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Venetian Islands Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello

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Key Highlights

  • Visit three of the Islands in the Venetian Lagoon with this introductory tour
  • Travel on a luxurious motor launch
  • Visit a traditional glass factory in Murano
  • Admire the beautiful, colourful houses lining the streets of Burano
  • Admire the famous Santa Fosca from the outside
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx. 4 hours (roughly 30 minutes each island)

    Start time

    01 Mar 16 - 13 Nov 16: 9:30am & 2:30pm
    14 Nov 16 - 28 Feb 17: 2:00pm

    Meeting Point

    The tour departs from Saint Mark’s Square, the yellow box in front of the Prisons’ Palace between the Doge’s Palace and Hotel Danieli (close to Ponte della Paglia).

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    Please report at the meeting point 20 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
    From 1st November 2016 onward, tour departs from Venice Tours office Calle Tron San Marco 1130, 30124 Venice (Italy)
    GPS co-ordinates (Decimal degrees DD): 45.434505, 12.336301
    GPS co-ordinates (Degrees, minutes and seconds DMS): 45°26'04.2"N 12°20'10.7"E

    Ending Point

    The tour returns to the original starting point.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    This fantastic tour is perfect for those who wish to get a flavour of the beauty and heritage of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In just 4 hours you will get an introductory visit to all three islands.

    Murano has been producing beautiful crystal since the 10th century when Venetian traders brought back the secrets of production from the East. Burano with its pastel-coloured fishermen’s cottages is as pretty as the lace it is famous for. Beautiful mosaics at Torcello’s cathedral, Santa Maria Assunta, add to the beauty of this Byzantine structure.

    Take a trip to Murano for its exquisite glasswork, Burano for lace and Torcello for Venice’s first cathedral – making the islands perfect for some very engaging sightseeing.


    The tour departs from Saint Mark’s Square, by the Prisons’ Palace from where you will be taken to board a Gran Turismo motor boat.

    After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the public Gardens, the tip of Sant'Elena and the Lido (the famous beach resort), the boat arrives at Murano, the most famous and most visited Venetian island for the exquisite glasswork produced here. You will take a tour of the Murano glass factory.

    Proceed to the island of Burano, which is famous for its lace industry. This pretty fishing village has many streets and canals lined with bright, pastel-coloured houses.

    Visit the delightful island of Torcello, home to Venice’s first cathedral. The cathedral, Santa Fosca, is a masterpiece with its mosaics and Byzantine structure.

    After your tour, re-board the motor launch to cross the lagoon back to Venice. The tour ends at the original starting point.

    Note: The tour includes the service of a tour leader who provides some information on board the boat and assistance on the islands.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transport by private motor launch
    • English, French, Spanish, Italian and German Speaking guide while on the boat (the tour could be multilingual)
    • Visit to Murano Glass Factory and Burano Lace Shop


    • Hotel pick up & drop off
    • Entrance inside the churches in Torcello
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Passengers have to reach the meeting point 20 minutes prior to departure.

    You will have around 30 minutes at leisure to explore each island

    Tour does not operate seldom, only in case of exceptionally bad weather. The tour operates regularly in case of rain or snow; boats are completely covered.

    The tour is not private but shared with other guests not belonging to the same party

    The entrance fees to churches in Torcello is not included.

    The afternoon of the Historical Regatta (04th September, 2016) tour ends at “Fondamente Nuove” area instead of Saint Mark’s area.

    The afternoon of the Burano Regatta (18th September, 2016) tour does not stop in Torcello.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity or alternately you can show the printed copy of the voucher.

    We do not recommended this tour for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Great tour with friends

      A great way of visiting the Venetian islands. It was great to watch glassmaker master while creating beautiful pieces of art....

      Dana-Magdalena Pantea
    • Great intro to a few outlying Venetian islands

      This was a great little tour to get a first impression of the islands of Murano, Torcello, and Burano. The guide was informative and interesting. Now I know where I would like to...

      Matthew J Crompton
    • Wanderful experience, best way to espend 1/2 day tn Venice and definitely very good value for money


      Maria C Bernaldez
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