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Venetian Islands Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello

  • When does it run?
  • Start time
  • Duration
    4 hours 30 mins approx.
  • 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

Key Highlights

  • Visit the charming Venetian Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello on a half day tour from Venice
  • Travel in a Gran Turismo motor boat and sail past the picturesque San Giorgio Maggiore islands
  • Visit a traditional glass factory in Murano and see traditional artisans produce exquisite glasswork
  • Visit the pretty fishing village of Burano known for its lace industry and brightly colored houses
  • See the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca in the island of Torcello
  • Enjoy the company of a knowledgeable multilingual guide on the tour
  • Return transfers from Venice included in the package


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.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    4 hours 30 mins approx.

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    The tour departs from Murano, Burano and Torcello indication on yellow box in front of the Prisons’ Palace, close to yellow box in front of the Prisons’ Palace between the Doge’s Palace and Hotel Danieli (close to Ponte della Paglia).

    Directions: The yellow desk is located by the Prisons’ Palace in Riva degli Schiavoni near St. Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, leaving the Basilica on your left, proceed straight till the two columns, then turn left. Cross one bridge, called Ponte della Paglia, and you find the yellow desk by the Prisons’ Palace on your left.

    GPS co-ordinates (Decimal degrees DD):  45.433750, 12.341528
    GPS co-ordinates (Degrees, minutes and seconds DMS): 45°26'01.5"N 12°20'29.5"E

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 20 minutes early

  • Ending Point

    St. Mark’s Square area


  • 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. Set off across the Venetian Lagoon and take in panoramic views from the water. 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. Disembark from the boat and explore Murano with your guide. You will also take a tour of the Murano glass factory where you can see master craftsmen at work, creating beautiful pieces of glassware. 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. Dating back to the 16th century, Burano has much to offer. See high quality lacework on display, explore its local shops and displays and admire Burano’s vibrant settlements. 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. Established between the 5th and 6th centuries, Torcello boasts ornate palaces and churches including the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. 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

Please report at the meeting point 20 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

  • Harshita Pherwani, India 01/22/2018
  • Great tour to see a unique part of Venice
    Sasha Pereira, Spain 01/20/2018
  • Interesting tour of pretty islands
    Hayley Galpin, United Kingdom 01/02/2018

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