highlights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century, and the excavated remnants of the baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca. Then head to your third stop, Burano, an island known for its lace production, which dates back to the 16th century and was once the best in Europe. While you visit local shops and a museum to admire high-end lace on display, admire the island’s brightly-colored fishermen’s houses.

    Your tour then ends with the return boat ride to Venice.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Laguna di Venezia
    Navigate through the Venetian Lagoon to reach the islands and enjoy the view!
    Stop At:  
    Isola di Murano
    The island of Murano is the first stop of this excursion: you will have a chance to enter a glass factory and see the masters working the glass as they have been doing for centuries and then visit the center of the island.
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Isola di Burano - World Heritage Site
    Second stop of this half day excursion is Burano, famous for the colorful fishermen's houses and for the traditional handmade laces.
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Isola Torcello
    Torcello is the third and last stop of this tour. The island is the first to be inhabited in the Venetian lagoon and still shows the traces of its origins.
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Chiesa di Santa Fosca
    The church of Santa Fosca stands in the main square of Torcello and is a fine example of venetian-byzantine style.
    Stop At:  
    Trono di Attila
    In the middle of Torcello stands the ancient Attila's throne.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Ponte del Diavolo
    Cross the Devil's Bridge which still preserves the shape of the ancient Venetian bridges
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Piazza San Marco
    The boat leaves from St'Mark's Square, which you will have the chance to admire from a different perspective.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "We recommend to have snacks or eat well before going to this tour, because if you stop to buy something to eat, you might ran out of time to sight-see." See review
    • "Though you can take the water bus to these islands having a pick up and drop of time scheduled for each makes it very easy to gain access to each island." See review

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    star-5
    Burano was the BEST part...
    Keena_T
    , Aug 2022
    Burano was the BEST part of the day!! It was a beautiful experience. The boat had more passengers than I was comfortable with with Covid-19, but I understand it’s a business.
    star-5
    Great trip very well...
    Naida_P
    , Aug 2022
    Great trip very well organized trip in the pick up area. Very good tour guide she communicated well each tourist sites.
    star-4
    Good day outside the...
    Gillian_S
    , Aug 2022
    Good day outside the city. Nice to walk s around the islands. Had a great lunch. The boat was crowded and hot. Good tour guide.
    star-2
    Fun but not enough time
    Hector_P
    , Aug 2022
    The time allowed per Island is very short. Is only 45 mins per island, which is not enough to even enjoy a meal and get to know a little the town.
    star-1
    Terrible experience
    David_H
    , Aug 2022
    There wasn’t any. Our day was ruined because we never even got in the boat. We got to the collection point well over half an hour before it should leave, and they left without us. Asked for a refund, and they refused. Absolute shambles of a company. Organisation is sadly lacking. Never again.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    Frustrating but in the end it worked out.
    Mark_G
    , Aug 2022
    The trip itself was nice. Finding where to board and finding the ticket office was a disastor! The information was not clear at all! This was very stressful and we missed our original booking but praise Jesus we were able to take the next tour once we found the right spot.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    The islands are very...
    Amanda_K
    , Aug 2022
    The islands are very lovely, wish we had longer on a few of them. Could not hear any of the commentary at the back of the boat, the speakers were not working
    star-5
    Great trip
    Lee_J
    , Aug 2022
    Glass blowing demonstration and the beautiful colourful houses, also great to do in the afternoon after you have been walking round Venice all morning
    star-3
    Rushed and crowded
    Rhonda_S
    , Aug 2022
    The trip was very crowded with around 100 people. Murano stop was very commercial with a fast glassblowing exhibition and then straight to their shop. There was not enough time to explore the island. Torcello stop included a lengthy walk to view an old church. Burano was fabulous but we had very little time to explore, way to rushed. Torcello could be missed and spend more time at Murano and Bursno.
    star-5
    Beautiful islands with...
    Ami_S
    , Aug 2022
    Beautiful islands with its own uniqueness. Enjoyed every moment. Murano glass factory Torcello Church n no parapet bridge Burano market and beautiful colored homes.
    star-5
    We had a great time...
    William_S
    , Aug 2022
    We had a great time visiting each island. This was more like a taxi tour which is perfect to avoid waiting for public transportation. There was some explanation once in the boat but once in the island you are on your own. Since this was a late tour during the day it was hard to find a place to eat so I recommend to eat before. Also since it was in August a lot of places were close but other than that our family had a great time visiting these island.
    star-1
    Not satisfied
    Eleftheria_N
    , Aug 2022
    We arrived at 2:10 for our 2:30 trip. They told us it was 2:00 from one point and 2:30 from another. Very disappointing
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great time
    Luis_S
    , Aug 2022
    We had a great time. Isabella was very friendly and professional taking us to the most important points in the 3 islands. Just want to say that prices at the Murano glass factory are very high compare to shops outside the factory.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-1
    Misleading description of “tour”.
    Kristine_P
    , Aug 2022
    Very disappointing “tour” with a misleading description. The tour guide was essentially a ferry announcer. There was a Minimal description of each island with no explanation for what it’s known for or the history of it. When you got off the ferry you were on your own. For what this provided you could get an all day ferry pass and enjoy at your own pace for 21.50 euro. Extremely disappointing.
    star-1
    Don’t waste your time or money.
    Mary_T
    , Aug 2022
    This excursion is not worth the money. There’s not enough time on any of the three islands to really appreciate them. The guide was ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. All she did was talk about a few sites and then spend the majority of time smoking. Can’t back to boat after the break and was not allowed on the boat so the boat teams could chat with each other leaving all of us guests standing out in the hot sun. Torcello is a complete waste of time. Better to spend the whole half day in Burano which is beautiful.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    Enjoy the setting
    Lucia_G
    , Aug 2022
    I was familiar with Murano, but not of Burano and Torcello. They were beautiful islands that you need to spend more than 45 minutes at. The guide gave good information on board, but was not around during any of the parts on the islands. The tour wasn't signed well and we almost missed our trip.
    star-4
    Nice trip
    SylviavanderBeek
    , Aug 2022
    Glas blowing en the art of them. Colour of the houses . Beatyfull places. Good ride. I would do it again. Good Guide.
    star-3
    Ok trip
    Helen_J
    , Aug 2022
    It was ok. Would have been better if a bit more information was given about the islands. Dropped off at a mystery island which we don't know the name of!
    star-2
    Don’t waste your time and money
    Vijay_V
    , Aug 2022
    Complete waste of time. They didn’t even take us to the factory just showed us a fake demo and spent majority of the time trying to get us to shop for glass artefacts.
    star-5
    Sightseeing and local commerce hand-in-hand…
    Geoffrey_H
    , Jul 2022
    We used this excursion to pick up some VERY high quality gifts (Murano Glass in Murano, lace products in Burano). The glass-blowing demonstration by itself was worth the cost of the ticket! Traveling by boat between the stops make you feel like a part of Venice.

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